Mark Ronsons’ ‘Uptown Special’ lands at #5; ‘Uptown Funk’ breaks records

Mark Ronson’s fourth album, Uptown Special has entered the Top 200 at No. 5 today (Jan 21st). The critically-acclaimed album, featuring the global phenomenon “Uptown Funk,” featuring Bruno Mars was released on January 13th via RCA Records. The album was written and produced with fellow GRAMMY –winning producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Drake, Alicia Keys), and the majority of the album’s lyrics were written by Pulitzer-winning American novelist Michael Chabon. Uptown Special includes collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt, Mystikal and newcomer Keyone Starr. 

Ronson celebrated the album release with Bruno Mars on The Ellen DeGeneres Show!

Following a meteoric climb up the charts since its release, Mark Ronson’s international hit single “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars has held the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, making it the No. 1 song in the US, UK, Australia and Canada and holds the #1 spot on the Digital Songs Chart. The track broke Spotify’s global and U.S. record for number of streams in one week with over 4.8 million in the U.S. and 14.79 million streams worldwide, and has also been the No. 1 streaming track on Spotify U.S. for three weeks. The song was co-written and co-produced by Ronson and Mars.

Read our review here.

Praise for Uptown Special:

“every inch and detail of [Uptown Special] rings with real skill and intelligence” – TIME

 “[Uptown Special is] a knockout when it is at its best.”- Wall Street Journal

“[Uptown Special] combines talent in jaw-dropping ways to create music steeped in vintage R&B, from the ’70s to the ’90s. Uptown Funk, Ronson’s current chart-topping hit with Mars, is just the tip.” – USA Today

“[‘Uptown Funk’] is a pulsing, funky rager” – NPR

“An all-star funk summit” – Rolling Stone

“[‘Uptown Funk’ is] a full-on combustible groove workout with elastic bass and indomitable spirit.” – Billboard

“Mark Ronson’s grasp of weapons-grade Soul Train revivalism has no parallel. ‘Uptown Funk’ breaks a serious sweat, but the centerpiece of Ronson’s fourth album is the volcanic ‘Feel Right’: Over heaving horns and bubbly bass, Mystikal spits surreal lines about bananas and bamboo and getting interplanetary with Bruno Mars. It’s a master class in stanky, guttural rump shaking.” – Entertainment Weekly

 “[Uptown Special] is not just a collection of tunes, not just a set, but it is an album of words and melodies that drives home the import of what a phonograph album was originally designed to be: A package, a mood, and more than a four-minute trek to the dance floor.” – Yahoo

“[‘Uptown Funk’ is] An irresistible (and aptly titled) party jam” – Los Angeles Times 

“The whole thing…hangs together as one of the slickest and most unashamedly fun mainstream pop albums in recent memory.” – Stereogum

 “Uptown Special puts the retro virtue of craftsmanship above all else and succeeds in making something lasting — the kind of pop gold worthy of future plundering.” – Vulture

Author: Buddy Iahn

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