Doo-Wops & Hooligans is the debut studio album by American recording artist Bruno Mars, released on October 4, 2010. Mars' writing and production team The Smeezingtons were credited with writing all songs and serve as the album's executive producers. Doo-Wops & Hooligans charted at number three on the Billboard 200 and in the top ten in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand. Its title refers to doo-wop music and was chosen to reflect simplicity, as well as appeal to both males and females.
The usage of a wide variety of influences was noted by critics, with musical comparisons made to Michael Jackson and Jason Mraz. Many praised the songs' catchy nature, as well as their carefree lyrics. Two digital singles—"Liquor Store Blues" featuring Damian Marley and "Grenade"—were released to promote the album. Lead single "Just the Way You Are" was released on July 19, 2010 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four consecutive weeks, going on to become an international top ten hit. "Grenade" was later announced as the second single, and has charted in the top ten in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, as well as becoming his second consecutive number one in the US and UK. A US headlining tour accompanies the album, and ran from November to December 2010.
Background and development
The release of Doo-Wops & Hooligans was announced in a press release on August 25, 2010, following the release of Mars' debut extended play (EP), It's Better If You Don't Understand, earlier in the year. Speaking to MTV News, Mars said the EP gave a "nice effect of what's in store" for the album. The album cover was officially released on August 30, 2010. The official track listing was revealed by Atlantic Records on September 9, 2010. Three of the four songs from It's Better If You Don't Understand are included on the album.
On the title of the album, Mars said, "'Doo-wop' is a very special word for me. Because I grew up listening to my dad who, as a Fifties rock & roll head, loved doo-wop music... Plus doo wop songs come from a time back in the day when there were no TRICKS! You just needed a beautiful melody, you needed a beautiful voice, and you needed to CONNECT!... So the 'doo-wop' part is for the women!"... But then because, on this album, I have records that women are going to relate to and men are going to relate to, the doo-wops are for the girls and hooligans are for the guys." In addition, he told 4Music, "It explains the two sides of me. Doo-wop is a special form of music I grew up on. It's straight to the point, very simple. I have songs like that. ... I have that simple, romantic side of me but I'm also just a young, regular dude and that's like the hooligan side!"
Composition and influences
Doo-Wops and Hooligans was noted for its diverse variety of influences, with elements of pop, rock, reggae, R&B, soul, and hip hop. Mars' sound has drawn comparisons to Michael Jackson—especially the album's "atmospheric" opener "Grenade" to "Dirty Diana"—as well as to Jason Mraz. Other comparisons in style and sound made include "Grenade" to Kanye West and Shakira, "Just the Way You Are" to U2, "Our First Time" to "Boyz II Men" and singer-songwriters D'Angelo, Al B. Sure!, and Sade, "Runaway Baby" to Little Richard, "The Lazy Song" to Sugar Ray, "Marry You" to Coldplay, "Liquor Store Blues" to Bedouin Soundclash, and "Count on Me" to Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.
Lyrically, many tracks have been described as "feel-good", carefree, and optimistic, including love song "Just the Way You Are" ("When you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while"), the friendship song "Count on Me" ("You can count on me like 1 2 3 / I'll be there"), and "Marry You", a song singing of a spontaneous marriage idea. In addition, "Runaway Baby" is a guitar-driven "snappy retro trip" and "The Lazy Song" is described as a "hymn to sloth" and a "surf stoner's anthem" ("I be loungin' on the couch just chillin' in my Snuggie / click to MTV so they can teach me how to Dougie"). On the other hand, darker subjects are addressed in "Grenade", the album's masochistic heartbreak song ("Take a bullet straight through my brain / Yes, I would die for ya baby"), "Talking to the Moon" ("Talking to the moon... / In hopes you're on the other side"), and the reggae track "Liquor Store Blues" ("I'll take one shot for my pain / One drag for my sorrow"). The experimental collaboration "The Other Side" was frequently noted as the album's highlight, being the most complicated and having the best production.
Bruno Mars Doowops.jpgthumbBruno Mars performing in Houston, Texas on November 24, 2010 on The Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour.
