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Ryan Beatty announces tour dates, spot at Lollapalooza

While Fresno rapper Fashawn has had a big couple weeks (signing to Nas’ Mass Appeal Records and killin’ it on stage in Germany), Fresno’s own teen idol (and looks to be bonafide pop star) Ryan Beatty announced a new slate of tour dates that includes a slot at Lollapalooza.

This is a big move for the 18-year old singer (one of the youngest performers at the festival), and sign that he’s growing into more than a flash-in-the-pan pop singer. Lollapalooza is arguably the best known American music festival (second maybe to Coachella) and is has a lineup full of heavy hitters: Eminen, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Lorde, Foster the People, Interpol, Grouplove, AFI and The Airborne Toxic Event (which features another Fresno ex-pat, so there).

The announcement follows an Easter performance at the White House and a meet-and-greet with hundred of fans during Beatty’s first trip to Paris. Beatty is still working on his long-awaited debut album and continuing to grow his fan base — last week the singer hit 1 million likes on Facebook.

Watch a video of Beatty doing a cover of Coldplay’s “Magic” on the jump.

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Justin Bieber covers Ryan Beatty … again

Here’s a Justin Bieber post that doesn’t involve a mug shot or legal woes. It does involve Fresno’s own Ryan Beatty, who has long drawn comparisons to the Canadian pop star (though we think he’s outgrown such comparisons).

Bieber performed a cover of Beatty’s “Every Little Thing” this weekend during a surprise spot at SB Projects’ Sunday Funday event at SXSW. Tori Kelly joined in on guitar and Beatty-buddy Cody Simpson also joined Bieber on stage.

Song starts at the :26 mark. )

This is the second time Bieber has covered the song. He first posted a version of the song on Viddy in late 2012. Check out a quick video snippet on the jump.

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Ryan Beatty’s self-titled EP out now

Following Ryan Beatty‘s pop-music career path is a hobby of sorts for us at the Beehive.

Last month, the Clovis native released a video for the first single off his self-titled E.P. It was surprisingly non-poppy (in a good way) and soulful and played against the idea of Beatty as Fresno’s Justin Bieber. Well, the full E.P. was released on iTtunes on Tuesday and got a seemingly good response.

This is the first batch of songs he’s released since his “Because of You” EP in 2012. That album broke the Billboard 200 (peaking at 94) and was 17 on the Independent Albums charts. Beatty’s full-length album is scheduled for release in 2014.

Check out the video for “Chameleon” on the jump.

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You review: The Paradise tour w/Ryan Beatty

UPDATE: There is now a picture gallery up at The Fresno Bee.

GMK BEATTYORIGINAL POST (June 19): When it was announced that Ryan Beatty would be joining Cody Simpson on his “Paradise Tour,” it was big news because A.) it was another step in Beatty’ bid for true pop-stardom and B.) the tour would be stopping through Fresno.

It would be the first time the 17-year old Clovis native has played in town since his performance at the Big Fresno Fair last October.

Now, that the show is over, I have to say the pictures of his stage show look awesome. What did you think?


Announced: Ryan Beatty summer tour with Cody Simpson

BEATTY OZ FAIRUPDATE II: We now have confirmation from the Saroyan Theatre on the Cody Simpson/Ryan Beatty show June 19. Tickets are $39.50 and on sale Saturday. They will be available at the Convention Center box office, through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster outlets and at the Cherry Avenue Auction Swap Meet on Saturdays.

UPDATE: It looks like a Fresno date has been confirmed for the Paradise tour. According to Pollstar (and Beatty’s own website) the tour stops at the Saroyan Theatre June 19 (though it’s not yet listed on the theater’s event calendar for some reason). Doesn’t look like tickets are on sale yet, but we’ll keep up updated on that as well.

Original post from April 12:
Fresno’s favorite pop-music wunderkind Ryan Beatty is making moves toward becoming America’s favorite pop-music wunderkind. The 17-year old announced he will be touring this summer with Australian pop-singer Cody Simpson, part of Simpson’s “Paradise Tour,” which kicks off May 30. The tour will hit more than 30 cities including Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas and … FRESNO! (no dates has been confirmed, but we’ll keep you updated).

There’s also the “Win A Date with Ryan Beatty Sweepstakes,” which is what is sounds like. Beatty will take the winner (and 10 friends out for dinner). You can enter starting on Saturday.

Here’s Beatty with Cody making the announcement.

