Bruno Mars Worked With Skrillex On ’24K Magic’

Bruno Mars is on the cover of Rolling Stone, giving some insight into the long process of putting together his forthcoming album 24K Magic, out November 25. And among the bigger revelations is that he worked with Skrillex on one song. (After Skrillex teamed up with Justin Bieber, I didn’t think any other pop-oriented collabs for the EDM star could be surprising, but here we are.) James Fauntleroy also had a hand in the album.

Mars also discussed the pressure of following up “Uptown Funk,” literally one of the biggest singles in music history. “Coming off the biggest song of my career, it was super-daunting to come in here,” he told the magazine. “I don’t know if people are going to love this shit. I don’t know if radio is going to play it. But what I don’t want to have happen is I put it out and say, ‘Damn it, if I’d just done this and this, maybe it would have had a shot.'”

In addition, he touched on the challenge of being original, no doubt stemming from that Gap Band settlement. “Bro, it’s the hardest,” Mars said. “Every beat has already been made, every rhyme has already been said, every chord progression has already been done. I’m competing with billions of other songs … It’s like winning the lottery – you just gotta get lucky.”

Read the whole thing here.