A Great Big World‘s “Say Something” has been on everybody’s tongue since its release last fall — a song so heart-wrenchingly honest (a la Adele’s “Someone Like You”) that pop diva Christina Aguilera asked to feature on its re-release. It raced to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, because, duh. But if you thought the ballad was touching with full orchestral arrangement clocking in at 3 minutes 49 seconds, you’re wrong. Prepare to run through a box of tissues in one minute while watching Ian Axel’s solo on a keyboard truncate the track for VH1′s Stop/Watch (reducing us to tears in the process).
First they did it with a dog, then with a near R-rated Where The Wild Things Are themed video around New York City, and now American Authors are performing a compact version of their Billboard Hot 100 hit “Best Day Of My Life” for VH1′s Stop/Watch. Is watching the boys shrink down the catchy tune to under a minute as adorable as watching a bulldog rock sunglasses and eat a cupcake? It’s damn near close!
While we’re clearing the remaining snow and shoveling our way out of our homes, James Shelley and Zachary Barnett of American Authors sat down with VH1 to talk about their ride on the slopes and their plans for the new year. Within the insanity of their touring, they finally got a chance to relax, hang out, and high-five “like 237 times” at VH1′s Winter Wonderland.
Last year turned out to be a breakout year for You Oughta Know artist Lorde, who took over the charts with “Royals.” However, she may have to make room for her 15-year-old sister in 2014. Over the weekend, India “Indy” Yelich-O’Connor tweeted a link to her cover of fellow YOK artist, A Great Big World. Indy took on the band’s “Say Something,” a duet with Christina Aguilera, proving she has vocal talents of her own. Maybe a duet with her big sister is in order?
A Great Big World‘s debut album, Is There Anybody Out There?, just hit stores yesterday, but those of you who turned into VH1′s exclusive livestream of the band’s concert from New York City’s Highline Ballroom last week were lucky enough to get a special introduction to the material.
A Great Big World already has a #1 song under their belts (“Say Something”) and, by this time next week, we’ll know if they can add “#1 Album” to their LinkedIn profiles, too! That’s right, today is release day for the You Oughta Know artist’s debut album, Is There Anybody Out There?, an album they performed in its entirety live in New York City just last week.
“Rockstar” is the first song on A Great Big World‘s new LP, and its lyrics hold the clues to the title the band chose for their debut album. The band performed this track, along with all of the other cuts that ended up on Is There Anybody Out There?—which, btw, drops tomorrow!—in front of a sold-out (and amped-up) audience at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom last week.
A Great Big World blew the roof off of Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom last night, playing their new album Is There Anybody Out There? in its entirety in front of a live audience for the first time ever. The album doesn’t officially drop until Tuesday (1/21), but if you were lucky enough to snag a ticket for the sold-out show or you tuned into the VH1 livestream last night, you got to pay witness to a new act really starting to come into its own. But if you happened to miss the show, you’re in luck — we’ll be rolling out clips from last night’s big show over the course of the next couple of days.
When we sit down to chat with the new members of our You Oughta Know family each month, we inevitably end up learning some kooky things about them, (which isn’t surprising considering that the franchise is called “You Oughta Know,” after all!). Our chat with A Great Big World—who, we should mention, you can watch in concert tonight at 9PM/8C on an exclusive VH1 livestream—was no exception, as we learned all about Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino‘s preferences when it comes to lingerie.
A Great Big World have been named VH1′s first You Oughta Know artist of 2014, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be livestreaming a concert of theirs on January 16—that’s tomorrow night!— at 9PM/8C at agreatbigworld.vh1.com.