Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” Video Hits 1 Billion Views Mark on YouTube

It’s a slow blow up for one of Bruno Mars‘ original hits…

The 35-year-old half-Puerto Rican Grammy-winning singer/songwriter’s music video for “Grenade” has reached 1 billion views on YouTube a decade after its 2010 release.

Bruno Mars

It’s now Mars’ sixth music video to have reached this milestone, following “Just the Way You Are” (1.5 billion views, 2010), “The Lazy Song (2 billion views, 2011), Uptown Funk with Mark Ronson (4 billion views, 2014), 24K Magic (1.3 billion views, 2016), and That’s What I Like (1.8 billion views, 2017).

Released as the second single to Mars’ 2010 debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, “Grenade” earned the singer his third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit. It was nominated for record of the year, song of the year and best pop solo performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards, and “Grenade” was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) last October.

In the visual, Mars depicts the unrequited love he has for his girlfriend by lugging a piano through Los Angeles as a sign of the lengths he would go to for her, only to find her at home with another man, leaving him devastated.

 

The video’s new feat after his partnership with Anderson .Paak as Silk Sonic and the band’s inaugural release, “Leave the Door Open,” on March 5.

The Recording Academy has left the performance lineup open for these two past Grammy winners to join them for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards this Sunday.

Nicole Richie to Make Guest Appearance on Discovery+’s New Original Series “Mary McCartney Serves it Up”

It’s a special Discovery for Nicole Richie.

The 39-year-old part-Mexican American television personality, fashion designer and actress will appear as a guest on Mary McCartney Serves it Up, one of the new original series set for Discovery’s new streaming service.

Nicole Richie

Discovery+ will have around 1,000 hours of original content in its first year when the service launches in January and brings together all of its factual brands.

Mary McCartney Serves it Up will offer what Discovery calls the “most delicious and delectable invite,” as home cook Mary McCartney invites viewers into her London kitchen to serve up family favorites and fabulous vegetarian food her friends adore.

In each episode, she’ll be joined by a famous friend, including Richie, her sister-in-law and fellow Latina, Cameron Diaz, Dave Grohl, Kate Hudson, Gayle King, Mark Ronson and Liv Tyler.

Mars Receives Innovator Award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards

Bruno Mars is a transformer…

The 31-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter picked up the Innovator Award at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Bruno Mars

But for Mars, who continues to make waves with his musical endeavors, including his latest album 24K Magic, the best is yet to come.

“Innovator is a very heavy word,” said Mars in his acceptance speech. “It’s a little ironic because I genuinely feel like I’m just getting started.”

But Mars wasn’t the only Latino artist to take home a trophy (or two)…

Ally Brooke Hernandez, Lauren Jauregui and their fellow Fifth Harmony members, including recently departed member Camila Cabello, claimed three awards.

For the second straight year, the all-girl group took home the Best Cover Song award. Last year, they won the award for their cover of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk;” this year they won for their performance of Elle King’s
Ex’s and Oh’s.”

Additionally, Fifth Harmony won for Best Music Video for their “Work From Home” clip featuring Ty Dolla $ign, and Best Fan Army for their Harmonizers.

Other winners include J Balvin, Nicky Jam, Joss Favela, Robert Trujillo and his fellow Metallica bandmates, CNCO, Calibre 50, Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho and Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga.

Here’s a look at this year’s winners:

Innovator Award:
Bruno Mars

Song of the Year: 
“Can’t Stop The Feeling” – Justin Timberlake

Female Artist of the Year: 
Adele

Male Artist of the Year: 
Justin Bieber

Best New Artist:
The Chainsmokers

Best Duo/Group of the Year: 
twenty one pilots

Best New Pop Artist: (New Category)
The Chainsmokers

Pop Album of the Year:
25 – Adele

Producer of the Year: (New Category)
Benny Blanco

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:
“Heathens” – twenty one pilots

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:
twenty one pilots

Alternative Rock Album of the Year:
Blurryface – twenty one pilots

Rock Song of the Year:
“Bang Bang” – Green Day

Rock Artist of the Year:
Disturbed

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist: (New Category)
The Strumbellas

Rock Album of the Year:
Hardwired… to Self-Destruct – Metallica

Country Song of the Year:
“Somewhere On A Beach” – Dierks Bentley

Country Artist of the Year:
Thomas Rhett

Best New Country Artist: (New Category)
Kelsea Ballerini

Country Album of the Year:
Traveller – Chris Stapleton

Dance Song of the Year:
“Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

Dance Artist of the Year: 
The Chainsmokers

Dance Album of the Year:
Collage – The Chainsmokers

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: 
“One Dance” – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:
Drake

