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.
Is there anyone out there having a better year than one Robin Thicke? His collabo with Pharrell and T.I., “Blurred Lines,” is undoubtedly the biggest smash of the year, and his new album is poised for a huge debut when next week’s SoundScan figures get released.
Robin spent some time in New York City recently, and VH1’s ace photographer Lauren Weissler trailed him for a few days while he did some interviews here at VH1 headquarters and performed for an iHeartRadio Live performance. We’ve collected the shots of the heartthrob for you in the latest entry in our ongoing Music Seen series.
Hunter Hayes is one of the most exciting new voices to emerge in today’s contemporary country music scene. How do we know? Well, we’ve seen him display his considerable talents on a few different occasions now, including the 2013 Grammy Awards, last week’s Philly Jam, and his Artist To Watch showcase set at New York City’s Webster Hall late last month. The latter concert was livestreamed by our friends over at MTV —you can catch the entire Hunter Hayes: Artist To Watch showcase here— and we sent our ace photographer Lauren Weissler to the show to capture the scene for the latest entry in our ongoing Music Seen series.
The stars (and stripes) came out in full force last night and celebrated Independence Day in Philadelphia with half a million of their closest fans. The Roots, Grace Potter, J. Cole, John Mayer and more rocked the Philly Jam stage for three hours. Our stellar photographer Lauren Weissler was front row and caught all of the action. Check it out!
We’ve been having a blast sharing our June You Oughta Know artist, Serena Ryder‘s, personal photos but now it’s our turn to share ours. VH1 stalked our favorite Canadian singer-songwriter (sorry, Biebs) as she made her way around New York promoting the U.S. release of her Juno Award-winning album Harmony.
One of the perks of having Gin Wigmore as VH1’s You Oughta Know artist this month is being able to stalk our favorite Kiwi soul siren without being creepy. So, earlier last month we tracked Gin’s every move as she made the rounds across the U.S. from California where she tore up the Live in the Vineyard stage to New York promoting the U.S. release of her sophomore album Gravel & Wine.