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The BET Awards winners have finally been announced.
Beyonce was the big winner at the Bet Awards 2017, with five awards to her name, while Chance the Rapper took home three and Bruno Mars landed two. As usual there were a few surprises, a lot of predictions were realised and some stars even tied for awards.
Beyonce spotted at Tidal red carpet event
Bruno Mars and Beyonce tied for Video of the year with the latter's 'Sorry' and the former's '24K Magic', while they both scooped Best male R&B/pop artist and Best female R&B/pop Artist respectively.
Continue reading: Beyonce And Chance The Rapper Reigned At BET Awards 2017
The episode is set to air Tuesday night.
Bruno Mars is set to appear on James Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke' segment this week and he could not look more thrilled to be on there in the preview clip that sees them singing along to Mars' new single '24K Magic' with some real gusto.
Bruno Mars to appear on 'Carpool Karaoke'
We will see the chart-topping pop sensation take a ride with 'The Late Late Show' host James Corden tonight (December 13th 2016), according to a brief 44 second preview clip featuring the pair singing along to his latest hit '24k Magic' which has already got more than 385,000 views.
Continue reading: Bruno Mars Shares '24K Magic' With James Corden On 'Carpool Karaoke'
Having reportedly sold over 100 million records, Bruno Mars must be considered amongst the elite of global pop superstars. The release of this, his third album, will be supported by a huge UK tour starting in April 2017, which includes an impressive four nights at London's O2 Arena.
That Mars kicks off the album an upbeat number comes as no surprise, but the funk-dance of hybrid of the title track fails to really lift off. He continues the vibe with 'Chunky', but it is 'Perm' that is the first cut that genuinely impresses, propelled by his vocal flow. The hooks of 'That's What I Like' are undeniable, but R'n'B seduction it is not - telling the focus of your attention that they're lucky because of what you like is beyond arrogance. Much better is the smooth 'Versace On The Floor', while 'Finesse' adds little more to an initially interesting groove.
Thankfully the apologetic 'Too Good To Say Goodbye' sees Mars back on top of his game for a soulful finale, but being the ninth track there feels to be something amiss. If this was a classic collection comprising of only brilliance, you could understand, but it isn't. For an artist of such standing and sales figures, you expect more of the magic promised in the title, but instead we have delusions of grandeur.
Bruno Mars feared '24K Magic' wouldn't be as successful as 'Uptown Funk'.
Bruno Mars feared '24K Magic' wouldn't be as successful as 'Uptown Funk'.
The 31-year-old musician has admitted he found it ''daunting'' working on a new album and has hinted he felt pressure to come up with more hits following the success of the 2014 track, which Bruno claims was ''the biggest song'' he has worked one.
Speaking on '60 Minutes', the Hawaii-born star said: ''This album, it was daunting, because coming off of 'Uptown Funk' was like the biggest song I've ever been a part of. And then you're like, alright, now what are you gonna do?''
Continue reading: Bruno Mars Feared 24K Magic Wouldn't Be As Good As Uptown Funk
Did you really think that Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga were born with those names?
What’s in a name? Well for some celebrities things might have been very different if they hadn’t have changed theirs. Think Stefani Germanotta sounds like a star? What about Caryn Johnson? Things might have been very different for these 10 celebrities if they hadn’t found the perfect name to launch their careers.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, my how you've changed
After the snappy, clever 2011 original, this sequel feels rather lazy by comparison: it's still visually colourful and sometimes witty, but the overcrowded story is all over the place, mixing wacky slapstick and corny satire with a political message. And none of this is edgy enough to make it memorable, except perhaps the addition of one new character, a deranged poisonous frog with delusions of romance, voiced by the riotously operatic Kristin Chenoweth.
At the centre again are the rare blue macaws Blu and Jewel (Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway), who now have three feisty kids at their bird sanctuary in Rio de Janeiro. Then their human keepers Tulio and Linda (Rodrigo Santoro and Leslie Mann) spot another blue macaw deep in the Amazon, so Blu and Jewel fly off to investigate with their children and buddies (including Will.i.am and Jamie Foxx). Sure enough, this turns out to be Jewel's long-lost family, overseen by her father (Andy Garcia) and guarded by her heartthrob ex Roberto (Bruno Mars). But there's an evil logger threatening the rainforest, and Blu's old nemesis Nigel the cockatoo (Jemaine Clement) is out for revenge.
