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J Hud Hangs On A Yacht, Ed Sheeran Loves A Good Jagerbomb + The Philly 4th Of July Jam Crew Parties Like Rockstars

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The greatest Independence Day party is of course the Philly 4th Of July Jam. But when these artists aren’t putting on a fantastic show, they like to celebrate in their own way. And as you would imagine, they go hard. We had exclusive interviews with members of the line up as they told us what their July 4th celebrations typically entail (hint: red, white, blue and awesomeness).

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Take Note, Fellas! Aloe Blacc Offers His Best Fashion Tips For The “Average Joe”

Besides putting on rockin’ performances, we have a feeling artists will dress to impress at Friday’s Philly 4th of July Jam. Performer and Style King, Aloe Blacc gives us his favorite fashion tips, making us thing he’ll look especially sharp for the big event dubbed as the “largest free concert in America.”

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From Elton John To Dance Floor Battles: 10 Things That Inspired Aloe Blacc’s New Album

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.

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SoundScanner: Aloe Blacc Makes Strong Showing With Debut Album

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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:

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Music Seen: A (Stylish) Day In The Life Of Aloe Blacc

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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.

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Jack Antonoff’s New Band Loses Virginity At SXSW

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.

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Aloe Blacc Has His Eye On Leo DiCaprio + 3 Other Things You Need To Know About “The Man”

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.

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We Want You To Program Palladia For A Day!

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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.

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Exclusive: Go Behind The Scenes Of Aloe Blacc’s New Video

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.

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Breaking: Bleachers, Aloe Blacc, Sam Smith And More Set To Rock “Palladia’s EPIC. AWESOME. SHOWCASE.” In Austin

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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.