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?”
Who is JOHNNYSWIM? Well, for starters, they are VH1′s latest You Oughta Know artist. 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? The video above may—or may not!—contain some of the answers you’re looking for…
Will the real Serena Ryder please stand up? We thought we knew everything You Oughta Know about our June artist of the month, but the “Stompa” songbird still has some tricks up her sleeve. And after the Juno-winning, singer-songwriter showed off a hidden talent, we’re not even entirely sure that Serena’s Canadian.
Turns out Serena is a bit of a mimic and often has fun impersonating friends and celebs alike. SNL cameo, anyone? So we tested her skills in a pressure challenge that Ryder accepted full on. From Jamaican to Pirate (aye, why not), Serena dropped little known facts about herself in a range of accents with hilarious results. She even added a new one to her repertoire. Holler at your girl if you need a voice dub, POTUS!
Check them all out in the clip above and don’t forget to return for more exclusive interviews, photos and performances from Serena Ryder during her last week as June’s You Oughta Know star.
Here’s a little something to help kick your hump day up a notch. Serena Ryder stopped VH1′s offices and brought us a “Sex and Candy” performance. The established Canadian rocker raising eyebrows in the U.S. for her “Stompa“-led album Harmony certainly raised ours when she treated us to the sultry acoustic Marcy Playground cover. Read more…
We’ve been having a blast sharing our June You Oughta Know artist, Serena Ryder‘s, personal photos but now it’s our turn to share ours. VH1 stalked our favorite Canadian singer-songwriter (sorry, Biebs) as she made her way around New York promoting the U.S. release of her Juno Award-winning album Harmony.