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Robbie Williams to be new face of Weight Watchers

Robbie Williams has been revealed as a brand ambassador for WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers, alongside Oprah Winfrey and Kate Hudson.

The X Factor judge will use his personal weight journey to encourage others to be healthier in 2019.

He is one of several ambassadors in the Every Body Matters campaign.

Robbie poked fun at his weight with his 2013 song No One Likes A Fat Pop Star

Image: Robbie poked fun at his weight with his 2013 song No One Likes A Fat Pop Star

Weight Watchers rebranded as WW, dropping the ‘Weight’ reference, in September and now aims to focus on wellness and health.

Williams will be sharing his “wellness journey” on social media, using the hashtag #MyWhy.

He said: “WW is the first programme that truly feels like it fits with my life.

“After my back injury last year, I definitely let my healthy habits slip and I felt as though I let myself and my family down.

“I can’t keep trying the same things and hoping for a different outcome.

Robbie Williams' back injury put him out of action in 2017

Image: Robbie Williams’ back injury put him out of action in 2017

“I trust the history of behaviour science that WW has, and I’m proud to be a new ambassador. Hopefully, others will benefit from my experience.”

The campaign is “based on the insight that everyone has their own reason to get healthy and what makes the most meaningful impact along the journey is everything you gain”, WW said.

Williams has previously spoken about his battle with his weight and poked fun at himself on his 2013 album with a song called No One Likes A Fat Pop Star.

Robbie Williams will use his experiences to front a new campaign

Image: Williams will use his experiences to front a new campaign

His wife, actor Ayda Field, has also spoken about the singer’s battles with image, saying being branded “the fat dancer from Take That” when he was 15 stuck with him throughout his adult life.

Last year, Williams joked that he was putting on weight because of a lack of sex with strangers.

He added it had been replaced by “cake and carbohydrates”.

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And he had to battle a night-sleep disorder which saw him get up in his sleep and raid the fridge, claiming he wanted sugar not kale when that happened.

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According to WW research, 90% of adults across the world will set “improving physical, mental and emotional health” as a goal for 2019.

The WW campaign will launch on Boxing Day.

Weinstein ‘bragged of sex with Jennifer Lawrence’

Harvey Weinstein bragged about sleeping with Jennifer Lawrence while trying to force himself upon a woman in his office, court documents show.

According to the latest lawsuit against the Hollywood producer, he boasted of a sexual relationship with the Oscar-winning star after forcibly performing oral sex on a young actress during a meeting in 2013.

The unnamed woman claims that when she rejected his advances, Weinstein asked her: “Do you even want to be an actress? I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is; she has just won an Oscar.”

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Lawrence has issued a statement denying that such an affair took place, adding: “My heart breaks for all the women who were victimised by Harvey Weinstein.

“I have never had anything but a professional relationship with him. This is yet another example of the predatory tactics and lies that he engaged in to lure countless women.”

Weinstein – who denies all allegations of non-consensual sex – is said to have sexually assaulted the woman in his office after pushing her to the ground.

She is suing both the 66-year-old movie mogul and The Weinstein Company – the production company he founded with his brother Bob in 2005 – for sexual battery and discrimination.

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The details emerged after a group of other Weinstein accusers attempted to block him from bringing his private emails into the public eye due to concerns over confidentiality.

He has asked a bankruptcy court in Delaware to allow him to recover files from The Weinstein Company, which he wants to use in his defence against sexual assault charges in New York.

The women have asked a judge to reject his request after alleging his lawyers told them he “intended to unleash these emails in the media to sway the court of public opinion”.

Scott Cousins, the civil lawyer representing Weinstein, accused the women of “doing all they can to prevent the truth from coming out”.

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He added: “To claim sexual assault and then take such measures to prevent the truth from being heard speaks volumes of their motives.”

Weinstein is next due in court on 20 December.

Shakira charged with tax evasion in Spain

Shakira has been charged with tax evasion in Spain with prosecutors claiming she failed to pay more than €14.5m (£13m) between 2012 and 2014.

The popstar’s representatives have denied wrongdoing.

According to the charges, the Colombian pop star allegedly listed the Bahamas as her official address for tax purposes during that period but was living in Spain with her partner, Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique.