After the oddly flat prologue in Rio, the film kicks up a gear when it arrives in the jungle, where the imagery becomes far more dense and colourful, leading to some wonderfully outrageous musical numbers and raucous action sequences. The level of detail is impressive, as is the range of creatures thrown into the story. But the script never quite rises to this level of invention, once again simplistically putting the city-bird Blu in an alien natural environment, with added in-laws and ex-boyfriends. Much more fun is Nigel's interaction with his poison-frog sidekick, even if his subplot never builds any steam.
Continue reading: Rio 2 Review
NFL Super Bowl XLVIII saw RHCP fake it...
“Hang on a minute, their guitars aren’t plugged in to anything” an eagle-eyed Super Bowl viewer probably said somewhere in America. And he/she was right: while Anthony Kiedis sang alongside main performer Bruno Mars live, the others were just faking it.
Flea an Anthony Kiedis watch a Lakers game
It took a couple days, but finally bassist Flea admitted what everyone already knew.
Continue reading: Cordless Rockers Red Hot Chilli Peppers Caught Out With Super Bowl Set
If there were any doubts about Mars before, they've all been silenced now.
Besides a victory for the Seattle Seahawks – and a long overdue one at that – last night’s Super Bowl was also a triumph for Bruno Mars. Mars’ Half Time show with the Red Hot Chili Peppers was full of soul – no gimmicks, just good music. Well, maybe there was one gimmick. Time Magazine reports on the show. Mars’ performance kicked off with a song performed by a children’s choir, which, although it was cute, was undeniably only there for the cute factor. The song quickly segued into a drum solo by the multitalented Bruno himself, which was later taken over by his brother Eric Hernandez (Bruno Mars was originally born Peter Hernandez).
Mars refused to give away any details during his Super Bowl press conference last week.
Things got real as the golden jacket and skinny tie came out and Mars stretched out the good ol’ vocal chords with a performance of the eternal crowd pleaser Locked Out Of Heaven. His jumbo band of brass, backup singers and bass put the song across nicely. The synchronized dance to Treasure was just icing on the cake.
Continue reading: Super Bowl Half Time Well And Truly Rocked By Bruno Mars And RHCP
As Bruno Mars prepares to take the Superbowl halftime stage, he might want to look back at five of the best and worst performances in recent years.
Bruno Mars is hoping to ‘uplift the people’ this Sunday when he performs at the coveted Superbowl halftime slot. The ‘Greande’ singer is currently preparing for his set and of course making sure his trademark hairdo is in tact, telling a press conference, "I got three gallons of hairspray in this thing, so I'm good!"
Bruno Mars onstage at Radio 1's Big Weekend
The singer, who just picked up a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal album, will be joined onstage by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with Mars saying. "The first band I thought of was the Red Hot Chili Peppers - I've been a fan of theirs for such a long time, I admire their career."
While the idea of Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers sounds pretty spectacular you never can tell how a Superbowl halftime show is going to go down. Whilst it's fair to say that the performances are always memorable, sometimes its not really for the right reasons. To help Bruno prepare here's a look back at arguably five of the best and worst Superbowl half time shows in recent years.
Beyonce and Destiny's Child Superbowl XLVII (2013)
Bruno Mars barely teased some surprises tuning in for his Super Bowl halftime show on February 2.
While fans wonder whether Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl halftime show will live up to Beyonce’s from last year, Mars himself has much more modest goals. He just wants to get people dancing, as he said at a during a live press conference at the Rose Theater in New York City about the Pepsi halftime show. "Whatever happens, happens. I ain't scared if that's what you think."
Unlike Beyonce's show last year, Bruno Mars is keeping everything a surprise until the last minute.
Blu and Jewel believe that they are two of a kind as the only full grown blue macaws in existence as they make their home in a cosy Brazilian bird sanctuary with their fast-growing offspring. With Jewel developing itchy feet (or should that be talons?) and the 'babies' desperate to learn more about the world and their kind, the arrival of news of another flock of their kind deep in the Amazon rainforest sends Jewel reeling with excitement at the thought of vacating to the wild. Blu is less fond of the idea, now being comfortably accustomed to their artificial city lifestyle, but goes along on the adventure for the sake of Jewel. As they arrive in the jungle with their friends, they meet Jewel's formidable father and some old friends - and if that's not enough for Blu to worry about, Nigel the evil Sulphur-crested Cockatoo has also taken to the wild with revenge on his mind. But Nigel might not be the only thing to fear in the unpredictable Amazon wilderness.
Continue: Rio 2 - Alternative Trailer
Here are our predictions for the major categories.
The Grammy Awards are known as the biggest night in music, the music industry equivalent to the Oscars. Unlike the Oscars, however, the Grammys are much more accepting of newcommers and in fact, the award show airing this Sunday will feature plenty of debutants, competing with seasoned artists. So with that in mind, it’s about time for everyone to place their bets. Let’s see who the favorites are to sweep this year’s Grammys.
With seven nominations, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are expected to sweep the awards this year.
Record of the Year is one of the biggest categories at the award show. Out of the five nominees, Daft Punk’s Get Lucky seems like a no-brainer, but Lorde’s Royals, the unpredictable success of 2013 could come in and sweep this up last minute.
Continue reading: Grammys 2014 Predictions: Who Will Sweep The Major Awards?
Bruno Mars has announced 40 dates for the second leg of his 'Moonshine Jungle' tour and has enlisted the help of Pharrell Williams and Aloe Blacc.
Bruno Mars has announced the dates for the second leg of his huge 'Moonshine Jungle' world tour. The 27 year-old wrapped up the first leg, starting June 2013 and ending the following November, which visited North America and Europe.
Bruno is also playing at this year's Super Bowl halftime show
Mars announced that music mogul Pharrell Williams will be joining him in select cities and Aloe Blacc will be the show's opening act for most of the dates.
The rockers are officially lined up to play this year's Super Bowl.
Last year Beyonce performed an unforgettable Super Bowl half time show and this year it’s Red Hot Chilly Peppers’ turn. The rockers have taken the torch, next they will take the stage in February, the NFL announced yesterday (Satuday, January 11th). They have big shoes to fill, but teaming up with Bruno Mars, who has already been announced as the lead performer means the show is sure to be surprising and unforgettable. Mars was announced to play the Super Bowl back in September of last year.
There can be few things cooler than a collaboration between RHCP and Bruno Mars.
The band will be joined by Bruno Mars. In fact, the Grenade singer was the one, who invited the rockers to collaborate with him during the televised performance, which will be broadcast live on Feb. 2 from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., according to the Reuters. Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold more than 60 million albums, have six Grammy Awards and entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
The French music community said "non!" to the boys at the 15th NRJ Awards
One Direction were booed as they took to the stage at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France, last week (14 Dec.). The British boy band were met with jeers when they took to the stage to collect their two awards, being met with boos from the audience both of the times they went up to the stage to collect their trophies.
The boys lined up and looking dapper for the NRJ's
Continue reading: One Direction Booed At French Music Awards
Coleen Rooney - Dress shows possible milk stain - Coleen Rooney bumps in to Danielle Gibson as she arrives at a Bruno Mars concert Manchester, UK - Manchester, United Kingdom - Saturday 5th October 2013
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Those Blue Macaws are back, and this time they’ve got parrot sprogs to account for. But the bustling streets of Rio isn’t a great place to bring up kids – all three of them, played by Rachel Crow, Pierce Gagnon and Amandla Stenberg – and besides, Jewel thinks it’s about time to discover her roots.
“We’re not people, Blu. We’re birds,” Jewell explains.
Continue reading: Blu And Jewell Go In Search Of Roots In 'Rio 2' [Trailer + Pictures]
Blu and Jewel's babies are growing up fast and developing an eagerness to learn about the world outside their Brazilian bird sanctuary run by kind owners Linda and Tulio. The free-spirited Jewel is also getting itchy feet, with the death-defying adventures of 'Rio' now wearing off, and is determined to venture out into the Amazon rainforest to meet other blue macaws and teach her children about life in the jungle. Joining them once again are their colourful avian friends Pedro, Nico and Rafael, and Luiz the bulldog who, just like Blu, struggle to adapt to the wild. On their new journey, Jewel meets her father after a long time apart, though he is anything but warm towards her slightly awkward mate. The in laws are the least of Blu's worries though as Nigel the evil Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is set to return once again with a revenge scheme on his mind.
