Bruno Mars Brings No.1 Hit ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ to ‘X Factor’

It’s pretty much Bruno Mars‘ week, with his sophomore set ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ landing at retail and the lead single ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ rocketing to the No. 1 slot on the radio charts. The singer capped off a stellar promotional week with a performance of the single on last night’s (Dec. 13) elimination episode of ‘X Factor.’

Looking typically Bruno Mars’ish with his trusty fedora and a black leather jacket, the neo doo-wop crooner busted more than a few scintillating dance moves and hit all the right notes. If you were not a Mars fan before seeing this performance, we bet you are now. He’s a flawless, polished pop star with the perfect sprinkle of grit.

We just about melted when he gave his pelvis a workout and swayed his hips like a young and modern version of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.

If there is anyone we want to be locked out of heaven and in purgatory with, it’s Bruno Mars.

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Bruno Mars Covers Paper Holiday Issue, Talks ‘Darker, More Aggressive’ Album

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Crooner Bruno Mars covers the holiday issue of Paper magazine, opening about the risks he took with his new album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox,’ where he addresses the “darker, more aggressive” sound of the album.

Mars, wearing a brown fedora, brown sweater and a flannel shirt, averts his gaze on the cover. It’s an effectively strategy, since it makes us even more curious about what’s going inside his brain and what he spills about in the inside feature.

He reveals that his hard-partying life factors into the music, but it’s not frivolous or about bad behavior. It’s the life of a pop star, an occupational “hazard” if that’s even the right word. “You’re going out every night. You’re drinking every night, being young … looking for love in all the wrong places,” he said. That certainly makes for a rich pool of inspiration.

It also grabs some headlines. Mars did speak about his 2010 arrest for cocaine possession, saying,
“I know once you put it on record, it’s on record — forever … it’s weird because it’s easier for me to sit down and write a song than actually talk about it.”

Mars also shared that the new songs “might be darker, a little more aggressive. I’m saying some things that are probably going to open a lot of those doors.” While he built his name and reputation on neo doo-wop songs, he is a little tougher and harder this time.

He also showed his sense of humor, saying that when he agreed to both host and be the musical guest on ‘SNL’ earlier this fall, he was prepared to flop. “I signed up to go down in flames,” he admitted. “It’s like if you don’t do this, you wasn’t made for this s— if you can’t take on something like that. So it was kind of a challenge. It was like, ‘F— it, let’s go.’”

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Bruno Mars Throws ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ Release Party on the ‘TODAY’ Show

Surrounded by balloons, streamers and other party decorations, Bruno Mars stopped by ‘Today’ this morning (Dec. 11) to celebrate today’s release of his sophomore album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ in style and perform some of its tracks.

Mars and his band wore bow ties and ruffled tuxedo shirts for the occasion, which began with a rocking performance of his current smash ‘Locked Out of Heaven.’ That was followed by the new song ‘If I Knew,’ which revealed an old-time pop vibe.

Mars took a minute to chat with host Matt Lauer and explained that he and the band had been out of all night celebrating before they rolled up to the studio in a limo. He added that he tried to take a more fun approach when it came to putting together ‘Unorthodox Jukebox.’ “I definitely feel like I’ve learned so much from touring and being on the road and having this awesome band. I felt like I needed the content, and I definitely have it on this album, for us to have some fun,” he said.

Mars stuck around to offer one more number, a soulful spin on ‘White Christmas’ featuring vocals from his band. ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ is a good bet to surpass the No. 3 peak of Bruno’s Grammy-winning debut, ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans.’

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Bruno Mars’ ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’: The Reviews Are In

Bruno Mars is back to prove he’s still a jack of all musical trades.

From classic pop powerhouses to hip-hop-tinged tunes and tear-jerking piano ballads, the multi-talented Grammy winner bends genres in his highly anticipated sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox, which hit shelves on Dec. 11.

“[I was] not thinking about business or radio or politics, just doing what I love to do — and that’s creating music,” Mars said in a recent interview, according to The Washington Post. “Whether it be a reggae song, rock song, a love song, the main thing was just to, whatever I was feeling, to try to capture that emotion.”

Following in the well-praised footsteps of his platinum-plus debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Mars knew he had a high standard to meet. “I feel like you have to constantly keep proving yourself, and you have to constantly keep getting out there and showing them you’re more than just that one song on the radio that’s just playing,” he explained. “And that’s what I had to do the first time around — I had to keep going out there and keep performing live.”

So is Mars’ Unorthodox old-school sound garnering raves from the reviewers? Read on for a sampling of what the critics are saying about Mars’ sophomore set.

