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Another “Uptown” Lawsuit for Mark Ronson

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Producer Mark Ronson faces another legal battle involving his 2014 hit “Uptown Funk”, this time from the right holders of the song “More Bounce To The Ounce” by Roger and Zapp, Lastrada Entertainment. As reported by TMZ who have received a copy of the suit, the claim is based on the strong similarities between the first 48 seconds of the track and the Roger and Zap classic.

The song which features vocals from Bruno Mars was composed as an homage to early 80s electro-funk and hence contains elements of songs from that era. The suit also names Ronson, his record company Sony, streaming services Spotify and digital music retailer Apple along with several producers on the track in order to block future plays and sales of the track as well as demanding unspecified amount in damages. The suit does not include Bruno Mars as a defendant. As per the suit’s claim, Ronson had prior knowledge of the track by citing an instance where the producer mentions Roger and Zapp as an influence. “More Bounce” has been considered a pioneering track by many musicians especially NWA’s Ice Cube who referred to the track as the genesis of g-funk.

This is not the first time Uptown Funk has been the subject of litigation; the track was sued for strong resemblance to the 1983 hit “Young Girls” by Collage. In order to avoid any further litigations, early 80s electro-funk group The Gap Band was added to the writers of “Uptown Funk” due to the song’s hook being similar to their 1979 hit “Oops Up Side Your Head.” Influential rap group The Sequence also noted similarities between their song “Funk You Up” and Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” though they did not pursue any legal action.

Listen to both tracks below for any similarities.