One of pop history’s most inventive, successful and enduring artists, Nile Rodgers & CHIC last month released the feel good album of the year, ‘It’s About Time’, the group’s first new album in over 25 years!
Recorded in cities around the world, the top ten album began, ended and was mixed and mastered at the world renowned Abbey Road Studios where Nile is now Chief Creative Advisor. It’s a modern day interpretation of the iconic musical language crafted by the multi Grammy award winning composer and producer that’s inspired generations. A record brimming with the essence of ‘Good Times’ with Nile using the words “dance”, “boogie” and “party” with celebratory zing.
Inspired by talent, Rodgers is always collaborating and working with musical superstars and new artists alike. It’s About Time features a lively posse of guest stars, dreamers and protagonists; There’s ‘Boogie All Night’ featuring fierce inspired romanticist NAO, ‘Dance With Me’ featuring world conquering LA powerhouse Hailee Steinfeld, ‘Do You Wanna Party’ starring quick witted rapper Lunch Money Lewis and telling it like it is, Nile and CHIC taking care of business on ‘I Dance My Dance’. The infectious new single, ‘Sober’ features man of the moment Craig David and charismatic British-Jamaican MC, Stefflon Don and a night with Diana Ross led to the incredible ‘Queen’ featuring the abstract super power of Emeli Sandé and the stately power of Elton John. Finally, CHIC get twisted around the swagger of Lady Gaga on the epic illusion of, ‘I Want Your Love’.
The video for Sober was directed by Giorgio Testi, filmed at Abbey Road and premiered earlier today at Rolling Stone. It is featuring Nile visualising his craft as a form of futuristic magic, before seeing him join Craig David in the midst of the party, where CHIC always belong. Watch it here
The story behind how Craig David came to sing ‘Sober’ takes us to a charity event with Prince William, where Craig was performing, Nile shares. “We chatted, and it was really cool, and then he gets up to sing. Wow. I didn’t know he could sing like that! He just blew me away. He did the song in one take. That’s it Craig, all done! One night with the Prince, and this is the result.”
As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a new musical language with chart-topping hits like ‘Le Freak,’ (the biggest selling single in the history of Atlantic Records) and ‘Everybody Dance’, even sparking the advent of hip-hop with ‘Good Times’. His work in CHIC and his production work for artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross and Madonna has helped sell over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide, while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Sigala, Disclosure, and Sam Smith have kept him at the vanguard of contemporary music.
Having played worldwide festivals throughout the summer, Nile Rodgers and CHIC have announced a UK headline tour this December.
Nile said, “I am delighted to announce our first ever ARENA tour of the UK. Christmas is indeed coming and we are putting together “the” party of the festive season! The entire night will be programmed by me and in addition to all our hits will include my man MistaJam on the wheels of steel and more guests to be announced in the coming weeks. Come to dance!”