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Fres-Know: In your face, Fresno

OH SNAP: “Dunk of the year” last night at Save Mart Center. Against the ‘Dogs. [CBS Sports]

HOWEVER: Fresno State football an “early” top 20 for 2013. [USA Today]

GRRRRRR: Fresno fourth unhappiest city for workers. We’re pissed. [Career Bliss]

BALLIN’: Warren Buffet affiliate buys local real estate company. [The Bee]

NEWS: Man jumps to his death from California Hotel. [The Bee]

HEAD’S UP: Gonna be a cold weekend. Bundle up. [The Bee]

RYAN BEATTY FAME WATCH: Here he is performing for Billboard. [Billboard]

SPORTS: Tyler Bray — Kingsburgian and Tennessee QB —  declares for NFL draft. [The Bee]

WATNEY WATCH: Ex-KMPHer Heidi Watney debuted Wednesday on MLB Network. [MLB]

RADIO SCENE: New programming at Soft Rock 98.9 and KMJ. [The Bee]

GOOD READ: “The Grizzlies are ready for their close-up.” [MiLB]

FROM THE BLOGROLL: The Cured Ham on Iron Bird Cafe’s closure. [The Cured Ham]

Ryan Beatty Fame Watch: A cover by Justin Bieber and the front of YouTube

Note: Henceforth, these Ryan Beatty update posts will be titled “Ryan Beatty Fame Watch” because it’s looking pretty inevitable at this point.

Remember when our 16-year-old pop-star-in-the-making was covering Justin Bieber songs in his bedroom? Well, in a role reversal that shows just how far Ryan has come, The Biebs put out a video last night where he’s covering Ryan. No joke.

In other big Beatty news, he’s on the front of YouTube today in conjunction with his AT&T no-texting-and-driving PSA. (which I saw the other day on FX, btw)


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Ryan Beatty takes New York City

Last we checked in on Fresno-bred young pop singer Ryan Beatty, the 16-year-old was scorching up iTunes with his debut EP, “Because of You.” Well, it eventually went to No. 1 on the iTunes pop charts and Beatty rode that wave all the way to New York City.

During his recent NYC trip, he met was met with a crowd so big the fire marshall had to be called and young Beatty needed to be escorted away:

In addition to get swarmed by teen girls, Beatty also appeared on CNN and spent some time with Seventeen and Billboard magazines.

Remember: You can catch Beatty — The Beehive’s ValleyWho champ — at The Big Fresno Fair on Oct. 13, performing with Ariana Grande. Also, if you happen to be in Vegas this weekend, maybe you’ll see Ryan. He’s playing at radio station KLUC’s End of Summer Block Party.

Ryan Beatty’s EP is out … and doing well on iTunes


Fresno-bred teen pop singer Ryan Beatty, he of the 245K Twitter followers and 30 million YouTube views, let loose his debut EP last night and so far, the response was been wowing.

The six-song EP currently sits at No. 2 on the iTunes pop charts and No. 9 on the overall chart. His feverish teen-girl fanbase is making the push to get Beatty to No. 1, so it might just happen.

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Fres-Know: No longer Fresno’s most abused post


FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE DAY: Fresno’s Most Abused Post. [Facebook]

NEWS: Open-air homeless church cleared out. [The Bee]

HELP: With funeral costs for student who drowned at Millerton Lake. [Indiegogo]

MUGSHOT OF THE DAY: Michael Kitley, identity theft suspect. [The Bee]

APPARENTLY A REAL THING: Fresno’s “Smelly Bandit.” [The Bee]

DO THIS: Sign up to present at Pecha Kucha 16. [Pecha Kucha]

WELCOME TO THE ‘NET: Fresno-based girl-geek blog. [Geek for the Real Girl]

HADOUKEN: “Street Fighter” tournament at Cereal Trip. [Twitter]

LISTEN TO THIS: New Dead in 60 Years podcast w/ Fierce Creatures. [iTunes]

LOOK: Local teen pop singer Ryan Beatty on Good Day L.A. [MyFoxLA]

WATCH THIS: More dubstep violin from Patrick Contreras. [World Star Hip Hop]

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Biz Boot Camp on 7/24. [Downtown Partnership]

Local music releases of note: Fierce Creatures & Ryan Beatty


Here’s info on two noteworthy — albeit in completely different worlds — upcoming local music releases:

We know indie rock septet Fierce Creatures is releasing its much-anticipated full-length album soon. But now word comes down the band will do so with Brooklyn-based Paper Garden Records.

The album, “Catacomb Party,” is out Aug. 7 — a couple weeks after its Fulton Mall release party. That’s happening July 21 and it’s become quite the impressive free music festival.

Check out Paper Garden’s announcement for the album’s tracklist, the label’s praise for Fierce Creatures and more. You can pre-order the album digitally, on CD and vinyl through Bandcamp.

