Bruno Mars finally lands on the cover of Billboard. Spotted with his gradual gravity-defying hairstyle, the pop hitmaker is interviewd by Billboard and covers a variety of topics, ranging from his record label struggles to finally obtaining astronomical success.
"It's a rare thing that happens," he tells Billboard "especially in this day, where it's real hard to sell albums. I'm traveling to places that I've never even heard of and there are all these people singing the songs back -- and English is not even their first language. It's like, what the hell happened?" Bruno Mars happened to purify our ears with great music!
According to Billboard, his debut album, "Doo-wops & Hooligans" debuted at #3 and has sold almost 1.2 million copies in the U.S. His single, "Just The Way You Are" topped the Billboard Hot 100, selling over 4.5 million. The follow-up single, "Grenade", also topped the charts and sold 4.4. million. The third single,"The Lazy Song", however,peaked at #4 and sold 2 million copies.
However, his success does not end there! His debut album entered the charts at #1 in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Ireland. All three singles have sold a combination of 2.2 million copies in the U.K., while his debut sales stand at 620,000. His album has been certified 14-times platinum and he has sold a collection of 15 million singles worldwide.
Not only is he finding success as an artist, but simultanously obtaining it as a producer as well, namely with The Smeezingtons. This duo has produced hits, such as Cee-Lo Green's "F*ck You" (4.9 million sold), B.O.B featuring Bruno Mars "Nothin' On You" (2.8 million ), Travie McCoy's "Billionaire" featuring Mars (2.9 million), and "Lighters" by Bad Meets Evil featuring Mars (314,000). He also lent a helping hand alongside Philip Lawrence with writing Flo Rida's "Right Round", which peaked at #1 and sold 4.9 million copies.
"He's a quadruple threat," Elektra Records co-president John Janick says. "He's a writer, a producer, an amazing singer and an amazing performer -- on top of that he just has a great personality."
The great thing about Bruno is that you can't put him in a box. That's why I think people are so attracted to him and his music," Atlantic Records chairman/COO Julie Greenwald says. "You can put him with any type of artist from any genre and it will be beautiful. He understands music."
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