Unorthodox Jukebox is the second studio album by American recording artist Bruno Mars, released on December 7, 2012, by Atlantic Records. On December 4, 2012, the album was available to listen to in its entirety for a week before the release. Mars co-wrote the album and worked with producers including The Smeezingtons, Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Supa Dups, Diplo, Benny Blanco, Paul Epworth.
The album has influences from pop-soul, jazz, funk, disco, quiet storm, reggae rock and soft rock. Its songs are characterized by Mars’ usual style of composing melodies and arrangements, and though its songwriting explores themes like love, heartbreak and relationships, Unorthodox Jukebox incorporates significantly more explicit lyrics and themes than Mars’ previous album, such as sex, revenge, anger and chauvinism.
The album’s lead single, “Locked Out of Heaven”, was a commercial success, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for six consecutive weeks and charting inside the top ten in more than 20 countries across the world. Its second single, “When I Was Your Man”, also peaked at number one on the Hot 100 and experienced similar mainstream success. “Treasure” was released as the third official single from the album in May 2013, peaking at #5 on the Hot 100 with less worlwide comercial success than the previous singles. The fourth official single, “Gorilla” peaked at 22 on Hot 100, becoming his first single not to reach the Top 10, already ending his streak. The album is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
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