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Make A Band Famous: Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers Blast Brooklyn With Sneaks From Their New Album

Bleachers took to the stage in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park yesterday, brightening up the otherwise gloomy and grey afternoon with an amped up hour-long set! Their long-awaited debut Strange Desire isn’t due to hit shelves until July 15th, but we were treated to a vibrant sneak peek from .fun guitarist Jack Antonoff‘s new musical project. The performance not only helped kick off this year’s Northside Music Festival, but was part of the finale for VH1′s Make A Band Famous!

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What Does Sam Smith Do During A Busy Day In New York City?

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We’re bringing you as much on the delightful Sam Smith as we can throughout the month, but the 22-year-old is lucky if he can sleep in the same bed two nights in a row. You see, being an artist on the rise means having a hectic schedule. And with upcoming gigs at Bonnaroo and Glastonbury, Sam is headed all over the world this summer. So what does June’s You Oughta Know artist do for 24 hours in New York City? Perform on Big Morning Buzz Live, take in the sights and compete for Beyoncé-themed prizes, among other things.

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Loud And Proud And LGBT: Sam Smith Is One Of Many Out Musicians

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The rising British soul singer and VH1 You Oughta Know artist for the month of June is proud of his homosexuality, and we’re proud of him! Already this year, Sam Smith has seen major success in the US pop charts, following his triumph across the pond in the U.K. In addition to his incredible year, Sam will be joining the ranks  gay, lesbian, and bisexual musicians who serve as beacons for the LGBT community.

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If Sam Smith’s Performance Of “Stay With Me” On Big Morning Buzz Live Doesn’t Make You Teary, You Have No Soul

Earlier this year we told you that Sam Smith was poised to take over the world. Well, we hate to say we told you so, but…it’s definitely starting to look that way! The young British soulster stormed the charts in 2013 with vocal turns on hits like Disclosure‘s “Latch” and Naughty Boy‘s “La La La,” and now he’s striking out on his own with the release of his debut disc, In The Lonely Hour. Tapped as June’s You Oughta Know artist, Smith swung by VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live today to serve up a stirring rendition of “Stay With Me,” his third single. Was it amazing? Yes! Did we tear up? Maybe…

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Battle Of The Summer Jams: Sam Smith Vs. Ed Sheeran

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Welcome back to the Battle of the Summer Jams. After Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande duked it with their respective chart-topping hits, “Fancy” and “Problem,” we’re putting the men to the test. In a battle between two You Oughta Know artists, alumni Ed Sheeran is going up against newcomer Sam Smith. Nearly three years after releasing his debut album, Sheeran is back with his sophomore LP and a new song, “Sing,” raising up the charts. Meanwhile, Smith has been getting tons of love (and hype) in the UK and is now bringing his British swagger to the U.S. His latest single, “Stay With Me,” is getting attention thanks to an assist from Mary J. Blige.

So who will win the YOK battle? That’s up to the fans.

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Sam Smith Dreams Of Becoming A Florist And Moving To Italy

We’re often surprised by the range of jobs  our favorite musicians had before they hit it big. But what about the things stars wish they could do instead of making millions of people happy on a nightly basis? Back in March, You Oughta Know artist Sam Smith told us that if he wasn’t singing professionally, he’d be working as a florist. Naturally this unique piece of information was all we needed to create a DIY-explosion here at VH1 HQ.

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Sam Smith Can’t Wait To Bring A Lamb On His Tour Bus

Sam Smith is our June You Oughta Know artist, as well as the man responsible for soundtracking your most recent ugly cries. His songs are heartfelt and poignant, and it’s impossible to listen to him without feeling all of the feels. But just because he writes sad songs doesn’t mean the 22-year-old is a downer! In fact, he’s exactly the opposite.

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