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Bruno Mars to ‘collaborate’ with idol Janet Ja…

Bruno Mars to ‘collaborate’ with idol Janet Jackson for her next album:

Janet Jackson and Bruno Mars are set to ‘collaborate’ for a single and ‘and have pencilled dates in to record tracks for Janet’s next album.’ This is the collaboration that many of us didn’t even know we needed – but it makes all the sense seeing as Bruno is a huge fan of Janet’s and has been influenced by her work for years. Janet – who recently delivered her first live TV performance in over nine years at the Billboards Music Award – is in the studio recording her next album and is enlisting the help of the 24k Magic hitmaker, our source tells us. Bruno is set to ‘collaborate’ with Janet Jackson 

The insider exclusively told that Bruno was over the moon when he found out his icon was a fan of his work. The source said: ‘The pair have been friends for a while but decided now is the perfect time for them to collaborate after catching up at the Billboard Music Awards. ‘Bruno was raised on Janet’s music and was floored when he found out that she was a fan. Janet is working on a new album ‘They speak on the phone often and have pencilled dates in to record tracks for Janet’s next album.’ Janet, who recently revealed Bruno’s music is the first her one-year-old son Eissa connected with, currently lives in London and is expected to record the single with the singer in the city with Grammy Award-winning producing duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. 

‘Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are to produce and it’s set to be a single,’ the source added. ‘Janet lives in London so some of the recording sessions will take place here.’ Janet made her a triumphant return to the public eye with her appearance at the Billboards on 20 May, where she picked up the Icon Award – becoming the first black female artist to do so. After making a speech which called out domestic abuse and solidified her support for the #MeToo movement, the 52-year-old returned to the main stage to perform after Bruno’s introduction. 

Performing a mash-up of some of her biggest hits, Janet kicked things off with a rendition of her 1986 song Nasty – with her family members, including mother Katherine and nephew Prince Michael, shown on screen at various points during the performance proudly beaming up at the singer. She then performed If and Throb – both of which featured on her self-titled fifth studio album – to round off a stellar return to from the younger sister of the late singer Michael Jackson.

The Poetic Justice actor’s swagger and confidence on stage made for a welcome return to the stage after a lengthy period away – and hopefully, a collab from Bruno will add to the sparkle.

Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran & Bruno Mars win bi…


Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Luis Fonsi, and Bruno Mars were the big winners at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday night (20May18).

The quartet picked up the bulk of the honours at the ceremony, which was a mix of emotional tributes and activism, blasts from the past and show-stopping performances.

Kendrick was a six-award winner, clearing up most of the rap trophies, while Bruno took home the R&B honours, and Sheeran picked up the Top Artist of the Year and Top Male Artist awards among his six-award haul, and Fonsi collected a handful of trophies for his crossover hit Despacito.

There were also multiple wins for Imagine Dragons, The Chainsmokers, Chris Stapleton, Luis Fonsi, U2, and Taylor Swift, who was named Top Female Artist.
The ceremony began on a sombre note with host Kelly Clarkson ignoring calls to lead a moment of silence for the victims of Friday’s (18May18) Santa Fe High School massacre in Texas and urging viewers to leap into action to change gun laws.

The show kicked off with Ariana Grande performing an emotional version of No Tears Left to Cry two days before the first anniversary of the bomb attack outside her Manchester Arena, England concert, and other performance highlights included Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato debuting their women’s anthem Fall in Line, and Shawn Mendes and Khalid, who teamed up with the choir from Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for a rendition of Youth.

The schoolmates were involved in the last major high school shooting in February.

Other show-stopping moments came from boy band BTS, Macklemore and Kesha, Icon Award winner Janet Jackson, who belted out her 1986 classic Nasty, and Salt-N-Pepa, who closed the show with a rousing hits medley, including Push It and Whatta Man with En Vogue.

