Bruno Mars recently dropped by BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to promote his hot new smash, “24k Magic.” As it’s customary for the visiting musician to cover another artist, the 31-year-old Hawaiian chose Adele’s powerful ballad “All I Ask” off her 25 LP. Question. Is it still technically a cover, if you co-wrote the track?
Mars recently shared some insight to Rolling Stone about his experience co-writing the track with Adele. Who knew Adele was so gangster?
“We were aiming for that big, diva, ballad thing – that’s what I envisioned,” Mars says. “But ‘lovers’? I don’t know if anybody really says ‘lovers.’ ‘Yeah, we’re lovers.’ ‘This is my lover.’ I was like, ‘Should we rethink that?’
“But [Adele] was so gangster about it,” he says. “She was like, ‘Nope. That’s what it has to be.’ And she was right. It’s this grand word that makes the song bigger because no one says it. Because nobody talks like that, it pops out. It’s not ‘what boyfriends-and-girlfriends do’ – it’s this over-the-top ‘lovers.’ Sometimes I play it on the piano, and I look forward to singing that part. It’s fucking perfect.” The lesson: “Don’t try to be cool. Let it be what it wants to be.”
Check out Bruno’s rendition below. He stays true to the original composition but gives it his signature swagger and some 80s jazzy electronic sounds. Check it out below.
Bruno Mars ‘All I Ask’ Adele Cover
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic in the Live Lounge