Sixteen-year-old pop singer Ryan Beatty announced this morning that his debut EP, “Because of You” will be out July 24. It’ll be a largely digital release via OcSkee Entertainment, the label of DJ Skee.

Celebuzz got the exclusive with Beatty — known for his early-Bieber-esque online following. He told the site: “This EP is kind of like a bridge into the album. I really want to get something out for the fans.”

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Fres-Know: Flag Day edition


GOOD READ: Highway 41 flag barn gets a facelift. [The Bee]

NOMINATED: Web phenom Ryan Beatty for a Teen Choice Award. [Zap2It]

NEWS: City paid attorneys $820K to defend Dyer in lawsuit. [The Bee]

BLOGGINGS: Why Fresno should be like Detroit. [Radiant City Revisited]

GOOD READ: Finding Fresno when you least expect it. [TasteFresno]

INTERESTING: Downtown Fresno housing market analysis. [That Fresno Blog]

DO IT: Your Fresno summer to-do list. [Fresno Famous]

SPEAKING OF LISTS: Tackling a Fresno Bucket List before leaving. [Alex Tavlian]

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Fresno Restaurant Week is coming in July. [FRIBA]

BLOGGINGS: Toughen up, Fresno foodies. [The Cured Ham]

WATCH THIS: Last weekend’s daredevil jump at Fresno Fairgrounds. [YouTube]

Concert News: Big Fresno Fair 2012


Two up-and-coming headliners and two comedy vets are the latest additions to The Big Fresno Fair’s concert lineup. And there are two ticket price changes you should know about too.

The fair added teen pop singer Ariana Grande (from the Nickelodeon’s “Victorious”) as the afternoon act on Oct. 13. She’ll play at 1 p.m. and be joined by local pop singer Ryan Beatty, a rising star in his own right. Tickets cost $12.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar, current protege of Dr. Dre., has been added for Oct. 6. Tickets cost $10-$15. We last saw him opening for Drake at Save Mart Center.

Comics Cheech & Chong will now join funk band War on Oct. 3, the fair’s opening night. Tickets have been bumped up to $20-$25. In another ticket price change: the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert on Oct. 4 has dropped to $40-$45 from $42-$49.

All these are in addition to Weezer, which was announced a couple weeks ago.

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ValleyWho: Ryan Beatty has something to say

On-the-rise pop singer Ryan Beatty won The Beehive’s ValleyWho game, knocking off notables such as Pat Hill, Chris Colfer and William Saroyan along the way. I met with him Sunday to give him his award. But Ryan, 16, had something he wanted to say about the award and about ValleyWho.

In other Ryan Beatty news: Sunday proved to be a good day for the kid. He was on the weekend edition of “Access Hollywood” and his current single was played on influential L.A. radio station KIIS-FM.

RELATED: Revisit all our previous ValleyWho coverage.

ValleyWho: And the winner is …


What do Pat Hill, Steve Perry, David Mas Masumoto, Richard Kiel, William Saroyan and Chris Colfer have in common? They were all beaten in successive rounds by Ryan Beatty in our Beehive ValleyWho contest.

Never underestimate the power of a teenage fan base, especially in an Internet voting contest.

Beatty — an on-the-rise pop singer who has amassed a tidy national Internet following — was supposed to be announced as the winner at Beehive Birthday 7, but rain prevented that

Beatty, 16, received 52% of the vote against Colfer, a star of “Glee,” in the final round, finishing less than 75 votes ahead.

Thanks to everyone who participated in ValleyWho. We hope you had fun.

[UPDATE] Beehive Birthday 7: Postponed

UPDATE: Sad news, y’all. We’re postponing tonight’s Beehive Birthday party. Mother Nature is not cooperating. And we want this party to be what we envisioned, so we’ll pick a new date and fill you guys in soon. Look for the ValleyWho winner to be announced, right here on the site, tonight.


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ValleyWho Central: The final two, the final hours

Well, ValleyWho is all over but the votin’. In these final hours of the final round only your votes will decide who gets to wear the ValleyWho crown — Chris Colfer or Ryan Beatty. Figuratively, of course. We didn’t get an actual crown.

Anyhow, deadline to vote is 8 p.m. today, so go here and vote. Even if you haven’t participated in previous rounds. It’s cool. Just vote.

A little bit on how the two of them got to the finals:

Colfer: Defeated California Raisins and Trent Dilfer in the first two rounds, Kopi in the Sweet 16, Philip Levine in the round of 8 and Audra McDonald in our final four.

Beatty: Defeated Pat Hill and Steve Perry in the first two rounds, David Mas Masumoto in the Sweet 16, Richard Kiel in the round of 8 and William Saroyan in our final four.

