Mark Ronson Sued Again Over 'Uptown Funk'
Mark Ronson has been slapped with another lawsuit alleging his 2014 hit “Uptown Funk” copied another song.
Publishing company Lastrada Entertainment filed suit in New York this week claiming Ronson’s collaboration with Bruno Mars borrows heavily from the 1980 funk classic “More Bounce to the Ounce” by Zapp.
“Mark Ronson failed in his goal to write something new," reads the statement of claim, which goes on to break down the structure of the two songs.
It also refers to an interview in which Ronson allegedly said of Zapp: “We heard them a whole lot in our formative years. You can’t help hide those things that are your influence, but at the same time the goal is to do something new.”
Zapp’s “More Bounce to the Ounce” has been sampled hundreds of times by artists including Ice Cube and T-Pain.
Neither Ronson of reps for his record label have commented on the allegations, which have not been proven in a court.
Ronson was previously sued by funk band Collage, which claimed “Uptown Funk” was similar to its 1983 track “Young Girls.” The producer also granted a songwriting credit to The Gap Band after accusations his song borrowed from the group’s “I Don’t Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops Up Side Your Head).”