Duran Duran Teams With Nile Rodgers and John Frusciante for New Album

Reportedly, Rogers will handle producer duties alongside with Mark Ronson.

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'80s icons Duran Duran have recruited former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and Chic mastermind Nile Rodgers to participate to their upcoming 14th studio album.

In the yesterday's post (August 10th), the band shared the picture, (via Consequence of Sound) featuring all four core members alongside Rodgers and producer Mark Ronson. In accompanying text, both Rodgers and Ronson are credited as "producers," indicating that the follow-up to 2010's "All You Need Is Now" could be entirely co-produced by the pair.

Duran Duran and Rodgers have quite the gold-plated history together. Rodgers produced the 1984 single "The Reflex," served as a co-producer on 1986's chart-busting "Notorious" LP, and produced several tracks on 2004's "Astronaut." Meanwhile, Rodgers and Ronson have performed together on a few occasions, and Rodgers once referred to Ronson as his "little baby brother."

In addition to the work of Rodgers, Frusciante and Ronson, the album reportedly features contributions from the Voce Chamber Choir and London Youth Chamber Choir. In recent interviews, bassist John Taylor has said, "We didn't go in trying to capture a particular style, it's a more organic process. But it does have all the ingredients of a classic Duran album - danceability and great lyrics and hocks, as well as atmospheric parts."

The untitled album is tentatively due out in spring 2015.

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    John recorded his guitar parts alone at his house in LA, he's like a hermit who never goes outside!
    He lives in his own world I think, which is perfectly fine. His music is nothing short of heavenly
    Sure, except for PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone & Enclosure!? Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan... but I just couldn't get into those last two albums. Bit too much for my liking... I wouldn't exactly describe them as "heavenly"
    I agree, but it just seems really...sad? I don't know, I don't want to criticise his lifestyle.
    I wouldn't be surprised if he's clinically depressed....I mean listen to any of the songs from his rock solo albums
    For sure. I can't believe you are the first person in years that I have seen say this. I wouldn't bet he's depressed. I'll guarantee he is. I'll also guarantee he is on drugs again. I'm sure I'll get down voted but ibreally don't care. No one wants to acknowledge that the idol of their life is infallible(as John talks about the first time he left RHCP). But people get so butt hurt over this guy and incontinence understand it. Listening to JF era music is the reason I picked up a guitar. And I still listen to that same music almost 20 years later. But JF is not a god. Hes just a man and any damage done will be alright.
    I really wish I could edit my comment. I made a few grammar errors / typos that I know someone will rip apart.
    I highly doubt he's depressed, but no one can say for sure. I think he knows that because of the success he's had with the RHCP he has the opportunity to just let his creative juices flow, good or bad. He doesn't need PBX or Enclosure to sell millions (although I did buy Letr Lefur and PBX and enjoyed them greatly). You make some pretty bold guarantee's that he's depressed AND on drugs again. Neither of which you could actually confirm regardless. I'd be more likely to say he's more happy now than he's ever been
    It´s not impossible, but atleast he´s not entirely alone, i´m pretty sure he´s married and he´s been doing a lot of collabortions with a vareity of different artists lately.
    There were some really beautiful songs on PBX. Despite the hectic drums, his song structure still had his trademark.
    All you need is Now was really great, so i have high hopes for this one, and John Frusciante is one of my favourite muscians so this is going to be very interesting!
    "Duran Duran Teams With Nile" I didn't read any further than this.