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Mark Ronson's Singular Trip Down Grammy Road

Mar 6, 2008
32-year old Mark Ronson has attained a high level of achievement in the music industry: he is a producer, cover-artist, co-founder of Allido Records, and more importantly, one of the fastest rising stars in the business.

After moving to New York with his parents at an early age, he took a liking to hip hop music and tried to start his own band. The project failed, so he started spinning disks on the DJ circuit in the early 1990's. He soon became a regular in clubs all over New York City, incorporating the lively hip hop music found in the States at that time with the blossoming Brit-Rock music scene back in the UK. He was soon one of the most respected DJs in New York, and was being called to perform regularly at celebrities' private parties.

He then moved on to producing music, when he signed a recording contract with Elektra Records. His first album, Here Comes the Fuzz, was released in 2003 and was a critically-acclaimed success, featuring artists from several genres, including Sean Paul. Perhaps the best known song from the album is Ooh Wee, which samples Boney M and features Nate Dogg, Ghostface Killah and Trife Da God.

In 2004 he formed his own record label, Allido Records, a subsidiary of Sony BMG's J Records, along with his longtime manager Rich Kleiman. The first artist he signed was rapper Rhymefest who went on to win a Grammy for co-writing Kanye West's Jesus Walks.

In March 2006, Ronson released a cover of Radiohead's Just as a single. It received major radio play in the UK and was also released as part of Exit Music, Radiohead's covers album.

His second album, Version, came in April 2007 and debuted at number 2 on the album charts. It includes other well-respected covers from a diverse range of artists, including Kaiser Chiefs, Lily Allen, Coldplay, Britney Spears, Ryan Adams, Max´mo Park, The Zutons, Amy Winehouse and Kasabian. The album spent 31 weeks on the UK charts, 13 of them in the top 10.

Version also received excellent reviews from the picky British music press: Mixmag awarded it Album of the Month in May 2007. In June of the same year, Ronson appeared on the cover of the Guardian newspaper's Guide magazine, alongside Lily Allen, although equivalent coverage in the US press has not been forthcoming. This hasn't stopped him from charting on Billboard's Rhythm, Dance and R&B charts however, with Stop Me reaching number 4 in the Hot Dance Play chart.

In October 2007, Ronson performed a one-time-only set at The Roundhouse in Camden Town as part of the BBC Electric Proms. The performance featured the BBC Concert Orchestra and included special guests like Terry Hall from The Specials, Sean Lennon, Tim Burgess and Alex Greenwald.

Ronson received a Grammy nomination in December 2007 for Producer of the Year (Non Classical), along with Timbaland and Mike Elizondo. Ronson's work with Amy Winehouse has also brought him substantial praise, garnering six nominations in all. Back To Black, an album completely produced by Ronson, was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

In short, Mark Ronson's discography of studio albums includes 2003's Here Comes the Fuzz (which reached #70 in the UK), and 2007's Version (reaching #2 on the British charts). In February 2008, he won a Grammy as Producer Of The Year.
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