Elton John and Janelle Monáe to appear on new Chic album

Band's first album in 23 years is expected to be released this summer

​Nile Rodgers has enlisted Elton John and Janelle Monae for guest features on the forthcoming new Chic album.

Billboard reports that the producer and guitarist is also hoping to add further famous names to the record’s line-up. The album is expected to be released this summer, though fans have already been giving a teaser with last month’s release of ‘I’ll Be There’, the group’s first single in 23 years, and an accompanying video starring US super-model Karlie Kloss.

Writing about the new track via Facebook, Rodgers described it as “a moving concept for me about decisions we make in life”. He previously revealed that “I’ll be there” were the “first words I spoke upon finding my partner Bernard Edwards, (RIP) dead after our last concert together”.

Chic were founded in the mid-seventies by Rodgers and bassist Edwards, who passed away in 1996. The group’s last album was 1992’s ‘Chic-ism’, but they’ve found new popularity in recent years on the live circuit, while Rodgers co-wrote and performed on three songs off Daft Punk’s 2013 album ‘Random Access Memories’, including the massive worldwide hit ‘Get Lucky’.

Meanwhile, both Rodgers and Monáe have been enrolled by Duran Duran to work on their new album. The group’s follow-up to 2010’s ‘All You Need Is Now’ will also feature contributions from ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and Kiesza, while Mark Ronson and Mr Hudson will appear in the production credits.