Mark Ronson announces new album featuring Miley Cyrus; Here's why you should be excited about the much-awaited comeback
Mark Ronson has revealed that his fifth, yet-to-be-titled studio album is full of 'sad bangers' and features guest spots from Miley Cyrus, Lykke Li, King Princess and more
It has been three years since super producer Mark Ronson dropped his smash hit studio album 'Uptown Special'. Featuring the global sensation that is 'Uptown Funk' ft. Bruno Mars, the album finally broke through to the top of the UK Albums Chart (his previous two albums peaked at No. 2) and hit No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Now, Ronson has confirmed that he'll be returning with his fifth studio album which is yet to be titled but in his own words, is chock-full of "sad bangers". Here's why you should be excited about the much-awaited comeback.
On Monday, Miley Cyrus revealed that she's worked on a new song in collaboration with Ronson titled 'Nothing Breaks Like A Heart', which is set to drop on Thursday (November 29). The song follows Cyrus' 2017 album 'Younger Now', which saw her go back to her folksy Tennessee roots which preceded her current status as a pop sensation.
The new collaboration is also going to continue with this new sonic approach by Cyrus, and it will be really interesting to see how two of the biggest names in the world of pop pull-off this back-to-the-roots effort.
In a recent interview with BBC, Ronson confirmed that 'Nothing Breaks Like A Heart' is just the first taste of the forthcoming, yet-to-be-titled album.
As he himself admits, the album follows the 43-year-old producer's divorce with French model and actress Joséphine de La Baume and Ronson says that the experience has given him a different approach to his own music, putting lyrics and emotion ahead of the beats.
Although the album is self admittedly born out of a certain sense of melancholia, Ronson clarifies by saying, "I'm not saying that the bad stuff was worth it but [the music] was definitely a positive by-product of that."
This leads us to an interesting place. In stark contrast, 'Uptown Special' was probably the single happiest-sounding album of 2015, driven primarily by its intricately laid out production. The lead single 'Uptown Funk' was worked and reworked over years till Ronson ultimately zeroed-in on a song that's the equivalent of every single pop hit blended into one glorious smash hit. The song is so ubiquitous that it's still hard to not hear it in clubs all over the globe at least once on a night out.
Miley working in studio with Mark Ronson! 💥💣👀 pic.twitter.com/YZ6Wb4AG3k— Miley Cyrus Source 💔 (@MileySourceNews) May 24, 2018
So three years down the lane, it is going to be refreshing to see an album that completely flips the producer's approach. The album also arrives without a hurry, as Ronson usually takes three to four years between records being often quite busy producing for industry greats. Over the years, Ronson has cemented himself as arguably the single most versatile producer in the world. He has helmed production for Adele, Paul McCartney, Ghostface Killa, Duran Duran, Nas, Q-Tip, Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars — the list is as eclectic as it can get, straddling a list of completely disparate genres.
To add the icing to the metaphorical cake, last year, Ronson produced Queen of the Stone Age's latest offering 'Villains', which is arguably the farthest sounding thing from his usual pop-electronica affair. Versatility is practically Mark Ronson's middle name.
So any hesitation as to what this new direction will culminate in is unwarranted. Whether it's the saddest pop song in the world or the most ear-deafening rock anthem, Ronson can do it all, adapting his sounds seamlessly for whatever is thrown his way. Also, everything Ronson has touched this year has practically turned to gold. Not only did he release an assortment of singles, including his Silk City collaboration with Dua Lipa ('Electricity'), but he also co-wrote the best song from 'A Star is Born' in 'Shallow'. He's definitely riding a high wave and it's sure to surf into his next studio effort as well.
On Tuesday we got a sneak peek at the recording process for 'Nothing Breaks Like A Heart' courtesy of Ronson's Twitter account, which showed an orchestra "making the strings bleed" as Ronson observed from the other side of the glass.
But Miley Cyrus is not the only guest star on the album and it's no surprise considering Ronson's usual tendency to link-up with a long list of high-profile names as well as breakthrough artistes. In addition to Cyrus, Ronson confirmed the album will feature Swedish pop star Lykke Li, fast-rising Arkansas singer-songwriter Yebba, and the first signee on his own Zelig label, King Princess.
"I'm just a massive fan and love watching her develop with leaps and bounds with everything she puts out," says Ronson of Princess, adding that the two of them hit it off while hanging out at legendary producer Rick Rubin's Shangri La Studios in Malibu.
While we still wait to get our first taste of the lead single this Thursday, BBC describes it as "futuristic" and "country-tinged", two adjectives that sound like oxymorons which only Ronson can string together with grace. For now, we can only wait with bated breath for more official information to follow, but one thing is for sure: something epic is coming our way from the legendary producer.