Elektra recording artist Bruno Mars has announced details of his first-ever North American headline tour. The dates celebrate the release of his eagerly anticipated debut album, â€œDOOâ€“WOPS & HOOLIGANS,â€ which arrives in stores and at all online retailers (pre-order) on October 5th.
â€œThe Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tourâ€ will kick off in mid-November and will continue through to a November 30th date at Bostonâ€™s famed Paradise Rock Club (see attached itinerary). Ticket pre-sales for all announced shows begin Friday, September 10th at 10AM ET, exclusively via www.brunomars.com. All remaining tickets will then be made available to the general public on Friday, September 17th. Special guests, as well as a slate of additional tour dates, will be announced shortly.
Meanwhile, Mars is set to steal the show with a live performance at this weekendâ€™s upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, airing live from Los Angeles on Sunday, September 12th at 9PM ET. Bruno, of course, is a â€œBest Pop Videoâ€ nominee, named alongside Rebel Rock Entertainment/Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist B.o.B for their chart-topping phenomenon, â€œNothinâ€™ On You (Feat. Bruno Mars).â€
In other news, the complete tracklisting for â€œDOOâ€“WOPS & HOOLIGANSâ€ has just been announced (see attached). Among the collectionâ€™s many highlights is the breakthrough hit single, â€œJust The Way You Are,â€ which just hit #1 on both iTunesâ€™ â€œTop Singlesâ€ and â€œTop Pop Songsâ€ charts earlier this week. The track is also lighting it up at multi-format radio outlets nationwide, currently standing as a top 10 hit at CHR/Pop and a top 15 smash at Rhythmic. â€œJust The Way You Areâ€ has also just made its Hot AC debut at #33 â€“ the formatâ€™s highest new chart entry this week â€“ giving the single a total current radio audience of 62.8 million.
The â€œJust The Way You Areâ€ companion video clip made its long awaited debut earlier this week across a range of MTV networks, including MTVâ€™s AMtv, MTV2, MTV Hits, mtvU, MTV.com, and VH1.com. The video â€“ directed by Ethan Lader (B.o.B, Kidz In The Hall), and inspired by the work of Georgia-based artist Erika Iris Simmons â€“ will make its premiere appearance on VH1â€™s Top 20 Video Countdown on Saturday, September 11th, with Mars featured as the networkâ€™s latest â€œYou Oughta Knowâ€ artist beginning Monday, September 13tt (for more, please see www.vh1.com/music/you_oughta_know/main.jhtml).
In addition, Bruno will be highlighted as Fuse and MySpaceâ€™s next â€œIntroducingâ€ artist, with the video for â€œJust The Way You Areâ€ going into rotation on Fuse beginning Monday, September 13th. The full â€œDOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANSâ€ album will then have its world premiere via MySpace Music beginning Friday, September 24th.
Pre-orders for â€œDOOâ€“WOPS & HOOLIGANSâ€ are currently underway at the Cisco Eos-powered www.brunomars.com. A variety of pre-order options are on offer, with such extras as an exclusive t-shirt and a limited edition screenprinted poster, autographed and hand-numbered by Mars himself. Whatâ€™s more, Bruno will personally be taking 500 individual photos, to be included in the first 500 pre-orders.
A remarkably charismatic and charming live performer, Mars recently made his much anticipated New York City solo debut at a sold-out Bowery Ballroom (read our review here). As previously announced, Bruno will next herald the release of â€œDOOâ€“WOPS & HOOLIGANSâ€ with his biggest U.S. tour schedule to date, supporting Maroon 5 on the fall leg of their 2010 â€œHands All Overâ€ Tour. The dates â€“ which also feature One Republic â€“ begin October 6th at Santa Barbara, Californiaâ€™s Santa Barbara Bowl and then continue through an October 16th show at San Diego, Californiaâ€™s Viejas Arena.
From there, Bruno will cross the Atlantic for an eagerly awaited European tour alongside Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording artist Travie McCoy, due to hit England, Scotland, Germany, Denmark, France, Sweden, and The Netherlands with dates running from mid-October through early November. The joint tour follows Mars and McCoyâ€™s recent series of high-profile TV performances of their collaborative Top 3 hit, â€œBillionaire,â€ including appearances on ABCâ€™s The View, NBCâ€™s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, VH1â€™s â€œDo Something Awards,â€ TBSâ€™ Lopez Tonight, and Foxâ€™s 2010 Teen Choice Awards.
