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19th Anniversary of TLC’s ‘Unpretty’

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On this day in 1999, TLC released the worldwide hit, ‘Unpretty’.

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The song was adapted from a poem written by T-Boz, with music by Dallas Austin. The song’s empowering theme regarding self-esteem has become an enduring fan favourite.

‘Unpretty’ became the group’s fourth #1 hit in the US.

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Chart Positions:

  • Australia: #3
  • Canada: #3
  • Ireland: #4
  • New Zealand: #3
  • UK: #6
  • US: #1

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TLC’s Last Album Reaches It’s First Year Anniversary!

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It’s been a long, long time coming“, the opening line from ‘Way Back‘, the first single lifted from TLC‘s first album in 15 years, which was released a year ago today on June 30, 2017!

After breaking the record for the fastest Kickstarter funded pop project ever in 2015 (they raised over $430k and smashed their $150k deadline in under 48 hours), the girls were finally ready to unleash their hard work to the world, independently on their own label, 852 Musiq.

The album went on to become the #1 Independent Album on Billboard and topped the R&B Album Charts in the UK and in other parts of the world, whilst the lead single ‘Way Back’ remained in the Adult R&B singles chart for months.

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They aren’t done with the album just yet. The girls are toying with the idea of releasing another single from the album and possibly even a remix album (two remixes were made exclusively for the Japan version of the album).

To celebrate this milestone, we are giving away a signed copy of this amazing album to ONE lucky fan!

To enter, simply tell us your favorite song on the album! We’ll choose a winner at random on July 31.

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TLC on Cardi B and Why They Don’t Celebrate Left Eye’s Passing

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TLC sat down with Beats 1 on April 25, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the passing of the beloved Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.

On Cardi B Paying Them Homage

T-Boz: “I know she wore my outfits at the Grammys and she wore Lisa’s hair. It was our whole Grammys-TLC feel when we were on stage, and she said Left Eye on one song, and paid homage to TLC on another song — our “Creep” song and then our name, too. She did it twice and she also paid us love on our page. So a lot of love — it was awesome.”

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On TLC’s Legacy

T-Boz: “It’s really an honor. You never think people are going to be — like, you always wish that, you want that. We would always say, ‘we want to be trendsetters. We want little girls to dress like us.’ But when you actually see them do it for Halloween, and have birthday parties, and generations — the grandma, the mom, and the daughter — all at the concerts. It’s really amazing. We’re blessed to be 25 years in, and people are still doing it.”

Chilli: “We are really blessed. And like she said, as an artist when you’re new coming out, your dream is to be able to have that type of effect — a positive one — on everybody, and to have that longevity. You don’t know if that’s going to be your story, so time tells that, and it has. It’s been 20 plus years, and even Bruno Mars, for that matter — the video that he had featuring Cardi B — it was almost like our “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” video, and he had on a TLC t-shirt! It’s amazing and it’s a blessing for us to see that. It makes us feel really good and lets us know, OK we did it right. We’re still doing it, so yes, it is awesome.”

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On The Anniversary of Left Eye’s Passing

Chilli: “First of all, when you think of the word anniversary — I mean, I know that it’s a date that something took place. But when you think about that, you think of happy times.

When people celebrate the anniversary of a wedding, or a marriage, or a relationship of any kind, and it seems like to me it’s all something cheerful, and there’s nothing cheerful to me about her passing. I mean nothing. We don’t go out of our way to do anything like that. I mean, when her birthday comes around, yes, we talk about that, but not the death.”

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T-Boz: “But we celebrate it all year round. I mean really because we always incorporate her in everything we do. We always keep her memory alive. We showcase the great things, like why people loved her. So yeah, like when anybody else’s mom or sister dies, I don’t know a lot of people who celebrate cake or anything.”

 

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DJ Starting From Scratch Presents: 25 Years of TLC

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In February of 1992, we were introduced to a new girl group that broke all the rules, in every sense. They looked different, they sounded different, they spoke their minds & they turned the music scene on it’s a**.

The group was TLC & they became the best-selling American girl group of all time with 65 million records sold worldwide. Incredible. I wanted to make sure that I got this tribute out before March kicked in & thankfully I made it just before the buzzer.

So here it is. DJ Starting From Scratch Presents: 25 Years of TLC, a tribute mix.

I included the ENTIRE first album & I surrounded it with all my favourite TLC songs, along with a few solo gems & features. This is for all the true TLC fans out there that realize there is much more to this amazing group than just No Scrubs.

