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February 3, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The question dominated much of the nonfootball-related chatter in the run-up to Sunday's Super Bowl: As the featured act of this year's halftime show, was Bruno Mars really up to the job of entertaining a television audience of approximately 100 million people? The answer, it turned out, was yes. But before he could prove it, Mars had to weather a storm of skepticism. He's only 28, decades younger than other artists who've played the show recently, such as Prince and the Rolling Stones.
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February 12, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
New music was no match for old hits on the album chart this week, as the latest installment in the pop compilation series "Now That's What I Call Music!" entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1. "Now 49," with familiar singles by One Direction, Katy Perry and Pitbull, among others, sold 98,000 copies in the week that ended Feb. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan, enough to bump the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" to No. 2 after its two-week stint at the top of the chart. Seventeen previous "Now" albums have made it to No. 1, noted Billboard's Keith Caulfield, the most recent in August 2012.
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January 15, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
After bringing his shimmering brand of old-school pizazz to the Super Bowl, Bruno Mars will head back out on the road. The performer will launch the next leg of his current Moonshine Jungle tour with a 40-date trek across North America. Pharrell , who coolly ruled 2013 and has a slot at Coachella this year, is s et to support Mars on a handful of dates. Aloe Blacc , whose star power go t a jolt of lightning courtesy of Avicii's “Wake Me Up,” will largely support Mars on the road.
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February 6, 2014 | By August Brown
The Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy has made a three-decade career out of punishing electronic sounds. But it's always intended the pain to be voluntary. However, after the band learned of rumors that the U.S. military had used Skinny Puppy music to torment suspected terrorists at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a member of the group sent an invoice to the military for "royalties," according to the BBC  and other outlets. The amount? A heavy-metal-appropriate $666,000.
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September 8, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Soulful singer-songwriter Bruno Mars was named Sunday to headline Super Bowl XLVIII, which will kick off on Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The announcement came amid great fanfare during the Fox NFL Sunday broadcast, which was held live from Times Square in New York City and hyped the first full weekend of the pro-football season. Mars' selection had been predicted by The Times on Friday . According to the NFL, Super Bowl halftime shows are the most-watched live music concerts on TV. Previous performers have included Prince, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Beyonce Knowles was the featured singer this year, and her performance attracted more than 110 million viewers.
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September 26, 2010
Reuters -- Bruno Mars stormed to the top of the United Kingdom single charts with his solo debut “Just The Way You Are (Amazing)” on Sunday, while veteran Phil Collins clinched his first number one album in 12 years. Mars, who has previously topped the charts with “Nothing On You”, draws on reggae, rock, folk and R&B influences on his new hit single, selling almost double that of his nearest rival, the Official Charts Company said. The second and third places remain unchanged, with Taio Cruz at number two with “Dynamite”, followed by Katy Perry's “Teenage Dream”.
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February 4, 2013 | By August Brown
So a Bajan dance-pop femme fatale, a neo-Motown crooner and a bass-wielding British titan of tantra walk into a bar ... or rather, onto the Grammys stage this weekend. CBS announced  Monday that the unlikely collaboration of Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Sting is the latest addition to the telecast set for this Sunday. Kelly Clarkson, fresh off her well-received (and live) performance at President Obama's inaugural, will also perform her own set.  There's no news as to what the trio will perform, but they will certainly make for an unorthodox stylistic mashup.
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September 6, 2013 | By Joe Flint and Gerrick D. Kennedy
Bruno Mars may have been locked out of heaven, but it's looking like he'll have a ticket to the Super Bowl. The crooner is expected to be tapped to perform at the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVIII next February, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. An announcement could come as early as this Sunday. Neither the NFL, which produces the Pepsi-sponsored halftime show, or Fox, which is carrying the Super Bowl this season, would comment. An NFL spokesman would only jokingly say that Janet Jackson and Miley Cyrus have been ruled out as performers.
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September 9, 2013 | By August Brown
How does a Hooligan follow a Queen Bey? That's the task awaiting Bruno Mars as he prepares to play the halftime show at next year's Super Bowl. He'll follow a set from Beyoncé Knowles that is widely regarded as being one of the best in recent years. Mars, a genial performer and regular arena-touring act with his Hooligans band, might face some bigger challenges in living up to those expectations. But the selection does signal the Super Bowl's steady return to youthful pop acts as performers.
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December 13, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Billboard has crowned Bruno Mars as its Artist of the Year over many musicians who grabbed more headlines through the year such as Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. But in calculating which musicians exerted the strongest pressure on its charts throughout the year, Billboard found that no one topped Mars. “Mars' artist of the year nod may come as a surprise,” Billboard notes in its year-end wrap-up issue.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
The hat Pharrell Williams wore to the Grammy Awards is the gift that keeps on giving, earning the rapper, music producer and fashion plate bragging rights as "Hat Person of the Year," the Headwear Assn. announced Wednesday. The handmade brown felt Vivienne Westwood hat with a wide brim and high, battered crown was already the standout accessory of the night , spawning a parody account (@PharrellHat) and a slew of social media comparisons to Smokey Bear and Curious George's "Man in the Yellow Hat. " And now, according to the Headwear Assn.