"Just the Way You Are" was released as the album's lead single on July 19, 2010. It has since topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four consecutive weeks, having sold over 2 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has been certified platinum in both New Zealand and the US. It has also peaked at the top of the Australian Singles Chart, the Canadian Hot 100, the Dutch Top 40, the Irish Singles Chart, the New Zealand Singles Chart, and the UK Singles Chart, as well as within the top ten in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The music video was directed by Ethan Lader and was released on September 8, 2010. Included on the album is "The Other Side", featuring rappers Cee Lo Green and B.o.B, earlier released as a single from It's Better If You Don't Understand. The accompanying music video was directed by Nick Bilardello and Cameron Duddy, and was released in July 2010.
As promotional singles, "Liquor Store Blues" featuring Damian Marley and "Grenade" were released to the iTunes Store on September 21 and September 28, 2010, respectively. "Liquor Store Blues" debuted at number ninety-seven on the Canadian Hot 100 for the week of October 1, 2010. Additionally, "The Lazy Song" charted at number eighty-two in the US the week of the album's release. "Grenade" was later decided as the album's second single and has so far topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the US. The music video, directed by Nabil, was released November 19, 2010 and features Mars dragging an upright piano through Los Angeles to sing to the girl of his affections, only to find out she is with another man. Another song, "Marry You", charted at number twenty-nine in Australia, sixty-six in the UK,http eighty-three in Canada and eighty-five in the US. "The Lazy Song" was released as the album's third single, and was sent to U.S. mainstream radio on February 15, 2011.
Release and promotion
Doo-Wops & Hooligans saw its premiere on MySpace on September 24 and was released to digital retailers on October 4, then to stores on October 5, 2010. A deluxe edition was released that includes two more tracks: a remix of "Just the Way You Are" featuring Lupe Fiasco and "Somewhere in Brooklyn", originally from It's Better If You Don't Understand. The deluxe edition also includes the music videos of "Just the Way You Are" and "The Other Side".
Mars premiered several of the album's songs during a performance at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on August 25, 2010. He appeared as the musical guest for Saturday Night Live on October 9, 2010, alongside host Jane Lynch, and performed "Just the Way You Are", "Nothin' on You", and "Grenade". Along with OneRepublic, Mars promoted the album opening for Maroon 5 on the fall leg of the Hands All Over Tour that began October 6, 2010. He also supported Travie McCoy on his European tour from mid-October through November 2010. Atlantic has allowed the musical television series Glee to cover two songs from the album; "Just the Way You Are" and "Marry You" were performed on "Furt", an episode that aired in November 2010.
The Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour, headlining the US, began November 16, 2010 in San Francisco, California and ran through the end of the year in Hawaii. Atlanta rapper Donnis served as the opening act on all dates in the continental US, with the exception of the San Diego date, and performed songs from his EP Fashionably Late. A second leg is set to follow through Europe, a third for Asia, and a fourth in Australia. Tour dates are below. A second tour, a joint co-headlining effort with American singer Janelle Monáe entitled Hooligans in Wondaland , was announced in February 2011 and will visit North American in May and June 2011.
Upon its release, Doo-Wops & Hooligans received generally positive reviews from most music critics; it was given a normalized rating of 64/100, based on twelve reviews on the aggregate website Metacritic. Entertainment Weekly Leah Greenblatt gave the album a B+ rating, praising Mars for his "instant-access melodies" and "sly snatches of dance-floor swagger", but noting weaknesses in songs deviant from his conventional pop and soul genres. Sean Fennessey of The Washington Post gave the album a favorable review, calling it "effortlessly tuneful" and a good start to a "durable career". Rolling Stone Jody Rosen called the album "the year's finest debut" whose tracks "deliver pleasure without pretension". Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called Doo-Wops & Hooligans a "fantastically polyglot record that shows him to be a careful study across a range of pop songcraft", applauding its diverse range of influences. Darrly Sterdan of CANOE praised Mars' "romantic crooning" that "will have little girls over the moon in short order." and About.com's Bill Lamb called the album "one of the top debut albums of the year".
