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Artist Spotlight: Bruno Mars


Bruno Mars became a household name last Sunday after his performance during the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show.

We’re used to watching music legends like The Who, Bruce Springsteen, and Prince perform during the Super Bowl Halftime, but this year was a little different. Hawaiian native Bruno Mars, who only has two studio albums, performed a few of his hits including Locked Out Of Heaven, Treasure, and Just The Way You Are. He was joined on stage by famous rock band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. At only 5 ft, 4 in tall, he brought the Super Bowl audience on their feet with his electrifying performance. According to reports, this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show was the most watched ever. That’s quite impressive considering the superstars that have performed in the past.

If you’ve never heard of him before, here are 3 quick facts about Bruno Mars:

1) He became recognized after being featured on songs “Nothin’ on You” by B.o.B, and “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy, which were worldwide hits.

2) He’s only 28 years old.

3) His real name is Peter Gene Hernandez.

Last year, I watched him live at the United Center for his 2013 Moonshine Jungle Tour. The Halftime Show was only a small taste of what to expect at a Bruno Mars concert. It’s a nonstop party! According to an article by Forbes Magazine, tickets to his upcoming 2014 Moonshine Jungle Tour are in high demand and prices are through the roof. He will be performing at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL on Friday, June 21, 2014.

If you’re interested in listening to his music, both of his studio albums Doo-wops & Hooligans and Unorthodox Jukebox are available at the Niles Public Library.

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