As Iranians continue to brave a deadly crackdown to protest against their regime, Iranian exiles living abroad have joined the movement in any way they can. For French-Iranian opera singer and composer Ariana Vafadari, that’s meant rallying support through music.
Songs are getting shorter and often launch straight into the lyrics. You have to listen for 30 seconds if the musicians are to get a fee from the streaming service. And there are so many songs jostling for attention.
Despite the recording company's initial doubts about the song's potential, "99 Red Balloons" topped charts worldwide.