No, really: Freak out. Disco royals Chic — the band co-founded in the late ’70s by hugely influential guitarist Nile Rodgers — are getting set to release their first album in 23 years. The first single is planned for arrival on March 20, with the full-length on the way in June via a newly signed deal with Warner Bros. Records, the label has announced.
The album would be Chic’s first studio outing since 1992′s Chic-ism. A title and other details for the project have yet to be disclosed. Warner Bros. Records boss Cameron Strang said in a statement, “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.”
Though Chic have yet to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite no fewer than nine nominations, their 1978 classic “Le Freak” heads into the Grammy Hall of Fame tomorrow. Rodgers has been enjoying a welcome resurgence in recent years, helped by his appearance on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories smash “Get Lucky.” In 2013, the same years as RAM, he also revealed doctors had said he was free of cancer. Freak. Out.