Bruno Mars is looking rather rakish on the cover of the holiday issue of Paper, as unveiled yesterday: Sporting a jaunty chapeau and a swaggy grin, the “Locked Out of Heaven” crooner now “blasts off,” according to the headline. Not sure what that means, since his last album went platinum 39 times, but yes, cool, totally! It’s more good promo for Mars’ new LP Unorthodox Jukebox, which hit retailers yesterday.
In the cover story, he sat down for a relatively revealing interview with the magazine, where he talked about his SNL hosting gig earlier this year: He told SNL head writer Seth Meyers that he was prepared to go “up in flames” (although, admittedly, that’s not what happened). But his approach was not Method, nor Stanislavski, but rather #YOLO: “It’s like if you don’t do this, you wasn’t made for this shit if you can’t take on something like that. So it was kind of a challenge. It was like, ‘Fuck it, let’s go,’” he said.
As for the content of his new album, Mars notes that the very sexy and occasionally controversial subject matter (partying and ladies!) ”definitely might be darker, a little more aggressive… I’m saying some things that are probably going to open a lot of those doors.” Namely, he says, his 2010 arrest for cocaine possession in Las Vegas may have served as a source of inspiration: “It’s weird, because it’s easier for me to sit down and write a song than actually talk about it.”
Way to keep it unorthodox, Bruno. Read the full interview over at Paper.