Prosecutors claim the Hips Don’t Lie singer travelled abroad only for short periods for work but spent most of the year in Spain.

They now want her to pay tax in Spain on the money she made in ventures around the world.

Shakira is with Spanish defender Gerard Pique

Image: Shakira is with Spanish defender Gerard Pique

Prosecutor want Shakira to pay a bond of €19.4m (£17.4m), which they say is the amount she owes in tax plus 33%, in accordance with the law in Spain.

The alternative they suggest is a court freeze of her assets to the same amount.

In 2015, the star officially moved to Spain for tax purposes.

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Representatives of Shakira have said the singer did not live in Spain until 2015, and has met all of her tax obligations to Spanish authorities.

A magistrate will now look at whether there is enough evidence to put the Whenever, Wherever singer on trial.

Shakira was among those named in the Paradise Paper leaks that revealed the offshore tax arrangements of several high-profile figures.

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The papers were obtained by the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung and investigated by Spanish outlet El Confidencial.

Spanish authorities referred their investigation to the Barcelona prosecutor’s office last year.

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2019 winners revealed

Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, Def Leppard and Radiohead are among the acts announced as the latest members of The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

The artists will be officially inducted next year alongside Roxy Music and The Zombies as the official class of 2019.

It means Jackson joins brother Michael among the alumni, while Stevie Nicks enters for the second time as a solo artist, having previously been inducted as a member of Fleetwood Mac.

Artists are eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single.

For Jackson, it was third time lucky after being in the running twice before, while Nicks, Def Leppard and Roxy Music were all voted in as first-time nominees.

The seven new members were chosen from a shortlist of 15, with acts including Rage Against The Machine, Kraftwerk and LL Cool J missing out.

The acts are chosen in a weighted vote, based on a ballot of experts and a fan poll.

Def Leppard, who topped the fan vote, said on their website: “We belong: 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees!

“Thank you to all of our fans for making us #1 in the fan vote and to the voting members of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame committee.”

Jackson tweeted: “We did it u guys. Thank U for all your love and support. #RockHall2019.”

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Next year’s class join Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Nina Simone, The Moody Blues and The Cars, who were inducted earlier this year.

More than 200 artists have been added over the years, with everyone from ABBA, AC/DC and Aerosmith to Yes and ZZ Top featuring.

Next year’s ceremony to honour the new members will be held in Brooklyn on 29 March.

Mary Poppins’ return is ‘a gift in dark times’

When P L Travers first wrote Mary Poppins in 1935, little did she know she’d be creating a role that would go down in cinema history.

The original Disney film, which bagged multiple Oscars back in 1965, firmly established the magical nanny within the British childhood landscape, and she has subsequently been passed on down the generations.

And that’s despite the author hating the original film – dancing penguins and all.

Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins in Dinsey...s original musica MARY. POPPINS RETURNS, a sequel to the 1964 MARY POPPINS which takes audiences on an entirely new adventure with the practically perfect nanny and the Banks family.

Image: This time round Emily Blunt plays the practically perfect nanny

But now it’s the turn of Emily Blunt to take on the role made famous by Julie Andrews all those years ago.

To make the part her own, Blunt says: “I had to carve out the space for myself. I dove into the books, in the books she’s quite different.”

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Image: Emily Blunt returned to the original books to find her inspiration

Travers wrote eight Poppins books in total, over a 50 year period, giving Blunt plenty of material to work with.

Blunt also describes the film as a “love-letter to London”, set in iconic locations around the UK capital.

Her co-star, Emily Mortimer, goes one step further, describing the movie as “the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down” during these troubled political times.

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Image: The cast of Mary Poppins Returns at the European premiere

Mortimer explains: “It’s like the antidote to everything that’s going on. I also think that in a way, it’s sort of an answer that Mary Poppins is a brilliant kind of magician and makes people think in a different way.

“Her particular superpower is to make people think about things in a new perspective and see another way. And I think that’s exactly what we all need, especially in both Britain and America now.”

When asked if Poppins would make a good prime minister, she enthusiastically agrees.

Julie Andrews starred in the original Mary Poppins film

Image: Julie Andrews starred in the original Mary Poppins film

Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep would also seem to be on the same page.

The 69-year-old actress, who plays Mary’s eccentric cousin Topsy, describes the film as “a gift at a needful time”.