'Rio 2' is the brilliant and wacky sequel to 2011's 'Rio' and sees the return of director Carlos Saldanha ('Ice Age', 'Robots') with a new co-screenwriter Don Rhymer ('Big Momma's House', 'The Santa Clause 2'). As well as all your favourite characters from the original movie, you'll get to see a lot more adorable new creatures as it hits UK cinemas in 3D on April 4th 2014.
Continue: Rio 2 Trailer
Th second day of the iHeartRadio Music Festival saw Justin Timberlake and Paul McCartney perform new material for the first time and Miley Cyrus becoming once again, the most talked about performer of the night.
Day 2 of the Las Vegas ‘iHeartRadio Music Festival’ kicked off this Saturday (Sept 21st) and the MGM Grand Garden arena witnessed yet another amazing crop of talent perform their best hits to in the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’.
Paul McCartney opened the second day of the music festival
But how did it match up to the festival's stellar opening day?
Bruno Mars has confirmed that he will be performing at Super Bowl 2014's half-time show.
Rumours began this weekend that the 'When I Was Your Man' singer will be playing the Super Bowl halftime show and on Sunday the truth finally surfaced. Bruno Mars was present for NFL's announcement on 'Fox NFL Sunday', alongside Fox co-host Terry Bradshaw and football analyst Michael Strahan at Times Square, announcing that he will be the halftime act.
Mars will have to pull out all the strings to top last year's halftime act as Beyoncé's performance was unforgettable to say the least. The multi-award winning singer performed hit singles such as 'Halo' and 'Crazy in Love' whilst dancing all around the stage and giving fans the rare treat of a 'Destiny's Child' reunion - Beyoncé definitely tore the house down.
Other winners on the night included Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and of course, One Direction
Sunday (25 August) night saw the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York taken over by the biggest names in pop for one night only, as the 29th annual MTV Video Music Awards took the recently-completed venue by storm in an awards show that, like most VMAs, will be long remembered. In all there were eleven different winners in the sixteen different categories, whilst the ceremony itself was an onslaught of musical surprises and memorable performances, as the VMAs continued to live up to it's billing as the 'Oscars for youth.'
Justin was the biggest winner on the night
The biggest winner of the night was pop's returning prince Justin Timberlake, who not only won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for his services to the music industry, but also took home another three awards for two of his The 20/20 Experience music videos. His comeback single 'Suit & Tie' won Best Direction, whilst the follow-up single 'Mirrors earned the former N*Sync singer the Best Editing and the coveted Video of the Year Award. And speaking of N*Sync, during Timberlake's medley of hits prior to the Video Vanguard handing over, we were finally treated to the long-overdue reunion of N*Sync, who performed their memorable hits 'Girlfriend' and 'Bye Bye Bye.' We would have been more surprised, if it wasn't such a poorly kept secret.
The 2013 Teen Choice Awards, held last night (11th August) saw the likes of the Twilight cast; Pretty Little Liars; The Vampire Diaries and Glee taking home a full sized surf board as a trophy.
The 2013 Teen Choice was held last night, Sunday 11th August, at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. The event was star studded with attendees photographed on the red carpet including Selena Gomez, Lucy Hale, Brittany Snow, Michelle Rodriguez, Chloe Grace Moretz, Cher Lloyd and Naya Rivera.
Selena Gomez on the red carpet.
The Teen Choice Awards are an annual event held to celebrate what teenagers think deserves recognition from the world of film, TV, fashion and music. It was first held in 1999 and has gradually grown increasing popular with the passing years. This year, according to the Teen Choice Award Website, over 150 million teenagers voted on the various categories.
Continue reading: 2013 Teen Choice Awards: On The Red Carpet And Highlights
Freaky megastar Lady Gaga has just been announced to be making her 'Artpop' return with a performance at MTV's video awards in August.
