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Nile Rodgers releases new song, 'Do What You Wanna Do'

The last couple of years have been very good to Nile Rodgers. The anti-disco sentiment that has long held back his reputation as a world-class musician, songwriter, and producer has finally started to fade away, and his work on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories brought him back to a familiar spot on the top of the charts for the first time in years.

The Chic mastermind is continuing this hot streak with a new solo single. “Do What You Wanna Do” was recorded at last summer’s International Music Summit and auctioned off to benefit his We Are Family Foundation. The winner, Mark Brown, is owner of the dance music label Cr2 Records. He’s already issued a series of remixes by the likes of Moon Boots, and the label will finally release the original version of the track, which gives a modern-sounding makeover to Rodgers’s trademark uplifting disco vibe, on August 10. In the meantime, stream it below.

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Robin Gibb playlist: In memoriam

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It has not been the best week for disco. In just a few short days, two of the artists most identified with the era both passed away after battles with cancer: Donna Summer, and Bee Gees co-founder Robin Gibb.

Unlike Summer, though, Robin Gibb’s voice isn’t exactly front-and-center on the songs most identified with the genre: “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep is Your Love,” and “Night Fever” all feature vocal harmonies with brother Barry Gibb singing lead. It was the group’s earlier, pre-disco work in the 1960s and early ’70s where Robin’s tender voice was best on display, on songs like “Massachusetts,” “Lonely Days,” “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You,” “I Started a Joke,” and “New York Mining Disaster 1941.” (In fact, Robin’s perceived lack of support as the group’s lead singer led Robin to split briefly with the Bee Gees in 1969 and try for a solo career that led to moderate success.)

Check out our playlist below for some of the best examples of Robin Gibbs’ singing — including a classic, “Sesame Street Fever.”  READ FULL STORY

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb dies at age 62

Robin Gibb, who along with his brothers Maurice and Barry made up the Bee Gees, has died at age 62, according to a statement from his spokesperson which cited Gibb’s “long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery.” Gibb reportedly spent a week in a coma last month, after announcing he’d been fighting colon and liver cancer in an article in the London newspaper the Daily Mail.

Maurice, Robin’s fraternal twin, died at age 53 of complications due to a twisted intestine. Andy Gibb, the musical family’s youngest brother and solo artist, died of heart failure in 1988 at age 30.

The British-born, Australia-raised singer and his brothers rose to fame in the ’70s, thanks to the staggering popularity of disco. READ FULL STORY

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