Ronson: Adele's success 'freaked out' Amy Winehouse
May 17th, 2012
09:29 AM ET

Ronson: Adele's success 'freaked out' Amy Winehouse

Adele viewed Amy Winehouse as an inspiration, and it appears that Winehouse had also been paying close attention to Adele's unstoppable success.

Mark Ronson, who collaborated extensively with Winehouse during her career, told the Village Voice recently that he'd spoken to Winehouse prior to her passing about working together again, but that Adele's rise might've set her on edge.

"What little time we had, well, it was tense," Ronson said. "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."

Unfortunately, Ronson never did get the opportunity to work with Winehouse again.

"We lost touch briefly," he recalled. "And before she and I could really start the process of beginning a new album, it was too late."

Winehouse was found dead in her London home last July at the age of 27.

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  1. wiki

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    June 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kate

    I call BS!

    May 18, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cooper

    Amy would never had seen the success that Adele has seen. I think you have to look at the overall performance, character and behavior to get the whole story. Amy should have been freaked out by Adele, looking at what she wanted but was never able to obtain. Probably thinking if she didn't get high that one time, then I could have....

    May 18, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • chefdugan

      Winehouse was a piece of crap and the music world is better off without her.

      May 18, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sheila

    Poor Amy – since she's dead, anyone can say anything they want about her. Maybe Amy loved Adele's stuff – but it's better to add angst.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fed Up

    I don't see the hype over Amy Winehouse or Adele at all. Adele has a good voice but it's one-dimensional.

    May 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. whatwhat

    The article doesn't provide any direct quotes from Amy Winehouse suggesting that she was afraid of Adele's success, and Ronson doesn't directly say what Amy told him. The "Adele thing" freaked her out?? What does that even mean?

    May 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ana

    Winehouse had problems with drugs and alcohol long before she hit it big with her "Rehab" song. Trying to blame Adele and her success for Winehouse's final downward spiral is ridiculous. If it wasn't Adele, I'm sure it would have been something else that set her "on edge." Way to stay classy, Ronson.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lonnie

    It's kind of like comparing the Stones and the Beatles. Both good, but different. Adele strains so when she sings. She's going to blow her cords for good one day.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. just sayn

    Amy Winehouse and Adele are two different kinds of singers, with greatly different voices, and style.. I cannot see where Amy Winehouse would of felt threatened or felt like competing with Adele. That to me is ridiculous... I do believe Amy had her demons with substances and that causes paranoia and insecurity.... I think this is a subject that is way out of line for anyone to approach...especially, since Amy's death (RIP Amy)..... Ronson, should be concentrated on his own career not dwelling on Amy's could of should of maybe of been...

    May 17, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. louis

    Whatever Mark Ronson! Amy would never in a million years be 'freaked out' over Adele. She was battling her own demons with drug abuse and alcohol. Mark please don't put down the woman that made you relevant!

    May 17, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Skeptic

      he only brought it up to get his name back out there. I guess since Amy died, he's had time on his hands and needs to replenish his bank account. Lame, dude. Very lame.

      May 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • be quiet

      I'm sure when Mark Ronson reads the CNN Marquee Blog he'll really take your words to heart. Nice work.

      May 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skeptic

      i'm broken up and very hurt by your criticism. Nice try. IDGAS what you think. Thanks for sharing.

      May 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jann

      Did you know Winehouse? No, you didn't, so you don't know what she'd think.

      May 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. emma

    Adle is not a junkie: 'nuff said.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Michael Calaizzo

    Amy is Super and we enjoy her performance.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. WLM

    Humm I can see that, but Amy was just as fantastic as Adele. It would have been interesting to see them go head to head.. I prefer Amy with the more old school soul/jazz

    May 17, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |

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