‘Oops Up Side Your Head’ writers are to be paid by ‘Uptown Funk’ songwriters

‘Oops Up Side Your Head’ writers are to be paid by ‘Uptown Funk’ songwriters

Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson gave The Gap Band a credit on their hit ‘Uptown Funk’ as it is very similar to their ‘Oops Up Side Your Head’ track which was released in 1979.

The song was on the top of the UK chart for 7 weeks and US chart for 14. Initially it had 6 songwriters.

Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson gave The Gap Band a credit on their hit ‘Uptown Funk’ as it is very similar to their ‘Oops Up Side Your Head’ track which was released in 1979. 

The song was on the top of the UK chart for 7 weeks and US chart – for 14. Initially it had 6 songwriters.

According to RCA documents which were recently seen by Billboard, earlier this week the 5 writers of ‘Uptown Funk’ were added. They followed a demand from Minder Music publisher.

As we know in March a popular hit Blurred Lines written by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams had the same fate. They were forced to pay about $7.4m (£4.8m) to Marvin Gaye’s representative as the famous hit is very similar to Gaye’s hit ‘Got To Give It Up’ which was released in 1977.

Ronson and Mars, co-producer Jeffrey Bhasker and Phillip Lawrence from The Smeezingtons, Mars’ production team, were included to the list as the original writers.

Nicholas Williams, also known as rapper Trinidad James, as well as producer Devon Gallaspy received a credit for the use of the track ‘All Gold Everything’.

The 5 writers of The Gap Band’s hit, band members Charlie, Robert and Ronnie Wilson, their keyboardist Rudolph Taylor and producer Lonnie Simmons, have joined them.

According to Billboard, Danny Zook’s lawyer agreed that the case of Blurred Lines hit influenced the decision of the Uptown Funks songwriters. He told Billboard that everyone was being a little more careful as nobody wanted to be involved in a litigation.

Minder Music’s demand is said to be filed with YouTube’s content management system in February.

Sam Smith agreed to pay Tom Petty for his single ‘Stay With Me’ as it is very similar to Petty’s 1989 track ‘I Won’t Back Down’.

A Sam Smith’s representative said that the singer knew about the similarity but he also claimed that the likeness was accidental.

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