Bruno Mars

Dec
9
Rap-Up TV: R. Kelly Talks Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, & Bruno Mars

Twenty years since making his debut, R. Kelly remains one of the most influential and consistent hitmakers in the game. Before his 12th solo album Black Panties drops tomorrow, the R&B genius sat down with Rap-Up TV for an exclusive interview. In Part 1, he discusses his recent collaborations with pop superstars Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and Bruno Mars, and his latest work.

Black Panties is mixed with 12 Play, TP-2.com, and a bit of the Born Into the 90′s album,” he said of the project, which features everyone from 2 Chainz to Kelly Rowland. “It’s got all those elements in there, but of today.”

He collaborated with Justin Bieber on his #MusicMondays single “PYD.” The two met up a year ago after discovering they were staying in the same hotel.

“I was lovin’ his music, he was lovin’ mine, so we said, ‘Man, we got to do something together,’” said Kellz. “He finally sent me a track and it was ‘PYD,’ and I put my verse on it and the rest is just history.”

He was so pleased with the results that he’s enlisted the teen idol for his next album. “He’s gonna be doing something on my next up-and-coming album,” revealed Kellz.

Last month, the Chicago native shared the stage with another pop powerhouse, Lady Gaga, at the American Music Awards. “I feel like I met my match when I met Gaga,” he said. “She got a lot of balls. She got a lot of nerve. She’s not afraid to express her music through her vision.”

The two shot a video for their collaboration “Do What U Want,” which Kellz describes as “retarded,” adding, “If you put the two together, you got bi-polar maybe or something like that. … It’s gonna be off the chain.”

If that wasn’t enough, he also guests on the remix to Bruno Mars’ “Gorilla,” which he admits was a challenge at first.

Additionally, he hinted that Bruno may be featured on an upcoming remix of his. “I’ve been talking about, once the album gets going, gettin’ some of these guys that called me. I’ma call them up and say, ‘Hey man, you owe me a favor, dawg.’”

Nov
10
Bruno Mars Performs ‘Gorilla’ at MTV EMA

Bruno Mars

Hot on the heels of his “Gorilla” remix featuring Pharrell and R. Kelly, Bruno Mars brought “La Jungla” to Amsterdam at the MTV EMA. During his wild set, the ladies’ man recreated his provocative music video with some help from Nicole “The Pole” Williams, who showed off her extraordinary skills as he rocked out with his Hooligans.

He also picked up the award for Best Song for “Locked Out of Heaven.”

Watch Bruno rumble in the jungle.

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Nov
8
New Music: Bruno Mars f/ Pharrell & R. Kelly – ‘Gorilla (Remix)’

Gorilla G-Mix

Bang, bang! Bruno Mars unleashes a beast with the G-Mix to his latest single “Gorilla” featuring two of his favorite artists, Pharrell and R. Kelly. A rapping Pharrell kicks things off with some freaky rhymes before the “King of the Jungle” aka Kellz delivers an animalistic verse.

“I’m like an anaconda in your garden/ Baby girl I’m explorin’/ Deep down in your forest like…,” he sings. “It’s like a rainforest baby, how I got your love pouring down/ And I’m gonna make that pussy growl.”

The original song, which appears on Bruno’s sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox, is currently No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Go apeshit over their wild collaboration.

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Oct
15
Video: Bruno Mars – ‘Gorilla’

Freida Pinto and Rihanna

Bruno Mars gets hot and heavy in the thrilling video for “Gorilla,” the fourth single off his sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox. The Hawaiian heartthrob plays an entertainer at La Jungla gentlemen’s club, while Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto stars as the club’s newest showgirl.

Unbeknownst to the club owner (Luis Guzmán), Pinto is also sleeping with Bruno. They make love in the back seat of a car in the passionate clip, which he co-directed with his longtime collaborator, Cameron Duddy.

On Feb. 2, Bruno will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Unleash Bruno’s most sexual and scandalous video yet.

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Oct
11
Bruno Mars Teases ‘Gorilla’ Video

Gorilla

Bruno Mars will unleash the video for “Gorilla” on his Facebook page on Monday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. EST as part of Facebook’s new #NowPlaying program (Jay Z also launched his “Holy Grail” video there).

The singer has posted a sneak peek on Instagram and will be releasing teasers throughout the weekend leading up to Monday’s premiere. The video was co-directed by Mars and his longtime collaborator, Cameron Duddy.

Following “Locked Out of Heaven,” “When I Was Your Man,” and “Treasure,” “Gorilla” is the fourth single off Bruno’s platinum album Unorthodox Jukebox.

He will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2.

See the first teaser below.

UPDATE: Watch two more teasers starring Luis Guzmán and an iguana.

UPDATE 2: The video premiere has been delayed until Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. EST. He informed his fans via Facebook.

“I can’t wait for you guys to see this video that I’ve been working so hard on. I want it to be the best it can be,” said Bruno. “With that being said, I need one more day. Hope you can understand – I promise it will be worth the wait.”

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Sep
16
Bruno Mars Takes ‘Treasure’ to the Streets

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Bruno Mars lives the rock star life even when he’s not on stage. The smooth singer turned a simple trip to the liquor store into a production and documented the entire thing via a series of hilarious videos on Instagram.

It all started when he went to buy milk. “Out of milk. Off to the market,” tweeted Bruno, who will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in February.

With a suitcase boombox in hand and his red Dolce&Gabbana suit on, he danced his way out of his garage and down the street while singing his hit “Treasure.” He strut into the local liquor store and grabbed a carton of milk before making his way back home.

Along the way, he pulled out a cardboard “Treasure” sign and spun it around on the street corner as cars drove by.

“If I’m shinin too bright put yo shades on. Drive Smart. Drive Safe #Smafe #BrunoLuhDaStreets,” he wrote.

Watch Bruno bring his moves and swag to the streets.

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Sep
13
Rap-Up TV: Philip Lawrence Talks Solo Debut, Success, & Pranking Bruno Mars

As one-third of production team The Smeezingtons (which also consists of Bruno Mars and Ari Levine), Philip Lawrence has penned hits for Alicia Keys, B.o.B, CeeLo Green, and Bruno.

Earlier this summer, the Grammy-nominated hitmaker released his solo debut Letters I Never Sent via Atlantic Records. During Bruno’s “Moonshine Jungle World Tour” stop in L.A., Phil invited Rap-Up TV on his tour bus, where he reflected on his success while humoring us with his jokes.

“It’s a collection of the music I like to listen to,” said Phil of his debut, which is now available on iTunes. “I’m a huge fan of folk music. I’m a huge fan of rock music, huge fan of Seal, Billy Joel, singer-songwriter guys. I think I was channeling my inner singer-songwriter with this album.”

He and Bruno have racked up awards and traveled the world together. “It’s a rare thing that you not only get to experience this kind of success and the wonderful things that we’ve been exposed to, but to do it with your boy, to do it with someone you came up with, to do it with someone who equally believes in you, there’s a huge sense of camaraderie,” he said.

But despite their success, they remain humble. “Every day I walk on that stage, we look at each other and go, ‘We did it.’ It’s really, really cool.”

Plus, find out the hilarious prank Phil pulled on Bruno onstage, what it was like to meet his idol Babyface, and which artists are on his wish list of collaborators.

Before playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show with Bruno next year, Phil will make a triumphant return to his hometown of Evansville, Indiana on Saturday for a special concert at the Victory Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.