Russian chart performance baffles Ronson

Russian chart performance baffles Ronson
Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson is upset he isn't popular in Russia.

The 'Uptown Funk' hitmaker has topped charts across the world with his catchy collaboration with 'Locked out of Heaven' singer Bruno Mars, but has been left disappointed by the single's performance in Russia, having only charted at number 198.

He said: "It's doing really well but someone showed me a print-out, they were trying to impress me with the charts in the world of how well it was doing and I was like, 'oh wow that's cool!' and then I was like, 'Why is it 198 in Russia?!'"

The 39-year-old musician - who released his new album 'Uptown Special' yesterday - admitted he isn't sure why the nation is not as keen on the single as other territories, but insisted he is determined to make them like the track.

He explained: "I don't know what it is. Perhaps funk is a thing that isn't as popular or traditional. Russia just must not like it, so I'm going to go there for a while and see what I can do about that."

Despite being thrilled with the single's performance around the world overall, Mark revealed he feels embarrassed when he performs the track live with Bruno because he doesn't look as cool as the 29-year-old star when he wears sunglasses.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1, he added: "I've been doing a lot of TV performances of 'Uptown Funk' with Bruno Mars and he wears sunglasses all the time and he just wears them because he's cool, he looks like a superstar, so you have to wear sunglasses all the time. But I just wear them and look shifty and like I'm hiding something. I'm like, 'do we have to wear sunglasses again?!'"

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