R3hab remix cover art
|Single by Bruno Mars|
|from the album 24K Magic|
|Released||October 7, 2016|
|Bruno Mars singles chronology|
"24K Magic" is a song by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars from his third studio album of the same name (2016). Atlantic Records released it as the album's lead single on October 7, 2016, for digital download and streaming. Atlantic provided it as an instant grat track for those who pre-ordered the album. Mars, Philip Lawrence and Christopher Brody Brown wrote the single. Calling themselves Shampoo Press & Curl the three of them handled production, with additional production by The Stereotypes. The song has been described as a funk, disco and contemporary R&B track, heavily influenced by hip hop. The A.V. Club noticed the synthesizer riff and backbeat resembled the one in "The Message" (1982) by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. The song's lyrics address extravagances, glamour, and the party lifestyle.
Peter Gene Hernandez, known professionally as Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and dancer. He is known for his stage performances, retro showmanship, and for performing in a wide range of musical styles, including R&B, funk, pop, soul, reggae, hip hop, and rock. Mars is accompanied by his band, The Hooligans, who play a variety of instruments, such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums, and horns, and also serve as backup singers and dancers.
24K Magic is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars. It was released worldwide on November 18, 2016, by Atlantic Records. The follow-up to Mars's successful second album, Unorthodox Jukebox (2012), it explores genres similar to those of its predecessor, such as soul and funk, while Mars and his team focused on capturing the R&B sound that was very popular in the 1990s, described by the singer as the reason he fell in love with music in the first place. Recording sessions for the album took place between fall 2015 and September 2016 at Glenwood Place Studios in Burbank, California. The production of the album was handled by newly formed production trio Shampoo Press & Curl, consisting of Mars, Brody Brown and Philip Lawrence.
Atlantic Recording Corporation is an American record label founded in October 1947 by Ahmet Ertegün and Herb Abramson. Over its first 20 years of operation, Atlantic earned a reputation as one of the most important American labels, specializing in jazz, R&B, and soul by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Ruth Brown and Otis Redding. Its position was greatly improved by its distribution deal with Stax. In 1967, Atlantic became a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, now the Warner Music Group, and expanded into rock and pop music with releases by Led Zeppelin and Yes.
"24K Magic" was generally well received by music critics. Some of them complimented Mars' vocals and compared them to James Brown, describing the song as engaging, fun and evoking feeling of nostalgia. Others criticized it for not being innovative as it tried to emulate "Uptown Funk" (2014). The song was a commercial success. It peaked at number four in the United States and number three in Canada and Australia. It has been certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). It was certified four times platinum by Music Canada (MC). The single reached number one in New Zealand, France, Belgium (Flanders) and Argentina. It has received a diamond certification in France and a platinum one in New Zealand. In the United Kingdom and Spain, the song peaked at number five, being certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and two times platinum by Productores de Música de España (PROMUSICAE).
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"Uptown Funk" is a song by British record producer Mark Ronson featuring American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars, from Ronson's fourth studio album, Uptown Special (2015). The song was released as the album's lead single on 10 November 2014 via digital download in several countries. "Uptown Funk" was written by Ronson, Mars, Philip Lawrence and Jeff Bhasker. Since the track interpolates "All Gold Everything" (2012), songwriting credits were added for a total of six. Produced by Ronson, Mars, and Bhasker, its composition began during a freestyle studio session between the former three by deciding to work on the jam that Mars and his band would play on tour. The song went through several incarnations, worked on for months during stressful sessions, recorded at multiple locations, and at one point it was nearly scrapped. Copyright controversies arose after the song's release, with multiple lawsuits and amendments to its songwriting credits, due to similarities with "Oops Up Side Your Head" (1979) by The Gap Band, keyboardist Rudolph Taylor, and producer Lonnie Simmons.
