the year of the unorthodox jukebox

It’s Joy Time for Bruno Mars

WE’RE JUST CAVEMEN, hitting on rocks,” says Bruno Mars. “It’s no different—you’re a caveman and you got a rock in front of you, you hit it with a stick to get everybody dancing. This is our time to forget about everything, it’s joy time. So who’s the best at hitting that rock? Who’s going to make the village dance the hardest?” 

At a casual glance, you might not know that Mars is one of our superstar cavemen. Pulling up to an upscale Italian restaurant on an anonymous street in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley, alone in a relatively modest Cadillac, he parks in back by the dumpsters to slip in quietly. In contrast to the flashy outfits he wears onstage, he’s dressed in a simple collarless bomber jacket, a white Gucci logo T-shirt and camouflage pants. A small crucifix on a thin chain hangs around his neck. 

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anonymous asked:

Hey love! Enjoy your imagines , you are amazing they make me smile^.^ can you write an imagine about you being a actress and presenting an award for best album of the year . Your presenting with Dave Franco and y'all both crack some jokes to make in the audience laugh which harry and the boys enjoy seeing you up their making them laugh hard. They end up winning and he gives you a kiss on the lips making everyone "aww" and screaming seeing you guys showing affection. Thank you ^.^

A/N: Thank you! And fun fact, while I was looking up the album names for this I looked up Bruno Mars and his Wikipedia page said his name is really Peter Gene Hernandez and he was born in Hawaii. I always thought his name was really Bruno…but anyways, I hope you like this!

“I’m Y/F/N Y/L/N and I’m going to try to hide my nerves by attempting to be funny,” you said as the cameras came back from commercial break and pointed right at you and Dave Franco. 

“And I’m Dave Franco and what she said.” The audience chuckled at the two of you and you bit down on your lower lip. It still confused you why you always got nervous when you were on live television. You were an actress but you weren’t very good at acting like you weren’t nervous. “We’re here to talk about

"The nominees for album of the year are…” Dave began to say while reading the projector hovering above the cameras. You stood next to Dave waiting for your cue to speak. “AM by Arctic Monkeys, Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars, Pure Heroine by Lorde, Demi Lovato’s self titled album Demi,” Dave paused briefly and shifted his attention to you, “Since Y/N is very familiar with a certain someone in the following group I’ll let her introduce them…”

You felt your cheeks redden slightly and you pretended to read the projector. “Uh the next group is called One Direction and some album called Midnight Memories.” You tried to hide your laughter as you leaned into Dave and pretended that the audience couldn’t hear you, “Who are they?” The audience chuckled and Dave shrugged his shoulders while looking in the audience at the boys. 

“I think they’re a girl group,” he teased and you nodded. 

You smirked and said, “They’re the ones who sing that song Wings right? I love that song!” 

Dave nodded and clapped his hands together jokingly, “I know right! I love the chorus it’s so empowering!” He began to belt out the chorus of Wings and the audience cracked up. 

You had to cover your mouth to hide your laughter as Dave shifted focus. He pulled open the card and read the album name aloud, “The winners are the lovely girl group One Direction!”

Everyone began clapping and when the boys came up on stage you called into the microphone, “Security get these guys off the stage! We’re waiting for One Direction!” You flashed a smile at a chuckling Harry and he jokingly rolled his eyes at you. Once the boys got up on stage Harry kissed you on the lips and the crowd went wild.

“Omg you’re like a groupie now Y/N!” Dave joked and everyone chuckled. He handed the boys their award and they all said a few words. Harry’s arm was wrapped around your waist as they spoke and when they finished all 7 of you headed off the stage.

For the rest of the night you teased the boys and asked them when they were going to sing their hit single Wings. 

Bruno Mars: Fame That Reaches Outta This World

(SGMAG) If you want to reach Bruno Mars fame you have to leave the planet because this singing phenomenon’s stardom is well–way up there with the stars. The Hawaiian heartstopper’s performed in the Superbowl halftime earlier this year, big game drew 111.5 million TV viewers and most of them brought his album to make sales reached outta this world status.

