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Final TLC album “tentatively” scheduled for June release

By | Published on Wednesday 1 March 2017


Funded on Kickstarter over two years ago, and originally expecting in September 2015, TLC’s final album will now probably be out this June. News that fans who collectively donated over $400,000 might finally hear the music they paid for was revealed by the band’s manager Bill Diggins yesterday.

The two surviving members of the group, Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, have worked together on and off since the death of Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes in a car crash in 2002. They announced plans to record the “last and final” TLC record with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign with a target of £150,000. The album will be their first since 2002’s ‘3D’, which was completed and released after Lopes’s death.

Acknowledging the long wait for the album, Diggins writes in an update for Kickstarter supporters: “On behalf of TLC and myself I want to express our most sincere thanks for your patience on waiting for the album. I am THRILLED to let you know that the album is tentatively scheduled to be released at the end of June and you will receive your advance album prior to that. We are working out the official date in the next couple of weeks and once it is final we will notify you”.

So that’s not entirely concrete, but it’s also the first update given since last June. Explaining the cause of the long delay, he goes on: “When we decided to do the album it was based on a number of emotional decisions and one of the biggest was how you inspired T-Boz and Chilli by your emails and texts asking them to do another album. At the time we had no music, no producers, no writers, and a few ideas. We also were in the middle of rehearsal’s for TLC’s first arena tour since the ‘FanMail’ tour [in 1999/2000] and therefore on the road for most of the year”.

“It took a lot more time to co-ordinate schedules with writers, TLC’s executive producer Ron Fair and recording sessions than anticipated”, he continues. “I could go on in more detail to explain how TLC’s touring, schedule, writing schedule and producing schedule was delayed but the simple fact is that T-Boz and Chilli were inspired to make a record that they could be proud of and they would not settle for less and sometimes you just cannot rush art”.

Ah, that’s it. Why didn’t he just go straight for the Frank Ocean defence, rather than all the scheduling stuff?