He reached prominence as a solo artist after being featured on, and co-writing, B. He said of them: "I think those songs weren't meant to be full-sung songs. After serving as guest vocalist on B. The song holds the record as the longest-reigning debut format hit, spending twenty weeks atop Adult Contemporary.
He also released two digital singles? It received generally positive reviews from music critics, and has since sold six million copies worldwide. In February , "The Lazy Song" was released as the album's third single becoming the album's third consecutive top five on the Hot , peaking at number four on October 23, Although it was not released as a single in the United States, it peaked at number 85 on the Hot on January 15, , thanks to strong digital sales.
Since then it has sold 2. The song was released for purchase on iTunes on September 27, It peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot The songs peaked at number four, sixteen and seven on the Billboard Hot , respectively. While talking to a police officer, Mars reportedly declared that what he did was "foolish" and that "he has never used drugs before. Nevertheless, in a cover story for GQ magazine in , Mars said "I was young, man! I was in fing Vegas I wasn't thinking", he added: "I was given a number one record and I'm out doing dumb sh I was really drunk.
So a lot of that is a big blur, and I try every day to forget and keep pushing. However, Adele won all the categories in which he was nominated and he ended up by losing to Paul Epworth for Producer of the Year. He announced the album title Unorthodox Jukebox along with the ten songs which would make the final cut on the album, and the title of the first single, "Locked out of Heaven", which was released on October 1, The lead single from Unorthodox Jukebox reached number one on the Billboard Hot in Canada and charted in the top ten in several countries worldwide.
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Unorthodox Jukebox was released on December 11, , and debuted at number two on the Billboard with sales of , units. The album eventually peaked at number one on the Billboard , almost three months after its release.
The album also charted number one in Switzerland and in the United Kingdom, becoming the fastest selling album by a solo artist in in the UK. It reached the top ten in fifteen countries. The third single "Treasure" peaked at number five in the United States but had less commercial success worldwide than the previous two. In late , "Gorilla" and "Young Girls" followed as the album's fourth and fifth singles, and reached the top 35 on the Hot It started in North America, and continued through Europe, and Oceania, before concluding in North America on October 18, , with eight shows at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas performed between December and October During the performance he was joined on stage by Red Hot Chili Peppers as musical guests.
It was the first Super Bowl halftime headlined by a performer under 30, and of Puerto Rican descent. The show was the second most watched halftime show in the history of the Super Bowl, drawing a record rating of Aside from his music career, Mars played the role of Roberto in the movie Rio 2 which was released in theaters on March 20, He also contributed the song "Welcome Back" to the soundtrack. Like its predecessor, Rio 2 was a financial success and panned by critics.
In October , Mark Ronson announced that he would release a new single on November 10, , titled "Uptown Funk", featuring Mars' vocals. The song was a commercial success reaching number one in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and several other countries.
In December , he was named Artist of the Year by Billboard and ranked number one on the Forbes list 30 Under 30, a tally of the brightest stars in 15 different fields under the age of He wrote on his Facebook page: "Now it's time to start writing chapter 3". The artist had not come up with a date for the release, stating: "Until it's done It's gotta be just as good if not better".
On March 25, , the singer-songwriter was interviewed by that's Shanghai magazine and provided some details of the new album, confirming Mark Ronson and Jeff Bhasker as producers.
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He added: "I want to write better songs, I want to put on better shows, I want to make better music videos. I want my next album to be better than the first and the second". In the same year, Mars was involved in the composition of "All I Ask", a track from Adele's third studio album, On December 2, , it was announced that Coldplay would be headline performers on the halftime show for Super Bowl 50 on February 7, Nielsen ratings confirmed that the show was watched by Mars starred in the second season of Jane the Virgin as a musical guest.
On May 10, , Billboard reported that Mars and his manager, Brendon Creed, had split after nine years working together. In early , Rolling Stone ranked Mars' third album as one of the 20 most anticipated of The singer has been in the studio with engineer Charles Moniz, who called it "the next movement of Bruno" and confirmed the album was close to being finished in February Mars also worked with Skrillex, who stated: "what we're doing is so f--king different, awesome and next level and sounds like nothing else that's happened before.
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Mars' father confirmed the album was set to be released in March and seven songs have already been recorded, but his son's appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show led to the release being postponed for several months. Mars has also played some of his new songs to American hip hop artist Missy Elliot.
It was promoted with his performance on Saturday Night Live and reached number four on the Billboard Hot In addition, it reached the top spot in Belgium, France and New Zealand. It received positive reviews from critics and debuted at number two on the Billboard chart. As a child, Mars spent time impersonating Elvis Presley. This playact had a major impact on his musical evolution; he later reflected:. I watch the best.
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I'm a big fan of Elvis. I'm a big fan of s Elvis when he would go on stage and scare people because he was a force and girls would go nuts!
You can say the same thing for Prince or The Police. It's just guys who know that people are here to see a show, so I watch those guys and I love studying them because I'm a fan.
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He also impersonated Michael Jackson and Little Richard, both of whom are major inspirations of his. The hip-hop productions by The Neptunes and Timbaland, that were played on the radio constantly, also influenced him. At the same time, he also listened to s rock 'n' roll, doo-wop music, and Motown. In high school, he listened to classic rock groups such as Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles, whose influences can be heard in Mars' work, as well as singers with high voices, like Stevie Wonder and Freddie Mercury.
Bob Marley, and local bands in Hawaii, were a major influence and account for his reggae roots. Each of these musical genres has influenced Mars' musical style; he observed that: "It's not easy to [create] songs with that mixture of rock and soul and hip-hop, and there's only a handful of them. His subsequent release, Unorthodox Jukebox , as with his debut album, is infused with different influences including dance, rock reggae and soul, as well as balladry. Lyrically, the album is different than the former, addressing traditional notions of romance, male chauvinism, and sexuality.
The explicit content in the song "Gorilla" caused a controversy in the UK. However, darker subjects are addressed in his songs, detailing failed relationships and self-destructive behaviour. Mars' third album, 24K Magic , is significantly influence by. Mars has explained his writing process: "I don't sit down and think, 'I'm going to write a song', inspiration hits me always unexpectedly: on a plane, when I'm out or just before I go to bed.
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Mars claims that his work with other artists has influenced his musical style: " Nothin' on You had a Motown vibe, Billionaire was a reggae acoustic guitar-driven song, though one of my favourites is the CeeLo Green song. I don't think anyone else could've sung that song. And there's Just the Way You Are.
If you know my story, you know I love all different genres of music. He explains: "In Hawaii some of the biggest radio stations are reggae. That music brings people together. It's not urban music or pop music. It's just songs. That's what makes it cross over so well. The song comes first. Philip Lawrence, one of his music partners from The Smeezingtons, stated: "What people don't know is there's a darker underbelly to Bruno Mars. Mars possesses a three octave tenor vocal range. Mars is also able to play drums, guitar, keyboard, bass, and piano. Mars usually plays the instrumentation or part of it, on his albums and on the songs he composes for other artists.
Mars is known for his retro showmanship which is widely acclaimed by tour critics and reviewers. Kevin C. Johnson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called Mars a "consummate performer. They wrote: "Anyone from the age of 5 to 95 can walk out of a Bruno Mars concert feeling like the show was designed just for them. Mars walks the old-school walk and talks the sexy talk, but he also nails the hits, leads a super-energetic nine-piece soul band, and rips a mean drum solo", praising the "spectacular version" of "Gorilla". Jason Lipshutz of Billboard described Mars' performance as "entertaining At most of his concerts Mars is accompanied by The Hooligans, a band that includes: a guitarist, bassist, drummer, keyboardist, and a horn section.