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Nile Rodgers Digs Deep in Reddit AMA

By Miriam Coleman

November 10, 2013 3:39 PM ET


Nile Rodgers attends an event to benefit his We Are Family Foundation in New York City.

"Been hearing a lot about reddit and decided to come in and have a chat," Nile Rodgers breezily explained in his opening note to yesterday's Ask Me Anything session. The dance music pioneer, whose star has been on the rise once again thanks in part to his prominent role on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories and collaborations with other EDM artists like David Guetta and Avicii, took a moment out from touring in Japan on Saturday to answer fan questions about his time with Chic, guitar technique, future collaboration plans and more. Below, we've collected a few of the highlights.

 

How do you feel about getting recognized more and more these days following the Daft Punk collaboration?
It's really weird to be in the spotlight so much, but Daft Punk, like Chic, are semi-anonymous and they asked me to do most of the press. Of course I love the guys and wanted the record to be heard, so I took one for the team.

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Nile Rodgers Presents: Up All Night [DISCO EDITION]

Nile Rodgers Presents
The CHIC Organization
UP ALL NIGHT
(Greatest Hits)
The DISCO Edition

Release: October 28, 2013

Format: 2CD
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Dealer Price: £8.15
EAN: 825646394739
Cat #: WMTV 209


Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.

Overview

Guitar maestro, producer extraordinaire, hippest man on the planet: Nile Rodgers is all of these things and more. The Nile Rodgers story goes back to 1976 when he formed The CHIC Organization with Bernard Edwards. Since that time he has become a one man hit factory. From working with and co-fronting CHIC to branching out with Sister Sledge, Sheila & B Devotion and Diana Ross, Nile Rodgers has sprinkled his magic on musicians from many generations coming right up to date with Daft Punk.

October the 28th sees a special edition of the top 3 album Up All Night: The Greatest Hits. This special Disco Edition coincides with some massive TV shows which include BBC Breakfast and The X-Factor UK on which CHIC will perform a medley of three of their biggest hits.

Release Info

The original edition of the album charted at number 2 and has remained in the charts since its release in June. This new DISCO EDITION features not only the biggest early hits such as 'Le Freak', 'Good Times', 'Upside Down' and 'He's The Greatest Dancer' but later number one singles, Duran Duran's 'The Reflex', Sister Sledge's 'Frankie' and MADONNA'S 'LIKE A VIRGIN'.

In additional to these new tracks the album includes an amazing 'CHIC Minimix' which features 12 of their biggest tracks mixed together for 7 minutes of aural heaven. The new version of the album is completed with an exclusive inclusion of some of CHIC's memorable performances at this year's GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL.

Rodgers may not have performed on the biggest stage at the festival but he certainly turned in the biggest performance with the set that everyone was talking about. The Glastonbury Glastonbury 'Medley' features tracks that Nile produced including 'Lady' (which sampled CHIC classic 'Soup For One'), 'Like a Virgin', DAVID BOWIE'S 'LET'S DANCE', 'Rapper's Delight' and 'Good Times'.

Since Glastonbury, CHIC have been wowing audiences at festivals across the country with 5 star performances. In addition to playing live, Nile has been hard at work collaborating with the likes of Disclosure, David Guetta and Avicii.

 

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Nile Rodgers on what finally made him embrace pop and dance music

by Ken Taylor

The dance music world just can’t get enough of Nile Rodgers. And for good reason: the guy has remained constantly relevant since the ’70s, and is riding a tidal wave of attention in the last couple years with his collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Nicky Romero, and more. Dubspot had a chance to sit down with the legendary guitarist recently to roll through a number of his past achievements and get inside the mind that created some of dance music’s biggest hits, among them Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” and his own band Chic’s “Le Freak,” to name just a fraction. But Rodgers wasn’t always a hit-maker; it took being put in his place by a former music teacher to really embrace the dance and pop worlds. See how it all went down in the 10-minute documentary below.

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Nile Rodgers on Working With Michael Jackson: 'We're Weird Guys!'