Director Cameron Duddy shot the song's music video with Mars. It depicts Mars and his bandmates partying and having fun in a Las Vegas casino. At the end of the video, Mars is riding a jet ski in the Fountains of the Bellagio Hotel. He performed "24K Magic" on television shows such as Saturday Night Live , The Late Late Show and it was first included on his 24K Magic World Tour (2017–18). The song received several nominations and won Record of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in 2018. The television show soundtracks of Chicago Med (2015), and Empire (2015), and a commercial for Hershey’s Gold bar used the song. Kendrick Lamar's single "Loyalty" (2017) featuring Rihanna sampled the song's introduction.
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In September 2014, Mars tweeted "Now it's time to start writing chapter 3", hinting he was working on new music. Following the release of the successful Mark Ronson and Mars' single "Uptown Funk" (2014), the latter headed to the studio to record more songs. Mars said he had no plans to release a new album "[u]ntil it's done". It was due in March, but his appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show postponed it for several months. At the time, seven songs were already recorded.On October 3, 2016, Mars revealed the song title and release date through his Instagram account after he uploaded nine photos. They showed the singer looking down wearing a white hat with "XXIV k" inscribed on it. Mars wrote, "You can call it my first single, but I call it the invitation to the party".
Mark Daniel Ronson is an English–American musician, DJ, singer, songwriter and record producer. Ronson is best known for his collaborations with artists such as Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Adele, Lily Allen, Miley Cyrus, Queens of the Stone Age, and Bruno Mars. He has received seven Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year for Winehouse's album Back to Black and two for Record of the Year singles "Rehab" and "Uptown Funk". He received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Grammy Award for co-writing the song "Shallow" for the film A Star is Born (2018).
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The Stereotypes had known Mars and worked with him since 2007, however, after the singer signed a deal with Atlantic Records they did not collaborate very often.Nevertheless, in 2015 Jonathan Yip talked with Mars about working together. Since the singer was already recording 24K Magic, Mars asked for "some beats" and Yip sent them. Later, he asked for more beats and The Stereotypes sent them, but they never heard from him, "nothing came of it". In June 2016, Yip touched base with Mars. He asked Yip if they would like to help him finish a song for his album, to add a little "seasoning". He needed another song with a certain tempo and key. Yip sent Mars an idea that caught his attention, and he asked The Stereotypes to come to the studio.
The Stereotypes are an R&B/hip hop/dance production team created in 2003, composed of Jonathan Yip, Ray Romulus, Jeremy Reeves and Ray Charles McCullough II. In June 2010, they were listed among the Top 10 Songwriters and Producers to Watch in Billboard magazine.
Once in the studio, it took them some time to "get the groove" on the track. They spent the first couple of hours catching up and having fun.When they began working, Ray Charles McCullough II was "getting scared". He felt this was a "make-or-break moment"—they needed to help Mars with the song. Ray Romulus recalled the singer telling them he wanted to create something that would make people dance again, because in clubs the crowd is on their phones, not moving and glancing at each other. At this point, Mars showed them a "rough idea" of the song. The Stereotypes started programming the drums for "24K Magic" and finished it in a day. It was the first track the team recorded for the album.
In an interview with NME , Mars said he wrote "24K Magic" when "Uptown Funk" (2014) was "number one", so the songs share the same "spirit".In another interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1, Mars explained that the album was going to be a movie and the lead single was its opening. He wanted the song "to get the party started". To achieve that it needed to sound genuine, and that he was having a good time, so he used his emotions and feelings to guide him. He also admitted that "24K Magic' was influenced by West Coast hip hop artists like "Dr. Dre, DJ Quik, Suga Free ... [they represented] a time when it was okay to party, to be flashy, to get on the dance floor". In November 2017, Mars was a guest on the Charlie Rose Show sharing that the song was the vision he had intended for this album "I saw us having fun on stage. I saw us draped in silk and gold and me and my friends going up on stage and having the best time. It was important that we had the content to do so".
Mars, Philip Lawrence and Christopher Brody Brown wrote "24K Magic". They handled the production under the name Shampoo Press & Curl with additional production by The Stereotypes. Mars, Lawrence, Brown and James Fauntleroy provided the background vocals. Dave Foreman played the guitar, while Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers and Mars provided the vocals on the talk box. Charles Moniz, with engineering assistant Jacob Dennis, engineered and recorded the song at Glenwood Place Studios in Burbank. Serban Ghenea mixed "24K Magic" at MixStar Studios in Virginia Beach, with John Hanes serving as the mix engineer. It was mastered by Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound, NYC.
