How time flies on The Voice. One day, there are countless hopefuls whose names will be forgotten in an instant, and the next there are just four…whose names will take slightly longer to forget. (I kid! I kid!) The final four all broke into the iTunes Top 10 last night with their original singles, a first for the show. In fact, Matt McAndrew’s “Wasted Love” knocked Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” out of first place on the iTunes Top Songs chart. Perhaps this is the season where a real star is born.
Speaking of real stars: Tuesday night’s finale was full of them! Coaches Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine got to kick back in their red chairs for most of the finale, while A List talent including Hozier, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Meghan Trainor, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy and Jessie J took the stage. So hey, three runners up, you may not have won The Voice, but you had backstage passes to a pretty great Jingle Ball, right? More »
Mark Ronson is making a return in 2015 with Uptown Special, the follow-up to 2010′s Record Collection that will be inspired by Ronson’s early days as a DJ. He teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce) to create the album in NYC, London, Memphis & Los Angeles studios.
Pultizer Prize winner Michael Chabon, Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker, Hudson Mohawke and Emile Haynie all play roles in the project as well. The album features collaborations with Bruno Mars (“Uptown Funk”), Mystikal (“Feel Right”), Stevie Wonder and more! Uptown Special is Ronson’s fourth studio LP is due on January 12 via RCA Records — but in the meantime, you can catch him and Mars perform on The Voice season finale on December 16!
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The funk just won’t stop coming!
After his show-stopping performance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend (during Bruno Mars worked it out to their hot collabo, “Uptown Funk”), music maestro Mark Ronson returns today with the official lyric video for his Mystikal collaboration, “Feel Right.”
The black and white, speaker and record-filled clip provides some fun illustrations and nice text to look at while the funky, James Brown-like tune comes jamming through the airwaves. (Hey, you know, it’s a lyric video.) According to an interview with Billboard, the collaboration came about during “a chance encounter” at the recording studio. What do you think of “Feel Right”? Watch the lyric video after the jump, and sound off in the comments below. More »
“Locked Out of Heaven” collaborators Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have teamed up once more for “Uptown Funk,” the lead single off Ronson’s upcoming album Uptown Special (due out on January 27), and they turned out their first television performance of the song on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Although this will be the fourth LP for Grammy-winning producer Ronson, it’s turning out to be his most high profile project as a lead artist, with “Uptown Funk” currently in the Top 10 on iTunes.
The pair later debuted new track “Feel Right” with special guest Mystikal on SNL. Watch Mark and Bruno’s SNL performance of their new single above, then catch “Feel Right” below to see what all the fuss is about. More »
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars may be excited for their upcoming performance on Saturday Night Live, but the duo seem a little unprepared — well, at least in the new promo clip starring Cameron Diaz! The actress tries to show the two musicians the ropes when it comes to comedic timing, but her lesson ultimately fails and she ends up storming off the stage. Maybe they should just stick to music?
Ronson and Mars will perform their awesome single, “Uptown Funk” on the show’s stage. The song comes from the DJ/producer’s forthcoming album, Uptown Special (to be released on January 27). Look out for the duo’s performance when the episode of Saturday Night Live airs on November 22 at 11:30 p.m. EST! More »
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars amp up your Monday morning with their fun-filled video for “Uptown Funk.” It has a smooth ’80s throwback vibe, as the “Gorilla” crooner and the UK musician don Miami Vice-inspired suits and charm the camera lens with their confident attitudes. Along with the Hooligans, they take over the city streets with dancing, perform at an underground club and even get their hair permed!
“Uptown Funk” is the first single off Mark Ronson’s upcoming fourth studio LP, Uptown Special. The musician collaborated with Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker, Hudson Mohawke, Jeff Bhasker and Emile Haynie for the record, which is set for a January 27 release. Look out for the duo on Saturday Night Live (airing on November 22) as they perform the tune live for the first time. More »
Fresh after premiering his “Uptown Funk” collaboration with Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson has announced his upcoming fourth studio album! Titled Uptown Special, the LP is the follow-up to 2010′s Record Collection and will be inspired by Ronson’s early days as a DJ. He teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce) to create the album in NYC, London, Memphis & Los Angeles studios.
Pultizer Prize winner Michael Chabon, Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker, Hudson Mohawke and Emile Haynie all play roles in the project as well. Look out for Uptown Special when it releases on January 27, and catch Ronson perform with Mars on Saturday Night Live on November 22. More »
We tipped you off a couple weeks back that “Locked Out of Heaven” collaborators Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars were teaming up once more for the lead single off Ronson’s upcoming fourth album. Now “Uptown Funk” has finally arrived, ahead of the guys’ November 22 Saturday Night Live performance, and it’s bound to fill any void in the hearts of Stax- and James Brown-loving music fans. This is no half-hearted stab at a retro ’70s groove; “Uptown Funk” is a straight-up ass-kicker.
Mark and Bruno get bonus points for their wiseguy “Michelle Pfeiffer, that white gold” and “gotta kiss myself, so pretty” lines. Listen below. More »
It looks like the collaborative magic between Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson didn’t end with Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox cuts like “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Gorilla.” This morning UK producer Ronson tweeted out a tease for “Uptown Funk,” the lead single from his upcoming fourth album, and noted that the song features Mars.
A release date of November 10 appears on a poster image Mark included in the tweet, which you can catch below. More »
Any discussion of music video animation must begin — and rightly so — by invoking “Money For Nothing”
by Dire Straits
. but do you really want to boink any of them? (Quiet, Mom.)
Today, class, we’re focusing on music videos where lead singers are animated…and sexy as hell! (Deemed ineligible, but fabulous, are stop-motion animation and bands where the members are already animated.) Here, for your prurient perusal, is the definitive list of the sexiest cartoon versions of lead singers, from nottest to hottest. More »