You Oughta Know
Sam Smith has just unveiled somber but powerful visuals for “Lay Me Down,” the latest single off his massively successful debut album In The Lonely Hour.
He first came on the U.K. music scene in 2012, singing on Disclosure‘s breakout single “Latch,” but English singer Sam Smith‘s ascension to the top of the U.S. charts was one of the most exciting musical stories of last year. The VH1 You Oughta Know artist’s No. 1 single “Stay With Me” was a defining song of 2014, and he has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and both Song and Record of The Year. He’s built up a huge following thanks to his understated yet powerful songwriting, and his tender, emotional vocals, which can soar from baritone to tenor for dramatic effect. Behind every great musician is usually a great teacher, and while Smith showed promise as a singer at an early age, it was under the tutelage of English jazz vocalist Joanna Eden that he matured into the artist we know today. Read more…
This month’s YOK artist George Ezra shared one of his most Instagramazing moments with VH1 host Ellie Lee, and it involves award-winning actor Sir Ian McKellen.
We gave our newest You Oughta Know artist George Ezra the greatest test of all: the VH1 Stop/Watch Challenge. And he nailed it! We get all we really need in this stripped down version of his song “Budapest.” George Ezra has no need to get fancy with his performance, just a simple guitar and his sultry voice.
Following Nicki Minaj‘s smoldering shoot, Sam Smith is the latest megastar to don the cover of Rolling Stone. In this issue, set to hit stands on Friday, Smith liberates every secret he’s been hiding since his fame took off. For one, he’s sick of the Adele comparison (no shade), he sometimes wants abs like Justin Bieber and his first experience with heartache was with a straight guy.
Howard Stern went off at the mouth with offensive comments about Sam Smith. It’s unsurprising that Stern can only give a compliment by effectively bashing someone at the same time and once Smith got wind of the rude remarks, he had the perfect way of saying, “You’re not even worth my time.”
Are you a Little Mermaid expert? Ella Henderson is and she can prove it. Watch this “Ghost” singer make The Little Mermaid Quiz her b-tch and see if you can keep up with your Mermaid trivia.
As soon as Tom Petty heard Sam Smith sing “Stay With Me”, Petty thought, “Well, that sounds too damn familiar.” He was right. The chorus and melody of “Stay With Me” sound almost identical to Petty’s 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down” so Petty’s publishers went after Smith’s publishers to get to the bottom of the issue.
Ed Sheeran is a nice guy– or so we thought (JK). Let YOK’s Ella Henderson explain why music’s sweetheart gave Henderson the big fat middle finger and how this emerging star snapped selfies with music icon Paul McCartney.