Drake taking the stage to perform “Hotline Bling” at a New York bat mitzvah on Feb. 20 had the Internet ablaze, but kids competing for the most talked-about affair isn’t anything new: In October 1972, then-CBS Records president Clive Davis threw a reported $20,000 bar mitzvah for his son Fred (the scenario supposedly inspired HBO’s second episode of Vinyl and would have roughly amounted to $111,000 today). Having the best post-haftorah party often includes booking a flashy headliner better fit for a concert hall than a country club — but how do those with a hefty budget even make it happen?
They call Ryan Schinman, founder/chief executive of Platinum Rye Entertainment and founder of RBS Celebrity Bookings. Schinman, 44, founded his company in the early 1990s to broker talent with such corporations as Microsoft and DirecTV; in 1999, he founded RBS Celebrity Bookings to bring his same unique services to the high-end private sector, including weddings, birthday parties and bar and bat mitzvahs. “We’ve booked everyone from LMFAO to Chicago to Drake,” says Schinman, who is based in New York.
One of 2015’s most bewitching songs arrived early this year with little fanfare. It didn’t appear on a world-stopping release like Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. It wasn’t announced with pyrotechnics like the ones accompanying Kanye West’s “All Day” performance at the 2015 Brit Awards. Instead, a little-known artist named Post Malone put a track called “White Iverson” on SoundCloud in February. Then he stepped away to let the Internet work its magic.
Approximately three months and 2.7 million plays later, Malone took the stage at Manhattan club the Westway for his first show in New York City. He’s done one interview at this point (earlier this week). His SoundCloud page now displays a total of five songs.
This is the new normal: In the last 18 months, swift ascents like Malone’s have become commonplace, though that doesn’t necessarily make them less startling. Malone was the main event at one of Electric Circus’ Players Ball parties, which have hosted New York debuts for other fast-risers like Migos, iLoveMakonnen, and OG Maco. An artist with talent — and plenty of luck, and maybe some prominent supporters — can amass clicks and co-signs; before long, the Internet
On May 2, Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe will open his first photography exhibit, D Randall Blythe: Show Me What You’re Made Of, at Sacred Gallery NYC in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. With dozens of photographs on display, the show features images captured on the road and in Blythe’s hometown of Richmond, Va. It’s just a portion of the massive collection he’s amassed of primarily black-and-white photos of nature, everyday people and rock star friends like Slash, Duff McKagan and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford.
One of Blythe’s original photographs, “The Beauty of My People,” graces the invitation to the opening reception
Says Blythe of how the photograph came about: “One morning, I woke up on Lamb of God’s tour bus in Dallas. I made some coffee, then as I walked off the bus into the club parking lot, I saw a group of five or six fans waiting behind a chain-link fence in the venue’s parking lot. The fans called out to me, asking if I would sign some autographs. As I made my way over to them, I noticed this man’s face — it was incredible; gorgeously lined and deeply tanned from working in the desert, and I knew I had to
Which Jason Derulo is your favorite Jason Derulo? Is it the unshakably positive, PG-romance dance-pop personality? Or the author of a new strain of bumping, faux-crass club thumpers? There are two Jason Derulos: the Sweet Talker, and the Dirty Talker. Sweet Talker Derulo has been around the world, but might not necessarily speak the language; Dirty Talker Derulo asserts that, no, your booty does not need explaining.
Perhaps more than any other artist in pop, Derulo has created a perfect equilibrium between his two modes, allowing his split personas to feed off of and support each other. And it’s working commercially: on this week’s Hot 100 chart, the singer’s “Want To Want Me,” the lead single to his upcoming Everything Is 4 album, bumps up one spot to No. 10, becoming the sixth Top 10 hit of his career. Derulo has seemingly been everywhere — The Voice, Ellen, American Idol, the iHeartRadio Music Awards — engraining “Want To Want Me” into our culture at large, and sure enough, the song has caught on at radio, reaching the Radio Songs chart’s Top 10 in just six weeks. Derulo’s new single now has serious song of the summer potential.
But “Want To
In what was the most bittersweet moment of the night, Jennifer Lopez reprised the role that propelled her to stardom and paid tribute to Selena Quintanilla at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired Thursday (April 30) on Telemundo.
And she did it with Los Dinos, the family band that backed up the Mexican-American Tejano star, who was tragically murdered 20 years ago.
A montage of photos of Selena flashed on the screens and then Lopez came out and channeled the fallen star with a series of her hits: “Como La Flor,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Amor Prohibido,” “I Could Fall In Love,” ending, perhaps appropriately, with “No Me Queda Mas.”
“Hands up for Selena and Los Dinos!” she screamed to the audience, which included Gregory Nava, the writer and director of the 1997 movie. “Sing with me!”
And many did. Through their tears.
Lopez, who seamlessly changed costumes three times throughout her performance without leaving the stage, was also visibly emotional as she hugged Selena’s sister Suzette and brother A.B. on stage at the end of the performance.
“We love you Selena,” she said before a standing ovation.
Selena, who put Tejano music on the American