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ValleyWho: The Final Two — Colfer vs. Beatty

Our final matchup proves that ValleyWho was indeed a young man’s game. The bracket of 64 is now down to two — “Glee” actor Chris Colfer and rising pop singer Ryan Beatty.

A little semi-finals recap: Beatty beat Saroyan handedly, getting 67% of the vote, and, actually, getting more than twice the votes Saroyan did. Colfer/McDonald was closer — with Colfer winning 53% of the vote.

So will it be the 21-year-old Colfer, a Clovis East grad, a Golden Globe winner and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people? Or Beatty, a 16-year-old with a rabid online following who has been pegged as the next Justin Bieber, both by us and by Access Hollywood?

Voting is open now. You decide.

ValleyWho Central: Can Ryan Beatty be stopped?

The semi-finals of ValleyWho come to a close in four hours — go vote! — and despite even his own best efforts to sway his minions, rising teen pop star Ryan Beatty continues to look unstoppable. Even against local hero and literary icon William Saroyan.

On Monday, Beatty himself took to Twitter and said he was voting for Saroyan. But would his fans listen? So far, it sounds like the Team Beatty isn’t emulating its leader.


In the other matchup: I hear things are tight between Audra McDonald and Chris Colfer. Once again, it could come down to just a handful of votes, so be sure to cast yours before 8 p.m.

I’ve know at least a few people are pulling for a Saroyan-McDonald final, but what if it ends up being Colfer-Beatty, who I believe, between the two of them, have a whopping 37 years on this planet?

Beehive Birthday 7: It’s this weekend!


Hey y’all, we’re just a few days away from Beehive Birthday 7. If you missed the previous announcement: The party is at 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at Rotary Playland. We’re envisioning an after-hours party at Playland, fit for both kids and adults.

We’ve added some Fresno-centric twists to a few of the rides, set up a beer garden, recruited some familiar faces to join us and, of course, we’re going to be announcing the ValleyWho winner.

Things are starting to take shape on our end, so I thought I’d fill you guys in:

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ValleyWho Central: Our final four is set


What was once a tournament of 64 ValleyWho contenders is now down to four: Audra McDonald, William Saroyan, Chris Colfer and Ryan Beatty. Voting is live now and runs until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The final matchup will be announced Wednesday morning and voting will last until 8 p.m. Thursday. The ultimate winner will be announced Saturday at Beehive Birthday at Rotary Playland. Remember: We hid the results for the final two rounds to keep y’all surprised.

(1) William Saroyan vs. (10) Ryan Beatty
(1) Audra McDonald vs. (1) Chris Colfer

It’s an interesting mix, I think, that will surely put generations at odds. Represented is the past (Saroyan), the present (Audra and Colfer) and the future (Beatty). Our final four is diverse in that includes an author, actors of TV and stage and a singer. We’ve got a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Tony winner, a Golden Globe winner and a teenager with 200K+ Twitter followers.

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ValleyWho: The battle of 8


Voting for Round 4 — our Only 8! battle — is now open and runs until 8 p.m. Sunday. Go vote. Even if you haven’t voted before, you can still jump in with your vote. Your votes matter. Just ask the ValleyHopefuls who lost by a matter of votes in previous rounds.

Let’s analyze.

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ValleyWho Central: How sweet are our 16?


Voting for Round 3 — our Sweet 16 — is now open and runs until 8 p.m. Thursday. Get those votes in. If you’re new to this tournament, that’s OK. Your vote still matters. New or old, head to the bracket to vote for your faves.

Much analysis below.

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ValleyWho Central: Writer and waver in tight battle

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There are less than six hours left to vote in Round 2 of The Beehive’s ValleyWho contest, and the closest race is between The Waving Lady, who has a narrow 52-48 lead over poet Gary Soto. The contest has drawn more than 2,600 registered users, and voters have taken an obvious shine to Ms. Lady, who as a No. 16 seed knocked off former mayor Alan Autry. Who says pressing the flesh (or at least waving at it) doesn’t pay off?

Polls close at 8 p.m. for ValleyWho, the Beehive’s March Madness-style game that will wind up crowning our favorite local icon. (For those who don’t know about ValleyWho, here’s a quick link to all you need to know.)

Among the late developments:

RYAN BEATTY VS. STEVE PERRY: Beatty, the young Internet singing sensation, has been creeping up on the former lead singer of Journey all day. Perry is leading right now at 53% of the vote. At one point, Beatty was in the low 30s against Perry, but he overcame a similar deficit in the first round. Will his fans come through?

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