Cardi B’s Reign Continues! Check Out Her Bruno Mars Collabo

I read a quote on instagram last year that read…. “May 2018 be as good for you as 2017 was to Cardi B’.

Definitely made for a hilarious new year’s message but isn’t that true?

I mean Cardi B seemed to have come out of nowhere with her ‘Bodak Yellow’ single, capturing all our attention with a long stay at number one with that particular single.

This former reality TV show star had been recording and putting out mix-tapes long before that, but what has been most impressive about her is her continuity.

Unlike other artists to have enjoyed a fast catapult to the top of the industry, (like Korean star Psy with ‘Gangnam Style’), Cardi B has so far managed to clutch onto the top spot, getting featured on Migos’s single ‘Motor Sport’ and releasing three of her own singles, including this Bruno Mars collaboration.

Featuring on this 24K Magic star’s single ‘Finesse’ Cardi B is clearly looking to cement her place as one of this generation’s top rated artist.

As for whether or not Cardi B is doing at good job at that, (at cementing her place in the ‘book of legends’)… we’d say she’s well on her way given this post that Bruno Mars shared on his social media, describing her. It read…

I met cardi B at 3 am after my show in LA backstage where we recorded her verse for Finesse. She walked in the room and she was everything I’d hope she’d be. Never change cardi! Don’t let this crazy music business change who you are. You posses something that can’t be taught. You’re a true star. Thank you for putting your energy and love all over this record and video. I hope you feel better soon because we got some celebrating to do. Everyone show ya love for the one and only CARDI B! 👏👏👏👏 #Finesse

 

Bruno Mars Opens Up About Race And Discrimination

The 24k Magic star appears on the cover of latina and touches on different issues in the interview including his ‘pride’ and loss of his mother. Mars learned about his charm, confidence and still early in life.  “My whole sense of rhythm is because my dad was teaching me bongos as a kid,” he says of his father, Pedro Hernandez. “He’s an old-school working musician, so that’s where the pinky rings come from, the patent-leather shoes, the suits, and the pompadour. It all stems from watching my father. I remember at the time, me and my sisters would be a little embarrassed when he would take us to school in his big-ass Cadillac. No one had Cadillacs in Hawaii. But my dad would show up in some boat-looking Caddy wearing some silky shit, and we’d run out into the car as soon as possible. And here I am wearing the swap-meet gold, driving Cadillacs,” he says with a laugh.

“I’d love to clear [this] up in Latina magazine,” he says at one point in the article. “I never once said I changed my last name to hide the fact that I’m Puerto Rican. Why would I fucking say that? Who are you fooling? And why would anyone say that? That’s so insulting to me, to my family. That’s ridiculous. My last name is Hernandez. My father’s name is Pedrito Hernandez, and he’s a Puerto Rican pimp. There’s no denying that.

“My dad nicknamed me Bruno since I was 2 years old,” he added. “The real story is: I was going to go by ‘Bruno,’ one name. Mars just kind of came joking around because that sounds bigger than life. That was it, simple as that. I see people that don’t know what I am, and it’s so weird that it gets them upset.”  “I got this fire in my blood. For me, you gotta keep up. It’s all in. It’s ‘I’m going to love the shit out of you, and I’m going to f*ck you up later,’” says Mars jokingly, laughing about his attraction to Latinas, obviously with Caban in mind. “It’s all in. And that’s what keeps that fire going.”

Speaking of race, Mars also addressed the current conversations around discrimination. “I hate that we’re even having a conversation about injustice in America,” he said. “That we are having a conversation about this in 2017; the same conversation that’s been had decades and decades ago.”

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ON BEING MULTI-RACIAL: “There are a lot of people who have this mixed background that are in this gray zone. A lot of people think, ‘This is awesome. You’re in this gray zone, so you can pass for whatever the hell you want.’ But it’s not like that at all. It’s actually the exact opposite. What we’re trying to do is educate people to know what that feels like so they’ll never make someone feel like that ever again. Which is a hard thing to do. Because no one can see what we see and no one can grow up with what we grew up with. I hope people of color can look at me, and they know that everything they’re going through, I went through. I promise you.”

ON THE MUSIC BUSINESS: “It’s an oxymoron—the music business; like the art business. You’re making a business out of these songs that I’m writing. And how are you going to tell me that this song that I’m writing is only going to be catered to Puerto Ricans or to white people or only Asian people. How are you going to tell me that? My music is for anybody who wants to listen to it.”

ON “BLACK MUSIC”: “When you say ‘black music,’ understand that you are talking about rock, jazz, R&B, reggae, funk, doo-wop, hip-hop, and Motown. Black people created it all. Being Puerto Rican, even salsa music stems back to the Motherland [Africa]. So, in my world, black music means everything. It’s what gives America its swag. I’m a child raised in the ’90s. Pop music was heavily rooted in R&B from Whitney, Diddy, Dr. Dre, Boyz II Men, Aaliyah, TLC, Babyface, New Edition, Michael, and so much more. As kids this is what was playing on MTV and the radio. This is what we were dancing to at school functions and BBQs. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for these artists who inspired me. They have brought me so much joy and created the soundtrack to my life filled with memories that I’ll never forget. Most importantly, they were the superstars that set the bar for me and showed me what it takes to sing a song that can get the whole world dancing, or give a performance that people will talk about forever. Watching them made me feel like I had to be as great as they were in order to even stand a chance in this music business. You gotta sing as if Jodeci is performing after you and dance as if Bobby Brown is coming up next.”

