Uptown Funk! by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (official video) is a funk song.
Song Title: Uptown Funk! (official video)
Artist: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
Album: Uptown Special
Genre: funk, soul, Minneapolis sound, pop, adult pop, rhythmic, dance, adult R&B, adult contemporary
Composer: Copyright © 2014 Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence
Lead Vocals: Bruno Mars
Guitar: Mark Ronson
Drums: Bruno Mars
Producer: Mark Ronson
Recorded: 2014 in several cities including Cherry Beach Sound in Toronto
Released: 10 November 2014
Format: digital download
Label: RCA / Sony Music
Number of listens: 52011
Current rank: 1 (updated weekly)
Highest rank: 1 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)
Summary quotation from Wikipedia:
Uptown Funk (stylised as Uptown Funk! on the cover) is a song recorded by English producer Mark Ronson with guest vocals by Bruno Mars for Ronsons fourth studio album, Uptown Special (2015). RCA Records released the song as the albums lead single on 10 November 2014. The song was written by Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Mars and Philip Lawrence; with Ronson credited for producing it as well.
Writing and production
In June, Ronson told Capital FM that he and Mars planned on working together again. [Mars] had a incredible run and it was great to be able to work on that record with him and hopefully well be making music for a while. Ronson accrued some serious frequent flyer miles trying to pin Mars down for this album. Uptown Special co-producer Jeff Bhasker along with Ronson would set up shop whenever and wherever they found time with Mars, eventually recording in L.A., London, Memphis, and NYC. Mars wound up playing drums throughout the album, as well as co-writing the lead single. It was six or seven months of chasing Bruno around on tour, confirmed Ronson. Part of the track was recorded at Cherry Beach Sound in Toronto.
Uptown Funk stems from a lick that Mars and his band were playing on tour. When we hit on that opening line This shit, that ice cold/ Michelle Pfeiffer, that white goldwe knew that we had the seed of this really exciting idea, Ronson said, adding that he pushed himself more in this song than anything else he has worked in the past. Nevertheless, the airtight turnarounds and sharp horn lines in Uptown Funk, courtesy of members of Antibalas and Dap Kings, didnt come easy. At one point during the songs seven-month creation, Ronson collapsed over lunch. There was all of this pressure because Bhasker was leaving at the end of the day, Ronson recalls. The plan was for me to record my guitar part by lunch. Lunchtime comes around and I still havent nailed the part. We go out and in the stress of finishing this song I fainted in the restaurant. I threw up three times. Jeff had to carry me back to the studio. In the end, they got iton take 82.
Composition and influences
Ronson believes the song turned into a full-on combustible groove workout with elastic bass and indomitable spirit. The song has been catching the allusions to one early 80s funk/R&B classic after another. Many fans have been citing Cameo horns, the Time [keyboards], and Party Train [by the Gap Band] drums.
According to Billboards author, Sean Ross, the song is widely influenced by funk artists and their songs, including Zapps More Bounce To The Ounce, One Ways Cutie Pie, The Gap Bands I Dont Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops, Up Side Your Head), Earth, Wind & Fires Getaway, The Sequences Funk You Up, The Sugarhill Gangs Apache, George Kranzs Trommeltanz (Din Daa Daa), The Times Cool and Trinidad James All Gold Everything. Nevertheless, many of the songs cited were released during the worst period of a disco backlash that effectively kept all types of black music, not just disco, off of top 40., while Uptown Funk received instant airplay at top 40 radio.
The song has received positive reviews from most music critics. Nick Murray of Rolling Stone was positive, giving the song a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, praising some George Kranz scatting and a Nile Rodgers guitar riff. He also wrote that Mars, Ronson, and The Hooligans channel the days when brags werent humble and disco wasnt retro.. Brennan Carley of Spin Magazine noted that Mars sounds a bit like Nelly on the track, sing-rapping his way through goofy lyrics (Got Chucks on / With Saint Laurent / Gotta kiss myself / So pretty), while comparing the bass line to something taken straight from Princes playbook. He added that Its a definite step towards more classic funk for Ronson, who has a history of dabbling in heavy horn sections and walking guitar solos. He finished by saying Mars voice keeps things light and bubbly though, making Uptown Funk the kind of song youll be unable to escape on the radio in a matter of days.
On the Billboard Hot 100, the song debuted at number 65 on the week-ending November 21, 2014 due to digital downloads sold. The following week, during its second week , Uptown Funk sold 110,000 digital copies, becoming the Hot 100s top Digital Gainer of the week, and nears Streaming Songs with a gain of 2.5 million U.S. streams. The song soared 47 positions to number 18 in its second week on the Hot 100. On its third week the song roared ten spots into number eight, after its first full seven-day tracking period after the premiere of the music video, with 4.4 million streams, digital sales of 167,000 copies and debuting at Radio Songs at No. 46 (28 million audience). So far, the song has earned Ronson his first top 10 as an artist (and in his first visit with such a billing) and his third top 10 as a producer (Amy Winehouses Rehab (No. 9, 2007) and Mars Locked Out of Heaven (No. 1, 2012-13). On the other hand, this ensures Mars twelfth top 10 on Billboards Hot 100, tying with Rihanna for the most top tens on the Hot 100 during a certain span.
On November 29, 2014, Uptown Funk debuted at number 63 on the Canadian Hot 100. On the following week, the song entered the top 10 with digital sales and airplay gainer honors. So far it has peaked at number 4.
The official music video was released on 17 November 2014 exclusively on Yahoo Screen. It stars Mars, Ronson and the Hooligans. On 19 November it was released on Vevo and YouTube.
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