Bruno Mars Credits The Gap Band On "Uptown Funk" To Avoid Lawsuit Similar To "Blurred Lines"
It seems Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" has gained five new writers recently this week.
It seems the publisher of "Oops Upside Your Head" took to Youtube's content managment system in February, meaning that now the writers of "Oops Upside Your Head" have 17% share of the song. That being said, the new credits of the song have been given to group members Ronnie Wilson, Charles Wilson and Robert Wilson, plus producers Rudolph Taylor and Lonnie Simmons.
Okay, so I'll admit I'm not too happy about this news either. Not to say that anyone or anything is hurt by this, but I hate the fact, that other artist always want to jump on the bandwagon once something becomes a success. I understand an artist wanting to recieve their credit where its due, but artist bite off of other artist all the time. I just don't feel that this is right, due to the fact that this is this artist's first successful hit. I think everyone could've saw this coming sooner or later though. I don't think one single artist has been able to enjoy a success, without it falling apart, due to lawsuits and shares of credit. I guess the reason that this is really getting under my skin, is due to the fact that other successful artist who I won't name, copy off of others all the time, and never get asked for a share of credit or sued. I guess I do have to see this from both standpoints, but I honestly don't see the similarities behind the songs. Like, where are the similarities mainly coming from? Production, lyrics? I don't feel the single holds enough evidence, for The Gap Band to recieve its credit, but I guess Bruno nor Mark can deny it now. I respect Mark and Bruno's decision, as it is better to be safe than sorry, and I'm sure this could've been only my opinion, as others happen to see similarities. I just wish I could've seen what this would look like if this was taking into the hands of the law. Like, would Bruno and Mark actually be guilty, because honestly maybe I could be the only one who doesn't see the similarities, or maybe I just don't want to, which could very well be true, considering how much I love this song.
With that being said (another thought), maybe Bruno and Mark were actually influenced by the song, and maybe they really wanted to look behind the two songs, before actually giving the credit, because it seems that the publisher has been asking for some kind of credit since February. I think now that everyone has seen Robin Thicke's case go down in the public as well, others don't want to be the next victim to have to deal with that. Who knows, how high The Gap Band were willing to go? I'm sure, the writers of "Oops Upside Your Head" wish that Mark and Bruno would've denied giving them the credit, just so they could take this into the hands of the law. Then, they probably would've charged much more than what they're asking for credit-wise.
This seems to be sad news for me, but I guess Mark is a wiser man than myself. Really though, does anyone else see the similarities? I'm really gonna start listening to these two tracks.
Well, if you would like to check out the similarities listen below. Don't believe me? Just Watch. (Lol, I had to do it)