We caught up with Mark at V Festival to talk about playing live, production and the beauty of a real horn section.
Confirming his status as music's most heavyweight visionary, critically acclaimed Mark Ronson returns on October 15th with the stellar new single `Valerie'. Featuring the powerhouse vocals of eminent songstress Amy Winehouse, it's a blazing, bold revival of the dynamic Zutons track and follows the smash-hit singles `Oh My God' & `Stop Me'.
The third song to be taken from his gold-selling LP `Version', `Valerie' kick-starts with irrepressible attitude before fast-tracking into a big band chorus of chiming bells, saxophone and Motown purr. Available on Maxi CD, 10" vinyl and to download with a host of bonus material, it also includes the video, which was directed by Robert Hales (Stereophonics, Justin Timberlake, Scissor Sisters).
One of the definitive albums of 2007, `Version' is a thoroughly modern masterclass. Hailed as "little short of a miracle" by The Independent, it's also one of the Top 20 best-selling LPs of the year. After debuting in the UK charts at Number 2, it spent its first 4 weeks in the Top 10 and was certified Gold with sales of 200,000 in less than one month.
Internationally renowned as one of the world's finest DJ/producer's, Mark's production credits over the last year include: Amy Winehouses' Number 1 LP `Back To Black', plus Christina Aguilera, Robbie Williams, Ghostface Killah, Lily Allen & his Allido protégé Rhymefest. More recently, he created a landmark remix of Bob Dylan's 'Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)' - the first time ever a producer has been allowed to mix a Dylan track.
Fresh from impressive live sets at Glastonbury, V & Wireless, Mark will also wow crowds at Creamfields with his 10-piece band. The eagerly awaited appearance has seen the festival score their highest ticket sales - ever. Mark has also announced a national UK tour for October. The full list of dates are:
12th LIVERPOOL, Academy
13th MANCHESTER, Academy 1
14th NEWCASTLE, Academy
16th GLASGOW, ABC
18th BIRMINGHAM, Academy
19th LEEDS, University
20th BOURNEMOUTH, Opera House
25th LONDON, Shepherd's Bush Empire
26th LONDON, Shepherd's Bush Empire
28th NORWICH, UEA
29th PORTSMOUTH, Pyramid
30th BRISTOL, Academy
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