Dictators’ Wives storm Mid-East album chart

A NEW album by Queen Rania of Jordan, Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad, and the four wives of Bahrain’s Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has hit number one across the Middle East.

Asma and Rania duet on 'Wind Beneath My Wings'

Dictators’ Wives, an album of cover versions by the region’s most bloodstained socialites, celebrates the everyday heroism of buying luxury goods and torturing regime haters.

Tracks include Single Ladies (Stay Indoors Unless Accompanied By A Male Family Member), Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now and the Metallica classic Kill ‘Em All.

Queen Rania said: “My good friend Bono, who helps me secure world peace, says there’s no better way to feel better about yourself than releasing an album.”

Asma al-Assad added: “We roped a few of the girls into taking part and it’s been great fun. Though Cherie Blair said ‘no’ for some reason. I think she might be a bit racist.

“We were going to give the proceeds to Samira Hussein and Suzanne Mubarak but then we saw the dinky new Range Rover so we bought 14 each.”

The album was a bestseller from the day of release, with thousands of pre-orders made via Amazon accounts in Belgravia and Surrey.

A sold-out concert is to follow next Saturday’s public executions.