Anniversary, Announcement, News, Tribute

Left Eye’s Solo Album ‘Supernova’ Confirmed To Be Released On Streaming Platforms

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Ever since the debut solo album by the ‘L’ of TLC, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, was denied a US release by Arista Records back in 2001, fans all over the world have been craving it’s presence in the digital era — the album, ‘Supernova‘ was only released in Japan and Europe, and still til this day has not been made available on any streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play.

Over the years fans of the album began finding creative ways to get the album the justice that it deserved. Last year, Jordan Cooper, who runs the popular Left Eye fanpage/site The Eye is Right, began a petition to help the album achieve justice with a full release to digital platforms. The petition gained a lot of interest and it later became clear that the album was not owned by Sony as previously thought.

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Things began to look brigher for ‘Supernova’ this week. Lisa’s sister, Reigndrop Lopes, joined a live chat on Instagram with Shekinah Anderson to celebrate the life of Left Eye on her Birthday — she would have turned 49 on this day (May 27). During the chat Reigndrop told fans that she had acquired the rights to the full ‘Supernova’ album!

Reigndrop is very aware that fans really want this spiritual masterpiece available on all streaming platforms, so she promised to make that happen. She said that she has the rights to do whatever she wants with it. However, she said that she didn’t just want to put it out there, she wanted to do it right and release it at the right time.

In another live chat on Instagram, this time inviting fans to join her for a joint live chat, she further confirmed details about her plans for ‘Supernova’ when she spoke to Jordan, who asked her some specific questions about the release. She will indeed release the album in it’s original form to digital platforms, which will please the fans of the original album.

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In the absence of the album, fans have been making the most of the only other Left Eye album online, 2009’s ‘Eye Legacy‘, released by Mass Appeal, which remixed the majority of the tracks on ‘Supernova’. Fanpage Ultimate TLC as well as The Eye is Right used the album as a basis for a streaming party on Left Eye’s birthday this year.

Reigndrop also revealed that she is still working on a script for the upcoming Left Eye biopicwhich she will be executive producing. She will also be in charge of casting the actors who will need to fit all the criteria to fit the role of playing Lisa in the movie. Reigndrop says the biopic will go into more depth of Lisa’s childhood and upbringing to help fans know how she became the woman we all grew to know and love.

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Reigndrop is also still working on a book of memoirs about her sister. She wants the book to include the insights of people that have known Lisa. The book with Hype Williams, based on Lisa’s book ‘Open‘ — the original idea to feature an exclusive photo shoot she did with him is also still in the works, which Reigndrop will be a part of.

Are you excited about ‘Supernova’ being made available to streaming platforms?

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Announcement, News, Television, Tribute

TLC To Be Honored On New TV Music Show ‘Iconic: TLC’

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Just like the rest of us all over the world, the ladies of TLC have had the majority of their original 2020 plans put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic and being forced to stay safely quarantined at home.

However, that hasn’t stopped Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas from finding creative ways to continue to work whilst remaining safe. It was revealed this week that The CW Network have co-produced a brand new television music special with iHeart Media and Critical Content which will not only feature TLC, but it will also honor the legendary girl group.

Iconic: TLC‘ premieres on Monday, June 1 at 8/7c on The CW Network and will be hosted by American Idol star Jordin Sparks. Based on the hit Korean formatImmortal Songs: Singing the Legends’, ‘Iconic: TLC’ will feature four uniquely talented genre-bending artists – country music duo LoCash, R&B/hip-hop sister duo Ceraadi, platinum-selling pop singer MAX and former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke — performing special covers of TLC’s biggest hits in their own unique style.

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The show will be remote as TLC and each of the artists will be connected by video chat to watch the at-home performances, and then T-Boz and Chilli will also choose one of these artists to collaborate with for the final performance of the show!

Music fans can hear the exclusive songs on iHeartRadio stations across the country the following day, Tuesday, June 2, and re-watch the performances and show on The CW app and CWTV.com for free.

TLC are no strangers to choosing talent on television. After a huge nationwide search for a female artist with the ‘triple threat’ — the ability to sing, dance and rap — for their 2005 UPN show ‘R U The Girl with T-Boz & Chilli’, they decided on rapper O’so Krispie to be the winner and then performed a new song, “I Bet“, at the end of the show together with her.

Meet the ‘Iconic: TLC’ performers:

LoCash

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LoCash is an American country music duo consisting of vocalists Chris Lucas and Preston Brust. Their highest-charting single is “I Know Somebody”, which topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2016.

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MAX is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He is signed to Arista and Sony RED. MAX released a Kickstarter-funded EP in 2005, and most recently his single, “Love Me Less” (feat. Quinn XCII) reached Top 20 at Top 40 Radio.

Ally Brooke

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Ally Brooke is an American singer-songwriter who rose to fame on the X Factor after winning the show with her girl group Fifth Harmony. After the success of the group, Ally is now a solo artist preparing her debut album on Atlantic Records. She is currently nominated for a Daytime EMMY for her work on the theme song to Nickelodeon’s ‘The Casagrandes’.

Ceraadi

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Ceraadi are an American R&B-hip hop duo comprised of sisters Emaza Gibson and Saiyr Gibson based in Los Angeles. Their debut EP, ‘Ceraadi’s Playlist, was released in 2019 on Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. Their music and fashion style is described as having elements of early 1990s R&B and hip-hop, with influences including TLC, Janet Jackson, and Salt-N-Pepa.

Will you be watching to find out which artist wins the show?

Anniversary, Interview, Tribute

Melanie C Shares Her Time Working With Left Eye On Her First Solo Number One Record

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Mel C & Left Eye in 2000 (Credit: Ron Davis)

Melanie C aka Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls took the opportunity this week to celebrate her debut solo album, 1999’s ‘Northern Star‘, with the weekly pop podcast Track By Track to discuss the album in detail, track-by-track.

