Music News: Hear the first new Chic album in 26 years


Nile Rodgers, photographed in Connecticut in 2018.
Nile Rodgers, photographed in Connecticut in 2018. (ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Chic release first new album in 26 years
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There's a lot of tension in Washington this week, but amidst a high-profile Supreme Court battle, Democrats and Republicans have found one thing to agree on: the Music Modernization Act has passed both chambers of Congress and awaits President Trump's signature. What does the act mean, and why is it so popular?

We talked with entertainment lawyer Ken Abdo, who told us this law has "something for everyone." You'll hear an excerpt from the interview in the podcast episode above, where you can also click the second track to hear the full conversation.

This week's new releases

Chic: It's About Time

Chic, the legendary disco band led by Nile Rodgers, have released their first new album since 1992. It's About Time has been in the works for four years, and features an all-star lineup of guests including Lady Gaga, Elton John, and Hailee Steinfeld. They're definitely going for a contemporary rather than a classic sound, with a strong taste of Rodgers's Daft Punk collaboration "Get Lucky" but without necessarily having that kind of hook. Still, hearing that inimitable guitar ring out all over the record is certainly fun.

Lil Wayne: Tha Carter V

Lil Wayne's 13th studio album (depending on how you count) has been one of the most-wanted unreleased LPs in recent music history. Weezy first announced Tha Carter V in 2012, and has been locked in a battle with his label over the release since at least 2014. (A copy of the album was even cited a potential asset held by disgraced pharmaceutical czar Martin Shkreli.) Now, the album is out and the rapper's fans are ecstatic. (USA Today)

Cher: Dancing Queen

Seemingly invigorated by her co-starring role in this past summer's Mamma Mia! sequel, Cher has released an entire album of ABBA covers, which she'll be supporting with a big tour. Cher doing ABBA? No one is sad about it, except maybe the politicians she tweets critically about and who don't want to be reminded of anything having to do with Scandinavia. The productions aren't exactly radical reinventions of the original arrangements, but Cher's voice alone gives the songs a more forceful drive than ABBA's relatively feathery vocals did.

Robyn: "Honey"

Speaking of Sweden, pop icon Robyn has released the title track from her forthcoming album, which will be out on Oct. 26. From the sound of it, Honey will give her fans everything they've been waiting for since she dropped the instant classic Body Talk in 2010.

Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
Chic feat. Lady Gaga: "I Want Your Love"
Lil Wayne: "Let It All Work Out"
Cher: "Dancing Queen"
Robyn: "Honey"

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