By Jasmine Medina
If you have not heard Bruno Mars’ new single 24K Magic, I would recommend the listen. This song is one of the best songs he has released to date. With its 80’s and 90’s hip hop influences and upbeat lyrics, this is a must have party song. Bruno Mars is known for using influencers from different eras and channeling them seamlessly into his songs. In 24K Magic, we can hear a lot of inspiration from the hip hop legend, Tupac Shakur, with autotune samples from the extremely well known track California Love. We can also hear some Sugarhill Gang influences too, which is another reason this song is so catchy. Finally, song also has a hint of disco in it, hence its dance inspiring beat. The award winning artist manages to effortlessly make nostalgic chart topping tracks.
The music video for the song shows that partying with Bruno Mars in Vegas would be an over-the-top experience. From throwing crazy hotel parties while decked in Versace, to driving all through the streets of Las Vegas, we can tell Mars knows how to have a good time. We also get of taste of how well he can dance. Even though we saw it at the Super Bowl in the dance battle he had with Beyonce, this music video shows that he can still be smooth even on his own. Seeing how fun the music video looks makes you want to be on this excursion yourself. Just like Bruno said, if we want to have money in our pockets, we have to “keep up.” Maybe this music video will give the motivation that people need to get on that level. Who knew a party song could be somewhat inspirational?
Even after a four year hiatus from making albums, the track instantly became a chart topper. 24K Magic climbed to the Top 10 Debut on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Preliminary Nielsen Music data also says the single also draws 40 million in radio audience and 10 million U.S. streams. In the first week after its release, the song reached about 80,000 downloads as well. We still have time to see if 24K Magic will stay on top just like his last endeavor Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson, which spent about 14 weeks at Number 1 on the Billboard Charts. We hope Mars is as dangerous as he says he is on the charts, but it would very surprising if the catchy song didn’t continue to take off.