But on Tuesday (October 5), Mars will officially make the leap to bona fide frontman status when he releases his full-length debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. And if you think he's not yet ready for prime time, well, then you don't know Bruno Mars.
"The EP I put out [this year's It's Better If You Don't Understand] just had a couple songs that I've written, but the album is the body of work," he said. "It rounds everything off, you know. These are my greatest hits."
And though Mars is facing felony drug possession charges following his arrest in Las Vegas last month, that speed bump is hardly affecting sales. Aside from all those aforementioned hits, he's also riding high on the success of "Just the Way You Are," the first single off Doo-Wops, which currently sits at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He's accomplished more in one year than most artists achieve in a lifetime, but Mars isn't content to rest on his laurels.
"There's no way to describe the feeling of seeing your music being recognized. ... As an artist, that's what you hope for," he said. "I want the world to fall in love with my music, that's what I'm doing music for. I want to be able to do shows and have people come and see me do my thing."
So, if you only know Mars for his hits, well, he hopes you check out his album, too. After all, everything up to this point has been the coming attractions. With Doo-Wops & Hooligans, he's ready to give listeners the full motion-picture experience.
"I put my heart and soul into any record I do, and I just want them to know I mean what I'm saying. Everything that I write down and perform is coming from me," he smiled. "So I want fans to be like, 'You know what, I want to see the Bruno Mars movie,' and I want them to put on my album, and I want to take them on a journey."
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