Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon Reveals the Glue that Kept ‘Paper Gods’ Together

For Duran Duran‘s 14th studio album, Paper Gods, Simon Le Bon and company enlisted a can’t-miss crew of producers, namely Nile Rodgers and Mark Ronson. Rodgers, of course, is responsible for all the hits produced by Chic, not to mention his work with Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna, and more recently, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Sam Smith, and Lady Gaga.

Ronson’s resume should be lauded as well, having worked Amy Winehouse on top of releasing the biggest hit song of the past year, “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars.

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But Le Bon notes that it was a lesser-known producer who kept the ship running smoothly.

“A guy who put most of the hours in is a young English fellow by the name Ben Hudson, aka Mr. Hudson,” says Le Bon. “He did some vocals with Jay Z (on “Young Forever”) and he’s produced a lot of R&B stuff… he’s a fantastic guy.”

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“He was the glue that really held the record together,” adds Le Bon.

Read the entire interview at WCBS-FM.

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