Tim Sendra of allmusic gave the album a rating of three stars out of five, calling it "an uneven debut ... doesn't tap into his potential as a writer or a producer". Sendra commended the earlier released song "The Other Side" as the highlight of the album, noting, though, that it "points to a direction Mars could have taken with the album but didn't". Eric Henderson writing for Slant Magazine criticized the album, saying it "manages to wear out its welcome about halfway through", calling it an attempt to "please just about everybody." Scott Kara of The New Zealand Herald enjoyed the first two tracks of the album, but noted it could have had more of both titular elements to raise its "potency". Ken Capobianco was disappointed that the album lacked an autobiographical aspect to it, but otherwise praised Mars' delivery.
In the United States, Doo-Wops & Hooligans debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 for the week of October 13, 2010, selling 55,000 copies. Since then the album has sold 821,000 copies in the United States and was also certified Gold by the RIAA. The album debuted the same week on the Canadian Albums Chart at number six, and reached the top of the chart four months later. The album peaked at number one in the UK, in the top five in New Zealand and Australia, and number twenty-nine in Ireland. In 2011, Doo-Wops & Hooligans was certified platinum in New Zealand, Australia and Canada, as well as gold in the UK.
Debuting at No. 1, Doo-Wops & Hooligans is the first debut album of a foreign artist to reach No. 1 on the German Albums Chart since Lady Gaga's The Fame did so in January 2010. Thanks to this, Bruno Mars could deplace Unheilig's Große Freiheit from the pole position, which was at No. 1 for its 23rd week.http
Charts and certifications
Credits and personnel
* B.o.B – vocals, composer
* Aaron Bay-Schuck – A&R
* Jeff Bhasker – composer
* Nicki Bilardello – art direction, design
* Brody Brown – composer, instrumentation
* Mitchum Chin – composer
* Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin-Quee – drums, producer, arranger, composer, programming
* DJ Dizzy – scratching
* Lanre Gaba – A&R
* Cee Lo Green – vocals
* Claude Kelly – composer
* Philip Lawrence – composer
* Ari Levine – composer, engineer, instrumentation
* Eric Madrid – assistant
* Stephen Marcussen – mastering
* Damian Marley – vocals, composer
* Bruno Mars – vocals, composer, instrumentation
* Needlz – producer, composer
* Thomas Pentz – composer
* Michelle Piza – package manager
* Christian Plata – assistant
* Alex Schwartz – A&R
* Khalil Walton – composer
* Albert Winkler – composer
* Andrew Wyatt – composer
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Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985), better known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter and music producer. Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age. After performing in various musical venues in his hometown throughout his childhood, he decided to pursue a musical career and moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school. Mars began producing songs for other artists, joining production team The Smeezingtons.
After an unsuccessful stint with Motown Records, Mars signed with Atlantic Records in 2009. He became recognized as a solo artist after lending his vocals and co-writing the hooks for the songs "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B, and "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy. He also co-wrote the hits "Right Round" by Flo Rida featuring Kesha, "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan, and "Fuck You!" by Cee Lo Green. In October 2010, he released his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Anchored by the worldwide number one singles "Just the Way You Are" and "Grenade", the album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. He was nominated for seven Grammys at the 53rd Grammy Awards, winning Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Just the Way You Are".
Mars' music is noted for displaying a wide variety of styles and influences, and contains elements of many different musical genres. He has worked with an assortment of artists from different genres; Mars acknowledges the influences that his collaborations have had on his own music. As a child, he was highly influenced by artists such as Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson and would often impersonate these artists from a young age. Mars also incorporates reggae and Motown inspired sounds into his work. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times referred to Mars as "one of the most versatile and accessible singers in pop."
Life and career
Repetitor (Serbian Cyrillic: Репетитор; trans. Repeater) is a Serbian alternative rock band from Belgrade. The band is one of the most prominent bands of the so-called New Serbian Scene.
