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9 Songs You Didn’t Know Bruno Mars Helped Write And Produce

In addition to being an award winning singer, Bruno Mars is a songwriter with an incredible resume. Even though we usually give credit to the singers themselves, here are some popular hits Mars helped write and produce throughout his career:

1. “F*ck You!” by Ceelo Green

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Mars collaborated with CeeLo Green and The Smeezingtons (the writing and producing team Mars was part of at the time) to create the famous single “F*ck You.” This song was also known as “Forget You” and “Thank You” due to radio censorship. After being released in 2010, the single became an international success, breaking the top 10 in several countries.

2. “Right Round” by Flo Rida ft. Kesha

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This single was inspired by 80’s hit “You Spin Me Round” by Dead or Alive, which you hear a sample of throughout the song. Mars co-wrote this song with Flo Rida and ever since it was released in 2009, the song has reached over 12 million downloads.

3. “All I Ask” by Adele

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Mars co-wrote this song with Adele and it was released in her 2015 album, “25.” Even though Adele was a bit of a diva at first, once she and Mars began to work on the song together they had a lot of fun and Mars was impressed by her powerful vocals.

Mars performed a cover of “All I Ask” himself, but gave it a little romantic, R&B twist…

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4. “Love Me” by Justin Bieber

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Mars and his production team, The Smeezingtons, worked together to write “Love Me,” which was released in 2009. This song was dedicated to all of Bieber’s fans, thanking them for all of their unconditional love and support.

5. “Dumb love” by Sean Kingston

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“Dumb Love” was co-written by The Smeezingtons and The Jackie Boyz, another team of songwriters that consisted of two brothers. As part of Sean Kingston’s third studio album, this pop, r&b hit was released in 2010.

6. “Tears Always Win” by Alicia Keys

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Written by Mars and his Smeezington partners, “Tears Always Win” was released in 2013, as part of Alicia Keys’ famous album “Girl On Fire.”

7. “One Day” by Matisyahu

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Written by Mars and his team, The Smeezingtons, “One Day” was released in 2008 as part of Matisyahu’s third album. Later in 2010, there was a second version of the song recorded and released which featured R&B singer Akon.

8. “Never Close Our Eyes” by Adam Lambert

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If you’re a devoted American Idol fan, then you might remember Adam Lambert from season eight of the show. Mars and The Smeezingtons worked together to write “Never Close Our Eyes” which was released in 2012, as part of Lambert’s second studio album.

9. “Can We Dance” by The Vamps

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Mars worked with British Pop band, The Vamps, and helped co-write “Can We Dance” which was released in 2013.

So, is there anything Mars can’t do??


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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Latin music is something we all grew up with. Our parents raised us on the voices of Celia Cruz and Vicente Fernandez. We cleaned the house and entertained ourselves on road trips to these artists and they are ingrained in our DNA. Billboard recently released a list of the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some are undoubtedly iconic and others just aren’t Latin music.

Billboard dropped their list for the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some of them are truly classics.

Amor Prohibido” by Selena, “Guantanamera” by Celia Cruz, “El Rey” by Vicente Fernandez, and “El dia que me quieras” by Luis Miguel are just a few of the songs on the list that deserve all the praise. They are songs that transport us to our childhoods and cherished family memories.

The list also includes some newer songs that have rocked out adult worlds. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, “Mi Gente” by J Balvin, “El Farsante” by Ozuna, and “Tusa” by Karol G and Nicki Minaj all made the list. Not only do these songs speak to the Latino audience, they have been able to go mainstream sharing our musical culture with the world. That’s something to admire and respect because it gives our community representation like never before.

The list has proven to be just want some people have been asking for.

Tbh, this would make a pretty amazing road trip playlist if you need to pass the time. Nothing like a mix of Latin music songs playing along to give you a big, inclusive sabor of Latin America through music. A little be of Mexico and a little bit of Puerto Rico mixed in with a little bit of Colombia is pure joy and magic.

However, a lot of people are questioning the list’s inclusion of Spanish artists.

The list has various artists who are not Latino, but Spanish. There seems to be an unspoken rule in the music industry that music in Spanish is automatically Latin music. Fans have long been arguing against the industry’s blanket label of Spanish-language music automatically being considered Latin music.

Rosalía, who has arguably become the face of the debate, is listed as having one of the best Latin music songs of all time.

While Rosalía does make some good music, there is a real push to make sure the artists of Latin American roots are uplifted in Latin music. There is nothing wrong with including Rosalía in your Spanish-language playlists but Latin music fans want the distinction made that some artists aren’t Latino.

You can check out the rest of the Billboard list here.

READ: Vogue México Put A Spanish Music Artist On Their Cover And Called Her Latina And Latinos Almost Set Twitter On Fire

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Demi Lovato Gasses Up Her Teen Self In Her Latest Music Video ‘OK Not to Be OK’

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Demi Lovato Gasses Up Her Teen Self In Her Latest Music Video ‘OK Not to Be OK’

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Demi Lovato is hardly a stranger to opening up about the things that have plagued her. The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer has long used her voice and platform to shed light on the issues that so many young girls struggle with. Namely body image. Like many young girls across the country (who are reportedly more likely to suffer from the pressures of our society’s pressure to obtain the “ideal body”) Demi Lovato has been open about her years struggling with eating disorders. Moreover, in recent years Lovato has positioned herself as an advocate for young girls suffering from similar issues.

In a recent music video, Lovato is opening up about her pain by doing so with a girl she can relate to on a completely different level: her younger self.

Lovato’s newest song comes with a heartwrenching and brilliant collab with Marshmello.

In her latest video, Lovato finds herself transported to her childhood bedroom, waking up in her old bed. When she looks in the mirror, she finds herself staring straight into the face of her younger self (a la Camp Rock). Marshmello also wakes up in his own childhood room, and the two artists end up settling with their past demons throughout the rest of the video. 

The lyrics of the song detail the process of coming to terms with dark emotions and mental health struggles. “Don’t get lost in the moment, or give up when you’re closest,” Lovato sings in the new music video. “All you need is somebody to say, it’s OK not to be OK.”

Throughout the video, the teenage and adult versions of Lovato and Marshmellow rage in their bedrooms in the video before ultimately finding a balance. The video concludes with both versions of Demi holding hands and meeting up with the teenage and adult versions of Marshmello while dancing down a street.

“I think it’s just such an important subject,” Marshmello said about the song’s release on World Suicide Prevention Day. “I think a lot of people, about negative feelings and negative thoughts that are affecting them are kind of scared to bring it up, scared to talk about it. When in reality, they’re scared because maybe the person won’t relate or the person won’t understand, when in reality most of time the person that you could bring it up to, will most likely has felt like this or will understand or can relate as well. So I think it’s very important to talk about it.”

Check out the music video below!

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