Lady GaGa has performed before at the MTV VMAs but it seems the prestigious, explosive awards ceremony can't get enough of the 'Bad Romance' singer's outlandish outfits and stage surprises. To date the 27 year-old pop star has 13 of MTV's shiny 'Moonmen' awards to her name with probably a few more to come.
Not Convinced This Photo Is The Right Way Up...
MTV announced this year's first performer at a live event that will see huge industry names such as Justin Timberlake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (6 nominations each) along with Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Pink plus many more all up to win an award for their music videos. Categories will include 'best pop video', 'artist to watch', 'best video with a social message', 'best cinematography plus awards for best male and female videos.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga To Mark Return At MTV VMAs With Brand New Single
The MTV Video Music Awards have been announced, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake sharing six nods.
The nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 have been announced, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake leading the field. Armed with their videos for 'Can't Hold Us' and 'Thrift Shop,' the hip-hop duo will square off against JT at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on August 25, 2013.
Both acts received six nominations, with Timberlake getting nods for his 'Suit and Tie' and 'Mirrors' promos. Elsewhere, Bruno Mars appears to have every chance of taking home the prize of 'Video of the Year' with 'Locked out of Heaven,' though Robin Thicke's controversial clip for 'Blurred Lines' and Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' will also be popular.
The VMAs - one of the biggest events on the pop music calendar - represents the first time a major awards show has been held in Brooklyn. The place has been a mecca for art and culture for years, though the Barclays Center appears to have truly put it on the map.
Continue reading: MTV Video Music Award Nominees: Will Macklemore Clean Up?
MTV Network's July 4th celebrations to welcome new artists at a time when it's difficult to get noticed.
As America celebrates independence of 4th July, cable entertainment channel MTV will host its own spin on the day's festivities with a planned 'Music Independence Day', which will celebrate music, giving lesser-known artists an opportunity to gain exposure, according to the Associated Press.
In a return to its musical roots, along with VH1 and CMT, MTV will turn Wednesday 4th into an all-day party with hours dedicated to various different genres.
Successful mainstream acts, like Justin Timberlake or Bruno Mars, will be honoured but emerging bands will be able to compete with each other on the online 'Artist Platform' to win a TV-airing of their music video.
Continue reading: Music Independence Day: MTV's Twist On 4th July Celebrations
The singer has yet to make any comment on his mother's death during this difficult time
Bruno Mars was left grieving this weekend following the sudden and unexpected death of his mother, Bernadette Hernandez, on Saturday (June 1) after suffering a brain aneurysm. Bernadette passed at the Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was rushed to after becoming unresponsive following a collapse at her home in the Hawaii city.
Bruno's mother immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines at an early age, meeting Bruno's father Peter Hernandez whilst she worked as a hula dancer at the the same bar he played percussion for the house band. The two nurtured Bruno's musical talents from a young age and the Grammy-winning singer has commented on the influence of his mother on his success in countless interviews in the past. Bernadette was also a singer.
Understandably, the bereaving Mars - real name Peter Gene Hernandez - has remained silent since the death was made public and has yet to comment on the situation to the press. The singer was due to begin a tour in the U.S. in late June (beginning June 22), however the death could potentially affect the concert schedule. There hasn't been any word on whether the death will result in some concert rescheduling just yet.
Continue reading: Bruno Mars Remains Silent Following Mother's Death
German model Heidi Klum has live modelling show results interrupted by unwanted topless guests.
Heidi Klum was mobbed by equal rights protestors bearing Heidi Hate messages across their naked torsos during a crucial moment on 'Germany's Next Top Model' yesterday (May 31st 2013).
The supermodel was about to name the winner of the modelling competition on live television when two topless female demonstrators for FEMEN burst onto the stage to shout at her with the angry message on their chests reading 'Heidi Horror Picture Show'. The organisation they were rallying for was a Ukrainian group who regularly coordinate naked and topless campaigns in defence of equality between men and women. Though the incident was cut from the live recording, Heidi kept her cool and quipped to the audience, 'I have just been seeing boobies in front of me. Too bad it happened at this special moment!'
The protestors seemed to be the only ones who disliked Heidi, however, with 'Gangnam Style' rapper Psy Tweeting a picture of the two of them with the caption: '[Heidi Klum] stoped by my green room and said "ThankU psy". She's so beautiful & nice at the same time!! #Unfair lol'. Heidi also Tweeted a photo of herself and Bruno Mars saying, 'Thank you for a great performance on my show last night in Germany [Bruno Mars] You are a really cool dude!'
Continue reading: Heidi Klum Mobbed By Half-Nude Women's Rights Demonstrators
The Radio 1 Big Weekend became a star-studded event with performances from some of the biggest chart toppers.
Rudimental at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend
BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend was just that - a BIG weekend! With a huge range of hit artists, the radio station left no genre uncovered over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend (May 24th - 26th 2013).
Day 1 saw performances from Dizzee Rascal as he promotes his upcoming fifth album due out later in the year; Rudimental, whose debut album 'Home' has had some remarkable reviews and a number one spot on the UK album chart; Rita Ora who is also working on a new album; and her platinum selling boyfriend Calvin Harris. Saturday brought in an equally impressive line-up with Ellie Goulding who is in the UK before she embarks on a lengthy US tour later in the summer; The Saturdays minus Rochelle Humes who is still recovering from the birth of her first baby Alaia-Mai; and Iggy Azalea whose debut album release is imminent. As for day 3, it certainly wasn't a day of rest as hitting the stage in Derry, Northern Ireland were alt-rock threesome Paramore, BRIT award nominated Jessie Ware and Grammy winning Bruno Mars who's set to kick off a major world tour in the summer spanning through 'til March 2014.
The pair hooked up to perform new single 'Goin' Crazy' in what was a great way to star off the three-day festival
Dizzee Rascal was on the bill to open day one of the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Derry’s Ebrington Square on Friday (May 24), but rather than just keep the performance to himself the rapper decided to treat the fans to a special guest: Robbie Williams! The two performed their new duet 'Goin’ Crazy' much to the pleasure of the audience, who were already being treated to some amazing weather and performances over the weekend.
The three day event, which began yesterday (May 24) and will end on Sunday (May 26), has already seen its fair share of surprises in addition to the Dizzee-Robbie hook-up, with troubles at Heathrow forcing two acts (Angel Haze and Aluna George) to pull out of the festival last minute, whilst drum and bass duo Chase & Status saw a way around the problem by hiring their own private jet to get to the three-day event.
Meanwhile, Rudimental, who were in Northern Ireland at the time but their equipment wasn't, had to borrow their kit from other performers in order to play their set. Producer Amir Amor said: "We borrowed guitars, bass, microphones, a bit of love! Everything we could. But the gig just blew us away."
Blu and Jewel live as an idyllic life as any blue macaw could wish for, raising their babies under the protection of their owners Linda and Tulio; two humans determined to keep the Brazilian jungle safe from the likes of the smugglers that previously endangered them. Rio bird parties are regular, and their flamboyant and unusual friendship group comprising of Pedro, a Red-crested Cardinal; Nico, a Yellow Canary; Rafael, Toco Toucan; and Luiz, a bulldog, are still with them enjoying their wonderful tropical lives. However, Jewel - a free spirit - wishes for nothing more than to venture into the wilderness of the Amazon rainforest; to raise their children among 'normal' birds and learn the ways of the wild. Used to being domesticated, adventure has never been a part of Blu's character and while struggling to adapt to his new surroundings, he finds himself intensely worried about the fate of his family. And when Nigel the evil Sulphur-crested Cockatoo makes his return, their new lives becoming anything but easy.
Continue: Rio 2 Trailer
Bruno Mars fan to prom? Or Bruno Mars prom to fan? When Emily Torres from Michagan pleaded for Bruno Mars to take her to her high school prom, we doubt she envisioned what would happen. The Locked Out of Heaven singer made her day, week month and year with his response.
