Mark Ronson&#zero39;s 10 Best Collaborations: Critic&#zero39;s Picks


Super producer Mark Ronson’s horn & bass-heavy retro soundscapes have had an simple affect on prime 40 radio over the previous 15 years. From crafting breakthrough information for the likes of Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, and Adele in the course of the ‘00s British Invasion in pop to creating soulful waves in hip-hop, with credit on information for Nas, Ghostface Killah, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Wale, Ronson bridged gaps between genres. His soulful contact and timeless attraction has allowed him to work alongside musical legends like Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Chaka Khan & Quincy Jones and even the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, on the posthumous single “Diamonds Are Invincible,” launched earlier this 12 months.

The producer has additionally dipped his toe into the manager pool with the launch of a report label Zelig Recordings, serving to to steer the mainstream breakthrough of his first signee, queer pop phenomenon King Princess, whose debut single “1950” caught the ear of Harry Styles and has netted over 167 million spins on Spotify so far.

After releasing the sweltering dance-pop anthem “Electricity” that includes Dua Lipa and alongside Diplo underneath the moniker Silk City earlier this 12 months, Ronson saved up the momentum together with his newest bop “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart,” that includes Miley Cyrus. The western-tinged heartbreak anthem (and its viral Bonnie & Clyde-esque visible) serves as the proper prelude to Ronson’s forthcoming fifth full-length LP, which he has described as a breakup report following his 2017 cut up from his ex-wife, French actress JosĂ©phine de La Baume.

To rejoice Ronson’s heartbreak period, Billboard dives into his prolonged discography to decide on 10 of his greatest prior collaborations so far.

“Ooh Wee” - Mark Ronson ft. Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife, Saigon (2003)

Serving because the lead single from Ronson’s personal debut LP Here Comes The Fuzz, the funky gem consists of samples of Dennis Coffey’s “Scorpio” and Boney M’s “Sunny,” the latter which the producer first heard after viewing the 1997 Paul Thomas Anderson flick Boogie Nights. The breakthrough hit — which included verses from Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife, and Saigon — landed Ronson on the map, and even secured synchs in early-aughts classics Honey and Hitch.

“Back To Black” - Amy Winehouse (2006)

First partnering on Winehouse’s jazz-tinged debut album Frank, the pair reunited for her sophomore effort (and subsequent world breakthrough) Back To Black. While it was the album’s tongue-in-cheek hit single “Rehab” that made Winehouse a family identify the world over, it was the album’s title monitor “Back To Black” that endured as a beacon of the late artist’s songwriting prowess and divine grasp of heartache in all its tortured distress. The troubled star took house a whopping 5 Grammy Award wins for greatest new artist, report of the 12 months, tune of the 12 months and feminine pop vocal efficiency for “Rehab,” and pop vocal album for Back To Black. The pair reunited on Ronson’s sophomore LP Version for a now-classic cowl of The Zutons’ “Valerie,” adopted by a re-work of Carole King’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” on Winehouse’s 2011 posthumous LP Lioness: Hidden Treasures.

“Littlest Things” - Lily Allen (2006)

Ronson partnered with fellow U.Ok. expertise Allen on her debut LP Alright, Still after listening to an early demo of her tune “Smile.” “Littlest Things” was the primary tune the pair co-wrote collectively for the album, and was impressed by Allen’s current breakup with then boyfriend Seb, who by the way launched Allen to Ronson. A then-unknown singer-songwriter Santi White (a.ok.a. Santigold) additionally has a writing credit score on the introspective piano-driven lower, which samples Pierre Bachelet and HervĂ© Roy’s music from the soft-core porno-art movie Emmanuelle.

“Cold Shoulder” - Adele (2008)

The solely monitor produced by Ronson on the famous person’s debut LP 19, “Cold Shoulder” is glittering electro-R&B anthem that showcases the then-burgeoning artist’s grit & swagger as she spits traces of intimate betrayal like “so the place you been then? don’t go all coy, don’t flip round on my prefer it’s my fault” and “you bathe me with phrases fabricated from knives, everytime you have a look at me and need I used to be her.” The singer carried out the monitor throughout her majorly influential Saturday Night Live debut, which helped catapult her to world superstardom, partially, as a result of it was this system’s highest rated present in 14 years (because of particular visitor Sarah Palin additionally making an look).

