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Nile Rodgers performs at BRITs after-party

February 21st, 2014 2:20am EST
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Nile Rodgers performed at a BRITs after-party.
The 61-year-old musician took to the stage with his band Chic at the Warner Belvedere bash, held in London, on Wednesday night (02.19.14) to perform a half- hour set in front of his showbiz pals.
Noel Gallagher, Florence Welch, David Haye and the Arctic Monkeys watched on as the group sung out their hits, including 'Good Times', 'Everybody Dance', 'We Are Family' and 'I Want Your Love'.
Kylie Minogue then jumped up on stage and joined them for the song 'Le Freak', with her sister Dannii Minogue cheering and supporting them from the front row. ...

Nile Rodgers put music before drugs

February 19th, 2014 6:20am EST
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Nile Rodgers got sober because he worried his lifestyle would destroy his musical ability.
The Chic guitarist - who is expected to perform with Pharrell Williams at tonight's (02.19.14) BRIT Awards - admits drugs used to be an "important" part of his life, but he quit his habits because his career meant more to him than partying.
He said: "I felt that that would be an impingement on my ability to play music.
"I remember reading an article by Keith Richards saying he could live without drugs but he couldn't live without music and I feel exactly the same way.
"My life revolved around music bu...

Kate Moss attends Prince's intimate London show

February 18th, 2014 10:20am EST
Kate Moss
Kate Moss was among the stars who attended Prince's intimate show in London last night (02.17.14).
The 40-year-old supermodel turned up at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London to watch the 'Purple Rain' hitmaker and his new all-female band 3RDEYEGIRL perform the latest show on their 'Hit & Run' tour.
Kate was joined at the gig by her husband Jamie Hince and several other famous faces were in the audience, including Noel Gallagher, Adele, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, Nile Rodgers and Stephen Fry.
The 55-year-old musician played a different set compared to the tracks he has been playing at his...

2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails

January 28th, 2014 10:30am EST
2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails
Another year and another Grammys ceremony has come and passed. As always, there were moments that thrilled while others made me curse under my breath. Luckily, as a music journalist, this guy has learned how to think like the Recording Academy, hence the accuracy of many of my picks this year. Still, even being correct, you have to wonder what the Academy is thinking sometimes. Yes, I’m specifically referencing the fact that Kendrick Lamar was shut out – ridiculous! But here goes nothing examining the awards given.

The Big Four: Record, Album and Song of the Year & Best New Artist

Record ...

Five Best Performances From The 2014 Grammys

January 28th, 2014 1:05am EST
Daft Punk Grammys
With so many great live performances at Sunday night's 56th Grammy Awards, it's been hard* whittling them all down to the five best. Well, the five best that didn't include any weddings, Broadway adaptations of Little Red Riding Hood meets Harry Potter meets Showgirls, or cut-off performances, that is.

The night was all about mixing the past with the present, and in some cases the past, present and future.

5. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton: 2/4 of the original Highwaymen with the legendary Haggard and modern Country giant Shelton wasn't the tightest voc...

Madonna to perform at Grammy Awards

January 24th, 2014 5:20pm EST
Madonna will perform at the Grammy Awards.
The 'Material Girl' singer had kept her inclusion on the star-studded bill for the huge music event on Sunday (26.01.14) a secret until this morning (24.01.14).
She accompanied the announcement with a picture on Instagram of her dressed all in black - including leather gloves - and strumming a black guitar.
Underneath she wrote: "It's official. I'm off my crutches and looking for the perfect pair of heels to wear to the Grammys."
The singer had to be assisted with walking when she bruised a bone in her foot, which she claimed was "from dancing in ...

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to reunite at Grammys

January 14th, 2014 9:20pm EST
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Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will reunite at the Grammy Awards.
The legendary Beatles bass player and drummer - the only surviving members of the 60s group - will both perform at the 56th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, held on January 26 in Los Angeles.
It has not been confirmed whether the duo - who completed The Beatles with John Lennon and George Harrison - will reunite on stage for a dual performance for the first time since 2010, but many fans are expecting they will.
Both artists are up for awards, with Paul nominated for the track 'Cut Me Some Slack' - a collaboration with Dav...