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ON HIS FATHER: “My whole sense of rhythm is because my dad was teaching me bongos as a kid. He’s an old-school working musician, so that’s where the pinky rings come from, the patent-leather shoes, the suits, and the pompadour. It all stems from watching my father. I remember at the time, me and my sisters would be a little embarrassed when he would take us to school in his big-ass Cadillac. No one had Cadillacs in Hawaii. But my dad would show up in some boat-looking Caddy wearing some silky shit, and we’d run out into the car as soon as possible. And here I am wearing the swap-meet gold, driving Cadillacs.”

ON THE LOSS OF HIS MOTHER: “My life has changed. She’s more than my music. If I could trade music to have her back, I would. I always hear her say, Keep going and keep doing it.’”

 

Watch Bruno Mars Bust Moves on ‘Carpool Karaoke’

After teasing for weeks, Bruno Mars jumped in the passenger’s seat for the latest edition of “Carpool Karaoke” on “The Late Late Show.” with James Corden.  The duo sang a over a dozen Mars songs – “24K Magic,” “Locked Out of Heaven,” “Grenade,” “Versace on the Floor,” “If I Knew,” “Uptown Funk” and “Perm” – and talked tour riders, Elvis Presley and Mars’ casual 24K Magic attire. 

While driving through Los Angeles in James Corden’s Range Rover, Corden shared his admiration for Bruno’s Versace silk shirts and hats before the two tried on some alternate head wear.

 “If I was wearing that level of silk, I would think I would be happy as well. If I could dress like that all day, every day, I’d be over the moon,” Corden said. “It’s a very breathable fabric.” Mars revealed that he’s always wearing caps because his curly hair is unmanageable. Bruno also reminisced on his first gig, impersonating Elvis at the age of four, and even busted out some “Jailhouse Rock” and his famous Elvis lip curl. 

Bruno will be hitting the road next year on his “24K Magic World Tour,” which kicks off March 28 in Antwerp, Belgium.

Watch the full video below. 

 

Bruno Mars’ 24k Magic Tour Magical Sales!

Bruno Mars just did some 24K Magic.

The singer sold more than 1 million tickets for his 24K Magic World Tour in a single day, according to Live Nation.

Tickets went on sale Monday, following the Friday release of his critically-acclaimed album, 24K, Mars’ epic performance at the American Music Awards and a “60 Minutes” profile that marked his first on-camera interview in over four years.

Not all shows are sold out just yet. The singer has since added 15 more shows to the tour, which now has a total of 100 dates. The new additional dates include five shows in New York City, four nights at London’s O2 Arena and four Los Angeles gigs at the Forum.

The highly acclaimed album which will support Bruno’s worldwide tour is only 9-tracks and serves as the follow up to his 2012 album, Unorthodox Jukebox, which opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Led by the funk-laced singles, “24K Magic” and “Chunky,” the album also features appearances from Halle Berry on the sultry “Calling All My Lovelies,” veteran singer/producer Babyface, who assists on “Too Good to Say Goodbye,” and T-Pain, who co-wrote “Straight Up & Down.”

Bruno Mars Is Back With More Magic On Seductive New track “Versace on the Floor”

Must admit, I really like pop Bruno Mars as compared to the all lovey dovey “Grenade”.

The 24K Magic hit maker is back with a little more magic but this time he smooths things down with a new bedroom anthem, “Versace on the Floor.”

The seductive track finds Mars serenading a woman, laying down a classic love ballad that ends with the pair hitting the bedroom all over throwback sounds that call back to the late ’80s and early ’90s.

“So baby let’s just turn down the lights/And close the door/Oooh I love that dress/But you won’t need it anymore,” he sings on the song’s chorus. “Let’s just kiss ’til we’re naked, baby/Versace on the floor/Oooh take it off for me, for me, for me, for me now, girl.” He sings.

Mars spoke about the track in his Rolling Stone cover story, which refers to it as a “Boyz II Men-ish anthem”, using the track as a way of illustrating his perfectionist approach to crafting his music. “I could play you six different versions of this song,” he revealed.

“At a certain point, I needed to stop telling you we’re gonna get down, and just get down,” he added.

24K Magic is due to be released on November 18th.

Two Awesome Renditions to Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ From #WBWR

It’s the one show where you can get to sample amazing renditions to your favorite jams and this Saturday (October 29th) we featured Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’.

Bruno quite effortlessly brings back that 80s funk sound while somehow remaining cool.

24K Magic is such a banger that we went ahead and made it record of the week on Homeboyz Radio during its first week of release.

Well you know the original (and if not then click here to refresh your memory) but here are two renditions to it, the latter being the one to have won ‘Under Cover’.

 

 

Under Cover:  A feature on the the show ‘Weekend Breakfast With Rae’ where two cover songs go head to head with the listeners getting to vote for and crown the one they most prefer.

New Video Alert: Bruno Mars- 24K Magic (Watch)

It has been almost three solid years since Bruno Mars produced a solo single but you know when Bruno releases, we listen. His album, 24k Magic, will be released on 8th November but he just dropped the ’24k Magic’ single video that has an ‘Uptown funk’ feel which is already topping the billboard charts at number 2. 

The album will contain 9 songs but for now, enjoy this funky retro hit below.