Bruno Mars will help you work rest and play with January album launch gig and March 2011 tour

Posted: 12th January 2011

The name Bruno Mars might not roll from everyones' lips as easily as KFC, Hellman's or Solzhenitsyn, but the Hawaiian recording artist has already racked up three top 3 hits in the past 12 months and with his newly-released single "Grenade" perched at the top of the tree on the iTunes charts, he is surely due to become a household name.

Of course, his first biggie was "Just The Way You Are" which sold over three-quarters of a million copies during its chart tenure, including a number one stint, and the parent debut album is all set to be unleashed on 17th January (next Monday). Called "Doo Wops and Hooligans", the 10-song set will be officially launched on the following Monday at the Cafe de Paris venue - tickets will cost £16.50 and go on sale this Friday at 9am (demand will, no doubt, be huge).

Following this launch activity, Mars will return to the UK in March for a brace of headline dates Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham on the 10th, 11th and 15th respectively. I have a sneaking suspicion he'll be back in London as well. Tickets will be £15 for the regional concerts.

Meanwhile, to get you in the mood, you can cop some Bruno action as Mars attacks (see what I did there?) the eardrums with his "Grenade" thing right here.

Paul Pledger