Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings just released their sixth studio album, Give The People What They Want, this week. The recording process for this particular album from the You Oughta Know alums was significantly different than in any of their others, though, as lead singer Sharon Jones was diagnosed with stage II pancreatic cancer near the end of the studio sessions. This diagnosis threatened not only the release date of the album but, far more importantly, Jones’ life.
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A Great Big World have been named VH1′s first You Oughta Know artist of 2014, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be livestreaming a concert of theirs on January 16—that’s tomorrow night!— at 9PM/8C at agreatbigworld.vh1.com.
Colbie Caillat made her name writing and recording breezy, slightly crunchy, acoustic guitar-driven tunes like “Bubbly,” “Realize” and “Lucky.” Her work to date has been successful both on the commercial (6MM albums sold!) and critical (2 Grammy Awards!) fronts, but being a creative artist like she is, it seems like she’s ready for a change of pace when it comes to the work that she produces. Enter her new single “Hold On,” which sees Caillat exploring a slightly more electronic sound than she has in the past.
A Great Big World have the honor of being VH1′s first You Oughta Know artist of 2014, and we’ve done little else so far this year besides sitting in our office staring at our calendar, (not so) patiently waiting for January 16 to arrive. “What’s January 16?”, you ask. That’s when the exciting two-piece will be playing a concert at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom, which VH1 will be livestreaming at agreatbigworld.vh1.com at 9 PM/8C.
VH1 is excited to announce that we’ll be livestreaming a concert from this month’s You Oughta Know artist, A Great Big World, next Thursday, January 16 right here on VH1.com. The New York-based two-piece, made up of college friends Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, went from being unsigned artists to landing a #1 record (“Say Something”) during the course of the last 18 months or so, a whirlwind of activity by any measure.
A Great Big World have been named as VH1′s You Oughta Know artist for the month of January, making them the first members of the 2014 class of this prestigious family of artists. The latest to join the lineage of piano-pop acts like Coldplay, Keane and The Fray, A Great Big World is made up of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, two guys who first met while studying at New York University.
For many, the shower is the one place where we can pretend to be Beyoncé without the judgment of strangers. It’s a safe space where we can live out our wildest performance fantasies, even if our vocals wouldn’t normally get us past Simon Cowell‘s doorstep. Continue to sing in the privacy of your own bathroom if you must, but Russell Taylor prefers a more prominent stage of his own. “Performance isn’t just for the fans, it’s also for me,” our December You Oughta Know artist explains. “There’s no other place I’d rather be than onstage performing.”
Hey, did you hear Beyoncé put out a surprise album? Queen Bey majorly shakes up this week’s Top Current Albums chart with her iTunes exclusive, which shattered records at the online retailer and delivered a lump of coal to last week’s chart champ Garth Brooks. Here’s everything you need to know about Beyoncé as well as the rest of this week’s chart news:
Yesterday, we successfully brought you the VH1 staff’s favorite albums of 2013 without any bloodshed, and we’re happy to report that no one’s brain exploded while trying to narrow down the amazing albums of 2013 into a concise list. However, now it’s time to talk about how most people listen to music these days: By the song.
When we began compiling our Best Albums of 2013 list, there were many differing opinions, and after briefly toying with the idea of pitting all our staff against one another in a Hunger Games fight-to-the-death scenario against the backdrop of Times Square, we conceded that the most diplomatic and least murderous thing to do would be to each submit our own list. You know, in the name of preserving a civil work environment and whatnot (not to mention our longstanding policy of avoiding contact with the human resources department). So while we didn’t battle it out in a conference room or some such nonsense, each one of us faced an internal battle — choosing our favorite albums of the year.