Best New Hip-Hop Artist: (New Category)
Chance The Rapper

R&B Song of the Year:
“Work” – Rihanna featuring Drake

R&B Artist of the Year: 
The Weeknd

R&B Album of the Year:
Anti – Rihanna

Latin Song of the Year: 
“Duele El Corazon” – Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin

Latin Artist of the Year: 
Nicky Jam

Best New Latin Artist: (New Category)
CNCO

Latin Album of the Year:
Energía – J Balvin

Regional Mexican Song of the Year: 
“Solo Con Verte” – Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: 
Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Album of the Year:
Recuerden Mi Estilo – Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho

Best New R&B Artist: (New Category)  
Bryson Tiller

Best New Regional Mexican Artist: (New Category)
Joss Favela

Best Tour:
A Head Full of Dreams Tour Coldplay 

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category
“Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber

Best Collaboration: *Socially Voted Category
“Work” – Rihanna featuring Drake

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category
“Ex’s and Oh’s” – Fifth Harmony

Best Song from a Movie: *Socially Voted Category
“Girls Talk Boys” – 5 Seconds of Summer (Ghostbusters)

Best Music Video: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category
“Work From Home” – Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Best Underground Alternative Band: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category 
Pierce the Veil

Social Star Award: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category  
Jack and Jack from Snapchat

Best Fan Army: *Socially Voted Category
Fifth Harmony – Harmonizers

Best Solo Breakout
Zayn

Mars & Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” Achieves RIAA Diamond Certification

Bruno Mars has a Funk-y diamond…

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has announced that the 31-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer’s inescapable hit collaboration with Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk,” has achieved diamond certification.

Bruno Mars in Uptown Funk

The award makes Mars and Ronson only the 10th act to reach 10 million sales for a single or album since the RIAA’s gold and platinum program expanded in 1999 to include a diamond award.

The certification comes less than two years since “Uptown Funk” was released in November 2014 and is the 13th diamond song in RIAA history.

The RIAA’s certification program was launched with the gold record in 1958. Presently, the RIAA awards a gold honor for 500,000 units sold, a platinum honor for 1 million units sold and a diamond award for more than 10 million units sold, with 100 streams counting as one certifiable unit.

“Uptown Funk” has sold over 12,422,016 in downloads and 938,694,569 audio streams in the U.S., according to a press release. The video has streamed over 1.9 billion times.

The track held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 14 weeks, making it the second longest chart topper in the chart’s history.

It was also the best-selling song of 2015 and won the record of the year award at the 2016 Grammy Awards. It has been certified multi-platinum in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Mexico and the United Kingdom as well as being awarded Diamond certification in Canada and France.

Mars to Release New Single “24K Magic” This Friday

Bruno Mars is ready to share a little music Magic

The 30-year-old part-Puerto Rican actor has announced plans to release the new single “24K Magic” on October 7.

Bruno Mars

“Excited to announce 24K Magic, out this Friday!!” he said on Instagram. “You can call it my first single, but I call it the invitation to the party.”

“24K Magic” will be the first track from his forthcoming third studio album, the follow-up to 2012’s Unorthodox Jukebox, which yielded the hits “Locked Out of Heaven,” “When I Was Your Man” and “Treasure.”

Since that album’s release, Mars has collaborated on Mark Ronson‘s 2014 hit “Uptown Funk,” written “All I Ask” with Adele, performed at two Super Bowls and debuted the ballad “Rest of My Life” on the season-two finale of The CW‘s Jane the Virgin.

Skrillex has mentioned that he’s an upcoming collaborator on new material.

No album release date or title has been revealed.

But Mars reassured his fans on Twitter, “You think I’ve been playin this whole time? You don’t think I’m masterminding the return?”

Gomez Among 24 Artists Featured on Orlando Shooting Charity Single “Hands”

Selena Gomez is lending her hands to help the victims of the Orlando Shooting.

The 23-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress is among 24 artists featured on a new recording to raise money for the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre.

Selena Gomez

The all-star release, entitled “Hands” — a charity single from Interscope Records with support from GLAAD — was conceived by hit songwriter Justin Tranter, co-writer of Justin Bieber’sSorry” and hits for Gomez, DNCE, Fall Out Boy and Gwen Stefani.

In addition to Gomez, the single also features Jennifer Lopez, who has worked on her own charity single with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stefani, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Juanes, Pink, Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears.

The June 12 shooting at the gay nightclub in Orlando, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the most deadly mass shooting in American history and the deadliest act of violence against the LGBT community.

Funds from the song will aid families with medical care, counseling and will also be used for education.

“Like the rest of the world I woke up to the news that morning and was horrified and sad and scared,” says Tranter, who has raised money and awareness for LGBT causes since coming out at age 14.

