Chic will release their first album in 25 years in 2017, frontman Nile Rodgers has said in a new blog post.

The new LP entitled, It’s About Time was originally scheduled to come out last summer on Warner Brothers. Now the follow-up to 1992’s Chic-ism will emerge in the year of the legendary disco group’s 40th anniversary.

“In 2017, we will pay homage to the club that put us on the international map by doing a series of concerts, afterparties, VIP Packages, films and singles,” his statement reads. “Then drop the full album along with a BIG SURPRISE!”

Rodgers also explained that in addition to wanting to line up the release of It’s About Time with the anniversaries, he also wanted to hold off because of all the musician deaths that occurred in 2016.

“When Prince suddenly died, it was like I’d been struck by lightning twice. It made me ‘see’ why I named the next Chic album It’s About Time,” he wrote on his blog. “Time is so important, and what we do with it is everything.”

Rodgers spoke to Rolling Stone explaining more about the upcoming album. “If we had put out the album last year, it would have been the 39th anniversary of Chic,” he said.

“No one gives a shit about 39 or 37 or 38. And I went, ‘Wait a minute. 2017 is the 40th anniversary of Chic.’ And then it hit me it was the 40th anniversary of Studio 54. No matter what bad stuff goes on in the world, it’s just like your birthday, you still can celebrate and pay tribute to these anniversaries. The fact that it’s 40 years later and we’re still going strong. Our gigs are fun and great. It still feels the same as when we first started, other than the fact that my guitar feels heavier.”

Rodgers also said the album, though written, was not yet finished, and would not be until he was ready to release it. “I purposely didn’t finish stuff off because there are a lot of artists who wanted to do features with us that we just didn’t get to,” he said.

Before the album is released, Chic and Nile Rodgers plan to embark on a tour. No official release date for It’s About Time has been announced. Look for more information to come soon.

Last October, Nile Rodgers sat down with PRO MOTION founder Brad LeBeau to discuss his Billboard Dance No. 1 single “I’ll Be There” with Chic and more. Revisit the conversation below.

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