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VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown For The Week Ending November 19, 2011

If you missed this week’s VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, you’re in luck. Not only is it re-airing tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. on VH1, but we’ve got this week’s complete list of the week’s 20 hottest videos for you. After losing the top spot to Adele last week, our brand new VH1 Unplugged star Kelly Clarkson is sitting pretty in the top spot of this week’s countdown with “Mr. Know It All.” Check out the complete list of videos below, and be sure to visit Top20.VH1.com to vote for your favorite videos all week long.

1. Kelly Clarkson – “Mr Know It All” [WATCH]
2. Britney Spears – “Criminal” [WATCH]
3. David Guetta featuring Usher – “Without You” [WATCH]
4. Daughtry – “Crawling Back To You”
5. Bush – “The Sounds of Winter”
6. Adele – “Someone Like You” [WATCH]
7. Coldplay – “Paradise” [WATCH]
8. Katy Perry, “The One That Got Away” [WATCH]
9. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” [WATCH]
10. Bruno Mars, “It Will Rain” [WATCH]

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VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown Results For The Week Ending November 12, 2011

If you missed this week’s VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, you’re in luck. Not only is it re-airing tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. on VH1, but we’ve got this week’s complete list of the week’s 20 hottest videos for you. Adele might currently be sidelined from touring while she recovers from vocal cord surgery, but her video for “Someone Like You” was able to topple Kelly Clarkson’s “Mr. Know It All” video from the top spot on this week’s countdown. Check out the complete list of videos below, and be sure to visit Top20.VH1.com to vote for your favorite videos all week long.

1. Adele – “Someone Like You” [WATCH]
2. Kelly Clarkson – “Mr Know It All” [WATCH]
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” [WATCH]
4. David Guetta featuring Usher – “Without You” [WATCH]
5. Britney Spears – “Criminal” [WATCH]
6. Gym Class Heroes – “Stereo Hearts” [WATCH]
7. Jason Derulo – “It Girl”
8. Dawes – “Time Spent In Los Angeles”
9. Daughtry – “Crawling Back To You”
10. Cobra Starship ft Sabi – “You Make Me Feel”

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MUTEMATH Bring The Blues To Jay Leno

We’re not sure how this slipped under our radar (maybe we had a little bit too much fun over the weekend) but our current You Oughta Know featured artist, MUTEMATH, appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Friday night. Bringing all the easy blues and organic soul that we love MUTEMATH for, the band played an energetic rendition of “Blood Pressure” from their new album Odd Soul. And Jay Leno himself even gave VH1 a shoutout for featuring MUTEMATH as You Oughta Know—lucky for Leno, now we wont ever have to say “I told you so!”

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Music Seen: Big Easy Natives MUTEMATH Hit The Big Apple

New Orleans band MUTEMATH brought the blues to the VH1 studios for an intimate You Oughta Know Live performance recently—check out their cover of “Fallin” by Alicia Keys—and we recently selected them as our You Oughta Know artist thanks to their catalog of soulful, dusty, all-American tunes. Bringing joy, laid back cool and their infectious sounds to New York City, MUTEMATH (tailed closely by our photographer Colin Gray) personify dirty, heartfelt rock. After the jump, see MUTEMATH performing under ambient light, laughing in conversation, and some special moments between the band mates and their special ladies.

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You Oughta Know Live: MUTEMATH Reimagines Alicia Keys’s “Fallin’”

MUTEMATH had already come through New York City on their fall tour when we selected them as the latest You Oughta Know artist, so we felt a bit guilty making them go out of their way to come to our offices, thrilled though we may have been. The band didn’t seem to mind in the slightest, though, laying down a killer You Oughta Know Live set for us, including an Alicia Keys cover that surprised us with its unique interpretation. After playing the two singles from their new album?”Odd Soul” and “Blood Pressure”?they launched into a Southern blues-rock version of “Fallin’” that sizzled. Maybe it was the Hammond B3 organ Todd Gummerman played, or perhaps Darren King’s substitution of snare for hi-hat on the double-time beat, but this cover worked in every way that “Southern blues rock” covers almost always don’t. This was “Whipping Post,” not Blues Hammer. Even the band was visibly pleased with how they sounded; frontman Paul Meany let out a deserved “Alright” when they finished.

Check out the whole four-song set, also featuring a rendition of their 2009 single “Spotlight,” which has a great rhythm-guitar line on the bridge thanks to Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas. And for more on MUTEMATH go to YouOughtaKnow.vh1.com.
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MUTEMATH Is VH1′s Latest You Oughta Know Artist

VH1 announced earlier this week that MUTEMATH is the latest You Oughta Know artist. We weren’t deeply familiar?though we were impressed with the video for “Blood Pressure”?so we did a little investigating. Their latest record Odd Soul came out on October 4, and it’s got a definite New Orleans funk feel at points?unsurprisingly, the band cites the Meters as an influence?but the overwhelming feel is of a band whose members are deeply in tune with one other.
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MUTEMATH’s New Video “Blood Pressure” Gets Our Blood Pumping

Usually a music video doesn’t say too much about the musicianship of the artist, but “Blood Pressure,” the new video from MUTEMATH, is a different story. The band has made playful videos before?see 2007′s “Typical”?but this all-night stop-motion fest, directed and edited by drummer Darren King, is a monument to timing. Stop-motion animation is a timeworn music-video tactic for bands with really patient members, but this clip stands beside similar clips helmed by Hammer & Tongs (Vampire Weekend‘s “A-Punk”) and Michel Gondry (The White Stripes‘ “The Hardest Button To Button”).

What does MUTEMATH’s clip bring to the table? For one, a keen eye for visual aesthetics: whether the clip includes intentional homages, or just coincidental similarities, to Kraftwerk album jackets and the midair portraiture Philippe Halsman, they’re a good look. For another, a pumping rhythm that allows the guitar to alternately serve as a second bassline and carve out its own melody?and which the title suits perfectly. MTV’s Buzzworthy premiered the video this morning, then sent it our way, and we can see why.
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