Girls, Hit Your hallelujah: ‘Cause Uptown Funk Gon’ Give It To You

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MARK RONSON & BRUNO MARS

Not since Pharrell’s “Get Funky” have I wanted to immediately drop what I was doing and jam to a tune upon first listen like I did today with the extremely catchy “Uptown Funk.”

The ever so talented Grammy Award-winning producer, DJ and musician Mark Ronson just released the brand new track from his forthcoming album Uptown Special, which hits streets January 27th 2015.

“Uptown Funk,” which undoubtedly will be the next dance groove of the year, features the earnestly soulful vocals of Bruno Mars. Several years ago, Ronson helped usher in the 1960’s throwback fad by laying down the ‘wall of sound’-like tracks for the late Amy Winehouse with her seminal album, Back to Black. Now with “Uptown Funk,” Ronson pays homage to 70’s era funk with a tinge of disco. And who better to help him bring the noise than the vamping Mars. The infectious horn section echoes of Michael Jackson’s “Get On the Floor” from 1979’s Off the Wall, which explains why this cut will have even the most rhythm-less chap sweeping 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,” Ronson said of his dj-ing days in the Big Apple. “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 the music. With Uptown Special, I set out to capture the feeling I remember from those New York nights.”

Ronson and Mars will both perform “Uptown Funk” on the Saturday Night Live stage November 22nd. Make sure to pick out your dancing shoes and have the coffee table cleared by then.

Have a listen:

Christopher McDonald is a Senior Producer, Writer, Music Producer, Talent Booker and Photographer. He has produced and written for an array of programming including late-night television, cable news & editorial interviews. Having worked at CNN and PBS, Christopher is experienced in both live and taped formats and has 15 years continuous experience in the fast-paced ever-changing medium of television.Chris helped launch “Tavis Smiley” and “The Arsenio Hall Show” rebooting from the ground up. If you ever need to talk music and lyrical meaning with anyone, Christopher’s your guy. And whether he’s wearing loafers, Oxfords, clogs or sneakers, he’ll pull off the best moonwalk you will ever see.

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