Pop Shop Podcast: Nile Rodgers Calls Chic's Two-Part 'It's About Time' Album His Most 'Self-Indulgent' Project


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On the newest Pop Shop Podcast, Nile Rodgers is our particular visitor! The music legend — famed for producing everybody from Madonna to David Bowie and Duran Duran, in addition to his personal chart-topping music along with his group Chic — joins the present to debate his new album with Chic: It’s About Time. (Listen to our dialog, beneath.)

The set is fittingly titled, because it comes slightly greater than 26 years after the discharge of the final Chic album, CHIC-ism in 1992. The long-awaited new effort, which was first introduced in 2015, might be launched on Sept. 28 Virgin Records/UMe.

It’s About Time is the newest installment in a profession renaissance for Rodgers, who discovered a brand new era of followers in 2013, courtesy of his work with Daft Punk on its Random Access Memories album and the set’s hit singles “Get Lucky,” “Lose Yourself to Dance” and “Give Life Back to Music.” The album topped the Billboard 200 chart, and Rodgers’ work on the undertaking earned him his first three Grammy Awards. Since then, he’s been a tireless street warrior, taking part in concert events across the globe with Chic, and likewise discovering time to file and collaborate with a bevy of visitor stars for the It’s About Time album. Artists starting from Elton John and Lady Gaga to Mura Masa and Hailee Steinfeld are featured on the set, which Rodgers says is the primary album in a two-part assortment, the place the story will proceed on a second album, tentatively due subsequent February.

“This is essentially the most self-indulgent album I’ve ever completed in my life. I don’t usually make information like this as a result of I don’t have the ability to say ‘that is the way it’s gonna go and I’m gonna inform this actually massive story.’ So now that I do, I can do it my approach and that is taking place my approach precisely. And I simply hope individuals get it and prefer it and perceive it. It’s a geeky file, and a really idealistic file.”

So, what’s the idea of the two-part album? There’s a disco, the apocalypse, and… Lady Gaga.

He describes the idea of the undertaking thusly: “Right now the world simply looks like we don't know the place the hell we're going, all the pieces is everywhere in the map, politics… and you realize persons are saying the wackiest stuff so what I do is I paint an image of an apocalypse. We go to a disco one night time and we're in there partying having the time of our lives after which once we stroll out, increase, all the pieces's like blown up and it was nearly as if the disco was our bunker that protected us from the radiation and the destruction. So now us few individuals which might be left have to repair all of it.”

And what music closes out the It’s About Time album – the primary installment on this two-part undertaking? Nile Rodgers and Chic masking their basic “I Want Your Love,” that includes Lady Gaga on vocals.

Why does the set finish with “I Want Your Love” and Gaga? Well, Rodgers reminds us: “The first album ought to go away you scratching your head considering, ‘Oh, what’s gonna occur?’”

“Every album that I’ve ever made, that I’ve ever managed, is a movie. And as a result of this movie has two elements, I've to depart you with this kind of cliffhanger. ‘How does the following half begin?’ ‘Where do they decide up?’”

Fans will have the ability to discover out the place the story ends probably as early as Feb. 14, 2019. That’s the date Rodgers is focusing on for the discharge of the following album.

Also in our dialog with Rodgers, he talks about what occurred to his beforehand introduced file take care of Warner Bros. Records, how the primary iteration of the It’s About Time album was “scrapped,” and what his Chic accomplice Bernard Edwards — who died in 1996 — would take into consideration the brand new album.

Plus, on high of the chat with Rodgers, the Pop Shop crew dives into information about Paul McCartney, Drake, Mac Miller, and Kanye West and Lil Pump’s viral hit “I Love It.”

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