It looks like we will finally be able to hear the Chic album It’s About Time sometime in 2017.
The album has been supposedly done since 2015 when Nile Rodgers and Warner Brothers signed an agreement that not only had the group on the label, but also saw the acquisition of Rodgers’ and Michael Ostin’s Land of the Good Groove label. At the time, they said the album would be out in June of that year.
In March of that year, they released the first single from the album, I’ll Be There.
Even with all the buildup, the album was never released in 2015 and Rodgers has now said that he didn’t want to release it in 2016 because of all of the artist deaths. In a post on his website, he calls out the passing of David Bowie, calling their work on Let’s Dance as “one of the highest plateaus of my career.”
He then mentions the deaths of Glen Frey and Paul Kantner before saying “When Prince suddenly died, it was like I’d been struck by lighting twice. It made me “see” why I named the next CHIC album It’s About Time. Time is so important, and what we do with it is everything.”
“In 2016, I couldn’t release an album about the joy of life in A Year of So Many Deaths.”
So that brings us to 2017, a year that Rodgers feels is the perfect time for the first Chic album since 1992. He points out that 2017 is the 40th anniversary of Studio 54 and the 40th anniversary of the starting of Chic.
Plus, there is something more coming from the group, too. According to Rodgers “In 2017, we will pay homage to the club that put us on the international map by doing a series of concerts, after parties, VIP Packages, films and singles. Then drop the full album along with a BIG SURPRISE!”
We’ll have details on the album as they are released.