Bruno Mars To Release New Album This Year As Beyonce Readies ‘Formation’ Record For April

Bruno Mars is gearing up to release his third studio album following his second time performing at the Super Bowl halftime show.

The singer, who initially wanted to release his latest record this month, had to postpone the project after being approached to partake in the star-studded football event alongside Beyonce and Coldplay. It was an offer Bruno certainly couldn’t turn down, subsequently becoming his only priority during the time he would have used to finalize his newest album.

Mars’ father, Pete Hernandez, spilled the beans on his son’s upcoming record, revealing that new music is definitely in the works.

“It was due in March, but by doing the Super Bowl, it threw him back several months,” he gushes to Press Reader.

But that was not all.

Pete goes on to reveal that Bruno already has close to 10 songs that are going to be featured on the studio project, but with the album now being pushed back for several months, the tracklist might change if Mars feels the songs aren’t hit-worthy.

“Bruno has seven great new songs – I’ve heard ’em – but the album should now be released in September or October, to qualify for next year’s Grammy Awards,” Bruno Mars’ father concludes, making it evidently clear that Bruno is hoping to win a Grammy off his newest album.

With his father speaking out about his plans to release a new record later this year, Bruno will be following in Beyonce’s footsteps, as the songstress is also expected to release her own album later this year.

Multiple sources are claiming that Bey is looking at a release date for April, but those reports have yet to be confirmed. As far as her label is aware, Beyonce might even decide to surprise her fans by unveiling the project unexpectedly, seeing the success she had in doing so with her previous self-titled release.

It has become a known fact that artists who perform during the Super Bowl halftime show see a massive sales increase upon releasing their music. This has been seen with Katy Perry, Missy Elliott, Madonna, and The Black Eyed Peas, who’ve all benefited from the Super Bowl publicity.

With the latest rumor being that Bruno Mars is expected to take his music in a different direction, fans have wondered whether the album will sound more like his most recent hit “Uptown Funk,” which is heavily inspired by the 1980s.

The singer/songwriter has often admitted to never being afraid of trying out something new, and having seen the success he had with the Mark Ronson-produced track, selling over 10 million records worldwide, it may not be such a bad idea for Bruno to consider approaching the ’80s style for a change.

Mars’ previous album, Unorthodox Jukebox, has sold a whopping 6.3 million copies since its release in December 2012. By the time his third record drops, it would have been close to three years since fans would have indulged in new music from Bruno Mars. From what his father has publicly told the press, the delayed process will be worth the wait.

A tour in support of the new album has yet to be announced. Are you looking forward to a new album from Bruno Mars?

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