With a record breaking 115.3 million viewers, Bruno Mars is now top dog of halftime shows surpassing the top two performances in Super Bowl history: last year’s awaited Destiny’s Child reunion (110.8 million viewers) and Madonna’s highly raved about show (114.0 million). Three cheers for the underdog! And can I just say: I told you his star power would multiply overnight.
The news doesn’t stop there though. The singer also made history by being the youngest artist ever to serve as the sole NFL Super Bowl Halftime headliner, not to mention that he also drew the highest ratings of the game’s telecast. Wait a minute, there was a game on Sunday? Oh that’s right that Seahawks v. Broncos one that everyone erased from memory.
But there’s more. The second leg of his successful “Moonshine Jungle World Tour,” which just went on sale today (Monday Feb.3), is already sold out in most markets including both dates at NYC’s Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl.
I also have to add that his music experienced a major spike in sales immediately following the show. His latest album, “Unorthodox Jukebox” is back at No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Album chart while his debut album “Doo-Woops & Hooligans” is at No. 3. Not to mention, that “Locked Out Of Heaven” and “Just The Way You Are” now hold the No. 6 and No. 7 positions respectively on the iTunes Overall Singles chart.
Not long ago, the big performance seemed like a far away dream for Mars. “[My band and I] were all watching Beyoncé perform last year,” he told Forbes. “We were just blown away. We said, ‘Wow, what if one day we got the call to play that show?’”
The singer caught the eye of music fans back in 2009 as a featured artist on B.O.B’s “Nothing on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire. Then in 2010 he hit it big with his debut album. With just two records under his arm and a mere 5 years in the mainstream music scene, many doubted that Mars had what it took to make his halftime performance one for the books, but he surely wasn’t going to back down.
“It’s one of those things where I feel like it’s early on in my career, but … it’s definitely something on a bucket list, he told the publication. “It’s the biggest stage ever. It’s something you’re not gonna say no to.”
Now, just one day after his grand show, Mars not only proved to himself, but to the world that you are your biggest obstacle. He also proved that the Red Hot Chili Peppers still rule (even if you don’t think so), and that Beyoncé and Madonna, they got nothing on him, baby.
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