Ryan Beatty

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Ryan Beatty
Beatty performing in Los Angeles, January 2019
Beatty performing in Los Angeles, January 2019
Background information
Birth nameRyan Kevin Beatty
Born (1995-09-25) September 25, 1995 (age 27)
Clovis, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2011–present
Labels
Websitewww.ryanbeatty.me

Ryan Kevin Beatty (born September 25, 1995) is an American singer-songwriter. He was born in Clovis, California, and now resides in Los Angeles.

His debut EP, Because of You, was released in 2012. After a hiatus, Beatty began to majorly re-emerge in 2017, first with collaborations on Brockhampton's albums Saturation II and Saturation III. Then, in 2018 he signed to Benny Blanco's imprint label at Interscope Records, Mad Love Records, and released his debut album, Boy in Jeans, on July 20, 2018. He continued his work with Brockhampton on their 2019 album Ginger and member Kevin Abstract's third solo album, Arizona Baby. Beatty has also collaborated with Tyler, the Creator on his Grammy Award-winning album Igor and the EP Music Inspired by Illumination & Dr. Seuss' The Grinch. He would go on to release his second album, Dreaming of David, on January 31, 2020.

Career[edit]

Early career (2011–2016)[edit]

Starting in 2011, Beatty covered popular songs and posted them on his YouTube channel. The videos were highly viewed with his most popular song, a cover of Bruno Mars' "Marry You", gaining over 6 million views.[2] He released his debut single "Every Little Thing" in November 2011, which reached #89 on the iTunes Pop Charts.[3] Ryan Seacrest premiered Beatty's debut music video "Every Little Thing" on February 2, 2012.[4]

Beatty released his debut EP Because of You which premiered on Radio Disney on July 23, 2012[5] and was released to the public exclusively on iTunes on July 24, 2012. Within 24 hours of its release, Because of You landed in the #1 spot on the US Pop Album Charts and #7 spot on the Top Album Charts.[6] In 2012, Beatty was chosen to be one of the faces of AT&T's national "It Can Wait" campaign to end texting and driving. The PSA, which urged fans to take the pledge not to text and drive, aired nationwide.[7] Ryan spent the summer of 2013 touring as one of the opening acts on Cody Simpson's Paradise Tour.[8] His first headlining tour was scheduled for November 2013, but was postponed until 2014.

In subsequent interviews after the release of his debut album, Boy in Jeans, in 2018, Beatty described this period somewhat negatively. He felt both creatively and emotionally constrained by his image as a "straight" teen heartthrob and the lack of input he was allowed when he was recording music.[9]

I was just rolling with the punches and dealing with what I was given. Being young I was just really underestimated and I remember never really being taken seriously. I get it, I was like 16, 17 in these sessions, but at the same time I did feel like I had a sense of what I wanted to do or whatever. Back then I didn't feel like I could be myself in any way and the times that I did and I tried to have my own identity, I never felt that it was taken seriously. Can you imagine my entire late teenage years I was being perceived as somebody that I just absolutely wasn't and that's something I can never take back. I don't want this to sound like I regret anything, but it's really difficult.

— Ryan Beatty interviewed by Colin Graves, "Ryan Beatty is the Brockhampton Collaborating Boy in Jeans Writing Pure Pop Bops about Boys.", Notion Magazine (December 19, 2018)

In 2013, he opted to fire his initial management team only a little over a year after his quick rise to recognition had begun.[10] In a 2020 interview with The Guardian, Beatty recalled firing his manager on a plane flying back to Los Angeles after a gig and telling them, "I can't do this anymore."[11] His decision to fire his management and separate from his first label led to a protracted legal battle that prevented him from releasing music until 2016.[11]

Recent career (2016–present)[edit]

After being inactive for three years, Beatty began to return to recording music in 2016 with the release of his singles "Passion" and "Stay Gold". That same year, he also publicly came out as gay.[12] In 2017, he began collaborating with the rap collective Brockhampton, providing backing vocals on Saturation II's "Queer" and Saturation III's "Bleach".

In 2018, Beatty released his first studio album Boy In Jeans featuring singles "Bruise" and "Camo". He released music videos for almost every song on the album, with the exceptions of "Cupid", "Money", and "Speed".[13] The first music video from the album for "Bruise" was directed by Brockhampton's Kevin Abstract.[14] That same year, he also collaborated with rapper Tyler, the Creator on his EP Music Inspired by Illumination & Dr. Seuss' The Grinch and producer Benny Blanco on his album Friends Keep Secrets. Additionally, he performed with Brockhampton on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, alongside Jazmine Sullivan and serpentwithfeet, singing backing vocals on an early version of the song "Tonya" which later appeared on their album Iridescence. His backing vocals were later cut from the final version of the song.