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Image: Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep plays Mary’s eccentric cousin Topsy

Meryl, who will soon become a grandmother for the first time, said having her own children changed her view on her work as an actress.

“Every movie you make once you’re a mother, you think, ‘How is this going to impact the world?’

“This is one is a gift at a needful time. A gift at remembering where the seeds of joy come from. Human possibility and imagination even in dark times.

“It’s set in the 1930s in the time of The Depression and it’s about injecting imagination and changing the world through that. The happiness we bring each other.”

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Image: Lin-Manuel Miranda says his role is full of ‘childhood innocence and wonder’

For Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, it’s a jump from a musical set in the 18th century to one set in the 20th century.

He says going from US Founding Father to London lamplighter was a mighty jump.

Miranda credits his director, Rob Marshall, with casting him in a role full of “childhood innocence and wonder”, qualities he says his musical creation Alexander Hamilton had none of.

The 38-year-old actor turned to writing when he discovered there were just two parts for Puerto Rican actors in musicals, “Bernardo (in West Side Story), and Paul in a Chorus Line”.

Miranda says: “I started making my own opportunities. Then to be offered a role of this calibre, with this creative team, feels like the fruit of all this hard work.”

Dick Van Dyke as Bert in Mary Poppins

Image: Dick Van Dyke as Bert and Julie Andrews in the original Mary Poppins

He says he can’t wait to show his four-year-old son, saying he will get to see him “dance with penguins and climb buildings” and finally “put everything together” his dad has been getting up to on set.

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Mary Poppins Returns is in cinemas on Friday 21 December.

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Indian tycoon hires Beyonce to sing at daughter’s party

Indian weddings are renowned for their extravagance and grandeur – but one billionaire has pushed the boat out even further for his daughter’s pre-wedding party, hiring Beyonce to sing at it.

The 37-year-old Single Ladies singer performed at the elaborate bash in Udaipur, Rajasthan, after being hired by India’s richest mogul Mukesh Ambani, whose daughter, Isha, 27, is getting married on Wednesday.

She is marrying Anand Piramal, a childhood friend and son of another billionaire tycoon, Ajay Piramal, reportedly at her billion-dollar home in Mumbai – one of the most expensive on the planet.

Mukesh Ambani is thought to be worth up to £37.5bn

Image: Mukesh Ambani is thought to be worth up to £37.5bn

At the pre-wedding celebration, which was attended by the likes of Hillary Clinton, actor Shah Rukh Khan and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Beyonce performed hits such as Crazy In Love and Perfect during a 45-minute set.

The R&B star posted a photo of herself on Instagram wearing one of her Indian-inspired outfits for the night and a video giving a sneak peek of her performance.

Beyonce’s fee has not been made public but many are speculating as to how much it would cost to hire the former Destiny’s Child frontwoman.

Lights have gone up at the Ambanis billion-dollar home in Mumbai

Image: Lights have gone up at the Ambanis billion-dollar home in Mumbai

Time Magazine reported that it was likely she took home more than $3m (£2.4m) for performing at this year’s Coachella festival. A 2014 Rolling Stone report said festival organisers could afford to pay headliners up to $4m (£3.2m) to perform.

The celebrations, which follow the high-profile weddings of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, and Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, saw dozens of chartered planes carrying celebrities and the former US secretary of state into the historic Indian city.

There was increased security at the airport in anticipation of the wedding guests, who were driven away in luxury cars.

Isha Ambani is marrying Anand Piramal. File pic

Image: Isha Ambani is marrying Anand Piramal. File pic

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According to Forbes magazine, Mukesh Ambani is worth $47bn (£37.5bn) and is the chairman of Relliance Industries, which owns businesses in energy, textiles and telecommunications firms.

Bloomberg reported that the wedding was expected to cost up to $100m (£79.8m), while someone close to the family said it would cost no more than $15m (£12m).

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Not everyone on social media was in awe of the wedding though, with some saying the money could have been used to “single-handedly eradicate poverty in India”.

Despite being one of the world’s fastest growing economies, one in five Indians – 270m people – live in poverty, according to 2012 figures from the World Bank. Latest figures put the country’s total population at 1.3bn.

