Are Bruno Mars Mark Ronson Looking Blurred Lines Situation Court
Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson were very clearly inspired by vintage sounds for their 2014 smash, Uptown Funk , but another band is alleging that they weren’t just inspired by the styles of the old school — they’re saying the hitmakers straight-up ripped off a song that’s long since tried to funk you up.
Pitchfork reports that Collage, a funk act from Minneapolis, is suing Ronson and Mars for copyright infringement. Collage are seeking profits and damages based on the similarities between Uptown Funk and their 1983 single, Young Girls, and pointed to the distinct funky specifically noted and timed consistent guitar riffs to virtually if not identical bass notes and sequence, rhythm, structure, crescendo of horns and synthesizers as proof that the tracks sound too close for comfort.
As Pitchfork points out, Collage are the latest act in a line of several that have either filed complaints against Mars and Ronson in court, or simply stated that Uptown Funk bites the style of a previously released tune, naming The Gap Band — who scored songwriting credits for the track earlier this year — and rap group The Sequence as examples.