The year 2000 was a special time in music. TLC were on hiatus after the success of their mega-selling ‘FanMail‘ album and the record-breaking tour to support it, while the Spice Girls were also taking a break from world domination to focus on their solo projects.

Melanie C decided to team up with Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes on her debut solo album, which led to Melanie earning her first solo number one single in the UK in the summer of 2000, an exciting time for both TLC and Spice Girls fans!

The single in question was “Never Be The Same Again“. Melanie C gave us some beautiful memories of her time working with Lisa around the time of the single being released.

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Melanie proudly states that the Spice Girls were huge fans of TLC. “I couldn’t believe my luck when I had the opportunity to work with [Lisa]. And she was perfect!”, Melanie exclaims.

Lisa was the only rapper Mel C wanted on the track with her. “She was the only person I wanted on that song. I was writing with Rhett Lawrence & we got to the middle 8 & all I could hear was a Lisa-style rap”, she recalls. “He gave her a call & next thing I knew she was on the track. So that was a wonderful experience”.

Melanie states that she shot the spiritual video with Lisa in Malibu, which features a scene with Lisa and Melanie performing tai chi moves together while Lisa lays down her iconic verse, once again proving why she was the perfect choice for the track.

Following the success of the single in March 2000, Melanie invited Lisa to promote the single with her in London for a couple of performances and interviews to help keep the track at number one for a second week!

At the time of the promotional run, Lisa told Top Of The Pops: Backstage how she felt about being part of the success with Melanie. “Now that we might be number one twice in a row, I feel like I’m running a marathon and I’m almost at the finish line!”, she says excitedly.

The solo recognition also meant a lot to Lisa, as she was seeking to launch her solo career in the UK. “It is important. I’m going to be coming back over here to do a solo project of mine, so it is always good to be recognised and especially if you can make that number one slot”.

Lisa and Mel C also stopped by at BBC Radio One, where Lisa further discusses her need to have her voice heard solo. “I’ve always wanted to do a solo album. I am an emcee, and I love TLC — but I’m very limited to the amount of work that I can actually do. It’s usually a few songs, 16 bars here and there, and I like to really strut my stuff.”

“But as far as the rumors, we’re fine. We haven’t broken up. We went through a little something last year, but it’s not the first time that we’ve been through something, it’s just the first time that it was publicized”, Lisa explains.

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“The issues that have existed?”, Lisa continues,  “personal differences when it comes to business decisions and the direction that we move forward in. It’s one group, with three different people with three different visions, so which direction do we go in?”.

Mel C co-signs with Lisa about the struggles of being in a group. “We have earned the right to yell at each other”, Lisa jests. “You spend so much time together that you become like sisters”, Mel adds. “And no matter what’s said you still love each other. You iron out your differences and you sort it out”.

“Never Be The Same Again” will always be special to Mel C, not just because it blessed her with her first number one, but because Lisa was a part of it with her. “This will always be a very important song to me, obviously being my first UK No. 1 and really launching the whole album to new heights, but also sadly losing Lisa was so tragic, she was so young and such a huge talent, so I feel very lucky I was able to work with her and we have this piece of music, that we worked on together, forever”.

Melanie eventually got the chance to meet the rest of TLC in 2018 at the Mighty Hoopla in London, 19 years since she first worked with Lisa. Fans can always live in hope that the two biggest girl groups in history unite one day on tour. Lisa would have loved the idea.

Melanie C’s new single, “Who I Am“, is out now.
News, Relationships, Television, Tribute

Hopelessly In Love: TLC’s Left Eye & Andre Rison (2020)

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Lifetime television premiered their limited 3-part docu-series ‘Hopelessly In Love‘ on January 4, 2020. The series details the ups and downs of the relationships between Anna-Nicole Smith and Larry Birkhead, Biggie Smalls and Faith Evans, and the opening episode focused on Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Andre Rison.

The episode spoke to the friends and family of both Andre and Lisa, including his mother Merdice Brown-Coleman and sister Raquel, and Lisa’s sister Reigndrop Lopes, mother Wanda Lopes-Colemon, and close friends Trena Smith, cousin Tangi Foreman and previously unseen footage released by her family.

Andre himself confessed that he “was deeply in love” with Lisa. “It was dope,” he said. “She came by the house and pretty much never left.”

As you’ll recall, Lisa accidentally burned down Andre’s mansion during a falling out between the two. Despite that, the two still had love for one another and planned to get married sometime in the early 2000’s, though Lisa eventually called the wedding off, much to Andre’s devastation.

The docu-series reveals details of two miscarriages that Lisa had sadly experienced during her time with Andre, and rumors of an alleged spell of voodoo Lisa placed on Andre, something her family vehemently deny. “Lisa did not practice voodoo”, Reigndrop clarifies.

Lisa’s love for 2pac is also scrutinized as a major reason as to why her relationship with Andre became so troubled. 2pac and Andre were close friends, he wasn’t aware that Lisa already had feelings for 2pac when he met her in a club back in the 90’s. Andre later admits that it was hard for him to shake off his trust issues.

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Both Trena and Suge Knight admit that Lisa had strong feelings for 2pac, which was mutual. 2pac wanted to be with her in the long-term, so refused to be intimate with her.

“They slept in the same bed together. We stopped over at ‘Pac’s house. They never was intimate, though”, Trena confirms. “He was like her soul mate. Lisa loved 2Pac, but Andre wasn’t going nowhere”.

What did you think of ‘Hopelessly In Love’?

Watch the full episode HERE