So how hot is Mars? Consider this… Since 1993, when Michael Jackson headlined the halftime festivities, the main performer on the show has generally been an act with a fairly deep catalog of albums and songs. Mars, however, has only released two albums — “Unorthodox Jukebox” (released in 2012) and “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” (2010). That’s how hot Bruno Mars is… Mars stands a good chance to replace Micheal Jackson as the highest grossing in album sales over a course of a career. Don’t believe the hype?

O.k., the numbers don’t lie. Bruno Mars has won 2 Grammy Awards and sold more than 11 million albums and 68 million singles worldwide. Four of his singles are counted among the best-selling singles of all time. Mars is now regarded as one of the most successful solo artists on the entire planet, and we hear other planets. He landed 5 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 ever since his career launched in 2010, faster than any male singer since Elvis Presley. In 2011, Mars was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. In 2014, he was ranked number one on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. Mars was also nominated as Top Artist of the Year in May 2014 at the Billboard Music Awards.

Born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985, Mars was raised by family of musician in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mars began making music at a young age and performed in various musical venues in his hometown throughout his childhood. He graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a musical career. Today Mars is a successful singer-songwriter, record producer, voice actor, and choreographer.

We caught up with Bruno Mars via telephone getting ready for his concert in Hartford, Conn….

SGMAG: I caught the Hawaiian leg of the tour back in June. Our interview was cancelled after traveling 14,000 miles due to some unforeseen circumstances, your management told me. But, the show was amazing. Hawaii really loves Bruno Mars.

Mars: Ally. I’m truly–truly sorry. I mean you have my sincerest apologies. How about I send you some flowers.

SGMAG: O.k., Thanks. I’ll take them. Flowers from Bruno Mars. Oh, my!

Mars: But, to answer your question, Hawaii has supported me from the beginning of my career, when we were playing local clubs with my dad. And you can see they continue to support me. I love Hawaii and Hawaii loves me–that will never change. I always remember where I come from. My parents taught me that.

SGMAG: So, you come of a real close-knit family? I hear like me — you have Brooklyn roots?

Mars: Yes, My family is big and very close. My parents had 6 kids. And My mom and dad taught us values like family is always important. Never get to big for your britches. Be humble and respect everyone. These kinds of things. And yes, my father is a half Puerto Rican Brooklyn native.

SGMAG: In Cleveland you recently met with Zumyah Thorpe, an 11-year-old girl hospitalized after a terrible car accident that killed her entire family. Thorpe lost half her brain and most her family. What prompted you to meet with her?

Mars: (Voice choking) Well, it was first brought to my attention through Social Media and one newsreporter. When I heard the story I had to meet with her and why not at my concert where she could receive not only my support but, the support of 50 thousand fans. If I can’t make at least one persons dream come true then maybe I’m in the wrong business. It goes back to the values taught to me by my loving parents.

SGMAG: This has been great. What’s next for Bruno Mars?

Mars: After the tour I’ll spend to time with family. Relax for a few days then it’s back in the studio. This is the life I chose or did it choose me?

We think the life of a celebrity and dream maker of children chose you Bruno Mars!
Bruno Mars: Fame That Reaches Outta This World was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by Ally Briscoe
No. 13 (TIE): Bruno Mars - FORBES The 2014 Celebrity 100

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Crooner Bruno Mars is the top-ranked newcomer, debuting in 13th place with estimated earnings of $60 million.  Mars debuts on our list thanks to a busy touring schedule. The 28-year-old crooner played 118 dates during our time frame. He also managed to squeeze in a performance at the Super Bowl halftime (along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers) that earned him the title of the youngest halftime headliner ever. The performance helped propel sales of his latest album, “Unorthodox Jukebox” to double platinum

My take on last night's Grammy awards...

