Who is JOHNNYSWIM? Well, for starters, they recently joined the You Oughta Know family. We also know that this duo is made up of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez, and that they’re drawing warm comparisons to the likes of the multiple Grammy winning duo The Civil Wars. But where, pray tell, does a name like Johnnyswim come from? Does it come from a goldfish? A particularly scary moment from the film Jaws? Or is it something else entirely? The video above may—or may not!—contain some of the answers you’re looking for…
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The British troubadour Passenger is the latest addition to the You Oughta Know family, and it’s no wonder why. The plaintive poet’s song “Let Her Go” has already gone to #1 in sixteen countries, and is just starting to gain momentum on the charts here. His latest LP, All The Little Lights, has been championed by fellow YOK alum Ed Sheeran, and we got the chance to discuss all of the tracks on the album with Mike Rosenberg himself when he swung through NYC recently for the latest installment of our series Track-By-Track.
Mumford & Sons enthralled tens of thousands of fans in Chicago this weekend when they headlined Day 2 of Lollapalooza, a set that was met with near-universal raves. The band has pretty much accomplished it all over the last few years —winning Grammy awards, headlining festivals the world over, joining the You Oughta Know family, convincing megababe Carey Mulligan to enter a state of wedded bliss with lead singer Marcus Mumford—but that didn’t stop them from turning their gaze inward in an attempt to improve themselves. After doing some soul-searching, the band apparently recognized that there was one area in which they didn’t quite excel: Comedy.
The VH1 You Oughta Know family is proud to welcome the British troubadour Passenger (aka Mike Rosenberg) into the mix. His song “Let Her Go,” one of a dozen tracks that make up the All The Little Lights LP, has already gone to #1 in sixteen (!) countries, including Australia, Ireland and Sweden, and is poised to become a major hit here Stateside, too. Passenger’s body of work is already drawing comparisons to fellow UK-based singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran and James Blunt, and we has the privilege of sitting down with him a few weeks ago to discuss the stories behind each of the songs on All The Little Lights as part of our ongoing series, Track-By-Track.
It’s been nearly eight months since The Civil Wars announced their “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition” and, quite frankly, we’re still gutted by the news. Even though Joy Williams and John Paul White are no longer on speaking terms, there is a small silver lining for fans of the Grammy-winning duo: August 6 will see the release of The Civil Wars, the follow-up to the duo’s much beloved 2011 debut. VH1 and CMT are excited to exclusively premiere the first video from this project, which is for the album’s single, “Same Old, Same Old.”
The grammar geek backlash from Jay Z‘s hyphen-dropping announcement didn’t cost the rapper another week in the SoundScan penthouse. He’s on top yet again with his Magna Carta Holy Grail, with VH1 You Oughta Know alum Sara Bareilles coming in second place. #SoundScanner investigates this week’s big chart stories:
Who is JOHNNYSWIM? Well, this much we know: This tantalizing new duo is made up of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano-Ramirez, and they are the latest addition to VH1′s You Oughta Know family. But where does the name JOHNNYSWIM come from, anyway? Does it have anything to do with Amanda’s first goldfish? Or, perhaps, was it borne during a screening of Jaws where love first bloomed between Abner and Amanda? Watch the video above, and help try to solve the mystery on Twitter using the following hashtag: #WHOISJOHNNYSWIM
Sara Bareilles is set to drop her highly anticipated fourth studio album, The Blessed Unrest, tomorrow. The VH1 You Oughta Know alum has been garnering near universal praise for her latest single, “Brave,” thanks in large part to its empowering message of equality. So when she dropped by VH1 headquarters recently, we asked if she would adapt the song so it could be a part of our new feature, Stop/Watch, which sees artists condensing one of their songs to fit a strict :60 second timeframe. Watch our video above to see if she was able to pull it off!
Come back to VH1 Tuner all week long to see more from Sara Bareilles, including exclusive track-by-track commentary on all of the songs her new album! Remember, The Blessed Unrest will be available everywhere tomorrow, July 16.
Who is JOHNNYSWIM? Well, for starters, they are VH1′s latest You Oughta Know artist. And although the origins of the name JOHNNYSWIM remain clouded in mystery, the husband/wife duo of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano-Ramirez are ready to let their remarkable music do the talking.
First things first: Don’t ask us why we follow Pauly Shore on Twitter. It’s not something we’re proud of, it’s just something that happened along the way. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get on with the story. Last night, Pauly sent out a tweet that piqued our interest and made our decision to follow him look prescient. The tweet? “Have you seen my interview with 4 year old Bruno Mars, bro?”