Move Over Madonna: Bruno Mars Makes History With Most Watched Super Bowl Halftime Performance

One big question that folks had prior to last night’s Super Bowl was this: Can Bruno Mars’ halftime performance hold a pencil up to Beyonce’s electrifying, nostalgia-loaded set from last year? Well naysayers, the numbers say yes.

Bruno Mars’ lively performance with his dancing band and the Red Hot Chili Peppers brought in a record breaking 115.3 million viewers, trumping Bey’s 110.8 million and the previous record-holder Madonna’s record of 114.0 million. Additionally, Mars also became the youngest artist ever to serve as the sole NFL Super Bowl Halftime headliner, and — as the icing on the cake — his set drew the highest ratings of the game’s telecast.

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The victories don’t stop there. The post-game iTunes music spike was inevitable. After the game, Bruno’s double-platinum album Unorthodox Jukebox hopped back up to #1 on the iTunes Overall Album chart, his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans jumped to #3 and most markets of the second-leg of his “Moonshine Jungle World Tour” are already sold out. Mind you, those tickets just went on sale today.

You can’t debate us here: 2014 is already undoubtedly Bruno Mars’ year.

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