Bruno Mars Flattered By Comparisons Of New Single 'Locked Out Of Heaven' To The Police

18 October 2012, 10:09

The 'Grenade' star says he is flattered because it is so difficult to write songs as good as The Police.

Bruno Mars says he is flattered by comparisons of his new single 'Locked Out Of Heaven' by some of The Police's classic songs because he grew up listening to the popular band.

The 'Lazy Song' singer unveiled the lead single from his new album 'Unorthodox Jukebox' earlier this month, which has been likened to the popular eighties song 'Roxanne' by The Police, something Bruno has no problem with at all.

"Hell yeah! You try to write a Police song!" Bruno revealed to MTV News, when asked if he is flattered by the recent comparison. "I grew up listening to the Police, I grew up performing in bars, singing Police songs.

"I remember performing a song like 'Roxanne', and you play those first couple of chords and you hit that first note, and you watch the whole bar ignite."

He added: "As an artist, as a songwriter, it's like 'Man, I want to write a song that makes people's eyes explode the first chord.'"

Despite being flattered by the comparisons Bruno claims he didn't intentionally try to echo the famous eighties band, and simply came up with the song during a standard recording session.

"I don't think it initially tried to sound like anybody else but I picked up the guitar and just started playing," Bruno added. "I tend to listen to a lot of guys with higher registers."

Check out a still from Bruno Mars' newly unveiled music video for 'Locked Out Of Heaven' below:

At the start of this week Bruno unveiled the music video for 'Locked Out Of Heaven', which features a basement club performance filmed in a vintage style, which he has described as "just old fashioned fun".

Bruno Mars will release 'Locked Out Of Heaven' on 25th November before returning with second album 'Unorthodox Jukebox' on 11th December.