Mark Ronson Is Being Sued For Allegedly Ripping Off Zapp On “Uptown Funk”

[H/T TMZ] Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars was one of the biggest pop songs of 2014, with the number going platinum eleven times and having been streamed literally billions of times. In 2015, The Gap Band was eventually awarded songwriting credit on “Uptown Funk” after they called out the similarities between the song and their own 1979 hit, “Oops Upside Your Head.” Now, another band is entering the fray, with the American funk band Zapp suing Mark Ronson, other producers on the track (besides Bruno Mars, who was left off the suit), Apple, and Spotify.The lawsuit has been filed by Lastrada Entertainment, a licensing company and owner of the rights to Zapp’s music. In the lawsuit against Ronson and company, Lastrada Entertainment alleges that Mark Ronson’s megahit sounds eerily similar to Zapp’s 1980 hit “More Bounce To The Ounce,” specifically calling out the first 48 seconds of “Uptown Funk” for plagiarism. You can take a listen to Zapp’s “More Bounce To The Ounce” and to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars below. One thing that’s for sure is that this lawsuit is sure to be costly for both parties, with such suits frequently costing into the millions and spanning years and multiple appeals.Zapp & Roger, “More Bounce To The Ounce” Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars read more

Weather causes game-weekend cancellations

first_imgFootball activities and gameday staff encountered unusual challenges last weekend after “unprecedented” amounts of snow and harsh winds overtook campus, according to Mike Seamon, associate vice president for campus safety. Emmet Farnan | The Observer Irish senior quarterback Everett Golson rushes down the field during Notre Dame’s 43-40 overtime loss to Northwestern on Saturday. Some events before the game were cancelled due to inclement weather.“The snow and the cold played big factors in the weekend’s activities around the game,” Seamon said. “To everyone’s knowledge, we cannot remember a time when we had so much snow leading up to a game.“We’ve certainly experienced snow in and around certain games over the years, including as recently as the BYU game last season, but we’ve never had over 12 inches of snow fall within a 48-hour period leading up to the game.”Seamon said clearing Notre Dame Stadium of excess snow by game time posed the biggest problem for his gameday crew, who for the first time had to look to the Notre Dame community and beyond for assistance“Numerous groups of individuals, including many students from various campus clubs and organizations, helped in removing literally tons of snow from the Stadium on Friday and Saturday,” he said. “… Some of the student groups that helped in the shoveling included ROTC, the Rugby Club and the Boxing Club.“From Thursday evening when the snow finally stopped falling through Saturday morning, we had over 400 people from various student, staff and outside agencies help with the operation. We built and implemented the response as this amount of snow during the season was unprecedented.”Seamon said the harsh weather conditions throughout the days leading up to the game disrupted traditional football weekend activities.“The Friday Tunnel Tour was suspended as we were busy hauling all of the snow out of the Stadium during the afternoon and throughout the entire night,” he said. “We were forced to reduce some parking and limit the courtesy golf cart rides and the student pedal cab service due to the snowy conditions. The Band also had to cancel its traditional Friday step-off and practice due to the inclement weather.”Other football-related events saw a decline in attendance. Seamon said the Friday luncheon had more than 800 guests and 5,000 people attended the pep rally in the Compton Family Ice Arena. For the game against the University of North Carolina, those events drew 1,050 and 8,250 fans, respectively.Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) made six arrests on campus Saturday, including four for “public intoxication or public order-related offenses” and two for shoplifting, according to NDSP Chief Phil Johnson.Johnson said the snowy conditions complicated travel and parking procedures but did not create any serious problems.“The cold weather and snow presented some challenges for fans but the parking lot operations went well and traffic moved along safely,” he said. “I’m thankful for all the staff who braved cold temperatures to welcome and assist guests in the lots and to the area police officers who directed traffic to help fans get to campus and then again on their way following the game.”Tags: gameday, Mike Seamon, NDSP, Northwestern, Notre Dame football, Notre Dame Security Police, Phil Johnson, snowlast_img read more

The Latest: Tennis Integrity Unit ties case rise to virus

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The group charged with monitoring tennis gambling and punishing corruption found a near-doubling in the number of suspect matches in the first three months of 2020. That is an increase it ties to the coronavirus pandemic. The London-based Tennis Integrity Unit’s quarterly report says it received a total of 38 alerts from the regulated betting industry about matches on lower-level tours from the start of the year through March 22.That is up from 21 in the same period of 2019.The 38 match alerts in the year’s first quarter break down as six from the ATP Challenger Tour and 16 apiece from the men’s and women’s International Tennis Federation World Tennis Tours.The report concludes the jump indicates that entry levels of tennis “were deliberately targeted” as the sport moved toward suspension because of the outbreak of COVID-19.All pro tours are on hold until at least mid-July. World Athletics has also postponed the bidding processes for 2023 World Athletics Series events. They will now open in November 2020.___Formula One says it will furlough half of its staff until the end of May and senior executives will take pay cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic.F1 has postponed eight races so far this season and the Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled.F1 says senior leadership figures will take “voluntary pay cuts while still continuing to work and not in furlough.” ___The players and coach on Switzerland’s national soccer team have declined to take more than 1 million Swiss francs ($1.03 million) of payments that were due from their federation in 2020.The team was scheduled to play in the now-postponed European Championship in June and had two games in Qatar canceled last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The shutdown of games has cost the Swiss soccer body millions of dollars.Federation chairman Dominique Blanc says it’s a “magnificent gesture” from the players. More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Blanc tested positive for the virus three weeks ago.Team captain Stephan Lichtsteiner says “we wanted to set an example and show solidarity.”___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says the body has “cash-flow” problems because of the Olympic and Paralympic postponement until 2021.Andrew Parsons says about 5% of spending is being cut from the IPC’s budget. A 2018 financial report showed a budget of 24 million euros ($25.7 million). Parsons says the problem was due partly to broadcast rights holders who want to delay their payments until the product is delivered.Parsons says it’s not a question of “losing money” but rather some temporary belt tightening.He says “like all businesses we are tremendously affected by the COVID-19 crisis.”He says he is dealing with 150 contracts that are games-related but adds “we have no plans to let any staff go at the moment.”___ The Italian Olympic Committee says Donato Sabia has died. He was 56.CONI says he is the first Italian Olympian to die with the virus.Sabia finished fifth in the 800 at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and seventh at the 1988 Seoul Games. He also won the 800 at the 1984 European Indoor Championships.Sabia died in his hometown of Potenza in southern Italy shortly after his father also died from the virus.___ April 8, 2020 The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, have been rescheduled for July 15-24, 2022.The event was pushed back a year because the Tokyo Olympics were delayed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The track worlds were originally scheduled for Aug. 6-15, 2021.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says 2022 will be a “bonanza for athletics fans around the world” with the Commonwealth Games beginning in Birmingham, England, only three days after the track worlds.The 2022 Commonwealth Games are scheduled for July 27-Aug. 7 and the multisport European Championship is currently slated for Aug. 11-21 in Munich. CEO Chase Carey will take a “much deeper” pay cut.The McLaren and Williams teams had already put some staff on furlough schemes. McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have also taken pay cuts.The season is currently scheduled to begin in France on June 28. F1 management has said it still hopes to hold between 15 and 18 races this year in place of the original 22.___A two-time Olympic finalist in the 800 meters has died after getting infected with the coronavirus. Associated Press The Latest: Tennis Integrity Unit ties case rise to viruslast_img read more