Bruno Mars’ new song has arrived, as well as its music video and the title, artwork, and release date for his next album.
Late Thursday, the pop star debuted “24K Magic,” his first solo single since “Young Girls” in 2013, and the first track from his new album, due Nov. 18, also titled 24K Magic.
The new song starts off slow, reminiscent of ’80s R&B, with an autotuned voice singing, “Tonight, I just wanna take you higher,” before kicking into a familiar gear, turning into an energetic dance track. “Put yo’ pinky rings up to the moon Girls/ what y’all trying to do 24 karat magic in the air/ Head to toe soul player,” Mars continues before diving into the first verse. “Pop pop it’s showtime / showtime / Guess who’s back again,” he reminds fans (and presumably those girls from earlier).
The video for the new track, which was co-written by Philip Lawrence and Brody Brown, features the singer surrounded by his entourage, hitting the town with champagne in hand, dance moves at the ready.
Mars also released the cover art for the album on Instagram, which sees him seated in a (presumably 24k) gold chair, with the album’s title next to him. 24K Magic is set to be released on Nov. 18.
Though he had hits before, Mars’ 2012 album Unorthodox Jukebox propelled him to stardom. The No. 1 album was propelled by lead single “Locked Out of Heaven,” which held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks. Mars parlayed that into playing at two Super Bowls and lending his vocals to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” the biggest song of 2015.