Nile Rodgers made news this week. On February 3, his biggest hit with his band Chic, 1979's "Le Freak," will be inducted into the 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame with Rodgers receiving the President's Merit Award during the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' (NARAS) 8th Annual Grammy Week Celebration (the Grammy Awards are Sunday February 8). Better still for Nile lovers, he announced on February 2 that he, Chic, and his Land of the Good Groove label signed a long-term deal with Warner Brothers; it will be their first record in nearly 25 years.
Having spoken to the legendary composer/producer/guitarist after the release of his 2011 autobiography Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny, it’s a joy to see Rodgers conquering cancer and moving forward with new music. Beyond Chic mega-hits "Le Freak," “Good Times” and "I Want Your Love," in the 70s and 80s Rodgers co-wrote Sister Sledge’s "We Are Family,” produced multi-million-selling albums for the B-52s, Duran Duran, David Bowie and Madonna, and in recent years he collaborated in with dance music hitmakers Daft Punk, Avicii and Sam Smith. Though there is no title as of yet, Chic’s newest single will drop in March with its first new album in decades coming in June.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2015