…As told through How I Met Your Mother gifs…

Beyonce and Jay-Z give a low energy and fairly lackluster performance of ‘Drunk in Love’

Lorde sings 'Royals’

Hunter Hayes performs an honest and heartfelt new song, 'Invisible’

Chicago and Robin Thicke do an awesome medley

Taylor Swift wears a gorgeous gown and does a flawless version of her song, 'All Too Well’

Pink does a killer acrobatic routine and sings 'Just Give Me A Reason’ with Nate Ruess

Lorde won Best Pop Solo

Kendrick Lamar loses Best Rap Album to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons gave an epileptic-inducing, explosive performance

Kacey Musgraves performs

Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, reunite and sing

Bruno Mars wins Pop Vocal Album for 'Unorthodox Jukebox’

Daft Punk, Pharrell, and Stevie Wonder mash-up “Get Lucky” and “Le Freak”

Carole King and Sara Bareilles performed. I’M DYING!!

“Same Love,” “Open Your Heart,” and 33 couples getting married LIVE on the Grammys

Daft Punk wins Album of the Year

Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age join forces to close out the night

From Cereal To Super Bowl: The Evolution of Bruno Mars

The first paragraph of this post appears in the January 20th issue of Forbes Magazine.

When halftime rolls around at Super Bowl XLVIII, it’s safe to say Bruno Mars won’t be worried about the score. “Hawaii doesn’t have a team, so I bounce around,” says the Honolulu native. “I go for the underdog.” That term hardly describes Mars, who will play the halftime show in the tradition of Paul McCartney, U2, Michael Jackson,  and other music legends. Mars is the first artist in ten years to headline before turning 30, but he’s already got two platinum albums and 14 past Grammy nominations (including one win), with 4 new ones this year. His best preparation for the upcoming performance at MetLife Stadium may have been hosting Saturday Night Live in 2012, despite having about as much experience with sketch comedy as Hawaii has with snow. Says Mars: “You gotta be fearless, man. … If I’m ever gonna sing in a blizzard, it may as well be at the Super Bowl.”

I first sat down with Bruno Mars three years ago, when he was probably still best known for “Billionaire,” his catchy collaboration with Travie McCoy. The song had sold 2 million copies in two months—and helped lift Mars’ own finances out of the place that inspired him to write the tune.

“I wouldn’t have to worry about, you know, ‘I can’t afford to get breakfast, so I’ll wait until lunchtime to eat,’” he said, explaining the song’s origins at his manager’s Hollywood Hills home. “If I was a billionaire, none of that would matter. I’d be eating diamond cereal.”

He’s still got a ways to go before he joins Oprah and Queen Elizabeth, but he’s a heck of a lot closer. His inclusion as the featured musician on this year’s 30 Under 30 list is just the latest in a long line of accolades that have helped transform him from a struggling songwriter into an international superstar.

“There’s diamonds in my cereal,” he now jokes. “24-carat Kellogg’s.”

Though Mars’ rise is largely the product of his talents as a singer and songwriter, it’s also the result of a carefully executed plan by the singer, his team and his label, Atlantic Records. Mars’ manager, Brandon Creed, laid out his strategy for FORBES back in 2011: build a fan base by “underplaying”—deliberately performing gigs at smaller, more intimate venues.

That year, Mars turned down multiple offers to open for famous pop artists on arena tours, instead opting to tour alongside fellow Atlantic artist (and 30 Under 30 member) Janelle Monae. The move may have limited his earnings in the short term—he has never cracked FORBES’ list of the world’s highest-paid musicians—but likely helped enable him to launch his current tour, a lucrative affair that has taken him to arenas around the world as a solo act.

Creed wasn’t Mars’ only prescient advisor. Lyor Cohen, Warner’s former recorded music chief, offered the following prediction for the young star: “The experience of going from obscurity to celebrity is going to make for a very rich and exciting new album.”

Indeed, Unorthodox Jukebox, released a little over a year ago, has enjoyed success on the same level as his debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, if not more. Mars’ latest effort was partly inspired by his last tour; now, it’s giving him enough material to fill up a solo show.

