Like President Obama, who invited them to open for him at his Democratic National Convention, we dig North Carolina’s Delta Rae. We love that they are a family — Ian Hölljes (vocals and guitar), Eric Hölljes (vocals, guitar, piano and keys) and Brittany Hölljes (vocals) being actual siblings, and Elizabeth Hopkins (vocals), Mike McKee (percussion) and Grant Emerson (bass guitar) being close enough — and the way the incorporate sounds from across all genres — folk, blues, rock — into their sound. Most of all we love watching them perform, feet stomping and sounds flying as all six come together as one great big band.
That’s exactly what they did last night on Conan, where they broke-in their new trash can while performing a drawn out and dramatic rendition of “Bottom of the River,” the new single off of their album Carry The Fire. Leaving most of their instruments aside for this one, they stomped out the song instead, singing a capella and adding the violent clanking of chains in the aforementioned trash can when necessary. “Bottom of the River” is dramatic as is, but performed like they did last night it is straight chilling. Check it out above, and keep an eye on these gals and guys — we’ll have plenty more to say when we celebrate them as our You Oughta Know artist in October!
VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown‘s Jim Shearer will do anything to get the exclusive story. That includes following our You Oughta Know artist, Walk The Moon, into the men’s restroom to talk about pancakes. Luckily, his bravery doesn’t stop there. We have a playlist of Jim asking the good, great and wonky questions to various musical acts. VH1 Storytellers alum Jason Mraz told Jim his choice for two of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time were. Despite the impossible task, Mraz said, “I’m gonna go with ‘Rapper’s Delight’ ’cause I think that inspired a generation.” “And I’m also a fan of, and this is my generation, Young MC, Stone Cold Rhymin’ was the album…and I can’t think of the name of the song.” Guess we’ll never know what that second song was, but Mraz is certain it wasn’t “Bust A Move.” Read more…
Of the many Brits who took the stage last night to pay homage to their homeland during the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, two were You Oughta Know artists past. Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran did VH1 proud with shining performances in front of the whole world wide. You Oughta Know no more, we say gold medals all around!
Sande’s really run these Games, kicking off both the Opening Ceremony and last night’s Closing Ceremony with stunning performances. The Scottish singer showed up to last night’s spectacular wearing Alexander McQueen and posed atop a newsprint covered stage, where she sang a cover of Professor Green‘s “Read All About It.” She was followed by the percussionists from Stomp and the entrance of Prince Harry, who was there in place of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Sande was back on stage later in the night, finishing up “Read All About It” while a montage of memorable moments played and flags from the competing nations were brought in. Read more…
You Oughta Know artist Emeli Sandé won Olympic glory before the games even began with her stunning Olympic opening ceremony performance, but stateside viewers missed it, because the NBC broadcast cut the segment for reasons that still aren’t entirely clear. This morning, the network made up for it by inviting the opening ceremony star to the Today Show‘s Olympic Village set-up for a quick chat and to sing a brand new song. “The sun’s shining, we are in the amazing Olympic Village, and we are full of wonder,” she said before jumping into the triumphant “Wonder.” Her voice buoyed by soul and her hair swooped high with hope, she claimed her spotlight, singing confidently, “I am full of light, yes I am full of wonder.” And truly she is. This was the perfect song to lead-off this last weekend of the games, because even we, who are not competing, were left feeling inspired.
After Gotye‘s cultural phenomenon video to “Somebody That I Used To Know,” the Aussie musician debuted the animated follow-up to his latest single “Save Me” directed by Peter Lowey. In a snow storm various body parts are pulled by a magnetic force to create the face and body of an incomplete man. By man we mean non-human animated male. Now that he’s assembled he travels through the snow–searching. In his pursuit he takes hold of the hand of a mystery person with a visible pumping red heart. While our Song of the Summer contender sings, “When I could not love myself/And you made me turn/From the way I saw myself,” the red hearted woman makes Mr. Incomplete whole. His better half saved him. His search is a success. And even in the blizzard the sun shine brights on love. Read more…
You Ougha Know‘s Emeli Sandé has borrowed “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” from her tourmates Coldplay, stripped it of the synth and jangle, and made it entirely her own, and in one take with just one mic and her unshakeable voice. Reviewing Our Version of Events, the New York Timessuggested that, “What’s magical about this album is how Ms. Sandé’s stance remains unmistakable regardless of what the backdrop is.” And that proves true as ever in this beautiful and intimate rework of a song that was built to fill stadiums. Sandé has got a voice to be reckoned with, and let her at an ancient Scottish hymn or one of Coldplay’s biggest hits and she will transform it into a moment wholly her own.
Looks like we’re not the only ones hooked on July and August’s VH1 You Oughta Know artists The Lumineers! Our sister station, the Country Music Channel, tapped the roots-revivalist trio for the kick-off episode of their gritty new online performance and interview series called Concrete Country. The band played their debut hit “Ho Hey,” along with “Classy Girls” and “Stubborn Love,” live from the streets of Nashville while traffic and pedestrians passed behind them. “We used to play that song at an open mic at the Metal Arc in Denver, and sometimes people would talk very loudly so I would scream ‘Ho!’ and ‘Hey!’” Jeremiah Fraites joked of the bustle. “It was a good song to get people’s attention.”
Maybe you’ve seen this commercial, the one where the Hawaiian vacation of dreams is planned with the help of his friends and social networks and Bing. And maybe it even inspired you to give Microsoft’s search engine go. Most likely of all, though, it left you with that song stuck in your head and anticipation of the next commercial break when you might hear it again. That oh-so-catchy song is “Ho Hey!” by July and Augusts You Oughta Know artists The Lumineers, and it sounded even better yet when they performed it at VH1 headquarters for their You Oughta Know Live session.
“Ho Hey” swells around the band’s three members, a simple guitar melody, a little kick-drum and a shake of tambourine. It’s the battery of ho’s and hey’s, though, that get into your bones, making the song impossible to shake. Not that you’ll want to.
UPDATE (6/8/12 @ 10:00 a.m.): Hey everyone! Just a heads-up that general ticket sales for our big You Oughta Know tour with Ed Sheeran are now on-sale. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this exciting new artist when he comes to a city near you! Follow along for complete details…
Talented beyond his 21-years, British singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran’s debut album, +, peaked at No. 1 on the UK charts. After seeing his superb artistry through viral BRIT Awards performance of “Lego House,” we introduced him as May’s You Oughta Know artist. Now that he’s risen to stardom in the UK, Sheeran is ready to take on the states in his first ever North American tour. On September 19, Sheeran will kick off his North American tour at Boston’s House Of Blues and will continue touring through early October. For more information on how you can purchase tickets, see below.
THE “VH1 YOU OUGHTA KNOW TOUR WITH ED SHEERAN” GETS UNDERWAY SEPTEMBER 19TH IN BOSTON
THE HIGH PROFILE U.S. TOUR COINCIDES WITH BRITISH SENSATION’S FIRST NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TREK AND CELEBRATES THE STATESIDE RELEASE OF HIS ACCLAIMED DEBUT, +
PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW ON THE iTUNES STORE; RELEASE DAY TELEVISED APPEARANCES SET FOR NBC’S TODAY AND VH1’S BIG MORNING BUZZ LIVE
NYC HEADLINE SHOWS SELL OUT WITHIN MINUTES; + AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE ON JUNE 12TH.