After giving a preview of his new song, Bruno Mars shares details of his second studio album. The R&B singer announces that his upcoming studio installment will be called "Unorthodox Jukebox" and is set for a December 11 release on Atlantic Records in the U.S.
"This album represents my freedom," so the 26-year-old singer/songwriter tells Billboard about the follow-up to his 2010 set "Doo - Wops & Hooligans". He adds, "This is me going into the studio and recording and writing whatever I want."
Claiming that he refuses to get limited to one genre, Mars shares, "I listen to a lot of music and I want to have the freedom and luxury to walk into a studio and say, 'Today I want to do a hip-hop, R&B, soul or rock record.' "
"I've had big record label presidents look me in the face and say, 'Your music sucks, you don't know who you are, your music is all over the place, and we don't know how to market this stuff. Pick a lane and come back to us,' " he further reveals. "That was disgusting to me, because I'm not trying to be a circus act."
Mars' sophomore effort is executive produced by his production trio The Smeezingtons and will feature songs from Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Diplo and Supa Dup. The first single, "Locked Out of Heaven", is going to premiere Monday, October 1 during a Google+ Hangout which will start at 7 P.M. ET.
No official tracklisting is provided as of now, but some other songs which may be included in the album are "Young Girls", "When I Was Your Man", "Treasure" and "If I Knew".