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We may have to wait a little bit longer to get a duet from Adele and Bruno Mars, but now we have the next best thing.
Bruno Mars hit the studio with Adele for the recording of her monumental album 25, which produced the soaring ballad “All I Ask.” Now, Mars has put his own spin on the song and covered the emotional single. It’s like Christmas in November.
Visiting the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge with his band The Hooligans, Mars performed a ’90s version of “All I Ask” that felt like a lost track from the early days of New Kids on the Block or Boyz II Men. The throwback treatment of the song should come as no surprise from an artist who named his first album Doo Wop and Hooligans, with Mars and his band sporting the early ’90s uniform of windbreakers and gold chains.
Adele is an intimidating artist to take on, for any singer, but if anyone is up to the task—it’s Mars. The showman concluded the pitch perfect performance with a rapid pace shout-out, saying, “We love you, Adele. We love you, BBC. Go pre-order the album right now, it’s called 24K Magic. I’m Bruno Mars. These are the Hooligans. Goodnight,” before literally dropping the mic. Just another move in the long list of things that only Bruno Mars can pull off.
While in the studio, Mars also performed the title single from his upcoming album 24K Magic.
Mars’s upcoming third studio album, his first since 2012’s Unorthodox Jukebox, will feature nine new tracks. During his October 15 appearance on Saturday Night Live, Mars also debuted another new track, titled “Chunky.”
Bruno Mars’ third studio album 24K Magic is set to be released in full on November 18.