Mark Ronson: Amy Winehouse was 'freaked out' by Adele's success
Mark Ronson, one of the producers that worked on Amy Winehouse's Back To Black album, has said that the late soul singer was 'freaked out' by the rising success Adele prior to her untimately death at age 27 last July.
In an interview with The Village Voice about his work on Rufus' Wainwright's latest album Out of the Game, Ronson said that he had planned to reunite with Winehouse in the recording studio but the two fell out of touch because she was in a "bad state."
"We spent a little time together and talked about it. But, what little time we had, well, it was tense. She was in a bad state, God knows why," he said. "I think that the Adele thing had Amy freaked out. She liked her, but Adele's success was making Amy feel upset, competitive, restless. Anyway, we lost touch briefly. And before she and I could really start the process of beginning a new album, it was too late."
In other Ronson-related news, the producer recently told MTV Hive that he was in a studio working on The Gossip's new album A Joyful Noise when he found that Winehouse had died. After absorbing the shock, he said her death caused him to reflect upon the nature of his collaborations and ultimately abandon his work with The Gossip.
"It was really strange," he said. "It was almost like a turning point. When I found out that Amy passed I was in disbelief. I walked out of the session and I never fully came back to [A Joyful Noise]. I don’t know what it was to be honest. I think the main thing, the chemistry of what we had going on with the Gossip album wasn’t really amazing and being reminded about how good it is when it’s good, maybe I thought I was forcing something."
UPDATE (May 17): In post on his Facebook page on Thursday (May 17), Ronson said that he was misquoted by the Voice reporter and vowed never to answer questions about Amy Winehouse again.
"There are so many wrong quotes in there. I can tell the dude was writing whatever he wanted because he uses words and language that i never EVER f***ing use in my daily life," he wrote.
"At one point, he was grilling me about Amy to the point that I said that Amy was itching to get back in the studio, and the recent success of others that she had blazed a trail for had put the fire in her belly. But that is absolutely it and all these other words are a complete affront to me, her, Adele and anyone who reads this s***e.
"Sorry to get so f***ing angry over something that may seem trivial but some wrongs must be righted," he added. "I have learned my lesson and will no longer answer questions about our girl."
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