Uptown Funk credits Oops Up Side Your Head writers
1 May 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Uptown Funk, which features vocals by Bruno Mars (centre), was released in early December
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have given The Gap Band a writing credit on their huge hit Uptown Funk, due to its similarities with their 1979 track Oops Up Side Your Head.
Uptown Funk, which topped the UK chart for seven weeks and the US chart for 14, originally had six songwriters.
The five writers of The Gap Band’s hit were added earlier this week, according to RCA documents seen by Billboard.
It’s said to have followed a claim from publisher Minder Music on their behalf.
The much-publicised Blurred Lines court case in March saw a jury order the track’s writers, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, to pay Marvin Gaye’s estate $7.4m (£4.8m) in damages because of its similarities with Gaye’s 1977 hit Got to Give It Up.
Uptown Funk’s original writers were listed as Ronson and Mars, plus co-producer Jeffrey Bhasker and Phillip Lawrence from Mars’ production team The Smeezingtons.
Nicholas Williams – aka rapper Trinidad James – and producer Devon Gallaspy also got a credit for the use of a sample of James’ track All Gold Everything.
They have now been joined by the five writers of The Gap Band’s hit: band members Charlie, Robert and Ronnie Wilson and keyboardist Rudolph Taylor, plus producer Lonnie Simmons.
Pharrell Williams (left) and Robin Thicke’s track Blurred Lines prompted a high-profile court case
Source:: BBC Entertainment