Nile Rodgers has announced that Chic will be releasing a brand new album titled ‘Its About Time’. The record is to be the band’s first release in over 25 years and will follow 1992’s ‘Chic-ism’.
Posting on his website, Rodgers explained that it was difficult to put out a joyful album in the same year that so many musical icons have passed away, which has influenced the band’s decision to hold out until 2017. It is also no small coincidence that 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of both the bands formation, and the opening of New York’s Studio 54 (a venue that was an intrinsic part of the funk / disco movements).
Rodgers stated: “In 2017, we will pay homage to the club that put us on the international map by doing a series of concerts, afterparties, VIP Packages, films and singles – then drop the full album along with a BIG SURPRISE!”
During his career as a session guitarist, Nile Rodgers played on some of the biggest records of the 20th century. One such record was the late David Bowie’s classic 1983 release ‘Lets Dance’. Rodgers, who was a close friend of Bowie explained how 2016 had been a dark year for music, stating: “The year had barely started when David Bowie passed away. Though I’ve done dozens of albums with god knows how many superstars, David and ‘Let’s Dance’ is one of the highest plateaus in my career,” “When Prince suddenly died, it was like I’d been struck by lighting twice,”
“I feel like I’m at the breaking point. The only thing that counterbalances that much negativity is superimposing a massive amount of positivity,” “That’s the only way the scales get even. You can’t do just a little trickle; you’ve got to go all in. So  is ‘party year’ for us. Like, big time. It’s insane.”