"24K Magic" premiered on October 7, 2016, at midnight on radio station WBMX.Atlantic Records released the single on the same day for digital download and streaming. The album was made available for pre-order worldwide via Mars' official site, with the song as an instant download. The label also released the track to be added to Italian contemporary hit radio on the same date. Subsequently, the song was released to UK and US contemporary hit radio stations on October 8, 2016, and October 11, 2016, respectively. On May 26, 2017, Atlantic Records made a remix version by Dutch DJ R3hab available for digital download and streaming. A promotional Vinyl featuring the songs "24K Magic" and "Treasure" was released in 2018.
"24k Magic" is a funk, disco and R&B song, ♭6. The song begins with a talk box intro, performed by Byron "Mr. Talk Box" Chambers and Mars. Initially, reviewers thought the vocals on the intro had Auto-Tune, a vocoder or synthetic vocals. Eventually, they concluded that it was a talk box, developed by Roger Troutman and Zapp, which heavily influenced the single. Forbes and Entertainment Weekly 's music critics noticed the resemblance between the "robotic-sound" intro on "24K Magic" and Tupac Shakur's "California Love" (1995). The song features several layers of funk synthesizers in its instrumentation, which drew comparisons to Prince. It also features bass lines similar to The Gap Band's style. Its structure borrows from "Uptown Funk" (2014) as Mars raps while singing the track with a "call and response" composition. The bridge features a record scratching, while the backing vocals of Mars, Lawrence, Brown and Fauntleroy make heavy use of a vocoder. The synthesizer riff and backbeat of "24K Magic" has been interpreted by The A.V. Club as having a resemblance to the one in "The Message" (1982) by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Critics found the sound to be closer to that of the 1980s electronica, hip hop and R&B, than the 1970s style of "Uptown Funk" (2014).heavily influenced by hip hop. It is composed in the key of F minor at a tempo of 94 beats per minute. Mars' vocal range spans from the low note of F4 to the high note of E
The track reaches its "ebullient" and "infectious" chorus where Mars sings, "Put your pinky rings up to the moon, What ya’ll tryna do? 24K magic in the air".All the verses are designed with a "call-and-response hook". In the opening lyrics, Mars shouts, "Guess who’s back again!/Oh, they don’t know? I bet they know soon as we walk in", punctuating the verses, he continues with more confidence "I’m a dangerous man with some money in my pocket", while backed up by a chorus "adding tough-guy punch to his mellifluous" shouts. The exhortations and confidence in his vocals reminded critics of James Brown. The lyrics celebrate extravagances, glamour and the party lifestyle. Many reviewers felt "24K Magic" condensed a playlist’s worth 80's electro-R&B into one song, with a modern twist on its lyrics.
"24K Magic" has received generally positive reviews from music critics. Entertainment Weekly 's Eric Renner Brown gave "24K Magic" an "A" note. He praised the lead single, saying it is on the same level as Mars' earlier, "Just the Way You Are" (2010) and "Locked Out of Heaven" (2012), and maybe even better due to its "detail and finesse". According to Brown, these qualities along with "world-class vocals", allow "24K Magic" to "levitate". He felt Tupac Shakur's "California Love" (1995) and Michael Jackson's Off the Wall (1979) influenced it. Jay Willis of GQ called the song "delightful"— the second part of "Uptown Funk" (2014). Willis praised Mars for using the same formula as the earlier single and described the intro as "reminiscent of mid-1990s K-Ci & Jojo". Carl Williott of Idolator rated the song a nine out of ten, comparing it to "Pure Funk compilations, West Coast G-funk and to Midnight Star". Williott said the track did not bring anything new, but it came at a time when there's not enough party songs. In the same review, Mike Wass awarded the song 8 out of 10 feeling that it is a mash-up of the 70's, 80's and 90's R&B into "a nuclear-power party anthem" to be played in discos over the next years. Time 's Tekendra Parmar called the title track "delicious". The staff of Rap-Up thought Mars created a great song, calling the hook "infectious". Jason Lipshutz of Billboard compared "24K Magic" to the TV show Stranger Things (2016), since both evoke nostalgic feelings. Lipshutz found the single "impressive", with a "killer groove" that mashed the "G-funk" genre into a song with modern elements. He also complemented Mars' vocals and "ear for melody". Patrick Bowen, reviewing the album for Idolator, said "24K Magic" has the best chorus Mars ever wrote, being superior to "Uptown Funk" (2014) in every detail.
