Jewish Journal

One Israeli creation for the weekend

by Noga Gur-Arieh

November 15, 2013 | 12:20 pm

Lider. Taken by naamanus.

Ivri Lider is an Israeli singer and songwriter, a pop star and a gay icon. In his solo career and as part of the duo TYP (The Young Professionals,) he has become one of the biggest selling contemporary artists in Israeli music. Since he shook up the Israeli music scene in the late 1990's, Lider has sold more than 200,000 records and won the "Male Singer of the Year" title several times in various national music awards ceremonies.

His debut album, Melattef Umeshakker (Caressing and Lying), was released in 1997, and its singles, "Leonardo" and "Tamid Ahava" (Always Love) were chart toppers in Israel. In this album, Lider brought a new pop-dance sound to the Israeli music scene, combining catchy melodies with deep lyrics. The album sold more than 40,000 copies, and was granted with the title of "Platinum Album." His second album, Yoter Tov Klum Me'kimat (Better Nothing Than Almost) was released in 1999, and also became a Platinum album.

In January 2002, Lider publicly came out of the closet, and spoke about his sexual orientation in an interview with the daily newspaper, Ma'ariv. Later, Lider also became a gay icon, and a well-known leader of the Israeli LGBT community. That same year, Lider released his third album, Ha'anashim Hachadashim (The New People.) His fourth album, Ze Lo Otto Davar (It's Not The Same Thing) was released in 2005. In 2006, he released an album of a live performance, in 2008, he released his next studio album, Be'ketzev Ahid Be'tnuot Shel Ha'goof (The Steady Rhythm of Body Movements), and in 2012, his most recent album, Mishe'u Pa'am (Somebody Once) was released. All those albums reached the title of "Gold Albums."

Lider also writes and composes songs for other Israeli singers, and composed the soundtracks of various Israeli films. Have a taste of his music:

Zachiti Leehov (I was privileged to love)


BeHultzat Passim (In a striped shirt)


BaHom Shel Tel-Aviv (In the heat of Tel-Aviv)


Hakos HaKchula (The blue cup)

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My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I’m an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.

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