“I remember touring Doo-Wops & Hooligans, and I was like, ‘Man, the next time around, I want a song that feels like ‘Locked out of Heaven,’” he says. “I feel like live instrumentation is such a big part of our tour and what we do. Maybe there was a void in that for me on the first album, and that’s why I kind of pushed it more on Unorthodox Jukebox.”

These days, life on the road once again has Mars thinking about new material.

“I’m already starting to get excited about going back in the studio and creating more, now that I’m out on the road and basically playing my entire catalogue,” he says. “I feel like there’s definitely some other creative places I haven’t journeyed into yet that I’d like to take the next album to.”

He’ll have to wait until at least the third quarter of the Super Bowl.

Forbes' List of the Highest-Earning Celebrities Under 30

At 29, Bruno Mars just squeezes onto our list in fourth place with $60 million. After he turns 30, expect the crooner to keep going strong on the Celebrity 100, where he ranked 13th this year in his list debut. His album Unorthodox Jukebox went double platinum and last year he earned the title of the youngest musician ever to play the Super Bowl halftime show.
Before Super Bowl, Bruno Mars Heads to Grammys
NEW YORK January 22, 2014 (AP) By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer

Wish Bruno Mars would write you a hit song? Keep dreaming.

The singer-songwriter-producer, who has penned hits like CeeLo Green’s “Forget You!” and B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You,” says he’s not interested in churning out tracks for other artists like he’s done in the past.

“There’s a piece of me that’s no longer there — which was basically let me write a song and then sell it,” Mars said in a recent interview. “That was back in the day when I was struggling and hustling to pay rent. I was selling songs for 250 bucks … but now that I’m OK, I shouldn’t treat it like a sport.”

The 28-year-old, who is one-third of the production trio The Smeezingtons, has produced for Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne and Flo Rida. Mars said he now wants to collaborate organically with others — much like on his latest album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” which is nominated for four honors at Sunday’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. His sophomore effort, released in late 2012, features Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Diplo and Paul Epworth. The album’s lead single and No. 1 hit, “Locked Out of Heaven,” is nominated for song and record of the year.

He said the upbeat jam took “months and months” to create.

“People didn’t see us going at each other’s throats in the studio and pulling out our hair for a song like ‘Locked Out of Heaven,’” he said. “Trying to get these drums right and figure out a base line. … It being recognized in these monster categories is an extreme honor.”

The crooner’s other No. 1 hit, “When I Was Your Man,” is nominated for best pop solo performance, while his near-double platinum album is up for best pop vocal album.

This year marks Mars’ fourth nomination for record of the year; this is his third for song of the year. He won his first and only Grammy for best male pop vocal performance with “Just the Way You Are” in 2011.

Though his debut, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” earned a nomination for album of the year, Mars said he’s not disappointed “Unorthodox Jukebox” isn’t competing for the top prize this year.

“I’m good, man,” he said with a laugh. “If I would have asked for anything more, I’d be a jerk. I’m happy.”

The singer, who was named Billboard’s top artist last year and will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 3, will launch a tour April 18 in Honolulu. He said he isn’t recording new music at the moment.

“Nope. Nothing. I’m tapped out,” he said. “Of course melodies come into my head and chord changes come in, but honestly I’ve just been enjoying this right now.”

Bruno Mars' 'Jukebox' Sales Jump 164% After Super Bowl Halftime Performance


Bruno Mars is set to return to the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart, thanks to his Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday, February 2.

According to estimates from industry sources, the entertainer’s latest album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” sold perhaps 40,000 copies in the week ending February 2. That would represent a 164% gain compared to the previous week, when it sold 15,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The album’s official sales figures, as tabulated by SoundScan, will be released on Wednesday, February 5 (the same day as when the new Billboard 200 chart’s top 10 will be unveiled).

