The Gap Band Awarded Songwriting Credits To “Uptown Funk”
The biggest song of 2014 was without a doubt Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" for its throwback sound to late 70's & early 80's funk bands. But with the precedent set by Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" case, Ronson & Mars are going to have to pay "cash" to those same pioneers they paid "homage" to.
In a recent radio interview on WBLS in New York, former Gap Band lead singer Charlie Wilson revealed that a "musicologist" told them that "Uptown Funk" sampled "I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up And Dance (Oops)".
And you can tell by Charlie's laughter that the check was in the mail. According to Billboard Magazine, a settlement was reached with The Gap Band including The Wilson Brothers (Charlie, Robert and Ronnie) and keyboardist Rudolph Taylor and producer Lonnie Simmons to receive a percentage of the songwriting credits which could lead to potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars for The Gap Band. While I personally haven't heard the similarities, this without a doubt, will most likely begin more court battles as its rumored that other artists are considering taking action. Take a listen to both songs and see if you can hear the similarities!