The full list of 2018 Billboard Music Awards winners is:

Top R&B Artist:
Bruno Mars

Top R&B Male Artist:
Bruno Mars

Top R&B Tour:
Bruno Mars

Top R&B Album:
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic

Top R&B Song:
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like


Bruno Mars Presents Icon Award to Janet Jackso…


“The name ‘Jackson’ represents artistic genius and iconic performance,” Bruno said while presenting the award. “The Jacksons are music royalty and the first family of entertainment…She is an activist… She’s a humanitarian. She’s a powerful woman. And she is the first black woman to receive the Billboard Icon Award.”

During her acceptance speech, Janetreferenced the Me Too movement.

“I believe that for all the challenges, for all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history,” she said. “It’s a moment where at long last, women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused. I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind.”


Janet Jackson says Bruno Mars’s music “delight…

Janet Jackson says Bruno Mars’s music “delighted” her son:

Bruno Mars holds a special place in her heart, because “Bruno was really the first music my son responded to.”

“During and after his birth, I comforted myself with Brazilian jazz, music that always relaxes me,” Jackson explained. “Then when the baby began crawling, Bruno was breaking out big and on the radio all the time. That delighted both of us. Bruno is a throwback to the days when the greatest artists could do it all: write, sing, dance, produce.”

Janet Jackson speaking about Bruno in new article, click link to read more. 

Grammy Award winner Bruno Mars to return to Ha…

Grammy Award winner Bruno Mars to return to Hawaii for upcoming concert:

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –
Grammy Award-winning musician Bruno Mars is coming back to Hawaii – and this time, he’s performing at Aloha Stadium.

Hawaii News Now has learned that the Hawaii native and Roosevelt High School graduate is adding Hawaii to his list of states for his current 24K Magic World Tour.

No dates have been announced by Mars or his management team, but multiple sources say it will likely take place in November.

Mars’ latest album, 24K Magic, swept the Grammy Awards in January, winning both the Record and Album of the Year awards. The album’s hit single, ‘That’s What I Like,’ won the Song of the Year award.

He last performed in Hawaii at the Blaisdell Arena in April of 2014, at the start of his ‘Moonshine Jungle’ World Tour. Tickets for his three shows were snatched up in record-setting time, within just a few hours.

People also stood in long lines waiting to buy tickets only to find out that they were sold out within hours. It’s believed that many of these tickets were sold to scalpers on the mainland.  

The incident changed the landscape of big concerts in Hawaii, prompting lawmakers to push legislation preventing people from scalping tickets.

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Bruno Mars, Kehlani & More Selected to Inaugur…

Bruno Mars, Kehlani & More Selected to Inaugural A100 List of Influential Asian Americans:

To mark the start of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month as well as the 50th anniversary of the first recognized usage of the term “Asian American,” nonprofit collective Gold House has launched the A100, a to-be-annual list of the most influential Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from the past year.

The inaugural list features plenty of increasingly recognizable faces, including artists Bruno Mars and Kehlani, Crazy Rich Asians’ Constance Wu and Awkwafina, as well as comedians Hasan Minhaj and Ali Wong. Jon M. Chu, director of Warner Bros.’ highly-anticipated Crazy Rich Asians (the first Hollywood studio film with a predominantly Asian-American cast in a quarter-century), is also on the list, as are Master of None co-creator Alan Yang and Forest Whitaker’s producing partner Nina Yang Bongiovi (Fruitvale Station, Dope, upcoming Sorry to Bother You).

Also making the shortlist is CAA Music agent Caroline Yim; and Robert Lopez, the American songwriter of musicals, best-known for co-creating The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q and for composing the songs featured in the Disney-animated films Frozen and Coco.