He said: "I'm gonna hook you up with a dress to make you look just as beautiful and amazing as you are and when I come to the city near you I got four tickets for you and your friends so you can see me. You're gonna be front row and you're gonna be my guest." Now, we’re assuming a custom Gucci dress goes someway towards atoning for his absence, and if it doesn’t, then tickets to see him at his show as “his guest” definitely will. And if THAT wasn’t enough, on his appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show, after giving Emily the good news, he treated her to a dance in front of the audience, saying that because he couldn’t be at her prom, he’d bring the prom to her. Adorable scenes, inevitably, ensued.
Continue reading: Bruno Mars Fan To Prom - Singer Delights Fan With Faux-Prom Fun
Annually, the Grammys is one of the biggest events for music across America and in Europe. In fact, it has dubbed itself 'music's biggest night'. Celebrating the best in pop, hiphop, soul, R&B and much of what comes in between, it never fails to be a veritable who's who from the Spotify playlists of the masses. And this year will be no different. Not only are the nominees ones to look out for, absences are worthy of note, as are this year's presenters and some very special performances.
In terms of performances to look forward to, this year we have some unusual and largely unexpected pair ups. Elton John and Ed Sheeran will take to the stage together. An unusual pairing, they're both Brits with unusual song writing talent. While John is a true showman and is well known for his intereSting outfits and outrageous glasses, Sheeran is distinctly more low key. We're not sure how this is going to work, but we're guessing it'll be great. Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna will all also perform together, as will Alicia Keys and Maroon 5, and Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.
Continue reading: 55th Grammys Preview: 'Music's Biggest Night' Wont Fail To Impress
Bruno Mars has revealed a slightly surprising influence on his new album Unorthodox Jukebox – the late British blues singer Amy Winehouse! We reviewed the multi-million selling 27 year-old’s second album and, though we found ourselves impressed with it, we must admit we’d be hard-pushed to pinpoint the Winehouse influence stylistically.
However, talking to The Associated Press, Mars said "I felt like everything I've been saying, everything I wanted to do, she did it. It was one of those things like, 'Damn it! Damn it!' It was perfect.” He went on to enthuse "You couldn't put it in a box 'cause it could be played on rock stations, it could be played on rhythmic stations, it could be played on pop radio, and I've always wanted to make music like that – that could be spread out, and can't be pigeon-held to one thing. And they did it. Her and Mark Ronson."
Mars once again re-enlisted the help of his song writing pals The Smeezingtons for Unorthodox Jukebox but also has Mark Ronson on too – who of course was instrumental in Winehouse’s fame. Talking of the additional collaborations on the album – several producers are involved – Mars enthused “That's when the fun comes in. Now, it's time to have some fun. Let's put the dream band together... I love their take on pop music... It was a big ole science project.” Unorthodox Jukebox is out now and, a challenge from The Game notwithstanding, should find itself on top of the US Billboard 200 this weekend.
Like many artists that eventually plough their way out of the woodwork, Bruno Mars began his career as a writer for other singers. His work crops up in the portfolios of Flo Rider, Alexandra Burke, Sean Kingston, Travie McCoy, Adam Levine and Brandy. He even co-wrote Cee Lo Green's 'Forget You'. However, he always set his sights very high and revealed in an interview recently that he aspired to the musical heights of Amy Winehouse- which, it appears, is why he's now teaming up with Mark Ronson, the producer that pushed Amy into super-stardom.
"It was perfect," he said, of Amy's Back to Black album. "You couldn't put it in a box 'cause it could be played [anywhere]... And they did it. Her and Mark Ronson." Having grown up listening to a wide variety of music, all of it has rubbed off but in a kind of mis-matched way, he's an endearing if not brilliant patchwork quilt. His latest album 'Unorthodox Dukebox' is also a great patchwork, as Mars has brought together some of the business' best producers including Diplo, The Smeezingtons (who did his entire first album), Jeff Bhasker, Paul Epworth, and Emile Haynie. He described these collaborations to the Associated Press as "a big ole science project."
The album has got fairl good reviews so far but he's already joking about a future 'comeback', saying "You know my sister sings, my brother plays drums in my band. My whole family is a bunch of musicians. So, when the right time comes, you'll see it on some kind of reunion tour, CBS special, 'Behind the Music: Bruno's Family,' trying to revive my career."