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Track List:
1. INTRO
2. AIN’T 2 PROUD 2 BEG REMIX
3. WHAT ABOUT YOUR FRIENDS
4. GET IT UP REMIX
5. HIS STORY
6. COME GET SOME (SFS RMX) 7. U KNOW WHAT’S UP – DONELL JONES & LISA ‘LEFT EYE’ LOPES 8. HANDS UP RMX
9. DAS DA WAY WE LIKE EM
10. THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE
11. HAT 2 DA BACK
12. BAD BY MYSELF
13. SHOCK DAT MONKEY
14. DEPEND ON MYSELF
15. TLC INTERVIEW (INTERLUDE)
16. WATERFALLS
17. DIGGIN ON YOU (SOULPOWER RMX)
18. HATERS
19. SOMETHIN YOU WANNA KNOW
20. BABY BABY BABY
21. I’M GOOD AT BEING BAD
22. UNPRETTY
23. GHETTO LOVE – DA BRAT & T-BOZ (SFS RMX)
24. NO SCRUBS
25. TOUCH MYSELF (SO SO DEF RMX)
26. LET’S JUST DO IT – LISA ‘LEFT EYE’ LOPES, TLC & MISSY ELLIOTT
27. CASE OF THE FAKE PEOPLE
28. KICK YOUR GAME RMX – TLC & CRAIG MACK
29. HOW DO YOU LIKE IT (GANGSTA MIX) – KEITH SWEAT & LISA ‘LEFT EYE’ LOPES
30. DIRTY DIRTY (SFS RMX)
31. GIRL TALK
32. SWITCH
33. IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND
34. JOY RIDE
35. MEANT TO BE
36. CREEP
37. NOT TONIGHT – LIL KIM, ANGIE MARTINEZ, DA BRAT, LEFT EYE & MISSY ELLIOTT
38. RED LIGHT SPECIAL
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TLC Smashed Kickstarter Record Today in 2015!

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TLC launched their Kickstarter campaign 2 years ago on January 19, 2015. It took them only 3 days to reach their target of $150,000 and make Kickstarter history by being the fastest funded pop album on the site!

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Various stars contributed to TLC’s campaign, from Katy Perry (who pledged $5,000) and their Main Event Tour friends New Kids On The Block (pledging a whopping $10,000)! Celebrities like Mariah Carey and Bette Midler have also shown support!

TLC offered many exciting rewards for fans to pledge for as a thank you for supporting the album fundraiser.

Meet and greets, personalized voicemails, slumber parties, date at the movies, workout sessions, handwritten lyrics, platinum plaques,  studio session meets and many more rewards on top of signed copies of the new album!

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Leon’s personalized Fanmail platinum plaque

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Coralene’s TLC handwritten ‘Unpretty’ lyrics
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Neil and Rey at TLC recording studio session

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There were also opportunities to obtain VIP tour packages for The Main Event tour in 2015 which they did alongside Nelly and NKOTB!

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Darryl with TLC in Fort Lauderdale, VIP Main Event tour 2015
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Carl with TLC in Washington DC, VIP Main Event tour 2015

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Lura with TLC at Madison Square Garden, VIP Main Event 2015

Tessa travels from Hong Kong to workout with Chilli

TLC have been working hard to ensure it will be the finest body of work for all the fans who contributed to make this once in a lifetime chance to be part of the album happen!

The album is complete and being mixed! The finer details are being fine tuned in order to release the album in the best way possible, independently.

This is why Kickstarter was the best way to avoid going through record labels, have full control of the content and to let the fans contribute. Nobody wants that album more than us, so we’re proud to be a part of TLC history to make this 5th album happen!

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There is no official release date as of yet, but you can expect it be with us this Summer in the 2nd quarter! A single will be dropping before that and an update via Kickstarter will be coming very soon, so stay tuned!

 

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Happy Anniversary, TLC’s CrazySexyCool!

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It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 25 years since we have enjoyed the ground breaking album, 1994’s ‘CrazySexyCool‘, which broke down the barriers for many of todays music acts and enabled R&B to crossover into the mainstream!

TLC followed up their hugely successful 1992 debut album ‘Ooooooohhh… on the TLC Tip‘ with a more laid back, grown and sexy approach with the help of Jermaine Dupri, Organized Noize, Diddy, JonJohn, Babyface and Dallas Austin.

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In between the recording of the album, Left Eye‘s personal life became headline news when her relationship with Atlanta Falcon’s footballer Andre Rison went up in flames, literally!

Lisa accidentally burnt down Andre’s mansion while merely trying to torch a set of tennis shoes in the bathtub after a dispute between the two. She was arrested and sentenced to rehab after the event.

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While on the way to the diversion center, Lisa saw a rainbow in the sky. It went on to be the inspiration behind her rap in the record breaking and probably the most important song of the 90s, ‘Waterfalls‘!

Despite selling more than 10 million copies in the US alone, becoming the first group to earn an RIAA diamond-certified album, TLC filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy following the revelation of their not so great contracts with their label and former manager.

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Left Eye’s personal affairs clearly boosted interest and sales of the single and album, but the music speaks for itself.

The quality of the songs were of a high standard, merged with the unique style and chemistry of T-Boz, Chilli and Left Eye made this timeless album stand the test of time, remaining just as important to the world today as it was back in 1994!

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Graphic made by Megan Dove

Fans are hoping to one day see a re-release of this epic album, either with some bonus tracks and remixes added, or maybe a completely re-recorded or live version of the album!

We’d love to see a CrazySexyCool tour in 2019 to celebrate 25 years of CrazySexyCool!

Thank you for being Crazy, Sexy and Cool, TLC!

Listen to the album in full on Spotify!