VH1’s “You Oughta Know” concert airs tomorrow, November 21 at 9/8c, when your fave new artists will share the same stage at NYC’s legendary Roseland Ballroom. Before you watch all of the epic-ness go down, check out some of the performers, what “You Oughta Know” about ‘em and which of their songs we think you oughta hear.
You Oughta Know that American indie trio Haim is every hipster boy’s sweet fantasy… but bassist Este was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in high school and has had to watch her sugar intake ever since. The girls recently collaborated with Sound Off Apparel to design a shirt to benefit Insulin for Life, an organization that collects unexpired and unneeded insulin, test strips, as well as other diabetes supplies, and ships them to developing countries.
You Oughta Know that Lorde, who hails from New Zealand, may only be 17 years old, but the fresh Kiwi is already a self-proclaimed feminist who’s taking a stand against promiscuous messaging in pop music. “I love pop music on a sonic level,” she said, “but I’m a feminist and … I’m sick of women being portrayed this way.”
You Oughta Hear “Buzzcut Season,” a chill cut off of Lorde’s debut album, Pure Heroine, but listen closely and you’ll hear a deep and poetic analysis of the media, women and war.
+ Ed Sheeran
You Oughta Know that Brit crooner Ed Sheeran is currently raising money for F*** Cancer through an online raffle on Prizeo. Enter to win some sweet prizes, including a date with everybody’s favorite ginger since “Harry Potter”‘s Rupert Grint.
You Oughta Hear Ed performing his I’ve-been-through-hell-and-back love song, “Lego House.” Alas, there’s no cameo by Rupert Grint, but it’s still really, really good.
+ The Lumineers
You Oughta Know that The Lumineers are big fans of MusiCares, an organization that helps struggling artists in times of financial, medical and personal need. They Denver five-some were once struggling artists themselves, playing at smokey bars and dingy open mics right before their big break.
You Oughta Hear all the performers of the concert (including Lorde!!) singing The Lumineer’s most infectious song, “Ho Hey.” Sing it with with me, “I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweeeeetheart!”
+ Emeli Sande
You Oughta Know that Scottish soul star Emeli Sande was once right “next to” Prince Charles of Wales, when she performed at a charity concert for his org, The Prince’s Trust, which gives financial support to disadvantaged youngsters in the UK.
You Oughta Hear this one-take version of Emeli’s hit song “Next to Me,” which is next to perfect with her smooth, churchy vocals.
Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow at 9/8c on VH1 and if you want to Tweet about the amazing concert, use the hashtag #YOKconcert.
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