“Fried Chicken” - Nas, Busta Rhymes (2008)

Ronson’s glowing, neo soul manufacturing provides added chew to this intelligent ode to fried hen that serves as essentially the most lighthearted lower on Nas’ closely political Untitled LP, anchored on such killer traces as “give me coronary heart illness, however want you in my kitchen” and “don't know part of you that I really like greatest, your legs or your breast.” But the monitor does embrace a nod to the dish’s socio-historical implications: “created by southern black girls, to serve massa' visitor.”

“Mirrors” - Wale ft. Bun B (2009)

Ronson serves as a co-writer on “Mirrors,” alongside each Wale, Bun and music producer Ticklah — aka Victor Axelrod of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, and the Easy Star All-Stars. The monitor, which options on Wale’s debut LP Attention Deficit, sonically matches with Ronson’s one-two punch of blooming horns and gritty bass, and even consists of Phantom Planet’s Alex Greenwald on backing vocals. Greenwald beforehand appeared on Ronson’s Version LP on an knowledgeable cowl of Radiohead’s “Just.”

“Alligator” - Paul McCartney (2013)

After serving as marriage ceremony DJ for the Beatle's nuptials to Nancy Shevell in 2011, Ronson and McCartney linked up within the studio to helm three tracks for his 2013 LP NEW: the album’s title monitor, “Secret Life of a Party Girl” and “Alligator.” The latter is a whimsical, driving pop-rock gem, anchored on a repeated synthesized flute line, scorching guitar licks, and a weak bridge that finds McCartney asking “might you be that individual for me?”

“Baby Blue” - Action Bronson ft. Chance the Rapper (2015)

The fourth and ultimate single from Bronson’s sophomore LP Mr. Wonderful earned the Queens emcee and F—ok That’s Delicious host his first solo look on the Billboard Hot 100, debuting and peaking at No. 91, with over 77 million spins on Spotify so far. The monitor, which features a shock co-write from Zane Lowe, finds Bronson and Chance spitting in regards to the pitfalls of current flames over sparse piano-heavy manufacturing, with the repeated hook providing a comedown from anger to grief: “When I’m with you, child lady I’m blue.”

“Uptown Funk” - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars (2015)

After first collaborating on 2012’s smash “Locked Out Of Heaven,” Ronson as soon as once more teamed up with Mars on the now-mammoth hit “Uptown Funk,” which has since made historical past tying for the second-longest main Billboard Hot 100 hit ever (at 14 weeks), sitting alongside ubiquitous classics like Elton John’s “Candle within the Wind 1997,” Los Del Rio’s “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” The anthem took house the Grammy Award for report of the 12 months in 2016, guaranteeing that we’ll all be singing alongside to that “Michelle Pfeiffer that white gold” for many years to return.

“Million Reasons” - Lady Gaga (2016)

Ronson partnered with the pop famous person on her daring, country-tinged 2016 LP Joanne. While a few of the album’s tracks (taking a look at you “Grigio Girls”) didn't obtain as a lot unanimously optimistic takes from critics and followers alike, it was the folksy ballad “Million Reasons,” co-written by Ronson and Nashville songwriting titan Hillary Lindsey, that earned the star a prime 5 Hot 100 hit following its efficiency as a part of her Super Bowl Half Time present, which included an endearing shout-out to her dad and mom: “Hi mother, hello dad!” The pair reunited for the lead single “Shallow” from Gaga’s debut starring position in 2018’s A Star Is Born, which boasts Gaga’s unforgettable hovering voice: “I’m off the deep finish, watch as I dive in, I’ll by no means meet the bottom, crash by the floor, the place they will’t harm us, we’re removed from the shallow now.”