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Recently, Paul McCartney’s  long and  winding road has veered, bumpily, between peppy, populist highways (Olympics gigs, Diamond Jubilees) and more restless byways (an electronic music collaboration with Youth and the Nigel Godrich-produced 2005 album Chaos & Creation …). On the first album of original Macca-song since Memory Almost Full (2007), his split explorations lead to one destination: a spot where McCartney-isms, vintage and modern, meet mostly amicably.

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Towards the end of his show rapper-turned comic Doc Brown (real name Ben Bailey Smith) says that he feels he is “still drifting”and that his career journey so far could still be a work in progress.

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Mark Ronson, the producer who collaborated on Amy Winehouse's Back To Black album, joined the mourners at the singer's traditional Jewish funeral.

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Not to be confused with the hit of the same title by Steve Winwood, the Zutons' "Valerie" was the song that gave the Liverpool band their breakthrough.

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The Georgian-born 54 year-old American soul singer Sharon Jones is smarting at the memory, 25 years ago, of a record company A&R man discussing her potential as a recording artist.

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Album: Mark Ronson & the Business Intl, Record Collection (Columbia)

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Mark Ronson: 'I didn't make Amy Winehouse's career. She made mine'

He's the world's most fashionable producer and the brains behind the retro-soul that spawned a million imitators. So why, wonders Fiona Sturges, is Mark Ronson so insecure?

New Release: Mark Ronson & The Business Intl, Record Collection, Columbia

Amy Winehouse may be reportedly peeved at Mark Ronson's taking too much credit for her success, and piggybacking his own solo career on that success, but she shouldn't worry overmuch about him stealing her vocal limelight: for as Record Collection brutally reveals, the über-producer of his era turns out to be an ünter-singer, his weedy vocals here failing to bring to life any song on which he takes the lead.

Mark Ronson confused by Amy Winehouse Twitter rant

Producer and musician Mark Ronson said he was "confused" by an Amy Winehouse internet rant in which she accused him of cashing in on her success.

Mark Ronson - He'll get by with a little help from his friends

Mark Ronson has a gift for catchy collaborations. Ahead of a new album, which features stars young and old, Elisa Bray finds out what it's like to work with the industry's most in-demand producer
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