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Nile Rodgers on writing, creativity and collaboration

By Rachael Steven

March 24th, 2016


Nile Rodgers is one of the most successful songwriters and music producers of all time. In the 1970s, he penned some of the decade’s catchiest disco hits with Chic bandmate Bernard Edwards, including Le Freak, Good Times and Sister Sledge’s We Are Family. The Disco Sucks movement of 1979 prompted a backlash against his music (the campaign was kickstarted by a rock radio DJ in Detroit but led to nationwide hostility towards the genre) – but in the decade that followed, he went on to work with Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran and Grace Jones to name a few. At one point, the value of music that has flowed through his famous Stratocaster guitar was estimated at around $2 billion.

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Nicky Romero is Joined by Nile Rodgers for "Future Funk"

By Idris Jones

February 18, 2016

Nicky Romero is one of the most recognizable names in the electronic dance music industry. Having opened up about his battle with anxiety in recent year's, his motivation to boldly experiment and continue pushing the boundaries of the genre as a whole have already reaped impressive results.

The track itself came to fruition by chance rather than choice. While Rodgers was busy exercising his recently repaired guitar, his experimental riff caught Nicky's ear who then proceeded to record it on his laptop for future use.

Recruiting the masterful talent of Nile Rodgers is arguably his most intriguing and alternative collaboration to date. It also takes the Frenchman headed into uncharted territory in terms of sound and portfolio. Inspired by the funk legend's distinctive touch, Nicky Romero has raised a few eyebrows with his most recent material "Future Funk".

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Lady Gaga and Nile Rodgers Will Pay Tribute To David Bowie At The Grammys

By Valerie Lee

February 2, 2016


Annually, the Holy Grail of music awards shows - The Grammys - has always honored the stately moment of tribute to musical icons and figures that passed away that year. 2016 has already seen a number of serious losses for the music world, with the passing of The Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey and the legendary David Bowie.

Bowie was an iconic individual not only for his music, but also his one-of-a-kind character and defiance of everything status quo. In today's modern pop world, few (if any) could match Bowie's unique boldness, but if anyone could, it would be Lady Gaga.

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"David Bowie Changed My Life": Nile Rodgers Remembers His "Let's Dance" Collaborator

By Nile Rodgers

January 11, 2016


David Bowie & Nile Rodgers in 1983 (photo: Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

I had just come home this morning from visiting with my mom, who is suffering from a very serious illness. I'd only been asleep for an hour or so when somebody called and started saying, "What happened? What happened?" It took a while before the cobwebs cleared and I realized they were talking about David. To hear this, as soon as I woke up, was completely shocking.

When people ask me about the most important people in my musical world, one, of course, was my musical partner, Bernard Edwards, with whom I formed Chic. The other was David Bowie.

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David Bowie (1947-2016)

Dearest David, #RIP - Your life changed my life. LOVE FOREVER

Photo: Peter Gabriel

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Daft Punk Unchained [Documentary]

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Tom Ford And Lady Gaga Bring A Soul Train To The Runway

By Jessica McKinney

October 2nd, 2015

Tom Ford taking a different approach to fashion this season. The acclaimed fashion designer decided to mix cinema and high fashion, presenting a video runway of his Spring 2016 collection.

Prior to his release earlier today, the designer told WWD, "Instead of having a traditional show this season, I decided to try something new. I wanted to think about how to present a collection in a cinematic way that was designed from its inception to be presented online."

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Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2016 Nominees For Induction Announced

New York, NY – October 6, 2015 - The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its slate of nominees to be elected for induction at its Annual Induction & Awards Gala on June 9, 2016, in New York City.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world. Eligible voting members will have until December 11, 2015 to turn in ballots with their choices of three nominees from a non-performing category, two from a performing category and one from a deceased category.

For information with which to join or renew as a voting member before November 2 in order to participate in this election, please go to songhall.org/join.

And the nominees are: (*Note that the five songs listed after each nominee are merely a representative sample of their extensive catalogs)

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Lady Gaga Debuts New Song in Tom Ford Video

By Josh Duboff

October 2nd, 2015

After a period of (relative) career dormancy, Lady Gaga is having a bit of a renaissance this year. She received rave reviews for her Oscar-night performance in February, and spent most of the summer touring with Tony Bennett, on the heels of their album release; she was just named Billboard’s Woman of the Year, a year after Taylor Swift received the same honor; and she’ll be starring in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Show this fall. Another sign that Gaga is truly back on the pop-cultural radar: Tom Ford selected her to star in (and provide the music for) his spring/summer 2016 presentation.

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Tom Ford ditches runway for a Lady Gaga video

By Hayley Wilbur

October 2nd, 2015

Video: YouTube, Tom Ford

Technology was at the forefront of fashion week this season. There are models taking selfies on the runway, designers live-streaming and now brands taking their collections entirely digital.

Instead of a traditional runway show, Tom Ford made a video — starring none other than Lady Gaga — to showcase his spring 2016 line during Paris Fashion Week.

The video features Gaga, along with models dressed in Ford's collection, dancing to the pop star's cover of "I Want Your Love" by Nile Rodgers.

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