Bruno Mars Named Top Touring Act Of 2017

Bruno Mars Named Top Touring Act Of 2017:

Bruno Mars’ ’24k Magic Tour’ isn’t just the the hottest ticket in town, it’s the top ticket in town. Literally.

The dynamo divo has been dominating the live circuit this year and has come out on top of a coveted list.

Premium reseller Stub Hub have revealed Mars’ mammoth trek as 2017’s top tour (based on sales) and thus he’s been crowned the year’s top touring act. Thus far the ’24k Magic’ concert series has generated $161 million and counting.

And he may well snag the honor next year too, because he’s extended the show into the New Year. Indeed, there’s another US run, South America, Australasia, and newly announced summer stadium dates in Europe. All for an LP released in 2016.

It’s an unprecedented move for today’s climate and a nostalgic nod to times of past where artists really pounded the pavement in support of the same project for years. Rather than today’s trend of releasing a record every year.

Much respect to Bruno! Tis much deserved!

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Zendaya Reveals How She Ended Up In A Bruno Mars Music Video

If there’s one celeb we always want to see on our timelines, it’s Zendaya. She’s always welcome to grace our TVs and movie screens, and now, she can add Bruno Mars Music Video Star to her resumé. The Greatest Showman actress appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to discuss how an appearance on Lip Sync Battle ended up earning her a spot in Mars’s music video for “Versace on the Floor.”

“I impersonated Bruno for my lip sync battle,” she begins, and feels that she did a “pretty good job.” Mars saw the video and, Zendaya explains, “apparently he saw Sexy Girl In Video from that, somehow?” He sent her a text, asking for a personal phone call. “He called and said “hey, I’m doing this video and I want you to be a part of it’ and I was like, why? Why me?” How did that [lip sync battle] strike as graceful to you?“ But she loved being part of the video, which was released earlier this year.


Bruno Mars wins AMAs 2017 Artist of the Year plus a SiriusXM channel!

Bruno Mars wins AMAs 2017 Artist of the Year plus a SiriusXM channel!:

Congrats to Bruno Mars on winning Artist of the Year at the 2017 American Music Awards!

Bruno edged out final nominees Drake, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, and The Chainsmokers.

In addition to taking home this prestigious award, Bruno Mars won his own limited edition SiriusXM channel in 2018. Stay tuned for more information about the channel.

Bruno Mars: ‘The Apollo Theater Is A Magical Place’

Bruno Mars: ‘The Apollo Theater Is A Magical Place’:

James Brown, Michael Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald. These are just a few legends to perform at the iconic Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. You can now add Bruno Mars to the list. The 5x Grammy Award winner is coming to the Apollo for his first television special called “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live At The Apollo.” Mars filmed the special during a few off days from his 24K Magic world tour and the electrifying primetime performance begins with him atop the Apollo’s landmark marquee.  The 32-year-old is one of the hottest artists in music today and was just nominated for six Grammys.

Mars spoke to CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith about his earliest memories of the Apollo, why this theater is such a magical place and why 24K Magic was the perfect album to use for a TV special.

DJ Sixsmith: How did this special come together on CBS?

Bruno Mars: CBS wanted to rock and I said let’s go. I wish there was a better story, but that’s it.

DS: Everyone has a special connection to the Apollo Theater in Harlem. What are your earliest memories of the Apollo?

BM: Watching “Showtime At The Apollo.” Before “American Idol,” before “The X-Factor” or any kind of singing competition, that’s what I grew up watching. I remember watching that with my family and the laws of “Showtime At The Apollo” were if you got it, they are going to cheer you on and if you don’t, they’re going to let you know that you ain’t sh**. They’ll pull you off and you got to think about another career option maybe. I love that mentality as an entertainer, make sure you go up on that stage and give it to them. If you’re going to do it, do it right because they will let you know. They need to protect that theater at all costs because it’s a magical place and being in there, we felt it. It definitely gave us some other thing when we were performing and I think the audience felt it too. Watching the show in that theater is a special experience. Hopefully we captured that feeling on tape.

DS: You said in the past that you want your music to make people feel things they haven’t felt before. What did you specifically feel when you were on the stage at the Apollo Theater?

BM: Well, can I be honest? Because it’s on TV and we didn’t want any footage of it to get out there, so we asked people to put their phones away. That experience alone is something that I haven’t felt in a long time. Even watching the footage back, seeing people dance and not holding their phones up, it almost looked vintage. You don’t see that anymore. It was nice that people weren’t trying to get the shot or trying to post it anywhere. They were really in the moment and that made us as a band be in the moment because we are looking at people who are dancing and we are seeing the smiles on their faces and people reacting to whatever we are doing on stage. Sometimes cell phones block that. It was nice to be in a controlled environment where people were in there to have a good time and party and that was it.

