Mark Ronson’s hit collaboration with Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk,” remained at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the 12th straight week in a row. It is one of only 15 songs to ever hold the number one spot for at least 12 weeks. One of the fastest selling hits of all time, it has sold over one million copies, and the video for the song has over 400 million views on Mark Ronson’s channel on Youtube.
This is the fourth collaboration between Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Their previous collaborations include working together on Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox and a tribute to Amy Winehouse at the MTV VMAs.
In Music Times, Ronson credits Bruno Mars with all the success for “Uptown Funk” and said as follows.
“I know of course it has so much to do with Bruno. It’s like even if the record was garbage, it’s Bruno Mars, you’re guaranteed a certain level of attention, right?… I’m as proud of [“Uptown Funk”]… It’s awesome, but at the same time it almost feels like it’s happening to somebody else.”
In addition to a hit single, “Uptown Funk” has inspired many parodies, including a Harry Potter parody that went viral. There is also a Bruno Mars’ dance inspired by the original music video. It has inspired everyone from First Lady Michelle Obama to show off her dance skills on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, to kids from Epic Arts Cambodia who show that disabled people know how to dance.
In spite of his hit collaboration with Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars is a success in his own right. Born Peter Gene Hernandez, Mars is also a songwriter, record producer, choreographer, and voice actor. His musical credits include six hit singles: “Just the Way You Are,” “Grenade,” “The Lazy Song,” “Locked Out of Heaven,” “When I Was Your Man,” and “Treasure.” With sales of over 11 million albums and 68 million singles, he is credited with having five of the bestselling singles of all time, according to Wikipedia.
Although Ronson has worked with other successful music artists, he talked about what it’s like to share the stage with a musician like Bruno Mars. He said as follows.
“When you’re going on tour and you get to play these songs that you wrote and get the thing from the crowd, that is fun. But when you’re standing next to somebody like Bruno Mars — probably, maybe the greatest male live performer-entertainer of his generation — there’s no need to try and claw some of the spotlight for yourself.”
What do you think of Bruno Mars’ music? Do you like to dance to it?