Bruno Mars

16 albums, 94 tracks

Born in Oct 08, 1985



"Bruno Mars"

Jun 14, 2019

The Return of Mars

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension  / 6 mins read

I was never much of the romantic type and didn't give much relevance to days and stuffs like these but that day was different, I was in my room taking a nap when my phone rang, I reluctantly picked it without checking for the caller's ID but recognized the voice as soon as I heard it. It was my course mate and the only friend I had in school, he told me about his plans for Valentine with his girlfriend and that he asked her to come along with a friend of hers to come keep me company too. At first, I thought about rejecting the offer but decided against it, as I wasn't really doing anything at home apart from sleeping off my boredom, I took his offer and promised to join him real soon. I continued taking my nap for hours after the call until he called again that the girls were already at his place. I rushed out of bed, had my bath, dressed up in my favourite Tee and jeans and went off on a date I didn’t ask for. I finally got to his place, knocked at his door and waited for him to come and get the door, but I was taken aback when I realized it was a young pretty lady that came to open the door and was now staring at me in the face. At that moment, I didn't know which one overwhelmed me, her beauty, the sight of how beautiful my friend had set his room or the song that played from his sound system. My friend's voice brought me out of my trans-like state as he called me to stop staring and come in. I walked into the room, greeted my friend, his girl, and the pretty girl that opened the door for me. That song I heard at the door played again, guess it was on repeat until I could pick some of the lyrics apart. The part that got me the most was "And when you smile, the whole world stops and stare for a while". That was the first thing I said to the girl that opened the door for me and she smiled brightly when I told her, then I hit her more with the lyrics of a song I had never heard before until that day and she smiled even more because she could literally hear where i was taking my pick up lines from. We got engaged in a chat as the song continued playing in the background and it so synchronized with the mood and setting, so much that it felt like a movie. I later found out from my friend that the artiste name is Bruno Mars and that the title of the track was "Just the way you are" off his debut album Doo-Wops and Hooligans. I later bought the album myself and when I found some other songs like "Grenade" "Marry you" "Talking to the moon" "The Lazy song". I told myself "This is it, this is the guy". I became his biggest fan and would always look forward to songs that featured him and he never disappointed me for once. Bruno Mars released another album titled The Unorthodox Jukebox released on the 7th of December 2012. This album was my early Christmas gift and Bruno Mars was my Santa. It debuted at number 2 on the US billboard 200 and made impressive sales of 192,000 copies in the first week alone. It eventually went on to win Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

The Spill Over

“When I Was Your Man” sounded so similar to the songs on his debut studio album. One would think it was a track from Doo-Wops and Hooligans that didn't make it to the album, hence, it spilled over to the album The Unorthodox Jukebox. The song talks about a guy who didn't treat his lover well when he had the chance to and how much regrets he feels. The lyrics "I should have brought you flowers, when I was your man" signified that the relationship was indeed over and he was only speaking about the things he could have done differently to keep her; treated her better.

A Switch From The Norms

Bruno Mars went on a whole different approach on “Locked Out Of Heaven”. In this reggae rock and pop rock song, he sang about how awesome his relationship was, how much sweetness he got from his girlfriend, how good the sex she gave him was and even went to further compare it with paradise. He also talked about all the positive feelings and energy that comes along with the relationship. The song was released to be the lead single of this album and it really did the job that was expected of it. When Bruno Mars was being interviewed, he talked about how this track was mostly inspired by The Police, a British rock band from London in the 70s. This information explains why this song sounded more like a retro. It's definitely my favourite song off the album The Unorthodox Jukebox.

A Familiar Kind Of Sound

Another track off the album that had retro touches of the 80’s, "Treasure" is a disco beat song that is laced with a little bit of funk, soul and post-disco with the elements of R&B too. Bruno Mars sounded so much like the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson on this track. Even the song sounded so much like some of Michael's song, like "Off The Wall" and "Rock With You". The lyrics is about complimenting a lady, more like serenading her with sweet words that would surely have any one smiling. A good song to play for a your girlfriend whenever you want to make her happy and feel loved.

May 24, 2019

What A Fun Album

Written by @adelemarie from JustAdeleMarie  / 6 mins read

Bruno Mars is a staple in R&B. I mean he just is. It’s a simple fact. He released an album called Unorthodox Jukebox and I remember my friends talking about how it was their favorite album at that time. The album is amazing and fun. It is an album full of songs that are like go to karaoke songs. Like most albums, I am a big fan of a handful of the songs, while the others are still good these are the ones that stick in my head the most.

