Uptown Funk

Uptown Funk

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"Uptown Funk" is a 2014 pop funk song written, produced and recorded by English musician and producer Mark Ronson with guest vocals by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars. Since the YouTube premiere of the music video in November 2014, the song has inspired numerous parodies and covers on the video-sharing site.

Origin

On November 10th, 2014, "Uptown Funk" was released by Sony Music Entertainment as the lead single for Ronson's fourth studio album Uptown Special. On November 19th, 2014, the MarkRonsonVEVO YouTube channel released the official music video for the song, gaining over 310 million views and 112,900 comments in the first four months (shown below).



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On January 17th, 2015, Redditor thewhitedeath submitted the "Uptown Funk" music video to the /r/Music[1] subreddit, where it gathered more than 3,600 votes (84% upvoted) in two months. On January 19th, the Miranda Sings YouTube channel uploaded a cover of the song performed by comedian Colleen Ballinger (shown below, left). On January 27th, the baracksdubs YouTube channel uploaded an audio-spliced mashup video featuring clips of United States President Barack Obama edited to sound as if he were singing "Uptown Funk" (shown below, right). In six weeks, the videos garnered upwards of 2.5 million and 4.3 million views respectively.



On January 31st, YouTuber Bart Baker uploaded a parody of the music video, gaining over nine million views and 17,000 comments in five weeks. On February 17th, YouTuber House of Halo uploaded an edited version of the music video without music, gathering upwards of 1.6 million views and 390 comments in less than a month (shown below, right).



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