Mark Daniel Ronson (born 4 September 1975) is an English-American DJ, songwriter, record producer, and record executive. He is best known for his collaborations with artists such as Amy Winehouse, Adele, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, Robbie Williams, Miley Cyrus, Queens of the Stone Age, and Bruno Mars. He has received seven Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year for Winehouse's album Back to Black and two for Record of the Year singles "Rehab" and "Uptown Funk". He received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Grammy Award for co-writing the song "Shallow" (performed by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper) for the film A Star is Born (2018).Ronson was born in London and raised in New York City. His stepfather is Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, which contributed to a childhood surrounded by music. While attending New York University, Ronson became a popular DJ in the hip hop scene. His debut album Here Comes the Fuzz failed to have an effect on the charts. In 2006, he received acclaim for producing albums for Lily Allen, Christina Aguilera, and Amy Winehouse. In 2007, Ronson released his second album, Version. The album reached number two in the UK and included three top ten singles and earned him the Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist. He subsequently released his third studio album, Record Collection, peaking at number two in the UK.In 2014, Ronson released his single "Uptown Funk" featuring vocals from Bruno Mars. The single spent 14 consecutive weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, seven non-consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart and became one of the best-selling singles of all-time. His fourth studio album, Uptown Special, became his most successful album to date. In 2018, he founded his own label, Zelig Records (an imprint of Columbia Records), and formed the duo Silk City with fellow producer Diplo, for which he received the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for the song "Electricity".Beyond his work in entertainment, Ronson is dedicated to using his creative influence to help others. In 2015, he became a patron of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which helps disadvantaged youth through music. He has also worked with the End the Silence campaign to raise money and awareness for the Hope and Homes for Children charity and most recently became an artist mentor at Turnaround Arts, a national program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which helps low-performing schools through arts education.
Ronson divides his time between London, Los Angeles and New York. Since childhood, he has been a fan of English Premier League football club Chelsea F.C., and is also a fan of the New York Knicks basketball team.In 2009, Ronson was voted the most stylish man in the UK by GQ magazine. In 2015 he was named one of the magazine's 50 best dressed British men. In 2011, a portrait of Ronson was painted by British artist Joe Simpson; the painting was exhibited around the UK, including a solo exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall in London.On 20 August 2019, Ronson, along with several other celebrities, invested in a funding round for Lowell Herb Co, a California cannabis brand. He is known to be "a dedicated cannabis consumer".
Mark Daniel Ronson was born on 4 September 1975 in Notting Hill, London, to Laurence Ronson, a real-estate speculator and music manager, and writer/socialite Ann Dexter-Jones. His Jewish ancestors emigrated from Austria, Lithuania, and Russia. He was brought up in a Conservative Jewish household and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah.The Ronsons had been one of Britain's wealthiest families in the 1980s, but they lost $1 billion of their wealth in the property crash of the early 1990s. He is the nephew of businessman Gerald Ronson. Through his mother, he is also related to British Conservative politicians Sir Malcolm Rifkind and the late Leon Brittan, and Odeon Cinemas founder Oscar Deutsch.He is not related to the late English guitarist Mick Ronson.After his parents' divorce, his mother married Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, who contributed to a childhood surrounded by music.Ronson's younger twin sisters are Charlotte Ronson, a fashion designer, and Samantha Ronson, a singer and DJ.Ronson, along with his mother, stepfather, and twin sisters, moved to New York City when he was eight years old. Living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, he counted Sean Lennon among his childhood friends. At twelve, being a self-described music nerd, he pestered Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner into an internship at the magazine. He attended high school at the private Collegiate School in Manhattan before attending Vassar College and then New York University. In 2008, he obtained American citizenship so that he could vote in that year's election.
Movies & TV shows
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Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson explores the intersection of technology and musical innovation with his heroes and fellow hitmakers.
The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
The story of the triumphs and hurdles of brothers Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb, otherwise known as the Bee Gees. The iconic trio, who found early fame in the 1960s, went on to write over 1,000 songs...
