The surviving members of TLC are appealing to fans to help them fund the release of their fifth and final studio album.
Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas are seeking to raise at least $150,000 via a new Kickstarter campaign to cover the costs of making their first album of new material in 13 years.
The project will be the hitmakers’ first studio release made without co-founding member Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, who was killed in a car crash in 2002. She had previously contributed to TLC’s last disc, 3D, which hit retailers seven months after her death.
Announcing the news to fans on their Kickstarter page on Monday, the duo writes, “We owe so much of our success to you. Your loyalty and support throughout the past 20 years motivates us to do our best work… Without you there would be no TLC!!
“This album, our FINAL ALBUM, is dedicated to all of you that have stuck with us, always challenging us to do our best. And of course, it’s for the new fans too! We just want to put out great music that touches everyone. That’s it.”
T-Boz and Chilli promise to “stay true to the TLC sound” and add, “This final album will be the first studio album by the two of us. Of course, Lisa’s spirit will always be present in our music. That will never change.”
The singers are offering up a series of rewards in exchange for donations, with prizes ranging from special shout-outs in the new album’s booklet, autographed memorabilia, personal phone calls from the stars and the chance to enjoy a movie date or slumber party with T-Boz and Chilli.
The crowdfunding campaign, which runs until February 19, had already attracted over 100 investors and raised more than $8,000 in less than 12 hours.
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