Bruno Mars Performs ’24K Magic’ and ‘Chunky’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Photo Credit: NBC
Photo Credit: NBC

It’s officially Bruno Mars season. Serving as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, the singer performed his new single “24K Magic.”

Emerging from his dressing room backstage, Mars and his entourage danced through the studio until they hit the stage.

“24K Magic” is the lead single and title track to Mars’ upcoming album, which drops on November 15.

For his second performance, Mars debuted a new song called “Chunky,” which celebrates independent and thick women.

“She gotta have her own money / Shout out to the girls that pay their rent on time” he sang. “Chunky, looking for the girls with the big ol’ hoops / That drop it down in Daisy Dukes.”

Watch Bruno Mars’ performance below.

“24K Magic”


Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

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Peabo Bryson Nails ‘Love Like Yours and Mine’ on ‘1 Mic, 1 Take’

R&B veteran Peabo Bryson paid a visit to Capitol Records to perform a 1 Mic, 1 Take of his chart-climbing single, “Love Like Yours and Mine.”

In the black and white video, Bryson filled the studio B booth with his ageless vocals and delivered a breathtaking performance of the passionate ballad.

“Love Like Yours and Mine” is the lead single from Bryson’s upcoming release, Stand for Love, which is slated to arrive on August 3 via Perspective Records / Caroline.

The album was crafted jointly by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. “This project started with trust,” Bryson exclusively told Rated R&B. “There’s probably not more than two other people on this planet I would have trusted with this [album] for me than Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. I knew it was the right thing to do. We set challenges for each other and those challenges were met and superseded in ways that you can only dream about. Their process was a wonderful thing for me … how involved they want you as an artist to be. They aren’t trying to make you into a cookie-cutter image or a projection of themselves. They want you to be you.”

If you can’t get enough of Bryson’s 1 Mic, 1 Take, catch him on tour this summer. His next stop will be in Los Angeles on July 20 at the Microsoft Theater.

PJ Morton Performs For NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ Series

Before PJ Morton wraps up his More Gumbo Tour overseas, he visited NPR’s office for its Tiny Desk Concert series.

Supported by a 10-piece string section and background vocalists (The Amours), Morton stirred and served up three towering tracks from his Grammy-nominated Gumbo album including “Claustrophobic,” “Go Thru Your Phone,” and “First Began.” The latter tune was nominated for Best R&B Song at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

Morton shared the inspiration for his song “Claustrophobic,” before performing it for the Tiny Desk crowd.

“So many people didn’t want me to be myself,” he said. “But I decided I was going to be PJ no matter what people told me and tried to get me to do.”

In March, Morton released an amazing live version of his Gumbo album.

Watch PJ Morton’s Tiny Desk performances below.

Ella Mai Performs ‘Boo’d Up’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Ella Mai visited Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday to perform her hit “Boo’d Up.”

Dressed in an oversized black leather jacket and combat boots, the breakout singer sang the bubbly single with occasional smiles for the live crowd and audiences at home.

Mai recently announced her already sold out summer tour under the same of her smash single, which is currently No. 1 on urban radio. The young singer is also set to perform at this year’s BET Awards.

Watch the performance below.

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