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Temptation (Arash song)

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Released  2005
Genre  Pop
Recorded  2004-2005
Label  Warner Music
Writer(s)  Robert Uhlmann Alex Arash Labaf Johan Bejerholm Max Tavahen Charles Burbank Ronny Gold Samy Goz Pedro Maza Luaces
Producer(s)  Robert Uhlmann Alex Arash Labaf Johan Bejerholm

"Temptation" is a 2005 major hit single by Iranian-Swedish singer Arash featuring Rebecca Zadig and taken from Arash' debut album Arash. The song has been subject of many covers and in a number of languages.


Original version

The song was originally recorded by Rebecca Zadig with additional lyrics and rendition vocals featuring Alex, the mononym of Alex Arash Labaf who started his career performing under his mononym. The original, was an English version of the song with main vocals in English by Zadig featuring Alex with some additional Persian language. A separate music video was also shot directed by Alec Cartio

Arash version

"Temptation" rereleased it as a song mainly in Persian language featuring a refrain in English sung by Rebecca Zadig. This release was Arash's third successful consecutive single after "Boro Boro" (that had reached number 1 in Sweden) and "Tike Tike Kardi" (that had peaked at number 2 in Sweden).

The song made it to number 2 on Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish Singles Chart, also charting in Germany, Switzerland and Finland. A music video was released with Arash as lead singer.

Russian version "Vostochniye skazki" with Blestyaschie

In 2006, a Russian language version of the song was made by Arash with the Russian girl group Blestyaschie (Блестящие in Russian). The song titled "Vostochniye skazki" (in Russian Восточные сказки, meaning Eastern fairytales) was credited to Blestyaschie featuring Arash. It appeared on Blestyaschie album also titled Vostochniye skazki and released on Partija Russian record label. A separate music video was shot for the single destined for the Russian market.

"Versoeking" by Hi-5

In 2006, the South African cover boy band Hi-5 covered the song in Afrikaans under the title "Versoeking" (meaning temptation in Afrikaans). It was a main single and the title track of the album also titled Versoeking which is the band's follow-up to the Soebat EP (2003) and self-titled Hi-5 (2004).


In 2015, the Dutch group Wing-Men covered the song in Dutch under the title "Verleid Mij". It is the debut single from the group.


Temptation (Arash song) Wikipedia

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