The band was formed in Belgrade on Autumn of 2005 by Milena Milutinović (drums) and Boris Vlastelica (guitar, vocals), who had been playing together as a duo for a while, joined by Ana-Marija Cupin (bass, vocals). Without much skills at their own instruments, Repetitor started performing live after only a few months of rehearsing, during early 2006 at the Belgrade club Blue Moon. Soon after, they started performing frequently at various venues not only in Belgrade, but also in larger Serbian cities, including Subotica, Novi Sad, Zrenjanin, Niš and Vranje. The band also performed abroad, in Skopje in Macedonia, Zagreb, Osijek and Pula in Croatia, and Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina, gaining fans and becoming a live attraction. In September 2006, the band performed at the Rock 'n' roll škola (School of Rock 'n' Roll) manifestation, and on December at the Jelen Pivo Live festival.
In January 2007, the band was pronounced by the webzine Popboks critics as the third greatest debut act of the year 2006. In August of the same year, Repetitor won the first place at the 11th Art & Music festival for the best regional non-affirmed band by both the audience and jury votes, and in September they appeared at the Jelen Pivo Live festival, held at the Kalemegdan fortress. During the same year, their first recording, the hit song "Ja" ("I"), produced by Ivan Pavlović, was released on the compilation album Jutro će promeniti sve? (Morning Would Change Everything?), maintaining the top position at the Radio B92 domestic singles chart for five weeks. The compilation was the first release of the of the so-called New Serbian Scene. The following year, the band appeared on another various artists compilation, Zdravo, zdravo, zdravo (Hello, Hello, Hello), released by KulturAkt, with the songs "10 puta nedeljno" ("10 Times A Week"), "Sve što vidim je prvi put" ("Everything I See Is For The First Time") and "Pukotine" ("Cracks").
The songs from both compilations appeared on their debut album, Sve što vidim je prvi put (Everything I See Is For The First Time), released by the independent record label Odličan Hrčak on October 30, 2008. The material comprising of thirteen songs was recorded at the Belgrade Digimedia Studio, during April 2008, and the Pula Partyzan studio, on May and produced by Boris Mladenović. The album brought positive critics, with the famous Serbian and former Yugoslav critic Dragan Ambrozić describing the album as "probably the most authentic celebration of the history of the domestic rock and roll ever, without outflanking anyone". Beside the CD edition of the album, it had also been released in mp3 format available for free digital download at the EXIT festival official site, as well as the band Myspace page. After the album release, the band started a live promotion of the album, performing at the Jelen Pivo live festival, before Jarboli, Električni Orgazam, Dinosaur Jr. and The Stooges, and the Nisomnia festival in Niš.
Repetitorzagreb09.jpgthumb250pxRepetitor performing live in Zagreb in 2009
In January 2009, the band appeared on the second place of the Ljubljana Radio Student list of the best albums of the year 2008. At the same time, on the Popboks critics' list annual for the year 2008, Sve što vidim je prvi put appeared at the third place on the best domestic albums list, the song "Opet jak" ("Strong Again") on the third place on the best domestic single and the promotional video for the song was voted as the best in 2008. The music video for the track "Opet jak", was directed by Miloš Tomić and recorded in stop motion technique at several locations in Belgrade from August until October 2008.
In January 2010, the band released another promotional video, for the track "Ogledalo" ("The Mirror"), once again directed by Tomić, appearing on the second place of the Jelen Top 10 chart on April 2010. In July 9 of the same year, the band performed at the Novi Sad EXIT festival main stage. In January of the following year, the promotional video for the song "Ogledalo" was ranked as the second according to the audience, and third according to the critics on the Popboks annual list for the best music video. The following month, on the Popboks list of the best Serbian albums released in the previous decade, Sve što vidim je prvi put appeared on the 5th place and the compilation Jutro će promeniti sve appeared on the 16th place.
* Sve što vidim je prvi put (2008)
* "Ja" (Jutro ce promeniti sve?; 2007)
* "10 puta nedeljno" / "Sve što vidim je prvi put" / "Pukotine" (Zdravo, zdravo, zdravo; 2008)
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