Hadiqa Kiyani Pakistani Female Pop Singer
Hadiqa Kiani is a female Pakistani pop singer. After working on a successful music project with Adnan Sami, Kiani released her successful debut album, Raaz. After a musical ban imposed on her from the government, Kiani successfully returned to the music scene with her second album, Roshni, which remains her best selling album to date and helped establish her as a musical icon and the country’s leading female vocalist. Kiani followed up Roshni with a more mature album, Rung. In 2007, she became the first Pakistani mainstream artist to release a complete English album, Rough Cut. Kiani is also a judge on a new singing reality show in Pakistan called LG Awaaz Banay Star, and has released her fifth album, Aasmaan in June 2009. One of the most successful musicians in Pakistan, she has been awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.
Though Kiani couldn’t release music and didn’t promote sales for Rung due to her touring in these years, she still remained a strong figure in the industry due to her contributions and experiments. She also won an Indus Music Award for the Best Female singer for the second time in 2005.
Throughout 2005, Kiani did not release any video to promote Rung. She did however sing in various collaborations with other male singers. She sang the OST for a drama on HUM TV called “Aas Paas” with singer Atif Aslam. She sang 2 more OST’s for the same channel, one being “Koi Lamha Gulab Sa” with Ahmed Jehanzeb, and another solo OST for a drama called “Tum Meray Ho”. She also was featured in Najam Sheraz’s single “In Say Nain” alongside many other featured artists. She was the only female artist in that song. She also performed for a special show on ARY’s The Musik called “Re-Mastered”, where she sang her songs and covered popular band Fuzon’s song Teray Bina. In the same show, Fuzon covered her song Boohey Barian, and asked her to sing with them on their closing number, Aankhon Ke Sagar.
Kiani also performed for Geo TV in May 2005 for their show called “Geo Applause”. The show was held at Sailing Club Karachi, and it was attended by large number of important personalities of the pop industry. Hadiqa sang songs that were mostly slow in tempo. Hadiqa told the audience in the beginning of the show that she would sing songs that she personally liked and those might not be people’s choice. It was also her return to hosting a show after over a decade. In the show, she gave a tribute to The Carpenters by singing their song I Need to Be in Love. According to the producer of the show (Nadeem J), it was the best “applause” ever recorded for Geo.
In January 2006, Kiani released a single, “Iss Bar Milo”. Although the song was off her album Rung, it was used instead to promote a recently formed duo between her and Aamir Zaki. They both had planned to release an English album soon. The song became a huge success, and its video continue to build on the trend of videos Hadiqa had released. In the video Kiani plays a schizophrenic patient at a mental institution for women. Reviews for the rock song were extremely favorable, with people appreciating her acting and her decision to sing different genres.
Kiani had released another video in 2006. She was featured on UK based producer Khiza’s album Loyal To The Game. The album’s lead single, “Mehr Ma” featured Hadiqa. The song was a massive success in Pakistan, and was seen as a great return for Hadiqa after her ballads in Rung. This was highlighted by the fact that Khiza’s same album in Pakistan was titled Mehr Ma and not Loyal to the Game. Also, the album cover in Pakistan only has Kiani on it, not Khiza. In the video, Kiani is seen with different hairstyles and outfits. Kiani also cut her hair short and dyed it red for the video. Its reviews have been extremely favorable. One source says “‘Mehr Ma’, which starts off the album is easily the best track on it. With Kiani showcasing her top-notch vocals and the music, which remains hip-hopish yet very desi, thanks to the usage of sitar, tabla makes it an excellent number.” Hadiqa also performed the song at the 2006 Lux Style Awards, and was called the best performer of the night in reviews.To date, Mehr Ma has the second highest hits of all of Hadiqa’s videos on Youtube, only trailing Boohey Barian.
On March 23, 2006, Kiani was awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan, one of the highest civil awards of the country, for acknowledging her services of in the field of music and bringing good name to the country for over a decade. The award was announced on August 14, 2005, but the ceremony was on March 23 the next year.
Rough Cut 2007
Jeevan Raaz 1995
Yaad Raaz 1995
Tu Agar Mil Jaata Raaz 1995
Jaan E Jan Raaz 1996
Manne Di Mauj Raaz 1996
Tu Nawa Tu Sada Roshni 1998
Inteha-e-Shuaq Roshni 1998
Dupatta Roshni 1999
Roshni Roshni 1999
Woh Kaun Hai Roshni 1999
Boohey Barian Roshni 1999
Intezaar Roshni 1999
Cheray Rung January, 2002
Yaad Sajan Rung August, 2002
Ranjhan Rung June, 2003
Jogi Bun Kay Aa Rung October 2003
Mahi Rung December 2003
Dholan Rung March 2004
Aas Paas (none) April 2005
In Say Nain Menu Teray Naal 10 years of Najam Sheraz May 2004
Iss Bar Milo Rung January 2006
Mehr Ma Loyal To The Game/Mehr Ma May 2006
Yeh Hum Nahin (none) March 2007
Living This Lie Rough Cut April 2007
All The Same Rough Cut July 2007
Zindagi (Hadiqa Kiyani’s Song) (none) September 2007
Sohnya Aasmaan June 2009
Tuk Tuk Aasmaan July 2009
Az Chasme Saqi Aasmaan November 2009
Jannan Aasmaan February 2010
Rung (UNDP song) February 2010
Awards and Achievement:
1994 Won various awards as play back singer for famous musical movie “SARGAM” (Music Composer ADNAN SAMI KHAN).
1995 Won “NTM Viewer’s choice award” for the best female Singer of Pakistan.
1996 Debut Album “Raaz” sold more than 700,000 copies.
1997 First Asian singer to perform on the British National Lottery Live BBC1 (estimated viewership 16.6 million).
1998 First Asian female singer signed by Pepsi Cola International (Second female in the world after Gloria Estefan).
1999 Second album “Roshni” sold over 1,000,000 copies. Her song “Boohey Barian” acclaimed international appreciation in the south Asian community.
2000 Won PTV World viewer’s choice award for the best female singer.
2001 Signed by “UNI LEVER” for celebrity endorsement of LIPTON YELLOW LABEL.
2002 Signed by “UNI LEVER” for Sunsilk Shampoo.
2004 Received the Best Female Pop Singer Award by Indus Music (The first 24 hour Music Channel Of Pakistan).
2005 Received the Best Female Pop Singer Award by Indus Music.
2006 Signed by PEL Electronics as a brand ambassador
2007 Hadiqa became the first Pakistani mainstream artist to release a complete English album, Rough Cut.
2008 Signed by “UNI LEVER” for celebrity endorsement of PONDS AGE MIRACLE.
2009 Signed by LG for celebrity endorsement of LG GM200
2009 Signed by Soul Collections
2009 Hadiqa received the Best Female Singer Award from TV ONE.
2009 Hadiqa received a Shield from Aag10 for being the Artist of the Month for her single “Sohnya”.
2009 Aasmaan had the highest sales and internet downloads of any Pakistani album in 2009
2010 Hadiqa was assigned along with Shahid Afridi as an Environmental Envoy for Pakistan by the UNDP
2010 Nominated for Best Female Act and Best International Act at the Brit Asia Music Awards 2010