Bruno Mars looked all sorts of gloomy in his piano-pushing video for "Grenade", but the chart-topping singer-songwriter should be all cheered up by now. In an upcoming episode, Glee is covering not one, but two of Mars' songs — his #1 hit "Just The Way You Are", and his merry Motown marriage track, "Marry You", from his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Jump below to hear the Glee cast blast off to Mars.
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We obviously prefer Bruno's version, but this song is just too good to hate on it. It's still sweet and perfectly listenable, if not any different from the original version.
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As much as we love this tune, it's very odd that Glee would choose to cover a song that hasn't been officially released as a single, particularly a very new song that most of the country would never have known even existed unless they bought Bruno's debut LP. (It's also a little disconcerting to hear actors playing teenagers talking about taking "shots of Patron" and getting hitched in Vegas.)
It will be interesting to see if "Marry You" does indeed become Mars' next single after "Grenade" (we think it should). And if Glee, acting as a launching pad for the track, helps it succeed on the charts, just how many other artists will do similarly before they officially drop their new singles.
Here's Bruno's "Marry You", if you're unfamiliar — it makes us want to do irresponsible things in Vegas. (Well, not that irresponsible.)
We're also curious if Bruno will feel a tinge of bitterness if the Glee cast version of his song sells more copies than his own single with him singing vocals, much like with what happened to "Forget You", the tune he co-wrote with Cee Lo that music-downloading people apparently enjoy more when performed by Gwyneth Paltrow.
Oh, and hey Glee, the a cappella version of "Teenage Dream" we raved about debuted at #1 on the digital charts, and is now set to become your best-selling single from the show. So do more like that, please, for your benefit and ours.