The presents have been unwrapped, the tinsel's been swept, and (hopefully most of) your post-holiday hangover has subsided.
Mark Ronson has recorded three new song with Paul McCartney that are bound for the Beatles legend's next solo album. "It's really good. He writes really good songs," the DJ/producer tells Billboard. "He understands that you're so nervous to be working with Paul McCartney 'cause everyone is ... He gives you a lot of leeway, but then at the end of the day you need to deliver the goods."
-- Happy birthday to Mark Ronson, who turns 36 today. The DJ/uber-producer has put out more than his share of stellar videos, and our friends at Death + Taxes are celebrating his big day with their list of his five all-time best. They aren't numbered, but the hilarious 'Bang! Bang! Bang!' clip -- which has always been our fave -- just so happens to be at the top of the tally.
In a recent Village Voice interview with Mark Ronson, the producer/DJ was quoted as saying that the late, great Amy Winehouse had been "freaked out" by fellow British star Adele -- very much aware of her and perhaps even intimidated by her massive success. Now he has gone on the record as saying that he was straight-up misquoted in the piece, and that Winehouse was more motivated by Adele than jealous.
You often hear people from all walks of life say something along the lines of "so-and-so's music saved my life when I was growing up." There aren't as many who can say -- with only the slightest bit of doubt -- that a famous musician literally saved them from an accidental adolescent fatality. Mark Ronson didn't believe his family at first, but apparently none other than Paul McCartney prevented the DJ/producer from a childhood drowning in New York.