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'The Sequence' Accuses Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Of "Stealing" Portions Of "Uptown Funk"

There are new accusations against the "Uptown Funk" artists that are raising eyebrows. 

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' smash single "Uptown Funk" is under fire once again. Nearly a year after both artists were caught up in an intense legal battle over the song, another group of artists have come forward to accuse Ronson and Mars of ripping off their work.

TMZ reports that one of the first female rap groups, called "The Sequence," have let it be known that their 1979 song “Funk You Up” was the real "inspiration" for "Uptown Funk." The accusations come from their rep Kali Bowyer, who claims that there are too many similarities between both songs.

"This is not and has not been an overnight issue, nor following the Grammy bandwagon party," Bowyer told VIBE. "This fight did not just begin, the issues and paperwork date back going on close to two years, over the songs 'Uptown Funk' and 'Funk You Up,' and with the issue in respects to Bruno dates back to the actual release date of "Uptown Funk".

Apparently, the trio consisting of Angie Stone, Cheryl Cook (Cheryl The Pearl), and Gwendolyn Chisolm (Blondie), say Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson's Grammy award-winning song rips off the hook from their song, especially during the "funk you right on up" part. When the eleven contributors were mentioned as writers of the song "Uptown Funk" during the Grammy Awards, "Sequence" was noticeably omitted from from the list, which made the impending battle take a turn for the worse.

READ: Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson Bring Their Uptown Funk To Ellen

It wouldn't be the first time Mars and Ronson's radio-friendly record has put the experienced producer and the "Marry You" singer in the hot seat. Last May, all five writers of The Gap Band’s 1979 hit “Oops Upside Your Head” were awarded split credit for "Uptown Funk" after a brief legal battle over similar lyrics in the song.

Do you think "The Sequence" has a case against Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars? Listen and compare both songs below and judge for yourself.

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Haitians Protest For President Jovenel Moise's Resignation

The people of Haiti have taken action to encourage the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. According to The Washington Post, the demonstrations have been gaining steam over the course of six weeks. Since 2017, Moise has been in power with a length of three more years left on his presidency.

Reasons for the protest—which stretches from the country's capital Port-au-Prince to surrounding towns—includes inflation, and other environmental concerns like inadequate drinking water, and a food and fuel shortage. The protestors also call into question the monetary aid the country received after the 2010 earthquake that has yet to reinstall infrastructure to the most affected places.

In a statement issued to the Post, Jake Johnston, an international research associate who focuses on Haiti's economic and policy sectors said "Haiti is facing a broad rejection of a political and economic system that in 30 years has failed to deliver results for the majority of the population. There's a general distrust of politicians and elections. And the promises of economic development after the earthquake have clearly not been met."

Moise's plans to launch a "dialogue committee" to attempt a resolution but has been met with opposition from those on the front lines of the protest.

Another view of today’s mass antigovernment demonstrations in #Haiti called by some musicians. pic.twitter.com/mONWrWGp37

— Jacqueline Charles (@Jacquiecharles) October 13, 2019

Island TV’s report during yesterday’s anti-government protest in #Haiti. According to reporter crowd was moving peacefully when police suddenly began firing tear gas, causing some to fall off motorcycles. pic.twitter.com/SkNhX5e6e0

— Jacqueline Charles (@Jacquiecharles) October 12, 2019

In addition to the protests, the United Nations ceased its 15-year peacekeeping mission in the country, The Miami Herald reports. The organization arrived in 2004 to help restore order after Haiti fell into political corruption and violence following President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's exile. The news site adds that some U.N. personnel were also accused of sexual abuse crimes against boys and women and that the organization admitted to its role in 2010's cholera outbreak.

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2020 Nominees Include Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for the class of 2020, and Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace and Whitney Houston are among the nominees.

Among this year's 16 nominees, nine are first-time ballots: Wallace, Houston, Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, Soundgarden, T. Rex, and Thin Lizzy. The other seven are attempting to land in the hall after previous tries: Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Kraftwerk, Judas Priest, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, MC5 and Todd Rundgren.

With the requirement of releasing your first commercial recording at least 25 years prior, Biggie has been named a nominee in his first year of eligibility. If inducted, he will be the second rapper to join the hall, after 2Pac's induction in 2017.

Ballots are distributed through a panel of more than 1,000 voters - historians, music industry insiders, and previous inductees. Fans can have an impact as well. Billboard reports that from Oct. 15 through Jan. 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET, fans can go to Google and search “Rock Hall Fan Vote” or any nominee’s name plus “vote” to cast a ballot with Google, vote at RockHall.com or at the Museum itself in Cleveland. The five artists who receive the most fan votes comprise a fans’ ballot that will be tallied along with the others to determine the 2020 inductees.

The class of inductees will be announced on January 2020, and the 35th annual induction ceremony will be held in the hall's home of Cleveland, Ohio on May 2, 2020.

Nominees for the hall must have released their first commercial recording 25 years before the year of the induction. The hall's website also states: "Besides demonstrating unquestionable musical excellence and talent, inductees will have had a significant impact on the development, evolution, and preservation of rock & roll."

The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees from 2019 were Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, Def Leopard, The Cure, and The Zombies.

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Ebro Darden Denies Report That Says 'Hot 97' Will Not Play Tekashi 6ix9ine's Music

'Hot 97' radio personality Ebro Darden denies a TMZ report which stated that the station will not play Tekashi 6ix9ine's music once, and if, he's released from prison.

Earlier today, the outlet published a report stating that a Hot 97 executive said the station has never really been fans of Tekashi 6ix9ine, and that they will not play his music upon his release. Shortly after the report was published, Ebro responded.

"All execs @HOT97 deny speaking to anyone @TMZ," Ebro wrote in a tweet, "So this means that Tekashi marketing machine is revving up to rally his on-line #Bots and drive stories."

All execs @HOT97 deny speaking to anyone @TMZ ..... so this means that Tekashi marketing machine is revving up to rally his on-line #Bots and drive stories.

— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) October 14, 2019

A follower replied how Ebro shuts down new artists. And Ebro responded by saying that he will play Tekashi's music.

And then this... hahahahaha! I just said I was gonna play it. Ya’ll dumb https://t.co/JQAjkE2L9W

— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) October 14, 2019

6ix9ine reportedly signed a $10 million deal with his former label, 10k Projects, to record two albums upon his release from prison. It's been reported that one will be recorded in English and the other will be recorded in Spanish. As for his looming release, the rapper's sentencing has been scheduled for Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. EST.

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