Bruno Mars re­turns with party an­them

Kuwait Times - - WEEKENDER -

Bruno Mars, whose slew of hits made him one of the most suc­cess­ful pop stars be­fore tak­ing a brief hia­tus, re­turned yes­ter­day with an un­apolo­get­i­cally retro party an­them.

The funk-pop artist re­leased “24K Magic,” the first sin­gle off an al­bum of the same name to come out on Novem­ber 18.

A feel-good song about en­joy­ing a night out with women, “24K Magic” car­ries echoes of early Janet Jack­son with a heav­ily syn­the­sized and read­ily dance­able beat. Mars summed up the sound of “24K Magic” when he an­nounced it on In­sta­gram, writ­ing: “You can call it my first sin­gle, but I call it the in­vi­ta­tion to the party.”

The singer and multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist from Hawaii, who turns 31 on Satur­day, be­came a fix­ture on Top 40 ra­dio with his last al­bum, 2012’s “Un­ortho­dox Juke­box,” which took on a funky pop feel rem­i­nis­cent of 1980s hit mu­sic.

With his song “When I Was Your Man,” Mars be­came sec­ond only to the late Elvis Pres­ley in the speed with which he achieved five num­ber-one hits on the US sin­gles chart.

Mars also no­tably fea­tured on the vi­ral hit “Up­town Funk” led by Mark Ron­son which came out in late 2014. He per­formed the song in Fe­bru­ary at the Super Bowl, the most-watched an­nual event on US tele­vi­sion, in a half­time show led by Bey­once. But “24K Magic” marks the first solo work by Mars since “Un­ortho­dox Juke­box.” — AFP

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