Nile Rodgers And Chic Sign To Warner Bros. Records
February 2, 2015 at 11:31 AM (PT)
GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist NILE RODGERS and his band CHIC have signed a global recording contract with WARNER BROS. RECORDS. In addition, the label has entered into a deal with LAND OF THE GOOD GROOVE, the label formed by RODGERS with veteran music exec MICHAEL OSTIN. WBR will handle all distribution and label services for artists signed by RODGERS and OSTIN, who will act as the imprint's creative supervisors.
"NILE RODGERS' influence on the course of modern music cannot be overstated," said WBR Chairman/CEO CAMERON STRANG. "For the past four decades, his visionary work as a songwriter, producer, bandleader, and musician has reverberated across genres and generations. From groundbreaking guitarwork, to an uncanny hitmaking instinct, to shaping the sound of countless artists, he has created a phenomenal musical legacy. NILE has never stopped moving forward, so I am thrilled to welcome him into the WBR family as he begins a dynamic new chapter of his extraordinary career. And I'm doubly thrilled that MICHAEL OSTIN will be returning to the WBR fold as his label partner."
"My relationship with WARNER and MICHAEL formerly started with 'Like A Virgin.' The album is double-Diamond, just like our friendship is," noted RODGERS.
"NILE and I have had a long rich history as creative collaborators and close friends," said OSTIN. "To be partnering with him during this exciting chapter of his career and to be back in BURBANK at WARNER BROS., a building that served as my second home since childhood, is an unimaginable dream come true."
On FEBRUARY 3rd, "Le Freak" will be inducted into the 2015 GRAMMY HALL OF FAME and RODGERS will receive the PRESIDENT'S MERIT AWARD during the RECORDING ACADEMY's 8th Annual GRAMMY WEEK CELEBRATION for the PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING of NARAS. He'll also appear on the new PBT series "Speakeasy" for a 60-minute interview with VALERIE SIMPSON. Rodgers is currently finalizing the first new CHIC album in nearly 25 years, with the first single scheduled to drop on MARCH 20th, followed by the album in JUNE.