In a mixed review for Idolator, Rachel Sonis "24K Magic" a 6.5 out of 10. She described the track as "glossy, lavish and teeming with old-school The Neptunes vibes", but concluded that the single does not accomplish anything new. Robbie Daw of the site rated the track 5 out of 10 saying that it is a throwback to the 80's R&B as a continuation of "Uptown Funk" (2014). He too thought it did not add anything new to pop music—"it simply keeps the party going".
The song was listed by several publications as being among the best songs of the year. Entertainment Weekly's Ray Rahman dubbed the song a "bulletproof party jam", ranking it number 35 on the list of 100 songs. On the list of the 101 best songs of 2016 compiled by Spin , the publication ranked the song at number 61 and Winston Cook-Wilson said that Mars emulated the style he listened to while growing up and was nothing but impressive. On the Billboard 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016: Critics' Picks list, the single was placed at number 64. Taylor Weatherby wrote that Mars was able to "create another bonafide hip-shaker" like "Uptown Funk" (2014) thanks to "24K Magic"'s "infectious beat and James Brown-worthy vocal exhortations". The Village Voice 's annual year-end Pazz & Jop critics' poll selected it as the 48th best song of 2016, tied with Childish Gambino's "Redbone" and Beyoncé's "All Night".
In 2016, "24K Magic" received a nomination for International Hit of the Year at the 2017 Danish GAFFA Awards.In 2017, it was nominated by the 48th NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Song, Contemporary, but lost. At the 30th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards the track received a nomination for Favorite Song, and a nomination for International Hit of the Year at the MTV Millennial Awards. At the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards, the single won the award for Best Song That Makes You Smile. "24K Magic" received the accolade for Top 10 Gold International Gold Songs at the RTHK International Pop Poll. In the same year, it was nominated for Best R&B Song at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. The song was nominated for Choice Music: Pop Song at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards, but lost. In 2018, "24K Magic" won Record of The Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. That same year, it lost the award for International Work of the Year at the APRA Music Awards. The song won an award for excellence in Record Production/Single or Track at the 2018 TEC Awards. Mediabase, in their year-end list of 2017, had "24K Magic" as the third most played song at Urban AC stations.
In the United States, "24K Magic" debuted at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 with 101,000 downloads, 12.8 million streams and 65 million radio impressions in its first full tracking week. At the time, it was Mars' highest debut on the Hot 100 chart.On the week of December 10, 2016, the single reached its peak of number four on the Billboard Hot 100. "24K Magic" became Mars' seventh number-one song on the Billboard Rhythmic chart, and peaked at number two on the Dance Club Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. "24K Magic" peaked at number three on the Canadian Hot 100 for the week of December 31, 2016. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it five times platinum. Music Canada (MC) certified it four times platinum. As of September 2017, the single has sold 1,722,000 pure copies in the US.
"24K Magic" debuted at number one on France's Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP) chart for the week ending October 15, 2016.It was certified diamond by the SNEP. In Belgium, it reached the top spot on the Ultratop 50 in Flanders and earned a platinum certification. In its third week on the Argentinan Monitor Latino chart, the track reached the top spot. The song entered at number 13 on the New Zealand Singles Chart and peaked at number one, spending two weeks in the top spot. It has received a platinum certification by Recorded Music New Zealand (RMNZ), with over 30,000 copies sold. In Australia, "24K Magic" debuted at number 12 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and ultimately peaked at number three. The song has been certified five times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), with 350,000 copies. The single peaked at number four on the Portuguese Singles Chart after debuting at number 20.