Mel B has three-hour operation after mystery accident

Spice Girl Melanie Brown says she has broken two ribs and badly injured her right hand after suffering an accident.

The singer, known as Mel B, posted a photo of herself in hospital with her arm in a sling, but did not reveal how she got her injuries.

She said she needed three hours of surgery to repair damage to her hand and has had to cancel a book signing in New York.

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Thankyou to all the wonderful nurses dr’s and my amazing surgeon for the care and expertise given to me here at the hospital I’ve been staying at,suffering 2 broken ribs a severed right hand needing emergancy care,to having had to have over a 3 hr surgery to repair the damage hence the purple sling,I’ve had to unfortunately cancel my book signing today in NY,I appolagise to each and everyone one of you who bought there tickets to meet me today😩I’m absolutely gutted but I can assure you it WILL happen at a later date,I promise,but for now My right arm/hand is all stitched up and I’m trying to keep still to heal my broken ribs,ohhh the pain,but I’m in super safe hands with the care of everyone here at the hospital!!!!!thank you all for understanding,I love you all #accidentshappen #needtimetoheal #hospital

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Writing on Instagram in a message posted in London, she said: “Thankyou to all the wonderful nurses dr’s and my amazing surgeon for the care and expertise given to me here at the hospital I’ve been staying at, suffering 2 broken ribs a severed right hand needing emergancy care, to having had to have over a 3 hr surgery to repair the damage hence the purple sling.

“I’ve had to unfortunately cancel my book signing today in NY, I appolagise to each and everyone one of you who bought there tickets to meet me today.

“I’m absolutely gutted but I can assure you it WILL happen at a later date, I promise, but for now my right arm/hand is all stitched up and I’m trying to keep still to heal my broken ribs.

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“Ohhh the pain, but I’m in super safe hands with the care of everyone here at the hospital!!!!! Thank you all for understanding, I love you all.” (sic)

She also added the hashtags #accidentshappen and #needtimetoheal.

It comes just a few weeks after the Spice Girls announced their comeback, with Brown reuniting with Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm, but not Victoria Beckham, for a tour next year.

She released her book, Brutally Honest, earlier this year, following an acrimonious divorce from now ex-husband Stephen Belafonte.

How do you formulate a Christmas number one?

It is one of the most coveted prizes in music, but how do you make sure you bag the Christmas number one spot?

Experts at UK music label Ostereo think they have cracked the formula, after crunching the statistics on every Christmas number one from the last 50 years.

They say the song should be three minutes 57 seconds long, and be 114 beats per minute (BPM). It should also be sung by a 27-year-old artist.

Researchers found most number ones are ballads, the majority were covers, and nearly all were about something other than Christmas.

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Always On My Mind, by the Pet Shop Boys, is not only the ideal length and key exactly, but is also a cover of Elvis’ 1972 hit. However, it’s slightly too fast, at 125 BPM.

The Pet Shop Boys had an average age of 31.5 the year it hit number one, in 1987.

Boney M’s Mary’s Boy Child was a close second, with a tempo of 113 bpm, a length of four minutes two seconds and a key of F, two semitones lower than G.

Mariah Carey’s classic All I Want For Christmas Is You is four minutes and one second long, 150 BPM, and she was aged 24 when it came out.

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Sky News crunched the numbers on this year’s contenders for the number one spot to see who is most likely to claim the prize.

Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Cardi B among Grammy nominees

Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead the nominations for next year’s Grammy Awards, with seven nods each.

Cardi B, Lady Gaga, HER, Maren Morris, Childish Gambino, producer Sounwave and engineer Mike Bozzi all have five nominations each.

While male acts dominated the nominations in the main categories last year, five of this year’s best album nominees are women, with Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, HER, Janelle Monae and Kacey Musgraves competing against Drake, Post Malone and the Black Panther soundtrack.

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Image: Drake is nominated for seven awards…

Cardi B was among the winners at the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9 2018 in Los Angeles, California

Image: … while Cardi B is up for five

In the best new artist category, six of the eight nominees are also women, with British stars Dua Lipa and Jorja Smith nominated alongside HER, Chloe x Halle, Margo Price and Bebe Rexha, as well as Luke Combs and rock band Greta Van Fleet.

