If you’ve been living and breathing in the world in the last, I’d say, 6 months…
…you had to have heard the song “Uptown Funk”!
The precarious gentlemen you see above are of course Bruno Mars in the pink blazer and Mark Ronson in the high-waisted slacks! Two incredible artists that came together to make an insanely catchy & funky pop song!
For further review and maybe a first listen, here’s Uptown Funk:
And if you’re wondering who Mark is, I’ve got you covered! Check this out: [musicrowgirl.com/2014/12/21/discover-mark-ronson/]
Basically Mark Ronson made Uptown Funk the longest-leading Hot 100 No. 1 song of the 2010s!!! It was just announced April 1st on Billboard that the song had reached its 13th week at #1. It beat out the previous 12 week long #1 which of course was “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell!
So we know that “Uptown Funk” is an awesome song, but what we know today is that the guy who created it decided to tighten up the copyright chains associated with it!
Everyone is alleging that the $7.3 million dollars Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams had to pay to Marvin Gaye’s estate for their copyright infringement court case for the song “Blurred Lines” has made Mark really cautious and I can’t disagree with them. It seems like Mr. Ronson is taking the precautions necessary to protect what turned out to be an unbelievable song!
The original songwriters credited for “Uptown Funk” were Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Phillip Martin Lawrence, and Jeffrey Bhasker…but now Mark added Nicholas Williams (Trinidad James), and Devon Gallaspy. Williams and Gallaspy split a 15% stake and the other four gents made it out with 21.25% each.
The song has made over $500,000 in publishing royalties and over $2 million in income from it’s near 600 million YouTube views!!
Needless to say, the two writers that were added to the credits should be very happy and now they won’t have any need to sue anybody. That was the intent of Mark and I’m grateful that he did that for the sake of the song 🙂
On another note, I watched Mark’s TED Talk last night and it was epic…
I LOOOOOOVE IT!
In closing, Mark Ronson is undeniably talented and I really respect him for protecting his musical masterpiece for a lifetime.
Congrats to Williams and Gallaspy & long live Uptown Funk!