Music producers hit back at NME after criticism

Music producer Mark Ronson has posted an email from an NME journalist on MySpace and vowed to sell his NME award after he was criticised by the magazine.

Ronson, whose album Version included collaborations with Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse, announced on his blog he would be selling his NME award following a bad review of his set at Glastonbury.

Ronson also claimed that the NME journalist whose byline appeared over the review had sent him a personal email denying that he had written the review and posted the correspondence on his MySpace page.

Ronson commented on his blog: ‘I got the following email from a journalist at the NME in reference to what I imagine was a scathing review of my glasto performance (if only i read the mag, i might know what it said….oh well). My nme award for 2008’s best international solo artist will be on ebay as soon as the morons send it to me. i doubt the bidding will go that high and it makes an excellent doorstop.”

The personal email, posted on Ronson’s blog, said: ‘I got no problem taking responsibility for my words but I do have a problem taking responsibility for someone else’s.”

NME editor Conor McNicholas told Press Gazette: ‘Mark is like a brother to us here at NME, only the relationship is a little less Gibb and a bit more Gallagher.”

Ronson’s outburst comes just days after Scottish dance producer Calvin Harris applied for a job with NME after becoming disgruntled over the music weekly’s use of his name ‘for something that’s synonymous with rubbish”.

Harris told The Daily Record: “Despite a decent album review, they use my name for something that’s synonymous with rubbish.”

“Like ‘Well, this is bad, but at least it’s not as bad as that lanky cretin Calvin Harris and his s****y music’. That’s not a direct quote, but you get the idea.”

Harris came home one night ‘after a few shandies’and decided to respond to an ad he’d seen for a staff writer.

He said: ‘I decided to try to even out the balance of opinion on my music.”

Despite not submitting the ideas the magazine asked for, Harris still received a response from news editor Paul Stokes, thanking him for his application.

Stokes, who originally thought the email was a hoax, told the Record: ‘If he’s successful, he won’t be allowed to review his own records.”

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