Bruno Mars has a pretty unique sense of songwriting and performing. But he admits that his career really took off when he stopped trying to be more promising than The Beatles.

He originally aspired to produce songs that were even greater than The Beatles. He then started to get angry with himself. Then he said something that became the basis for one of his famous songs.

Reggae has a significant influence on Mars’ debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Mars was questioned where this inspiration came from during a 2010 interview with the New York Daily News. He said, “Reggae is played on some of Hawaii’s top radio stations. Bob Marley had a significant effect on the local musicians.

“That music brings people together. It’s not urban music or pop music. It’s just songs. That’s what makes it cross over so well. The song comes first.” – Mars talked about the influence of reggae.

Bruno Mars was then questioned about the reggae-pop song “The Lazy Song” on the Doo-Wops & Hooligans. He was questioned about his laziness. He said, “I hope my body of work demonstrates I’m not. That tune has just left the studio.”

He talked about what took place in the studio. He stated, “We were aiming to write a song that was better than The Beatles. We were attempting to be both historic and mystical.” He then proceeded to claim that that plan went to waste and just developed something that felt more like him.

“The Lazy Song” became a success. It spent 27 weeks on the chart and reached its highest point at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Doo-Wops & Hooligans, the album that inspired the song, was a far larger success. It spent 581 weeks on the chart and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The Beatles’ home in Great Britain saw success with “The Lazy Song” as well.

The Official Charts Company reports that throughout the track’s 34 weeks at the top of the U.K. chart, it spent one week at No. 1. Doo-Wops & Hooligans, meanwhile, spent two weeks at the top of the U.K. chart. It spent a total of 252 weeks on the chart. Even though Mars didn’t consider “The Lazy Song” to be on par with The Beatles’ tunes, it was nonetheless a hit.

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