Fall Music Preview: From Kanye West and Kings of Leon to Taylor Swift and Elton John, A First Listen to 2010's Hottest Albums

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Bruno Mars

Doo-Wops & Hooligans 10/5 For a new artist, Mars has a big head start: The 24-year-old Hawaiian singer-songwriter is behind three big hits — B.o.B's "Nothin' on You," Travie McCoy's "Billionaire" and Cee Lo's "Fuck You," all of which he co-wrote and produced with his Smeezingtons team. For his debut LP, it looks like Mars will continue the hot streak — the first single, "Just the Way You Are," is already a Top 20 hit. The rest of the album matches razor-sharp hooks with a sprinkling of retro soul. "We're like a band," he says. "We bring a live instrumentation to the pop world."
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