My Unorthodox Jukebox Highlight Reel

The first song on the album goes by the name of “Young Girls.” The song is the first because it shows you what to expect from the album. It is a song that shows us just where Bruno Mars was mentally when writing this album. He was going out every night and spending a lot of time with females and he just lost himself, and this song tells us about it. The song features a fun drum beat and a bit of some synths, but is a beautiful ballad that will surely stick in your head if not make you sing along. The next song we have is “Locked out of Heaven.” The song features a really fun new funk-y sound with reggae influence and is about a relationship that is going well. It tells the story of a relationship that is full of positive emotion as well as good intimacy. Most critics responded positively with the song, which is no surprise, and call his vocals smooth and sweet while calling the track in itself a musical revolution. In my opinion, they are right, but I am not a critic, I just have a lot of opinions. “Gorilla” is the next song to talk about. It is a slow melody song that is quite frankly about animalistic sex…. or sex like a gorilla to be exact. It is definitely not a song I would willingly sing with my grandmother around, however, the beat and lyrics are just so catchy that you may not even realize you are. The melody, the beat, the lyrics, all of it is arranged so beautifully. But it is followed by what might just be my all time favorite Bruno Mars song, which is a really hard thing to decide so don’t hold me to it. “Treasure” is a super fun and super cute song in which Bruno Mars declares his love for his girl. He talks about how much she means to him on the track as well as making sure that she is aware that there is no one or nothing above her in the world. This track is literally the best and amazing and any other synonyms for those words… and fun. The song features a fun little band behind him that is used in the music video and some live performances, and if you listen to this song without moving then you win. In order to talk about the last song that is one of my favorites on this album, we have to skip one and go to “When I Was Your Man.” This piano and soul fueled ballad is a song about a heartbreak that Bruno Mars went through before his fame. He regrets how the relationship went and expresses an honest hope that she is doing great in her current relationship. He uses the song to acknowledge how he neglected her in the relationship and hopes her current man is willing to treat her the way that she deserves and the ways he wouldn’t

Changing my Opinions

Now we get to the songs that I liked but didn't love. These are the songs that I have heard once or twice and listened to again after years so my opinion could have changed… In order to get started, we have to back up a slight bit to “Moonshine.” This song is about Bruno Mars’ drinking along with double meanings to his experiences with a woman. The song is a bit of a retro reminiscent song and is actually really fun. I love modern songs that use a retro vibe. Now we skip back up to song called “Natalie.” “Natalie” is a song in which Bruno tells a story of getting revenge on a gold digger who takes everything a man has and he wants her to pay for it in jail time. It offers an infectious clap/ stomp beat and a bit of a swanky vibe. Wait, I don’t know why I didn’t like this song… This song is a really fun narrative song that breaks up the personal experiences and stories from Bruno’s life. Whatever, moving on to the next song titled “Show me.” This song is a tropical infusion song that is about a night with a woman. Where the song offers a diverse sound to the album because it is pretty unexpected, I don’t think it belongs… oops. I am still not a fan of this song, It just strikes me as out of place and not fitting.

An Album That Continues to Change My Opinions

“Money Make Her Smile” is the second to last song on the standard album and begins with a small instrumental break. It is heavy with the electronic nodes and percussion. It was written to be a strip- club anthem and with all of the electronic bits, I think he was successful, especially with the instrumental breakdown towards the end of the song, well done Bruno. However, we reach the last song on the album, the closer, “If I Knew.” This song is a song in which Bruno tells us about another one of his past lovers. He talks to us about being willing to go back to her if he had known before he messed up that she intended to get back with him. This slow jazz song is in a gray area on my spectrum of songs I like on the album. It is good and fun but for some reason, it cannot manage to make its way to my favorites on the album. I don’t know why. It is a beautiful song though and is full of emotion. A great way to end the album. In the end I only have one word to describe the album: fun.

Bruno takes Us To Mars With An Epic R&B/Pop Album

This is a success story. So a young man came to the City of Angels to get a piece of the big dream, well guess what? He got it! Peter Gene Hernandez, popularly known to us as Bruno Mars was born and raised in Hawaii. He came to Los Angeles in 2003 to pursue a career in music. He got a record deal with Atlantic Records in 2009 but it wasn’t until 2010 when he featured in two successful singles "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B and "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy that he started making waves. He then went on to create his own production company that has earned him several awards for many great songs. Now let’s talk a little about the man that is Bruno Mars. You know how you sometimes look at a person and say “you are going to be a singer” that’s little Bruno. He started out as early as 5 years performing alongside his father and uncle, his music career was inevitable. He came from a family of singers and performers and that is evident in his music. Bruno Mars plays multiple musical instruments, does cool dance moves and has one of the most unique voices in the American music industry. Back to records and winning awards. In 2010, after giving us a taste of what he is really all about in the singles with B.o.B and Travie McCoy, Bruno Mars finally released his first studio album. It had us singing for months on end. Doo-Wops & Hooligans came packed with lots of goodies. The lead single from the album titled “Just The Way You Are” topped major charts for weeks on end. It was number one in the US, UK and Canada music charts. But Bruno did not stop there, shortly after releasing “Just The Way You Are”, he dropped another bomb, “Grenade”, which went on to top US, Canada and UK Hot 100 and many other charts around the world. Bruno Mars released the album on October 5, 2010, debuting at number three on the Billboard 200. In its first week alone, Doo-Wops & Hooligans sold over 55,000 copies in the US. It also became number one in many country’s music charts including Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and many other countries. Since its first release in 2010, the album has since sold over 6 million copies worldwide. The following year was the time for awards for Bruno. He won a Grammy award for the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Just The Way You Are”. “Nothing On You” also received six nominations. Lots of awards came rolling in after that for the album.

