X Factor’s Fleur East apologises to Mark Ronson over ‘Uptown Funk’ release issues

Ronson was forced to bring the release of his single forward by five weeks after the reality show performance

X Factor contestant Fleur East has apologised to Mark Ronson after the release of his new single ‘Uptown Funk’ was rush released this week.

The single, which features Bruno Mars and is Ronson’s first offering from forthcoming album ‘Uptown Special’, was due to be released on January 11 but was rush released on Monday (December 8) after East’s performance on this weekend’s X Factor.

Now, East has responded to the situation, telling BBC Newsbeat that she was “really sorry” for changing Ronson’s plans for the track.


“Yeah, I’m really sorry but all I can say is it’s props to all their creative hard work because it’s an amazing song,” said East. “I don’t know what they were thinking in their minds. I don’t think anyone expected my performance to be as popular as it was.”

Then, referring to the fact that East’s performance was at Number One in the iTunes chart when Ronson’s original was released, the singer continued to state, “We didn’t expect it to go to Number One on iTunes. That’s crazy like. I think straight away they were like oh wow, what’s happened here? So they had to speed up the release date. Obviously because it was their song and they created it, it would only be right that theirs got to Number One.”

‘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. Parker is understood to feature on three tracks 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.


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