Over Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson is the quintessential producer of the new millennium, a producer and arranger who can turn talented vocalists into genre-smashing superstars. He's best known for his work on Amy Winehouse's hugely successful Back to Black, but his reputation dates back to the late 1990s, when he became a go-to name on the burgeoning "celebrity DJ" circuit. It's no wonder he's frequently seen hanging with supermodels and New York celebrities: His father is '70s guitar hero Mick Ronson, his stepfather is Foreigner vocalist Mick Jones, and his sister is fellow DJ Samantha Ronson. But it took years for people to take Ronson seriously as a producer, even after his debut, 2003's Here Comes the Fuzz, featuring stars like Ghostface Killah and Nate Dogg. Ronson seemed to find his form in the U.K., where he landed credits on two major hits, the aforementioned Back to Black and Lily Allen's Alright, Still. He has since split his time between hip-hop and pop forms, and garnered renown for a post-modern sound that updates his encyclopedic knowledge of music with contemporary production methods. He also continues to nurture a solo career, releasing 2007's Version and 2010's Record Collection.