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.
Last night VH1′s Super Bowl Blitz came to a close. The six night concert series bounced from borough to borough, night after night counting down to Super Bowl XLVIII. J. Cole, Fall Out Boy, and TLC were just three of the acts that came out to hype us up for the Big Game and create some memorable music moments along the way.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Backstreet Boys global pop domination. A.J., Brian, Howie D, Kevin and Nick recently stopped by Video Hits One headquarters here in the heart of Times Square to promote their new album, In A World Like This, and our lucky photographer Jen Marigliano got to follow them around for the day.
The Lumineers are one of the featured acts that will be performing live at the first ever You Oughta Know In Concert, which will be livestreaming exclusively on VH1.com TONIGHT, Monday, November 11, and then airing again in glorious HD on VH1 on Thursday, November 21. This Denver-based trio is made up of Wesley Schultz (lead vox, guitar), Jeremiah Fraites (drums, percussion), and Neyla Pekarek (cello, vox), and joined the VH1 You Oughta Know family back in July of 2012.
HAIM is one of the featured acts that will be performing live at the first ever You Oughta Know In Concert, which will be livestreaming exclusively on VH1.com TONIGHT, Monday, November 11, and then airing again in glorious HD on VH1 on Thursday, November 21. This California trio is made up of sisters Este (bass, vox), Danielle (lead vox, lead guitar) and Alana (keys, vox, rhythm guitar), and just released their debut LP Days Are Gone to widespread critical acclaim and a Top 10 chart debut.
Emeli Sandé is one of the featured acts that will be performing live at the first ever You Oughta Know In Concert, which will be livestreaming exclusively on VH1.com on Monday, November 11, and then airing again in glorious HD on VH1 on Thursday, November 21. The 26-year-old British megatalent has drawn comparisons to Beyoncé and Alicia Keys, and is currently in the midst of recording her follow-up to 2012′s Our Version Of Events, which catapulted Sandé into international stardom.
One name that you’re going to see a lot of on year-end Top 10 lists once December rolls around is Janelle Monáe, whose The Electric Lady: Suites IV And V is far and away one of the most rewarding listens of the year. In addition to her unquestioned musical prowess, Monáe is also one of the most stylish artists in the game, as you’ll see in the latest installment of VH1′s ongoing Music Seen series. Our ace photog Lauren Weissler spent a recent day trailing the Q.U.E.E.N. as she made the rounds at VH1 headquarters, including a visit with VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer. Enjoy!
[Photo Credit: VH1/Lauren Weissler]
HAIM is the latest addition to VH1′s You Oughta Know family, and has signed on to be part of the first ever You Oughta Know In Concert special that’s airing on VH1 on November 21 at 9PM/8C. The three Haim sisters just released their debut LP, Days Are Gone, which will debut in the Top 10 this week when final numbers are released, and have gone from complete unknowns to selling out New York City’s Webster Hall in less than a year.
Lorde doesn’t even have an LP out yet—Pure Heroine comes out next week, but you can hear it today thanks to VH1′s exclusive stream—but she’s already the hottest new artist in the game. The 16-year-old’s first single, “Royals,” came out of nowhere to dominate the likes of Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry, and she seems well poised to be nominated for a gaggle of Grammys when those nominations are announced later this year.
Recent You Oughta Know artist Passenger is still climbing his way up the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown with “Let Her Go,” a song that has gone to #1 in 13 different countries. His plaintive ditty is currently sitting at #14 on the countdown, but a few months before that track took hold, he spent an afternoon with us here at VH1 headquarters in Times Square.