Bruno Mars announces new single 24k Magic
Bruno Mars is to release new song '24k Magic' on Friday (07.09.16).
The 'Uptown Funk' hitmaker shared with his 7.1 million followers that he will share the first song from his as-yet-untitled third album, his first in four years, at the end of the week and has teased that it is a "party" anthem.
In a series of posts revealing the single's artwork on Instagram, he wrote: "Excited to announce 24k Magic', out this Friday!! You can call it my first single, but I call it the invitation to the party. #24KMagic (sic)"
The LP is the follow-up to 2012's 'Unorthodox Jukebox' and has been in the works for the last year.
The 30-year-old singer's long-term bass player Jamareo Artis previously confirmed the record is to drop by the end of 2016 which will lead to a tour.
He said: "We've been working on it for about a year, trying different ideas and experimenting. I don't know what's going to be included in the final version, but it's going to have a new sound, and so far the material is very groove-oriented.
"It'll be out sometime this year, and then we'll hit the road again."
The 26-year-old bassist revealed Bruno regularly plays the piano when he is on the phone to him to gauge his opinion on a song, but admitted he finds it "challenging" when the superstar singer asks him to play a random tune on the spot.
He added: "Bruno will call me up and play some piano over the phone to see what I think of his ideas, and he'll ask where he should go from there.
"Or I'll go into the studio and he'll have basic parts that he wants me to jam out on and do my thing. Most challenging is when he has me start a song out of nowhere, in any key with any groove or vibe.
"He'll say to me, 'Hey Jam, I need 'Billie Jean'.' That's a lot of pressure, you know? You don't just come up with 'Billie Jean' off the top of your head.
"All you can do is play what you're feeling in that moment and hope it works. But Bruno knows how to make a hit, so if the part works for him, I know I'm in good hands."