First he gets that Super Bowl slot, now this: Bruno Mars has been named Billboard’s Artist of the Year, beating out Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and other pop stars who grabbed headlines in 2013.
Apparently, the charts mattered more than media attention this year. Mars came in at No. 1 on eight of Billboard’s year-end lists, including “Hot 100 Artists,” “Top Overall Artists,” “Hot 100 Singles Airplay,” “Hot Digital Songs,” “Mainstream Top 40” and “Pop Digital Songs” with tracks from his 2012 album Unorthodox Jukebox, which includes hits “Locked Out of Heaven,” “Treasure,” and “When I Was Your Man.”
“Mars’ artist of the year nod may come as a surprise,” Billboard admits in its year-end issue. “But as if on a stealth mission, the adventurous Unorthodox Jukebox commanded a steady presence on the Billboard 200 following its No. 2 debut last December.” After that, the piece notes, the album hung onto the top 20 every week through Sept. 14, landing at No. 1 in its 12th week. It has sold 1.8 million copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
Mars’ Moonshine Jungle world tour also ranked in the Top 25 tours of the year. He’ll be back on the road on Feb. 28, though the tour stops are still yet to be announced.
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