You Oughta Know

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Passenger Busks His Way To International Stardom

Passenger is VH1′s You Oughta Know artist for the month of August, but before he earned that designation or had a worldwide #1 jam with “Let Her Go,” he made his living busking on the streets of his native United Kingdom and Australia. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “busking,” it involves setting up shop on a street corner, singing your heart out for passersby and hoping they drop some change in your guitar case as they cross your path.

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Who Is JOHNNYSWIM?

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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VH1 You Oughta Know Artist Passenger Breaks Down His New LP, All The Little Lights (Pt. 2 of 2)

Passenger All The Little Lights Track-By-Track

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.

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Mumford & Sons Enlist Hilarious (And Famous) Stand-Ins For “Hopeless Wanderer” Video

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.

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VH1 You Oughta Know Artist Passenger Breaks Down His New LP, All The Little Lights (Pt. 1 of 2)

Passenger All The Little Lights Track-By-Track

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.

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EXCLUSIVE: The Civil Wars Debut Their New Video For “Same Old, Same Old”

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.”

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