Bono sends sober Nile Rodgers boozy welcome package

October 24th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
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U2 star Bono welcomed funk legend Nile Rodgers to Ireland this week (begs21Oct13) by sending him a crate of booze - even though the Chic icon has been sober for almost 20 years.

The Irish rocker had a box of champagne and Guinness sent to Rodgers' dressing room at the Vicar Street venue in Dublin on Tuesday (22Oct13), ahead of Chic's gig there that night, and even included a note with the recipe for a Black Velvet cocktail.

The card read: "U2 Black Velvet, one part champagne, five parts Guinness. In a well chilled larger glass, pour simultaneously the Champagne and Guinness. The ingredien...

Bono's booze gift for Nile Rodgers

October 24th, 2013 6:20am EDT
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Bono gave Nile Rodgers a crate of alcohol to welcome him to Dublin.
'Good Times' hitmaker Nile was in the U2 singer's home city to perform with his legendary funk group Chic, and was surprised to find the crate of champagne and Guinness - the stout beer the Irish city is most famous for - awaiting him.
Alongside a picture posted on Twitter, Nile wrote: "I came to sound check in #Dublin & there was a gift from #Bono @U2_Official. (sic)"
The gift was accompanied by a recipe for 'Black Velvet', a special cocktail devised by the band.
It says on a card: "U2 Black Velvet, one part champagne, ...

Earth, Wind and Fire want to work with Maroon 5

October 11th, 2013 1:10am EDT
Earth, Wind & Fire want to work with Maroon 5.
The legendary 'Boogie Wonderland' funk band are big fans of the 'Moves Like Jagger' group as well as neo-soul singer Janelle Monáe, and keep up to date with all the latest musical trends through their grandchildren.
The band's Philip Bailey told BANG Showbiz: "I love Janelle Monáe and would love to collaborate with her. I'd also like to do something with Maroon 5. That would be fun.
"There are so many other people I respect too, Stevie Wonder is a wonder. For real. I like to be inspired by my fellow musicians.
"I love classical jazz but I have...

Lose Yourself to Dance – Daft Punk's New Music Video

September 18th, 2013 11:30am EDT
Daft Punk
In a recent interview with MTV News, Nile Rodgers told MTV how their new music video, “Lose Yourself to Dance” came together.

The Daft Punk video came about like this:

‘Hey Nile, what are you doing?’

‘I’m in Europe.’

‘Can you get over here and do a music video?’

‘Sure, OK, cool.’

It was that simple,

Daft Punk gave us a little piece of their video for “Lose Yourself To Dance” before introducing Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers as collaborators at the 2013 Video Music Awards. They released full music video on Monday (September 16).

The first video from the band’s latest album, R...

Nile Rodgers working with Chase & Status

August 14th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Veteran funk star Nile Rodgers is taking his music in a new direction after hitting the studio with British drum and bass duo Chase & Status.

The Chic frontman, who scored a big summer hit with Daft Punk on their dance anthem Get Lucky, reveals he is in the process of completing a new track, which he worked on with the British producers during an earlier creative session.

He shared a photo of the artists in the studio together on his page on Wednesday (14Aug13), alongside the caption, "Composed a song w/ (with) drum n (sic) bass gurus @chaseandstatus earlier this year which I'...

Stars Remember Jazz Icon George Duke

August 7th, 2013 10:08am EDT
George Duke
Justin Timberlake, Nile Rodgers and Anita Baker are among the stars of the music industry who have voiced their sorrow following the death of jazz great George Duke.

The legendary musician and producer passed away on Monday night at St. John's Hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 67 after a battle with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

The news sent a shockwave through the music industry, and his famous friends and fans were quick to pay tribute to the Grammy-winning star who helped create hits for musicians including Michael Jackson, Miles Davis and Frank Zappa.