By David Browne

October 3, 2013 12:20 PM ET


Nile Rodgers performs in London. Burak Cingi/Redferns via Getty Images

In the history of pop second winds, Nile Rodgers may be setting a record. From the mid Seventies through the late Eighties, Rodgers' footprint was all over the charts. First, he was the co-founder of the iconic disco band Chic, the man who co-wrote and played guitar on "Le Freak," "Good Times," and Sister Sledge's "We Are Family." Although Chic disbanded in 1983, Rodgers went on to become one of pop's most ubiquitous producers, helming records by David Bowie (Let's Dance), Madonna (Like a Virgin), and Duran Duran (Notorious) and hits by the Thompson Twins, the B-52s and many more. Drug addiction curtailed Rodgers' life and career in the Nineties, but he's blasted back as EDM's most beloved founding father: in the last year and a half alone, he's worked with Daft Punk ("Get Lucky," "Lose Yourself to Dance") and Avicii ("Lay Me Down") along with David Guetta, Disclosure and other dance producers. Talking with Rolling Stone in his Manhattan apartment, Rodgers clicked through some of the legends and newcomers he's worked with and some of his favorite tales about them.

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iTunes Festival 2013

Catch the CHIC ft Nile Rodgers performance from iTunes Festival in London, September 14th. Also, check out the highlights of "Good Times", "Le Freak" and "Let's Dance"
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Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards crafted some of the definitive soul-disco anthems of the 70's, including "Upside Down," "Good Times," and "He's the Greatest Dancer." Equal parts pop genius and pure magic, CHIC can still pack the dance floor.

 

Pick up a copy of
Nile Rodgers Presents:
"The CHIC Organization -
UP ALL NIGHT" on
iTunes UK or Amazon.

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LIVE on Good Day New York

Catch Nile Rodgers & co. on Good Day New York (FOX5) with hosts Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly, 9:40am EDT - August 5, 2013.

Or you can tune in via the web by clicking HERE »

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Nile Rodgers Presents - The CHIC Organization "Up All Night" (Greatest Hits)

The CHIC Organization - Up All Night (The Greatest Hits)

Released on July 1, 2013.


Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.

The double album features a hand-picked selection of tracks from the CHIC Organization including classics from not only CHIC and Sister Sledge, but also Diana Ross, Carly Simon and Debbie Harry.

 

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Nile Rodgers Biography

Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a multi-Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that generated chart-topping pop hits like "Le Freak," sparked the advent of hip-hop with "Good Times," and won CHIC eleven Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations. His work in the CHIC Organization and his productions for artists like David Bowie and Madonna have sold over 200 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Disclosure, and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music. Fueling four decades of pop anthems with more than 200 production credits to his name, the scope of Rodgers' peerless influence is undeniable.

If 2016 is any indication, Nile Rodgers is already setting more precedents in his own illustrious career. Rodgers (along with Bernard Edwards) became the latest inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June. In 2015, he produced, performed, and hosted the inaugural FOLD Festival, a two-day, all-star concert presented at Martha Clara Vineyards on Long Island featuring an "eclectic, genre-spanning set" (Rolling Stone). The success of FOLD 2015 inspired Rodgers to expand the brand worldwide and take it to the UK with the three-day FREAK OUT! LET’S DANCE!! LONDON Festival in June 2016. It was the first ever music event at London’s historic Fulham Palace.

Signed to Warner Bros., Rodgers is currently recording It's About Time, the first new CHIC album in 25 years. "I'll Be There," the album's first single, went to #1 on the Billboard Dance Charts, while the accompanying video generated nearly three million views in less than a week. Additionally, "Le Freak" was inducted into the 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame and Rodgers was elected to the NARAS Board of Governors and received the President's Merit Award during the Recording Academy's 8th Annual Grammy Week Celebration for the Producers & Engineers Wing of NARAS. One of the world's most dazzling headliners, Rodgers continues to tour globally with CHIC.

A native New Yorker raised in the city's thriving bohemian subculture, Nile Rodgers established the CHIC Organization Ltd. after partnering with bassist Bernard Edwards in the Big Apple Band. Between 1977-1983, CHIC's blend of jazz, funk, and disco dominated the airwaves and has since influenced a range of hip hop and EDM acts, ultimately distinguishing CHIC as the "most sampled band in history" (The Guardian, 2011). Their streamlined yet sumptuous grooves powered "Everybody Dance," "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)," "I Want Your Love," "Good Times," and "Le Freak" — the biggest-selling single in Atlantic Records' history. Amassing a mountain of gold and platinum awards, Rodgers and Edwards revamped Sister Sledge with the chart-topping We Are Family (1979) album, which included "Lost In Music," "He's the Greatest Dancer," and the Grammy-nominated title track. They wrote and produced the best-selling album of Diana Ross' career diana (1980), spawning signature hits like "I'm Coming Out" and the number one "Upside Down."

