By Yanir Dekel
A WHILE AGO WE TOLD YOU about the hot new video from ‘The Young Professionals’.Now internationally famous gossip blogger Perez Hilton makes sure the whole world will hear about it too.
“Check out the super rad D.I.S.C.O.,” he wrote on his blog. “Kanye is gonna love this! And the music video is so fucking cool! Love! Love! Love!!!!”
‘The Young Professionals’ is an international pop-club project by two Israeli musicians: famous solo singer Ivri Lider, whose hits have been constantly playing on Israeli radio for over a decade, and up & coming music producer Johnny Goldstein, who has been considered by music critics in Israel as a wonder child.
By David Caspi
FOR THE NINTH YEAR IN A ROW, a new star was born – Hagit Yasu, a 21 year old military band singer from the missile ridden city of Sderot, won the title of “Kochav Nolad”, the Israeli equivalent of singing reality competition “American Idol”. Yasu, whose family made Aliyah from Ethiopia when she was a little girl, won over critics’ favorite David Lavie, in the show’s most watched season finale in its 9 year history, with an average of 41% ratings. The entire season ratings average was also the show’s highest ever.
During the live finale on Saturday night, Yasu performed two cover versions, of Ofra Haza and The Idan Raichel Project, and took the competition with a 60% margin of the votes. She has been known throughout the season as having a sweet and soft approach and captured audiences with her simplicity. However the 9th Season of “Kochav Nolad” would be notoriously remembered for its fraud scandal. Three weeks ago it was revealed that the father of one of the finalists, 16 year old Tamar Yahalomi, forged votes in favor of his daughter. He soon admitted to the wrong doing and Yahalomi dismissed herself from the show.
The far most honorable first for the “Kochav Nolad” franchise came on Sunday, when Yasu was formally invited to the presidential house in Jerusalem to meet with President Shimon Peres, who offered his congratulatory words. Yasu’s other very lucrative reward was a recording contract for a debut album, which would be produced by leading Israel artist Ivri Lider. She herself stated that one of her favorites is actually Beyonce. No word if Beyonce herself congratulated Hagit.
By Yanir Dekel
IVRI LIDER MUST BE the biggest gay male Israeli artist ever to cross the Mediterranean Sea and create a small fan base in Europe and America. He’s hot, he’s talented, and he certainly knows how to use his “gayness” to charm even the goyim. Now it seems like he’s starting to focus on his international career even more, with a new song, entitled ‘D.I.S.C.O.’, which contains a sample of the 80’s European-Mega-hit with the same name.
But if you look for the name Ivri Lider in this project, you may have to read between the lines, because Lider, accompanied by a 21-year-old rising music producer Johnny Goldstein, calls this pop-oriented project ‘TYP’, which stands for “The Young Professionals”, and he is not ashamed to say that this project, which is very polished and well presented as seen in the video, also includes a graphic designer and an internet artist. Even the music video director, Guy Sagi, who came back to Israel after a few years living in LA, has a huge part in the group’s look-and-feel. “The name describes something from within our lives, from who we are,” Lider told Ynet this week. “We are young men who are relatively professional in what they do because we take our work seriously. It’s basically all about where your boundaries are. When the work is our life and when our life is only work. I think every artist in any field can relate to that.”
What Jewish mother wouldn’t be proud of such a son: Gay? Yes. Musician? Yes. Doctor? No. But at least he’s hugely successful.