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Tuned In: Augustana “Just Stay Here Tonight” On Leno

We have to admit we got a little bit of a chill on the backs of our necks watching Augustana perform “Just Stay Here Tonight” on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno last night. Sweeping and evocative, and led with a gravelly vocal with echoes of Bruce Springsteen, there’s something of the romantic runaway in Augustana’s performance. There’s also a nostalgic simplicity to the song, in it’s bare emotions and uncomplicated melody. We think we just found our new anthem for falling in love in 2012.

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VH1′s Top 100 Videos of 2011 … So Far

As we parallel park into July and officially hit the curb of this year’s halfway point, it’s time to take a quick look back at what the past six months have taught us. Not conventional life lessons, however; we’re talking about stuff that’s a little bit less intense and also involves YOU! That’s right, in the first installment of our Top 100 Videos of 2011… So Far, we’re spilling the beans on the #100-51 most clicked-and-viewed videos on VH1.com. You’ll see that this pi?ata-like list of content contains tasty treats and slippery surprises alike! We’ve got brand-new videos that just recently launched, some VH1 Classic leaning clips (hey there, Megadeth), repeat offenders, and of course, effervescent, essential vids from the music video cannon. So take a look at the first fifty videos below and don’t forget to come back later this week as we continue on our quest to discover what artist snags the #1 spot!

100. Jack Johnson, “From The Clouds”
99. Chris Brown, “Deuces”
98. Ke$ha, “Tik Tok”
97. Bruno Mars, “The Other Side”
96. Beyonc?, “Video Phone (Extended Remix)”
95. Usher, “OMG”
94. B.o.B, “Airplanes”
93. Taylor Swift, “Mine”
92. Sara Bareilles, “King Of Anything”
91. John Legend & The Roots, “Wake Up Everybody”

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Dan Layus of Augustana Talks Early Days and Summer Songs

After appearing on yesterday’s episode of Big Morning Buzz Live, Dan Layus of Augustana stopped by our humble blog offices to talk about the early days, the experience of being a You Oughta Know artist (back in 2006), and of course our favorite topic behind the scenes of late: songs of the summer, for which Layus expressed hope that Augustana’s new single “Steal Your Heart” (which you can watch below) would be in the running. Enjoy!