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Bruno Mars tops album chart for the first time, Thom Yorke takes second place


It took a while, but Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox is now a No. 1 album.

When the album was released last December, it hit debuted at No. 2., just behind Taylor Swift’s RedJukebox has been hanging out fairly high on the Billboard 200 albums chart since then, and sat at No. 2 last week.

But with some help from a massive sale on Amazon, which sold the album for $1.99 and then $3.99 last week, Mars’ second release finally had enough juice to top the charts, with Nielsen SoundScan reporting 95,000 copies sold. That’s a 96% increase from its performance the week before, giving Mars his first ever No. 1 album. (Billboard’s math wizards have deduced that without Amazon’s efforts, Jukebox would likely have ranked at No. 2 this week.)

So who would’ve been No. 1 otherwise? All signs point to Atoms for Peace, the Thom Yorke-led group whose debut Amok came in at No. 2 with 50,000 moved units.

Before Mars’ ascent, Mumford and Sons’ Grammy-winning Babel had a two-week hold on the top spot, but this week it fell to No. 3, with 43,000 sold. READ FULL STORY

Grammys producer: Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars among show's 'keepers of the flame'

Justin Timberlake will be up first today as rehearsals continue for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, and the singer will know he’s good to go when he gets an approving nod from Ken Ehrlich, the executive producer who is calling the tune for Sunday night’s show just as he has for past 33 years. No, that’s not a typo — Ehrlich has been the gatekeeper of the Grammys stage since the 1980 edition of the show, and he’s the guiding hand behind the show’s signature mix-and-match approach to putting artists and songs together in fused fashion. READ FULL STORY

Bruno Mars goes retro for 'When I Was Your Man' video: Watch it here

Bruno Mars might be the classiest 27-year-old on the planet.

The vintage-y video for Unorthodox Jukebox‘s second single “When I Was Your Man” finds the crooner putting on his suit-and-tie s— and sitting down at a scotch-topped piano, where he proceeds to sing his way into your unsuspecting heart.

And the clip, directed by both Cameron Duddy and Mars himself, doesn’t stop there with its charms. “Too young, too dumb to realize/That I should have bought you flowers and held your hand,” Mars laments on the single, which might explain the flower pinned to his blazer. Another explanation? Because it looks really damn good on him.

Check out the “When I Was Your Man” video for yourself below:


Sting to perform with Bruno Mars and Rihanna at Grammys

Don’t worry, kiddos — Papa Sting is here to show you how it’s done.

The Recording Academy has announced that the 61-year-old Sting with be joining Rihanna and Bruno Mars on stage for a performance at the Grammys this Sunday.

With 16 trophies of his own at home, Sting is no stranger to the Grammys — he won his first back in 1980, when he was in the Police and Rihanna and Bruno Mars were not even people yet. (Although, judging by Mars’ recent singles, the age gap hasn’t limited Sting’s influence.)

Kelly Clarkson will be performing separately on Grammy night as well, the Academy announced, while Beyoncé, Prince, Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Lopez, and Pauley Perrette were confirmed as presenters.


Bruno Mars covers 'Little Mermaid' song 'Part of Your World': Watch it here

Oh, Bruno, you always know how to woo us.

During a recent performance at the BBC Live Lounge, the “Locked Out of Heaven” singer unlocked the Disney vault and pulled out “Part of Your World,” from The Little Mermaid.

“It’s the best song ever written,” Mars says, adding that he can never get through it without choking up. (All together now: “awww.”)

Watch the video below to see if Mars is able to suppress the waterworks for the underwater ballad. And catch a bonus Little Mermaid track at the end of the clip:


Bruno Mars jams retro-style in 'Locked Out of Heaven' video: Watch it here

Have you felt the sting of Bruno Mars fever yet? We have!

Well, we think we do — it’s sick season, so who knows what this is — but we’re more or less convinced that there’s a high Bruno count in the air thanks to his Police-y new track “Locked Out of Heaven.”  (And his upcoming gig as both the host and musical guest on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live.)

And to make your week even more Bruno Martian, the lead Unorthodox Jukebox single now has a video. If you thought the single couldn’t be any more of a tribute to musical sounds past (we see you, Reggatta de Blanc!), we suggest you take a look at the new retro-styled clip, which evokes all the nostalgic Betamax fuzz of ’70s-era video technology:


Bruno Mars drops new single 'Locked Out of Heaven': Hear it here!

After a period of ceaseless ubiquity that saw him climb to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, collaborate with every rapper on the planet, and perform at seemingly every awards show known to man, Bruno Mars stepped out of the spotlight for a little while to work on his second album. The dude is finally back with a new album called Unorthodox Jukebox, and he just dropped its first single “Locked Out of Heaven.”

“Locked Out of Heaven” continues Mars’ “What if Stevie Wonder traveled to the future?” approach, melding together various eras of R&B, rock, and funk like second nature. The melody isn’t as immediate as some of his past hits, but it does have a gloriously chest-pounding bridge that should sound good next to “It Will Rain” during Bruno’s shows.

Give “Locked Out of Heaven” a listen below.  READ FULL STORY

Bruno Mars teases upcoming single 'Locked Out of Heaven': Watch it here

Bruno Mars is back, and headed straight to hell!

Well, maybe — we won’t know if his new single “Locked Out of Heaven” actually sends him to the Bad Place until he drops it on YouTube next Monday at 7 p.m. But judging by the short teaser clip he released today, Mars does rocked a guitar, bang on some drums, and wear a fedora like nobody’s business.

So what did he do to get on Saint Peter’s ish list? Check out the preview clip below, and see if you can guess:


Record Store Day 2012 preview: The best vinyl, the coolest stores


Today, thousands of fastidious collectors are waking up way too early for a Saturday, standing  in silly lines with their brethren, and diving deep into crates to pay premium bank for the privilege of owning a handful of the dozens of exclusive vinyl releases being put out as part of the sixth annual Record Store Day.

And I couldn’t be happier.

Launched in 2007, Record Store Day celebrates the independent music shop, an institution that has been under attack since well before the Internet threatened to dismantle the music business. Really, it’s a day to celebrate the relative resilience of these little shingles that could. After all, they survived the format wars, outlived massive chains like Tower Records and Virgin Megastore, and stuck out the first wave of file sharing (Napster, Gnutella, and the like).

With vinyl sales surging and interest in sprawling music discovery zones like Amoeba Records steadily growing, it’s a good time to be a fan of black discs that go around and around and around. This year’s exclusive Record Store Day features the release of several dozen exclusive pieces of vinyl, which may or may not be available at your local emporium (it pays to hit up more than one spot, if only to observe the crowds at each location). READ FULL STORY

Adele, LMFAO, and Rihanna lead Billboard Music Award finalists


Fresh off their name-checks in the Time 100, Adele and Rihanna have more kudos to brag about. They’re leading the pack of Billboard Music Awards nominees, along with Lady Gaga, LMFAO, and Lil Wayne. Adele scored 18 nods — including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Artist — off the mega-sales of her album 21 and its lead single “Rolling in the Deep.” “Party Rockers” LMFAO will be in the house behind thanks to 17 nods. Rihanna could win up to 13 trophies, and Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne could be walking home with a lot of hardware, after netting 10 nods apiece. Usual suspects like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, and Bruno Mars are also among the pool of finalists. You can view the full list here.


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