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The Best Nile Rodgers Collaborations

#REPLAYTHESTAGE - 19 Settembre Milano

The Best Nile Rodgers Collaborations #REPLAYTHESTAGE - 19 Settembre Milano

Ties, the plots and the life of Nile Rodgers told through the collaborations that have marked the history of music 

When he tells his story, it turns out that 18 years had a bag full of experiences: from jam sessions with Jimi Hendrix to the consumption of LSD with Timothy Leary. Assets, he wrote, produced and played music with David Bowie, Madonna, Diana Ross, INXS, B52's, Rod Stewart, Duran Duran, Robert Plant, Sister Sledge ... And above all is the founder and leader of Chic, he who did "slam" on track millions of people with the sound of The Freake and Good times. 

Nile Rodgers is 60 years old and certainly is not second to none. A year ago he signed the hit of the summer "Get Lucky" co-produced by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, which led him to other important collaborations (David Guetta and Avicii) and what is more important is that he and his Chic are on the road again, for a long series of concerts that will bring them also in Italy, for the event #REPLAYTHESTAGE organized by Replay, Friday, Sept. 19. They will perform it in Piazza Gae Aulenti: Chic feat. Nile Rodgers + Blood Orange. 

For those who missed some step in the career of Nile Rodgers, nssmag of us we thought we'd summarize some of the collaborations that have made him famous and who have hoisted on top of the world with his guitar. 

# 1 Chic - Le Freak (1978) 

It was the most commercially successful ever obtained from Atlantic Records, the label that published the single, and the Warner Music Group, until 1990, the year in which the record was beaten by Madonna's Vogue. In his biography Nile Rodgers has stated that the song was born New Year's Eve of 1977, when he and bassist Bernard Edwards were invited to Studio 54 by Grace Jones. The Jamaican artist did not feel the bouncers of the famous New York club, and the two remained at the door. Nile Rodgers tells that, in the original writing, reciting the refrain "Fuck off!" and not "Freak Out." It was published in 1978 and obtained a great success in Europe. To date, "Le Freak" is ranked number 19 of the list compiled by Billboard "All Time Top 100" 

# 2 Nile Rodgers & Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out ​​(1980) 

In 1980 he produced the album Diana for Diana Ross, which is still the biggest selling album of Ross, containing the big hits Upside Down and I'm Coming Out​​. At the party of its 70 years, "the Diva" said that the meeting with Nile Rodgers changed his relationship with the common people. "I'm coming out" was written entirely by Nile Rodgers after discovering that Diana was an idol of the gay community. "I want the world to know, you have to understand it." 

# 3 David Bowie - Let's Dance (1983)


Nile Rodgers has always described as one of his less tiring and more prolific in terms of sales. David Bowie contacted him telling him that he wanted a modern and timeless track for his new album, something that came from the future. The great success of the album surprises Bowie. The guitar blues-rock in contrast to the size dance created a new. There was nothing that sounded like Let's Dance at the time. 

# 4 Madonna - Like a Virgin (1984)


Nile Rodgers has stated that they wrote "Like a Virgin" in 1983 and for an entire year sought the right artist to whom it engraved. They were contacted by numerous artists, but refused for the ambiguous text of the song. The song was then listened to a recording of the Warner who entrusted it to Madonna. Today, it is undoubtedly the most popular single of Madonna and Nile Rodgers has stated that: "Like A Virgin is a great pop album, because every single word of that song is a little gem. Why is it that the albums are becoming milestones of pop: beautiful from start to finish! "

# 5 The 2000s - We Are Family Foundation


After the September 11, 2001 Rodgers proposed project and created the We Are Family, which had the basis of a whole process of moral improvement of the American people and not only. 

It was organized reincisione of the song written by Sister Sledge, entitled We Are Family, with more than 200 musicians, celebrities and dignitaries. The director Spike Lee filmed the music video. 

In July 2002, Rodgers officially created the We Are Family Foundation to celebrate the vision of a global family by creating and supporting programs that inspire and educate people to mutual respect, understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity.


Having said that, remember that tomorrow September 19 Replay is pleased to invite you to participate in two special charges, completely free of charge, to celebrate the return of the brand in all its glory with BLOOD ORANGE + CHIC feat. Nile Rodgers, who will perform with a live from 20:30 in Piazza Gae Aulenti. For more info on the event please click on the official page of Replay here.