Today in Music History: January 24
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Bruno Mars has tallied his first five No.1s faster than any male artist since Elvis Presley. The ascent also results in just the second No.1 ever for a song featuring only piano and vocals.
Bruno Mars began his success as a songwriter, writing songs for popular artists. He ranked as one of pop music's premier songwriters breaking out as a singer in his own right with the 2010 hit "Nothin' on You." Other popular songs by Mars include "Just the Way You Are" (2010) and "Locked Out of Heaven" (2012). Bruno Mars songs are very romantic. When asked if he worried about being characterized as too gushy he replied, "I have a romantic side, but if you come see a show, we're rocking out. But no, I don't mind being the gushy dude."
2013 Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
Just prior to hitting the charts at No.1 Bruno Mars performed 'Locked Out of Heaven' live at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2012
The song finds Mars singing of a relationship that is so good the narrator feels like he was "locked out of heaven" before he met his lover. It debuted digitally and on radio on October 1, 2012 and became available for purchase the following day. 'Locked Out of Heaven' has a 6-week run at the top of the charts, December 16, 2012 – The song was the fifth heavenly-titled track to reach No.1 on the Hot 100. It went on to win Best Song at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards. The song was nominated for Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year in 2013, but didn't win either ("Get Lucky" by Daft Punk and "Royals" by Lorde took those trophies). Mars didn't go home empty handed; he won Best Pop Vocal Album for Unorthodox Jukebox.
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And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...