Beyond the CHIC Organization, Rodgers has achieved commercial and critical triumphs for artists like David Bowie (Let's Dance), Duran Duran ("The Reflex"), and Madonna (Like A Virgin). He's remained on the cutting edge of pop music working with countless icons like Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Steve Winwood, Grace Jones, Bryan Ferry, Peter Gabriel, and Eric Clapton. His boundless talents include scoring music for films like the blockbuster Coming to America (1988) and distributing soundtracks for popular AAA video games via his national distribution company and record label, Sumthing Distribution and Sumthing Else Music Works. He regularly gives keynote talks at events for noted media companies like FremantleMedia and conferences like Google Zeitgeist. Complementing his creative endeavors, Rodgers is Chairman and Founder of the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), a non-profit organization he launched in 2002 that's dedicated to the vision of a global family by creating and supporting programs that promote cultural diversity while nurturing the vision, talents, and ideas of young people who are changing the world.

As a cultural icon and music innovator, Nile Rodgers transcends all styles of music across every generation, whether headlining Glastonbury 2013 or producing star-studded concerts for Montreux Jazz Festival. After surviving an aggressive form of cancer, he published his critically acclaimed self-penned autobiography Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny (2011) and was subsequently the subject of two documentaries, BBC Radio 4's Nile Rodgers: The Hitmaker (2013) and TV One's Unsung: Nile Rodgers & CHIC (2014). His collaboration with Daft Punk on "Get Lucky" and Random Access Memories (2013) earned three Grammy Awards, including "Record of the Year" and "Album of the Year." "The full scope of Nile Rodgers' career is still hard to fathom, and it's not just ongoing, it's in overdrive," remarked Rolling Stone, who named Rodgers one of "the 50 Most Important People in EDM" (2014). Indeed, there's no shortage of superlatives or accolades to convey the impact Nile Rodgers has made in popular music. From "Good Times" to "Get Lucky," Rodgers' unrivaled track record is a mere glimpse of what's yet to come.

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World's Most Successful G££tar

05/06/2013

by Ellie Ross

IT’S the £1.3billion guitar that continues to earn its owner a fortune.

Funk legend Nile Rodgers is the genius behind disco giants Chic but has also produced and played on some of the biggest-selling albums of all time by artists including Madonna, David Bowie, Duran Duran and Diana Ross.

And on each track he has played his white 1959 Fender Stratocaster, known as The Hitmaker.

The total value of music to flow through the instrument was once valued at $2billion — that’s £1.3billion — and Rodgers has once again proved the instrument is a force to be reckoned with.

He and his trusty Fender provide the riff for Daft Punk’s anthem of the summer Get Lucky, which is top of the UK singles chart for the second week running. Last month the track hit No3, despite being available for just over 24 hours.

Then music site Spotify announced it had become the most streamed song over a 24-hour period in the UK and US in their five-year history.

Rodgers, 60, said he felt “wonderful” about the track’s success, adding: “For it to come together in this fashion is just great.”

Referring to when Chic stormed the charts with Le Freak, he added: “It’s like the summer of ’78 has been duplicated.” French duo Daft Punk wanted to write and record Get Lucky the old-fashioned way.

They went to Electric Lady — the studio designed for Jimi Hendrix in New York — and Rodgers’ Fender was plugged directly into the mixing board.

Rodgers said: “They chose to go the difficult route. They don’t believe in shortcuts. They allowed me just to write and play. Then we chipped away at it. By the end of the night — woah! It’s a smash.”

Rodgers has now sold more than 100MILLION records, having taught himself guitar as a teen to impress a girl.

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Get Lucky becomes biggest hit of Daft Punk’s career

05/05/2013

by Lauren Kreisler

There’s just no stopping this track!

Daft Punk remain firmly locked at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart for a second week as sales of Get Lucky accelerate yet again, shifting a staggering 163,000 copies since last Sunday.

The disco-drenched Get Lucky featuring N.E.R.D’s Pharrell Williams and Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers not only extends its title of the fastest selling single of the year, but in just a little over two weeks the lead single from upcoming album Random Access Memories has notched up UK sales of 369,000, to become the biggest hit of the French duo’s career, overtaking 2000’s club smash One More Time.

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