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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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