Artist of the Week: Bruno Mars
Successfully giving B.o.B a No. 1 single with his assisted track "Nothin' on You", Bruno Mars makes it clear that he is not just a one hit wonder by leading another fellow singer Travis McCoy to reach No. 4 on Billboard Hot 100 with his featured song "Billionaire". When it comes to music he refuses to stay in the box and always tries to raise the bar in every song he is working on.
That's why he fearlessly pushed the boundary when involved in the making of Cee-Lo's "F**k You" which caused viral commotion when it came out. "Our job is to make music, that's what people signed us for, and that's what they're gonna get. Whether we put an F-bomb in there or say something too racy for radio, we'll figure it out later. If that's what feels right and natural, that's what it's gonna be," he told Idolator.
From assisting other artists for chart-busting tracks, now it's time for Mars to show what he can do with his own pipe. In love song "Just the Way You Are", he croons in his buoyant voice about a woman he's head over heels for and wants to keep her the way she is. Slowly but sure, he climbs to the Top 10 of the U.S. singles chart with the single, most recently moving up from No. 9 to No. 6 just behind Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love".
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the place which is rich in traditional sounds, including reggae, rock and folk music, Mars has a sweet sound, and great pop music instinct. And, the budding singer/songwriter is now ready to put his talent on test with his upcoming debut album "Doo - Wops & Hooligans" in which "Just the Way You Are" will be included. He is expected to release the effort in United States on October 5.
The title of the album reflects what he is going to offer, "doo-wop music." He explained, "My album has a little bit of that influence, with the simplicity of it... you can listen to a thousand doo-wop songs, and it's the same four chords. But it's the message behind the song - it's straight to the point and it's beautiful. That's what you call your girl, your 'doo-wop.' I call my girlfriend my 'doo-wop!' On this album, I have records that women are going to relate to and men are going to relate to. So doo-wops are for the girls, and hooligans are for the guys."
Although he's incredibly proud of the recordings, Mars feels most at home when he's performing live. He thinks it's the best way for fans to experience his sound, saying "That is what I'm most excited for - taking these songs and traveling them around the world." On August 25, his hard work, hopes and dreams led him to headline his first show in New York City. The gig was sold out and well received. His other concerts can be found on his MySpace.
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