Mars’ “24K Magic” Debuts at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart

Bruno Mars is bringing Magic to the charts…

The 31-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter’s new single “24K Magic” debuts at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Oct. 29), his highest debut ever on the chart.

Bruno Mars

Of his 19 entries so far (dating to his 2010 arrival), he had previously bowed as high as No. 10, as a featured act on Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa‘s “Young, Wild & Free” (October 29, 2011). As a lead artist, he had debuted at a No. 28 high with “It Will Rain” (October 15, 2011).

It’s Mars’ 13th Hot 100 Top 10 on the Hot 100, which blends sales, airplay and streaming data.

Additionaly, “24K Magic” begins at No. 2 on the Digital Song Sales chart with 101,000 first-week downloads sold, No. 9 on Streaming Songs (12.8 million), and vaults 36-15 on Radio Songs (65 million) following its first full week of airplay tracking.

It should benefit on next week’s charts following Mars’ performance of the song on NBC‘s Saturday Night Live on October 15.

“24K Magic” was released on October 7 on digital and streaming services, and is the title track from the pop star’s third full-length, due November 18.

Notably, the lead singles from Mars’ first two studio sets both hit No. 1 on the Hot 100: “Just the Way You Are,” from Doo-Wops & Hooligans, for four weeks in 2010, and “Locked Out of Heaven,” from Unorthodox Jukebox, for six weeks in 2012-13. The songs debuted at Nos. 43 and 34, respectively.

Mars Lands Two Singles in “United State of Pop 2012” Mashup

Bruno Mars hasn’t been “locked out” of this year’s recap of the biggest music hits in the United States…

The 27-year-old part-Puerto Ringer singer is the only Latino included in this year’s “United State of Pop 2012 (Shine Brighter),” a mashup of this year’s 25 biggest hits in the U.S.

Bruno Mars

From San Francisco-based mashup artist DJ Earworm, aka Jordan Roseman, the epic mashup includes Mars’ Twilight single “It Will Rain” and “Locked Out of Heaven – the debut single from his recently released sophomore album — his latest No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

The only other artists/acts to have more than one single included this year are Flo Rida, with three songs, and Maroon 5 with two.

Here’s a complete look at the songs included in this year’s mashup:

Gotye and Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Fun. – “Some Nights”
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
Maroon 5 – “One More Night”
Fun. and Janelle Monáe – “We Are Young”
Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa – “Payphone”
Ellie Goulding – “Lights”
Rihanna – “Diamonds”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out Of Heaven”
Ke$Ha – “Die Young”
Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
Flo Rida – “Good Feeling”
Nicki Minaj – “Starships”
The Wanted – “Glad You Came”
Adele – “Set Fire To The Rain”
Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
One Direction – “What Makes You Beautiful”
Flo Rida and Sia – “Wild Ones”
Phillip Phillips – “Home”
Bruno Mars – “It Will Rain”
Katy Perry – “Wide Awake”
Alex Clare – “Too Close”
PSY – “Gangnam Style”
Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Flo Rida – “Whistle”

DJ Earworm selected the most popular songs in the U.S. based on Billboard‘s weekly Hot 100 charts.

Mars Earns Fifth No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs Chart

Bruno Mars has reached a new milestone on the Billboard charts…

The 27-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer’s “Locked Out of Heaven,” which recently reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week, has reached No. 1 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.

Bruno Mars

“Locked Out of Heaven” becomes Mars’ fifth Pop Songs No. 1, tying him with Nelly and Justin Timberlake for the most leaders among solo males.

Here’s a look at the male soloists with the most No. 1s, dating to the Pop Songs chart’s launch the week of October 3, 1992:

5, Bruno Mars
5, Nelly
5, Justin Timberlake
4, Flo Rida
3, Chris Brown
3, Eminem
3, Ludacris
3, Timbaland
3, Kanye West

Katy Perry and Rihanna lead all artists with nine Pop Songs No. 1s apiece. Five other women have totaled between eight and six leaders each: P!nk (eight), Lady Gaga, Britney Spears (seven each) Beyonce and Mariah Carey (six each). Christina Aguilera and Avril Lavigne, as well as Maroon 5, have also managed five No. 1s each

Mars first ruled Pop Songs as a guest on B.o.B‘s “Nothin’ on You,” which earned the No. 1 ranking on the May 22, 2010 chart. His debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, yielded Mars his first two Pop Songs No. 1s as a lead artist: “Just the Way You Are” and follow-up “Grenade.” He had last led with “It Will Rain,” from the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1, the week of February 4.

Mars Discusses Sophomore Album in Billboard Cover Story

Bruno Mars will be locked out of Heaven next week… And, he’ll live to sing about it.

In this week’s Billboard magazine cover story, the 26-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter discusses his highly anticipated sophomore album, which will be titled Unorthodox Jukebox, as well as the album’s energetic first single, “Locked Out of Heaven,” which debuts digitally and on the radio on October 1.

Bruno Mars Billboard Cover

“This is me going into the studio and recording and writing whatever I want,” Mars says confidently. “This album represents my freedom.”

The follow-up to Mars’ Grammy-winning Doo-Wops & Hooligans is an eclectic set that includes production from Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse), Jeff Bhasker (Beyonce), Emile Haynie (Eminem), Diplo (M.I.A., Usher) and Supa Dups (John Legend, Doo-Woops & Hooligans) as well as the Smeezingtons, Mars’ songwriting and production team. The talented trio executive-produced and co-wrote Unorthodox Jukebox, an album Mars says doesn’t “pick a lane.”