Six songs are up for both record and song of the year: Lamar and SZA’s All the Stars; Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s Shallow, from the A Star Is Born soundtrack; Childish Gambino’s This Is America; Drake’s God’s Plan; Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey’s The Middle; and Carlile’s The Joke.

Stars have been tweeting about their excitement at being nominated, with Dua Lipa, who is also nominated for best dance recording, for Electricity (with Mark Ronson and Diplo as Silk City), writing: “TWO NOMINATIONS TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS IM SO HAPPY BUT I CANT STOP CRYING I CANT BELIEVE IT!!!!”

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Image: Dua Lipa says she ‘can’t stop crying’ after finding out about her nominations

Chloe x Halle posted: “IS THIS REAL LIFE?!?!?!?!? we are in SHOCK. can’t believe this. 2 GRAMMY NOMS so grateful, wow God is amazing.”

The Grammy winners will be announced out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on February 10.

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Here are the main nominees:

Album of the year

Invasion Of Privacy – Cardi B

By The Way, I Forgive You – Brandi Carlile

Scorpion – Drake


Beerbongs & Bentleys – Post Malone

Dirty Computer – Janelle Monae

Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

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Record of the year

I Like It – Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin

The Joke – Brandi Carlile

This Is America – Childish Gambino

God’s Plan – Drake

Shallow – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar & SZA

Rockstar – Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage

The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

Song of the year

All The Stars

Boo’d Up

God’s Plan

In My Blood

The Joke

The Middle


This Is America

Best new artist

Chloe x Halle

Luke Combs

Greta Van Fleet


Dua Lipa

Margo Price

Bebe Rexha

Jorja Smith

Mark Ronson on Miley, Lady Gaga and reaching wedding status

Shades on, the recognisable quiff a little less coiffed than usual but still present, Mark Ronson is sitting in the library room of a central London hotel, speaking to Sky News amid a whirlwind of promotion for his latest single.

The song, Nothing Breaks Like A Heart with Miley Cyrus, is half country, half dance – suitably fitting the “sad bangers” category Ronson has used to describe his forthcoming album – and if there was ever a comeback to follow a track as ubiquitous as Uptown Funk, something totally different, this is it.

For Ronson the artist, it is certainly a comeback after four years away, although as a producer doesn’t seem to stop. He is the Grammy-winning, go-to man for everyone from Lady Gaga and Adele to Queens Of The Stone Age, Duran Duran and Paul McCartney.

This year, he put out Electricity with Dua Lipa as part of supergroup Silk City, and has also seen the release of Shallow, the UK number one hit from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born, which he co-wrote – and could just earn him an Oscar nod.

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Image: Miley Cyrus features on Mark Ronson’s comeback single, Nothing Breaks Like A Heart

Despite his impressive CV, he says he still gets nervous before putting any song out, and Nothing Breaks Like A Heart has been no different.

“Obviously, the fact I wrote it with Miley and she’s on it, I knew that ears were going to be on it, there’s going to be attention,” he tells Sky News.

“She’s got 75 million followers on Instagram, it’s very exciting, but that almost makes it more nerve-wracking because there’s more people to say that it sucks…

“When I got with Miley, who I’ve wanted to work with for so long… I remember being in the studio with headphones on listening to Miley sing and being like, ‘I don’t know why I get to record with some of the greatest vocalists of my generation’. It’s super exciting that it’s out and people are digging it ‘cus it is a little different.

Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson at Kiss FM Studio's on December 07, 2018 in London (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

Image: Ronson says he has been trying to organise the collaboration with Cyrus for four years

“You can be working on something you think is great but you have no idea what people are going to think.

“I guess the songs I’ve had… not the most success with, but the songs that really stood out, they don’t really sound like anything else that was on the radio at the time – Rehab, Locked Out Of Heaven, Uptown Funk – so you’re always like, is this too different? Are kids going to be like, ‘what is this, old people’s music?’

“So I get nervous, yeah. I’m like a neurotic freak, I get nervous about everything so it’s probably no different when it comes to music.”

The collaboration with Cyrus had been in the works for four years, with the pair communicating on text before finally meeting earlier in 2018.

“She was just so funny and charming and we probably spoke for about three hours about her dogs and her pigs and just random stuff before we even got into [singing],” he says, talking about their first meeting.

