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The Gap Band Heirs Suing BMG for ‘Uptown Funk’ Royalties

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*The Gap Band heirs are suing BMG for royalties related to the hit song “Uptown Funk” from Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. The estates of Gap Band members Ronnie Wilson and Robert Wilson are taking legal action over royalties owed from the 2014 track that incorporates of band’s 1979’s “Oops Upside Your Head,” Digital Music News […]

Earth, Wind & Fire Set to Present Record of the Year at Grammys

*The death of Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White will not be forgotten at the 58th annual Grammy Awards tonight as the remaining members of the legendary group will be on hand to present Record of the Year at the annual event. According to Billboard, Earth, Wind & Fire will honor White as they take the […]

FLOTUS & Jay Pharaoh Do Rap Collabo to Promote College (WATCH)

*First Lady Michelle Obama is bringing her rap skills out for a worthy cause with a new music video promoting the benefits of going to college. Although Obama kicks her rap verse off saying “FLOTUS on the track,” it’s “Saturday Night Live” fixture Jay Pharaoh who does the majority of the rhyming in the video, […]

The Weeknd, Bruno Mars Lead Soul Train Awards Nominees

*The Weeknd and the duo behind “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, are tied for five nominations each at the Soul Train Awards, to be taped on Nov. 6 for a Nov. 29 broadcast on Centric and BET. All three earned nominations for video of the year, song of the year and The Ashford […]

Nile Rodgers on Impact of ‘Blurred Lines’ Case on the Music Business

*There’s no doubt that the court case over the Robin Thicke hit “Blurred Lines” made waves around the music industry. Nowadays, artists are probably weighing things heavily in terms of sampling and being “inspired” enough by previous works to create their own songs. So the question is, as The Huffington Post puts it, “has the […]

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

*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” […]

Fourteen-Week Reign of ‘Uptown Funk’ Ended by Wiz Khalifa

  *Wiz Khalifa zooms from #10 to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with his “Furious 7” track “See You Again,” featuring Charlie Puth. The move finally dethrones Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!,” featuring Bruno Mars, after 14 weeks. The latter remains tied for the second-longest rule in the Hot 100’s history. “See You Again” […]

Trinidad James Disses Def Jam on ‘Uptown Funk’ Remix (Listen)

*Just months after being dropped from Def Jam, Trinidad James finds himself on the hottest song of the year thus far. Despite a major 2012 debut with the viral single, “All Gold Everything,” the Atlanta rapper soon fell out of view. Now, he’s back with a remix to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” […]

Senior Citizens Cover ‘Uptown Funk’ in Viral Video (Watch)

*A geriatric version of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” is the latest viral sensation. A group of senior citizens covered the popular song, tweaking some of the lyrics and renaming it “Oldtown Funk.” Singer Alex Boye leads the featured performers, ranging in age from 65 to 92. “All the grandmas and Grandpas in […]

The High School ‘Uptown Funk’ Video that Made Bruno Mars Cry

*No, it’s not a scene from the final season of “Glee.” These are the students of A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School in Dallas and their theater teacher, Scot Pankey, in a one-take video for the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit “Uptown Funk.” Pankey tells the Dallas Morning News that it was done as one of the […]