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A Year of So Many Deaths

December 18, 2016

Nile Rodgers and David Bowie - Photo by Peter Gabriel


In 2016 the music industry was under pressure. It lost so many giants to the Angel of Death. 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.

I'm a very optimistic person, but Glenn Fry and Paul Kantner died in that first month as well. The year was off to a very bad start, and the way forward through 2016 became unclear.

Over the next few months I took some pressure off by touring with my symbolic other band, Duran Duran, and playing my own FOLD (FreakOutLetsDance) Festivals. I also collaborated on a huge amount of songs while focusing on what was most important in the world of CHIC - STAYING POSITIVE!

When Prince suddenly died, it was like I'd been struck by lighting twice. It made me "see" why I named the next CHIC album "It's About Time." Time is so important, and what we do with it is everything.

I flashed upon this fact: 2017 is the 40th anniversary of the world's most influential disco in history, Studio 54. It's also the 40th anniversary of CHIC. Our song "Le Freak" became one of Studio 54's massive anthems.

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!

In 2016, I couldn't release an album about the joy of life in A Year of So Many Deaths.


Blog Video Playlist feat Duran Duran, David Bowie, DJ Cassidy and more

2017 is the 40th anniversary of the world's most influential disco in history, Studio 54 - It's also the 40th anniversary of CHIC

ATTENTION CHIC FANS! We've not turned our backs on you... New music's coming in 2017!

Keith Urban and me in the studio mid-2016 while recording his Grammy Nominated album, Ripcord

Keeping the CHIC vibe alive in 2016 - Clothing by Claire Garvey

CHIC with 60 piece orchestra in Rome

Nile Rodgers & CHIC surrounded by hip hop legends after our set at this year's Roots Picnic

Nile Rodgers and Jota Quest after rehearsing for a performance for Brazil Day New York 2016

Co-wrote and produced with Blondie's Chris Stein, Debbie Harry and Blood Orange - AMAZING!!!!!

Bette Midler - The Divine Miss M with Nile Rodgers & CHIC at FOLD Festival New York 2016

Duran Duran joins Nile Rodgers & CHIC for last the show together of the 2016 tour

A NIGHT AT STUDIO 54 compilation album reissue - The original had a photo of CHIC on the cover

Alex Newell, Nile Rodgers and DJ Cassidy at FOLD Festival New York 2016

Nile Rodgers and Lady Gaga at Village Studios re-recording "I Want Your Love"

My last live show with Prince

Nile and Prince at Essence Festival, New Orleans


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