Where should we perform next? Israel!
Famous performers seem to be heading to the Holy Land as of late to display their talents. Barbra Streisand held a few concerts in Tel Aviv last week, and Alicia Keys is slated to perform there on July 4. And on Tuesday, the Jerusalem Post reported that Rihanna, 25, would be visiting Israel in October to perform before a crowd of 50,000 fans while on her “Diamonds” world tour.
Rihanna last performed in Tel Aviv in 2010 in Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium, according to The Times of Israel. The six-time Grammy winner’s reputation has grown significantly since then, according to the Post. She was ranked fourth on Forbes magazine’s list of the Most Powerful Celebrity 100, the aforementioned report added.
Rihanna’s concert is scheduled for October 22 at Park Hayarkon. 50,000 tickets will be made available from 5 p.m. Thursday, June 27, with prices ranging from NIS 369 to NIS 1450 (approximately $100-400, according to Google’s calculations).
Rihanna may very well be known in Israel considering her robust media presence. Her music was the most streamed on Spotify this year, according to the company; she has the most fans on Facebook; has the fourth most followers on Twitter; and is the most viewed and subscribed musician on YouTube, the Post further reported.
Israelis and international observers anticipate that Rihanna will be hearing from BDS supporters who will try to dissuade her from performing in Israel. Petitions have been signed and letters sent in an attempt to discourage Alicia Keys from performing in only few weeks, but the artist has refused to give in to the protestors.
Ran Rahav, the concert’s promoter, said at a celebratory breakfast Tuesday that the event’s organizers have been preparing Rihanna for the media backlash she will inevitably receive in the coming months, the Post further reported.
Many celebrated the latest announcement and contextualized it in light of the mounting efforts to discourage entertainers from performing in the Jewish State.
“File this under repeat #BDSFail,” wrote Emily Hochberg of the “Israel Action Network,” a division of the Jewish Federations of North America.
In addition to her Grammy awards, Rihanna is the recipient of five American Music Awards, eighteen Billboard Music Awards, and two BRIT Awards, according to Tourist Israel.
Some of the artist’s hits are “Only Girl (in the world),” “Where Have You Been,” “We Found Love,” and “Diamond,” The Times further reported.