How Scooter Braun Went From Promoting Parties to Building an Entertainment Empire | Blueprint

Scooter Braun is a visionary for the self-made, social media age. After catching the eye of Jermaine Dupri as the hottest young party promoter in Atlanta, Braun signed and diligently broke Asher Roth and Justin Bieber. He went on to manage a bevy of global pop stars to expand his company into other facets of entertainment and to weather some very public storms, all while gathering a following as big as some of his acts.

In our new episode of Blueprint with Complex's Editor-in-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever, Braun shares the vision and journey that helped him become one of the most powerful players in entertainment, and he's still not done.

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Tryst Nightclub February List

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I just received another Las Vegas night club update from Tryst, the night club at Wynn. Once again, another killer line up for this coming February. Let us keep the good times rolling in Vegas! Check out the list below!

Saturday, February 1: Tryst presents Konflikt and Mike Carbonell.

Thursday, February 6: Tryst presents The Affair with Alie Layus and Mike Carbonell. The Affair industry night offers local ladies and industry professionals complimentary entrance.

Friday, February 7: Tryst presents Warren Peace and DJ Pizzo.

Saturday, February 8: Tryst presents OB-one and Mike Carbonell.

Thursday, February 13: Tryst presents The Affair with Warren Peace and Mike Carbonell. The Affair industry night offers local ladies and industry professionals complimentary entrance.

Friday, February 14: Tryst presents Breathe Carolina and Mike Carbonell.

Saturday, February 15: Tryst presents Jermaine Dupri and Dave Fogg.

Thursday, February 20: Tryst presents The Affair with Warren Peace and Alie Layus. The Affair industry night offers local ladies and industry professionals complimentary entrance.

Friday, February 21: Tryst presents DJ Pizzo and Mike Carbonell.

Saturday, February 22: Tryst presents Dave Fogg and DJ Pizzo.

Thursday, February 27: Tryst presents The Affair with Turbulence and Mike Carbonell. The Affair industry night offers local ladies and industry professionals complimentary entrance.

Friday, February 28: Tryst presents Alie Layus and DJ Pizzo.

Nelly Hopes CMT Music Awards Gets A Little ‘Crazy’

By Gil Kaufman

NASHVILLENelly isn’t nervous about performing on Wednesday night’s 2013 CMT Music Awards for the first time. Yeah, he’s best known for thumping hits like “Grillz,” “Air Force Ones” and “Hot in Herre,” but the St. Lunatic general is, honestly, just as comfortable with the country drawling, acoustic guitars and pickup truck love in his hit collabo with Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise,” as he is with Jermaine Dupri beats.

“I love country music,” said Nelly on Monday, just two days before he’s set to take the stage with FGL to perform “Cruise” on the broadcast, which will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. “I’ve always had a spot in my heart for country music. People know that. If you’ve been a fan of Nelly for a long time, you’ve definitely heard my music, you’ve heard a lot of my collaborations. From the beginning with Tim McGraw and moving things forward. I love the stories. I love the passion, I love the feeling in it. Other than R&B I think, for me, it’s the next [most] soulful music there is.”

The video for the remix is packed with acres of dirt road, and bikini models, and Nelly said he hopes that same energy will come across from the stage. “I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I hope it does [get crazy]. I hope they don’t hold back because I’m here. I want something off the chain, I want something for the books.”

Nelly said FGL had already been doing so well with the single in its original version, which, as a fan of country, and any kind of hit music, he’d heard many times. “You listen to hits, no matter where they are,” he said. And, because they’re on the same label, the idea was floated that they join forces and do a special remix of “Cruise” to see if they could cross the song over to an even bigger audience.

“I was like, ‘I think it will be dope. I think we should try to switch it up a little bit,” he said of the remix’s bigger whomp. “Speed the tempo up a little bit [and] see where I can find a pocket.” So, they sent him the song and said that if he had any ideas he should let them know. He did and the rest is #1 hit history.

“I don’t think anybody else could have written a better rap. It just sounds like Nelly,” said FGL band member Brian Kelley. “It sounds like something he would have done on his own and fortunately we got to be a part of it. He brought a total new thing to it.”