Performing “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars on The Voice season finale December 16
The global phenomenon, "Uptown Funk” featuring GRAMMY® award-winning superstar Bruno Mars, premiered on November 10th and has already climbed to reach No. 5 on Billboard’s HOT 100, making it Mars’ 13th song in the Top 5, and Ronson’s first track as an artist to break into the Top 5. The single also reached No. 1 in the UK today. PRESS HERE to watch Ronson and Mars perform the song on Saturday Night Live. Tune in to The Voice season finale tomorrow night to watch Ronson and Mars perform “Uptown Funk,” alongside performances by Ed Sheeran, Hozier and Jennifer Hudson.
Uptown Special is Ronson’s most inventive and vibrant work to date. Taken as a whole, the album is inspired by his musical beginnings. As a teenager growing up in New York City in the early 90s, Ronson gravitated towards hip-hop, funk, soul and R&B. Those were the records he lugged around in boxes in the early days of his club DJ career and that scratchy, inspiring vinyl was what he returned to when creating the album.
Though Ronson is now based out of London, most of Uptown Special was recorded in the United States with stops in Los Angeles, Memphis and Mississippi. Most of the music was recorded with live musicians with Mark anchoring the sessions on guitar, while surrounded by a complimentary mix of gifted young players and R&B vets. Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker plays a huge role on the album, lending his signature, woozy vocal to three songs, as well as laying drums, guitars, synths and background vocals on other tracks. Longtime collaborator Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt also added his wonderful vocals and songwriting talents to the song “Heavy and Rolling.” Ronson & Bhasker's great friend producer Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs) also provided some glorious sonic landscapes to the tracks.
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THE LONG AWAITED FOLLOW UP TO THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM ‘VOODOO’
NEW STUDIO RECORDED VERSION OF “REALLY LOVE” TO BE SERVICED TO RADIO TODAY
[December 15, 2014 – New York, NY] The wait is finally over! D’Angelo and The Vanguard’s highly anticipated and much buzzed about brand new album, Black Messiah, is available today (12/15/14) at select digital and retail music providers. The studio recorded version of “Really Love” from Black Messiah, will be serviced to radio today.
Nearly 15 years in the making, Black Messiah contains 12 tracks of timeless music with poignant and provocative lyrics that requires repeat listening at maximum volume! On the album, D’Angelo is joined by his band, The Vanguard, alongside Pino Palladino, James Gadson and Questlove on various tracks on the album. All lyrics were written by D’Angelo in addition to Q-Tip and Kendra Foster who both wrote lyrics on several songs. With the high quality of live musicianship featured on the album, it’s important to note that “No digital ‘plug-ins’ of any kind were used in this recording. All of the recording, processing, effects and mixing was done in the analog domain using tape and mostly vintage equipment.”
D’Angelo had this to say about Black Messiah in the album’s forward:
"‘Black Messiah’ is a hell of a name for an album. It can be easily misunderstood. Many will think it’s about religion. Some will jump to the conclusion that I'm calling myself a Black Messiah. For me the title is about all of us. It's about the world. It's about an idea we can all aspire to. We should all aspire to be a Black Messiah. It’s about people rising up in Ferguson and in Egypt and in Occupy Wall Street and everyplace where a community has had enough and decides to make change happen. It's not about praising one charismatic leader but celebrating thousands of them. Not every song on this album is politically charged (though many are) but calling this album Black Messiah creates a landscape where these songs can live to the fullest. Black Messiah is not one man. It's a feeling that, collectively, we are all that leader."