Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bruno Mars to hold concert in RP By ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ

MANILA, Philippines - Another half-Filipino artist is said to join the line-up of international musicians who will come to the Philippines in 2011: Bruno Mars.
The buzz is that the Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer will set foot in the country in April. Eventologist, host and columnist Tim Yap tweeted on Dec. 30 that Bruno’s show will be on April 9 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.
“Confirmed by @lounell :Bruno Mars: Live in Manila! April 9, 2011 Mall of Asia Concert Grounds Tayor Swift, then Bruno Mars. Hello, 2011!” read his post, which was immediately re-tweeted by Bruno’s Filipino fans.
Other online posts, meanwhile, indicated that Mars' concert in Manila will be on April 8. He is also said to hold a show in Cebu on April 7. An official announcement has yet to be made regarding the concert date.
Bruno, who made a successful crossover from writing and producing songs as part of the The Smeezingtons trio to launching a career as a solo artist, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a Puerto Rican father and a Filipino mother. Named Peter Hernandez in real life, the singer was given the nickname “Bruno” by his father when he was two years old, after a “chubby” wrestler named Bruno Sammartino. He later on added “Mars” as his surname when he was in the studio.
Bruno achieved remarkable success with the release of his debut album “Doo Woops and Hooligans,” which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart last October. He scored his second number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Grenade” while his “Just The Way You Are” spent five weeks at number one on the Billboard chart.
Bruno is up for seven trophies in the next Grammys, including a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance for “Just The Way You Are.”

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