Posts By Stacy Lambe

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Rihanna, R. Kelly, Malia Obama and More Surprises from Lollapalooza

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In its tenth year at Chicago, Lollaplooza welcomed over 100 bands, hundreds of thousands of fans and a number of surprises over the course of three days. As the festival continues to expand into a more mainstream affair with Perry’s tent — no longer a tent but rather a stage that has helped usher in EDM and hip-hop acts — and broad appeal headliners, which have included major pop acts and classic rockers, there’s still room to shock or shake things up. This year was no different as Eminem brought out Rihanna, President Obama’s daughter was spotted in the crowd, and Nas and Outkast relived the ‘90s.

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Artists You Oughta See at Lollapalooza

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With over 100 bands performing at Lollapalooza this weekend, there’s a lot of music to digest at the three-day festival. Everyone from Kings of Leon to Calvin Harris are performing representing a variety of genres from EDM, alt rock, hip-hop and indie pop.

Among the performers on the festival’s eight stages — one being Palladia, marking its debut at Lolla — are a number of VH1 You Oughta Know alums, including Lorde and Foster the People, that have been storming up the charts over the past year. Many are first-time performers and sure to bring a new flavor and sound to the long-running festival.

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Tove Lo, Nico & Vinz and Other Scandinavian Artists You Oughta Know

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When it comes to Europe, Scandinavia is not typically the first region that comes to mind as a producer of chart-topping music acts. With the UK getting most of the attention for the British invasion, it’s easy to forget that the ‘90s saw a Scandinavian sweep with everlasting hits from Ace of Base, Aqua and The Cardigans. Of course, some of the biggest acts to come out of the region — Denmark, Norway, and Sweden — include ABBA, Robyn and Lars Ulrich of Metallica.

While it seemed like 2014 was set to be another sweep for Brit acts, like YOK artist Sam Smith and John Newman, several Scandinavian artists are making a run at the top of the charts. Among them are July YOK artist Tove Lo with her buzzworthy “Habits (Stay High)” and Nico & Vinz’s runaway hit, “Am I Wrong.”

These two acts, plus three other new groups are the Scandinavian artists you oughta know.

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PREMIERE: Estelle Won’t Be Conquered In Stunning New Music Video

It’s been six years since Estelle first blasted her way on to U.S. radio with “American Boy.” In the years since, she’s has had ups and downs trying to recapture that same attention of her first single, but now we’re happy to say Estelle is back! Following a Grammy nomination for “Thank You,” her second single from All of Me, the singer is returning with a striking new ballad, “Conqueror.” The song is the perfect anthem for anyone who won’t accept defeat.

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Why “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” Is LeAnn Rimes’ Best Song

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With LeAnn Rimes joining the VH1 family — her new series, LeAnn & Eddie, premieres July 17 at 10 pm EST only on VH1 — we wanted look back on her extended discography, which dates back to 1996. At the age of 13, the singer broke out onto the scene with her stunning cover of the Bill Mack country song, “Blue.” Since then, she has had a number of hits, including the Grammy nominated single, “How Do I Live,” and “Nothin’ ‘bout Love Makes Sense.” But arguably her best song is “Can’t Fight the Moonlight.” Sure, it wasn’t her biggest hit — but it had a lasting impact.

Join us as we look back on the hit single and explain why it’s our favorite Rimes’ song.

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Music Seen: A Day with the Gorgeous Tove Lo

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You Oughta Know artist Tove Lo is one glamorous girl. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, the singer is blessed with those modelesque Scandinavian genes. When Lo — born Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson — spent the day at VH1, everyone was stunned by her natural beauty. It’s no wonder she’s ready to step into the spotlight. After writing hits for Icona Pop, Adam Lambert, and Cher Lloyd, Lo is turning her attention onto herself (and letting herself shine).

Thanks to the buzz surrounding her first single, “Habits (Stay High),” Lo isn’t just about looks. She’s has an ear for smart, pop music.

Check out the behind-the-scenes photos of Lo hanging out at the VH1 office, performing her single in less than 60 seconds, and showing off those hipster model looks.

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From “Rump Shaker” to “Blurred Lines”: Pharrell Williams’ Biggest Summer Jams

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If there is one hit maker who knows how to churn out a Summer Jam, it’s Pharrell Williams. For over 20 years — yes 20! — the singer, songwriter, producer has been cranking out hits for both himself and popular rappers, singers and Daft Punk. Since he has had some many summer hits, we wanted to round up his most successful (as well as our favorites) into one fantastic playlist. All the hits are here, from his first for Wreckx-n-Effect (“Rump Shaker”) to his most recent, “Happy.” But what song was the biggest of his career? We bet you can guess.

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Battle of the Summer Jams: Magic vs. Nico & Vinz

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Welcome back to the Battle of the Summer Jams where each week two hit songs are facing off against each other to find out just which you love the most. Last week you voted Jason Derulo and Snoop Dogg into the finals with a commanding 89 percent of the vote. Lil Jon and DJ Snake had nothing on “Wiggle.”

This week features two chart-toppers from Magic! and Nico & Vinz. Both are relatively new acts with songs that are tapping into the laid back vibe of the warmer months. But only one song can join the winner’s circle.

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Forgotten Male R&B Groups of the ’90s

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It’s hard to believe the ‘90s — one of the most influential eras on modern pop culture — is nearly two decades old. When it came to music, music was all over the map. Grunge, gangsta rap, New Jack Swing, bubble gum pop, pop punk all had a moment to shine. While there were a number of hit-makers, there were plenty of forgotten blips on the radar, especially in the competitive world of R&B groups. Sure, we all remember Boyz II Men and Jodeci but what about Color Me BaddDru Hill, or Silk?

Put your rewind caps on — it’s time to revisit the forgotten world of ‘90s all-male R&B groups. (And don’t forget to relive all the hits of your favorite ‘90s R&B girl groups.)

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Battle Of The Summer Jams: Jason Derulo Versus Lil Jon

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Welcome back to the Battle of the Summer Jams where you determine the song of the summer in a weekly battle of chart-topping hits. This week Jason Derulo and Lil Jon are facing off with two club jams. But first we need to look back on last week’s battle, which saw Demi Lovato topple Jennifer Lopez with “Really Don’t Care.” She’ll join Becky G and Iggy Azalea in the winner’s circle. But which of the two hip-hop stars will join this female-dominated Summer Jams?

Are you ready to wiggle to Derulo and Snoop Dogg or turn it down for DJ Snake and Lil Jon?

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