‘Uptown Funk’ flew to the top of the charts in 2015 and has remained a fixture on playlists the world over.
However, it’s now at the centre of a lawsuit that could prove costly for its producer Mark Ronson.
TMZ secured legal papers filed against the hitmaker by Lastrada Entertainment.
The company owns rights to Roger and Zapp‘s 1980 classic ‘More Bounce to the Ounce’ and says Ronson ripped off the song. Collaborator Bruno Mars is not being targeted.
Particular aim is being taken at the first 48 seconds of the track. Per the suit, that portion includes the repeated talk-boxing of the word “doh” akin to the lyrics of ‘More Bounce.’
Adding to the legal jab, Lastrada’s suit also adds that Ronson is on record citing Roger and Zapp as influences. The filing also includes note-for-note comparisons of the songs.
So what’s being sought?
Lastrada is suing Ronson, Sony, Spotify, Apple, producers, and other entities to shut down future plays and sales of ‘Uptown Funk’ – a release, which to-date, has shifted over 11 million units.
They are also seeking unspecified amount in damages too.
Take a listen to both songs and let us know what you think…
Folk ought to be careful not to be dismissive of this.
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