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Bruno Mars may be receiving rave reviews following his hosting gig last weekend on “Saturday Night Live,” but the singer still isn’t taking himself too seriously.


“Yeah, this is my launching pad,” a somewhat serious Mars said on 95.5 PLJ’s “The Ralphie Show,” before veering off. “I’m out of the music business. Me and Tom Hanks are doing a movie.”

Hanks, who happened to be in New York on a promotional tour of his own, ended up lending a cameo to Mars’ “SNL” episode – to which the “Grenade” singer admitted he was nervous about. All kidding aside, Bruno revealed he would only consider pursuing a film career if it happened organically.

“Music is my thing man,” he said. “I’ll leave the acting to the pros.”

Mars doesn’t know what spurred Lorne Michaels and company to ask him to host the legendary show, but thinks it worked out well. It also serves as a perfect kick off of touring to promote his new album, Unorthodox Jukebox, due out December 11. Now that the album is finished, Mars can concentrate on press for the LP, such as the aforementioned “SNL” gig and his forthcoming performance on the “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.”

“Yeah, we got asked to do that,” Mars said. “That’s gonna be fun!”

When asked if he was looking forward to meeting any of the models, Mars froze, before eventually answering the question in a round-about way.

“I’ve seen the show before and I’m excited for the way they put the show’s together and how good the stage looks; more important than the beautiful women,” Mars said, with a straight face no less.

“I’m lying!” Mars exclaimed only seconds later to a room full of laughter. If there was ever a time Mars was going to get serious, that clearly was not going to be it.

Bruno Mars’ new album is called Unorthodox Jukebox and will be out December 11.

When I first heard the second single from Neon Hitch’s debut album Beg, Borrow, and Steal, I thought it sounded a bit familiar. Then it dawned on me…

I first featured the song back in March of 2011. The original track still had co-writer Bruno Mars on the hook, with new artist Jahron B filling in the verses. I was always a big fan of the song but according to Jahron, Mars’ camp simply leaked it on to the Internet, and nothing really came of it.

Fast forward to 2012. My theory is that perhaps Hitch’s alleged boyfriend Travie McCoy hit his former collaborator Mars up for a track. Bruno dusted off “Gold” and gave it to McCoy for Hitch. Although maybe I’m wrong, and maybe it’s also just a coincidence that Travie’s cousin Tyga is also featured on the new version.

Leaked track from the R&B crooner who is currently in the studio working on the follow-up to the successful Doowops and Hooligans.


I hope it goes without saying that in no way, shape, or form did I mean to implicate Mr. Mars in this. He obviously does NOT need the autotune.

Someone told him how to get to Sesame Street. SEE WHAT I DID THERE?

Baby, I’d catch a grenade for ya.

New music from Mr. Mars, a track which will be featured on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Lil Wayne continues to reinvent how he sells and markets his music. Of course, Tha Carter III‘s commercial success is widely attributed to the release of free mixtapes leading up to the album. Now, Wayne drops the Tha Carter IV, and his next single isn’t on the standard edition of the LP! “Mirror” is the second of three deluxe edition tracks and it features the smooth vocals of Bruno Mars.

When one of your biggest hit records talks about “taking a bottle to the head” – it’s natural to assume that your band is accustomed to partaking in alcoholic beverages before, after… heck, even during performances. But Lil Wayne’s “I Am Still Music” tour isn’t your typical hip hop show. Due to Wayne’s probation, no alcohol is allowed backstage.

The fellas from Far East Movement are finding ways to get by.

“We just drive far away, make sure we’re far away from the tour, and do what we gotta do,” said emcee and group spokesman-by-committee Kev Nish. “The atmosphere (on tour) has been real positive. All the artists bring it like crazy… I mean, you can’t even tell the difference.”

Kev, real name Kevin Nishimura, initially didn’t understand where I was going with my inquiry on the group’s drinking habits while on tour. Once he realized, he backtracked a little from the “before, after, during” talk.

“I was just kidding,” Nish joked. “Water is… the natural life choice drink.”

Speaking of choices, FM also chatted about a decision the group made before releasing the album Free Wired. Bruno Mars helped write and produce the hit single, “Rocketeer,” but at the time was not a known artist. When the demo version of the song leaked after Mars became a superstar, some questioned the need to grab OneRepublic front man Ryan Tedder for the hook in the first place. But Kev Nish revealed that it was a joint-decision between Far East Movement and Mars to enlist Tedder’s services.

“We envisioned an alternative rock hook,” said Kev of the song. “We were listening to OneRepublic ‘Apologize,’ and thinking, ‘Let’s go with Ryan.’”

“Rocketeer” flew up the charts across the globe, cracking the Top 10 in a number of countries, including the U.S.