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‘Uptown Funk’ Royalties Split in Many Ways: Gap Band to Get Paid

uptown-funk cover art*Is the verdict from the “Blurred Lines” case having an affect on royalties from the hit Mark Ronson song “Uptown Funk!?”

This looks to be the case as more people stand to benefit from the tune, which credits Ronson, Bruno Mars, Phillip Martin Lawrence and Jeffrey Bhasker as songwriters.

According to Billboard, “All Gold Everything” authors Nicholas Williams (aka rapper Trinidad James) and producer Devon Gallaspy stand to split 15 percent from Ronson’s song for a “sampling interpolation” that involved portions of “All Gold Everything that were in “Uptown Funk!”

Credit the original songwriters/publishers of “Uptown Funk!” for Williams and Gallaspy’s good fortune. Sources with Billboard report that the group reached out to the pair “without prompting.” As a result, “Ronson, Mars, Lawrence and Bhasker each get a 21.25 percent share.

Going deeper into this is the YouTube factor. Nielsen Music notes that downloads of “Uptown Funk!” garnered 5.5 million units in sales in the U. S. The master recording of the song, which was featured on YouTube uploads have brought in 672,617,094 views since last November. With ads comprising 40 percent of the YouTube views, total revenue from label and publishing shares, was $2.201 million.

Billboard points out that the estimates don’t take into the account the 50 percent cut in net revenue that publishing gets as a result of user-generated YouTube videos.

In addition to James and Gallaspy, the Gap Band will also be getting their cut of money from “Uptown Funk!”

Sources shared with Billboard that a claim was filed two months ago by Minder Music, on behalf of the group. The claim in question claimed that “Uptown Funk! was similar to the Gap Band’s 1970 classic “Oops Upside Your Head.” As a result, a settlement was reached, giving “Oops” songwriters/Gap Band members Charlie, Robert and Ronnie Wilson, keyboardist Rudolph Taylor and producer Lonnie Simmons 3.4 percent of the song each for an overall total of 17 percent.

As for how the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit plays into this, let’s see. As Danny Zook, James’ manager states, folks in the music biz are “a little more cautious” nowadays with cases that echo the situation with the family of Marvin Gaye and Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke.

” Nobody wants to be involved in a lawsuit,” Zook told Billboard. “Once a copyright dispute goes to a trial, [if a jury is used], it is subject to be decided by public opinion — and no longer resolved based entirely on ­copyright law.”

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