In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at number nine on the UK Singles Chart on October 20, 2016. It peaked at number five on the week of November 17, 2016.The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified "24K Magic" platinum for over 600,000 certified units. On the Scottish Singles Chart, it also peaked within the top five. In the Republic of Ireland, the single peaked at number ten on the Irish Singles Chart, after debuting at number 25. The song reached the top five of the Spanish Top 100 and later received a double platinum certification by Productores de Música de España (PROMUSICAE), and peaked at number six in the Dutch Top 40. In Switzerland, it entered the top ten by peaking at number nine on the Singles Top 75 and received a gold certification by IFPI Switzerland. In Italy, the song was certified two times platinum, despite only peaking at number 16 on the FIMI Singles Chart. The track peaked at number two on the South Korea International Chart, number three and four on the Lebanese Top 20 and Brasil Hot 100 Airplay. It also entered the top five of the Hungary Single Top 40 and peaked at number nine on the Philippine Hot 100.
The song's official music video was filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada.Some of the filming locations included the Fountains of the Bellagio hotel and the Fremont Hotel and Casino. Mars and his frequent collaborator Cameron Duddy directed the video released on October 7, 2016. It begins with Mars' private jet landing at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Surrounded by luxurious cars, the jet's steps are lowered. Then, Mars is seen wearing Versace, designer minks and a baseball cap with XXIV written on it as he starts to put on his golden jewellery that consists of rings, necklaces chain, and sunglasses. His band, The Hooligans, feature in the music video wear lightweight track suits. The rest of the video includes intercut shots of Mars and his band having fun by the poolside, partying, drinking and playing the tables at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. They party and dance, with glasses of champagne in their hands, inside and at the front of casinos. The video features several women wearing "door knocker earrings" in bikinis and sometimes wearing men’s denim, while they twerk. Other scenes include the singer and some of his bandmates driving down the Strip in a black Cadillac Allanté convertible, later purchased by Mars, and riding power-driven scooters in the casino, while "throwing money in the air". At the end of the video, Mars rides a jet ski in the Fountains of the Bellagio hotel.
A second promotional music video, with Victoria’s Secret Angels, was released on December 2, 2016. It features Victoria Secret's models Adriana Lima, Lais Ribeiro, Taylor Hill, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes and Stella Maxwell lip-syncing to the song.It has been described as the fusion of a "homemade music video and a Victoria’s Secret ad".
Raquel Rose Burger of Billboard noticed the 1990s hip-hop trends included in the music video, including the likes of tracksuits, gold chains and snapbacks, among others. 's Rhian Daly criticized the video clip not only for its lack of originality but also the number of cliches. Daly pointed out how Mars could not stop showing off how rich he is. Tom Breihan of Stereogum considered the second promotional music video average with nothing "especially fun or spontaneous about it". However, he felt "it does have a lot of very beautiful women in it". Jordan Appugliesi from Entertainment Tonight Canada thought the girls in the video looked "adorable" and they were having a blast "in the super fun video" while looking amazing.Partick Bowen from Idolator found the music video "approximately 95% stunting". NME
The official video received multiple awards and nominations. In 2017, it received an award for Video of the Year and a nomination for Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice at the BET Awards.At the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, it received nominations for Video of the Year, Best Direction and Best Art Direction. That same year, the video received a nomination for Outstanding Music Video at the 48th NAACP Image Awards. It was also nominated for Favorite Music Video at the 2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. At the 2017 Soul Train Music Awards, the music video won Mars Best Dance Performance and Video of the Year. The video reach 1 billion views on YouTube in June 2018.
