“Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk!,’ featuring Bruno Mars, is the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 of the 2010s, ruling the chart for a 13th week. It’s also just the 10th single in the Hot 100’s entire history to spend at least 13 weeks at No. 1…’Funk,’ released on RCA Records, passes Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines,’ featuring T.I. and Pharrell to take sole possession of the Hot 100’s longest command this decade.”
“Uptown Funk” looks very close to topping Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” as the biggest hit of the century. “We Belong Together” spent 14 weeks at number one and declared as the biggest song of the 2000’s by Billboard. The song was considered Mariah Carey’s comeback song in 2005 and broke airplay and sales records everywhere.
In 2006, Mariah Carey told MTV that it was suggested that she work with Jermaine Dupri again on some music, but she thought he was too busy. She also said that after recording the song, she was on a plane and couldn’t stop thinking about how special the song was. One wonders what Mariah thinks about “Uptown Funk” and the possibility it might overshadow her chart record.
According to an interview with Time, Mark Ronson doesn’t think of “Uptown Funk” as a novelty song.
“But the song couldn’t come from a more genuine place. That song started as a jam with Bruno Mars on drums, [co-producer] Jeff Bhasker on synths and myself on bass playing the music that we love the most. That’s literally how the song started. I can’t obviously run around to every person and explain my process to them.”
Mark Ronson also laughs on how, despite producing many hits over the past two decades, people still think of him as a “new” artist after the success of “Uptown Funk.”
“Definitely 90 percent of the people who discover the song wouldn’t have had any idea who I was before. A photographer told me he was leaving the house and his wife was like, ‘Honey, who are you shooting today?’ He was like, ‘I’m going to photograph the white guy in the Bruno Mars video!’ I have no problem with that. As long as people are discovering the music, it’s cool.”
When “Uptown Funk” was first released, the song was expected to be a hit. However, nobody could have predicted that the song is now part of music chart history. Could “Uptown Funk” become the longest running No. 1 hit in music history? The music world will find out soon enough.
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