Bruno Mars Steals From ‘The Police,’ No Charges Filed
Maybe 'steals' is being a little tough, but from the first time I heard the new Bruno Mars song 'Locked out of Heaven', I knew it sounded familiar. Immediately I thought of English rock band 'The Police', but exactly what song was eluding me. After doing a little browsing on iTunes, I think I have it. Give a listen to the two song clips and tell me what you think.
Here is the new Bruno Mars song 'Locked Out of Heaven'
Now compare that to 'Can't Stand Losing You', from The Police's 1978 album Outlandos d'Amour.
Pretty close right? While it certainly isn't outright theft, you can tell Bruno was listening to some old Police albums, when he was working on his new album Unorthodox Jukebox.
Bruno told Billboard Magazine "This is me going into the studio and recording and writing whatever I want. This album represents my freedom. I've had big record label presidents look me in the face and say, 'Your music sucks, you don't know who you are, your music is all over the place, and we don't know how to market this stuff. Pick a lane and come back to us. That was disgusting to me, because I'm not trying to be a circus act. I listen to a lot of music, and I want to have the freedom and luxury to walk into a studio and say, 'Today I want to do a hip-hop, R&B, soul or rock record.'"
He can do Police records all he wants, as far as I'm concerned.