Saturday, July 13, 2024

Bruno Mars in Pop Plagiarism Claim of the Week: “Uptown Funk” Came from 1983 Record


If it’s Tuesday, it must be time for a new pop plagiarism claim: the writers and makers of a 1983 record called “Young Girls” by a group called Collage say Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” comes from their record.

“Uptown Funk” was already acknowledged to be nicked from a Gap Band record.

There’s a weird coincidence here. The lead track from the last Bruno Mars album was also called “Young Girls.” That’s from the same album that had Bruno’s Police soundalike song “Locked Out of Heaven.” Hmmmm….

You be the judge. Does “Young Girls” sound like “Uptown Funk”? Has sampling and interpolating gotten completely out of hand?


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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