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Hear Nile Rodgers' New Summer Jam 'Do What You Wanna Do' - Premiere

Listen to the disco legend's first solo song of the decade

Nile Rodgers
Courtesy of Nile Rodgers Productions
July 1, 2014 12:20 PM ET

Over 30 years after writing hits like "Good Times" and "Le Freak," Nile Rodgers has once again become one of dance music's hottest names: In the last year and a half, the former Chic guitarist has worked with artists as big as Daft Punk, Pharrell, Avicii and Disclosure. Here, you can stream the radio edit of "Do What You Wanna Do," Rodger's first solo track since his recent rennaissance.

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The song was recorded in Ibiza at last summer's International Music Summit and auctioned off to benefit Rodgers' We Are Family Foundation. The winning bid was placed by Cr2 Records, and the song is now being released to celebrate the label's 10th anniversary.

"I've been a big fan of Chic and Nile since a very young age, and it was just a cool project to be involved with," Cr2 head Mark Brown tells Rolling Stone. "Initially when we signed the record, there weren’t any verses in the track – it was just kind of Nile's hook – so we worked with him to develop some extra verses and make it into a complete song.

"Obviously he was extremely busy with the Grammys and Daft Punk, so it was lots of late nights waiting for phone calls. He was trying to grab studio time when he could, depending on his schedule, but it all came together in the end."

After previewing "Do What You Wanna Do" with remixes by producers like MK, Eats Everything and Rob Da Bank, Cr2 will be releasing the official version on August 10th. It can be pre-ordered here.

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