If “Unorthodox” returns to the top 10 with 40,000, it will mark the album’s first visit to the top 10 since the Billboard 200 chart dated Sept. 14, 2013, and its best sales week since March of 2013.

“Unorthodox Jukebox” was already aiming to sell around 19,000 in the week ending February 2, thanks in part to Mars’ exposure at last week’s Grammy Awards (January 26). Mars was presented the award for best pop vocal album on the Grammys, but did not perform on the show. (He got additional screen time from his nominations in other categories – like record of the year and song of the year – though he didn’t win those races.)

According to Nielsen’s preliminary viewership numbers, about 97 million TV viewers watched this year’s Super Bowl, down from the 109 million that tuned in a year ago (February 3, 2013).

Last year, Beyonce headlined the Super Bowl halftime show, where she was briefly joined by her Destiny’s Child group members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Unlike Mars, Beyonce didn’t have a current album riding high on the charts at the time.

In the week ending February 3, 2013, Beyonce saw her most recent album, 2011’s “4,” re-enter the Billboard 200 at No. 100 with 4,000 sold (up 123%). The following week – after a full week of sales impact was felt from the game – the album climbed to No. 79 with 6,000 (up 59%).

The impact of the Super Bowl on Mars’ music sales – and on the Billboard charts – will be unique compared to all other halftime headliners in the modern era of Super Bowl halftime entertainment.

Since 1993, when Michael Jackson headlined the halftime festivities, the main performer on the show has generally been an act with a fairly deep catalog of albums and songs. Mars, however, has only released two albums – “Unorthodox Jukebox” (released in 2012) and “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” (2010).

Thus, all of the sales and chart impact felt by Mars will be concentrated on just those two albums (and their respective singles). Unlike previous years, where everyone from Beyonce and Madonna to Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen saw their post-Super Bowl chart impact spread across multiple albums and songs.


Bruno Mars 'Chipping Away' at Third Studio Album, Engineer Says

Bruno Mars is “chipping away” at his third studio album, according to Mars’ engineer Charles Moniz.

After Mars’ exhilarating performance at the Super Bowl 50 last Sunday (Feb. 7), it was right back to the Los Angeles studio where Mars and his crew have been working on the Atlantic album “since we got off the road last year,” said Moniz at the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing’s salute to Rick Rubin Feb. 11 at The Village studio in Los Angeles.  

While he was mum on when the album will be finished, other than to say, “I think we’ve very close,” Moniz said fans can expect a sound evolution. “I think it’s going to be the next movement of Bruno,” he said.

The atmosphere in the studio is “about having fun. It’s about everyone coming together and having a good time,” Moniz said. “That’s the thing: When the vibe’s right and everyone’s having fun, that’s when the best music comes out.” And yes, they do dance in the studio just like Mars does in concert. “Sometimes it’s in a line, sometimes it’s in a circle,” Moniz says. “We’re not shapists.”

Mars’ last album, Unorthodox Jukebox, came out December 2012. The singer is up for two Grammys Monday night (Feb. 15), including record of the year for “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson, featuring Mars. Moniz said that Ronson has stopped by the studio, but would not confirm whether he is on the new album.

Source: Billboard

Bruno has made #13 on Forbes Top 100 Celebrities List of 2014!

He has earned 60$ million from June 2013 to June 2014. He debuted on our list thanks to a busy touring schedule. The 28-year-old crooner played 118 dates during our time frame. He also managed to squeeze in a performance at the Super Bowl halftime (along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers) that earned him the title of the youngest halftime headliner ever. The performance helped propel sales of his latest album, “Unorthodox Jukebox” to double platinum.


“djeman106: #tbt pic back to last year w/ the homie @.brunomars at his listening session for "Unorthodox Jukebox”. Great album! Plus dope Super Bowl performance and very dope live performer on stage!!! #congrats"

Super Bowl XLVIII: Bruno Mars’ rise to halftime star


Bruno Mars, a star with extraordinary appeal, is set to entertain the crowds at the big game’s halftime show. These performances always feature medleys and – even with just two albums – Mars has enough likable material to fit the bill. 

