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Emeli Sande Takes “Crazy In Love” Back To The Roaring Twenties On Gatsby Soundtrack

Emeli Sande Covers Crazy In Love For The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

Emeli Sandé was VH1′s You Oughta Know artist back in June of last year, and her reputation as an artist to watch only continues to grow. Not only did she perform multiple times during the Olympics last year, but her debut album, Our Version Of Events, recently broke a record held by The Beatles (!!!) for the most consecutive weeks spent in the Top 10 of the UK Album Chart (63 consecutive weeks and counting). As if that weren’t amazing enough, now she’s getting some serious shine for her Roaring Twentiestastic cover of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love,” a song that appears on the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby.

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No Longer Rootless, Youngblood Hawke Is On The Right Path And Ready To Wake Up

(The members of Youngblood Hawke, from L to R: Bass player Omar Ahmed, drummer Nik Hughes, singer Sam Martin, guitarist/keyboardist Simon Katz, guitarist Tasso Smith, vocalist Alice Katz)

(The members of Youngblood Hawke, from L to R: Bass player Omar Ahmed, drummer Nik Hughes, singer Sam Martin, guitarist/keyboardist Simon Katz, guitarist Tasso Smith, vocalist Alice Katz)

It’s 5:30 p.m. and I’m one of eight passengers stuffed into a rented white Ford Econoline van alongside 30 different musical instrument cases housing everything from Roland Juno keyboards to guitars to a full drum kit. The members of Youngblood Hawke have just finished their second soundcheck of the day at the South By Southwest Music Festival, but they’ve already loaded and unloaded equipment from their van five different times today. You’d think the group might be weary after doing all that work without even being able to experience the rush of performing in front of any actual fans yet and, truth be told, the van is a little quiet as the various members of their group using their 10 minutes of downtime as they shuttle between venues to text and check their Twitter feeds. But then lead singer Sam Martin starts spontaneously humming a bit of the opening bars of the band’s song “Rootless” to himself, at an almost imperceptibly low volume. Although his humming is barely audible, sending these vibes out into the universe causes an instinctual, infectious ripple in the van and, within moments, the rest of the band starts singing along in harmonious unison. Sam looks up, smiles and takes the cue. “The world is feeling warmer,” he sings while the van drives down a side street in Austin, “The path rolling to your door is a jungle / I’ll be back because I never left.” And, just like that, I begin to grasp how the familial aura of this band —made up of both friends and family members— is going to be the thing that ultimately earns them a widespread audience.

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Jessie Ware Imitates Alicia Keys’s Spoken Word Verse In “You Don’t Know My Name”

Jessie Ware loves Sade. And Aaliyah. Her south London tight-knit Jewish family upbringing was a house filled with soul and R&B. It’s no wonder she digs the sultry Alicia Keys‘s spoken word bit on “You Don’t Know My Name.” Read more…

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Jessie Ware’s You Oughta Know Diary

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Tagging along with Jessie Ware during her stateside tour has been an awesome ride overflowing with laughter. From front row seats to her live shows to getting an exclusive look at her wardrobe, we’ve captured every moment.

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Jessie Ware Give Props To Amy Winehouse For “Opening The Door For Us Jews” To Sing Soul And R&B

Amy Winehouse is the upper echelon of white British singers andApril’s You Oughta Know artist Jessie Ware gives her props for opening the door for singers like her who have an authentic connection to soul and R&B. Read more…

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Jessie Ware Loves Her Some Justin Timberlake

Along with 1.3 million other people Jessie Ware is happy JT’s back. “Justin Timberlake, I’m so happy he’s back,” she said with her thick British accent. “I love the live version of “Pusher Girl.” Read more…

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Self-Described “Total Foodie” Jessie Ware Dines At NYC’s Renowned Sons Of Essex

Jessie Ware Sons Of Essex

Jessie Ware is VH1′s You Oughta Know artist this month, and we were lucky enough to spend some quality time with her recently here in New York City. Anyone who follows Ware on Twitter (@jessieware) or Instagram knows that the British songstress is a connoisseur of fine food— she describes herself as “a total foodie”— so when she was here in town, we made sure to take her out for a really good meal.

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Jessie Ware Thinks Charlie From Girls Is A Hunk

Jessie Ware loves Girls. Not girls (get your mind out of the gutter), but HBO’s Girls. It’s one of her latest obsessions. Her love runs so deep with the generation Y version of Sex and the City she has a request: All she wants is for just one cast member to show up to one of her stateside shows. Read more…

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What Jessie Ware Wears

Jessie Ware may single-handedly revive the crop top stateside. Along with signature colors of black and white, crop tops are Jessie’s go-to wardrobe pick, but for the Webster Hall show she had something different in mind. Just don’t expect her to steer too far away from black. Read more…