The stars (and stripes) came out in full force last night and celebrated Independence Day in Philadelphia with half a million of their closest fans. The Roots, Grace Potter, J. Cole, John Mayer and more rocked the Philly Jam stage for three hours. Our stellar photographer Lauren Weissler was front row and caught all of the action. Check it out!
Want to walk a mile in Kelly Rowland‘s strappy heeled sandals? Until our favorite style icon, singer, actress and “X Factor” judge adds fashion designer to her resume (which could happen soon according to her Rolling Stone interview and her TW Steel watch collaboration), you’ll have to settle for us detailing every piece of her casual and flirty ensemble from our shoot.
We’ve been having a blast sharing our June You Oughta Know artist, Serena Ryder‘s, personal photos but now it’s our turn to share ours. VH1 stalked our favorite Canadian singer-songwriter (sorry, Biebs) as she made her way around New York promoting the U.S. release of her Juno Award-winning album Harmony.
One of the perks of having Gin Wigmore as VH1′s You Oughta Know artist this month is being able to stalk our favorite Kiwi soul siren without being creepy. So, earlier last month we tracked Gin’s every move as she made the rounds across the U.S. from California where she tore up the Live in the Vineyard stage to New York promoting the U.S. release of her sophomore album Gravel & Wine.
Jessie Ware is VH1′s You Oughta Know artist this month, and we had the great fortune of spending a few days with her in New York City earlier this month. Jessie’s debut album, Devotion, hits U.S. shores tomorrow (4/16/13), and if you didn’t happen to pick it up when it was released in the U.K. last fall, you’re in for a treat. It’s one of the lushest R&B albums we’ve heard in years, one that has evoked comparisons to Sade and Blue Lines-era Massive Attack, and racked up a number of “Best Of” awards (including many mentions in VH1′s Best 10 Albums of 2012).
Nothing pairs better with wine than music in our opinion – well, a little food to stuff our face holes doesn’t hurt either. Live In The Vineyard had the best of all three last weekend in Napa, CA. New Kids On The Block popped their acoustic show cherry, Jim Shearer plotted to “kidnap” Tegan & Sara and newcomer Ginny Blackmore sang a beautiful cover of Rihanna’s ”Stay” in a cave. Read more…
Youngblood Hawke is a five-person, indie pop act that hails from the Los Angeles area hipster enclave of Silverlake. The group is also VH1′s featured You Oughta Know artist for the month of March, and we got to know them quite well over a course of a day they recently spent with us here in New York City.
He may not have won Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy Awards, but it’s safe to say Hunter Hayes broke more than a few hearts during his trip to New York earlier this month. The breakout country star made a visit to the VH1 offices for some pre-Grammy interviews with Carrie Keagan on Big Morning Buzz Live and yours truly here at Tuner, as well as performed for several adoring fans throughout New York’s Times Square.
If you’re not familiar with Olly Murs from his charismatic performances on The X Factor UK or genre-bending tracks with the likes of Flo Rida and Chiddy Bang currently climbing the charts, it’s time to get acquainted. Our You Oughta Know artist for the month of February is prepping for a full-blown U.S. takeover in 2013, which began last year when he opened for fellow U.K. act One Direction. Having honed his craft in front of both screaming girls and Simon Cowell, Olly’s drawing serious crowds in his own right thanks to his massive stage presence, throwback sound, and undeniable charm. He’s also a good enough sport to subject himself to our rounds of questioning and photo shoot requests.
We were lucky enough to spend the day with the up-and-comer here in New York City, before his sold-out gig at Irving Plaza. VH1′s fearless photographer Lauren Weissler was on hand to capture every moment, from makeup touch-ups to pre-show rituals, and we’ve got all the special stuff down below, ready for your enjoyment.
The weather may be dreary, but things are heating up here at VH1, thanks to the voice of January’s You Oughta Know artist, Allen Stone. The deeply soulful singer-songwriter brings a unique spin to everything from accessories to his blonde-haired, blue-eyed stamp on the rhythm & blues, capitalizing on the crave for funky, retro sound that has been so kind to acts like Amy Winehouse, Adele and Bruno Mars in recent years.
Having honed his performance skills before church pews in small town Washington, Stone has experience winning over crowds and is comfortable taking time to preach to the unconverted. Inspired by—and often compared to—Stevie Wonder, now he’s giving the likes of Miguel and JT a run for their money in the panty-dropping department thanks to his ability to blissfully distract us from everyday stresses with a rich timbre. His is also a warm and inviting sound that welcomes us in a cozy embrace, and encourages to stay put all winter long.
Ace VH1 photographer Lauren Weissler followed Stone throughout his whirlwind day here in New York City just before the holidays, which included which included a festive stop by Big Morning Buzz Live and some quality catch-up time with his cell phone. Check it out below.