Paste: “For all its ultra-catchy eclecticism, Unorthodox Jukebox really isn’t all that unorthodox — and when Mars plays it safe, he steps sideways: ‘Young Girls’ is a by-numbers ‘shout-out-to-the-honeys’ belter, and ‘Show Me’ is an undercooked foray into dance-hall reggae…. Mars still plays the sweetheart card well, but he’s proven himself way more interesting as a badass.”

MTV: “Jukebox is a very good album indeed, a classically inspired pop release that not only pays homage to the greats (Michael Jackson, Prince and Sam Cooke spring to mind), but also makes a play to be mentioned in the same breath as them. It is not overly concerned with being cool, or contemporary, ditching the radio-pleasing immediacy of Mars’ previous hits to showcase his strengths: a lithe voice, an unerring musical sensibility, and a knack for penning choruses that not only latch onto the ear, but burrow deep inside of it.”

Idolator: “Similar to other recent efforts by male pop/R&B artists, Unorthodox Jukebox takes listeners on a journey of the initial hookup followed by the honeymoon period and on to the fights and the man’s frustration that follows. Even though we’ve heard these stories before, Mars’ ability to become a chameleon and truly commit to so many sounds and genres makes this album stand out from the rest of the party-sex-fight fare.”

Washington Post: “Unorthodox Jukebox, his impeccably made and compulsively listenable sophomore release, is not your mother’s Bruno Mars album…. It’s thematically darker than the breezy Hooligans, but musically it hews close to the formula established by its predecessor.”

NY Daily News: “If anything, the new Unorthodox Jukebox CD clarifies Mars’ chosen role. He’s a guy who sounds most comfortable, and uncompromising, playing to the whole family. To perfect that goal, Mars seems to have chosen a daunting role model for the album — none other than Michael Jackson…. That Mars can leap so easily from classic pop crooning to the hip-hop tricks of ‘Money Make Her Smile,’ shows his versatility, his charm and, in the end, his ability to make pop mainstreaming seem like a noble mission.”

Seattle Times: “The versatile singer-songwriter and producer blends R&B, reggae, rock, soul, pop and hip-hop, reflecting a musical childhood in Hawaii where exposure to different styles of music was the norm (as a small boy he performed with his parents’ band, doing a pint-size impersonation of Elvis Presley).”

Hit Fix: “Musically, Unorthodox Jukebox is a glorious exploration of pop music, full of spritely melodies, layered harmonies, and catchy choruses delivered in Mars’ caramel-dipped voice. It’s lyrically that the album occasionally falls short…. Mars’ pop music is so far above much of what’s played on the radio these days so these quibbles come because it’s clear he can do better. Once his lyrics reach the level of his music—and he gets over his bad girl fixation— there will be truly no stopping him.”

USA Today: “There’s nothing wrong with being primarily a stylist, especially when your material is irresistible and your delivery is so engaging. Mars is just 27; the personal heartbreak and hard-won lessons likely will seep into his work eventually. For now, he’ll just keep dialing up the feel-good hits.”

Rolling Stone: “Bruno Mars doesn’t do low stakes. He is a drama king, a man who thrives on grand statements, soap-opera plotlines and actual-opera melodrama…. From another performer, the bombast might be a deal-breaker, but from Mars – a master song-crafter and a nimble, soulful vocalist – it is the stuff of great pop.”

Vancouver Sun: “Who is this guy? Is he a guy who reminds you of other guys? When you spend your pre-star days riffing on convincing impersonations of both Elvis and Michael Jackson, you’re either about to have an impressively galactic career, or an impressively generic one…. He’s no Martian — he’s from Planet Teflon, sticking to no genre as none sticks to him. He’s a timely reminder of the current pop personality graph: you can at once be everywhere and nobody.”

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Bruno Mars + His Hooligans Celebrate ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ in Style

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Bruno Mars had a wild night in NYC on Dec. 10, celebrating the release of his new album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox.’ The crooner shared a bunch of black and white photos from their fete for the album’s release, with he and his boys dressed in snazzy black tuxes.

The pictures, which he tweeted, are like a storyboard of their night, where they sing, (fake) fight, calm down, head out into the city via subway and have a good time. They’re like a modern day Rat Pack and that’s how they roll.

The night ended with the boys getting “mugged” and dropping their pants.

This, you gotta see! Mars and his crew certainly raged. At least they did so in stylish fashion.

Caption: “
and so it begins #RAGE.”

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Caption: “and a few more bottles.”

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Caption: “sometimes i got to remind everyone who the boss is #sexdragon.”

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Caption: “there’s about to be some furniture moving goin on #whocanplaytrumpetandfitinatux.”

