Band accused of plagiarism by The Sequence
Cai Trefor

12:06 24th February 2016

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have been accused of stealing hit single 'Uptown Funk' by an '80s rap group.

According to TMZ, The Sequence - who were one of the first all female rap groups - claim that Bruno Mars used their 1979 cut 'Funk it Up' as the inspiration for his huge hit with Mark Ronzon.

The group's rep Kali Bower points out that the hook from both songs is the same and that there are other similarities too.

You can judge just how similar the two tunes are below:

No lawsuit has been issued by group members Angie Stone, Cheryl the Pearl and Blondy yet but there are "rumblings".

The song has been the subject of similar claims before too. Last year Gap Band claimed that there was a correlation between 'Uptown Funk' and their own hit, 'Oops, Up Side Your Head'.

The news comes after 'Uptown Funk' won the 'Record of the Year' accolade at the Grammy Awards last week (15 February). It was also the biggest selling single of 2015. The song was actually released back in November 2014, totalling sales of 2.25 million as it stands. The track spent seven weeks at No.1, and remained in the Top 40 for 39 weeks.

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  • Frank Ocean: Earlier this year, Micah Otano brought a lawsuit against Frank Ocean, claiming that he stole his hit 'Lost'. Otano says that the track was originally called 'Daylight', and that he wrote it - not Ocean. Otano went on to claim that he co-wrote it with Ocean's producer Malay, who copied the track and renamed it before giving it to Ocean.

  • Lady Gaga: Rebecca Francescatti brought a lawsuit against Gaga accusing her of stealing elements of Franscatti's 1999 song 'Juda' to use in her hit, 'Judas'. Both artists worked with producer Brian Gaynor who is also being sued, according to Francescatti's lawyers. The lawsuit also uncovered text messages between Lady Gaga and producer RedOne, that show Gaga had also stolen another sample loop used in 'Judas' and later in Jennifer Lopez's 'Invading My Mind' without credit.

  • Taylor Swift: Swifty was accused of stealing lyrics from US star Matt Nathanson. The lyrics "And I forget about you long enough to forget why I needed to" from Swift's song 'All Too Well' were apparently just too similar to Nathanson's "And I'll forget about you long enough to forget why I need to." Swift was well known as a fan of Nathanson's, having previously written lyrics of his on her arm at concerts.

  • Pete Doherty: Poet Nick Toczek claimed that a line from his poem 'Stiff With A Quiff', written in 1983, was exactly the same as one which features in Babyshambles 'Baddie's Boogie', taken from their second album 'Shotter's Nation'. Doherty ended up paying Toczek £10,000 over the claims.

  • Leona Lewis: After Leona released her single 'Collide', UK label Ministry of Sound claimed that the song had stolen the beat of Avicii's track 'Penguin'. Despite Leona saying that Avicii was 'aware' of the use, Tim Bergling of Avicii tweeted afterwards, 'I didn't produce it and neither me or my manager could approve it.'

  • Alicia Keys: Songwriter Earl Shuman claimed the singer used parts of his track without his permission, and filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against her. According to him, Keys' 'Girl On Fire' sounded too similar to his own song 'Hey There Lonely Girl', including parts where she actually sings a few couplets of the song, and uses an uncredited sample.

  • Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen: Owl City wrote 'Good Time', which featured Carly Rae Jepsen, back in 2012... Or did they? Alabama singer-songwriter Allyson Nichole Burnett filed a lawsuit against them, alleging that her track 'Ah, It's a Love Song' shares "a catchy pop vibe that both draws people in and sticks in people's heads." She also insisted that they share the same "unique vocal motif".

  • Usher: The star was accused of plagiarism by Ernest Lee Straughter, who said that Usher's 2004 hit 'Burn' is ripping off Straughter's 1998 song 'Reasons'. Straughter went on to say that Usher would have had access to the song through Warren G, who had collaborated with both Straughter and Usher. However, Usher's camp denied all knowledge of the song.

  • Katy Perry: Katy Perry came under fire from US producer Dillon Francis, who claims she stole his video idea for her single 'Roar'. "Legitimately this is so dope that @katyperry's director thought my video was good enough to rip off," Dillon posted on Twitter, furious that Perry's video, featuring lyrics in text messages, was near identical his his track, 'Messages'.

  • Muse: Songwriter Charles Bolfrass filed a $3.5million lawsuit against Muse, claiming that he had contacted the band in 2005 with the idea to write a futuristic rock type opera concerning space travel - and pitched ideas titled 'Exogenesis'. When Muse released their 2009 album The Resistance, there were tracks named 'Exogenesis I', 'Exogenesis II' and 'Exogenesis III', which Bolfrass believed to be his work.

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