Peter Gene Hernandez born October 8, , known professionally as Bruno Mars , is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer. Mars is accompanied by his band, the Hooligans, who play a variety of instruments, such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums, and horns, and also serve as backup singers and dancers. After being dropped by Motown Records , Mars signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in In the same year, he co-founded the production team The Smeezingtons , responsible for various successful singles for Mars himself and other artists. Mars rose to fame in with the release of the successful singles " Nothin' on You " by B. B and " Billionaire " by Travie McCoy , both of which featured his vocals on the hooks. He has released seven number-one singles on the Billboard Hot since his career launched in , attaining his first five faster than any male artist since Elvis Presley.
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Bruno Mars is in the courtyard — white T-shirt, Versace cap over curls, white slip-on sneakers, no socks — smoking his umpteenth cigarette of the day and trying with every bone in his roughly five-foot-five body to will his third album to completion. I want to be finished by the middle of next month. I do have a deadline.
Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars began to find success in the early s by writing songs for popular artists, including K'Naan's "Wavin' Flag. His father, Pete, was a Latin percussionist from Brooklyn, and his mother, Bernadette "Bernie" , was a singer. Mars received his nickname, "Bruno," while he was still a baby. In Waikiki Beach, Mars's family performed a Las Vegas-style revue that included Motown hits, doo-wop melodies and celebrity impersonations. Growing up around entertainers, Mars began picking up musical instruments from early childhood.