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Caption: “cooler heads prevail. #hugsforthugs.”

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Caption: “we about to bring the party to the club. but first…the subway.”

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Caption: “just heard the Brazilian modeling team is at our table. thanks for setting that up.”

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Caption: “who the hell gets mugged and has to take off their pants??? #onlninnyc.”

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And only in Bruno Mars’ world.

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Bruno Mars Talks Smoking + ‘Scaring’ People With ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’

 
Now we’re not here to make judgments, but for crying out loud Bruno Mars, isn’t your smoking habit terrible for those diamond pipes of yours? We’d say so! And someone who agrees with us is none other than Mars’ own mother, who has begged the star to call it quits.

“She wants me to, but she told me not to try those electronic cigarettes,” he said to MTV. “She’s like ‘Stay away from them … they explode!’ And I’m going ‘Okay mom, whatever you say.’ Because, you know, you gotta listen to your mother.”

Aside from his cigarette habit, Mars also talked about his new LP, ‘Unorthodox Jukebox,’ and how his sophomore album strays far from his debut piece, ‘Doo-Wops + Hooligans.’ For his second go ’round, Mars made sure he’d be in control and “be able to do whatever the hell I want to do.”

Mars + Co. spent six months writing the album, and ultimately wound up putting the kibosh on more tunes than he probably liked, all in hopes of pushing the envelope and going above and beyond his previous ventures into the music industry.

“It’s not a risk; at the end of the day, it’s me, so it’s like either you like me or you don’t. I don’t know if I’ve earned that. I don’t know what people are going to think of this album; but I do know it’s me, it’s who I am. I am all over the place, because I’m a producer,” Mars said. “I think it’s a good thing to weird a couple people out and scare a couple people.”

“Because this is the artistry now, this is evolving, and I’ve always looked up to artists that evolve,” he continued. “Michael Jackson, Kanye West, every album sounds like something different; it’s because you listen to new things, you’re seeing new things, you’re feeling new emotions, you’re dating a new girl. Everything is always different, so it always has to change and evolve.”

Mars doesn’t make it seem out of the ordinary, though, for him to be taking “risks” and changing things up. He of course wasn’t the same person he was when he recorded his first album, nor will he be the same person when it’s time for the third. MTV even goes so far as to call him a “career artist.”

“So that’s going to come across on my next album, and the album after that and the album after that,” said the singer. “No matter what happens to the record, whether it blows up or two people buy it, I need to feel like I gave it all I’ve got. I know it’s a little cheesy, but I genuinely feel there’s no more that I can give; this was everything I had, everything I’ve learned and this is the music I love, and I’m proud of it. That’s how I wanted to walk away from this second album.”

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Bruno Mars Speaks Out About Strip Clubs + Performs on ‘The Graham Norton Show’

Bruno Mars had a pretty fun chat on British talk show ‘The Graham Norton Show’ this week. Kicking his ‘Unorthodox Jukebox‘ press tour into full gear, he explained how ‘Money Make Her Smile’ was inspired by pole dancers — and a really embarrassing moment.

“We had a show in Paris, and we had the day off the next day,” Mars said. “So me and the guys, we all wanted to go out, and we ended up in this real seedy strip club.” (Norton’s face is pretty priceless here.) Mars continued, “The DJ recognized me, and I’m trying to lay low, but he says, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, we got a special guest tonight, Bruno Mars!’”

Dude, how embarrassing! “I was like, ‘Aw, dammit!’” he said. “But the worst part was, he started playing my first single, ‘Just the Way You Are.’ … it’s the last song you want to hear in a place like that! So this poor girl gets up onstage and she’s trying to dance to it, and I’m like, ‘I’m sorry!’” Chances are if that girl had heard that song a few times earlier in life, she wouldn’t have been there in the first place. “So on this album, I definitely have some songs that I’ll be proud of next time I’m in Paris at a strip club.”

Mars followed his amusing interview (which featured hilarious quips from actor Daniel Radcliffe and comedian Ricky Gervais) with a rollicking performance of ‘Locked Out of Heaven.’ This song may work in a seedy night club too!

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Bruno Mars Speaks Out About Strip Clubs + Performs on ‘The Graham Norton Show’

Bruno Mars had a pretty fun chat on British talk show ‘The Graham Norton Show’ this week. Kicking his ‘Unorthodox Jukebox‘ press tour into full gear, he explained how ‘Money Make Her Smile’ was inspired by pole dancers — and a really embarrassing moment.

