Mark Ronson Working On New D’Angelo LP

Having almost become a trace of mythical folklore, that much-rumoured new D’Angelo album appears to be truly coming together – with a hand from Mark Ronson.

Today Billboard reports that producer and artist Mark Ronson [who produced half of Amy Winehouse‘s Back To Black album – and once shared the same manager as D’Angelo] has recently been in the studio with the modern Soul icon to work on the long awaited follow-up to D’s Platinum-selling Grammy-winning Voodoo album, released 10 years ago.

Mark told Billboard he was hitting the studio “to work a bit on [D’Angelo’s] record” with “equal parts intimidation and awe and excitement.”

He added, “I was pretty much floored when D said that the only two records of the past 5 to 6 years that he really listened to a lot were St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley and Back to Black..”

“I was like, ‘I cannot believe I made something that this guy listened to over and over again and looked to for inspiration.'”

D’Angelo has largely stayed out of the spotlight since the 2000 release of “Voodoo,” which won the singer a 2001 Grammy award for Best R&B Album and has sold 1.7 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Although Ronson says that he does not know how close the new album is to being completed, the producer adds, “I know he’s been working nonstop. It’s not like they’ve been sitting on their asses.”Billboard

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