Pop superstar Timberlake h...

Nile Rodgers gets the all-clear in latest cancer check-up

July 30th, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Funk legend Nile Rodgers continues to win his battle against cancer after getting the all-clear during his latest check-up.

The Chic star was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010, but a year later (11) doctors informed him he had beat the disease.

Rodgers still has sporadic check-ups to ensure it hasn't returned, and he was ecstatic once again on Monday (29Jul13) when he was told he remains cancer-free.

Taking to his page after his check-up, he uploaded a snap of his physician's office along with the caption, "Instead of showing gross internal video I'll show my doctor's fl...

Nile Rodgers Plans Another Collaboration With Daft Punk After Discovering Lost Chic Tapes

July 11th, 2013 11:39am EDT
Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers
Producer Nile Rodgers is planning another collaboration with French duo Daft Punk.

Rodgers worked with the electronic dance music (EDM) stars on their track "Get Lucky," off new album "Random Access Memories," and he's set to team up with Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter once again and resurrect an unfinished track (or more) by Rodgers' former band Chic, which he discoverd in a lost collection of his things at the Warner Music tape library.

"I found in the Warner tape library some old, unreleased Chic masters that were in boxes that said Chic (on the label) but when you op...

Madonna left baffled by Nile Rodgers' lack of interest

June 9th, 2013 5:27pm EDT
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Funk icon Nile Rodgers left Madonna baffled during their time in the studio because he never tried to sleep with her.

Rodgers helped propel the Material Girl to superstardom by producing her hit 1984 album Like A Virgin, which went on to sell more than 20 million copies.

The pair had the perfect working relationship, but the sexy singer was left confused as to why Rodgers didn't want to bed her.

The Chic star reveals, "I was standing at an elevator when she goes, 'Why don't you want to f**k me?'. I was like, 'What did you just say to me?' She was wondering why I had not propositioned her...

Nile Rodgers Say He Had 'Upped His Game' With Daft Punk

April 13th, 2013 1:30pm EDT
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Nile Rodgers felt the need to "up his game" with Daft Punk.

The producer experienced a mutual sense of challenge while recording with the French electronic duo on their upcoming album Random Access Memories, especially as they were in New York's iconic Electric Lady Studios, built by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix.

Speaking to Vice magazine as part of their online Creators Project series, Nile explained: "90 per cent if not higher of all the recordings that I've ever made in my life have been the result of a very impromptu initial meeting that feels so natural and organic that you have to tak...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 19

September 19th, 2007 3:00am EDT,_Victoria/
Happy Birthday to "Sky High" actress Danielle Panabaker (1987), Canadian duo Tegan and Sara Quin (1980), Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty (1975), Swedish model Victoria Silvstedt (1974), "Taxi" star Jimmy Fallon (1974), "The King of Queens" actor Victor Williams (1970), "Saturday Night Live" actress Cheri Oteri (1965), country singer Trisha Yearwood (1964), 80s singer Lita Ford (1958), music producer Nile Rodgers (1952), English actress/model Twiggy (1949), "Kingdom of Heaven" actor Jeremy Irons (1948), "Emergency!" actor Randolph Mantooth (1945), Scottish actor David McCallum (1933), singer Br...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 19

September 19th, 2006 3:00am EDT,_Victoria/
Happy Birthday to "Sky High" actress Danielle Panabaker (1987), Canadian duo Tegan and Sara Quin (1980), Swedish model Victoria Silvstedt (1974), "Taxi" star Jimmy Fallon (1974), "The King of Queens" actor Victor Williams (1970), "Saturday Night Live" actress Cheri Oteri (1965), country singer Trisha Yearwood (1964), 80s singer Lita Ford (1958), music producer Nile Rodgers (1952), English actress/model Twiggy (1949), "Kingdom of Heaven" actor Jeremy Irons (1948), "Emergency!" actor Randolph Mantooth (1945), Scottish actor David McCallum (1933), singer Brook Benton (1931; d. 1988), "Family G...

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