Bruno Mars Challenges Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Prepares For Potential ‘Uptown Funk’ Legal Challenge

Bruno Mars, singer and superstar, recently performed during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Bruno tore up the stage with all the energy from his recent hit, “Uptown Funk,” and some others. According to MTV, what we didn’t know is that Bruno actually challenged Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin to a dance-off.

The dance off wasn’t exactly just a thing between the two, because it seems as if Beyoncé wanted in on the action, as well. During Chris Martin’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show, Jimmy jokingly told him to walk away and run as fast as he can. Chris Martin talked about the dance-off invitation he got from Bruno on the spot.

“Bruno wanted us to do that. He said we’d have a dance-off, and I came last. Our idea was, let’s show a picture of togetherness in this time of everyone being so divided. Let’s show we all get along and everyone’s voices count. And Bruno was like, ‘Yeah, let’s have a dance-off. I asked him to be there, so I couldn’t say no.”

A lot of people can’t seem to get enough of Bruno Mars. One of the people on that list is none other than Late Late Show host James Corden, according to Digital Spy. With his show hitting the one year mark, James Cordon can now expand his already impressive guest list even further. The Late Late Show is perhaps most famous for the segment called “Carpool Karaoke,” which features famous music acts singing a song along with James Corden while he drives. The host recently revealed his guest wish list, and among the people mentioned is none other than Bruno Mars himself.

James Corden spoke on who he wanted on Carpool Karaoke.

“I really want to do one with Sam Smith. I feel like I’ve got some really good harmonies [already] worked out for his songs. We want everybody to come and do our show, but of course [we’d love to have] Beyoncé, Prince and Bruno Mars.”

The Bruno Mars hit “Uptown Funk” wasn’t exactly everybody’s jam, because it just so happened that he agitated another music group, The Sequence, according to TMZ. The representative for the group, Kali Bowyer, stated that the hook from Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and The Sequence’s “Funk You Up” were exactly the same, so much so that they claim that the hook was stolen from them. The Sequence hasn’t filed a lawsuit against Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson yet, but only time will tell as to what action they decide to take next.

One group that would welcome Bruno Mars touching their material are the 90s pop sensation, Hanson. According to International Business Times, Hanson is more than ok with Bruno Mars doing a cover of their chart topping hit “MMMBop.” The group collectively agree that Bruno Mars is probably the only one who could do the song justice if he ever chose to perform a cover version.

The group went on to say that most people that try to cover the song can’t quite seem to hit the chorus notes correctly. Given Bruno Mars’ dynamic vocal range, this one seems like it would be child’s play for him. The three brothers all agreed that after all these years, the song finally needs that one cover that will bring the song back to life and into people’s playlists once more. The Hanson brothers also feel that people don’t understand that there’s a little bit of a darker meaning to the lyrics of the song. Nothing too dark or serious though, it’s just that people have the general tendency to overlook the lyrics of the song due to the upbeat nature of the rhythm backing it up.

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