Mark Ronson Sued For Copying "Uptown Funk" From Zapp

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13 September, 2017

Following its release in 2014, it topped charts across the globe, became the best-selling song of 2015 in the United Kingdom and won two Grammy Awards, including the highly coveted Record of the Year.

Mark Ronson conquered the world with his massive 2014 hit "Uptown Funk" with Bruno Mars, but he'd have to be wondering if it was all worth the effort considering he's just been sued once again for allegedly pinching some of its elements from another song.

The suit, obtained by TMZ, also points out Ronson even cited Roger and Zapp as influences - and includes note-for-note comparisons of the songs. The group consisted of Roger, real name Roger Troutman and his brothers Larry, Lester and Terry.

More Ounce To The Bounce, which has been sampled by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy, Ice Cube and Notorious BIG, was the eponymous title track of their debut album and peaked at number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Lastrada Entertainment is now demanding that the artists involved (sans Bruno Mars) and streaming platforms including Apple Music and Spotify "shut down future plays and sales", and the company is also suing for an undisclosed sum.

Mark Ronson is being sued over "Uptown Funk" for a second time. Bruno is not a defendant.

The pair were threatened with a lawsuit in 2016 for reportedly copying portions of the song Collage, a 1983 single from Young Girls. Ronson has yet to comment on the new lawsuit. The Gap Band were given songwriting credits on the track in 2015, and Ronson has been accused of plagiarism by Serbian musician Viktorija and '80s funk band Collage.


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