It’s been a year since Grammy award-winning singer Bruno Mars released his critically acclaimed album, Unorthodox Jukebox, and he’s still riding the wave of success. With record sales of more than 1.8 million records sold, Unorthodox Jukebox is gradually approaching double-platinum status in the United States.
The sophomore album’s four singles, “Locked Out of Heaven,” “When I Was Your Man,” “Treasure,” and “Gorilla” have also peaked on the Billboard singles’ charts with unprecedented sales, which is why his latest feat is quite justifiable. The music speaks for itself. On December 13, Billboard unveiled their Top Artist of 2013, and the award went to none other than Bruno Mars.
In the cover story release, Billboard outlined Mars’ accolades that led to the laudable honor. The notable music industry publication pointed out that Mars’ presence on the charts remained consistent throughout the full 12-month span his latest album has been out. Following its No. 2 chart debut, Unorthodox Jukebox has remained in the Top 20 on the charts every week until the Billboard Sept. 14 publication release. In the 12th week following its release, the album edged up to the No. 1 slot. The album and all of the singles maintained impressive sales numbers.
Another major factor in Billboard’s decision is artist matriculation on the Billboard Top 100. The chart-topping breakdown revealed that “Locked Out of Heaven” spent an impressive six weeks at No. 1 on the Top 100. “When I Was Your Man” commanded No. 1 slot for a week, and “Treasure” peaked at No. 5 for another week.
Mars’ Moonshine Jungle world tour also also made the Billboard Top 25 Tours listing, landing in the No. 23 slot. The tour, which began June 22, which knocked down 48 dates in North America, grossed an estimated $46.4 million.
Billboard took time to congratulate the ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ singer via Twitter.
— Billboard (@billboard) December 13, 2013
Mars’ latest single, “Young Girls,” was released on iTunes December 10. The international dates for the Moonshine Jungle tour are scheduled to kick off February 28 with 10 concert dates in Australia and New Zealand. Mars will also be touring Asia, Bangkok, and Mexico City before hitting the road in the states yet again for the second leg of his North American tour. More dates are to be announced.