Bruno Mars may have gone with "Locked Out Of Heaven" as the first single off Unorthodox Jukebox — and, given that it just went to #1 on the Hot 100, well, it looks like he made the right choice — but when it came time to finish the tracklisting for the album, he went with a different song to kick things off: "Young Girls."
And really, that one was a no-brainer, as he told MTV's Sway Calloway during the "Big & Best of 2012" livestream.
"That's the first song on the album [because] I think it really shows you what this album is going to be, and just where I was when I started this album," Mars said. "Everything's been so new to me, man, I feel like the world's been watching it. Watching me go on tour, watching me perform on TV ... but I [also] feel this is something everyone can relate to: There's a moment in your life where you start going out every night, and it's so fun, but then you start to lose yourself; you get lost in the sauce.
"So, this song is the same sentiment as 'Lookin' For Love In All The Wrong Places,'" he continued. "It's another confession."
Mars had previously said that he was planning to shoot a video for "Young Girls," promising that it would be "something I've never done before." And while we can't vouch for the video, the song itself finds him covering a subject he's more than familiar with: the ladies. And, really, though he's expanding his repertoire on Jukebox he'll be the first to admit that he didn't want to stray too far from his comfort zone when it came time to write lyrics.
"You know what? I sing about girls, ever since I was this big, that's what I do," he laughed. "I'm not there yet ... to sing about politics and, you know, this is what I want to sing about, and this is what I know. I'm not going to preach what I don't know. As much as I love [2 Chainz's] 'All I Want For My Birthday ...' this is where I'm at."
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