(AllHipHop News) "Uptown Funk" has been the biggest hit of 2015 so far. The single spent 14 weeks in the top spot on the Hot 100 chart, sold over 5.5 million units in the U.S., and totaled over 590 million views on YouTube. Those type of numbers help bring in big revenue for the song's credited writers, and one of those people with writing credit is Trinidad James.
James receives writing credit on Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' megasmash "Uptown Funk" because the record samples Trinidad's track "All Gold Everything." Billboard broke down the songwriter/publisher payout split for the 10 publishing owners listed for "Uptown Funk." With its reported $840,000 in publishing revenue so far, James has pulled in nearly $50,000.
Pigeons and Planes explains Trinidad James' financial takeaway from "Uptown Funk":
Nicholas Williams (Trinidad James) and “All Gold Everything” producer Devon Gallaspy also received credits because the track sampled the street hit. Considering the two were the songwriters on the track they received 15 percent (7.5% each) of the revenue from “Uptown Funk,” leaving the original songwriters with 21.25 percent each...
Since Trinidad James gets at least 5.625% of the revenue (plus the 1.875% to Trinidad James Record label/TIG7 Publishing), he’s going to making upwards of $47,250 from just being sampled on the song.
Watch the video for Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" featuring Bruno Mars below.