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Bruno Mars is Billboard's top artist of 2013

By Mesfin Fekadu

AP Music Writer

LAST UPDATED: 08:56 a.m. HST, Dec 13, 2013

NEW YORK » Miley Cyrus twerked her way to the top of the charts and Justin Timberlake returned to music after a seven-year hiatus, but another artist owned music in 2013: Bruno Mars.

Billboard announced today that the pop crooner is the year's top overall artist.

"It's flattering. It's just an honor," Mars said in an interview this week. "I'm proud to be a part of this whole team that I have."

The singer's year included a No. 1 hit with "When I Was Your Man" and a top 5 hit with "Treasure." His sophomore album, "Unorthdox Juxebox," was released late last year and has sold more than 1.8 million units. It's the second best-selling album of the year behind Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience."

Mars added that listeners have resonated with his music because it's "relatable."

"You know when you eat that food and it's filling that void you were missing," he said, describing his music.

Taylor Swift is the year's top female artist for Billboard, while Mars is the leading male. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the top group and new act.

Timberlake ruled the R&B charts, while groups Flordia George Line and Imagine Dragons topped the country and rock charts, respectively.

Mars' impressive year also includes four Grammy nominations. His No. 1 hit, "Locked Out of Heaven," is up for two of the top awards, song and record of the year. He'll launch the second North American leg of his "Moonshine Jungle World Tour" this summer.





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SteveToo wrote:
Don't think I've ever heard the dude singing. If he don't do Country or Hawaiian I guess Ill never hear him. LOL
on December 13,2013 | 08:03AM
GoldenRule wrote:
We got a President whose ratings are plumeting with the Obamacare fiasco, two football and volleyball teams that can't, and a local Kauai dude who can. You go, Bruno Mars! You are on top of the world.
on December 13,2013 | 08:22AM
nippy68 wrote:
hes from oahu.
on December 13,2013 | 08:28AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
nippy68 is right. Bruno was born and raised in Honolulu. But that's beside the point. We are proud of him just the same.
on December 13,2013 | 10:46AM
You must be French, but it is spelled Oui!
on December 13,2013 | 11:41AM
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