Mars first performed the song live on Saturday Night Live on October 15, 2016. 's Becca Longmire found the performance "epic". It caused some controversy as he and his band were accused of "miming". The singer was "extremely insulted" by the accusations and denied them. Mars performed the song with his band on BBC Radio's 1 Live Lounge on November 4, 2016. The singer performed "24K Magic" on November 6, 2016, at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Adelle Platon of Billboard praised his show, saying it was "an illuminated performance" thanks to the pyro used. He was also complemented on his "disco moves ... synched with lights on the stage floor". Later that month, he performed the single on the Norwegian television talk show Skavlan and on the following day at the 2016 NRJ Music Awards. Mars also performed the single at the 2016 American Music Awards on November 20. His band joined him on the stage, which featured an electric blue background and pyro. The performance included a break dance. On November 30, the singer performed it on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2016, aired on CBS. His performance was part of the "Bright Night Angel" segment. During The Late Late Show with James Corden on December 13, 2016, Mars included "24K Magic" on the popular segment Carpool Karaoke. The track was the second song on the set list of his third worldwide tour—24K Magic World Tour (2017–18).His performance was well received by critics. Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone magazine praised the "electric performance" describing it as a "fluid, full-scale spectacle as the camera followed Mars and his singers down a hallway and into the audience" throwing an "epic dance party". Christina Lee of Idolator praised the performance, writing that it was a party with a "California Love" vibe for the "Nae Nae generation". She added that Mars and his band came from backstage, "West Side Story-style, to join a crowd that was already dancing". He also performed "24K Magic" live on The X Factor UK, on October 30, 2016. The Daily Express
In 2017, Conor Maynard and Alex Aiono covered "24K Magic" in a sing-off. 's (2016) first season in 2017 featured "24K Magic". It made an appearance on Being Mary Jane (2013), fourth season, episode seven. The track was part of episode fifteen, season two of Supergirl (2015), as well as season two of Chicago Med (2015) on episode twenty-three. It was also included on the last episode of the third season of Empire (2015). The track is featured in the video game Just Dance 2018 and on the film Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation .Kendrick Lamar's single "Loyalty", featuring Rihanna, on his album Damn (2017), sampled the song's intro. In early 2017, Heidi Klum used the track in the trailer announcement for next season of Germany's Next Top Model , where she is one of the judges. "24K Magic" ended up being used on the 12th cycle of Germany's Next Topmodel . Hershey featured the song in a 2018 commercial for its Hershey Gold chocolate bar. Several television shows have used the song. In 2016, it first appeared on the ninth episode of the second season of Rosewood (2015). The fourteenth episode of MacGyver
|Digital download – R3hab remix|
|1.||"24K Magic" (R3hab remix)||2:38|
Credits adapted from the liner notes of 24K Magic, Atlantic Records
Recording and mixing
|Australia (ARIA)||5× Platinum||350,000^|
|Canada (Music Canada)||4× Platinum||320,000^|
|Denmark (IFPI Denmark)||Platinum||90,000^|
|Italy (FIMI)||2× Platinum||100,000|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||30,000*|
|Spain (PROMUSICAE)||2× Platinum||80,000^|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Gold||15,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||600,000|
|United States (RIAA)||5× Platinum||5,000,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|Various||October 7, 2016||Original||Atlantic|
|Italy||Contemporary hit radio||Warner|
|United Kingdom||October 8, 2016||Unknown|
|United States||October 11, 2016||Atlantic|
|Various||May 26, 2017||R3hab remix|
"Nothin' on You" is the debut single by American rapper B.o.B from his debut studio album, B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray. He co-wrote the track with its producers Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine of The Smeezingtons. Mars also contributes additional vocals to the song. It was first released on December 15, 2009 via digital download by Atlantic Records. "Nothin' on You" was initially written for Lupe Fiasco, but Atlantic Records' chairman, Craig Kallman, gave the song to B.o.B after being displeased with Fiasco's version. The song took several months to finish and was born from a hummed melody by Mars and Lawrence.
"Billionaire" is a song by American recording artist Travie McCoy from his debut studio album, Lazarus (2010). He co-wrote the song with its producers Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine of The Smeezingtons. Mars also contributes additional vocals to the song. It was first released on March 9, 2010, in various countries via digital download as the album's lead single by Fueled by Ramen. The song was created from a melody hummed by Mars and Lawrence. The lyrics were written during an eleven-day trip Mars and Levine made to London to work on a record, supported by Mars' label.