“Hands” is available on iTunes.

Proceeds will be distributed by Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD.

The idea for the all-star project came together one day after the shooting.

L.A.-based Tranter and songwriting partner Julia Michaels had been on the road with Gomez writing songs aboard her tour bus in Miami the weekend of June 11 when news of the bloodshed prompted Tranter to switch course. That afternoon he signed on as a volunteer at The Center Orlando, the region’s chief LGBT community center.

“I called them and said, ‘If I fly up is there something for me to help with?'” he tells Billboard. “They say, ‘We need as many hands as we can possibly get.'”

“Hands” took hold the next day when Tranter met GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis who had arrived at the center from New York.

Beyond their immediate efforts — distributing food and water and GLAAD’s work with media — both were looking to make contributions that would have ongoing benefits. They point out that the massacre was also a profound attack on people of color, as that Saturday evening had been a popular “Latin Night” at Pulse. Most of the victims were of Latin heritage and Ellis says she does not want that point forgotten.

“When you hear the song it talks about hate being the driver here,” she says, “and that’s important because we have to be able to identify what’s driving these cruel acts in order to stop them. Artists using their platforms to accelerate acceptance is very powerful.”

Aligning with Interscope for the release, Tranter, GLAAD and Interscope president of A&R Aaron Bay-Schuck put the word out that a fundraiser was in the works. Within days artists from all spheres of the business had lined up — also among them Halsey, Ty Herndon, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, Adam Lambert, The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, MNEK, Alex Newell, Mary Lambert, Prince Royce, Jussie Smollett, Nate Ruess and RuPaul — all recording separately from their homes, local studios, touring locations or wherever they happened to be at that moment.

“We assigned everybody what we thought would be the best part for their voice,” Tranter says, “and we asked them all to sing an additional part, just in case. But everybody got it done in time so we ended up with extra vocals.”

In Los Angeles “Interscope let us use their studio,” he notes. “Mary J. Blige recorded in New Orleans. Britney Spears in Thousand Oaks, I think. Pink in Santa Barbara. MNEK recorded at home in London. Selena recorded in her studio bus. Dan Reynolds recorded in his home. Adam Lambert was in Luxembourg. Ty Herndon the country star was in Spain. Kacey Musgraves, Nashville. Everyone just got it done.”

Another goal of the record, according to GLAAD, is to fund educational programs.

“This was an American guy who was born in Queens,” Ellis says of the gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, who was killed by police after a three hour stand-off. “He learned that hate here in America. This happened on American soil, against a particular community.”

While politicians and lobbyists have focused in recent weeks on Islamic terror and familiar narratives about gun ownership, Ellis, Tranter and others in the LGBT community want people to remember that this was a hate crime.

“I’m not educated enough to speak on the political details,” Tranter says. I’m a songwriter, not a politician. It could have been a million things but clearly, 100 percent, this was an attack on the LGBT community and people of color.”

“Hands” grew out of an unfinished piece that Tranter, Michaels and co-writer and producer BloodPop (formerly known as Blood Diamonds) had been working on and then shelved.

“The song didn’t ever finish itself and it didn’t ever feel right,” Tranter says of their initial efforts. “Now we know why.”

Mark Ronson also co-produced, while vocal engineer Benjamin Rice finessed the disparate tracks: “He helped us find the structure and make sense of it all.”

Warner/Chappell publishing executive Katie Vinten brought in numerous artists, among them P!nk, whom Tranter calls “a lifesaver,” adding, “Her vocal on the chorus is like from heaven directly.”

Spears opens the song with the plaintive line, “Can hold a gun or a hold a heart.” RuPaul is heard quietly toward the end, saying “take my hand baby.”

The songwriters had no specific plan as they entered the studio — only that they didn’t want the piece “to ever sound dated.”

“We didn’t want to have any trendy electronic elements,” Tranter notes. “We wanted it to sound classic, timeless and human. We want this anthem of positivity to be played for years to come.”

Download “Hands” here at iTunes.

Mars’ “Uptown Funk” Among Top Digital Songs on IFPI’s 2015 Global Music Chart

Bruno Mars is global Funk star…

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has unveiled two of its top charts, which cover the global recording industry, with the 30-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer making the final cut.

Bruno Mars in Uptown Funk

The IFPI will release its complete annual Global Music Report on Tuesday. Covering the entirety of 2015, the IFPI’s Digital Singles and Global Albums charts boast plenty of familiar faces atop the rankings.

Mars lands at No. 2 on the Digital Singles chart with “Uptown Funk,” his chart-topping collaboration with Mark Ronson.

