Like many You Oughta Know artist, Aloe Blacc finds inspiration in the world around him. Whether it’s a plane ride to Switzerland or a classic Elton John, Blacc uses these moments to create hit songs, like “Wake Me Up” with Avicii and “The Man.” In an interview with VH1, Blacc explains the stories and ideas behind each of the songs on his new album, Lift Your Spirit.
Fans just can’t let it go. The Frozen soundtrack is No. 1 yet again on this week’s SoundScan chart, in a week where five new releases splash the Top 10. Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” still leads the singles chart, and a pair of artists with otherwise not a whole lot in common celebrate important sales milestones. For more, we turn to this week’s SoundScanner:
You Oughta Know artist Aloe Blacc is one dapper fellow. Whether it’s on the red carpet or in a music video, the singer is always looking flawless. It makes sense that his style is one of his defining characteristics. He’s a soul singer with GQ sensibilities. When he stopped by the office, the VH1 team got to see that impeccable taste up close and personal. From his aviators to his navy blue velvet blazer, he impressed the staff with his fashion sense. Click through the gallery above for a day in the life of Blacc as he weathers the cold and the cameras in style.
There’s nothing like a band’s very first performance. For many, it’s a distant memory when the band first came together to show exactly what it’s got. In some ways, its like losing one’s virginity – but less awkward. In Jack Antonoff’s case, it’s about getting another chance at the first very time. .Fun‘s lead guitarist is exploring a new persona and sound with his side project, Bleachers, which made its debut headlining Palladia’s EPIC. AWESOME. SHOWCASE. at this year’s South By Southwest. “Oh my god this is happening,” Antonoff said.
The singer that woke us all up on Avicii‘s hit record last fall is now “The Man” at VH1. That’s right, Aloe Blacc is the latest You Oughta Know Artist. The R&B singer joins the likes of Adele, Bruno Mars, Estelle and Leona Lewis. All of these performers created a unique blend of pop, R&B and soul, something Blacc is doing on his latest record, Lift Your Spirit (out now).
If you’re not familiar with Blacc, that’s okay because we’ve got you covered with four essential things you need to know about him. For instance, the singer has his eye on Leonardo DiCaprio. “Why,” you might be asking yourself. That’s because Blacc wants the Oscar-nominated actor to portray him in a biopic.
2014′s SXSW festivities have begun and we’re heading down to Austin, Texas this week to rock out at “Palladia’s EPIC. AWESOME. SHOWCASE.” Palladia, the ultimate destination for 24/7 hi-def live music, is taking over Cedar Door Grill on Wednesday, March 12 and presenting an exclusive, invite-only concert featuring Aloe Blacc, Bleachers, Sam Smith, Phantogram, Johnnyswim and Bravesoul.
We’ll be documenting all of the action at SXSW using the hashtag #EpicAwesome and we want you to do the same! Hit up Twitter and use the #EpicAwesome hashtag to tell us about the the shows you’re attending and if your tweets stand out, you could win a chance to program Palladia for an entire day with the live music YOU want.
After taking the lead on Avicii‘s hit single, “Wake Me Up,” Blacc is stepping out on this own in a big way. In the new music video for “The Man,” Aloe Blacc channels his inner-Marvin Gaye in a spirited video that captures the social discourse of the early ’70s. The You Oughta Know Artist sat down with VH1 in an exclusive interview to explain the powerful yet beautifully shot imagery in the video.
“This music video is an amalgamation of historic images that remind me of moments in time where there was struggle and triumph,” Blacc says of the video’s theme.
We’re heading down to Austin, Texas next month to rock out at “Palladia’s EPIC. AWESOME. SHOWCASE.” Palladia, the ultimate destination for 24/7 hi-def live music, will be in Austin during SXSW, one of the biggest and most influential music events of the year. On Wednesday, March 12 Palladia is taking over Cedar Door Grill for “Palladia’s EPIC. AWESOME. SHOWCASE.”, an exclusive, invite-only concert featuring March’s VH1 You Oughta Know artist, Aloe Blacc, Jack Antonoff‘s new band, Bleachers, Sam Smith, Phantogram, VH1 You Oughta Know artists, Johnnyswim, Bravesoul, with DJ sets by Myles Hendrik and Jeffrey Tonnesen.
We’ll be in Austin documenting all of the action, so make sure to follow @Palladia on Twitter to see selfies with the artists in our line-up, exclusive behind the scenes coverage, SXSW survival tips and much more. You can also catch all of our showcase coverage by checking out our official showcase hashtag, #EpicAwesome.
Watch out Katy Perry, Pitbull, etc., because Aloe Blacc is coming for you. The singer is setting the singles chart ablaze with “The Man,” which is heating up to be the first big hit of 2014. Meanwhile, the Frozen soundtrack is No. 1 again on the albums chart in what proved an icy week for sales. Those stories and more in this week’s SoundScanner – won’t you join us?
Way back when, in late 2010, we were tasked with music supervising a brand new series set to premiere in January, 2011. The series was called Mob Wives, and to be honest, we were a little afraid. Ok, a lot afraid. But we knew it was going to be good, as the characters were undeniably compelling. The women’s rich histories, blended with their tough-as-nails personalities, all set against the NYC backdrop was going to produce nothing less than riveting television.
One afternoon, when we were sitting in a listening session for the new Raphael Saadiq record (and his song “Good Man” specifically), it struck us. This was the type of music that would define and help edify the story lines in this brand new series. Retro Soul/Blues were genres coming back with a vengeance and Raphael was the first of many great artists we would find to create the defining soundtrack to the series. Plan B, Charles Bradley, Fitz and the Tantrums, Mayer Hawthorne, Pauline, Eliza Doolittle, Sola Rosa, Aloe Blacc, Graffiti 6, Maverick Sabre, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Gary Clark, Jr. , and of course the theme song, “The Big Bang” by Rock Mafia, were just few of the artists we placed throughout the first two seasons of Mob Wives.