In addition, Bruno recently joined Kâ€™naan for a very special one-night-only sold-out concert at Hollywoodâ€™s House of Blues, collaborating on the international #1 smash, â€œWavinâ€™ Flag.â€ The track â€“ which was prominently featured at the FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa â€“ is one of the many recent hit singles co-crafted by Mars in his role as member of the hugely successful production trio, The Smeezingtons.
Currently earning acclaim for co-writing and producing fellow Elektra recording artist Cee Lo Greenâ€™s new online sensation, â€œF**k You (FU),â€ The Smeezingtons are without question the yearâ€™s most sought-after production team, having crafted a pair of RIAA 2x platinum-certified hits in the aforementioned â€œNothinâ€™ On You (Feat. Bruno Mars)â€ and â€œBillionaire (Feat. Bruno Mars).â€
Bruno broke out on his own earlier this year with his acclaimed debut EP, â€œITâ€™S BETTER IF YOU DONâ€™T UNDERSTAND.â€ Produced and written by Mars in collaboration with his Smeezingtons partners, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine, the four-track collection peaked at #1 on the iTunes Pop chart, fueled by such irresistible tracks as â€œThe Other Side,â€ featuring both B.o.B and Cee Lo Green (whose new Elektra solo album, â€œLADY KILLER,â€ is slated for release later this year).
The scion of a Honolulu-based musical family, Bruno Mars grew up surrounded by a wide array of diverse sounds, spanning reggae, R&B, folk, and 1950s-era rock â€˜nâ€™ roll. Upon graduation from high school Mars headed to Los Angeles where he teamed up with Lawrence and Levine as The Smeezingtons. The trio quickly became one of the most in-demand production/songwriting teams in modern music, with a streak of major hits for such diverse artists as Flo Rida, Cobra Starship, Sugababes, Sean Kingston, Brandy, and Justin Bieber.
It wasnâ€™t long before Mars also lent his signature vocals to a pair of Smeezingtons-penned and produced hits: B.o.Bâ€™s #1 sensation, â€œNothinâ€™ On You,â€ and â€œBillionaire,â€ the debut solo single from Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy. A flurry of national media attention followed, including performances alongside B.o.B on a number of major TV shows, including BETâ€™s 106 & Park, the nationally syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show, ABCâ€™s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and TBSâ€™ Lopez Tonight.
Furthermore, Mars has been featured in a wide-ranging assortment of national media outlets, spanning E! News, Entertainment Weekly, Complex.com, The Village Voice, Vibe, YRB, PerezHilton.com, Spin.com, ArtistDirect.com, MTV.com, and New York.
(TOUR ITINERARY ATTACHED)
ON TOUR 2010
October 6th â€“ 16th Supporting Maroon 5 & One Republic
October 18th â€“ November 3rd Supporting Travie McCoy
November 20th â€“ 30th â€œTHE DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS TOURâ€
6 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
8 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
10 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
12 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
14 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
15 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
16 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
18 Birmingham, England Academy 2
21 Oxford, England Academy 2
22 Manchester, England Academy 3
23 Glasgow, Scotland G2
25 London, England KCLSU
26 Cologne, Germany Gebaude 9
27 Berlin, Germany Magnet
28 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg
29 Copenhagen, Denmark Rust
30 Stockholm, Sweden GÃ¶ta KÃ¤llar
1 Hamburg, Germany Beatlemania
2 Stuttgart, Germany Kellerclub
3 Paris, France Nouveau Casino
20 Scottsdale, AZ Martini Ranch
23 Dallas, TX The Loft
24 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
26 Sauget, IL Pops â€“ Small Room
27 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
28 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
30 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Additional Headline Dates To Be Announced Shortly
BRUNO MARS â€“ â€œDOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANSâ€ (Elektra)
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In Stores & Online October 5th
2. Just The Way You Are
3. Our First Time
4. Runaway Baby
5. The Lazy Song
6. Marry You
7. Talking To The Moon
8. Liquor Store Blues (Feat. Damian Marley)
9. Count On Me
10. The Other Side (Feat Cee Lo Green & B.o.B)