Bruno Mars’ Mother Bernadette Hernandez Dies Of Brain Aneurysm

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Bruno Mars’ mother Bernadette Hernandez passed away on Saturday following a brain aneurysm, according to a source at the recording artist’s label, Atlantic Records. The 55-year-old died at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu.

“I wish I could go to every concert, because he’s been travelling the world, and it’s amazing,” Bernadette told the press in Bantay Bata. “He’s seen a lot of places that I’ve never seen before, but I’m glad that I got to see him right here. It’s every mother’s dream to see that their son is the best, and I always thought that, but to hear it from other people to say that to me, I’m so proud.”

Amongst the reaction on Twitter to the passing of Mars’ mother:

Rihanna (@rihanna): Sending my love and condolences to @BrunoMars at this difficult time! I’m sincerely praying for you bro! #1Love

Claude Kelly (@ClaudeKelly): Sending my sincerest thoughts and prayers to @brunomars & his family. I can’t even begin to fathom the heart break. Stay strong bro!

Jennifer Love Hewitt (@TheReal_Jlh): My heart is breaking for Bruno Mars and his family tonight. I know all too well, to recent and too deep what they are feeling. My prayers

Starshell (@Starshell): My deepest condolences go out to @BrunoMars and his family. I am so sorry for ur loss. My love goes out to you! ? God will keep you strong

Bruno Mars Is Fine With Wet Wipes And Wine

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Bruno Mars spoke with TMZ about some of his backstage tour rider requests, after being told about some of the zany requests from artists like Lady Gaga’s demands for a naked mannequin and Marilyn Manson’s requirement for a pound of gummy bears and a hairless, toothless prostitute.

“Mine is pretty boring compared to that stuff,” he said. “Wet wipes and a bottle of wine, and I’m good to go.” When told that would be good in lieu of a shower after a concert, Bruno said, “That’s it. That’s all we got sometimes.”

Watch the comments before Bruno takes off in his classic car below.

Bruno Mars On Pandora Sketch, ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ & Crossing Genres

Bruno Mars, seen here wearing sunglasses, talks about hosting 'SNL', the Pandora sketch, acting, influences and his new album 'Unorthodox Jukebox'

Bruno Mars was on with Scott & Todd in the Morning the other day on 95.5 PLJ in New York, where he talked about hosting and performing on ‘Saturday Night Live’, how the Pandora sketch was written on the day of the show, having fun by crossing genres, wanting to write songs that stand the test of time, what he wants listeners to get out of ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ and going on tour for the first time.

“It was an outer body experience,” Bruno said about the ‘SNL’ hosting duties. “I don’t know why they called me to do it. It’s funny because ‘we think you’re funny’, my friends tell me I’m funny all the time. You go in there and you start reading with these super pros and you clam up.”

Talking about the much buzzed Pandora sketch, he said, “That was written on Saturday night. Seth Myers said something to me on Monday. He said something about Pandora messing up. You just sing a bunch of songs. They had never heard me doing impressions before. No one has. I said, ‘Yeah, that sounds like it would be fun’. Literally it was finished and written on Saturday.”

Asked if he’d do ‘SNL’ again, Bruno responded, “Yes I would. First of all, it’s such an honor. That was my first any kind of acting whatsoever. That was my first time. Now I think I have a better view on how it goes. I know that everything is written Saturday night.”

Quized about if the experience has him itching to do more acting, he said, “Yes, Absolutely. I was trying to give a long winded answer.”

On the difficulties to adhering to a genre given his varied influences, Bruno said, “That’s how I have fun. I want to be able to go into the studio and write whatever I wanna write. I don’t want to just be every day I’m writing a new love song, an R&B song, a hip hop song. I want to be able to experiment. I feel like that’s what music should be. You should be able to do whatever the hell you want.”

Asked about improving on the music he was influenced by back in the day, Bruno said, “At the end of the day, for me as a songwriter, it’s all about the song. It’s not about the tricks and what’s hot, it’s just always about good songs that stand the test of times. A lot of the songs in the sketches I sang, those songs are forever embedded in people’s lives, ‘Billie Jean’, you strive to write that one day. For everything. You could get scientific with it, just the drums alone, the way that sounds, the way the bassline sounds, the way the melody is, what the lyrics are – I study that.”

Discussing what he wanted to accomplish with ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’, Bruno said, “It was basically just giving it everything I got. Maybe more and this time you’ll get a sense of the music I loved and grew up on and listened to and how I incorporate it in my personal music. When you hear it I hope that you get, ‘Ah, this guy sounds free’. The sense that he’s going in the studio and writing what he wants to write and he’s speaking through his heart and he’s having a good damn time.”

Watch the 2-part interview after the cut. (more…)

Bruno Mars Discusses ‘SNL’ And New Album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’

Bruno Mars, seen here at a burger restaurant, talks about hosting 'SNL' and his new album 'Unorthodox Jukebox'

Bruno Mars was interviewed ahead of his hosting and musical guest spot on last night’s ‘Saturday Night Live’. The American recording artist talked about the opportunity to host the long running show, what fans can expect with his new album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ and its first single ‘Locked Out of Heaven’, and the work involved with preparing for 90 minutes of live comedy.

“It’s everyone’s dream,” the 27-year-old said about hosting ‘SNL’. “You grow up watching the show and it’s so beautiful. I can’t believe I’m here. Expect the unexpected, you haven’t heard that one before. I just kind of made that up… I’m not gonna be funny. It’s something new they’re trying on ‘SNL’.”

On the new album, Bruno said, “It’s me going into the studio recording whatever I want. I really wanted to be able to just wake up and say today I want to write a song like this, I want to write a song like this, and I threw them all together. You know, it’s a little unorthidox, but I hope the glue is my voice and I hope people can just appreciate and love the music.”

Discusing the album’s lead single, he said, “Recording that was cool. I did a lot of that out here in New York with Mark Ronson, Emile Haynie, Jeff Bhasker and myself and we all got in the studio and recorded a song called ‘Locked Out of Heaven’. I just released the video and I’m excited about it. It’s gonna be the first time I’m performing it, right here.”

Asked about how busy he’s been kept before taking the stage Saturday, Bruno responded, “This week it’s a lot of waking up and straight to rehearsal. They had this one week to put a show together, so you’re basically building nothing into something – another cliche catch phrase I threw in there.”

Watch the brief interview via below.

One Direction On Collaborations With Little Mix & Bruno Mars

One Direction (Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson) interview

One Direction stars Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson spoke with Daily Star on The boyband talked about advice for the new crop of ‘X Factor’ hopefuls, wanting to collaborate with the new ‘X Factor’ girl group Little Mix, and wanting to team up with Bruno Mars on some music.

Advice to the latest ‘X Factor’ contestants, Harry said:

We think a massive part of it is to remember where you’ve come from. Know who you are and don’t get caught up in it all and start believing your own hype. Remember what you are and stay grounded a bit.

On collaborating with one of the new season’s ‘X Factor’ finalists, Louis said:

Little Mix. We love Little Mix. I think I don’t know who is gonna win this year, but I think they’re going to be the big name out of this year’s ‘X Factor’. They’re really cool and they’re already the furthest girl group to ever make it.

On a collaboration outside of the ‘X Factor’ world, Zayn suggested:

I think all of us lads would be in agreement with this. I think Bruno Mars. He’s amazing. He’s putting #1 after #1 out and he’s wicked.

Niall added about Mars:

I was watching a video on YouTube the other day, he was doing an impersonation of Elvis when he was five. You could tell his tone was starting to come out at even that age. He’s got a great rocky, kind of rough tone. It’s kind of nice.

Watch the interview below.

Bruno Mars Performs At Playboy’s ‘Sex & Music’ Issue Party

Bruno Mars Playboy | Photo Credit: Cameron Duddy

In celebration of their annual ‘Sex & Music’ issue and Bruno Mars, the tenth man to grace the cover of Playboy, the magazine hosted a celebration in classic Hollywood fashion at the famed Playboy Mansion Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Attendees included Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz and Chris Martin were on hand as Bruno and his Hooligans performed a mash-up of hits, covering everything from Michael Jackson’s ‘Dirty Diana’, to Police’s ‘Roxanne’, and even Ginuwine’s ‘My Pony’.

Bruno Mars and Hugh Hefner | Photo Credit: Cameron Duddy

Bruno Mars ‘It Will Rain’

Bruno Mars in a car

Bruno Mars is out with his new single ‘It Will Rain’, which is featured on ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which is out November 8th on iTunes, while the single is on iTunes now and the movie hits theaters November 18th. Watch the song’s music video via YouTube below.

Bruno Mars And Janelle Monae Las Vegas Concert Pictures

Bruno Mars performs at The Pearl

Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae performed in concert at The Pearl Theater at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday night (June 16) during their Hooligans in Wondaland tour. Bruno is on tour in support of his debut album ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’, while Janelle is supporting her debut disc ‘The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III)’. Check out a photo of Janelle and a couple more images of Bruno below the cut. (more…)

Bruno Mars Hooligans In Wondaland Tour Dates

Bruno Mars on the piano

Bruno Mars is now getting ready to kick off his Hooligans In Wondaland Tour with Janelle Monae. The North American co-headlining tour begins Wednesday, May 4th with a long-sold-out show at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom and then continues through mid-June. Accompanying Mars and Monae on dates from May 4th through May 27th will be Plan B; from May 28th through June 16th, support comes from Mayer Hawthorne & The County.

Mars will get ready for the Hooligans In Wondaland Tour by joining the line-up of top acts performing at The Bamboozle 2011, slated for Sunday, May 1st at the New Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. He will also be among the stars appearing at Preakness InfieldFest 2011, an entertainment festival presented as part of the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes. Preakness InfieldFest 2011 is set for Saturday, May 21st at Baltimore, Maryland’s famed Pimlico Race Course.

All Dates Hooligans In Wondaland Tour with Janelle Monae Except *
May 1 East Rutherford, NJ The Bamboozle *
May 4 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom – SOLD OUT
May 7 Boston, MA Agganis Arena – SOLD OUT
May 8 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
May 10 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
May 11 Miami Beach, FL Fillmore Miami Beach
May 17 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre @ Grand Prairie
May 18 Houston, TX Reliant Arena
May 20 Montgomery, AL Jubilee CityFest
May 21 Baltimore, MD InfieldFest @ The 136th Preakness Stakes *
May 22 Windsor, ON Caesars Windsor – SOLD OUT
May 24 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
May 25 St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium
May 27 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom – SOLD OUT
May 28 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
May 29 Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Center
May 30 Oren, UT McKay Events Center

June 2 Seattle, WA WAMU Theater @ Qwest Field
June 3 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
June 4 Portland, OR Theater of the Clouds @ The Rose Garden
June 7 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
June 8 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
June 10 Coachella, CA Spotlight 29 Casino
June 11 Del Mar, CA San Diego Country Fair
June 12 Universal City, CA Gibson Amphitheatre – SOLD OUT
June 14 Universal City, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
June 15 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
June 16 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Theatre @ The Palms Casino

Bruno Mars ‘The Lazy Song’ Video

Bruno Mars is out with the music video to his new single ‘The Lazy Song’, off the American singer-songwriter’s debut album ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’, out now on Atlantic Records. The Nez directed video features Poreotics disguised as monkeys. Watch it via YouTube below.