Asian Americans currently represent about 6 percent of the U.S. population but are the country’s fastest-growing segment, according to a 2017 Nielsen report, and as AAPIs expand their presence in culture, making a list like the A100 has become more than a mere headcount of semi-famous Asians. An emphasis was placed on those who “significantly impacted or disrupted society and culture over the past year,” which resulted in a forward-looking final selection. Thus, recently promoted executives like DC Entertainment president Walter Hamada and Amazon Studios co-head of television Albert Cheng made the cut, alongside Lisa Nishimura, vp of Netflix’s burgeoning original comedy and documentary division.

The selection process began with open nominations from 36 major AAPI community leaders as well as Gold House’s hundreds of Asian-American creative and business leader members. Ultimately the honorees were winnowed down by a multicultural committee that included Whitaker, Pharrell Williams, Michelle Kwan and Janice Min, media consultant at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and THR parent company Valence Media.

The A100 also features individuals who are proudly claimed by the community but who others may be surprised to discover are of Asian descent, including double EGOT winner Robert Lopez (part-Filipino), Comcast chief diversity officer Craig Robinson (part-Chinese) and model/Twitter master Chrissy Teigen (part-Thai).

“All too often, the impact of Asians in the worlds of media, fashion, the arts, activism and sometimes even technology is unseen or understated,” selection committee member Khai Meng Tham, co-chair and chief creative officer at Ogilvy & Mather, said in a statement. “The A100 uniquely cuts across genders, pan-Asian ethnicities, beliefs, industries and generations. I’m so proud of them and of Gold House for this incredible initiative.”

The full inaugural A100 list can be found at Gold House’s website. The 2018 class will be feted at an event this summer in Los Angeles.

Bruno Mars’ SelvaRey Rum Stages Major Asia Lau…

Bruno Mars’ SelvaRey Rum Stages Major Asia Launch Ahead of Concert Tour:

PR NEWSWIRE ASIA  May 01, 2018

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California, May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – In conjunction with his sold-out 24K Magic World Tour, Bruno Mars has launched his award-winning SelvaRey Rum to major fanfare in Japan and the Philippines. During Bruno’s four sold-out shows at Japan’s Saitama Super Arena, the second largest indoor arena in the world, both SelvaRey White and SelvaRey Cacao were heavily featured with signature cocktails and bottles sold in exclusive tour packaging. Extensive lines wrapped around the venue hours before showtime and both the cocktails and bottles sold out early each day.  

Bruno Mars’ SelvaRey Rum Stages Major Asia Launch Ahead of Concert Tour
Surrounding the shows this month, SelvaRey amplified their presence with a series of high-visibility activations in Tokyo’s legendary entertainment district of Roppongi. Specialty cocktails, promotions, tastings, pop-up bars and events filled the leading establishments in the upscale area renowned worldwide for its nightlife. Early results have far surpassed the brand’s expectations and SelvaRey already anticipates becoming the best-selling super-premium white and flavored rum in Japan in 2018.

The Asia launch continues in Manila May 3rd-4th at Mars’ sold-out shows at the Mall of Asia Arena. The SelvaRey Cocktail Bar will highlight fresh, seasonal ingredients and top local bartenders. The brand will again showcase exclusive digital content, VIP activations, and bottles for sale in 24k Magic World Tour packaging. With Mars’ well-documented Filipino heritage and the 10 million+ case rum market in the Philippines, SelvaRey anticipates making a substantial impact in the coming months and years.

Hong Kong, Thailand, and Singapore are next, with targeted launches in prestigious hotel/restaurant properties and social clubs scheduled for later this spring.

About SelvaRey:

SelvaRey White, a blend of three- and five- year-old rums, is made by one of the world’s most renowned master blenders. Unlike many white rums, SelvaRey has been crafted with the distinct goal of being fine enough to sip on the rocks. Yet it makes a superlative Rum ‘n’ Coke, an extraordinary Mojito and is ideal in classic cocktails.

SelvaRey Cacao, the world’s premier, award-winning chocolate spirit, boasts a rich five-year-old Panamanian rum infused with natural chocolate. Most notably and unlike many other flavored rums, SelvaRey Cacao Rum can be sipped neat or on the rocks but also combines beautifully in coffee cocktails such as an Espresso Martini and creates a unique spin on countless classics.

