Fender artist Bruno Mars graces the front cover of Billboard magazine’s July issue, which celebrates the monumental success of Mars’ debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. The album debuted at No. 3 the week of Oct. 23, 2010, and has now spent 39 weeks in the Billboard 200′s top 40. It has sold 1.2 million units in the United States alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But Mars’ appeal isn’t limited to the United States, as the album also hit No. 1 in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Ireland.
Inside the issue, the international pop phenomenon talks about experiencing unprecedented stardom and the worldwide fame he’s achieved.
“It’s a rare thing that happens, especially in this day, where it’s real hard to sell albums,” he told Billboard. “I’m traveling to places that I’ve never even heard of and there are all these people singing the songs back — and English is not even their first language. It’s like, what the hell happened?”
To read the entire interview and to see a photo gallery that features the Hawaiian-born Mars with his Fender ukulele, visit Billboard‘s website here.