Grammy Award-winning producer and musician Mark Ronson has released a new single titled “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars. The song is the lead single from the upcoming album Uptown Special, which is slated for release on January 27, 2015 via RCA Records.
“No matter how my taste in music and DJ-ing veers over the years, I always find myself coming back to that music I would play out in hip-hop clubs in NY in the late 90s/early 2000s”, Ronson explains. “Biggie, Chaka Khan, Amerie, Boz Scaggs, Missy, Earth Wind & Fire, N.O.R.E….Those songs would set alight the dance floor.
“The NY club scene was filled with girls, boys, dancers, drug dealers, rappers, models and skateboarders who came mostly for one reason: to dance. And regardless of genre or era, if the song was good – if it had dope drums, if it had soul to it – they danced. Before smart phones, bottle service and smoking bans, people came to the club, found their spot and stayed all night, absorbed in the music. With Uptown Special I set out to capture the feeling I remember from those New York nights.”
Ronson will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on November 22nd, performing “Uptown Funk” with Mars along with an additional track from the new album featuring another very special guest. This is Ronson’s first performance on the famed late night NBC show.