Elektra recording artist Bruno Mars and Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy/Atlantic recording artist Janelle Monáe have announced plans for a major North American co-headlining tour, "Hooligans in Wondaland," this May and June. They will visit Los Angeles for a Gibson Amphitheatre concert on June 12th.
Tickets for Bruno Mars’ and Janelle Monáe’s Los Angeles performance will go on sale Saturday, February 26th at 10 AM. They will be available at LiveNation.com, at select Live Nation and Ticketmaster retail outlets and via Charge-By-Phone (800.745.3000).
Both Mars and Monáe were among the top stars at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, performing a medley of their hits alongside Rebel Rock Entertainment/Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist B.o.B. Their critically acclaimed performance received a rousing standing ovation. Additionally, singer/songwriter/producer Bruno Mars was one of the night's big winners, taking home the "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance" trophy for his 3x RIAA platinum certified debut single, "Just The Way You Are."
Pre-production is currently underway on the companion video for Mars' next single, "The Lazy Song." The clip will be filmed in Los Angeles later this week.
Mars -- who will be among the stars performing at next weekend's 2011 NBA All-Star Pregame Show, slated to air live on TNT on Sunday, February 20th at 7PM ET (check local listings) -- has received an array of rapturous press coverage in recent weeks, including a cover appearance on the February/March issue of Vibe as well as key features in The New Yorker and the Los Angeles Times.
A charming and charismatic live performer, Mars will get ready for the "Hooligans In Wondaland Tour" with a hugely anticipated European itinerary. Set to begin in early March, the trek features sold out shows in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, where his breakthrough debut album, "DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS," has just received platinum certification.
Along with Sunday night's Grammys triumph, Mars has just been nominated for a 2011 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award for "Favorite Male Singer." The nod joins a long list of recent honors, including a 2011 BRIT Award nomination as "Best International Male" and a pair of nominations for the upcoming 42nd NAACP Image Awards. Bruno was named in the "Best New Artist" category, while fellow Elektra artist Cee Lo Green's "Forget You" (penned and produced by Mars' in-demand production team, The Smeezingtons) was nominated for "Outstanding Song." The 42nd NAACP Image Awards will be presented during a live telecast airing on Friday, March 4th on FOX at 8PM ET.
"Grenade," Mars' second consecutive #1 hit single following "Just The Way You Are," remains a worldwide smash hit, currently standing at #1 on Billboard's "Pop Songs" chart as well as at #2 on the overall "Hot 100." The 3x platinum certified track -- which is, of course, featured on "DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS" -- is also included on the new digital EP, "THE GRENADE SESSIONS," a four-track collection compiling rare remixes by Passion Pit and The Hooligans, as well as an exclusive acoustic rendition. The EP is available at all leading DSPs, including Bruno's own official webstore, located at brunomars.hasawebstore.com.
Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy/Atlantic recording artist Janelle Monáe is without question one of the most celebrated new artists in recent memory, a fact made clear by a pair of impressive Grammy Awards nominations. Her acclaimed single, "Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi)," was named in the "Best Urban/Alternative Performance" category, while her genre-bending debut album, "THE ARCHANDROID" received a nod as "Best Contemporary R&B Album."
In addition, "THE ARCHANDROID" earned universal critical applause around the world. The album -- which includes the hit single, "Cold War" -- was named among 2010's best by a wide range of national outlets, including Time, People, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, New York, NPR, Paste, Vibe, and Pitchfork, with PopMatters, the Associated Press, and the Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot all declaring it to be the year's finest work bar none. What's more, a Grammy Awards preview in last Friday's edition of the Wall Street Journal openly decreed that "THE ARCHANDROID" "is superior to any disc up for the 'Album of the Year' award."
Across the Atlantic, the United Kingdom's The Guardian also named "THE ARCHANDROID" as its top album of 2010, declaring that Monáe "belongs to the tradition of OutKast, Prince, David Bowie and Funkadelic -- artists who command so many genres that they become one themselves... No other album this year seems so alive with possibility. Monáe is young and fearless enough to try anything, gifted enough to pull almost all of it off, and large-hearted enough to make it feel like a communal experience."
A truly worldwide artist in her approach, Monáe is currently poised to begin a hugely anticipated European tour, set to kick off later this month. The itinerary, which includes shows in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom, follows Monáe's recent visit to South America as part of the annual Summer Soul Festival Tour, not to mention her supporting role on Prince's recent "Welcome 2 America" trek.
In addition to her Grammy success, Monáe was celebrated at last week's 2nd Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Music event in Los Angeles. The evening featured an exclusive performance by Monáe and her band, who thrilled the invitation-only crowd with four songs, including a stellar rendition of "Tightrope" alongside longtime friend and collaborator, Big Boi.
For up-to-the-minute news and tour information on both Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe, please visit www.brunomars.com, www.jmonae.com, www.atlanticrecords.com, and www.elektra.com.