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A rolling cast of famous faces, some of Britain's best loved personalities, turn their hand to being the country's most opinionated viewers, sharing their opinions on what they have been watching duri...
Mark Ronson: From the Heart
Mark Ronson, hit songwriter and producer openly discusses his life and musical influences. With interviews from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Broadcast on National Album Day.
Miley Cyrus: Live at Glastonbury 2019
Cyrus is live from the festival.
Spies in Disguise
Lance Sterling is a super spy and Walter Beckett is a scientist. Lance is smooth and debonair. Walter is not. Walter makes up for his lack of social skills with smarts and invention, creating the awes...
How To Be: Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson is the music producer who redefined popular music; from his Grammy-award-winning collaborations with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars, to his recent work on the Oscar-winning film A Star Is Bo...
Classic Albums - Amy Winehouse : "Back to Black"
The true story of how Amy Winehouse's best known and most celebrated body of work came into being. There is previously unseen footage of Amy, new interviews with producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi,...
The Road to Stardom: The Making of A Star is Born
A look at the making of “A Star Is Born,” featuring director/star/writer/producer Bradley Cooper and star Lady Gaga, both of whom also wrote and produced many of the film’s songs, as well as performed...
Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know
Celebrating Duran Duran with exclusive backstage access, interviews with the band and rare footage charting their rise to fame, and the highs and lows of their career.
Nile Rodgers: How to Make It in the Music Business
Nile shares a lifetime of experience on how to make it in the music business. Using his songs as a guide, he explains the secrets of his success, his longevity and how he's stayed relevant.
Cecile on the Phone
Cecile wants answers, but, actually, she doesn't. After her ex-boyfriend's return to New York triggers overwhelming feelings of doubt and confusion, she embarks on a series of telephone conversations,...
George Michael: Freedom
George Michael's formative period in his life and career is the focus of the documentary. After the High Court battle with his record label, his partner and first love died.
Gaga: Five Foot Two
Lady Gaga will perform at the Super Bowl.
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There is a documentary on the life of Amy Winehouse. She spiraled into alcoholism and drugs after showing her singing abilities in her teen years.
An art dealer searches for a stolen painting that may have a secret code that allows access to Nazi gold.
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter
Some of this year's most talked about talent open up about the challenges and triumphs of creating critically acclaimed series and performances.
The Late Late Show with James Corden
Craig Ferguson will not be on The Late Late Show. The show interviews people. James Corden is the host.
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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon took over as the permanent replacement for Jay Leno. The program was brought back to New York after 42 years in Los Angeles.
Duran Duran: Unstaged
There is a multimedia event that takes the audience on a cinematic journey with one of the most successful acts in the world.
Re:Generation Music Project
This documentary feature, produced in association with The Grammy's, looks at the history, songwriting, and recording process of five different genres of music through the eyes of 5 of the most influe...
A show commemorating the 30th anniversary of the former Beatle's death. His contemporaries and current commentators reflect on the role of John Lennon, the artist and radical thinker.
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Lily Allen and Friends
Aided by her online network of friends,Lily Allen hosts a programme of music and chat. She is joined by two celebrities and a famous person on the internet each week.
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The Graham Norton Show
GrahamNorton talks about what's happening. The guests are talking. Graham is playing an instrument.
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Strictly Come Dancing
A dance competition where celebrities compete. The judges scores and viewer votes determine who is kicked out of the competition.
There is a runway for the three-time male model of the year. His face fell when the hippie-chic Hansel stole this year's award. The opportunity was seized by the evil fashion guru. It's a well-designe...
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Saturday Night Live
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...
Utter Bliss: Lost in America with the Fat White Family
UK punk band, Fat White Family, oozed out of the London DIY scene in 2013 with their self-released album 'Champagne Holocaust', quickly gaining notoriety amongst fans and the music press alike as bein...