Bruno Mars graces the cover of Billboard’s upcoming issue [Excerpts]

Chart topping singer/songwriter Bruno Mars, whose debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans has been certified platinum in America, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK, graces the cover of Billboard Magazine’s upcoming issue – his ever first magazine cover. See below for the full magazine cover…

In his some what open and frank interview for the magazine’s cover story, the Hawaiian star discusses a bunch of the typical topics one would expect him cover such as his new found fame and he is dealing with it, his success in the music business, his future plans and his past drug use.

On fame:

“When people fall is when they’re like, ‘OK. Now I’m here, what’s next? A clothing line?’ That’s not what I’m trying to do. It’s like, ‘Don’t be a slut. Remember your dream. Do you music and keep it special.’”

On his success in the music business:

“It’s a rare thing that happens, especially in this day, where it’s real hard to sell albums. I’m traveling to places that I’ve never even heard of and there are all these people singing the songs back – and English is not even their first language. It’s like, what the hell happened?”

On his plans for the future:

“I’m itching and jonesing to get back into the studio and fantasizing about doing a side project. I’m such a fan of how Jack White (of The White Stripes) and Danger Mouse get down and put these bands together. I’d love to be the drummer in a band that I’m producing, and sit back there and have someone else sing.” says Mars, who has recorded vocals for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s forthcoming “Watch the Throne” album, but says he doesn’t know if he’ll appear on the final record. “Whether I’m on it or not I’m pretty sure it’s going to be awesome.

NB… Bruno’s contribution to Hov and Kanye‘s Watch The Throne will not feature on the forthcoming album.
[See Watch The Throne Official Tracklist].

On his past drug use:

Mars’ February charge for cocaine possession is discussed with similar frankness, and apparent humility. “It’s something that I wish would go away,” Mars says. “It’s a cloud that constantly follows me no matter how many achievements. I’d like to move on. To show that I’m here for my music. Not to be in a tabloid.”

[via Bossip]