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The Lazy Song

Bruno Mars

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Story of Song

Mars told The Daily Newspaper the story behind the song and how it came about, explaining: “That song just came out of the studio. We were trying to make a song that was better than the Beatles. We were trying to be magical and historic. After five hours, it all turned to rubbish. The frustration got to me and I said, ‘Today I don’t feel like doing anything at all.’ That opened up everyone’s eyes. When you’re overshooting, you get the worst work. When you’re relaxed, you have your best. I’m a light kind of guy.”

Release date

Released February 15, 2011


Bruno Mars – Philip Lawrence – Ari Levine – K’naan


Atlantic – Elektra

Chart Rankings

US – 4

UK – 1


In the US, ‘The Lazy Song’ peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, at number 2 on the Adult Top 40 and reached number 3 on the US Mainstream Top 40. The song sold over 3.5 million copies and was certified Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In the UK, it topped the Official Charts Company and the R&B charts. It made Mars the first artist to achieve four number 1’s in one year. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Platinum for sales over 700.000 copies. The song made it the top 10 charts in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, and Switzerland. It topped the charts in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, and Slovakia. ‘The Lazy Song’ was certified Triple Platinum in Australia and Quadruple Platinum in Canada. In Denmark, Italy, New Zealand, and Switzerland it was certified Platinum. In Austria, Belgium, Germany, and Mexico it was certified Gold. The song was streamed over 900.000 times in Denmark alone.

Artist’s age on release date

Bruno Mars was 25 years old when this song was released.

Cover Versions

Megan Nicole – Megan Lee – J. Fla – Kimmi Smiles & Jake Broido – Gabriel Mendes – Jervy Hou & Bri Heart – JRA, Victor Kim & Chester See – Justin Robinett & Chris Hudgins – Jason Chen & Gerald Ko – Gail Sophicha (ukulele cover) – Nick Merico – Jasmine Thompson – Other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.

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