Clocking in at five minutes and 26 seconds, “Give Me Love” is the longest song on Ed Sheeran‘s debut album, +. However, when he performed the song at last week’s You Oughta Know In Concert special (airing Thursday, November 21 at 9/8C), he delighted the audience by extending the song for three more glorious minutes.
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The 17-year-old Lorde is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the biggest breakout music star of the year 2013. She was named a VH1 You Oughta Know artist in September of this year, her song “Royals” has spent six weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, and her debut album Pure Heroine will no doubt be showing up on many year-end Top 10 lists. As much vocal and lyrical promise as she has shown, though, we had NO idea that she could wail until we discovered this video of her at age 12 singing a Ronnie James Dio classic (via our friends over at Crushable)!
It’s almost here! Only five more days until the inaugural You Oughta Know In Concert special airs this Thursday, November 21 at 9/8C. It features performances from You Oughta Know alumni both new (Lorde, HAIM, JOHNNYSWIM) and, well, not so new. Take, for instance, the talented Matt Nathanson, who has been part of the YOK family since 2008.
Lady Gaga played both host and musical guest on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live and, suffice to say, she won herself a newfound layer of respect from people who think of her solely as a weirdo. She’s caught a lot of flack during her seemingly endless promotional tour for ARTPOP, but both her sense of humor and outstanding musical talent were on full display last night, reaffirming just what a unique talent that she is. Both of those qualities were showcased during her first musical performance last night, “Do What U Want,” which featured a surprise cameo from none other than the Pied Piper of R&B himself, Mr. R.Kelly!
Lady Gaga served as both the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night, marking the 26th time in the show’s 38 seasons that an individual was asked by Lorne Michaels to pull double duty. Gaga, ever the showstopper, did a tremendous job—more on her in a bit!—but what other musicians did the best job of being hilarious during sketches AND singing their faces off?
If you missed Monday night’s VH1 You Oughta Know In Concert livestream, you’ll have a chance to catch the highlights of the program next Thursday, November 21, at 9/8C. Between now and then, we’ll be rolling out clips from this evening’s AMAZING show here on VH1 Music, including the moment that has the Internet salivating earlier this week: The moment when Lorde and HAIM teamed up to cover Sheryl Crow‘s AAA classic, “Strong Enough.”
It’s been a hot minute since we last heard from Lily Allen, the British songstress who has built her reputation on her unwillingness to play by the rules that govern today’s celebrity industrial complex. Her last album, 2009’s It’s Not Me, It’s You, gleefully genre-hopped from electro to country & western to pure pop, all the while making sly, sarcastic statements about the fetishization of celebrity (“The Fear”), boys who don’t believe in the concept of equality in the bedroom (“Not Fair”), and her issues with the politics of George Bush (“F*** You”). Allen took the last few years off to start a family, but she clearly kept one eye on the way popular culture was evolving (devolving?) while raising her two daughters. Her first statement as a new mom, “Hard Out Here,” dropped yesterday and immediately made waves online thanks to its timely critiques of the likes of Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. However, while we applaud the underlying sentiment of the song, we can’t help but feel like the final video treatment ends up betraying the song’s message.
If you missed last night’s livestream of the very first You Oughta Know In Concert, don’t fret. The show will be premiering on VH1 on Thursday, November 21 at 9/8C, and in between now and then, we’ll be releasing videos and web exclusives from the show as soon as we can. Case in point: Last night’s show closed with an AMAZING set from The Lumineers, who debuted their new track from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, “Gale Song.”
Are you getting tired of being told to throw your hands up in the air? Lorde is! (So there.) The 17-year-old New Zealander was one of the featured performers at tonight’s You Oughta Know In Concert special, which livestreamed on VH1.com earlier and will be airing on VH1 on Thursday, November 21 at 9/8C.