Welcome to the VH1 You Oughta Know family, Echosmith! As part of their initiation, we threw them a curve ball: our Stop/Watch Challenge. This can separate the boys from the men and the rookies from the professionals. For newcomers, we think these cool kids did pretty well.
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!
Getting up on the Stop/Watch stage makes a lot of musicians very nervous. They try to fit their entire song into one minute, creating fast tempos and shaky lyricism. But not Syd Arthur. Seems like nothing could kill their chill vibes as they stood face-to-face with our countdown clock.
One minute. A complete song. This is our Stop/Watch challenge. We grab the greatest names in music and ask them to perform their biggest hit in a matter of a minute. Some falter when they step onto our stage, but others soar. Avery*Sunshine is one who took the challenge like a champ and sang her song “Call My Name” in 20 seconds flat. You go girl!
In the Stop/Watch challenge, bands have to race against the clock to perform their hit song in 60 seconds or less. With that kind of pressure, only the best of the best make it through with their tune intact. Newcomer London Grammar didn’t blink twice when we dared them perform their award-winning song “Strong” in just a minute. Spoiler alert: they absolutely killed it!
We’ve had some amazing talent on Stop/Watch, but our favorites are those who pour their heart and soul into those 60 seconds. It can be tough trying to squeeze an entire song into a single minute, but the best bands take their familiar sounds and throw a crazy twist on it. Well, Rixton just made our list of the best artists on Stop/Watch.
We’ve had a lot of impressive acts come and try their hands our Stop/Watch challenge, but MAGIC!‘s performance of “Rude” is something else. This stripped down version of the pop single is full of emotion and truth. Thank goodness it was only 60 seconds long. I don’t think we could handle much more than that!
We’ve had many greats take a swing at our Stop/Watch Challenge to see if they can squeeze their hits into 60 seconds or less. This week, in honor of the launch of her month-long VH1 You Oughta Know campaign, we’re premiering Tove Lo‘s race against the clock as she sings her new single “Habits (Stay High)”.
Malado! performs “Pinocchio” in the Make A Band: Famous Stop/Watch Challenge.
The Make a Band Famous contest has just announced it’s “Final Four” and they are Tony Memmel, Malado!, Fancy Reagan and Chris Ayer. Starting last night, 24 bands have been fighting it out for a once in a lifetime recording contract from Republic Records in a variety of musical competitions that pushed them to the brink of their musical abilities. Taking a cue from VH1′s popular online music series, the Stop/Watch Challenge asked the bands to play one of their songs in one minute flat and you can see the finalists’ performances right here. Read more…
If you haven’t heard already, Stop/Watch artists have been taking the musical sphere by storm, rocking out our favorite hits in just one minute. Yep, you heard right – ONE MINUTE. This week we had Ingrid Michaelson in the studio to perform her song “Girls Chase Boys” in 60 seconds or less.