Bruno Mars and Britney Spears to perform at US…

Bruno Mars and Britney Spears to perform at US Grand Prix:

Bruno Mars will light up the Saturday night of the Grand Prix weekend when he makes a stop at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) with his entertainment-packed 24K Magic World show.

The 27-time Grammy award nominee will be followed on Sunday by international pop icon Britney Spears, who will close out the weekend’s celebration with a hit-packed post-race concert.

Speaking about the announcement, Bobby Epstein, Founder and Chairman of COTA, said: “We’re excited to welcome Bruno Mars and Britney Spears to this year’s United States Grand Prix stage.

“The pinnacle of motorsports, two global superstar musicians and all of the festive entertainment that comes with the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix defines the weekend as the greatest sports and entertainment celebration of the year. We are proud to host such an incredible weekend for race and music fans alike.”

Access to the concerts is available to all fans attending the circuit on the respective days.

Tickets to the event, which runs from October 19-21, will be available this Friday via the F1 Ticket Store. For more information, click here.

Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic Tour Earns $240 Million …


The ongoing trek has now sold more than 2.3 million tickets.

Bruno Mars is the top-grossing touring artist on the latest weekly recap of Hot Tours (see below) based on $28 million in sales from concerts in Latin America and Australia that kicked of his 24K Magic tour’s second year on the road. That gross figure brings the tour’s overall revenue total to $240 million so far from more than 2.3 million sold tickets since the tour launched in March 2017.

This year’s opening Latin jaunt began on Jan. 31 and consisted of three stadium dates in Mexican cities. Monterrey hosted the first concert at Estadio Universitario, and then Mars played a two-night engagement at Mexico City’s Foro Sol stadium on Feb. 2-3. His final show in the country was in Guadalajara at Estadio Akron on Feb. 5. In those three venues, his overall attendance count reached 178,989 with box office revenue topping $15.7 million.

Following the Latin run and four shows in February in Las Vegas – part of his residency at the Park Theater at the Monte Carlo Resort, Mars kicked off the 24K Magic tour’s only trek through Oceania on Feb. 27 in Auckland, New Zealand. He then headed to Australia for a run of 14 shows in five markets during March. Two of the Aussie dates land on this Hot Tours tally based on box office results reported by the venues. In Sydney, he sold out five concerts at Qudos Bank Arena from March 17 through 24, grossing $9.2 million from a total of 88,592 sold seats. The Australian trek’s final engagement, a two-show run at Perth Arena is also included in this recap. The Perth shows on March 28-29 added $3.4 million to the tour’s overall box office earnings from a sold ticket count of 29,434.

Mars is currently on the road in Asia and will remain on the continent through mid-May. With festival appearances booked in Europe this summer and a final sweep through North American arenas in the fall, his tour is set to wrap at the end of October.

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Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran top …

Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran top 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominees:

Newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar and singers Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran lead this year’s crop of Billboard Music Awards nominees, with nods in several of the top categories including artist, male artist and Hot 100 artist.

Those three musicians tied, with 15 nominations apiece, and were trailed by Post Malone with 13, Imagine Dragons with 11, Drake with nine and Justin Bieber and Cardi B with eight each.
Billboard, NBC and Dick Clark Productions announced the artist, album and song nominees across 57 categories on Tuesday. Top artist nominees include Lamar, Mars, Sheeran, Drake and Taylor Swift; the top new artist nominees are 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Khalid and Kodak Black.

The Billboard Music Awards — unlike the critically minded, peer-voted Grammy Awards — are an indicator of artists’ popularity and reward chart performance. They are based on fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement that are tracked by Billboard and its data partners.
The 2018 Billboard Music Awards take place at the MGM Grand’s Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 20 and will be broadcast live on NBC.