On February 2nd, 2010, "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars was released. At that time, I did not anticipate that "Nothin' on You" would become one of a handful of songs I associate with the final months of my family's life in the United States, nor did I think that the track would pave the way for one of today's biggest artists: Bruno Mars.
"Nothin' on You" was a massive hit from B.o.B and his featured artist in 2010; I heard it almost daily from the song's release up until June of that year. Its heavy airplay at a time when my family was in the final stages of packing and moving meant it became somewhat of a comfort song for me — odd, considering its lyrical content. "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy and featuring Mars was released three months before we left the United States, and a few months later, Mars' debut solo single, "Just the Way You Are" — which earned him a Grammy for
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance — started to play on British radio.
Three years after the release of "Nothin' on You"', which artist do I hear nearly every day? The answer is Bruno Mars. B.o.B and McCoy have both been successful, but Mars' is one of the biggest musical artists in the world right now. Every track from his solo debut to one of his recent singles, "Locked Out of Heaven", has been a success, as was "Lighters" — a song which he was featured in by Bad Meets Evil, and "It Will Rain", from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1's soundtrack. An "official parody video" was even made for one of his singles "The Lazy Song", which featured Leonard Nimoy as the star (I wrote about this once before). His songwriting for other artists, which he's done prior to and since his fame, helps to cement him as a vital part of current pop music.
Mars doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon; with the amount of airplay he receives here in the United Kingdom, I'm glad I like his music! For old times' sake, even though it's just been three years, here is "Nothin on You":