Mars admits to Rolling Stone that his musical inspiration comes from '90s artists. "Slow-dancing at the Valentine's Day banquet with the girl you have a crush on, and the DJ spins 'Before I Let You Go,' by Blackstreet," he recalls. "And the sh*t is magical, and you think about it for the next eight months."
In October, Mars released the upbeat track, "24K Magic," which was the first solo song he's put out in four years. Since its drop, the track has been in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks.
While Mars' fans have welcomed him back with open arms, the 31-year-old singer confesses that he was nervous about churning out another hit. "Coming off the biggest song of my career, it was super-daunting to come in here," he tells Rolling Stone of recording an album after the success of "Uptown Funk."
"I don't know if people are going to love this sh*t," Mars continues. "I don't know if radio is going to play it. But what I don't want to have happen is I put it out and say, 'Damn it, if I'd just done this and this, maybe it would have had a shot.'"
Mars' highly anticipated album, 24K Magic, is due out later this month.