Bruno Mars Accused of Stealing ‘Uptown Funk’ Sound From Angie Stone Group
Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" may be the target of a lawsuit.
The Sequence, a late '70s female hip-hop group, claims that the duo used their song "Funk You Up" as "inspiration" for "Uptown Funk," according to TMZ. The trio, which consisted of Angela "Angie B" Brown, Cheryl "The Pearl" Cook and Gwendolyn "Blondie" Chisolm have yet to file a lawsuit. Brown would re-emerge in the 1990s as Angie Stone, and would go on to a successful solo career.
Mars and Ronson have been seeing monumental success with the track as they won the 2016 Grammy Award for Record of the Year and the Soul Train Award for Song of the Year. They also performed the song during the 2016 Super Bowl Halftime performance alongside Beyonce and Coldplay.
Mars and Ronson may want to speak with Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke who lost a similarly high-profile suit last year as the Marvin Gaye estate claimed their "Blurred Lines" had a direct link to Gaye's classic song, "Got to Give it Up." However, considering that Williams and Thicke lost and had to pay $7.2 million to the estate -- maybe Mars and Ronson shouldn't take pointers from the artists.
Also last year, Sam Smith agreed to a settlement with the publishers of Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down," and was made to give Petty a co-writing credit for the British crooner's hit "Stay With Me" sounding similar melodically to the 1988 Petty song. And TMZ reported last week that Justin Timberlake and will.i.am are being sued by PK Performance, owners of Perry Kibble's "A New Day Is Here At Last" -- recorded by J.C. Davis. The suit is alleging that 2006s "Damn Girl" from Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds album was ripped from Kibble's proto funk/disco mainstay.
Check out "Uptown Funk" and "Funk You Up" and let us know what you think in the comments. Does The Sequence have a case or is it too far-fetched? (Also, fun fact: Dr. Dre sampled a portion of The Sequence's "Funk You Up" in his track, "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" Don't believe us? Just watch.)
Listen to The Sequence's "Funk You Up"
Listen to Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" featuring Bruno Mars