TLC Create Kickstarter Campaign To Help Fund Their Final Album

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

T-Boz And Chilli Argue Over Who Loves TLC More.

After 13 years away, R&B group TLC have now announced plans to record their fifth and final album. The ‘No Scrubs’ hitmakers have launched a campaign on crowdfunding website Kickstarter in a bid to raise $150,000 (£98,900) to make the LP, which they are dedicating to their fans.

It follow 3D in 2002 and the death of founding member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes shortly after its release, this will be the first TLC album recorded as a duo. Writing on their fundraising page, the band wrote: “This album, our FINAL ALBUM, is dedicated to all of you that have stuck with us, always challenging us to do our best. In the middle of talking with host Caitlyn Becker about the upcoming music and their late bandmate Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas did something they rarely do: argue. The Kickstarter page explains that the money will go toward an in-studio writing session, and fans who contribute can claim a number of rewards, including autographed lyrics, concert tickets and even a TLC slumber party. They are hoping to collect at least 150,000 US dollars (£98,933) through the campaign to fund the recording process from paying for studio time, production, compensating the musicians and promoting the album.

Pledges start at $5 for an exclusive remix, and go up to $7,500, including a PDF list of their favourite songs, a voicemail from the pair, a date at the cinema and a “TLC slumber party” with T-Boz. The group say that crowdfunding the album will let them “have complete creative control” over their music . “The only people we’ll be talking to and asking their opinion is the fans.” “Our final album will stay true to the TLC sound, always confronting the real issues and life experiences that we all must face every single day, everywhere,” reads a message on Kickstarter. “We write music that people relate to … timeless music. It might seem surprising that a group with four Hot 100 No. 1s, a TV movie (VH1’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story) that attracted 4.5 million viewers and 65 million records sold worldwide would use Kickstarter for their new album. No matter the trends, we feel like our music is always relevant.” TLC were one of the definitive R&B groups of the 90s, working with and inspiring a host of music’s biggest producers, such as Missy Elliott, the Neptunes and Timbaland, who helped to produce a string of commercially and critically successful albums: Ooooooohhh … On the TLC Tip (1992), CrazySexyCool (1994), FanMail (1999) and 3D.

Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live’s morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and politicians joining us that day and give you the best clips from the day before! We want to bring our fans into the process and see how it’s done.” “We could knock out two birds with one stone,” the 43-year-old continued. “We can have them involved in our album. Lopes will forever be part of the group’s music, T-Boz said, and that will continue with the potential upcoming records. “She’s always incorporated no matter what, but we’re coming up with how to do that. Following successful high-profile crowdfunding campaigns from Spike Lee, Zach Braff, Amanda Palmer and more, Kickstarter is starting to look less like a last resort and more like a viable business model (at least for established names).

But, you know, she lives within us every time,” T-Boz said. “This is TLC, even though she’s not here.” “She would want us to keep moving on like this,” Chilli said. “It helps to keep her memory alive, and we always say TLC is meant to be, TLC is forever. Higher pledges will include VIP concert tickets, a recorded custom voicemail by T-Boz and Chilli, an in-person fitness class taught by Chilli and wardrobe pieces worn by TLC during their music videos. On FanMail, we had thousands of fans’ names inside the CD jacket, we dedicated the whole album to our fans, so this is not new to us — at least the fan involvement part.

He was like, “Count me in!” You know, when we did the last album, 3D, during the time that she did pass away, the song “Girl Talk” was the only one that her rap was current — she did the rap specifically for that song. Like when the movie came out and people saw how Lil Mama did portraying our sister, the diehard TLC fans, they fell in love with her for doing such a good job. If the stars are aligned later and it makes sense to do anther one, we can say, “Hey, we decided to make one more.” But now it feels like the final album. For instance, I know for a fact that if Michael Jackson — who happens to be my husband, he’s my baby — if I could say I helped him pick out that jacket in “Thriller,” I mean come on, that would be crazy.

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