Mark Ronson scores first UK Number One with ‘Uptown Funk’ following rush-release

DJ and producer describes it as "pretty much the coolest thing ever"

Mark Ronson has scored his first ever UK Number One single with ‘Uptown Funk’.

Its chart-topping tally of 118,000 comprises 105,000 downloads and 1.35 million streams.

The track – which has lead vocals from Bruno Mars – was rush released last week (December 8) following contestant Fleur East‘s performance of the song on The X Factor on December 6. In line with the ITV show’s usual practice, East’s version was made available after the performance was topping the iTunes chart on Monday. Ronson’s song was originally set for release on January 11, 2015.

In a statement to the Official Charts Company, Ronson described topping the chart as “pretty much the coolest thing ever”.

Ronson said: “This is my first Number One single as an artist or producer so I just want to thank everyone who bought, downloaded or DJ-ed ‘Uptown Funk’ this past week. It’s pretty much the coolest thing ever. I also have to thank Phil Smeeze, Jeff Bhasker and the boy wonder Bruno Mars, without whom there’d be no jam.”

The song is now considered a strong contender for the Christmas Number One spot, which will be decided on December 21. One bookmaker last week suspended bets on the single topping the festive chart. It faces competition from tracks including Band Aid 30’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ and the debut single by this year’s X Factor winner Ben Haenow.

‘Uptown Funk’ is the first single from Ronson’s new album ‘Uptown Special’, due for release in January 2015. Ronson previously shared ‘Daffodils’, a collaboration with Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker, which will also feature on the album. Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford, Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt, Hudson Mohawke and DJ Zinc will all feature on the LP, as well as Bruno Mars.

The album follows on from 2010’s ‘Record Collection’ and has been inspired by the New York hip-hop scene of the ’90s.