Pop Quiz: Bruno Mars

Aidin Vaziri | Bruno Mars is building a resume to die for. The 25-year-old Hawaiian currently dominates the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his single “Just the Way You Are,” taken from his first album, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans.” He’s had a hand in some of the year’s other major hits, including Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” and Cee Lo’s “F- You.” Oh, let’s not forget his cameo as a baby Elvis in “Honeymoon in Vegas.” Having completed a tour with Maroon 5 and One Republic, Mars is on his own headlining trek this month with a sold-out date Tuesday at Slim’s (before he heads to court to face charges of narcotic possession in Las Vegas).

Bruno Mars
Q: You’ve had so many hits in the past year I’ve lost count. Do your parents own Billboard?
A: I paid a lot of money for them to own Billboard. I think “Right Round” was actually up there for six weeks. But we’re more personally attached to “Just the Way You Are.”
Q: That’s going on four weeks at No. 1.
A: A month’s not bad. It’s something to be proud of, right?
Q: It probably feels a little better after being signed and dropped when you were 18.
A: I like to say it’s a little word called justice. Being dropped had to happen. I couldn’t handle it back then. I wasn’t ready. I was so young. I wasn’t writing songs. My voice doesn’t sound the way it does now. I pulled through the fire, though.
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