We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Matt Nathanson was the MVP of the first ever You Oughta Know In Concert special, as he and his band played in eight, count ‘em, 8 songs for the adoring audience. Nathanson is the longest-tenured You Oughta Know artist of anyone on tonight’s bill, and he proved to be the most versatile of the bunch, too, performing 4 songs of original material, leading the way on three dynamic covers, and singing along to the all-star jam of “Ho Hey” led by The Lumineers.
Emeli Sandé got the first ever You Oughta Know In Concert special started off on an extremely energetic foot tonight, performing four songs that appear on her debut album Our Version Of Events. Two of those songs, “Next To Me” and “My Kind Of Love,” just appeared on your television screen, but those of us who were lucky enough to be in attendance when this show was recorded were treated to an especially rockin’ version of “Heaven,” which we have for you above.
Delta Rae is one of our favorite You Oughta Know artists to emerge over the last couple of years, which is why it was so thrilling to see them appear on-stage at the You Oughta Know In Concert special that airs tonight at 9/8C on VH1. The band’s Brittany Holljes (aka @brittanyhellyes) and Liz Hopkins (aka @batsparkles) join an all-star cast of performers during the evening’s closing number, “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, but that’s not all that’s new with this North Carolina six-piece.
If you have not heard of Leela James, get ready, because that is probably about to change. The soul/R&B singer-songwriter’s name is finding its way into the mouths of music critics and fresh fans thanks to the release of her latest single “Say That” featuring Anthony Hamilton. Since her break onto the music scene in 2005 with her debut album A Change Is Gonna Come, James has steadily built her signature brand of big soulful vocals, with big “swallow her face” hair to match. But her upcoming fifth album (slated for release in early 2014) for which “Say That” is the first single could be the charm that changes the game for James and brings her explosive brand of soulful music to the masses in a huge way.
December 3 officially kicks off SCOPE’s week-long Art Show where VH1 + SCOPE are coming together and celebrating ART + MUSIC + BEACH. Art and music have influenced each other since the beginning of time and VH1 + SCOPE are joining forces to celebrate that epic collaboration.
We spoke to hip hop artist, Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and artist, Hebru Brantley, who explained exactly how interconnected these two worlds are and how each of them are inspired by the other’s art.
Check out behind the scenes photos of Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and Hebru Brantley’s collaborative art and music experience.
Kanye West treated fans at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn to a classic Yeezy rant on Wednesday night, and it’s going to take us a minute to unravel all the things he’s upset about this time. The clearest target, as far as we can tell, is Bruno Mars, or, more specifically, MTV for giving Bruno Mars “all the motherf–king awards and sh–” at the VMAs this year. “Then can’t no motherf–king networks try to gas everybody up so they can sell some product with the prettiest motherf–ker out,” he said. (As MTV just pointed out, Mars won exactly two awards, Best Male Video for “Locked Out of Heaven” and Best Choreography for “Treasure.) Who else is he mad at?
Lady Gaga‘s ARTPOP crashes the chart this week, but doesn’t measure up to her previous sales monster. Elsewhere on this week’s chart, Eminem‘s Marshall Mathers LP 2 continues to sell well while fans learn to cope without new material from Rihanna. That and more in this week’s SoundScanner: