Bruno Mars’ New Album Drops In Two Days: Here’s What To Expect

Bruno Mars is considered a true representative of America’s show business diversity. Born Peter Hernandez to a Puerto Rican father and Filipino mother, Mars spent his childhood in Hawaii and learned to perform on stage by singing Elvis Presley songs.

Although his Hawaiian upbringing exposed Bruno to musical styles like reggae, hip-hop, pop, rock, and R&B, Bruno Mars was mostly influenced by Elvis, Michael Jackson, and The Impersonators. As a little boy, he impersonated Elvis Presley so well that he became known as Little Elvis.

After moving to Los Angeles to pursue his music career, Mars struggled to establish himself. After being turned down by Motown Records, the singer spent a number of years collaborating with and writing songs for other musicians. During this initial struggle, the aspiring singer decided to change his name from Peter Hernandez to Bruno Mars, as those in the business expected him to sing Spanish songs like Enrique Iglesias, because, due to his surname, he was perceived to be Hispanic.

Then, with a new name, the singer achieved success as a solo artist and featured on B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You.”

In 2010, Bruno Mars released Doo-Wops & Hooligans, his debut album, and topped the Billboard 100 charts. In 2012 he released Unorthodox Jukebox, and the album was so successful it went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal. Now, Mars is set to release 24K Magic on November 18.

Going with the trend of the music industry, the singer has released a music video for the first song and title track from his upcoming third album. The popular singer recently appeared on Saturday Night Live and performed the title track, “24K Magic.” Billboard reports that the singer’s brilliant performance bears testimony to his many talents – singing, songwriting, and dancing – and that his performance of the soulful ballad was very reminiscent of Michael Jackson.

24K Magic clearly shows that this popular artist has excelled in modernizing his throwback sounds. This explains why Bruno Mars managed to churn out back-to-back hit songs in such a short space of time. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine reports that “24K Magic” seems like an extension of “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson’s 2014 hit song also featuring Bruno Mars.

As a music artist, Bruno Mars hasn’t stayed with just one music genre; he’s incorporated many different music styles and influences into his songs. The singer’s hit songs “Moonshine,” “Runaway Baby,” “Gorilla,” “Treasure,” and “It Will Rain” reflect diverse music styles like R&B, funk, retro-style, soul-pop, and sentimental ballads.

The music video and lyrics of “24K Magic” suggest that the song is about a man who wants to have the time of his life with his friends in Las Vegas. Clearly, “24K Magic” is a party song, with the video showing Mars enjoying himself on various avenues in Las Vegas. News Australia reported that the music video shows Bruno Mars enjoying the Las Vegas high life, traveling in a private plane, dancing in luxurious hotels, and driving down a brightly lit street in a convertible.

Mars has said that he enjoyed the filming of the video because it gave him the opportunity to jet-ski in the majestic fountains of the Bellagio. It appears that the singer may soon be living his on-screen Las Vegas dream because he’s reportedly in talks with Las Vegas’s Caesars Palace to become a resident performer. Coincidentally, Bruno Mars made his film debut while playing a cameo role as “Little Elvis” in Honeymoon in Vegas, the 1992 comedy movie.

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