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There are two different routes Super Bowl organizers usually take with Halftime shows. Either they hire a very reliable classic rock type act that everyone loves in order to deliver something blandly acceptable to the massive audience, or they hire someone a little more high energy who hops around and runs in so many different directions that the event devolves into chaos.
The fifty-sixth annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles this evening. Quite a few of music’s biggest and brightest artists took home honors, but the biggest single hat tips of the night went to Daft Punk. The duo won both Record of the Year and Album of the Year, topping a slew of popular artists from different genres including Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke and Macklemore.
The Super Bowl may have been conceived as the biggest football game of the year, but now, it’s so much more than that. It’s the highest rated, most obsessively discussed television event of the entire year. We won’t know what teams will play in the contest until a few weeks before the big game, but if the latest rumors are to be believed, the halftime performer has already been decided.
The 4th of July holiday also roughly marks the midpoint of the year, a time when Nielsen Soundscan puts out a report tracking the bestselling albums of the year. This year, new music from Justin Timberlake, Mumford & Sons, Bruno Mars, Blake Shelton, and Imagine Dragons are the most popular album titles so far, although a few different names appear on the singles list.
If your kid is cute enough, there's always a chance that he or she will become a viral sensation and land a spot on Ellen to show off their cuteness for the daytime talk show host and her audience. Such was the case for 4-year-old Kai, a ridiculously cute toddler who wears a hat and can sing Bruno Mars' "Grenade" word-almost-for-word. Watch it ahead!
Bruno Mars may feel like he's locked out of heaven, but he isn't locked out of the No. 1 spot on Billboard's list. Almost exactly three months after his Unorthodox Jukebox album debuted comes word that it has reached No. 1 on Billboard 200, thanks in part to a recent sale at Amazon, which temporarily priced the album - along with a number of other albums - at $1.99.
The music video for Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man" keeps it simple, focusing on the artist belting out the remorseful tune from his latest studio album Unorthodox Jukebox. There was a retro look to Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" video, and the same can certainly be said for his latest music video, which features Mars on what appears to be the set of an old variety show.
It’s officially a sad day for Bruno Mars fans. “Locked Out of Heaven” was kicked out of the #1 spot on the Hot 100 Billboard charts, making room for rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to sneak into the top position with their track “Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz)” and as the duo promises, it’s pretty “fucking awesome.”
The last week has been a big week for Justin Timberlake, who has managed to jump back into the music business, debut a new song and website, and try to make MySpace relevant, again. The actor and music-maker’s new track, “Suit & Tie” only debuted a few days ago, but it’s been popular enough, entering the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Still, Timberlake hasn’t managed to even come close to beating smooth crooner Bruno Mars.
Bruno Mars has been a busy man, promoting his music over the last several months. His newest album, Unorthodox Jukebox, has already spawned a hit single, “Locked Out of Heaven,” which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has stayed on top this week, making the song the singer’s fourth chart-topping single. The album, as a whole, however, has not been able to knock a dominating songstress from the top slot.
The more I see of Bruno Mars, the more I like him. The man put in so much work for his performance on Saturday Night Live a few months back, and in a recent trip to Ellen DeGeneres talk show he achieved a pretty selfless act, sharing his music for all of the poor souls who lost their lives in the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy last Friday, rather than using the live TV opportunity to promote himself.
It's Monday, and what better way to start the week than by listening to a great cover of a Little Mermaid song? This opportunity comes courtesy of Bruno Mars, who performed a cover of Ariel's "Part of Your World" for the audience of BBC Radio 1's "Live Lounge." Check out the video ahead to hear his rendition of the classic Disney song.
So maybe you're sick of watching online viral videos of elaborate proposals, or of online viral videos featuring dancing flash mobs, or of online videos featuring lip dubs to popular songs. But you know what happens when you put all three together? Something glorious
When Bruno Mars took the stage to perform "Runaway Baby," I was completely floored. I'd heard his ever-present songs "Grenade" and "Just The Way You Are" of course, but I assumed he was some kind of heir apparent to Maroon 5, a soulful crooner who appeals to teenage girls and once in a while stumbles upon a hit that crosses over with everybody. I had no idea there was a Little Richard hairdo
Boasting the usual mix of hot new performers and totally left-field choices, the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards were announced last night, in advance of next year's Fcebruary 12 ceremony. The most-nominated performers included Kanye West, who is up for 7 statues