Track-By-Track

by (@unclegrambo)

HAIM Reveal The Stories Behind The Songs On Their New LP, Days Are Gone

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VH1′s latest addition to the You Oughta Know family is, in fact, a family themselves! Say hello to HAIM, the California-based trio made up of sisters Este (bass), Danielle (guitar + lead vox) and Alana (keys). The band’s rapturously received debut LP, Days Are Gone, just dropped yesterday, and we recently sat down with the sisters HAIM and got them to spill all of the secrets about the songwriting and recording process.

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by (@unclegrambo)

HAIM Break Down Their Debut LP Days Are Gone, Track-By-Track

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We are very excited to announce that the dynamic sister trio HAIM are VH1′s You Oughta Know artist for the month of October. Haim first appeared on critics’ radar around this time last year when their track “Forever” started making waves in the UK, ultimately earning the #4 spot on NME’s Best Songs Of 2012 list. Since then, they have released a succession of fantastic singles, dazzled audiences at SXSW, signed on with Jay Z‘s Roc Nation management team, and are dropping their debut LP Days Are Gone today.

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Johnnyswim Break Down Heart Beats, Track-By-Track (Pt. 2 Of 2)

Johnnyswim, comprised of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez, are back in the hot seat to break down their music. The duo opens up about the inspiration behind the final three tracks on the EP, Heart Beats. And it doesn’t always come the most obvious place. The You Oughta Know artist recently sat down with VH1 for our ongoing Track-By-Track series to talk about drinking songs, death and break ups. It sounds dark, but it’s actually kind of sweet.

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by (@unclegrambo)

VH1 You Oughta Know Artist Passenger Breaks Down His New LP, All The Little Lights (Pt. 2 of 2)

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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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by (@unclegrambo)

VH1 You Oughta Know Artist Passenger Breaks Down His New LP, All The Little Lights (Pt. 1 of 2)

Passenger All The Little Lights Track-By-Track

The VH1 You Oughta Know family is proud to welcome the British troubadour Passenger (aka Mike Rosenberg) into the mix. His song “Let Her Go,” one of a dozen tracks that make up the All The Little Lights LP, has already gone to #1 in sixteen (!) countries, including Australia, Ireland and Sweden, and is poised to become a major hit here Stateside, too. Passenger’s body of work is already drawing comparisons to fellow UK-based singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran and James Blunt, and we has the privilege of sitting down with him a few weeks ago to discuss the stories behind each of the songs on All The Little Lights as part of our ongoing series, Track-By-Track.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Robin Thicke Breaks Down Blurred Lines, Track-By-Track (Pt. 2 of 2)

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Robin Thicke‘s Blurred Lines LP just dropped today and signs are pointing towards it being the biggest album of his career. It is seemingly well-positioned to topple Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail when next week’s SoundScan figures are released, thanks in large part to the buzz created by the worldwide success of the album’s title track. And if you’re looking for inside dirt on the writing and recording of the LP, you’re in luck. None other than Robin Thicke himself recently sat down with VH1 here in our New York headquarters to give us the scoop about Blurred Lines in the latest installment of our Track-By-Track series.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Robin Thicke Breaks Down Blurred Lines, Track-By-Track (Pt. 1 of 2)

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Robin Thicke has been one of the most popular artists in the R&B game for going on a decade now, but even he would agree that his career trajectory took a significant jump when he dropped “Blurred Lines” back in March. Over the course of the last three months and change, the song has gone to #1 in 14 different countries and become the undisputed Song Of The Summer here in the United States. Tomorrow sees the release of his full-length album Blurred Lines, his sixth studio LP. We sat down with #THICKE a few days ago for the latest entry in our ongoing Track-By-Track series, and he was gracious enough to share the inspirado behind each one of the 11 songs on this collection.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Sara Bareilles Breaks Down The Blessed Unrest, Track By Track (Pt. 2 of 2)

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blessed-unrest-itunes2Sara Bareilles‘ latest LP, The Blessed Unrest, was released yesterday and immediately lept to the top of the iTunes charts, eclipsing even Jay-Z’s mammoth Magna Carta Holy Grail. We weren’t surprised by this success in the slightest, as VH1 has been #TeamSara since the way, way back. At this point, the You Oughta Know alum looks like she has a decent shot at topping next week’s charts, which would be richly deserved success for this LP, the most accomplished collection of songs that she’s released in her career to date.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Sara Bareilles Breaks Down The Blessed Unrest, Track By Track (Pt. 1 of 2)

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We here at VH1 have been passengers on the Sara Bareilles bandwagon since we first heard her breakthrough album, Little Voice, back in 2007. Over the course of the last six years and change, the You Oughta Know alum has sold millions of albums, been nominated for multiple Grammys, and developed significantly as both a songwriter and artist. Today, she releases her highly anticipated fourth LP, The Blessed Unrest, which is already drawing acclaim thanks to its pro-LGBT anthem, “Brave.”

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Talk Shop: Kelly Rowland, Pharrell and Harmony Samuels Talk A Good Game

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When Kelly Rowland‘s fourth solo album Talk A Good Game drops tomorrow, don’t be surprised if you already feel familiar with its much buzzed about tracks. “I wanted what it felt like for me to turn on my stereo in the late ’80s early ’90s, when I fell in love with R&B and hip hop,” Kelly said. We walked through the making of the album track by track with producers Pharrell Williams, Harmony Samuels and Kelly herself to find out how she achieved that nostalgia vibe and why Harmony thinks she’s ushering in the new wave of ’90s R&B. Read more…