Zac Barnett of American Authors rings in the number one song on this week’s Top 20 Countdown, but first, a little magic. Watch Barnett do a guillotine magic trick at the Houdini Museum of New York before announcing Taylor Swift‘s “Style” as this week’s top single.
Over 150 acres make up “The Woodlands” at the FireFly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. VH1 caught up with American Authors who gave us the scoop on what was happening at the festival, other than the music.
Still suffering from a serious case of FOMO after missing SXSW last week? Don’t worry, because we’ve got something even better: A guided journey through the musical awesomeness with VH1 You Oughta Know favorites American Authors!
American Authors is truly an artist on the verge. Thanks to the success of their hit single, “Best Day of My Life,” the band has quickly become the one to watch. It is precisely why they were chosen to be VH1′s You Oughta Know: Artist on the Rise. Chances are you’ve heard the song on the radio, on TV or even at the movies but it’s safe to say you probably don’t know too much about your new favorite band. Well VH1 is here to fix that with ten essential things you need to know about the group, its name and its biggest influences (hint: Maurice Sendak plays a big part). Read more…
You Oughta Know artist American Authors is giving fans a special treat ahead of their album release. Fans can now download an acoustic version of “Luck,” which first appeared on the band’s EP. The track is an example of what fans should look forward to with Oh, What a Life.
You Oughta Know artist American Authors sure loves social media. In the modern age of communication, it’s hard not to be engaged on one of the social media platforms. Yet, this band can be found just about everywhere. The group’s main website is a Tumblr, all four members have their own Instagram and Twitter accounts and the group regularly updates everything for their fans’ viewing pleasure.
The group offers some useful guidelines for Instagram: No pictures of food. Though, Matt violates that rule a lot. (Guess he didn’t get the memo.)
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.
Following in the footsteps of A Great Big World and Liv Warfield, American Authors is the latest band to get the You Oughta Know treatment in 2014. VH1 introduced fans to the band last week with a speed round interview, during which the guys spilled on all things crushes, musical favorites and influences. Now fans have the chance to go behind the scenes of the band’s Stopwatch video shoot. Zac Barnett (vocals), James Adam Shelley (guitar/banjo), Dave Rublin (bass), and Matt Sanchez (drums) stripped down and condensed their hit song, “The Best Day of My Life,” into 60 seconds.
American Authors is the latest band to join the long roster of You Oughta Know artists. Like HAIM and Lorde before them, the group is on the verge of breaking out thanks to an addictive single, “Best Day of My Life,” which has become the soundtrack for several commercials and movie trailers. All month, VH1 will be bringing fans exclusive content featuring Zac Barnett, James Adam Shelley, Dave Rublin and Matt Sanchez.
Because people may still familiarizing themselves with the indie rock band, which hails from Brooklyn via Boston, VH1 asked them to answer a series of rapid fire questions. Get to know American Authors as they tell us about their favorites (R. Kelly’s “Trapped In The Closet”), crushes (Mandy Moore and Katy Perry) and what encompasses the best day of their life (watch above to find out).