“I’ve had big record label presidents look me in the face and say, ‘Your music sucks, you don’t know who you are, your music is all over the place, and we don’t know how to market this stuff. Pick a lane and come back to us,'” he says. “That was disgusting to me, because I’m not trying to be a circus act.”

Mars says he refused to let himself get boxed in to a specific genre during the recoding process.

“I listen to a lot of music,” says Mars, who recently showed his comedic chops in a hilarious video, “and I want to have the freedom and luxury to walk into a studio and say, ‘Today I want to do a hip-hop, R&B, soul or rock record.'”

Mars’ debut album, released in October 2010, debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and spawned four Hot 100 hits: the Grammy-winning “Just the Way You Are” (No. 1), “Grenade” (No. 1), “The Lazy Song” (No. 4) and “Marry You” (No. 85). The album has sold 1.7 million in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

His other top 10s include “It Will Rain” (No. 4) from the Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 soundtrack, and he was a featured artist on B.o.B‘s “Nothin’ On You” (No. 1), Travie McCoy‘s “Billionaire” (No. 4), Bad Meets Evil‘s “Lighters” (No. 4) and Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa‘s “Young, Wild & Free” (No. 7).

Unorthodox Jukebox is set for a December 11 release on Atlantic Records, according to Billboard.

Here’s a look at the albums track list (in no particular order):

“Locked Out of Heaven”
“Young Girls”
“When I Was Your Man”
“Money Makes Her Smile”
“Show Me”
“If I Knew”

First Watch: Mars’ “It Will Rain” Video

It’s time for Bruno Mars to experience what Twilight fever’s all about…

The 25-year-old half Puerto Rican crooner’s video for the lead single from the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 soundtrack is streaming now online.

Bruno Mars

Mars’ “It Will Rain” video isn’t necessarily a peek into the fourth installment of the international smash vampire movie franchise. Instead, with its soft-focus shots and faded lighting, it looks more like a commercial for Levi’s.

Some “Twilight Saga” footage of newlyweds Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) is featured briefly in the video, projected on a wall as Mars and his lover struggle through a break-up.

Meanwhile, the 15-track “Breaking Dawn” soundtrack, which features the first Spanish-language song on any Twilight film soundtrack, is on sale now.

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 opens nationwide on November 18.

Breaking Ground? Twilight’s First Spanish Song

There’s a little sabor Latino on the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Twilight Breaking Dawn

Along with part-Puerto Rican doo-wop singer Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain,” the new album features a Spanish track written and performed by Argentinean actress/singer Mia Maestro, who plays the matriarch of the vegetarian Denali coven in the much-anticipated film.

The ballad  “Llovera” is the only Spanish-language song to ever be featured on any of the Twilight soundtracks.

Mia Maestro

“It’s nice to know that millions of people who are going to go see this film are going to hear my song,” Maestro told about the song. “It’s quite exciting!”

So  how did the 33-year-old actress/singer—who starred opposite Jennifer Garner on ABC’s Alias—end up scoring the first Spanish song on the Twilight soundtracks ?

“I was working on my album while I was shooting the movie,” recalls Maestro. “Everyone was aware that I was finishing my record and [the film’s director] Bill Condon wanted to hear it. He did and he really loved it and he said he was going to see if there was any part in the film where he could find placement for it.”

Well, it appears he has… But Maestro can only hint at where in the movie it appears:

“A beautiful moment in the film—I can’t say which one, but I hope people will love it.”

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 soundtrack is available now.

Meanwhile, the film opens nationwide on November 18.

First Listen: Bruno Mars’ “Twilight” Song!

Move over Paramore, Muse and Bon Iver! This year’s The Twilight Saga soundtrack will feature a brand new single by Doo-Wop-singer Bruno Mars.

The 25-year-old half Puerto Rican singer/songwriter headlines the “Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1” soundtrack with his just-released single “It Will Rain.”

In the oh-so-temperamental song–featuring gloomy synths and strings and Mars’ anguished voice–the Grammy-winning singer warns: “If you ever leave me, baby, leave some morphine at the door / ’cause it would talk a whole lot of medication to realize what we used to have we don’t have it anymore.”

Here’s a look at the entire track list for the most anticipated soundtrack of the year.

Track List:

01 End Tapes – By The Joy Formidable
02 Love Will Take You – By Angus & Julia Stone
03 It Will Rain – By Bruno Mars
04 Turning Page – By Sleeping At Last
05 From Now On – By The Features
06 A Thousand Years – By Christina Perri
07 Neighbors – By Theophilus London
08 I Didn’t Mean It – By The Belle Brigade
09 Sister Rosetta (2011 Version) – By Noisettes
10 Northern Lights – By Cider Sky
11 Flightless Bird, American Mouth (Wedding Version) – By Iron & Wine
12 Requiem On Water – By Imperial Mammoth
13 Cold – By Aqualung & Lucy Schwartz
14 Llovera – By Mia Maestro
15 Love Death Birth – By Carter Burwell

Click here to download Mars’ new single on iTunes.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1” opens in theaters nationwide on November 18.

So what do you think of Mars’ new single?