Bruno Mars was not always known by his alias. There was a time when he went by Peter Gene Hernandez. Yes, you read right, Hernandez! He is Latino. It has been highly publicized that he was raised in Hawaii by a family of musicians, but the Latino part gets pushed under the rug. This whole time I was walking around saying, he seems so Latino, but they say he’s Hawaiian. Well, my Latino-radar was right. His father is from Puerto Rico and his mother is of Filipino decent, therefore he is indeed half Latino!
Mars’ new hit, “Locked Out Of Heaven”, is ear candy and is maintaining its position at the top of the charts. How awesome is it that a Latino has the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second week in a row? His ability to reign over the charts makes him “one of only move makes him one of only nine male soloists to spent at least two weeks with his first four singles, according to Billboard.” This is definitely an achievement to celebrate and a star to keep our eye on. On a side note, if you really want some eye candy to go along with the ear candy, check out the March cover of Playboy (where Bruno is the first Latino man ever featured on the cover).