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Exclusive: Go Behind The Scenes Of Aloe Blacc’s New Video

After taking the lead on Avicii‘s hit single, “Wake Me Up,” Blacc is stepping out on this own in a big way. In the new music video for “The Man,” Aloe Blacc channels his inner-Marvin Gaye in a spirited video that captures the social discourse of the early ’70s. The You Oughta Know Artist sat down with VH1 in an exclusive interview to explain the powerful yet beautifully shot imagery in the video.

“This music video is an amalgamation of historic images that remind me of moments in time where there was struggle and triumph,” Blacc says of the video’s theme.

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10 Things You Need To Know About YOK Artist American Authors

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American Authors is truly an artist on the verge. Thanks to the success of their hit single, “Best Day of My Life,” the band has quickly become the one to watch. It is precisely why they were chosen to be VH1′s You Oughta Know: Artist on the Rise. Chances are you’ve heard the song on the radio, on TV or even at the movies but it’s safe to say you probably don’t know too much about your new favorite band. Well VH1 is here to fix that with ten essential things you need to know about the group, its name and its biggest influences (hint: Maurice Sendak plays a big part). Read more…

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American Authors Explain Love For Social Media, Offer Instagram Tips

You Oughta Know artist American Authors sure loves social media. In the modern age of communication, it’s hard not to be engaged on one of the social media platforms. Yet, this band can be found just about everywhere. The group’s main website is a Tumblr, all four members have their own Instagram and Twitter accounts and the group regularly updates everything for their fans’ viewing pleasure.

The group offers some useful guidelines for Instagram: No pictures of food. Though, Matt violates that rule a lot. (Guess he didn’t get the memo.)

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MUSIC SEEN: Go Behind The Scenes Of American Authors’ Live Performance

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Following in the footsteps of A Great Big World and Liv Warfield, American Authors is the latest band to get the You Oughta Know treatment in 2014. VH1 introduced fans to the band last week with a speed round interview, during which the guys spilled on all things crushes, musical favorites and influences. Now fans have the chance to go behind the scenes of the band’s Stopwatch video shoot. Zac Barnett (vocals), James Adam Shelley (guitar/banjo), Dave Rublin (bass), and Matt Sanchez (drums) stripped down and condensed their hit song, “The Best Day of My Life,” into 60 seconds.

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You Oughta Know Artist American Authors Answer Speed Round Quiz

American Authors is the latest band to join the long roster of You Oughta Know artists. Like HAIM and Lorde before them, the group is on the verge of breaking out thanks to an addictive single, “Best Day of My Life,” which has become the soundtrack for several commercials and movie trailers. All month, VH1 will be bringing fans exclusive content featuring Zac Barnett, James Adam Shelley, Dave Rublin and Matt Sanchez.

Because people may still familiarizing themselves with the indie rock band, which hails from Brooklyn via Boston, VH1 asked them to answer a series of rapid fire questions. Get to know American Authors as they tell us about their favorites (R. Kelly’s “Trapped In The Closet”), crushes (Mandy Moore and Katy Perry) and what encompasses the best day of their life (watch above to find out).

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MUSIC SEEN: Singer Liv Warfield Gears Up To Set Your Soul On Fire

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Now that 2014 is in full swing, it’s time to turn our attention to the music the new year has to offer. And now that VH1 Soul You Oughta Know artist Liv Warfield is about to drop her sophomore album, The Unexpected, 2014 is about to get exponentially funkier.

An Illinois native, Warfield pretty much owned Portland’s R&B scene by the time she was discovered by Prince (yes, that Prince) in 2009. Since then, her career has been in first gear and we have no doubt that 2014 will be her year.

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Grammys 2014: Lorde, Bruno Mars + You Oughta Know’s Big Wins

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While the robots of Daft Punk, Beyoncé and Jay Z and Taylor-In-Training Kacey Musgraves are out celebrating their wins at tonight’s Grammy Awards, we’re beaming with pride for our very own You Oughta Know family. VH1′s roster of emerging artists past and present were nominated in 17 categories this year, with Lorde and Bruno Mars scooping up big trophies for Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, respectively.

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Grammys 2014: Gary Clark Jr. Puts His Guitar Wizardry On Display

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Gary Clark, Jr. joined the VH1 You Oughta Know family back in November of 2012, shortly after his outstanding major label debut LP, Blak And Blu, dropped. His work earned him a spot in history at the 2014 Grammy Awards as the first person who has EVER been nominated for both Best Rock Song (“Ain’t Messin ‘Round”) AND Best Traditional R&B Performance (“Please Come Home”) in the same year, and this genre-bending musician was able to put his chops on display for millions of viewers across the world tonight.

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