Billboard magazine has named Bruno Mars as its Artist of the Year for 2013. The Hawaiian singer received the coveted title after achieving huge success over the past 12 months with his latest album and recent world tour.
Mars' album, "Unorthodox Jukebox", stayed in Billboard 200's top 20 from its December 2012 release through the week of September 14. The record has sold over 1.8 million copies and spawned three Billboard 100's top ten singles, "When I Was Your Man", "Treasure" and six-week first placer "Locked Out of Heaven".
As for his "Moonshine Jungle" world tour, it has so far logged 48 sold-out dates in North America. The tour is set to resume next February in Australia and New Zealand. Mars will visit Asian and South American countries before kicking off another North American leg next summer.
"It's been an incredible year," Mars' manager, Brandon Creed, said of the singer's achievement. "We definitely had goals going into this project to support the artist, his music and performance. But we tried to do everything for a purpose, nothing gratuitous. And we're continuing to lay and build the foundation for him to evolve musically and continue to connect with the audience."
"No one is handing Bruno Mars a record to make," Atlantic Records Group chairman/COO Julie Greenwald added. "He's writing, producing with collaborative partners, singing, playing, choreographing a quintuple threat who's great at executing his vision."