"Uptown Funk" (stylized as "UpTown Funk!") is a song recorded by British producer Mark Ronson, with vocals from American recording artist Bruno Mars, for Ronson's fourth studio album, Uptown Special (2015). Sony Music Entertainment released the song…
"Uptown Funk" (stylized as "UpTown Funk!") is a song recorded by British producer Mark Ronson, with vocals from American recording artist Bruno Mars, for Ronson's fourth studio album, Uptown Special (2015). Sony Music Entertainment released the song as the album's lead single on 10 November 2014. Jeff Bhasker assisted the artists in co-writing and co-producing the track, with additional writing from Philip Lawrence. This is Mars' fourth collaboration with Ronson (following Mars' own songs "Locked Out of Heaven", "Moonshine", and "Gorilla") and sixth with Bhasker (after "Talking to the Moon", "Young Girls" and the three previously mentioned songs).
The single was a commercial success, spending fourteen consecutive weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, seven weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and topped the charts in several other countries including Australia, Canada, France, Ireland and New Zealand. In the week of 25 January 2015, the song was streamed a record 2.34 million times in a single week in the UK, a record later surpassed by Ellie Goulding's "Love Me like You Do" (2.58 million streams). The latter song also beat "Uptown Funk" for the highest number of streams in one week worldwide, with 15.5 million. "Uptown Funk" also set a new record for the highest number of streams in one week in the US, with 4.8 million streams. Worldwide, the song has sold an estimate of 10 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling singles internationally. In 2015, "Uptown Funk" won Ronson the Brit Award for British Single of the Year. According to Billboard magazine, the song has earned $2.7 million in publishing royalties (excluding TV and film synchronization revenue), $1.9 million of which went to the writers based on their respective publishing deals. On June 24, 2015, it was reported that Trinidad James earned over $150,000 USD in royalty earnings from Uptown Funk's interpolation.
In 2012, Ronson produced songs for Bruno Mars' second studio album Unorthodox Jukebox, including the singles "Locked Out of Heaven" and "Gorilla". In June 2014, Ronson told Capital FM that he and Mars planned on working together again: "He's had a incredible run and it was great to be able to work on that record with him and hopefully we'll be making music for a while. [He puts on an] amazing live show." Ronson and Uptown Special co-producer Jeff Bhasker would set up shop whenever and wherever they found time with Mars, eventually recording in Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Vancouver, Memphis and New York City. Mars wound up playing drums throughout the album, as well as co-writing "Uptown Funk". Part of the track was recorded at Cherry Beach Sound in Toronto.
In April 2015, it was revealed that a settlement had been reached with The Gap Band's publishing company, Minder Music, to add Charlie Wilson, Robert Wilson, Ronnie Wilson, Rudolph Taylor and producer Lonnie Simmons as co-writers, due to the song's similarities to "Oops Upside Your Head", and that they would receive a 17% songwriting credit. Minder Music filed a claim into YouTube's content management system, which prevented publishers from receiving their payment.