Bruno Mars tops in 2013, says Bill­board mag­a­zine

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — Mi­ley Cyrus twerked her way to the top of the charts and Justin Timberlake re­turned to mu­sic af­ter a seven-year hia­tus, but another artist owned mu­sic in 2013: Bruno Mars. Bill­board an­nounced Fri­day the pop crooner is the year’s top over­all artist.

“It’s flat­ter­ing. It’s just an hon­our,” Mars said in an in­ter­view this week. “I’m proud to be a part of this whole team that I have.” The singer’s year in­cluded a No. 1 hit with When I Was Your Man and a top 5 hit with Trea­sure. His sopho­more al­bum, Un­ortho­dox Juke­box, was re­leased late last year and has sold more than 1.8 mil­lion units. It’s the sec­ond best­selling al­bum of the year be­hind Timberlake’s The 20/20 Ex­pe­ri­ence. Mars added that lis­ten­ers have res­onated with his mu­sic be­cause it’s “re­lat­able.” “You know when you eat that food and it’s fill­ing that void you were miss­ing,” he said, de­scrib­ing his mu­sic. Tay­lor Swift is the year’s top fe­male artist for Bill­board, while Mars is the lead­ing male. Mack­le­more & Ryan Lewis is the top group and new act. Timberlake ruled the R&B charts, while groups Flor­dia Ge­orge Line and Imag­ine Dragons topped the coun­try and rock charts, re­spec­tively. Mars’ im­pres­sive year also in­cludes four Grammy Awards. His No. 1 hit, Locked Out of Heaven, is up for two of the top awards, song and record of the year. He’ll launch the sec­ond North Amer­i­can leg of his Moon­shine Jun­gle World Tour this sum­mer.

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