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Bruno Mars: 'Music executives told me I sucked'

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Bruno Mars has reflected on being rejected by record executives early in his career.

The singer initially struggled in a floundering deal with Motown, before reaching success by producing tracks for Flo Rida, Travie McCoy and Brandy.

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Mars revealed in a Billboard interview that the failures of his early solo career only spurred his drive to become a popstar.

"I've had big record label presidents look me in the face and say, 'Your music sucks, you don't know who you are, your music is all over the place, and we don't know how to market this stuff. Pick a lane and come back to us'," the 'Grenade' star recalled.

He further explained: "That was disgusting to me, because I'm not trying to be a circus act. I listen to a lot of music and I want to have the freedom and luxury to walk into a studio and say, 'Today I want to do a hip-hop, R&B, soul or rock record'."

Mars achieved his breakthrough success with the 2010 album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, which spawned the US and UK number-one hit 'Grenade'.

His second studio album Unorthodox Jukebox will be released on December 11 in the US.

Watch Bruno Mars's 'Count on Me' music video below:

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