TLC (@OfficialTLC) January 19, 2015
TLC is calling upon their fans to help fund the release of their final album.
13 years since their last album, “3D,” the grammy-winning R&B group launched a Kickstarter campaign on Monday to bring closure to their band’s name and music career. It’s no lie that the band has had great success in the past, but will they be able to pull it off again now?
The original members of TLC included singer Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and singer Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. T-Boz and Chilli are the only members left, as Lopez passed away in 2002 after a fatal car accident. T-Boz spoke to the press about the excitement behind their campaign.
“We’ve always been known to do things differently. We’ve always been trailblazers and trendsetters. We’ve always been outspoken, and this seems like the perfect opportunity.”
TLC is hoping to collect at least $150,000 through their campaign, says HipHopMyWay.com. All the donations will help pay for studio time, production, promoting the album, and musician compensation all aspects of the recording process. The more one donates, the bigger the reward from TLC down the road. They realize they cannot fulfill their dreams without the support of their fans. Chilli commented on their need for support:
“People may say, ‘Hey, you are celebrities. Why can’t you just pay for it yourself?’ But it doesn’t work that way. There’s a lot that goes into it. We want to bring our fans into the process and see how it’s done.”
The rewards range from an exclusive remix from their final album to the fan mail and wardrobe pieces worn by TLC during their music videos. Higher pledges will include VIP concert tickets, a recorded custom voicemail by T-Boz and Chilli, an in-person fitness class taught by Chilli.
According to the NY Daily News, “T-Boz and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas have already begun the writing phase and production of their fifth album, expecting to release it in May when their tour starts.” Chilli said using Kickstarter would allow them to have more control over the direction of the album. Chilli said:
“We could knock out two birds with one stone. We can have them involved in our album. Then also, we can have control over everything. That’s a perfect combination.”
Neil Young found success using “Kickstarter” to raise $6.2 million through 18,000 supporters last year. He wanted help fund his digital music project, PonoMusic. TLC’s campaign efforts follow Young, and their campaign already has over 600 supporters and $60,000 in donations. If you want to donate to TLC’s campaign, click here!
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