DS: You spent some time in Harlem interacting with the locals. What was it like to get to know the people of Harlem and the borough itself?

BM: It was just cool to be driving around Harlem and talking to people in Harlem because it felt like they embraced us with open arms. Everywhere we went it was like “Yo Bruno, welcome to Harlem.” I don’t see that happening in Burbank, it was cool. We felt the love and it gave us this vibe to go perform the show and pass out tickets and we tried to bring as many people from Harlem to the show. It was exciting to be able to get out there and tell people to bring their friends and their family to the show. It was magical.

DS: What was the biggest surprise to you about the whole experience?

BM: That we pulled it off. You never know what things are going to look like or feel like. I was just happy that we were able to do it. We captured it. I guess that’s what you want when you are doing TV because it’s hard to replicate the feeling of being in the room. Sometimes, you perform and say “man that felt great” and then I’ll watch it later and think “Oh, that’s not what it felt like” or “I could have done better.” This is something that I feel like we came prepared for… At this very moment in time, it felt like the right opportunity. It felt like the right thing to do with the right album.

DS: What was the biggest challenge you faced in putting this project together?

BM: Being on tour. We had a couple of days off and we turned those days off into a TV special. It would’ve been much easier for us to throw some cameras up at one of these venues we’re playing at on the road and put that out. I felt like that wasn’t enough. It needed to be something unique and different and it needed to get people excited. Hopefully, it’ll feel a little bit more intimate and up close being in the theater setting.

DS: What do you want people to be thinking about by the end of the show?

BM: The message is all about this album and giving people the visuals of what I wanted to do with this album, the vibe that I wanted to create, the environment and the world I wanted to create with this feel good R&B. This band is relentless and they’re going to get you moving and they are going to be draped and cloaked in chains. I hope it is going to tie everything in. Maybe there are going to be some people that say “Oh, now that I see it, I understand. I understand what this whole message was about.” It’s just about this feel good music, bringing people together and getting everybody dancing under one roof.

Bruno Mars talks first TV special, performing at Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theater

Bruno Mars talks first TV special, performing at Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theater:

Bruno Mars has sold more than 180 million singles worldwide, making him one of the top-selling artists of all time. Now, Mars is making his primetime special debut Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on CBS with “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo.” “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King spoke with him about reaching that legendary stage in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood.

“We were running around Harlem like maniacs. We did a lot of things. We were just talking to just the locals,” Mars said.  

“What was beautiful about it so many people said, ‘Yo, Bruno Mars, welcome to Harlem! It’s good to have you in Harlem.’ And I was like, ‘Where else in the world are they gonna say that?’ You know? I can’t picture people in California like, ‘Bruno! Welcome to Burbank.’ You know, it’s a different thing, like, this community of people. So proud.”  

One of the proudest landmarks of Harlem is the 103-year-old Apollo Theater where countless legendary entertainers have graced the stage. Now, it’s his turn to bring his magic to the iconic venue with his debut primetime special.

“[I’m] over the moon about it. Because I’ve been very fortunate and blessed to be able to play all over the world. You know, I’ve played at a lot of incredible stages. The Apollo, knowing my history, is — I’ve never I never played that stage. I’ve never even been in the building,” He said.

Mars said he grew up watching “Showtime at the Apollo” with his mother.

“It just reminded me of why I’m doing this,” he said of the chance to perform there. “That Apollo stage is my philosophy in entertainment. Watching ‘Showtime at the Apollo,’ it’s either you got it and they’re gonna love you or you bomb and they’re gonna boo you off the stage.”

The star admitted the special is a bit “out of the box” for him.  

“I always tell myself that I wanna make sure whenever I put out a concert or something like that, if I were ever to do some kind of concert DVD, I better make sure that I’m the best, you know, I captured – I’m the best me that I can be,” he said.

For a showman like Mars, theatrics seem natural. So does that mean he has more TV plans?

“Are you thinking about acting?” King asked.

“I don’t know. You like that?” Mars said.

“Yes, I do. I’m thinking already that’s your good side,” King joked.

“That was it. That was the dramatic turn when Gayle asks a serious question.”

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Bruno Mars worried about getting booed at the Apollo

Bruno Mars worried about getting booed at the Apollo:

It doesn’t matter how famous you are or how many hit records you’ve had. If you annoy New Yorkers, they’ll let you know about it.

That’s what Bruno Mars found out firsthand back in September while filming his first television special, “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo,” which airs on CBS on Wednesday night at 10 p.m.

