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Patcast by Pat Monahan :: Episode 65, Nile Rodgers (Part 1)

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TEDxTeen 2014 London

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Sam Smith welcomes Nile Rodgers to V Festival: 'This is really surreal'

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Sam Smith was joined by Nile Rodgers at V Festival in Chelmsford

Smith kicked off his set with 'Nirvana', before surprising fans by welcoming Nile Rodgers on stage for a rendition of 'Together'.

"This is really surreal for me right now to have all these people here," Smith said in response to the size of the crowd, before playing 'Leave Your Lover'.

He then continued with new single 'I'm Not The Only One', 'Restart' and chart-topping hit 'La La La'.

However, it was a performance of 'Lay Me Down', one of Smith's earliest tracks, that received a massive response.

Smith rounded off his set with his number one single 'Money On My Mind' - interpolated with a segment of Cece Peniston's '90s dance anthem 'Finally'- a stripped down rendition of his Disclosure collaboration 'Latch', and his global ballad 'Stay With Me'.

The Killers will headline the Virgin Media stage at V Festival in Chelmsford this evening, while Justin Timberlake will top the bill at Weston Park, Staffordshire.


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"Do What You Wanna Do (IMS Anthem)" Moon Boots Remix


Check out the Moon Boots remix!

Get more remixes of "Do What You Wanna Do" by Nile Rodgers on BEATPORT

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21 May 2014

As IMS (International Music Summit) in Ibiza is now underway, thousands of the industry's finest will head to the White Isle to talk dance music, but who will soundtrack this epic occasion? Of course it's Nile Rodgers.

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David Bowie's "Let's Dance" Turns 31 Today

David Bowie's iconic album, "Let's Dance" was released on April 14, 1983. Produced by Nile Rodgers & David Bowie, it had 3 smash singles and some of David's (and Nile's too) best work.

Happy Birthday... Let's Dance (this is when you turn it up!)

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Nile Rodgers Talks New CHIC Album, Premieres Solo Track in Google Hangout: Watch

Days after winning three GRAMMY awards for his guitarwork on Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," music legend Nile Rodgers stopped by for a Google+ Hangout with Billboard on Wednesday (Feb. 5). While chatting with Billboard's Kerri Mason, the guitar god dropped some news about a new Chic album and shared a never-before-heard new solo track.

Relive the Google+ Hangout in its entirety below:

Rodgers gave an update on the upcoming Chic album, which will feature superstar collaborations from the likes of David Guetta and Avicii. The Chic guitarist described how a lick he played to test a freshly-repaired guitar caught the ear of DJ Nicky Romero, and wound up being an important part of a "huge song" on the new album. "It sounds like a pop record," Rodgers assures.

In other news, Rodgers gave an update on his new solo material (the new, still-in-progress track "Do What You Wanna Do" can be heard 37 minutes into the above video) and announced that a Chic-inspired musical is in the early stages of production.

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Billboard also asked Rodgers about his once-in-a-lifetime evening at the GRAMMYs, where he picked up his first three trophies, and performed alongside Daft Punk. "The whole thing is still a blur. Traditionally [dance music is] like the redheaded stepchild of pop music," Rodgers says. Not expecting to take home any awards, he mentioned the pleasant surprise he felt finally walking up to the podium, and how his show-stopping performance was what he was really getting excited for.

But that's not all. Rodgers, whose legacy goes back to playing at the legendary Apollo Theatre, had plenty to say on a vast spectrum of topics. What was it like performing with Stevie Wonder at the Grammys? Would he ever work with Madonna again? What about Diana Ross? And what's the word on his collaborations with Disclosure?

Looking back on coming up in dance music, Rodgers reflected: "I knew that I was entering a world where it didn't make any difference if I was young, old, black, white, fat, gay, straight, whatever. It was just about the songs. And that was the one time in America in music that was so revolutionary. I just thought all I had to do was slip my 12-inch to a DJ, make the people dance, and I was in."

Previously, Rodgers dropped some early news about his solo record and the Chic reunion on the GRAMMY red carpet. Check out his interview with Billboard below:

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Nile Rodgers brings CHIC to headline Bestival 2014

Disco genius Nile Rodgers will bring Chic to Bestival this year as Sunday’s headliner.

The pop legends will join Beck, Foals and Outkast at the Isle of Wight festival this September, which for 2014 has gone for a ‘Desert Island Disco’ theme.

Rodgers said: “I’m so excited to be back at Bestival, this time in the prestigious Sunday night headliner slot following legends Stevie Wonder and Elton John. Expect an extra special Desert Island Disco set from myself and Chic! Looking forward to seeing you all in September.”

Pony-tailed festival bossman Rob da Bank added: “Ever since I first booked Chic and Nile for Bestival a few years back they have hands down been the best live band we’ve ever had at Bestival and Camp Bestival. And once people start realising how many hits Nile has written and produced for artists ranging from Madonna and David Bowie through to Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ you realise this is just one huge disco jukebox that is gonna keep firing out the hits all night!”

Other acts on the bill this year include Disclosure, Major Lazer, Caribou and this week’s FACT mixers Wild Beasts.

Bestival takes place from September 4-7 on the Isle of Wight – head to the festival’s website for tickets and more information.

Rodgers has maintained his strong form in recent months, racking up collaborations with Disclosure and Tensnake and delivering a must-watch performance at the Grammys with Pharrell, Stevie Wonder and Daft Punk. [via NME]

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