Posts tagged "Bruno Mars"

Super Bowl 2014: 5 Songs You Didn’t Know Bruno Mars Was Behind

Who Knew?
Bruno Mars has maintained a steady ascent into Pop Stardom since we first met his smooth vocals, assisting B.o.B. on 2010′s breakout single “Nothin’ On You.” Unbeknownst to the world back then, Bruno was not only an amazing singer, but also a killer songwriter and hitmaking producer. The Los Angeles transplant aligned with creative collective The Smeezingtons (who also include Phillip Lawrence and Ari Levine). Together, The Smeezingtons were responsible for a number of solid tracks (both producing and songwriting) from stars like Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, Far East Movement, Mike Posner, and many, many more.

Currently, however, we know Bruno Mars for his ability to craft his own hits. Who hasn’t caught a glimpse of the Hawaii native on his Moonshine Jungle Tour by now? Who doesn’t own a copy of Unorthodox Jukebox (and Doo-Wops & Hooligans while we’re at it)? Bruno Mars has evolved into a national treasure, and as he readies his halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVIII, we take a little trip down memory lane. Let’s revisit some songs that you had no idea were either produced, written, or co-written by Bruno Mars (along with The Smeezingtons). You’ll be surprised by some of the hits that had the seal of the almighty pompadour. More »

Grammy Awards 2014: The Full List Of Winners

See Who Won What
The 56th annual Grammy Awards kicked off at 8 p.m. on Jauary 26th at Los Angeles’ mammoth Staples Center, and before the televised event even hit the airwaves, awards were handed out to artists and personalities as varied as Michael Buble (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album) and Stephen Colbert (Best Spoken Word Album), and albums like Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories (Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Dance/Electronic Album).

French duo Daft Punk went on to nab the awards for Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best Duo Or Group Performance, the latter two for their summer jam “Get Lucky.” New Zealand teen Lorde proved to be a big upset when she took the Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance Grammys for her radio smash “Royals.”

Elsewhere, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis not only stunned with their epic performance of “Same Love” — a spectacle that included Mary Lambert, Queen Latifah, Madonna and over 30 couples who got married on stage — the pair also walked away with Grammys for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song (“Thrift Shop”).

Catch the entire head-spinning list of winners at the Grammy Awards below. More »

Grammys 2014: Who Will Win Song Of The Year?

Who's Gunning For A Grammy?
When it comes to this year’s Grammy nominees for Song Of The Year, you couldn’t pick a more obvious handful of hits that saturated radio over the previous 12 months. (Well, okay — “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” would fit that bill, too, but they made the cut for Record Of The Year, so…) From Bruno Mars copping a few licks from The Police‘s songbook to Katy Perry rawring loudly in the pop jungle to Lorde‘s chart-dominating mega-hit to Macklemore‘s declaration that all love is the same, the following contenders should be easily recognizable to anyone who kept their ears open in 2013.

But the question remains: Which track has the chops to earn its songwriters a Grammy? Let’s take a closer look at the nominees below. More »

Bruno Mars Announces Additional North American ‘Moonshine Jungle’ World Tour Dates

Bruno Mars has a huge year ahead of him. The 28-year-old is nominated in four categories at this year’s Grammy Awards, is booked to headline Super Bowl’s prestigious half-time show and kicks off another leg of his blockbuster Moonshine Jungle tour in April.

The much-anticipated new concert dates begin in Honolulu (the superstar’s hometown) on April 18 before spreading to arenas and amphitheaters across the country over Summer. Need yet another excuse to buy a ticket on February 3? Bruno will be supported by Aloe Blacc and Pharrell on selected dates.  More »

Red Hot Chili Peppers Will Join Bruno Mars At Super Bowl Halftime Show

Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now
Bruno Mars interrupted FOX’s January 11 football broadcast (above) to talk about his anticipated Super Bowl halftime show. “The thing is, I want to raise the stakes,” he said. “I want to give [New Jersey's] MetLife Stadium and the viewers at home a real musical experience, do something fun, do something exciting, maybe even a little unexpected.”

Turns out, Mars invited the Red Hot Chili Peppers to join him.

