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Ronson tops chart with Uptown Funk

Mark Ronson has topped the singles charts for the first time with Uptown Funk, which was rushed out after it was covered on The X Factor.

The track, which features Bruno Mars, was released five weeks early after it was performed by Fleur East on the ITV show.

Now it has earned Ronson his first number one in the Official Singles Chart. His previous chart best is number two which he achieved with the singles Stop Me and Valerie - the latter a collaboration with his late friend Amy Winehouse.

He 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'd 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 they'd be no jam."

Ronson is set to go head to head for the coveted Christmas number one spot with either East or Ben Haenow, who will compete to win The X Factor tonight. Both finalists have recorded a version of the OneRepublic track Something I Need for their winner's single.

Earlier this week East offered an apology after her performance of the song quickly topped the iTunes chart following its inclusion in the show and prompted the change of plan for Ronson's release schedule.

Uptown Funk pushed last week's number one Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran to two, while Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas? jumped 12 places to three following its physical release this week.

Sheeran topped the album chart with X.

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