W&WBruno Mars is one of Charlie Wilson’s biggest fans, and the the 11-time Grammy winner has teamed with the former Gap Band lead singer for a special Valentine’s Day song.

Mars co-wrote and co-produced Wilson’s new single, “Forever Valentine,” which will be released Friday.

“I’ve been having so much fun with this record,” Wilson tells Billboard about their new collaboration.

“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.”

Wilson performed on the final leg of Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour in 2019, and he notes, “We’d sing every day at lunch time as we further hashed out the song.”

Uncle Charlie has been counting down to the release date for the past week with a series of snippets on Instagram.

“Bruno is a firecracker; high energy like me on the stage,” he adds. “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.”

“Forever Valentine” will be Charlie’s first new solo single since “Chills” in 2017. He’s currently on tour with shows Thursday and Friday in Hammond, Indiana, and Saturday and Sunday in Northfield, Ohio.

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