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Charlie Wilson and Bruno Mars Release ‘Forever Valentine’

iHeartMedia will premiere new Wilson single on Jan. 17

What occurs when two busy abilities lastly discover time to collaborate on a track?  “Magic,” declares Charlie Wilson because the R&B/funk icon talks about his new single, “Forever Valentine.” The infectious romantic romp was co-written and co-produced by Bruno Mars.


iHeartMedia will world premiere “Forever Valentine” on its city AC radio stations nationwide this Friday (Jan. 17). The monitor will play on the prime of each hour from 10 a.m. native time to 11 p.m. native time. Released via P Music Group and distributed by BMG, “Forever Valentine” will even grow to be out there in any respect main DSP’s on the identical day.



“I’ve been having so much fun with this record,” says Wilson of his and Mars’ artistic combustion, which initially went via some stop-and-go moments owing to their respective jam-packed schedules. “We talked about the song’s vibe for a while, put a chorus down and then didn’t see each other for a while,” he continues. “Then we ended up on the road together [both performed at London’s Hyde Park Festival in 2018; Wilson also played select dates on the final leg of Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour later that year]. We’d sing every day at lunch time as we further hashed out the song.”


Mars co-produced “Forever Valentine” with Grammy-winning manufacturing staff The Stereotypes (co-writers/co-producers of Mars’ Grammy-winning Song of the Year “That’s What I Like”) and D’Mile. The three events additionally co-wrote the track with Wilson, Micah Powell and Seth Reger. Ratcheting up the monitor’s enjoyable quotient are backing vocals by Mars, Wilson and James Fauntleroy, amongst others.


Prior to “Forever Valentine,” Wilson scored his sixth No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs airplay chart in 2018 with “Chills” from the singer-songwriter’s In It to Win It album. The monitor went on to spend six weeks atop that tally. In all, per Nielsen Music/MRC Data, the 13-time Grammy nominee has garnered 23 hits on the aforementioned chart, stretching again to 2000’s No. 2 hit “Without You.”



A favourite perennial on the tour circuit, Wilson will fittingly carry out subsequent on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Also on his live performance itinerary (https://www.charliewilsonmusic.com/) are stops at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif. (Feb. 15), Pechanga Casino in Temecula, Calif. (Feb. 16), Jazz within the Gardens competition in Miami Gardens, Florida (March 14) and Sol Fest Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (April 27). 


In the meantime, Wilson is anxious for followers to listen to the magic that he and Bruno have conjured up. “Bruno is a firecracker; high energy like me on the stage,” he says with fun. “We talk about that all the time as we have a lot of admiration and respect for each other. It’s a beautiful thing when two people have that kind of connection. Nothing but great things can come of that.”


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