Bruno Mars on His Insecurities While Recording New Album, Collaborating With Adele and Beyonce
Bruno Mars was quite the perfectionist on his forthcoming album 24K Magic (out Nov. 18) and justifiably so, as it’s been four years since his last studio effort, Unorthodox Jukebox. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Mars reveals why he's nervous about the new project and discusses his experience working with divas Beyoncé and Adele.
“24K Magic” was the first single Mars released off the new album and features a collaboration with DJ/producer Skrillex. Despite Mars’ success within the past four years since his 2012 album (with two Super Bowl halftime appearances and a Record of the Year Grammy for "Uptown Funk"), weaving together his forthcoming project left the singer frantic and doubtful.
“Coming off the biggest song of my career, it was super-daunting to come in here”, he tells Rolling Stone. “I don't know if radio is going to play it. But what I don't want to have happen is I put it out and say, 'Damn it, if I'd just done this and this, maybe it would have had a shot.'”
“Uptown Funk” held the No. 1 spot for 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and amassed over 1 billion views on YouTube making it Mars’ most successful song to date. The pressure alone to surpass his past success drove Mars to frequently edit and re-work tracks, like a song off his newest effort titled “Versace on the Floor,” of which Mars had "six different versions."
Later in the interview, the “Grenade” singer recalls his time working with Adele on “All I Ask” from her 2015 album 25, where the two singers disagreed over the word “lovers” in the song's lyrics. “I don't know if anybody really says 'lovers.' 'Yeah, we're lovers.' 'This is my lover.' I was like, 'Should we rethink that?',” he offered. "She was like, 'Nope. That's what it has to be.' And she was right. It's this grand word that makes the song bigger because no one says it.”
Mars also worked with R&B diva Beyonce earlier this year on a buzz-worthy performance of “Uptown Funk” during Coldplay’s halftime performance, hinting that her prowess is just as spectacular as Adele's. "She's going to get onstage and show everybody why she's the best every single time," Mars says of his experience with the performer. "She's got that monster in her."