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February 4, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
As our regular readers might recall, Pop & Hiss didn't especially enjoy Red Hot Chili Peppers' appearance Sunday night during the otherwise-delightful Super Bowl halftime show by Bruno Mars. Did our distaste for the band's rendition of "Give It Away" have anything to do with the fact that Flea appeared to be playing a bass that wasn't plugged in, as a number of keen-eyed observers pointed out following the performance? It did not. Before it's a concert, the Super Bowl halftime show is -- like the football game that surrounds it -- a full-tilt TV spectacle, one far more dependent on energy and charisma and visual style than on whether actual instruments are being actually played before our eyes and ears.
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February 3, 2014 | By Mary McNamara
Peyton Manning choked, Bruno Mars shone, Jerry Seinfeld droned and Joe Theismann showed up in the post-game episode of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine. " Where he broke his leg. Again. Where once TV's biggest live event dominated four or five hours of Sunday television, it now claims weeks. Forget the sports-page buildup, the commercials now have their own teaser ads, the half-time show inevitably has "something to prove" (beyond how very old the members of the Who have become), and the follow-up shows go out of their way to leverage the premium spot.
NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Bruno Mars and his band wore Saint Laurent in their Super Bowl halftime show. Racked toted up the numbers and concluded that Mars' outfit would cost $5,830 (if one paid for it oneself). [Racked] In an interview with W magazine, Miley Cyrus says her image is calculated and that she wants to encourage girls to go for personal style. "Everyone to me looks like Vanna White," she says. She also says her rustic childhood may have something to do with the crop tops and other body-baring outfits she wears now: “We never were inside, and we never wore shoes, I think it's why I like wearing no clothes so much and I'm always naked.” [W]
NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Carla Hall
Here's the emotion that Sunday's boring Super Bowl managed to stoke: the irritation Time Warner Cable subscribers are feeling for the cable company. And here's the surprising news: The cable company fell on its sword. Kind of. Time Warner Cable announced Monday that it would provide a $5 gift card to subscribers who don't have digital cable and could only watch the game on a standard definition channel. But even the subscribers who have digital TV - the majority - and so watched the game on a high-definition channel get something: credit for the cost of an on-demand movie once it is purchased.
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February 3, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The question dominated much of the nonfootball-related chatter in the run-up to Sunday's Super Bowl: As the featured act of this year's halftime show, was Bruno Mars really up to the job of entertaining a television audience of approximately 100 million people? The answer, it turned out, was yes. But before he could prove it, Mars had to weather a storm of skepticism. He's only 28, decades younger than other artists who've played the show recently, such as Prince and the Rolling Stones.
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February 11, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been corrected. See note below for details. Assessments of the Bob Marley tribute number at the 55th Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday at Staples Center were largely complimentary about the medley delivered by Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna and Ziggy and Damian Marley that concluded with Marley's “Could You Be Loved,” but many fans were wondering why it was served up this year. It came not on a significant birthday (he would have turned 68 earlier in the week)
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Italian luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana has created exclusive outfits for Bruno Mars' upcoming world tour that begins in Washington, D.C., the company recently announced. According to the announcement, the singer will be wearing a series of black Dolce & Gabbana tuxedos and white shirts in the first half of each show, before changing into "a bright red suit matched with an ocelot-printed shirt. "  “Bruno's style and music are so eclectic that oftentimes we have taken inspiration directly from his work to create looks that were at the same time in line with his very personal taste, as well as with the DNA of Dolce & Gabbana," designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana said in the announcement.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Bruno Mars plans to stay warm when he performs at the Super Bowl on Sunday in frigid New Jersey Metlife Stadium by wearing battery-powered, heated socks from heated apparel company Gerbing. [Racked] Super model Christie Brinkley turns 60 on Super Bowl Sunday and she proves she can still bring it in a swimsuit by posing on the cover of this week's People. In celebration of Super Bowl weekend the feds announced that they've seized $21.6 million worth of fake NFL merchandise.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Betting on the outcome of the Grammys is always a losing game. And the nominations for the 56th annual ceremony prove the voting members of the Recording Academy are as broad as ever with their musical tastes. But history has shown that unpredictability could be the theme of the evening. Will 17-year-old Lorde make Grammy history? Will Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Robin Thicke's staggering chart prowess be rewarded by voters? Will a rap album take the night's top prize for the first time in a decade?
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