FOX announced Mars as its halftime performer with a commercial, featuring footage of him as a 4-year-old Elvis Presley impersonator — as a host said, “tomorrow’s King of Rock and Roll.” Through Unorthodox Jukebox, he’s since made himself known for his savvy blend of ’50s pop, ’60s Motown and damning Sting impersonation, which could make for an interesting match to the Chili Peppers’ funk-meets-punk machismo. More »

Chart-Topping Songs Of 2013: We Review Each #1 Single…In One Word

Singular Thoughts On 2013's Top Singles
As the year winds to a close, we find ourselves compelled to pause and once again look back over the songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 during the past 12 months. There were a total of 11 singles that hit #1 in 2013, and they ranged from holdovers from 2012, viral video sensations, artists reaching the top for the first time and acts who self-released their material. Also noteworthy: four of the five Grammy-nominated tracks in the Song Of The Year category are comprised of chart-topping singles.

And so, as in year’s past, we gathered up the Idolator crew and asked them to each make a snap judgement on the biggest pop songs from 2013. Admittedly, one or two of these had us scratching our heads in hindsight, wondering how the hell they even made it that big. But make it they did, and below you’ll find our final say on each.

See Idolator’s two cents below, then let us know your own thoughts on this year’s #1 singles! More »

Bruno Mars, Rudimental To Perform At 2014 BRIT Awards

The 2014 BRIT Awards have added another American megastar to the roster along with Katy Perry. Bruno Mars will perform at the British equivalent of the Grammys on February 19 to celebrate a 2013 that he quietly dominated. Rudimental and Bastille have also been added to the lineup.

Last year’s ceremony featured performances some of America’s biggest pop stars as well, including Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift. Beyonce was initially slated to take the stage back in February, too, following her Super Bowl Halftime Show takeover, but it never materialized. Perhaps now the time is right?  More »

Bruno Mars Is Billboard’s Artist Of The Year

Bruno Mars has been crowned Billboard‘s Artist of the Year. The reasons? An album that stayed in Top 20 territory throughout the year (Unorthodox Jukebox), a world tour that continues on into next year (Moonshine Jungle), and an upcoming gig as the next Super Bowl halftime performer. In short: He proved to be reliable.

Billboard admits that Mars may come as a “surprise” winner, in a year defined by breakout stars, pop divas and retro R&B — in general too, people who rolled out huge promo campaigns if not ruled the headlines. (Clearly, the trade mag had also decided to crown Mars before Beyonce hit.) In a Q&A, Mars even deferred to such a name as he paused the conversation and proposes to do something “different.” More »

Bruno Mars’ “Gorilla” Gets An X-Rated Remix Courtesy Of R.Kelly And Pharrell: Listen

Bruno Mars‘s skirt-dropping sex jam “Gorilla” is now even filthier thanks to an X-rated overhaul from hip-hop heavyweights Pharrell and R. Kelly. Next year’s Super Bowl performer debuted the steamy G-Mix on Twitter this morning (November 8) and it promises to soundtrack the conception of babies from Los Angeles to Lebanon.

Produced by The Smeezingtons, “Gorilla” 2.0 begins with a Pharrell rap full of yoga euphemisms (doing a downward dog will never be the same) before R.Kelly sings “I’m like an anaconda in your garden”, presumably with a straight face, before promising to “make that pussy growl”. Who said romance was dead? Listen after the jump. More »

Bruno Mars & Freida Pinto Steam Up The Windows In Super Sexy “Gorilla” Video: Watch

bruno mars gorilla video
Bruno & Freida, Hot & Heavy
Bruno Mars premiered his “Gorilla” video on Facebook today (October 15), and it stars Freida Pinto and Luis Guzman, because that dude’s in everything. The stylish visual, which was directed by Mars and Cameron Duddy, maintains the sweaty nightclub vibe established in the “Locked Out Of Heaven” video. There’s a loose narrative centered around Pinto’s character Isabella, a new dancer to whom Mars has taken a liking, much to the chagrin of the club’s veteran strippers.

The majority of the clip finds Pinto strutting her stuff on stage or on the pole as Mars plays in the strip club’s house band (is that a thing?), intercut with clips of the duo getting hot and heavy in the car. Also, Freida one-ups Miley Cyrus‘ sledgehammer lovin’ with some guitar fellatio. Check it out up top.