Five Of The Best: Bruno Mars
American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, Grammy Award winner and … (take a breath) choreographer Bruno Mars has announced a huge UK tour in support of third album 24K Magic.
Bruno Mars 2017 Tour Dates
Bruno’s latest tour will see him return to the UK for his first full length tour since 2013’s hugely successful Moonshine Jungle World Tour. The run kicks off in Glasgow on 12 April and visits venues around the UK before ending in Sheffield on 06 May 2017. Tickets available from Monday 21 November at 10am.
- SSE Hydro, Glasgow (12)
- Echo Arena, Liverpool (15)
- The O2, London (18, 19)
- Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham (24)
- Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham (27)
- 3Arena, Dublin (29)
- Manchester Arena, Manchester (02)
- First Direct Arena, Leeds (05)
- Sheffield Arena, Sheffield (06)
Grab hold of some 24K Magic
Released on 18 November this year, Bruno’s third studio album – 24K Magic – was produced by Shampoo Press & Curl, with additional production falling to The Stereotypes, Mark Ronson and Jeff Bhasker. The multi-platinum selling entertainer also enlisted help from R&B artist Babyface and Skrillex.
Watch the video for the album’s lead single – 24K Magic – released on 7 October below.
Five of the best
We can’t wait for Mars to bring his unique brand of soul, R&B and brilliantly catchy pop tunes back to UK. To celebrate his highly anticipated return to our shores next year, we countdown his top 5 songs, so get ready to dance around your living room.
5. The Lazy Song (2010)
The third single released from Mars’ hugely successful debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, The Lazy Song is influenced by reggae and channels what he might do on a day off. The video features Mars’ hanging around with his dancers – who sport Monkey masks.
4. Uptown Funk (2015)
Technically not a sole effort from Bruno Mars, this collaboration with Mark Ronson has become one of the best selling singles of all time. The upbeat pop tune and catchy lyrics make it very accessible, especially when paired with a video which stars Mars, Ronson and Mars’ backing band the Hooligans dancing around in the street.
3. Gorilla (2012)
This song, from second album 2012’s Unorthodox Jukebox album is all about the instrumental. Drawing some comparisons to Prince, Mars’ stated in an interview with Rolling Stone at the time that [the track is about] “good old animalistic sex”. With regards to lyrics, “Got a body full of liquor with a cocaine kicker” he stated “To take that line out would dilute my art”, since the recording “needs a sense of danger. When I was a kid, pop could be dangerous but still massive. Michael Jackson would grab his crotch. Prince would rock assless chaps”.
2. Marry You (2011)
Another belter from Bruno’s debut release, Marry You is inspired by classic Doo-wop styles and given it’s title, content, catchiness and overall pop-appeal has become a regular choice for proposals and flash mobs. The song has also featured heavily in TV and the movies, including Glee, and a cover by Donald Glover in Magic Mike XXL.
Penned as a heartbreak ballad, Grenade tells the story of unrequited love. The second single from 2010’s Doo-Wops & Hooligans, it features a video that reflects the song’s darker themes of heartbreak, which results in Mars’ killing himself at the end.