Beatty performing in March 2019

Starting in January 2019, Beatty embarked on a short tour in support of his album Boy in Jeans, first with shows in Los Angeles and Brooklyn and then continuing in March with a West Coast tour with shows in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles.[15][16] In a 2020 interview with Complex magazine, he said that he initially delayed touring after the release of Boy in Jeans in order to focus on recording his second album, Dreaming of David.[17] He continued his collaborations into 2019 with features on Brockhampton member, Kevin Abstract's, third solo album Arizona Baby, Tyler, the Creator's Grammy Award-winning album Igor, Brockhampton's album Ginger (including the single "Sugar"), and Slow Hollow's album Actors.

Soon after the completion of his album Boy in Jeans in 2018, Beatty began work on his follow up album Dreaming of David through 2019. From the end of 2019 into early 2020, Beatty began releasing the singles "Dark Circles", "Patchwork", and "Casino", each with their own accompanying music videos, in the lead up to the release of his second album. On January 31, 2020, Ryan Beatty released Dreaming of David. Soon afterwards, he announced a US tour called "David, I Love You" in support of the album, though this was later cancelled due to the social distancing measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[18][19] Additionally, he appeared in Brockhampton's second music video for their single "Sugar" released in February 2020.[20] He was also featured alongside Dua Lipa and Jon B in the remix of "Sugar", released in March 2020, which included an additional solo verse for Beatty not in the original version.[21] In May 2020, Brockhampton released a single, titled "Twisted", exclusively on YouTube which featured Beatty and Christian Alexander.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Beatty came out as gay in June 2016, at the age of 20, three weeks after the Orlando nightclub shooting. He uploaded an Instagram photo of a Gay Power balloon on his Instagram account with the following caption: "proud to be a raging homosexual. it's taken 20 years of suffocating in the closet for me to become comfortable enough to say it, but now I can finally breathe. i did it!"[12]

In May 2020, Beatty expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of national outrage in response to the murder of George Floyd by Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin. He shared multiple tweets in support of the movement and compelling others to act, in addition to posts from him at a protest on his Instagram story.[23][24][25][26]

Awards, features and nominations[edit]

  • 2011: Billboard magazine – Named Beatty as #10 on the Next Big Sound chart featuring the fastest growing artists across social media[27]
  • 2011: PopStar! magazine – named him one of the 12 new artists to look out for in 2012[6]
  • 2011: J-14 magazine – Beatty was featured as their "Hot Guy of the Week"[28]
  • 2012: Teen Choice Awards – Choice Web Star – Nominated[29]
  • 2012: Named to Billboard's "21 Under 21"[30]
  • 2013: Teen Choice Awards – Choice Web Star – Nominated

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details
Boy in Jeans
  • Released: July 20, 2018
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Streaming, digital download
Dreaming of David
  • Released: January 31, 2020
  • Label: Mad Love, Interscope
  • Formats: Streaming, digital download, LP

EPs[edit]

Title Album details Chart positions
US US
Sales
Because of You 84
Ryan Beatty – EP 8

Singles[edit]

