Mark Ronson Discusses Oscar-Shortlisted Score and Songs for ‘Barbie’

Mark Ronson: His journey from music to film

If the name Mark Ronson does not ring a bell, then his work certainly would. As a significant figure in the music scene for over two decades, the 48-year-old producer has recently broadened his horizons to film. His contributions to the movie industry, particularly in Greta Gerwig’s film Barbie, have certainly been making waves. Roaring onto the scene with numerous Oscar nominations and Grammy nods under his belt, Ronson’s transition into the world of film music has been nothing short of exciting.

A New Chapter with Barbie

In alliance with composer Andrew Wyatt, Ronson lent his musical genius to the blockbuster of 2023, Barbie. Their original score and several original songs, inclusive of the hits ‘I’m Just Ken’ and ‘Dance the Night’, have been included in the Oscar shortlist. Furthermore, the entire soundtrack of the movie benefitted from his expertise as an executive producer.

Grammy Recognition

The venture also fetched Ronson five Grammy nominations comprising of the song of the year (‘Dance the Night’), best score soundtrack for visual media (Barbie), best song written for visual media (‘I’m Just Ken’ and ‘Dance the Night’), and best compilation soundtrack for visual media (Barbie: The Album).

From DJ to Music Producer

Ronson’s career in music began with being a highly-sought-after celebrity DJ in New York during the 90s. His journey from spinning records to producing them saw him collaborating with a host of big names in the music industry, such as Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, and Adele.

Awards and Acknowledgments

Over the years, Ronson has accrued 17 Grammy nominations, 7 of which have been converted to wins, inclusive of producer of the year and record of the year twice, for his partnership with Winehouse on ‘Rehab’ and Mars on ‘Uptown Funk.’ His combined efforts with Gaga on ‘Shallow’ was honored with the best original song Oscar and Golden Globe. In 2018, Ronson initiated his label, Zelig Records, joining forces with fellow producer Diplo for a duo named Silk City.

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