Concert, Interview, Television

TLC Turned Down Real Housewives of Atlanta: “I’d Go To Jail For Real!”

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Could the ladies of TLC ever make their Real Housewives of Atlanta debut?

T-Boz and Chilli sat down with ET’s Lauren Zima on Wednesday, where they chatted about their summer tour with Nelly and Flo Rida, but also revealed that they’ve been asked on multiple occasions to join the Bravo reality show.

“I have,” Chilli admitted about being asked to be a part of the series, with T-Boz adding, “I have too, four times.”

So would they ever join the ladies of Atlanta? “Heck no,” Chilli said.

“I did [a cameo] for Kandi [Burruss] one time,” T-Boz said, adding, “This is the thing, I don’t play like that. Like, I’m not arguing, I’m too old to be arguing and first of all, I don’t argue with nobody I don’t care about. If I care about you, I will take the time to do this. But I’m not arguing with no grown women. I’ll end up going to jail for real. Like, I don’t do that.”

Chilli jokingly added, “And I wouldn’t be able to bail her out because I would be right there with her.”

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All in all, the two are just not fans of the series and say they “have a brand to protect and there is just no way” that they would enter that world. For now, T-Boz and Chilli are content with continuing their music careers and giving fans what they want.

During the sit down, the two also touched on their “sister-plus” friendship, where they got emotional about talking about being more than best friends and family.

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“We went through everything together, life, death, marriage, divorce, breakups. We have been there through all the hurt you can possibly endure and all the good times. We’ve had arguments,” T-Boz expressed about their 29-year friendship. “We’ve been through everything that now, in our adult life, it’s so much easier. We both have grown a lot.”

The “No Scrubs”singers, meanwhile, can’t wait to share the stage with Nelly and Flo Rida in August and are ready to take fans down memory lane.

“It’s high energy, a lot of dancing. It’s a good feeling, you’ll feel Left Eye’s presence, absolutely,” T-Boz teased of what fans can expect. “Everybody leaves feeling good every time. That’s what we always hear…Takes you back to a time that makes you reminisce on something that was important to you.”

Tickets for TLC, Nelly and Flo Rida’s tour are now on sale at LiveNation.com.

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Music, Television

‘All That’ Is Back – Will The Original TLC Theme Song Return

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“Well, this is just an introduction, before I blow your mind. The show is All of That, and yes, we do it all the time” — the opening lines from a young and vibrant Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who laced the theme song of the Nickelodeon comedy skit show, ‘All That‘, along with her group mates Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas — aka TLC!

Often referred to as a ‘Saturday Night Live’ for a Nickelodeon audience, ‘All That’ first premiered on the network in 1994 and ran for ten seasons until 2005. As well as featuring on the shows opening theme, TLC were chosen as musical guests twice in season 1, and took part in various skits on the show.

T-Boz recently revealed that ‘All That’ using TLC in the pilot episode helped to get the show picked up by the network, as well as hiring the girls to perform the theme song. The president of Nickelodeon eventually picked the show up, and the rest is history, as they say. The power of TLC!

Despite the show ending in 2005, the ‘All That’ co-creator, Brian Robbins, who became the president of Nickelodeon in 2018, decided that he would greenlight the return of his former hit show. The revival of ‘All That’ was then confirmed in February 2019!

“We think there’s a great opportunity to find the next pool of stars,” said Robbins. “We want to bring the show back in a real fun way. This summer, we are going to bring back a lot of the original cast and the cast through the years, and let them introduce the new cast of ‘All That’ to the world,” which he described as “a sort of mash-up of some of the old sketches and a lot of new sketches.”

‘All That’ has kept up with the times — it’s presence is fully existent on social media — they excitedly announced the taping of the first episode in May 2019 in a series of posts to commemorate the moment with the world!

During shots of the audience at the taping, it was notable that the original TLC theme song can be heard blaring out the speakers before and after the taping, which leaves us to ask only one question — will TLC remain on the theme song for the revamped show?

If it ain’t broke, keep it the same!

The Jonas Brothers have been announced as the first musical guests, when the new show premieres at 8:30PM on June 15, 2019 on Nickelodeon.

Let’s hope they give TLC a call to make a guest appearance, too!

Appearance, Television

‘The Voice’ Contestant Kim Cherry Receives A Surprise From TLC

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Season 11 of NBC’s music competition show ‘The Voice‘ blessed us with some outstanding talent this year. One who stands out for us is Kim Cherry!

Fans will recall the moment Kim exploded into the singing competition with her authentic audition, a cover of TLC‘s monster hit, “No Scrubs”.

“Your voice owned it!”, John Legend said at the audition. “You were the T, the L and the C!”.

Kim went on to impress the judges further, when she included an unexpected rendition of Left Eye‘s classic rap verse in the song, which won Kelly Clarkson over as she turned her chair around to claim the talented performer!

Fast foward two months later, and Kim is still holding up strong in the competition, making it to the Top 8. To offer her some love and moral support, T-Boz and Chilli surprised her with some personal video messages!

“We are rooting for you, girl!”, T-Boz exclaims. Chilli went on to say, “You are already a superstar, and I am so proud of you. And I am going to keep watching”.

T-Boz continued, “We hope you make it to the finale. Good luck!”

This was just the boost Kim needed to lift her morale, after feeling emotional following the first anniversary of her mother’s passing.

T-Boz and Chilli helped lift her spirits up so she can do her best in the competition!

Kim went on to do an electrifying performance of Janet Jackson‘s classic 1997 hit, “Together Again”. Be sure to support Kim on the show!

