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Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

Many musicians treat the past like a playground, but Mark Ronson, a successful DJ and producer (he produced much of Amy Winehouse’s 2006 album Back To Black) who teamed with Bruno Mars for “Uptown Funk!,” the biggest song in the country for the last four weeks, also knows how to play by the rules.

“On one level this song borrows directly from The Time and Prince, and even further back from funk bands of the ’70s like The Average White Band,” Ann says. “But Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have this way of mixing and matching.

They put their own very contemporary stamp on [‘Uptown Funk!’] through the production and the performance.”