Mars and Ronson picked up the award for Best Male Video for “Uptown Funk” at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Here’s a look at the top digital songs and global albums rankings:

Digital Singles

  1. Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
  2. Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
  3. Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
  4. Maroon 5, “Sugar”
  5. Major Lazer feat. MØ and DJ Snake, “Lean On”
  6. Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”
  7. Adele, “Hello”
  8. Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
  9. OMI, “Cheerleader”
  10. Jason Derulo, “Want To Want Me”

Global Albums

  1. Adele, 25
  2. Ed Sheeran, x
  3. Taylor Swift, 1989
  4. Justin Bieber, Purpose
  5. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
  6. One Direction, Made In the A.M.
  7. Various Artists, Fifty Shades of Grey Official Soundtrack
  8. Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams
  9. Meghan Trainor, Title
  10. The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

Gomez Earns Triple Threat Trophy at the iHeartRadio Music Awards

Move over Jennifer LopezSelena Gomez is the new Triple Threat

The 23-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress picked up the award for Biggest Triple Threat at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, which were handed out Sunday night.

Selena Gomez

Gomez, heralded as a singer, actor and dancer, beat out Lady Gaga, Hailee Steinfeld, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Nick Jonas, Troye Sivan, Usher and Zendaya for the prize.

Bruno Mars continues to Funk things up. The 30-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer won the award for Best Collaboration for his smash hit single “Uptown Funk with Mark Ronson.

Meanwhile, Ally Brooke Hernadez, Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui and their fellow Fifth Harmony members, as well as 22-year-old half-Mexican American singer Jasmine V, picked up the award for Best Cover Song for Mars and Ronson’s “Uptown Funk.” They share the award with Jacob Whitesides and Mahogany Lox.

Other winners include Pitbull for Latin Artist of the Year, and Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesiassmash hit single “El Perdón for Latin Song of the Year.

The awards show aired live on TBS, TNT and truTV from the Forum in Inglewood, California. Jason Derulo served as the night’s host.

Here’s a look at this year’s Latino winners:

Triple Threat: Selena Gomez – Singer/Actor/Dancer
Best Collaboration: “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
Best Cover Song: “Uptown Funk” – Fifth Harmony, Jasmine V, Jacob Whitesides and Mahogany Lox covering Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
Latin Artist of the Year: Pitbull
Latin Song of the Year: “El Perdón” – Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: Banda Los Recoditos
Regional Mexican Song of the Year: “Levantando Polvadera” – Voz de Mando

Mars & Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” Earns 2015 Top Track Honors in the U.K.

Bruno Mars is celebrating a Funktastic 2015 in the United Kingdom…

The 30-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer’s retro blockbuster collaboration with Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk,” was the top track in the U.K. last year.

Bruno Mars in Uptown Funk

The song spent seven weeks at No. 1 and chalked up combined sales and streams of 1.76 million to finish 2015 at the peak of the Official Charts Company’s end-of-year chart, well ahead of tracks by OMI and Hozier.

“Uptown Funk” registered 39 weeks in the Top 40 before finally departing in October. Its total combined U.K. sales since release in November 2014 now top 2.25 million, according to the OCC.

The song, lifted from Ronson’s fourth studio album Uptown Special, proved to be an unstoppable force on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Uptown Funk” spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, a feat tied for second behind the 16-week reign of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’sOne Sweet Day.”

No other song has spent so long at the U.S. summit during the 2010s.

Ronson, who is based in the U.S. but was born in London, won British single of the year for “Uptown Funk” at the 2015 Brit Awards and he’s a former Brit Award winner for male artist of the year.

Check out the Official Top 40 Biggest Songs of 2015 list here.

Mars Lands on Spotify’s Top Five Tracks in the U.S. List

Bruno Mars is being put on the Spot(ify)

Spotify has unveiled its annual Year in Music results, with the 30-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter the only Latino to make the Top Five on any list.

Bruno Mars in Uptown Funk

Mars’ record-tying collaboration with Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk,” ranked at No. 4 on the Top Five Tracks in the U.S. list.

The track was released in November 2014 and spent fourteen consecutive weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.

“Uptown Funk” also set a new record for the highest number of streams in one week in the US, with 4.8 million streams. Worldwide, the song has accumulated an estimated 15.2 million points from sales and streams.

Overall, Spotify said 75 million listeners streamed over 20 billion hours of music this year. A large driver of activity came from the new Discover Weekly playlists, which reached 1.7 billion streams since launching over the summer.

 Here’s a look at the Top Five Tracks in the U.S.

  1.       Trap Queen – Fetty Wap
  2.       The Hills – The Weeknd
  3.       Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey) – The Weeknd
  4.       Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
  5.       Lean On (feat. MØ & DJ Snake) – Major Lazer