Lawsuits are flying left and right nowadays when it comes to music; most have little validity, but it looks like this time around the plaintiff may have a win on their hands. Apparently Bruno Mars is being sued by eighties electro-funk band, Collage, over his hit single Uptown Funk. Collage claims they released a similar sounding song, Young Girls, in way back (33 years ago for you non-math whizzes).
Mars and “Uptown Funk” producer Mark Ronson are among many names listed in a lawsuit filed by members from the music group, Collage. The band released a single in 1983 called “Young Girls” and claim Bruno’s Billboard #1 is a dead-on copy in rhythm, harmony, melody and structure.
It’s interesting — Collage claims Ronson and Mars have been big fans of Minneapolis/1980s electro-funk soul … of which Collage was a part, along with Prince and others. The suit claims there’s reason to believe Ronson and Mars have heard and been influenced by “Young Girls.”
The stakes are enormous. “Uptown Funk” is Mars’ biggest song to date … selling more than 6.1 million copies. It’s the second-longest number-one hit single in Billboard history, and makes the label alone a reported $100k a week via streaming on Spotify.
Collage — only has one living member — but he’s alive and kicking … demanding a cut of the profits and a stop to “Uptown Funk.”
So…we have music from both songs below…and Young Girls and Uptown Funk definitely sound similar. Listen below and tell us what you think?
Bruno just may have to fork over some serious royalties. If he is smart he will settle outside of court!
Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning