Music legend Nile Rodgers has revealed that Professor Stephen Hawking inspired the name of his new album.
Nile Rodgers says Professor Stephen Hawking inspired the name of his new album.
The 65-year-old record producer is set to release his first album with Chic in 26 years later this month and Nile - whose new record features appearances from the likes of Lady Gaga, Sir Elton John, Emeli Sande, Craig David and Hailee Steinfeld - has revealed how the album was given the name 'It's About Time'.
He told The Sun newspaper: ''I came up with the album title before David [Bowie] and Prince died, and maybe even before Michael [Jackson] died, or right after.
''Then I find myself talking to Stephen Hawking about how time is the most important measurement in the universe and, of course, I've always loved a double entendre in a title and obviously it's about time I put out an album.''
Nile also explained his motivation behind releasing the album, saying that surviving two cancer scares has led him to reconsider his priorities.
He said: ''I've survived cancer twice. It makes you think about your mortality, and you do always want to make sure you're not forgotten.
''Making an album is a solid, tangible thing. It's making the whole movie, not just making trailers.''
One of the tracks on the new album - which is scheduled for release on September 28 - is a duet featuring Elton and Emeli on a song called 'Queen', which was actually written for Diana Ross in 1983.
Revealing the story behind the track, Nile explained: ''The song was inspired by her but she said, 'I can't sing it. If I sing a song called 'Queen', they're really going to think I'm a diva'.
''I said, 'The song is not about you, it's because of you.'''
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