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December 26, 2012 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
When Bruno Mars made it big a couple of years ago with his debut, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," the impeccably attired singer did it with such conclusive style that you never really thought about the effort he put into his image. In an era of amateur-driven "American"/"Voice"/"Factor" pop, here was a guy who seemed to have appeared fully formed one day: a pompadoured crooner in the tradition of Frankie Lymon, yet remade with modern trimmings that appealed to a crowd raised on X-rated hip-hop and post-everything boy bands.
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February 19, 2014 | By Todd Martens
With the title cut of his latest album, country star Eric Church proclaims himself one of "The Outsiders," but he's definitely among the in-crowd now. "The Outsiders" cruises to the No. 1 spot on the U.S. pop charts, having sold 288,000 copies in its first week in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That makes it the biggest debut of a young 2013 and Church's second album to hit the top spot on Billboard's charts . His last album, 2011's "Chief," debuted with 145,000 copies sold, according to Billboard.
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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.
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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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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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November 8, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
How to make Bruno Mars' delightfully naughty "Gorilla" a little naughtier? With help from R. Kelly and Pharrell. That's who Mars hit up for a just-released remix of the song, a raunchy highlight from the singer's great 2012 album, " Unorthodox Jukebox . " Posted Friday on Twitter (following a Q&A that Mars conducted there), the new version expands on the original's wildlife theme, with Kelly describing himself as "an anaconda in your garden" and Pharrell proposing some carefully chosen yoga positions.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2014 | By Todd Martens
With the title cut of his latest album, country star Eric Church proclaims himself one of "The Outsiders," but he's definitely among the in-crowd now. "The Outsiders" cruises to the No. 1 spot on the U.S. pop charts, having sold 288,000 copies in its first week in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That makes it the biggest debut of a young 2013 and Church's second album to hit the top spot on Billboard's charts . His last album, 2011's "Chief," debuted with 145,000 copies sold, according to Billboard.
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July 6, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
In Saturday's Calendar section, Times pop music critic Randall Roberts runs down his picks for the best albums of the year so far, a list that includes Chance the Rapper's "Acid Rap," Kacey Musgraves' "Same Trailer Different Park" and "The Next Day" by David Bowie. But which artists topped sales tallies for the first half of 2013? Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" is the year's biggest-selling album to date, with 2 million copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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February 20, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Fresh off an electrifying performance at the Grammys that boosted sales of his sophomore effort, "Unorthodox Jukebox," Bruno Mars is preparing to embark on a world tour. The Moonshine Jungle World Tour launches in Washington, D.C.  on June 22 and continues across the U.S. through August before heading to Europe in October.  Mars will stop in L.A. on July 27 with a show at Staples Center along with British electro-pop darling Ellie Goulding. Goulding and soul-indie pop outfit Fitz & the Tantrums will support him on select dates.
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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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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?
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
How to make Bruno Mars' delightfully naughty "Gorilla" a little naughtier? With help from R. Kelly and Pharrell. That's who Mars hit up for a just-released remix of the song, a raunchy highlight from the singer's great 2012 album, " Unorthodox Jukebox . " Posted Friday on Twitter (following a Q&A that Mars conducted there), the new version expands on the original's wildlife theme, with Kelly describing himself as "an anaconda in your garden" and Pharrell proposing some carefully chosen yoga positions.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
In Saturday's Calendar section, Times pop music critic Randall Roberts runs down his picks for the best albums of the year so far, a list that includes Chance the Rapper's "Acid Rap," Kacey Musgraves' "Same Trailer Different Park" and "The Next Day" by David Bowie. But which artists topped sales tallies for the first half of 2013? Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" is the year's biggest-selling album to date, with 2 million copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Fresh off an electrifying performance at the Grammys that boosted sales of his sophomore effort, "Unorthodox Jukebox," Bruno Mars is preparing to embark on a world tour. The Moonshine Jungle World Tour launches in Washington, D.C.  on June 22 and continues across the U.S. through August before heading to Europe in October.  Mars will stop in L.A. on July 27 with a show at Staples Center along with British electro-pop darling Ellie Goulding. Goulding and soul-indie pop outfit Fitz & the Tantrums will support him on select dates.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2012 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
When Bruno Mars made it big a couple of years ago with his debut, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," the impeccably attired singer did it with such conclusive style that you never really thought about the effort he put into his image. In an era of amateur-driven "American"/"Voice"/"Factor" pop, here was a guy who seemed to have appeared fully formed one day: a pompadoured crooner in the tradition of Frankie Lymon, yet remade with modern trimmings that appealed to a crowd raised on X-rated hip-hop and post-everything boy bands.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Amazon.com's AutoRip, which gives customers free digital copies of CDs they purchase, is now available for vinyl records -- including those purchased in the past. Starting Wednesday, when customers buy AutoRip-eligible vinyl records, MP3 versions of the music will be automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries where it will be available for immediate playback or download.  And customers who have purchased AutoRip records at any time since Amazon first opened its Music Store in 1998 will find digital copies of those albums in their Cloud Player libraries free.
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October 2, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
After spending much of 2012 out of the spotlight, Bruno Mars re-emerged Monday night with a YouTube video chat during which he answered fans' questions and premiered his new single, "Locked Out of Heaven. " It's a lean, bouncy soul-rock cut that quickly mushrooms into a dramatic synth-pop epic -- think the Police (circa "Ghost in the Machine") infiltrating the Human League. "Your sex takes me to paradise," Mars moans in the song's chorus, and if you were wondering whether all that grenade-catching had made a man out of him, there's your answer.
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