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Mark Ronson: Amy Winehouse Was 'Freaked Out' by Adele's Success

Producer was in talks to make a new record with the late singer

May 17, 2012 8:35 AM ET
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Mark Ronson attends the 'Re:Generation Music Project' World Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
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Mark Ronson has told the Village Voice that Amy Winehouse was "freaked out" by the success of Adele in their final meeting before her death last year. "We spent a little time together and talked about [working together on a new album]," Ronson recalls of his late collaborator. "But, what little time we had, well, it was tense. She was in a bad state, God knows why.

"I think that the Adele thing had Amy freaked out. She liked her, but Adele's success was making Amy feel upset, competitive, restless," says Ronson. "Anyway, we lost touch briefly. And before she and I could really start the process of beginning a new album, it was too late."

Winehouse died at her London home on July 23rd, 2011. Late last year a coroner ruled that the singer died from excessive drinking.

Update: Earlier today, Mark Ronson told his fans on Facebook that he was misquoted by the Village Voice. "I read the interview for the first time just now, and there are so many wrong quotes in there," he wrote. "I can tell the dude was writing whatever he wanted because he uses words and language that I never EVER fucking use in my daily life. 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 shite."

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