Bruno Mars is on the Cover of Billboard Magazine

The half-Filipino pop star opens up to Billboard magazine about his twisted trail to Grammy success.

The 25-year old Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter–Bruno Mars–is Billboard magazine’s featured artist this month. This, by the way, is Mars’ first magazine cover, ever.

Here are excerpts from the Billboard interview:

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 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 drug arrest:

“It’s something that I wish would go away,” Mars says. “It’s a cloud that constantly follows me no matter how many achievements.”

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 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.”

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