How time flies on The Voice. One day, there are countless hopefuls whose names will be forgotten in an instant, and the next there are just four…whose names will take slightly longer to forget. (I kid! I kid!) The final four all broke into the iTunes Top 10 last night with their original singles, a first for the show. In fact, Matt McAndrew’s “Wasted Love” knocked Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” out of first place on the iTunes Top Songs chart. Perhaps this is the season where a real star is born.
Speaking of real stars: Tuesday night’s finale was full of them! Coaches Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine got to kick back in their red chairs for most of the finale, while A List talent including Hozier, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Meghan Trainor, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy and Jessie J took the stage. So hey, three runners up, you may not have won The Voice, but you had backstage passes to a pretty great Jingle Ball, right? More »
“Locked Out of Heaven” collaborators Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have teamed up once more for “Uptown Funk,” the lead single off Ronson’s upcoming album Uptown Special (due out on January 27), and they turned out their first television performance of the song on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Although this will be the fourth LP for Grammy-winning producer Ronson, it’s turning out to be his most high profile project as a lead artist, with “Uptown Funk” currently in the Top 10 on iTunes.
The pair later debuted new track “Feel Right” with special guest Mystikal on SNL. Watch Mark and Bruno’s SNL performance of their new single above, then catch “Feel Right” below to see what all the fuss is about. More »
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars may be excited for their upcoming performance on Saturday Night Live, but the duo seem a little unprepared — well, at least in the new promo clip starring Cameron Diaz! The actress tries to show the two musicians the ropes when it comes to comedic timing, but her lesson ultimately fails and she ends up storming off the stage. Maybe they should just stick to music?
Ronson and Mars will perform their awesome single, “Uptown Funk” on the show’s stage. The song comes from the DJ/producer’s forthcoming album, Uptown Special (to be released on January 27). Look out for the duo’s performance when the episode of Saturday Night Live airs on November 22 at 11:30 p.m. EST! More »
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars amp up your Monday morning with their fun-filled video for “Uptown Funk.” It has a smooth ’80s throwback vibe, as the “Gorilla” crooner and the UK musician don Miami Vice-inspired suits and charm the camera lens with their confident attitudes. Along with the Hooligans, they take over the city streets with dancing, perform at an underground club and even get their hair permed!
“Uptown Funk” is the first single off Mark Ronson’s upcoming fourth studio LP, Uptown Special. The musician collaborated with Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker, Hudson Mohawke, Jeff Bhasker and Emile Haynie for the record, which is set for a January 27 release. Look out for the duo on Saturday Night Live (airing on November 22) as they perform the tune live for the first time. More »
We tipped you off a couple weeks back that “Locked Out of Heaven” collaborators Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars were teaming up once more for the lead single off Ronson’s upcoming fourth album. Now “Uptown Funk” has finally arrived, ahead of the guys’ November 22 Saturday Night Live performance, and it’s bound to fill any void in the hearts of Stax- and James Brown-loving music fans. This is no half-hearted stab at a retro ’70s groove; “Uptown Funk” is a straight-up ass-kicker.
Mark and Bruno get bonus points for their wiseguy “Michelle Pfeiffer, that white gold” and “gotta kiss myself, so pretty” lines. Listen below. More »
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:: Big Machine Label Group (a.k.a. Taylor Swift‘s record label) has swiped the singer’s entire discography from Spotify. The move was probably made to amp up her already-insane record sales, but the streaming service was none too pleased about the decision. In a statement, Spotify said: “We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy.” [Billboard]
:: Speaking of Taylor Swift, she recently announced her 2015 world tour in support of her 1989 LP. The UK dates suspiciously circle around the Glastonbury Festival next year, which leaves the media to speculate if the singer will be performing. Time will only tell! [Digital Spy]
:: As a follow-up to her first-ever men’s fragrance (Rouge Man) released in August, Rihanna will now have a new fragrance for her female fans. The singer announced the news of the Rouge Love perfume on Twitter, but no word yet when it will be available. [MTV News]
:: In weirder news, Ariana Grande called the police on a fan who was sending her a bevy of packages. The gifts included a 42-pound pumpkin, eight Yankee candles, an anklet from Kay Jewelers and more. The cops have warned the man (a 29-year-old named Tim Normandin from Lowell, MA) to back off the singer. And we agree — it’s just plain creepy. [TMZ]
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It looks like the collaborative magic between Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson didn’t end with Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox cuts like “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Gorilla.” This morning UK producer Ronson tweeted out a tease for “Uptown Funk,” the lead single from his upcoming fourth album, and noted that the song features Mars.
A release date of November 10 appears on a poster image Mark included in the tweet, which you can catch below. More »
brought his blockbuster Moonshine Jungle tour
to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles last night (May 31) and wowed the star-studded crowd with an electric, hit-filled set. The 28-year-shared the bill with Pharrell
, who raised the bar for opening acts by turning the famous venue into an outdoor disco with “Blurred Lines”, “Get Lucky” and “Happy”. He even brought out a typically flawless-looking Gwen Stefani
to sing “Hollaback Girl”.
Skateboard P raised the stakes but, from the first verse of “Moonshine”, it was clear that Bruno was up to the challenge. After setting the retro-soul tone with “Treasure”, the beaming Grammy winner admitted that this was his first visit to the Hollywood Bowl (in any capacity) since arriving in LA 10 years ago.
He certainly made up for lost time by taking his fans and celeb friends — Zac Efron, Lea Michele, Paula Abdul and Quentin Tarantino were just a few of the famous faces in attendance — on a thrill-ride dotted with old tunes (“Billionaire”, “Our First Time” and “Marry You”), unexpected covers (“Pony”, “Every Little Step” and “Ignition”) and cuts from 2012 LP Unorthodox Jukebox (“If I Knew”). More »
“I got you,” Bruno Mars
said to Brad Pitt
For the second year in a row on May 17, Pitt threw a star-studded gala to benefit his housing organization Make It Right. Mars was one of two featured acts, so naturally he put Pitt to work. As shown in clips that started surfacing this week, the 12 Years a Slave producer played tambourine as Mars and his band covered James Brown‘s “Sex Machine,” though not without a proper introduction.
“Benjamin Button,” Mars said. He paused. “BENJAMIN BUTTON.” More »
graced the stage at the BRIT Awards for the first time in a decade today (February 19) — wowing the crowd with a beautiful, stripped back version of “XO”
. She looked typically gorgeous in a green sequined evening gown and belted out the Ryan Tedder
-penned tune against projections of fireworks and neon lights.
“XO” was really brought to life by the new arrangement, which slows the tempo right down and incorporates orchestral instruments. It shows off Bey’s flawless vocals and seems more in line with the song’s spiritual message of living life in the moment. She even had the crowd singing along at one point. Watch the queen in action up top and see other performances from the night including Bruno Mars, Lorde, Katy Perry and Pharrell below. More »