Bruno Mars has recently released his album “24K Magic.” The album has been successful so far, but the singer admits it wasn’t easy to come out with it.
In an appearance on “60 Minutes,” Mars (real name Peter Gene Hernandez) said he found the pressure of putting out a hit after “Uptown Funk’s” success to be daunting. “Coming off of ‘Uptown Funk’ was like the biggest song I’ve ever been a part of,” Mars said. “And then you’re like, alright, now what are you gonna do?”
Despite the pressure, Mars is confident with the new material he has put out. Still, he is determined to get better at his craft and put out better music. “It’s dedicating yourself to your craft,” Mars said about his career. “Spending thousands of hours in a studio learning how to write a song, learning how to play different chords, training yourself to sing. You know, to get better and better.”
Being a perfectionist has made songwriting more difficult for the “Versace on the Floor” singer. In an interview with Rolling Stone before his latest record was released, Mars shared how attentive he is to every little detail of a song. He also said that he has made about 20 versions of one song before he finally felt like it was ready to be released. Mars added that he keeps old versions of his songs on his laptop and plays them to remind himself that he should not feel daunted by having to redo songs over and over again.
Mars’s new album, “24K Magic,” was released on Nov. 18. He has also announced that he will tour the album worldwide, and dates and locations for the North American and European legs of the tour have already been revealed. Tickets for the shows start selling Nov. 21.