NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 1, 2012) - Atlantic recording artist Bruno Mars will host and perform on Saturday Night Live October 20th. This appearance will mark the Grammy winner's return to TV and the debut performance of his new single "Locked Out Of Heaven." The singer/songwriter/producer/musician has also announced the release of the "UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX," the follow-up to his platinum certified breakthrough debut and "Album of the Year" Grammy nominated "DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS." Mars' new album "UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX" will arrive everywhere December 11th.
Mars will personally unveil the album's first single "Locked Out Of Heaven" later tonight with YouTube live stream and Google+ Hangout, set to get underway at 7PM (ET)/4PM (PT) at his official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/brunomars. The multi-talented superstar will take tweets (using hashtag #AskTheDragon) from fans before offering the world its first listen to "Locked Out Of Heaven" via an exclusive YouTube video visualizer (a full-scale companion video clip is now in production, with a world premiere date to be announced shortly). The track will impact multi-format radio outlets nationwide immediately following its premiere. "Locked Out Of Heaven" will then go on sale at all digital retailers tomorrow, October 2nd.
As its title suggests, "UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX" once again sees Mars melding a multitude of musical approaches to create his own distinctive sound. The album was executive produced by The Smeezingtons, the hit-making production team comprised of Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine. An additional array of top producers also joined in the creation of "UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX," including such award-winning studio superstars as Jeff Bhasker (fun., Kanye West, Jay-Z), Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Lil Wayne, Black Lips) and Diplo (M.I.A., Usher).
Mars -- who is currently starring on the cover of Billboard -- will make a number of high profile TV appearances celebrating the release of "UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX." A full schedule will be announced in the coming weeks, as will information regarding upcoming live performances. For up-to-the-minute information, please see www.brunomars.com.
Bruno Mars -- who has sold over 5 million albums and over 45 million singles worldwide -- is undoubtedly among contemporary pop's most gifted and compelling new artists. Released in October 2010, "DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS" -- which has been certified 39x Platinum worldwide -- was greeted with both popular success and critical acclaim from all corners of the globe. "The year's finest pop debut," raved Rolling Stone. "Near-flawless...(the album) delivers pleasure without pretension." Fueled by a remarkable string of hit singles, including the multi-platinum #1 smashes, "Just The Way You Are" and "Grenade," the album earned worldwide sales in excess of 5 million and instantly established Mars as a major force in modern pop music.
Along with his commercial and critical success, Mars soon racked up a remarkable record of prestigious awards, including a "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance" Grammy Award (for "Just The Way You Are"), an American Music Award for "Pop or Rock Music/Favorite Male Artist," two MTV European Music Awards, and multiple 2011 Billboard Awards including "Top Male Hot 100 Artist of the Year." As if that weren't enough, Mars received a stunning amount of additional honors from ASCAP, including Song of the Year for "Just The Way You Are" in the ASCAP Pop Awards.
Additionally, the top 3 smash single "It Will Rain" proved yet another milestone for Mars. The single marked the 11th top 10 hit for the gifted performer, songwriter, and producer, following solo favorites like the RIAA platinum certified "The Lazy Song," as well as songs written and co-produced by Mars in his role as part of The Smeezingtons, including Cee Lo Green's history-making "F**k You," Travie McCoy's "Billionaire (Feat. Bruno Mars)," and "Nothin' On You (Feat. Bruno Mars)," the #1 smash by B.o.B.