You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @kimcherrysings

Concert, Interview

Chilli: “We Still Have That Fire In Us To Perform, That Light Hasn’t Dimmed Even a Little Bit”

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Chilli spoke with VIBE magazine this week to promote the upcoming TLC summer with Nelly, and to support Live Nation’s National Concert Week.

“Good lyrical content’s been missing for a little while now. I feel that’s why so many people  this younger generation– are gravitating to older music,” she tells VIBE about the general heavy obsession with the 90s and music from the early aughts.

“I just feel that people, you just gotta get back in the lab. I don’t even think you have to get so creative, just get back in tune with your feelings. When it comes to expressing yourself, it’s nothing wrong with having a song that shows vulnerability. People relate to that. That’s naturally how we are anyway.”

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Some of the folks who exude this to the entertainer include Bruno Mars and Cardi B. When it comes to the “I Like It” rapper, Chilli says Cardi’s bright and colorful manner makes her an ideal collaborator.

“I don’t like working with people just because they’re hot and you like them. It needs to make sense, the collaboration. But I definitely the right collab would make sense with Cardi B,” she expresses. “Because she’s really bright and colorful like we are. So that would make sense to me.”

VIBE: How does it feel to be a part of an initiative like National Concert Week, that gives your fans a good deal to see legends like yourself?

Chilli: It’s always an honor to be a part of a tour where our fans can come and see us. People are on budgets, you know what I mean and the fact that something like this exists for them to be able to afford to get a ticket to come and see their favorite band and hopefully they come to see TLC, it’s awesome. I think it’s amazing and I’m very happy to be a part of that.

What can we expect from your tour with Nelly and Flo Rida?

Definitely high energy entertainment. Definitely going in the lab. We take being on the road very seriously. We love touring, that’s the best part of what we do period, is going on tour. We always like to think outside of the box, come up with crazy routines, all kinds of stuff because people look to us for that.

We’re not just a group that stands and sings, we’re there singing, dancing, we’re all over the stage. It’s going to be a lot of high energy. How can I say it without giving anything away? I’ll just say it’s going to be very exciting, I think we’re going to get some ooh’s and aahs.

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Do you have a favorite song you like to perform?

You know what, sometimes it just depends for me. I just like performing all of the up-tempo because I love dancing. I can’t really pick out one song in particular because the routines are amazing for everything. That gets me hyped up.

You guys have been in the game since the ’90s. What inspires you to perform without getting bored of routines? 

Yeah, sometimes you can get tired. Some artists are like “Ok, I fought a good fight, I’m ready to just chill and relax or whatever.”Most people get there but we’re not there yet. You don’t have to be in the business for many years. I mean, some people are done after a first album. We just really have that love and that fire is still in us to perform, that light hasn’t dimmed even a little bit.

Especially the fact that we’ve been through so much through the years and you know everybody has been able to witness that and our fans have stuck with us along the way. We love it and we’re just still at it.

Do you feel like being in the game for as long as you’ve been, you feel like you can still learn from it?

Absolutely. I think that as long as you are alive, you are still learning something. No one knows everything. The way that the business has evolved and will continue to evolve… I mean it’s very different from when I was a kid, and it changed by the time we came out. You keep growing so it’s like “Ok, you evolve with evolution.”

I think that’s kind of the key right there. Of being able to stay in such an ever-changing business and it’s very fickle. It’s so many things that can make you say I’m good. We just don’t feel like that.

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What are a few lessons that you’ve learned from being in the industry? Or advice you would give to anyone entering the industry now?

It’s pretty consistent with me. You can’t take anything personally. In this business, everything is business. Everything. You just can’t go in thinking that people are truly your great friend. I think you can make some friends along the way if you’re lucky, I guess. I don’t think people should come into the business for that.

You come into the business. It’s a job. And yes you love this, I think that if you keep that mindset then you will be able to handle when everybody’s not loving you so much.  You may put a song out that everybody was like “Oh my goodness, you’re the greatest of all time.”

You can’t get caught up in that. You can appreciate people liking what you’re doing, whatever that song is it speaks to them in a certain way but your next song might not. Or everyone may not resonate with your next album but it doesn’t mean that you’re a failure, they just didn’t like the work, so go back in the lab.

You can’t take it personal because that there will destroy you, it’s too many people that will have something to say and you have to remember this is what you signed up for. You gotta project your feelings and like they say don’t get so caught up in your feelings.

So basically you have to have thick skin for this industry?

Yeah, you do. You have to have very thick skin. You can’t get caught up in what people think and how they feel.

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Could you say that TLC is still inspired by other artists today?

Yeah, that’s why I think I love Bruno Mars so much because I think what he has done is just so brilliant. He took 80’s and made it fresh. It made you feel like, you know, wait a minute this is familiar, but this is new. Not like “Oh he’s just doing 80s music.” You know with the live instruments and all that kinds of stuff. To me, he’s a breath of fresh air. I love him lyrically what he says, I mean I am a fan and he knows it too because we were rehearsing at the same spot, I think maybe a year ago.

We saw each other and we were like “Hey,” he’s like “Hey! Did you see my t-shirt? Did you say it in the video I had a TLC t-shirt.” and we’re like “Uh, yeah!” It was like a little in love moment, it was awesome.

Fans celebrate Left Eye frequently on social media. What is the biggest lesson that you learned from Left Eye as a friend and member of TLC?

We learn a lot from each other. I’ll just put it that way because I can’t say one thing in particular. Our relationship with her is very broad. She wasn’t just a band member, she was our sister. The three of us, you know the relationship is really truly is one for the books and now it’s just Tionne and I so I don’t know. It’s a really special type of relationship and friendship and sistership that we started out with and that Tionne and I still have to this day. We just learned a lot from each other.

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Check out details behind National Concert Week here.