Bruno Mars Says “I’m Not Too Cool For School”

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Back in 2011, you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing one of several Bruno Mars‘ hits, but for the past few months, he’s been locked inside a studio perfecting his second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, he’s kept a pretty low profile.

That’s about to change. 

Mars world premiered the lead single, “Locked Out Of Heaven,” on Monday and this morning, he took out some time to chat with Carson Daly on AMP 97.1/Los Angeles.

“You know as far as the first album, it was a little rushed because of the success of ‘Nothin’ On You’ and ‘Billionaire,'” Mars said. “The label felt like we had to capitalize, which they’re absolutely right. But this album I went into the studio and said, ‘I’m going to do whatever I want.’ And every day whatever I feel that morning is what we’re going to try and capture. With this album, I felt…it’s awesome, Carson!”

Bruno’s used to producing and co-writing smash hits for other artists. He’s had his hand in tracks for Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Flo Rida, but Unorthodox Jukebox is far from a solo affair. He’s lined up a ton of big-name producers including Mark Ronson, Diplo, and The Smeezingtons.

“I’ve been fans of every producer that’s on this album. These are the guys that I really, really wanted to work with. Even though I produce as well…I have my thing, you know what I mean? But then you bring in a different character in to change some elements and it brings this whole new sound. It might inspire you to like something else or try something else.”

And even though the 26-year-old is experimenting with different sounds and lyrical content, Mars isn’t straying from his signature sound.

“I love big pop songs, you know what I mean? I’m not trying to be too cool for school and make some self-indulgent record. I’m being me definitely on this record.”

One of the songs on the album getting a lot of buzz is called “Gorilla” and according to Mars, it sounds like a hit.

“‘Gorilla’ was the first song we wrote for this album and it definitely sets a tone. It’s my personal favorite and I think it’s going to blow people’s faces off!”

And if here weren’t busy enough already, it was recently announced that Mars will be performing and guest hosting Saturday Night Live on October 20. Can the crooner add comedian to his long list of talents? He’s noncommittal, teasingly saying, “We’ll see! We’ll see what happens.”

Unorthodox Jukeboxgoes on sale December 11.

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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