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TLC’s T-Boz And Chilli Discuss Using Kickstarter for Their Final Album

Written by on January 20, 2015



TLC’s T-Boz and Chilli’s desire to have thier fans contribute to their last album could be a brilliant idea…or a costly mistake.

The Huffington post reports that TLC has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $150,000 from fans to fund the group’s fifth and final album. The Kickstarter page explains that the money will go toward an in-studio writing session, and fans who contribute can claim a number of rewards, including autographed lyrics, concert tickets and even a TLC slumber party.

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas spoke with HuffPost Live’s Caitlyn Becker on Monday about the upcoming album and what fans can expect. According to Chilli, the idea for new music got serious after VH1 produced “CrazySexyCool,” a film about TLC’s career.

“Once the movie came out — our biopic — we had so many fans asking us to do more music,” Chilli said. “They almost feel like they’re already invested in us. They’ve sent us ideas … and it’s crazy, because we’ve been doing this since our ‘FanMail’ album — we had names of all of our fans inside of the CD.”

The new album will be the group’s second without Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died in a car accident in 2002. The pair discussed their “new normal” as a duo after Left Eye’s death. Lopes will forever be part of the group’s music, T-Boz said, and that will continue with the potential upcoming records.

“She’s always incorporated no matter what, but we’re coming up with how to do that. But, you know, she lives within us every time,” T-Boz said. “This is TLC, even though she’s not here.”

Chilli added that news of a new album would make Left Eye as happy as anyone.

“She would want us to keep moving on like this,” Chilli said. “It helps to keep her memory alive, and we always say TLC is meant to be, TLC is forever. We have to keep it going to make that possible.”