“She went in, put the headphones on, turned on the mic and sung and it was one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever heard. I loved that she was telling all these wild entertaining stories and then on a dime, ‘shall I go sing now?’, and then it’s one of the greatest vocalists I’ve ever recorded.”

Mark Ronson performs onstage following the 'Quincy' red carpet premiere on September 9, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Netflix)

Image: ‘You always think, is this too different? Are kids going to be like, ‘what is this, old people’s music?’

Cyrus, 26, has made headlines since her teenage years. Ronson says he doesn’t pay attention.

“I always got the feeling that she was a good person with a slightly hippyish vibe… she just seemed like somebody who always wants to be pushing the envelope.

“And she’s so strong the way she stands up for LGBT rights and against animal cruelty, so I had a feeling she was probably a good person – but always, when you’re meeting someone who’s a superstar of that level you never know what to expect.”

Ronson has worked with many superstars of that level. They say you should never meet your heroes, but he says he has never been underwhelmed.

“I think you’re always surprised because when you go in to start a song you might know you’re going with somebody talented… but you never know quite where it’s going to go,” he says.

“Put it this way I’ve never been disappointed. Even if it’s not better than what you expected it’s going to be different.”

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Image: The producer has worked with everyone from Paul McCartney…

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Image: … to Queens Of The Stone Age

But at the minute, Ronson is taking centre stage again. His next album, which comes following his divorce from model and actress Josephine de La Baume, is “something I’m really proud of”, he says.

“I think usually with most of my albums I’m always thinking about the beat and how to make people dance ‘cus I come from being a DJ for 20 years.

“But this record, because of personal reasons, came from a more emotional place, so the songs are a little more personal, a little more heartfelt.

“I think they get their hooks in you a little bit more, but they’ve still got the beats.”

Of course, Ronson is no stranger to emotion. You don’t get much more honest, raw and heartfelt than Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black, which he produced.

And then this year, there came Shallow, the epic power ballad which has so far received Golden Globe and Grammy nominations, and gave Cooper his first chart-topping hit.

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Ronson had worked with Lady Gaga before, on her last album, Joanne, but says A Star Was Born was “special”.

“We all felt it in the room ‘cus there was something special about that song [Shallow]. The chorus felt really big and I remember when she sung that for the first time… I got all emo, my hairs stood up or whatever.

“But then what Bradley Cooper did with it in the film… the fact they both give such beautiful performances.

“I’m not a cinephile but what that movie does so well is it gets falling in love pretty accurate. Moments of it are really great and not corny… and the fact we have anything to do with that is… I feel quite lucky.”

Bradley Cooper performs on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2017, shooting for A Star Is Born

Image: Bradley Cooper performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury for A Star Is Born

Cooper, who learned to play the guitar to take on the role of Jackson Maine, a fading rocker struggling with alcoholism, “was a pretty good singer” to start with, he says, before joking: “I have this really beautiful version of Bradley Cooper singing Fake Plastic Trees somewhere on my hard drive. If I really need the money, I guess I could sell it.

“But he’s obviously the kind of guy that probably could do anything. He’ll probably run for president in 2032 or something like that.”

If his own back catalogue is anything to go by, being able to turn his hand to anything, musically at least, can certainly be said about Ronson.

Taking Bruno Mars collaboration Uptown Funk alone, it was only the 10th song to ever receive diamond sales status.

It won two Grammys, held the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for 14 weeks, and is also the Billboard Hot 100’s fourth highest ranking track of all time – only behind, perhaps surprisingly, Chubby Checker’s The Twist, Smooth, by Santana, and Mack The Knife, by Bobby Darin. The video has also been streamed more than 3 billion times.

How does Ronson play it when it comes on when he’s out?

“It’s like, oh man, cool, people are still dancing to this song,” he says.

“I guess, having been a club DJ for 22 years, to have any DJ play the song the first time is so exciting, and then to ever have the chance where your song actually gets to the wedding stature, is probably one of the greatest things that could ever happen.

“I’m always getting videos from a friend’s wedding, or two-year-old kids – ‘it’s his favourite song’ – and the parents are so annoyed ‘cus they have to listen to the song over and over again.

“I don’t even know why that song did what it did but I’m incredibly grateful for it.”

:: Nothing Breaks Like A Heart, by Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus, is out now

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