Written by OBP from Omobaba Pension / Jun 14, 2019

Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic Is 24K Gold

He can sing Pop, Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, disco, rock, R&B, reggae, he can rap, he can dance, he can do everything he proposes in the musical arena, does that make him a good artist? I don't think so, that makes him a genius!!!! I met him from the beginning of his career, and I understood the emphasis on Pop that both he and his manager put because they had to come with a proposal very light and fresh for teenagers, who would become the base of followers that today is faithful. As time went on, his music became more interesting for those of us who were passionate about the arrangements, the instrumentation, the genres that offer greater challenges for the composition and execution of instruments and everything became successful. One of the things I really appreciate about Bruno Mars is the fact of giving so much credit to the musicians in his band. They are not background like in the case of other solo artists, are protagonists in their concerts and videos. I think that Bruno's camaraderie and affection for his band is reflected in the interpretative quality of each of its members when it comes to executing its instrument on each disc. It Is good for an artist to recognize the talent and the loyalty of those around him, in the end, the public will appreciate it because good personal relationships are reflected on the stage. The coexistence between musicians is not easy, but fortunately I think that this situation is surpassed between Bruno and his band. Have passed through our ears The Grenade Sessions, It's Better If You Don't Understand, Doo - Wops & Hooligans, Unorthodox Jukebox and we got to 24K Magic, all this time and up to 2019 we've seen him collaborate with artists as successful as him and, of course, we have witnessed that madness called "Uptown Funk" in which he collaborated with Mark Ronson. There was not a corner of the earth that has not registered the name of Bruno Mars with that song and it is only up to him not to waste all that fame. A man prodigy who gives us in “24K Magic” the same rhythm of "Chunky", that the sweetness of "Straight Up & Down". This easy manner with which he gives the freedom to compose everything that he wants, makes him the most complete artist of the moment. No one can stop feeling seduced by a character with the characteristics of Bruno Mars.

Written by JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio / May 13, 2019

The Return Of Color And Fun

I so wish I could go back in time and live in the real nineties as an adult, instead of a being a twinkle in my father’s eye. Hearing “Finesse” re-introduced me to In Living Color. I had seen old VHS tapes of the comedy show in the garage, and popped them in to this dusty ass player in my grandma’s room that she still would use on the regular. Jennifer Lopez got started as a dancer on that show, and Jim Carey and the Wayans too. So “Finesse” the remix comes out, bringing all those feelings back. I went on a YouTube ILC binge, and am so jealous that I never got to be a fly girl. If they ever reboot, I’m trying out. The album 24K Magic has the original “Finesse”, which is gold all by itself, and contains all of these classic R&B vibes that other musicians don’t even touch upon. We need more fun music like this to lighten up all of our days.

Written by CassieFord / May 08, 2019

From Zero To Hero

Why did I not like Bruno Mars for the longest time? I thought he was just some sappy pop performer who wrote silly love songs for silly girls to fall in love with. I didn’t really get the Doo-Wops & Hooligans era of his music, and with each single I was forced to listen to by radio, I just started hating more and more. I remember listening to Tyler the Creator’s “Yonkers” where he said the line “and stab Bruno Mars in his goddamn esophagus” and for some reason agreeing. Ah, adolescence. The wisdom that comes with growing up will teach you all about your former self. It took me this album 24K Magic to show me that Bruno Mars might be one of the greatest musical forces out there. Because of this album, I am now more interested in the music of The Gap Band, Charlie Wilson, S.O.S. Band, and George Clinton.

Written by SimCard / May 08, 2019

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Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985), known professionally as Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and dancer. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mars moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to pursue a musical career. After being dropped by Motown Records, Mars signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 2009. In the same year, he co-founded the production team The Smeezingtons, responsible for various successful singles for Mars himself and other artists. In 2016, Shampoo Press & Curl replaced The Smeezingtons on the composition of Mars' third studio album, 24K Magic.
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