Aside from recording an intimate show at the world-famous Apollo Theater, Mars and his band, the Hooligans, also spent time mixing with customers in hair salons, giving out tickets to locals and holding small, impromptu performances on the streets of Harlem.

“We were just out, making music and singing,” Mars tells The Post on the phone from Brazil, where he’s currently on tour. “But we definitely had a couple of people who would hang out of their doors and tell us basically to shut up. It was like ‘Coming to America,’ when Eddie Murphy is singing ‘To Be Loved’ and everyone’s screaming at him, telling him to be quiet!”

‘If you don’t go up there and try to kill it, the audience is gonna kill you.’
Such bad reviews are rare in what’s been a stellar year for the Hawaiian. His third album, “24K Magic,” arrived late last year and has sold the equivalent of more than 2 million copies (combined sales and streams). It’s spawned a No. 1 single (“That’s What I Like”) and, on Tuesday, Mars was nominated for six awards at next year’s Grammys, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year (for “24K Magic”) and Song of the Year (for “That’s What I Like”).

Since first arriving on the scene in 2010 with debut album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” the 32-year-old has also built a reputation as one of the best and most reliable live acts on the planet. He’s appeared in two Super Bowl halftime shows: once as a headliner in 2014 and once as a guest of Coldplay and Beyoncé in 2016.

But it’s only now that he feels ready to take on the toughest crowd of all — the notoriously brutal audience at the Apollo, who have collectively booed off would-be stars during “Amateur Night at the Apollo” since 1934. “If you don’t go up there and try to kill it, the audience is gonna kill you,” says Mars.

The appearance is doubly significant for Mars, who is a devotee of James Brown. The funk legend’s 1963 album “Live at the Apollo” is one of the most famous and ferocious performances ever to have taken place in the storied venue. It was Brown’s breakout album and helped immortalize the Apollo Theater. Mars considers that performance and, in particular, Brown’s legendary “T.A.M.I. Show” appearance (recorded in Los Angeles in 1964) to be his “bible.”

“I look at that footage sometimes before I go on TV and before shows,” says Mars. “To me, [“T.A.M.I. Show”] is the most relentless performance taped in history. That’s the mentality I try to keep, whether we’re about to play the Super Bowl or somebody’s wedding.”

Just as “Live at the Apollo” and the “T.A.M.I. Show” captured Brown at his peak for future generations to look back on, the CBS special is likely to do the same for Mars. The “24K Magic” World Tour has drawn rave reviews, thanks to its tightly drilled mix of hits, choreography and high-tech staging.

Mars has also attracted his fair share of celebrity attendees. Dave Chappelle, Michelle Obama and another of Mars’ musical heroes, Stevie Wonder, have all turned out to see the shows. “I don’t think I want to know what Stevie thought,” says Mars. “In my mind, he loved the show — and I’m gonna leave it at that!”

The “24K Magic” World Tour has also cleaned up at the box office: Last month, Live Nation reported the tour had earned more than $129 million. It’s underlined Mars’ status as one of pop’s most highly respected and highly paid acts.

But at the height of success and adulation, Mars took a moment to reflect on life outside the pop-star bubble. This past summer, Mars quietly donated $1 million to help the residents of Flint, Mich., restore clean water to the area. High levels of lead and other toxins have devastated the Midwestern town’s supply.

“That was something that weighed heavy on my heart,” Mars says. “I think with news being so fast these days — after one problem, there’s always another problem, and another one — this disaster in Flint was not being talked about. But it’s affected so many lives, so many businesses. I just didn’t understand why this problem — which is on American soil — wasn’t being fixed. We shouldn’t be talking about anything else. We should get these people what they need.”

Although it’s a subject that Mars feels strongly about, he rarely uses the stage to vocalize his social or political opinions. Ever since he started singing with his family’s band, the Love Notes, as a 5-year-old in Honolulu, Mars has always regarded live performance as a vehicle to forget ills and problems.

“I remember moving to LA [where he has been based since 2003] and being broke, but taking the few dollars I had to Amoeba Records and getting Kanye’s first album, ‘The College Dropout.’ As broke as I was, hearing, [Mars breaks into song] ‘I been workin’ this grave shift, and I ain’t made s – – t/I wish I could buy me a spaceship and fly past the sky’ [from the song ‘Spaceship’], took me out of the problems I had. That’s what good soul music does.”

Mars feels that now, perhaps more than ever, his fans need to feel that same release and escape. “You want to tune out and forget about rent, politics or whatever’s going on with your family or girlfriend — and feel good,” he says. “The goal for me is to get people to put their phones down and dance. That’s what I want.”

And that’s how we like it.