Warner Brothers has announced a recording deal with guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers and his band CHIC, which Rodgers co-founded. Warner Bros. has also announced a deal with Rodgers’ and Michael Ostin’s label, Land Of The Good Groove.
Even bigger news — Rodgers has been busy prepping the first CHIC album in almost 25 years — with the first single scheduled for March 20, and the album to drop in June.
Rodgers’ influence on popular music has thrived, since the golden days of 70s funk and disco, through his producing, composing and guitar work.
CHIC’s disco smash “Le Freak” will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame on Sunday. Rodgers is set to receive the President’s Merit Award during the Academy’s 8th Grammy Week Celebration for the Producers & Engineers Wing of NARAS.
For the uninitiated, watch the video for “Le Freak”; its free-living, jumping soul-funk style that melds classical points with disco fire is unmistakable.
Concocted during New Year’s Eve 1977 and released in the disco/funk-rich period of 1978, “Le Freak” commemorates Studio 54’s snubbing of the band after Grace Jones didn’t notify the staff of the band’s arrival.
The song’s “Freak out!” and “Le Freak, C’est Chic” catchphrases can be found everywhere in pop culture across generations and with no sign of stopping; CHIC’s revival this year may only fan the flames.