You Oughta Know

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You Oughta Know Alum A Great Big World Take Toyota For A Spin

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino of the band A Great Big World took a spin downtown to visit the most inspiring places L.A. has to offer. With the help of Toyota, the group made stops at L.A.’s Chinatown to grab some food, walked the L.A. River (made famous by the movie Grease), and ended at the Orpheum Theater, the gorgeous restored movie palace.

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EXCLUSIVE: Stream You Oughta Know Artist Vance Joy’s Upcoming Album Dream Your Life Away

It’s the start of a new month, which means that we have a brand new You Oughta Know musician that we’d love for you to meet. Today we’re pleased to introduce Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy as September’s honorary YOK. You can learn the personal stats on him later this month, but for now we’ll just let his music do the talking. That’s right, we have his upcoming debut album Dream Your Life Away, available now for exclusive streaming! The album isn’t due out until next Tuesday, September 9th, but you can listen here (for free) until then.

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Jack Antonoff Strips Down Bleachers’ “I Wanna Get Better” In This Stop/Watch Challenge

This month’s You Oughta Know artists Bleachers are known for their over-the-top sound and larger-than-life stage presence. Well, for our 60 second Stop/Watch challenge, Jack Antonoff gave us a stripped down version of the popular Bleachers hit “I Wanna Get Better”, and it proves the rule that sometimes less is MORE!

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THE SPEED INTERVIEW: Jack Antonoff Of Bleachers Discusses His Strange Desires (Or Does He ?)


It’s pretty cool when a musician can jump from one successful project to another and have hits with both of them. That’s where unlikely pop star Jack Antonoff finds himself after taking time off from his gig in fun. to release a solo album under the Bleachers moniker, whose bouncy alt pop hit “I Wanna Get Better” is one of the summer’s most infectious singles. The erstwhile boyfriend of Girls’ Lena Dunham caught up with VH1 News recently to discuss his debut album Strange Desires, not to mention his true strange desires (well actually, he wasn’t exactly forthcoming about them but watch the interview anyway).  Read more…

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Artists You Oughta See at Lollapalooza

Lorde Performs Live In Sydney

With over 100 bands performing at Lollapalooza this weekend, there’s a lot of music to digest at the three-day festival. Everyone from Kings of Leon to Calvin Harris are performing representing a variety of genres from EDM, alt rock, hip-hop and indie pop.

Among the performers on the festival’s eight stages — one being Palladia, marking its debut at Lolla — are a number of VH1 You Oughta Know alums, including Lorde and Foster the People, that have been storming up the charts over the past year. Many are first-time performers and sure to bring a new flavor and sound to the long-running festival.

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Tove Lo, Nico & Vinz and Other Scandinavian Artists You Oughta Know

Nico and Vinz Visit Y 100 Radio Station

When it comes to Europe, Scandinavia is not typically the first region that comes to mind as a producer of chart-topping music acts. With the UK getting most of the attention for the British invasion, it’s easy to forget that the ‘90s saw a Scandinavian sweep with everlasting hits from Ace of Base, Aqua and The Cardigans. Of course, some of the biggest acts to come out of the region — Denmark, Norway, and Sweden — include ABBA, Robyn and Lars Ulrich of Metallica.

While it seemed like 2014 was set to be another sweep for Brit acts, like YOK artist Sam Smith and John Newman, several Scandinavian artists are making a run at the top of the charts. Among them are July YOK artist Tove Lo with her buzzworthy “Habits (Stay High)” and Nico & Vinz’s runaway hit, “Am I Wrong.”

These two acts, plus three other new groups are the Scandinavian artists you oughta know.

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YOK Artist Tove Lo Plays You Can’t Say That: Swedish Greats Edition

By Christopher Rosa 

July’s You Oughta Know artist Tove Lo is no stranger to VH1′s shenanigans. Earlier this month, the “Habits (Stay High)” singer indulged us with a rip-roaring Speed Interview, where she revealed her worst habit is falling asleep in the tub while drunk and biggest musical influences are Charlotte GainsbourgRobyn, and Lykke Li. She’s decided to come back for more, this time playing a round of You Can’t Say That.

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