Mark Ronson reveals Drake rejected his collaboration request

The 'Uptown Funk' star wanted the rapper to feature on his latest album

Mark Ronson has revealed that Drake turned him down for a collaboration on his latest album, ‘Uptown Special’.

Speaking in a pre-recorded interview for Alan Carr’s Chatty Man TV show, which is due to air on Friday night (June 12), the musician and producer confirmed the news. Answering a question about working in high profile collaborations, Ronson said: “A few people have said no. I am not going to say names… Drake. He was very polite about it.”

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The British producer is famed for working with musicians such as Adele, Lily Allen and the late Amy Winehouse. Despite the stature of the people he works with, Ronson said explained that he gets turned down for collaborations “a lot”. Speaking to Carr, he said: “Just because I decide I want someone on a song doesn’t mean they’re not doing their own record.”

Ronson also revealed that he does not like to DJ: “People do come up to me in the booth and get me to announce to the valet that they have lost their parking ticket. Some people just come up and ask for a vodka tonic. It is rude.”

‘Uptown Special’ was released in January and features Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, amongst others. Last week, Ronson’s collaboration with Bruno Mars, ‘Uptown Funk’, reached 25 weeks in the US Billboard Hot 100 singles Top Five, equalling the record held by Leann Rimes’ with her 1997 track ‘How Do I Live?’