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.
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.
July’s You Oughta Know artist Tove Lo is no stranger to VH1′s shenanigans. Earlier this month, the “Habits (Stay High)” singer indulged us with a rip-roaring Speed Interview, where she revealed her worst habit is falling asleep in the tub while drunk and biggest musical influences are Charlotte Gainsbourg, Robyn, and Lykke Li. She’s decided to come back for more, this time playing a round of You Can’t Say That.
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.
“Habits (Stay High)” is July You Oughta Know artist Tove Lo’s newest single to hit the U.S. The song is all about making and living with bad choices. So we sat down with Tove Lo to get to know her a little better in a Speed Interview. Turns out her worst habit is falling asleep in the tub when she’s drunk.
Over 150 acres make up “The Woodlands” at the FireFly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. VH1 caught up with American Authors who gave us the scoop on what was happening at the festival, other than the music.
We’ve had many greats take a swing at our Stop/Watch Challenge to see if they can squeeze their hits into 60 seconds or less. This week, in honor of the launch of her month-long VH1 You Oughta Know campaign, we’re premiering Tove Lo‘s race against the clock as she sings her new single “Habits (Stay High)”.
Sam Smith‘s fanatical tendencies know no bounds. As an artist on the rise, he repeatedly credits legendary divas like Whitney Houston and Chaka Khan for helping to shape his musical taste, and bows down to Beyoncé and her flawless fierceness. He thinks Kanye West is a genius and Miley Cyrus a necessary lightning rod for pop culture. But what about the always-controversial Justin Bieber? Eh, let’s just leave that one be.
Every couple of years, a crop of young British singers invade U.S. airwaves, top the charts and dominate the press. This year is no different thanks to artists like John Newman and Sam Smith. Both are leading the charge with their infectious hits, “Love Me Again” and “Money On My Mind,” respectively. But these two are not alone. Also generating buzz are newcomers Sampha, Sohn and Tom Odell, as well as Alex Clare who surfaced stateside in 2013. These guys represent a new wave of British Crooners that you need to know this summer.