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Nile Rodgers: 'Bowie's Death Proves Let's Dance Is Cursed'


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The Rebel Rebel singer passed away earlier this month (Jan16), after secretly fighting an 18-month battle with cancer. Chic singer Nile is just one of David's A-list friends who has shared their grief, but he's also thinking about the passing in another context.

"In my autobiography I talk about the curse of Let's Dance," Nile told Britain's The Metro newspaper of the '80s record.

Musicians who worked on the album Tony Thompson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Chic co-lead Bernard Edwards have all died too.

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Nile Rodgers Taking Music Festival To London


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The Chic star launched the event, also known as FOLD, in Long Island, New York in 2015 with acts including Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, and Duran Duran.

He is now bringing the festival across the pond to the British capital for a three-day music extravaganza at Fulham Palace from 24 to 26 June (16). Chic will perform across all three nights with headline acts Alison Moyet, John Newman, and Angie Stone.

"I started it in Montreaux, Switzerland and I did 11 hours of continuous music," Nile tells the London Evening Standard. "They told me that it couldn't be done. I had Alison Moyet, Grace Jones, Mark Ronson, Johnny Marr... it was insane... Quincy Jones sat on that stage with me for six hours straight. He couldn't believe it, he just kept saying 'Nile! How can you do this?'"

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Nile Rodgers: 'I Wish David Bowie Had Told Me He Was Ill'


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The Chic star worked with Bowie on his 1982 album Let's Dance, producing hits such as Modern Love and China Girl, and he was left devastated when he heard the Starman rocker had passed away on Sunday (10Jan16), 18 months after being diagnosed with cancer.

David kept his health crisis a secret, but Nile, who previously won a battle with prostate cancer, is convinced he could have supported his old friend if he had known.

"Because I've had my own fight with cancer for five years now, and even if I had a scintilla of a clue, I'd be there for him in a minute. The best advice my friends who've gone through cancer have given me is this wonderful support mechanism," he tells Billboard.com.

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Nile Rodgers Reveals Chic's Coachella Slot


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In an interview in the New York Times on Friday (06Nov15), Nile said his disco funk band will be playing the festival for the first time, which he calls "awesome".

The article on the musician also revealed he is helping to score Hollywood superstar Hugh Jackman's one-man Broadway show, which is going to be "insane".

The hotly-anticipated Coachella festival, which will be held on 15-17 April and 22-24 April (15), featured AC DC, Jack White and Drake among its headliners in 2015.

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Janet Jackson And The Smiths Nominated For Hall Of Fame Honour


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The Together Again singer has landed the honour for the first time, alongside Chaka Khan, Cheap Trick, The J.B.'s, Chicago, The Cars, Los Lobos and Steve Miller, as a solo artist.

The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails and Yes have previously been up for induction, while Chic have been nominated 10 times.

Rap group N.W.A. landed a spot on the longlist for a fourth time, while Deep Purple and The Spinners are on their third nod.

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Party At The Palace - Day 2

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Party At The Palace - Day 2

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Nile Rodgers' Festival Marred By Storm


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The Chic legend organised the FreakOut! Let's Dance festival in Long Island, but his efforts were hampered by bad weather as high winds delayed the start of the event.

Crew members reportedly spent hours rearranging the stage sets, but the festival eventually went ahead as planned with performances by Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban and Chic, during which Rodgers appeared onstage dressed in casual clothes and blamed his appearance on the delays.

He told the audience, "Please forgive me for playing my show in jeans and a T-shirt. We simply did not have time to get it right."

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Cara Delevingne Abandons Music Career


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Cara Delevingne has abandoned her music career.

The 22-year-old model-turned-actress has given up on her planned album, admitting she has ''no plans'' to turn herself into a singer despite having made no secret of her desire to become a pop star in the past.

She told The Sun newspaper: ''Music is something that helps me escape or relieves some sort of energy I have pent up somewhere.

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Duran Duran Confirm All-stars For New Album


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The new album, scheduled for release in September (15) will feature Monae and Rodgers on the first single, Pressure Off, and actress Lohan, who provides a spoken-word vocal on Danceophobia.

Other special guests include former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante on four tracks, Canadian star Kiesza, British singer/songwriter and producer Mr Hudson, vocalist Jonas Bjerre and violinist David Rossi.

Rodgers and Mr Hudson also co-produced the album with Mark Ronson.

Robin Thicke And Nile Rodgers To Play Charity Gig


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The Blurred Lines star will perform at the Legacy of Hope Foundation's show in Brooklyn next month (Jul15) along with Rodgers and his band Chic and rapper Common.

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Nile Rodgers Busks In London


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The Chic frontman, who was in the U.K. capital to perform at the British Summer Time Festival on Sunday (21Jun15), wrapped up in a coat, scarf and woolly hat to sing and play electric guitar on London's Southbank thoroughfare.

He managed to go incognito by playing bossa nova music, but he was soon recognised when he started performing Chic songs.

Rodgers writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Today I went busking on the London Southbank. Didn't draw much of a crowd until I started playing dance music. Hmm?... Though I had no voice from screaming during last night's show, I started to draw a crowd when I sang 'Aw Freak Out!'"

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Chic and Nile Rodgers - BST Hyde Park: Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park - Performances at Barclaycard British Summer Time - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 21st June 2015

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Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers In Concert

Chic and Nile Rodgers - Chic featuring Nile Rodgers performing live on stage at Manchester O2 Apollo at Manchester O2 Apollo - Manchester, United Kingdom - Tuesday 24th March 2015

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Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers At The Roundhouse

Chic, Nile Rodgers and folami - Chic featuring Nile Rodgers performing on stage at the Roundhouse at Camden - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 21st March 2015

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