2014 was the year of Taylor Swift, but now it’s 2015 and her reign as queen of the charts has finally come to end. She’s been ousted from Billboard’s Hot 100 No. 1 spot and Mark Ronson has secured her space.
We’re confident that Swifty’s career is far from over because “Blank Space” was at No. 1 for seven weeks and her latest album, 1989, broke some major sales records. It’s just that Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” featuring Bruno Mars, is so damn good, we’re surprised it even took this long to reach the top spot.
Though Ronson’s been working with top artists for a while, his leap to the No. 1 spot is his first time even gracing the Hot 100 list, according to Billboard.
Here are some things about the brilliant British musician you might not know
1. He’s not just a DJ
Though Ronson rose to fame as being DJ to the stars, he’s a multitalented musician who writes, sings and produces. In fact, he might have produced some of your favorite hits. He produced Mars’ 2012 ditty, “Locked Out of Heaven,” and the late, great Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” in 2007. He still actively DJs though.
2. He comes from a famous family
Does his surname ring a bell? That’s probably because you’ve heard of his sisters, Charlotte and Samantha. Charlotte is a fashion designer and Samantha is also a DJ, who you might remember got some press for palling around with Lindsay Lohan for a hot second. In addition, his stepfather is Mick Jones of Foreigner.
3. He cowrote the ThunderCats theme when he was just 8 years old
Rumor has it that Ronson helped write the classic cartoon’s theme when he was just a wee lad, that’s according to WTF Facts.
4. He DJed Tom Cruise’s wedding
“He just wanted to hear 50 Cent and Kanye the whole time,” Ronson said to Spin magazine in a 2010 interview. “But I did play the Top Gun theme.”
5. He’s the man of a million collaborations
In addition to Mars and Winehouse, he’s worked with Christina Aguilera, Ghostface Killah and pretty much everyone else in music. Seriously, check out this History of Ronson playlist here.
6. He’s a TED Talker
In March 2014, Ronson gave an awesome TED Talk on how sampling transformed music. You can watch the talk below
Image: TED Talks
7. Working on “Uptown Funk” nearly killed him
“We did 45 takes of it and I just couldn’t get it, it sounded like horrible bullshit, so we went to lunch, walked down to a restaurant,” he said in an interview with the Guardian. “Everyone was saying, ‘Dude, what’s wrong with you? You’ve gone totally white,'” he added, mentioning that he had been working so hard on the song that his hair had started to fall out. “And I went to the toilet and just… fainted. I threw up and fainted. They had to come and carry me out of the toilet.”