September 8, 2013 |
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.
February 3, 2014 |
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.
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”.
December 13, 2013 |
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.
February 4, 2013 |
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.
September 9, 2013 |
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.