Bruno Mars has something for almost everyone watching the game. 

Finding the right halftime star isn’t as easy as it looks. You need a star with mass appeal, someone who has something for everyone.

It’s a role Bruno Mars was born to play. He’s a classic people-pleaser, a willing throwback to the kind of all-around entertainer the world hasn’t seen in so gleaming and eager a package since prime Michael Jackson.

Like Jackson, Mars has talents that span many disciplines. He can sing. He can dance. He can play multiple instruments. He’s even funny. When he both hosted and served as musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” last year, he killed the comedy skits. He also proved himself a great mimic, mirroring the vocal styles of a host of other pop stars.

Vocally, Mars’ timbre has a lot in common with — you guessed it — a young Michael Jackson. As with M.J., Mars’ songs can seem both vintage and modern, mainstream and edgy. At the same time, Bruno’s vocals balance sweetness with sting, while his look, and character, straddles the earthy and the exotic.

Mars also broadens the ethnicity of the halftime stars. Born Peter Hernandez in Hawaii, he has a Filipino mother and Puerto Rican father born in Brooklyn. Halftime shows always feature medleys, the better to touch on as many hits as possible in a tight 15-minute display. Even with just two albums out, Mars has a wealth of likable smashes to draw from.

His first two singles, “Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade,” both reached No. 1, in the States and elsewhere. The third single off his debut, “The Lazy Song,” went Top 10. From the latest album, the songs “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man” both topped the U.S. charts and went Top Ten worldwide. A third song, “Treasure,” became a Top Five American hit.

Mars’ recent Moonshine Jungle tour sold out arenas around the country in 2012 and ’13. It returns for a new leg, with Pharrell Williams as his guest, starting the week after the Super Bowl. Just-announced dates are set for Madison Square Garden July 13 and 14. The anointment of Bruno Mars as the halftime headliner has a generational significance as well. It marks the first time in 13 years the NFL has trusted anyone under 30 to steer the big event. Even his young predecessors — former teenybop acts N’ Sync and Britney Spears — weren’t the sole headliners of their 2001 gig. They had to be balanced out, and share equal billing, with certified oldsters Aerosmith.

In that sense, 28-year-old Mars stands as the youngest artist ever to serve as the unquestioned halftime star attraction. (His guests — the Red Hot Chili Peppers — have an average age of 50, but that band is a side act to Mars.) He follows last year’s youthquake when Beyoncé served halftime queen.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will play as a side act to Mars during the big show.

This one-two punch represents a dramatic turnaround from the six-year string of classic rock halftime headliners that dominated the last decade. The ages of the stars in that period ranged from 40s (Prince, in 2007) to 60s (Paul McCartney, in 2005).

The obsession with AARP-friendly fare came after “nipple-gate” in 2004, when then 37-year-old Janet Jackson introduced the term “wardrobe malfunction” to a supposedly appalled public.

The string of older stars that followed certainly did their part to boost both the show’s ratings and their credibility. The 2012 event — featuring 53-year-old Madonna — drew the highest ratings in halftime history, with 114 million viewers. That was a full 3 million more than for the game itself.

Mars’ relatively tender age isn’t his only rare quality in the heady realm of halftime stars. As famous and popular as he may be, his career is still on the upswing. Most musicians toplining the entertainment portion of the Super Bowl show have long ago peaked.

But Mars has just two albums. His latest, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” became the fifth-biggest-selling album of the last year, with total sales approaching 1.9 million. And that figure measures a portion of its popularity. A British company, Musicmetric, somehow calculated that “Jukebox” enjoyed the dubious distinction of being this year’s most stolen piece of music. Mars has the chance to enter the Super Bowl next week with the freshest possible boost. He’s nominated for four awards at Sunday’s Grammys. They include two top prize bids, for Record and Song of the Year, both for “Locked Out of Heaven.”