With a debut album that has been certified platinum for more than 39 times worldwide, Bruno Mars songs are among the most popular today, making him one of the most successful recording artists today. He has sold more than 45 million singles around the globe. His music videos have been watched by more than a billion times now at video-sharing site YouTube.
He has received numerous accolades, including recognitions from Billboard Music Award, BRIT Awards, ASCAP, MTV Music Awards, People’s Choice, and the Grammy Awards. His popularity grew to massive proportion that he was included in the list of 100 most influential people worldwide for 2011 by Time Magazine.
His brand of music displays a broad array of styles and influences. It contains different elements of a number of musical genres. No wonder, he emerged as the best-selling digital recording artist of 2011. A New York Times columnist describes him as among the most versatile and most accessible performers of pop songs with a voice that can easily fit various ranges of styles.
Peter Gene Hernandez, in real life, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on October 8, 1985. His parents raised him in Waikiki. When he was 2 years old, his dad called him ‘Bruno,’ which became his nickname because of his strong resemblance to Bruno Sammartino, the legendary and popular professional wrestler. As among the six children in the family, Mars was exposed to a very diverse mix of music that included hip hop, rock, reggae, and R&B.
As a child, he performed in different family and community events doing covers for songs of Michael Jackson, The Temptations, and The Isley Brothers. When he was 4 years old, he started performing with The Love Notes, his family’s band, where he was noted for impersonating Elvis Presley.
After graduating from high school in 2003, the then 17-yeard old Mars relocated to Los Angeles in California, where he pursued a musical career. He used his nickname and added ‘Mars’ as suffix because he thought many girls like his out-of-this-world character. In 2004, he signed a recording deal with Motown Records. However, that was not that big break he was waiting for.
In 2006, producer and songwriter Phillip Lawrence introduced him to Aaron Bay-Schuck of Atlantic Records. It took three more years before he could sign the deal with the label. In 2009, he gained media mileage through his appearance in hit songs ‘Nothin’ on You’ by B.o.B and ‘Billionaire’ by Travie McCoy. In May 2010, he finally released his debut EP entitled ‘It’s Better If You Don’t Understand,’ Which ushered in some unforgettable Bruno Mars songs.
In October 2010, he launched ‘Doo-Woops & Hooligans,’ his debut album. Its lead single ‘Just the Way You Are’ peaked at many music charts worldwide, including the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Grenade,’ his second single from the same CD was also a commercial success. In the same year, he was arrested for possession of cocaine in Las Vegas.
After the controversy, he rebounded in February 2011 through winning the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance award at the Grammy’s. His song ‘It Will Rain’ was included in the soundtrack of the blockbuster movie ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.’ Mars’ second album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ is now out in the market. Its carrier single ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ is currently making its way through various music charts. More Bruno Mars songs can be expected in the future.
On 6 December, 2012, he released his second studio album “Unorthodox Jukebox” by Atlantic Records. It was produced by Supa Dups, Diplo, Emiley Haynie, Jeff Bhasker, Mark Ronson and The Smeezingtons. Singles from the album are: Young Girls, Locked Out of Heaven, Gorilla, Treasure, Moonshine, When I Was Your Man, Natalie, Show Me, Money Make Her Smile and If I Knew.