Release date: Oct. 4, 2010
Art direction: Nick Malvone Bilardello
Labels: Atlantic, Elektra

Months before Bruno Mars dropped his debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, the world already knew all about singer from "Just the Way You Are." Chock-full of infectious melodies and feel good lyrics, Doo-Wops & Hooligans became an instant top charter in both the U.S. and internationally, receiving seven Grammy award nominations. With this album, it became immediately clear to the world that Bruno Mars would have a long career ahead of him, as depicted in the path left behind by a black jet on the cover of Doo-Wops & Hooligans'. The album's sunny hues convey a sense of self-confidence and the singer's outlook on the road ahead. Meanwhile, the silhouette in the lower right, presumably a representation of Bruno Mars, reveals humility in the wake of so much success. —Susan Cheng