"Just the Way You Are" is the debut solo single by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars. It is the lead single from his debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010). The song was written by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Khalil Walton and Needlz and produced by the former three, under their alias, The Smeezingtons along with Needlz. It was released in the United States to Contemporary hit radio on August 10, 2010. The track was released in the United Kingdom on September 19, 2010, as "Just the Way You Are (Amazing)". The song's lyrics compliment a woman's beauty.
Doo-Wops & Hooligans is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, which was released on October 4, 2010 by Atlantic and Elektra Records. After the release of the EP It's Better If You Don't Understand (2010), Mars' writing and production team The Smeezingtons began working on the album with Needlz, Supa Dups and Jeff Bhasker as producers. Doo-Wops & Hooligans draws on a variety of influences. Lyrically, the album visualizes carefree optimism along with failed relationships, pain and loneliness. It was promoted primarily through the Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour (2010–2012) and a number of television appearances. The album title was chosen to reflect simplicity and appeal to males and females.
"The Lazy Song" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars for his debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010). It was serviced to contemporary hit radios in the United States on February 15, 2011 as the album's third single by Atlantic and Elektra. Development of "The Lazy Song" began while Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine were hanging around the studio and didn’t feel like working. Mars wrote the song in collaboration with singer-songwriter K'naan and his production team The Smeezingtons, who also produced the track. Musically, "The Lazy Song" has been described as borrowing "heavily from roots reggae" and has been compared to the reggae style of Jason Mraz, while lyrically it is an anthem to laziness.
"Marry You" is a song by American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars from his debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010). Written and produced by The Smeezingtons, the track serves as the record's sixth track and was released as a single outside of the United States. "Marry You" is a pop song featuring strong influences of doo-wop and soul music. The recording focuses on spontaneous marriage and therefore, since its release, has frequently been used as a proposal song.
American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars has released three studio albums, one EP, 27 singles and three promotional singles. To date, he has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. Six of his singles are among the best-selling singles of all time: in order of release date, "Just the Way You Are", "Grenade", "The Lazy Song", "When I Was Your Man", "Uptown Funk" and "That's What I Like". As of 2018, the singer’s total single sales exceed 200 million singles worldwide. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), he is the sixth bestselling digital-single artist in the United States, with sales of 70.5 million. His first two albums have sold 5.04 million copies in the US alone. In 2012, Mars was named 2011's best selling music artist worldwide.
"Grenade" is a song by American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars from his debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010). A pop and R&B ballad, "Grenade" was written and produced by The Smeezingtons with additional songwriting by Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, and Andrew Wyatt. The song was developed from an unreleased track with similar lyrical themes played by record producer Benny Blanco to Mars. "Grenade" was completely rearranged and re‑recorded two days before the album's release. The song's lyrics carry a message of unrequited love and how Mars' heart was broken, despite his best efforts to show her his love. Initially released as a promotional single on September 28, 2010, it was later announced as the album's second single, released by Atlantic and Elektra Records.
"It Will Rain" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars. It was released exclusively on iTunes on September 27, 2011 by Atlantic Records as the lead single from the soundtrack of the film, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Mars composed the song with his production team The Smeezingtons, and it was partially written during The Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour in the United States, being finished after the singer watched an early version of the movie which inspired him. The soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 was a much expected release and Mars' song was chosen as the lead single by the album's executive producer, Alexandra Patsavas, to promote it. Musically, "It Will Rain" is a pop and pop-soul ballad. Its lyrics tell the agony and torment of a heartbreak and its various stages.
"Young, Wild & Free" is a song by American rappers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa featuring American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars. It was released on October 11, 2011 by Atlantic Records as the lead single from the soundtrack of the film, Mac & Devin Go to High School. The track was co-written by Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine, along with Christopher Brown, Snoop Dogg, and Wiz Khalifa. Since the track samples two other songs, "Toot It & Boot It" (2010) and "Sneakin' in the Back" (1974), songwriting credits were added for a total of seventeen. Produced by the Smeezingtons, its composition began during a Smeezingtons freestyle studio session; when progress on the song stalled, Aaron Bay-Shuck considered it a potential hit and asked them to finish it. After the song was finished, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa were added.