Bruno Mars, Toyota Concert Series and New York City - Bruno Mars arrives for the NBC Toyota Concert Series in New York City Monday 10th December 2012 Featuring: Bruno Mars Where: New York City, NY, United States
Bruno Mars' success has been odd in that he as an artist and his marketing team have always been in slight conflict about where he stands demographically. Aesthetically everything about the Hawaiian-born singer suggests an angling for young teenagers, a cutesy image that's instantly agreeable to anyone under the age of 18.
Yet that contrasts with Mars himself, a man who isn't afraid of a cuss or two - Unorthodox Jukebox has plenty- and who, unlike several other names he consistently appears alongside at the top of the charts, is fully in control of his own song writing, developing a style that is far more closer to his actual age, 27, and actual being, than the target market it would appear he's been dressed for. It's a contrast that worked well for his 2010 debut LP Doo-Wops & Hooligans, leading to a Grammy for single 'Just The Way You Are,' and on Unorthodox Jukebox he pushes that chasm between his two facets wider, with the first half of the album in particular trained either for the dance floor or for the arenas he's now well become accustomed to. His lyrics flick between an open air of honesty and traditional proclamations of desire and couplets that lick with sexual intent - and even when he is at his more innocent, phrases like "you make a mess of me" are undoubtedly delivered with a rogeuish glint in the eye.
He's at his best when making straight ahead pop songs, and so it goes that those are this album's best moments. Shimmering opening 'Young Girls' is the sort of song that all those of 80's influenced blogtronica type artists would secretly love to be able to make, so big is it in sound and atmosphere. 'Locked Out Of Heaven' recalls the The Police a little in its sultrily-grooving bass lines and strutting guitars; make no mistake, even as Mars is singing banalities like "your sex takes me to paradise" he's canny in the influences he's cherry picking, and knows how to mould them just so to make something that's texturally rich but ultimately massively accessible.
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Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Lexington Avenue Armory and New York City Wednesday 7th November 2012 Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars , Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory, New York City, USA
Bruno Mars celebrates his 27th birthday today, and the Do-Wops & Hooligans star looks like he's going to have quite the year ahead of him has he readies for the release of his second album Unorthodox Jukebox in December. Before that, his new single Locked Out Of Heaven has been getting played on the radio, and it's something that - even after millions of sales - the artist hasn't grown tired of. He tweeted on Saturday (October 6th) "Locked out of heaven is on the radio!!! This feeling never gets old. So thankful. Thank you Thank you Thank you."
No word on how Mr Mars is celebrating his birthday as yet, indeed it may be unlikely he'll get much of a chance given the hectic promotional schedule he'll be getting involved with over the coming weeks. There are high hopes from his record label Elektra that he'll be giving them another smash hit after his debut LP went in at the third spot on the Billboard charts in 2010, going on to sell six million records worldwide.
It's going to be a tall order, but the omens are looking good with some of the Twitter feedback Mars has received for his new song looking positive. We're pretty sure that even if he doesn't have time to celebrate today, there's going to be plenty of revelry to be had in the coming months.
This fall sees Bruno Mars on the rise again, as he will be presenting on Saturday Night Live on October 20th where he will also be performing his new single. It has been two years since his last album release Doo-Wops & Hooligans and with this single as a taster for his new album Unorthodox Dukebox fans are unlikely to be disappointed with his new material.
The new album, he says, is “me going into the studio and recording and writing whatever I want. This album represents my freedom”, so reports Digital Spy. Mars continued saying: "I listen to a lot of music, and I want to have the freedom and luxury to walk into a studio and say, 'Today I want to do a hip-hop, R&B, soul or rock record'."
Bruno Mars' 'Locked Out of Heaven' has its roots in soul and could almost be plucked out of Motown's '60s heyday. Akin to many of his previous songs, his new single is a love song for the ladies, and with lyrics like “Never had much faith in love or miracles … But swimming in your world is something spiritual” his female fan base is only like to grow.
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After lending his vocals on Travie McCoy's hugely successful Billionaire, Bruno Mars releases his first official single Just the Way You Are this month. Already a number one hit in the US and a top ten hit in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, it seems like Bruno is set to take the UK by storm. Whilst it's kind of obvious why this song has been a hit worldwide, it sadly comes across a bit too generic for a first outing.
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