November 10, 2014


Bruno Mars' Returns on Mark Ronson's Fiery "Uptown Funk"

After earning a handful of hit singles, playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show and all around owning 2013 and early 2014, Bruno Mars more than deserved a little break. But the "Treasure" singer is already back, returning via a fiery, funky single from Mark Ronson—a.k.a. the producer who helped launch Amy WinehouseLily Allen and Wale.

"Uptown Funk" combines all the elements of a classic, feel-good throwback track: There's some Prince in there with the slick bassline on the verses, there's a Bee Gees-like breakdown after the chorus and we're getting a Michael Jackson "Thriller" vibe with the track's blend of woozy, addictive synths. It's just what you need to kick off your week on the right note.

"Uptown Funk" is the lead single off Ronson's upcoming LP Uptown Special that features unexpected-yet-totally-intriguing contributions from Tame ImpalaMystikal (remember Mystikal?) and more to-be-named guests. But the English musician says Bruno was the biggest grab and made for a musical milestone in both their careers.

"It's definitely one of the best things I've ever done," Ronson told Billboard. "And I know that it's one of Bruno's favorite things that he's ever done, as well."

Uptown Special isn't due until January 2015, but we think "Uptown Funk" will keep us groovin' until then.