The countdown to New Year’s Eve has begun! Most of us are looking forward to the big night with plenty going on in the UAE. One of the most talked about events is Resolution By Night which will see global pop sensation Bruno Mars performing at du Arena in Abu Dhabi. Known for his big performances and amazing vocals he’s sure to draw in the crowds.
What may come as a surprise to some is that Mars is not just a talented singer but also has a list of writing credits. And whilst he’s seen success with plenty of songs that he recorded himself, he’s also written some chart smashers for other big artists in the pop world. So, while we start the count down to New Year with Bruno, here are 5 hits that you may be surprised to learn he penned:
“Right round” By Flo Rida ft. Ke$ha
Who remembers this banger playing in all the clubs when it came out back in 2009? Bruno was part of the team who wrote the smash hit which reached the top ten of the music charts in 19 countries. In the United States, it became Flo Rida’s second number-one single and stayed there for 6 weeks on the trot. It also broke the record for first-week sales with 636,000 downloads. Bruno did pretty good!
“Young, Wild & Free” By Snoop Dogg Ft. Wiz Khalifa & Bruno Mars
This hot and heavy track is one that’s difficult to
forget (in more ways than one!), especially the video. Bruno had a role to play
in the catchy lines and tune. The single was certified six times platinum by
the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),
nominated Best Rap Song at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in
2013, and received the Most Performed Song award at the 2013 ASCAP Pop
“Bang Bang (She Shot Me)” By K’naan Ft. Adam Levine
Adam Levine did this R&B hit justice after Mars
co-wrote it with K’naan and Philip Lawrence. It did well in the UK charts but
most had no idea that Bruno contributed his creative talents to it. He worked
with K’naan again on Waving Flag which was used in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
“Billionaire” By Travie Mccoy
While Travie rapped throughout the track, it’s
actually Bruno who sang the catchy tune. Rightfully so – because he co-wrote it along with Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine of The
Smeezingtons. Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte re-recorded it and her version
outperformed the original, reaching number three on the Billboard Brazil Hot
100 Airplay chart.
“Never Close Our Eyes” By Adam Lambert
“Never Close Our Eyes” sang by American pop
recording artist Adam Lambert was released in
2012. It was written and produced by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Dr. Luke,
and Cirkut. Adam Lambert has a lot to thank Bruno for
with this one as it became his first top twenty hit in the United Kingdom,
debuting and peaking at number 17.
Get your tickets to see Bruno Mars in Abu Dhabi
Bruno Mars will headline the Resolution by Night festival on Yas Island this New Year’s Eve. We can’t think of a better way to see in the New Year than witnessing one of the world’s most entertaining and multi-talented artists live in concert. Tickets start at Dh350 and are available from Ticketmaster here and Virgin Megastores across the UAE.