“We had a show in Paris, and we had the day off the next day,” Mars said. “So me and the guys, we all wanted to go out, and we ended up in this real seedy strip club.” (Norton’s face is pretty priceless here.) Mars continued, “The DJ recognized me, and I’m trying to lay low, but he says, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, we got a special guest tonight, Bruno Mars!’”

Dude, how embarrassing! “I was like, ‘Aw, dammit!’” he said. “But the worst part was, he started playing my first single, ‘Just the Way You Are.’ … it’s the last song you want to hear in a place like that! So this poor girl gets up onstage and she’s trying to dance to it, and I’m like, ‘I’m sorry!’” Chances are if that girl had heard that song a few times earlier in life, she wouldn’t have been there in the first place. “So on this album, I definitely have some songs that I’ll be proud of next time I’m in Paris at a strip club.”

Mars followed his amusing interview (which featured hilarious quips from actor Daniel Radcliffe and comedian Ricky Gervais) with a rollicking performance of ‘Locked Out of Heaven.’ This song may work in a seedy night club too!

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Watch Victoria’s Secret Model Miranda Kerr Interview Bruno Mars

We don’t know who’s luckier in this situation: Bruno Mars, because he gets to hang out with one of our fave Victoria’s Secret models Miranda Kerr, or Ms. Kerr, because she gets to interview the cute-as-ever Mars.

Backstage at the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the model sat down with the singer for a flirty yet awkward chat that left us thanking the Hollywood gods that Miranda Kerr is so beautiful, she gets a pass for the cringeworthy-ness of some of her interview questions.

She starts by asking Mars about his dimples and offers him a wink, to which he says he just felt a “shock through my body,” as a result of the signature VS move. In reality, though, she was trying to figure out if it’s hereditary and whatnot; he says he’s the only one in his family who has them. Cut to the VS beauty, who offers another wink and exclaims that she too is the only member of her family to have the smile accessory as well.

Ooookay.

But then she ups the ante with the lame pickup line you’d find at a bar. “Oh man, I’m so hot, maybe it’s ’cause you just walked in the room,” says the model after they high five over their dimples. “Daaaaang!” replies Mars, who looks at the camera, breaking the fourth wall ever so nicely. “That’s how I feel.”

Awkwardness aside, the highlight of the vid is when the pair begin to sing ‘You Are My Sunshine,’ and actually sound rather adorable together. It was surprising to see, given how the interview started out, but at least she was able to recover from the silly questions with a genuinely cute moment.

But still … does anyone else feel the sexual tension between these two? Hubby Orlando Bloom may wanna keep a close eye on his model wife!

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Bruno Mars Covers “Part of Your World” and “Under the Sea” from ‘The Little Mermaid’ (VIDEO)

Darren Criss isn’t the only male singer who can take on The Little Mermaid. During his set for BBC’s Live Lounge, Bruno Mars (who’s nominated for Best Rap Song at the 2013 Grammys) covers what he calls “the best song ever written” a.k.a. “Part of Your World.” He says of the song, “There’s this one song, this cover that we used to do, that I could never get through because I choke up. [But] I want to look fear in the eyes right now, and then I want to kick it in the ding ding.”

And after nailing the Disney classic, he and his pals also perform “Under the Sea.” So it’s just the most fun ever. Watch the video above for the BM renditions!

Must-Watch: A Bruno Mars Lip Dub Proposal!

New Songs on the Radio – December 2012

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December is well underway, which means it’s time for the last new songs on the radio recap for the year 2012. Believe it or not — there will be a lot of new non holiday-centric tracks on the airwaves this month and we can’t wait to hear what our favorite pop stars have in store!

Bruno Mars’ new album officially drops this month (Dec. 11), but before the big release he teased a few tracks. In addition to his single ‘Locked Out of Heaven,’ he released two promotional singles (‘Moonshine’ and ‘Young Girls’), as well the the ballad ‘When I Was Your Man.’ Fans are already loving this piano-based ballad, which details the singer’s tale of a lost love.

Another track we’re expecting to hear a lot of on the air is Kesha’s acoustic version of ‘Supernatural.’ The singer’s purpose for stripping down on one of her best dance tracks is to prove she can be just as great of a popstar without Auto-tune and production. Fans are going to love this track and some of the other cuts off of the ‘Deconstructed EP’ out now.

You can check out some of the new songs that will be hitting the airwaves in December 2012 below, and keep checking back to PopCrush as we’ll update this list throughout the month.

New Songs on the Radio – December 2012
Kesha, ‘Supernatural’
Bruno Mars, ‘When I Was Your Man’
Big Boi, ‘She Hates Me’ feat. Kid Cudi
Melanie Armano, ‘Long Distance’
Game, ‘Jesus Piece’ Feat. Kanye West + Common

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