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SoundScanner: Aloe Blacc Makes Strong Showing With Debut Album

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Fans just can’t let it go. The Frozen soundtrack is No. 1 yet again on this week’s SoundScan chart, in a week where five new releases splash the Top 10. Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” still leads the singles chart, and a pair of artists with otherwise not a whole lot in common celebrate important sales milestones. For more, we turn to this week’s SoundScanner:

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by (@sllambe)

Music Seen: A (Stylish) Day In The Life Of Aloe Blacc

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You Oughta Know artist Aloe Blacc is one dapper fellow. Whether it’s on the red carpet or in a music video, the singer is always looking flawless. It makes sense that his style is one of his defining characteristics. He’s a soul singer with GQ sensibilities. When he stopped by the office, the VH1 team got to see that impeccable taste up close and personal. From his aviators to his navy blue velvet blazer, he impressed the staff with his fashion sense. Click through the gallery above for a day in the life of Blacc as he weathers the cold and the cameras in style.

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Kick Off A “Rockstar” Power Hour With A Great Big World’s 60 Second Performance

If you’re trying to hit the ground running for a St. Patrick’s Day happy hour this evening, VH1′s already got your ultimate power hour playlist locked and loaded. They may not be Irish, but A Great Big World crammed their tune “Rockstar” into a minute-long soundbite for VH1′s Stop/Watch. Add the jam to our playlist of many more clock-racing mini performances from the archive like The Fray‘s truncated “Love Don’t Die” or Fall Out Boy‘s abbreviated “Young Volcanoes,” and you’ve got yourself an instant soundtrack fit to put back a St. Paddy’s Day pint (or three) to, one minute at a time.

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Lena Dunham’s SXSW Keynote Address Gets A Thumbs Up From JOHNNYSWIM

There’s more to South By Southwest than eating tacos. Though, ask anyone who’s been, and he or she will tell you that there’s certainly a lot of those, too. This year’s festival attendees were lucky enough to see Girls star Lena Dunham deliver the keynote address, which touched on the issue of sexism in show business. Dunham spoke firsthand, referencing Girls actor Adam Driver‘s rising star and how her female cast is not being offered similar opportunities.

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by (@sllambe)

Aloe Blacc Has His Eye On Leo DiCaprio + 3 Other Things You Need To Know About “The Man”

The singer that woke us all up on Avicii‘s hit record last fall is now “The Man” at VH1. That’s right, Aloe Blacc is the latest You Oughta Know Artist. The R&B singer joins the likes of Adele, Bruno Mars, Estelle and Leona Lewis. All of these performers created a unique blend of pop, R&B and soul, something Blacc is doing on his latest record, Lift Your Spirit (out now).

If you’re not familiar with Blacc, that’s okay because we’ve got you covered with four essential things you need to know about him. For instance, the singer has his eye on Leonardo DiCaprio. “Why,” you might be asking yourself. That’s because Blacc wants the Oscar-nominated actor to portray him in a biopic.

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Exclusive: Go Behind The Scenes Of Aloe Blacc’s New Video

After taking the lead on Avicii‘s hit single, “Wake Me Up,” Blacc is stepping out on this own in a big way. In the new music video for “The Man,” Aloe Blacc channels his inner-Marvin Gaye in a spirited video that captures the social discourse of the early ’70s. The You Oughta Know Artist sat down with VH1 in an exclusive interview to explain the powerful yet beautifully shot imagery in the video.

“This music video is an amalgamation of historic images that remind me of moments in time where there was struggle and triumph,” Blacc says of the video’s theme.

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You Haven’t Seen A Great Big World Perform “Say Something” Quite Like This

A Great Big World‘s “Say Something” has been on everybody’s tongue since its release last fall — a song so heart-wrenchingly honest (a la Adele’s “Someone Like You”) that pop diva Christina Aguilera asked to feature on its re-release. It raced to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, because, duh. But if you thought the ballad was touching with full orchestral arrangement clocking in at 3 minutes 49 seconds, you’re wrong. Prepare to run through a box of tissues in one minute while watching Ian Axel’s solo on a keyboard truncate the track for VH1′s Stop/Watch (reducing us to tears in the process).

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Breaking: Bleachers, Aloe Blacc, Sam Smith And More Set To Rock “Palladia’s EPIC. AWESOME. SHOWCASE.” In Austin

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We’re heading down to Austin, Texas next month to rock out at “Palladia’s EPIC. AWESOME. SHOWCASE.” Palladia, the ultimate destination for 24/7 hi-def live music, will be in Austin during SXSW, one of the biggest and most influential music events of the year. On Wednesday, March 12 Palladia is taking over Cedar Door Grill for “Palladia’s EPIC. AWESOME. SHOWCASE.”, an exclusive, invite-only concert featuring March’s VH1 You Oughta Know artist, Aloe Blacc, Jack Antonoff‘s new band, Bleachers, Sam Smith, Phantogram, VH1 You Oughta Know artists, Johnnyswim, Bravesoul, with DJ sets by Myles Hendrik and Jeffrey Tonnesen.

We’ll be in Austin documenting all of the action, so make sure to follow @Palladia on Twitter to see selfies with the artists in our line-up, exclusive behind the scenes coverage, SXSW survival tips and much more. You can also catch all of our showcase coverage by checking out our official showcase hashtag, #EpicAwesome.

by (@sllambe)

10 Things You Need To Know About YOK Artist American Authors

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American Authors is truly an artist on the verge. Thanks to the success of their hit single, “Best Day of My Life,” the band has quickly become the one to watch. It is precisely why they were chosen to be VH1′s You Oughta Know: Artist on the Rise. Chances are you’ve heard the song on the radio, on TV or even at the movies but it’s safe to say you probably don’t know too much about your new favorite band. Well VH1 is here to fix that with ten essential things you need to know about the group, its name and its biggest influences (hint: Maurice Sendak plays a big part). Read more…