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Bruno Mars Talks About His Adventures With Fame, Drugs & Success

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Grammy Award Winning Artist Bruno Mars is on this months cover of Billboard Magazine as he shares with everyone his experiences of being dropped from a major record label, being caught with cocaine, his take on success and who he wants to work with in the future. Read the Qs & As after the jump.

On getting dropped by his first label, Universal Motown

Bruno Mars – I wasn’t ready for it. I did nothing. And the lesson was — why are you waiting for someone to come and write a song with you? You know how to play the freakin’ guitar. Do it on your own.

“There was a lot of rejection. A lot of other labels saying, ‘You don’t know who the hell you are. You’re doing all this reggae, R&B, rock stuff. How the hell do we market that? Are you pop? Are you urban?’ Elektra gave me a shot and trusted my vision.”

On how he became a songwriter first

Bruno Mars – Brandon [Creed, then VP of A&R at Epic Records] was always saying, ‘You need a story. You need to be in the studio writing for people.’ At the time I was like, ‘You’re crazy. I’m amazing!’ But he was absolutely right. Working and interacting with other artists and being so involved with the business aspect; understanding A&R, understanding radio, understanding music videos meant that when it came to my time, I’d seen how it goes.”

On being caught with cocaine

Bruno Mars – It’s something that I wish would go away. It’s a cloud that constantly follows me no matter how many achievements. I’d like to move on. To show that I’m here for my music. Not to be in a tabloid.

On his success

Bruno Mars – It’s a rare thing that happens, especially in this day, where it’s real hard to sell albums. I’m traveling to places that I’ve never even heard of and there are all these people singing the songs back — and English is not even their first language. It’s like, what the hell happened?

On who he would like to work with in the near future

Bruno Mars – I’m just a mixed-up dude. I want to work with the Kanyes, the Jay-Zs… a Rihanna, a Gaga, Kings of Leon, Mumford & Sons. I want to do all those things. As proud as I am of “Doo-Wops,” I feel like, ‘Oh, man. People haven’t seen nothing. They don’t even know what I’m about to do,’ and that’s what I can’t wait to show the world.

Words of Wisdom for Artists

Bruno Mars – “When people fall is when they’re like, ‘OK. Now I’m here, what’s next? A clothing line?’ That’s not what I’m trying to do. It’s like, ‘Don’t be a s***. Remember your dream. Do your music and keep it special.’”

Checkout Bruno Mars & Travie McCoys Inspirational Song  “Billionaire” (The Acoustic Version)

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  1. Lavneet Sharma

    Nov 18, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Bruno Mars is really a great singer.. Awesome Music. !!!

  2. Ayanna

    Jul 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

    He is as talented and real as the come,…and as for that cocaine incident….”what incident”. LOL, Media’s gonna play that out for as long as they can. Bruno’s awesomizmoooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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