by (@JordanRuntagh)

From Amy Winehouse To ‘Uptown Funk,’ Mark Ronson Talks His Musical Evolution In ‘Playback’ Premiere

For seven weeks (but who’s counting?) Mark Ronson has ruled the Billboard Hot 100 with “Uptown Funk,” the deliriously dance-y Bruno Mars collaboration destined to become this year’s party anthem. More than a great song, the track represents an important triumph of live instrumentation in an industry where sampling and computer-generated sounds are running rampant. In the debut episode of VH1′s new interview feature Playback, the super-producer sounds off on creating an antidote to “crazy steroid-sounding music.”

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How Mark Ronson Funked Up The Charts + Made The Party Record Of The Year

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Don’t let the shy smile and self-deprecating wit fool you: Mark Ronson will funk you up—in 11 tracks or less. Today marks the release of Uptown Special, the super-producer’s superstar-laden venture, destined to become the official party soundtrack of 2015. Don’t believe us? Just check the Billboard charts. “Uptown Funk,” the album’s irresistible lead single with Bruno Mars, just strutted past Taylor Swift to the Number One spot. The song is celebrated for injecting a badly needed shot of soul into the Top 40, and has been voted by many as one of 2014′s best cuts. Now Ronson has his eyes on the ‘Best Record Of 2015′ title.

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MUSIC SEEN: Mark Ronson Serves Up The Funk With Killer Grooves + Killer Kicks

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Mark Ronson came uptown to funk up VH1′s headquarters just a couple of days after his show-stealing SNL performance with Bruno Mars. Check out the photos as we tagged along for a whirlwind day of his press tour, and make sure to get a look at his pineapple skull kicks.

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Top 20 Countdown: Mark Ronson On His Killer ‘SNL’ Set + “The Most Amazing, Surreal” Part Of His Musical Journey

Mark Ronson is singularly responsible for funking up this fall, and we couldn’t be more grateful. “Uptown Funk,” his slinky groovetastic floor filler with Bruno Mars, has been blaring out of speakers worldwide, and that’s just the start of the story for the famed producer and DJ. He stole the show on an episode of Saturday Night Live with Mars and rapper Mystikal a few weeks back, and recently experienced a moment that he calls “the most amazing, surreal part of my musical journey.” For a man who has worked with everyone from Amy Winehouse, Paul McCartney, and Adele (just to name a very few), it must have been pretty damn incredible. From his new song and new album, to career highlights, Ronson revealed all to Jim Shearer On VH1′s Top 20 Countdown.

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Last Lap: Billy Corgan Compares Modern Musicians To “Strippers”

Billy Corgan Compares Modern Musicians To “Strippers”
Billy Corgan got all “grumpy old man” in an interview at SXSW and said things like, “I was part of a generation that changed the world — and it was taken over by poseurs.” Everyone has an opinion, right? [Spin]

Courtney Love Has Beef With The Muppets
Even though it was approved by surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, Courtney Love is furious with The Muppets’ cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Ah, Courtney, will there ever be an end to the Love vs Everyone Else beef? [Pigeons & Planes]

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Tuned In: Erykah Badu, Mark Ronson, Zigaboo Modeliste And The Dap Kings Give “A La Modeliste” A Turn On Letterman

Erykah Badu is compelling on her own, charismatic and natural, with a voice that soaks into your skin and leaves you wanting more. Put Mark Ronson, The Dap Kings and Zigaboo Modeliste behind her, and you’ll be swooning for days. Performing their collaborative track, “A La Modeliste,” last night on The Late Show With David Letterman, Letterman himself summed it up to perfection at the end of the show, saying, “That’s it, that’s all you want, right there. That’s all we’re looking for!” And it really is. Start your day listening to the soul-filled song, from the joyful brass section, to Badu’s arresting voice and Ronson’s modest guitar and genius production skills. It’s all you need.

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Last Lap: In The Latest Entry In The “Crazy Fans With Tattoos” Files, Woman Gets Kanye West On Her Butt

Woman Tattoos Kanye West On Her Butt
How would you prove your undying love to Kayne West? One fan not only legally changed her name to Kanyeresa West, but she has two tattoos: “Kanye” on her arm, and “Kanye West” where the sun don’t shine. You have to watch this video of her talking. [Complex]

Must Watch Video Of The Day Featuring Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu and Yasiin Bey
If you only watch one video today make it the clip for “A La Modeliste,” the Mark Ronson-led track featuring Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Trombone Shorty and members of the Dap-Kings. [Prefix]

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