As main artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US Dance
"Every Little Thing" 2011 Non-album single
"Hey L.A" 2012
"Chameleon" 2013
"Passion" 2016
"Stay Gold"
"Bruise" 2018 Boy in Jeans
"Camo"
"Dark Circles" 2019 Dreaming of David
"Patchwork"
"Casino" 2020
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Queer" 2017 Brockhampton Saturation II
"Bleach" Saturation III
"Lake House" 2018 Calvin Valentine Keep Summer Safe
"Lights On" Tyler, the Creator, Santigold Music Inspired by Illumination & Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
"When Gloves Come Off" Tyler, the Creator
"Break My Heart" Benny Blanco Friends Keep Secrets
"Baby Boy" 2019 Kevin Abstract Arizona Baby
"Crumble" Kevin Abstract, Dominic Fike, Jack Antonoff
"I Think" Tyler, the Creator, Solange Igor
"No Halo" Brockhampton Ginger
"Sugar"
"Ginger"
"Victor Roberts"
"Heart" Slow Hollows Actors
"Sugar (Remix)" 2020 Brockhampton, Dua Lipa, Jon B Non-album singles
"Twisted" Brockhampton, Christian Alexander
"Downside" 2020 Brockhampton
"Count On Me" 2021 Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine
"Windows"
"Jeremiah"
"Sierra Nights" Kevin Abstract TBA
"Animal" 2022 Brockhampton TM
"Man on the Moon"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ryan Beatty and Brockhamptom: What's the Deal?". CentralSauce. December 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Marry You – Bruno Mars Cover By Ryan Beatty – via Youtube.
  3. ^ "Exclusive: Get to Know Ryan Beatty". Gossip Girl. August 23, 2013. Archived from the original on August 23, 2013.
  4. ^ "J-14 Exclusive Q&A with Ryan Beatty". J-14. February 3, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Celebrity Take with Jake: Celebrity Take with Ryan Beatty. Radio Disney. July 23, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Teen Pop Sensation Ryan Beatty". Studio 10. WTSP. Archived from the original on November 1, 2012.
  7. ^ "AT&T It Can Wait TV Spot, 'Ryan Beatty Takes the It Can Wait Pledge'". iSpot.tv. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Cody Simpson's Paradise Tour 2013". The Denver Post. MediaNews Group. Archived from the original on July 16, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  9. ^ "Ryan Beatty". Notion. December 19, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  10. ^ "Ryan Beatty is the queer Brockhampton collaborator rewriting pop's rule book | NME". NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries, Tickets and Blogs | NME.COM. July 30, 2018. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Cragg, Michael (February 7, 2020). "Ryan Beatty was set to be the next Bieber – then he realised he was living a lie". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Instagram photo by @ryanbeatty • Jun 29, 2016 at 12:37am UTC". Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2016 – via Instagram.
  13. ^ Boy in Jeans. Retrieved April 13, 2020 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ BRUISE. TheRyanBeatty. May 18, 2018. Archived from the original on January 14, 2021. Retrieved December 1, 2022 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ Beatty, Ryan [@TheRyanBeatty] (December 3, 2018). "NY / LA / TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY t.co/okuCGRgeQ1" (Tweet). Retrieved December 1, 2022 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Beatty, Ryan [@TheRyanBeatty] (January 30, 2019). "TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 10AM t.co/BCu9X7nrjk" (Tweet). Retrieved December 1, 2022 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "A Journey to the Center of Ryan Beatty's Scatterbrain". Complex. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  18. ^ "ryan beatty on Instagram: "Announcing the "David, I Love You" tour - tickets on sale Friday 2/14 @ 10am - see ya"". Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved February 18, 2020 – via Instagram.
  19. ^ Beatty, Ryan [@TheRyanBeatty] (March 16, 2020). "the David, I Love You tour has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. All tickets will be refunded. When it is safe to be out in the world again I'll come play for you. Until then, stay inside and look out for yourself and the others around you. (from a safe distance) ❤️Ryan" (Tweet). Archived from the original on March 27, 2022. Retrieved December 1, 2022 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ SUGAR - BROCKHAMPTON. BROCKHAMPTON. February 17, 2020. Archived from the original on November 20, 2022. Retrieved December 1, 2022 – via YouTube.
  21. ^ SUGAR Remix (feat. Dua Lipa, Ryan Beatty & Jon B) [VISUALIZER] - BROCKHAMPTON. BROCKHAMPTON. March 6, 2020. Archived from the original on November 22, 2022. Retrieved December 1, 2022 – via YouTube.
  22. ^ twisted feat. ryan beatty & christian alexander. Retrieved May 17, 2020 – via YouTube.
  23. ^ Beatty, Ryan [@TheRyanBeatty] (May 31, 2020). "I just finished watching this and felt compelled to share. t.co/gSZfc2wVGf" (Tweet). Archived from the original on December 28, 2021. Retrieved December 1, 2022 – via Twitter.
  24. ^ Beatty, Ryan [@TheRyanBeatty] (May 29, 2020). "Donate to the George Floyd Memorial Fund - this goes directly to George's family t.co/b87LCXRuyM" (Tweet). Archived from the original on October 10, 2021. Retrieved December 1, 2022 – via Twitter.
  25. ^ Beatty, Ryan [@TheRyanBeatty] (May 29, 2020). "Donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund - t.co/DGGB6I0gyK" (Tweet). Retrieved December 1, 2022 – via Twitter.
  26. ^ Beatty, Ryan [@TheRyanBeatty] (May 29, 2020). "Sign the petition. If you already have, pass along to others and ask them to sign. t.co/jtqSOBuuix" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 23, 2021. Retrieved December 1, 2022 – via Twitter.
  27. ^ "Ryan Beatty with Grant Woell at The Pike Room". The Crofoot.
  28. ^ J-14 Magazine (May 27, 2011). "J-14's Hot Guy of the Week Ryan Beatty". Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  29. ^ Sharon Tharp (June 14, 2012). "YouTube Breakout Ryan Beatty Nominated for Choice Web Star at Teen Choice Awards". Ology. Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  30. ^ Nick Williams and Chris Palermino (September 17, 2012). "21 Under 21: Ones to Watch 2012". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2013.