GRAMMY Award-winning producer and musician Mark Ronson’s new single “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars was released today. Ronson and Mars, who co-wrote and co-produced the track together, first revealed the song’s existence via Twitter on October 30th.
The song is the first single from Mark Ronson’s forthcoming full-length album Uptown Special, to be released on January 27, 2015 in the US and January 30th, 2015 in Australia. Ronson will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on November 22nd, performing “Uptown Funk” with Mars along with an additional track from the new album featuring another very special guest. This is Ronson’s first performance on the famed late night NBC show.
Uptown Special is Ronson’s most inventive and vibrant work to date. Taken as a whole, the album is inspired by his musical beginnings. As a teenager growing up in New York City in the early 90s, Ronson gravitated towards hip-hop, funk, soul and R&B. Those were the records he lugged around in boxes in the early days of his club DJ career and that scratchy, inspiring vinyl was what he returned to when creating the album.
“No matter how my taste in music and DJ-ing veers over the years, I always find myself coming back to that music I would play out in hip-hop clubs in NY in the late 90s/early 2000s”, Ronson elaborates. “Biggie, Chaka Khan, Amerie, Boz Scaggs, Missy, Earth Wind & Fire, N.O.R.E….Those songs would set alight the dance floor. The NY club scene was filled with girls, boys, dancers, drug dealers, rappers, models and skateboarders who came mostly for one reason: to dance. And regardless of genre or era, if the song was good – if it had dope drums, if it had soul to it – they danced. Before smart phones, bottle service and smoking bans, people came to the club, found their spot and stayed all night, absorbed in the music. With Uptown Special I set out to capture the feeling I remember from those New York nights”.
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