Jamareo Artis said the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ will be out “sometime this year”, with a world tour to follow.
Since the release of ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’, Mars featured on Mark Ronson’s smash ‘Uptown Funk’ and co-wrote ‘All I Ask’ on Adele’s album ‘25’. He also guested with Coldplay at their Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2015.
Artis, part of Mars’ backing band The Hooligans, told Bass Player: “We’ve been working on the album for about a year, trying different ideas and experimenting. I don’t know what’s going to be included in the final version, but it’s going to have a new sound. So far, the new material is very groove-oriented. It’ll be out sometime this year, and then we’ll hit the road again.”
It’s the most detailed comment so far on the material Mars has been working on since ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’. Miike Snow singer Andrew Wyatt, who co-wrote Mars’ single ‘Grenade’, told Loaded in January that he’d been in the studio with Mars again, while Skrillex said the pair had been working together. Skrillex said: “What we’re doing is so fucking different, next level and awesome. It sounds like nothing else that’s happened before.”