"Locked Out of Heaven" is a song by American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars from his second studio album, Unorthodox Jukebox (2012). It was released as the lead single from the album on October 1, 2012. The song was written by Mars, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine. It was produced by The Smeezingtons, Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker and Emile Haynie. "Locked Out of Heaven" is a reggae rock and pop rock song influenced by new wave and funk. The song's lyrics are about the rapturous feelings brought about by a relationship infused with positive emotion as well as euphoria from sex.
"When I Was Your Man" is a song by American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars for his second studio album, Unorthodox Jukebox (2012). Atlantic Records released the song as the third promotional single and as the second official single, taken from the album, to mainstream radio in the United States on January 15, 2013. "When I Was Your Man" was written by Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine and Andrew Wyatt. The former three produced the track under the name The Smeezingtons. The track was inspired by the time Mars was worried about losing his girlfriend, Jessica Caban.
"Treasure" is a song by American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars for his second studio album, titled Unorthodox Jukebox (2012). It is inspired by Breakbot's song "Baby I'm Yours". "Treasure" was written by Mars himself along with Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, and Phredley Brown, while production was handled by Mars, Lawrence and Levine under the name The Smeezingtons. The song is the album's fourth track and was selected as its third single by Atlantic Records. "Treasure" was first released to mainstream radio in Italy on May 10, 2013. The track details Mars' band time of party and fun. It is a disco, funk, soul and post-disco song with R&B elements.
"Chunky" is a song by American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars from his third studio album 24K Magic (2016). It was solely released as a radio single in Australia on November 29, 2017 by Warner Music Australia and Atlantic, and served as the album's fourth single. "Chunky" was co-written by Mars, Philip Lawrence, Christopher Brody Brown, and James Fauntleroy. Mars, Lawrence, and Brown produced the song under their alias, Shampoo Press & Curl. Musically, "Chunky" is a funk and electro-funk ballad, while lyrically acting as an anthem for big buttocks.
"Versace on the Floor" is a song by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars from his third studio album, 24K Magic (2016). Atlantic Records released the song as the only promotional single and the third official single from the album to Hot AC radio in the United States on June 12, 2017. "Versace on the Floor" was written by Mars, Philip Lawrence, Christopher Brody Brown and James Fauntleroy. Lawrence, Brown and Fauntleroy handled the track's production under the name Shampoo Press & Curl. A remix version composed by French DJ David Guetta was released on June 27, 2017, for digital download and streaming in various countries. "Versace on the Floor" is an R&B song reminiscent of the slow jams from the 1990s, and resembles the early works of Michael Jackson. The song's lyrics address romance, intimacy and Gianni Versace's clothing line.
"That's What I Like" is a song by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars and appears on his third studio album 24K Magic (2016). "That's What I Like" was written by Mars, Philip Lawrence, Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Johnathan Yip, Ray Romulus, Jeremy Reeves, and Ray McCullough II. The former three produced the track under the name Shampoo Press & Curl with the latter four, as The Stereotypes, co-producing it. Atlantic Records released the track to Hot AC radio in the United States on January 30, 2017, as the second single from the album. "That's What I Like" is a hip hop soul, new jack swing, R&B and funk song. Vulture's Craig Jenkins wrote that the production resembles that of "Kitty Kat" (2006) by Beyoncé. The song's lyrics address extravagance, a luxurious lifestyle, and love.
"Finesse" is a song by American singer Bruno Mars from his third studio album, 24K Magic (2016). The song was written by Mars, Philip Lawrence, Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Johnathan Yip, Ray Romulus, Jeremy Reeves and Ray McCullough II. The former three produced the track under the name Shampoo Press & Curl along with the latter four, as The Stereotypes. Atlantic Records released a remix version as the album's final single on January 4, 2018, to digital stores and streaming services. The remix version of the song features verses from American rapper Cardi B. Musically, it is a New jack swing and R&B song.