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16 Musicians Who Could Quit Their Day Jobs

Labor Day has passed and the long days are waning, books and brown bag lunches packed, and it must be that time of the year again: back to school. And your parents are right — even if you spent your summer learning  guitar chords and growing out your hair so that you might be a rock star one day, it wouldn’t be un-rock star like to hit the books hard, too. After all, plenty of artists have put in the work to earn their degree (or degrees) just in case. And so it may be unlikely that these 16 musicians will ever have to rely on their degrees to make a living, but there’s nothing like a hard earned diploma to bring out the shine in your platinum record plaque.

To celebrate their academic efforts, and to inspire yours, we present: 16 Musicians Who Could Quit Their Day Jobs… Read more…

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Tuned In: Emeli Sandé Is Full of “Wonder” On The Tonight Show

The world still buzzing about her Olympic showings, last night You Oughta Know artist Emeli Sandé stopped in to lift the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with a performance of her triumphant new single, “Wonder.” The stage was set with bubbles — maybe because of that “we ain’t falling under” line? — and she was joined by a full band and a snapping lineup of backup singers. Like this, the song feels almost like gospel, soaring and inspirational. “This song is for you, and you are full of wonder,” she insists at the songs climax, her hands held as a “W” over her head, and you really believe her. If only every night ended and each morning began with a performance like this, the world could probably be a better place.

Sandé takes the stage in the above video around 42 minutes — watch, feel the wonder!

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Tuned In: You Oughta Know Represents At The London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony

Of the many Brits who took the stage last night to pay homage to their homeland during the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, two were You Oughta Know artists past. Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran did VH1 proud with shining performances in front of the whole world wide. You Oughta Know no more, we say gold medals all around!

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Sande’s really run these Games, kicking off both the Opening Ceremony and last night’s Closing Ceremony with stunning performances. The Scottish singer showed up to last night’s spectacular wearing Alexander McQueen and posed atop a newsprint covered stage, where she sang a cover of Professor Green‘s “Read All About It.” She was followed by the percussionists from Stomp and the entrance of Prince Harry, who was there in place of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Sande was back on stage later in the night, finishing up “Read All About It” while a montage of memorable moments played and flags from the competing nations were brought in. Read more…

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Tuned In: Emeli Sandé Shines With “Wonder” On Today Show

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You Oughta Know artist Emeli Sandé won Olympic glory before the games even began with her stunning Olympic opening ceremony performance, but stateside viewers missed it, because the NBC broadcast cut the segment for reasons that still aren’t entirely clear. This morning, the network made up for it by inviting the opening ceremony star to the Today Show‘s Olympic Village set-up for a quick chat and to sing a brand new song. “The sun’s shining, we are in the amazing Olympic Village, and we are full of wonder,” she said before jumping into the triumphant “Wonder.” Her voice buoyed by soul and her hair swooped high with hope, she claimed her spotlight, singing confidently, “I am full of light, yes I am full of wonder.” And truly she is. This was the perfect song to lead-off this last weekend of the games, because even we, who are not competing, were left feeling inspired.

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Ed Sheeran Thinks He’s Performing With Pink Floyd At The Olympics, Pink Floyd Denies Performing At All

It’s been an extravaganza of 2012 London Olympics highlights from the exposed boob controversy to Samuel L. Jackson’s awesome live tweets of the events. There’s never a dull moment. Equally exciting is the lineup for the A Symphony Of British Music televised concert and the performers for the closing ceremony on August 12. Our very own You Oughta Know artist Ed Sheeran recently told BBC he was playing at the closing ceremony with Pink Floyd. “I’m playing the closing ceremony — which I think is kinda cool right? A lot of people think that I’m doing a song with The Who, but I’m not — I’m doing a song with Pink Floyd. I’m doing “Wish You Were Here,”  he told BBC. Well apparently Pink Floyd didn’t get that memo. Read more…

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Tuned In: See Emeli Sandé’s Olympic Opening Ceremony Performance That NBC Cut

Our You Oughta Know artist Emeli Sandé performed the “calming and reflective pause” at Friday’s Olympic Opening Ceremony in London, before the parade of nations and the storm of sporting that has followed. One of only a handful of performers, and the only female vocalist, Sandé stood as a vision in a blue floor-length dress in the center of it all. She sang a moving rendition of “Abide With Me,” a heavy hymn written her fellow Scotsman Henry Francis Lyte in 1847, while a troupe of dancers performed a dance choreographed and led by Akram Khan below her. The moment is thought to have been a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terror attacks in London, and it appropriately pulsed with emotion. If you were watching the ceremony on NBC, though, you missed it, as it was cut from the broadcast in order to make time for Ryan Seacrest’s Michael Phelps interview (or, maybe to keep things American). Watch the quietly stunning performance above, and listen to Sandé’s “Abide With Me” below. Read more…

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Last Lap: 50 Cent Shows Love For Frank Ocean

50 CENT SHOWS SUPPORT FOR FRANK OCEAN
Haters be warned that, unless you want a taste of that famous 50 beef, you may want to give the Channel Orange artist a second chance, because 50 thinks that “Anyone that has an issue with Frank Ocean is an idiot.” [MTV]

ARETHA FRANKLIN WANTS TO BE AN IDOL JUDGE
Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are both out, and so Aretha Franklin figures she and Patti LaBelle should have in at the Idol judging table. Why not! [CNN]
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Emeli Sande’s Cover Of Blur’s “Country House” Is Anything But Country

Emeli Sandé’s Our Version of Events has been a constant fixture in the iPod for weeks now. The beauty of her voice matches her incredible songwriting that has the power to make random strangers cry for no other reason than her magical sound. As our June YOK artist we’re happy to share some of our favorite cuts from the album like “Next to Me” or style photos that show her boisterous personality. Today we gift you with her cover of Blur’s “Country House.” Read more…