Status 10: Mario Is Not Ready To Break Up

By: Aisha Brown

Whether you are listening to Hot 97 in New York, V103 in Atlanta or Power 106 in Los Angeles, you are bound to hear at least one Mario song in a set. His latest single “Break Up” featuring Sean Garrett and Gucci Mane has been topping the charts, there is no doubt Mario wouldn’t be on this week’s Status 10 list.


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Heart-throb Mario Barrett entered the music scene at the tender age of 15  in 2002 with his debut single “Just A Friend (2002),” a remix to Biz Markie’s 1989 hit.  Mario’s young appeal, smooth dance moves and captivating voice melt the hearts of  teenage girls and sold 700,000 copies of his self titled debut album.

His 2005 sophomore album, Turning Point, sold 2 million copies in sales as the single “Let Me Love You” landed number one for nine consecutive weeks  on the Billboard charts. The talented singer holds the title of being one of the highest selling ringtone artist with 1.6 million downloads. Mario was awarded a slew of awards including 2005’s Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Award for Top R&B/Hip-Hop Single, a Billboard Music Award for Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year and gaining nominations from the Grammys, BET Awards, Vibe Awards, MOBO Awards and the Soul Train Music Awards.

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During the release of his third album Go, Mario expressed his journey from a teenager to adulthood.  The use of hip-hop and old school flare introduced a new Mario to the scene. His extensive vocals and sensual topics catered to the mature audience, Mario made it known he wasn’t a little boy anymore. “Let Me Watch,” co-written by Sean Garrett and Michael Croom, co-produced by Mr. Collipark and Garrett.  This song took more of a more personal tale for the bedroom and the clubs, “ it allows a woman to explore her sexuality in a very comfortable state and be ok with it,” explained the singer.  He also touched on the sensitive topic of his relationship with his mother, who battled with her addiction to drugs.   The song  “Do Right” allowed Mario fans to enter the personal side of him and exprience  his love of music  which allowed him to overcome his advertises in life, including his mom.

Even though Go only sold roughly 341,000 copies in 2007, Mario wasn’t ready to break up with his first love, music. Now he is back with his fourth album D.N.A. and is ready to give his fans what they have been waiting for. His amazing vocals, good looks and boyish charm is what the industry is in need for. The album is set to be released on October 13th.  Are you getting your copy? I know I am!


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