You Oughta Know

by (@megsokay)

YOK Artist Lorde Explains The “Arrogant” Origins Of Her Stage Name

She may have been born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, but the world is coming to know September’s You Oughta Know artist simply as “Lorde.” The “Royals” singer took her love of monarchy to the next level when she looked through books for aristocratic titles that she could call herself on stage and “lord” just jumped out at her. She said, “I love the sound of the word and how it looks, but I also like how it’s a little arrogant, you know what I mean?” Of course, not everything about the teen star is “arrogant”…

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by (@megsokay)

VH1 You Oughta Know Artist Lorde Explains What Being “Royal” Means To Her

16-year-old New Zealand singer Lorde is VH1’s You Oughta Know artist for September. Lorde (née Ella Yelich-O’Connor) might still be a teenaged school girl in New Zealand, but her single “Royals” has made her an international alternative music princess. “Royals” became the first song by a female artist to top the Billboard Alternative charts since Tracey Bonham cracked it 17 years ago with “Mother Mother,” and the song has also been called the fastest charting alternative song since Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” So what inspired the hit song that takes its own hit at the luxurious lifestyles of famous musicians? Apparently a National Geographic photo…

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by (@unclegrambo)

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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by (@unclegrambo)

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…

by (@unclegrambo)

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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