Rozonda Chilli Thomas, left, and Tionne T-Boz Watkins pose backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
T-Boz and Chilly, photo courtesy of Getty Images
T-Boz and Chilly, photo courtesy of Getty Images

For years, fans have been waiting for TLC to reign supreme on the R&B/Pop charts again.  Over the decades, the group, which include members Rozanda Thomas (better known as Chilli), Tionne Watkins (T-Boz) and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, has dealt with many of life’s challenges and obstacles. Going through the death of a group mate, to health complications, business betrayals, personal heartbreak and financial strain, these women have not only proven to be resilient in life, they have shown they are unbreakable- especially in the entertainment industry.

Last year, Billboard reported that TLC will be recording their last and final album. Using the popular funding platform Kickstarter, Chilli and T-Boz campaigned for monetary help for their project and received overwhelming support from fans and other celebrities, like Katy Perry and Soulja Boy. Only asking for $150k, the group raised a whooping $430k by the end of the fundraiser.  The ladies had this to say via a note on Kickstarter, “Every dollar is going into making the album, together with you. The more funds that we raise means more access to the best producers, writers and talent in the business!!!

With this announcement being a year old, fans have complained and have become upset that the album still hasn’t been released.  Thomas and Watkins updated their fans back in September informing them that the new music will not arrive until some point this year.  Sitting back down with Billboard this week to discuss her new CIZE dance routine and song entitled “Body,” Chilli throws out an update about the album.  “We finally have a name for it, so we’re really happy about that.  I’ll [also] just say this: We’re bringing back our interludes. We’ve come up with some really fun, funny stuff for people to enjoy.  We’re trying to finish up the album, and after today, [it will be] day in, day out, just getting this album done.

Surely overflowing with gratitude towards fans and friends, this last album could attest to being a little bittersweet.  This will be the group’s first studio album since the upsetting death of founding member, Left-Eye.  No doubt, though, this album will be crazy, sexy and cool.

By: Melody Lanei


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