Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars was one of the biggest pop songs of 2014, with the number going platinum eleven times and having been streamed literally billions of times. In 2015, The Gap Band was eventually awarded songwriting credit on “Uptown Funk” after they called out the similarities between the song and their own 1979 hit, “Oops Upside Your Head.” Now, another band is entering the fray, with the American funk band Zapp suing Mark Ronson, other producers on the track (besides Bruno Mars, who was left off the suit), Apple, and Spotify.
The lawsuit has been filed by Lastrada Entertainment, a licensing company and owner of the rights to Zapp’s music. In the lawsuit against Ronson and company, Lastrada Entertainment alleges that Mark Ronson’s megahit sounds eerily similar to Zapp’s 1980 hit “More Bounce To The Ounce,” specifically calling out the first 48 seconds of “Uptown Funk” for plagiarism. You can take a listen to Zapp’s “More Bounce To The Ounce” and to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars below. One thing that’s for sure is that this lawsuit is sure to be costly for both parties, with such suits frequently costing into the millions and spanning years and multiple appeals.
Zapp & Roger, “More Bounce To The Ounce”
Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars