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.
You aren’t the only one who hasn’t stopped listening to Sam Smith over the last few months. And if you reserve space in your love tank for another adorable, uber-talented Englishman, today is your lucky day.
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.
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.
Say hello to VH1′sJune You Oughta Know artist, Sam Smith! At just 22 years old, the English crooner has already performed on Saturday Night Live and hit the Coachella stage, and now he’s prepared to make a big splash in the United States with his debut album, In the Lonely Hour.
South African band KONGOS gets more lovable by the day! The group of brothers has charmed us beyond belief as this month’s You Oughta Know artist, and we get an even sweeter taste of the guys’ collective appeal in the clip above. Read more…
The four brothers of KONGOS (Danny, Johnny, Dylan and Jesse), may be among the most crush-worthy VH1 You Oughta Know artists, but let’s not forget that these guys know how to ROCK. Just listen to their brand new single, “Sex On The Radio,” for all the proof you need. The guys came all the way from South Africa to rock us in New York City with their unique blend of African rhythms and amp’d up guitars, and we had an expert photo crew on hand to document a day in the life of a world famous group.
VH1′s latest You Oughta Know Artist, Kongos, might be the most crushworthy band we’ve come across, and it’s about to get harder to resist the band’s charms. You can download their latest steamy track, “Sex On The Radio,” right here, right now. Get it while it’s hot!
April’s You Oughta Know artist CHVRCHES is made up of Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry: three musicians who all see themselves as equal parts of an awesome whole. However, the public seems to focus on the fact that Mayberry is the lone female. Mayberry, a former music journalist, spoke out against misogyny in the music business in an op ed that went viral, and she spoke to us about the role feminism has in the modern pop scene.