Apr 5, 2013
Bruno Mars Breaks (More) Records
By Ben York
Posted: April 5, 2013
Since bursting onto the scene three years ago, Bruno Mars has made a habit of reaching the No. 1 spot on multiple Billboard charts.
Now, he's made history.
Bruno Mars rewrites Billboard chart history, as "When I Was Your Man" rises 2-1 on the Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs radio airplay tally. The song marks Mars' sixth No. 1, pushing him past Nelly and Justin Timberlake for the most leaders among solo male artists in the chart's 20-year archives. (Katy Perry and Rihanna lead all acts with nine No. 1s each.)
Amazingly, Mars has set multiple records in a span of just three years.
He first charted the week of March 6, 2010, as a guest on B.o.B's "Nothin' on You," which reigned the week of May 22, 2010. Also laudable, he's ruled with five of his six single releases as a lead act. "Just the Way You Are" (three weeks, 2010) and "Grenade" (five, 2011) led from his debut album "Doo-Wops & Hooligans." (Third single "The Lazy Song" reached No. 3).
Mars, a 14-time Grammy Award nominee, has sold over 53 million singles worldwide and has over 1 billion views on YouTube. Since his arrival just three years ago, he’s earned four Hot 100 No. 1 singles, and, just last month, his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 -- “Unorthodox Jukebox.” His debut album, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” was released in October 2010 and achieved global success with the hit singles “The Lazy Song,” “Grenade” and the blockbuster “Just the Way You Are,” which reached No. 1 in multiple countries and won the critically-acclaimed artist a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Also announced today, Bruno Mars will join some of today’s biggest names in music, including Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Prince and Miguel as performers at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, airing live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on SUNDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.