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YOK Artist Tove Lo Plays You Can’t Say That: Swedish Greats Edition

By Christopher Rosa 

July’s You Oughta Know artist Tove Lo is no stranger to VH1′s shenanigans. Earlier this month, the “Habits (Stay High)” singer indulged us with a rip-roaring Speed Interview, where she revealed her worst habit is falling asleep in the tub while drunk and biggest musical influences are Charlotte GainsbourgRobyn, and Lykke Li. She’s decided to come back for more, this time playing a round of You Can’t Say That.

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by (@sllambe)

Music Seen: A Day with the Gorgeous Tove Lo

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You Oughta Know artist Tove Lo is one glamorous girl. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, the singer is blessed with those modelesque Scandinavian genes. When Lo — born Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson — spent the day at VH1, everyone was stunned by her natural beauty. It’s no wonder she’s ready to step into the spotlight. After writing hits for Icona Pop, Adam Lambert, and Cher Lloyd, Lo is turning her attention onto herself (and letting herself shine).

Thanks to the buzz surrounding her first single, “Habits (Stay High),” Lo isn’t just about looks. She’s has an ear for smart, pop music.

Check out the behind-the-scenes photos of Lo hanging out at the VH1 office, performing her single in less than 60 seconds, and showing off those hipster model looks.

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by (@alixmarie11)

Stop/Watch: Our July YOK Artist Tove Lo Steps Up To The Challenge

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)”.

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The Guys From KONGOS Play Truth Or Dare

South African band KONGOS gets more lovable by the day! The group of brothers has charmed us beyond belief as this month’s You Oughta Know artist, and we get an even sweeter taste of the guys’ collective appeal in the clip above.
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by (@emilyexton)

Exclusive Sneak: JOHNNYSWIM Covers Britney Spears

While VH1′s You Oughta Know In Concert is a chance to showcase the very best in hand-picked talent, it’s a known truth that everything is better with a little Britney. As in, it’s Britney, bitch. Amanda and Abner of Nashville-based duo JOHNNYSWIM took the stage at Roseland Ballroom to tear through this year’s Heart Beats EP, but not before paying tribute to the goddess of pop.

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It’s A Family Affair: 15 Bands With Three Or More Siblings

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Throughout October, we’re celebrating the sounds of Haim, this month’s You Oughta Know artist. The singing sisters are just one of the latest bands to make music the family business. What other groups include a bunch of talented siblings?

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by (@emilyexton)

Youngblood Hawke Comes Running To Big Morning Buzz Live

Youngblood Hawke brought the jubilant sounds of “We Come Running” to this morning’s episode of Big Morning Buzz Live. Scaled back a bit for the acoustic set–with no threat of approaching sharks, unlike the accompanying music video–the song is the lead single off their self-titled EP, and something you may have heard in an American Idol promo or two this winter. A stripped down version without the contributions from the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir (who recorded the studio version with the band) transforms the punching chorus into a more haunting refrain, backed by delicate percussion.

Scheduled in between sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, their stop by VH1 Headquarters was also a celebratory trip, as the L.A.-based band will be a featured VH1 You Oughta Know artists in the coming months. Stay tuned!

Youngblood Hawke Perform on BMBL

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by (@zaragolden)

Tuned In: Allen Stone Drops By Ellen For A Mid-Morning Howling Of “Sleep”

This month we will shine the You Oughta Know spotlight on Allen Stone, an emergent soul singer-songwriter from Washington state who has forgone sleep in an effort to earn your attention. Or at least so he sings in “Sleep,” and given his recent grind — complete with stops at Leno and VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live, as well as that new music video he cut — we’re inclined to believe him.

This morning Stone dropped by The Ellen Show for a mid-morning howling of his aforementioned hustlers anthem. In her introduction, Ellen accurately likened him to Stevie Wonder and to Amy Winehouse, and we might add that he showed up in a Whitney Houston tee that looked rather well loved, which may explain some of his gospel tendencies. There weren’t any stars up in the early hour, but that didn’t seem to stop him from aiming high with his performance. And as always, he nailed it.

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