Last week, Mark Ronson’s collaboration with Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk,” did the seemingly impossible and unseated Taylor Swift at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Ronson had previously notched several top-10 songs in the U.K. and elsewhere, and he won two Grammys in 2008 for producing Amy Winehouse’s landmark breakthrough, Back to Black, and the album’s signature track, “Rehab.” But “Uptown Funk” undeniably represents a new high point in his Stateside solo career. Now, for the first time, Ronson has the no. 1 song in America, and he’s just released Uptown Special, his best album to date. More than a decade into his recording career, Ronson has conquered the most prestigious pop market on the planet.
Ronson received this news three minutes before taking my call. Naturally, he didn’t yet know how to react.