TLC prepares to release first album in 15 years


Veteran R&B duo TLC is getting ready to release its final album two years after fans helped the pair reach a funding goal online.

Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas achieved their Kickstarter goal back in 2015 and now the duo's manager, Bill Diggins, has announced the finished result will be tentatively scheduled for a summer release.

Fans funded the project by making pledges online for autographed records and even a movie night with Chilli or T-Boz, reaching the $150,000 goal in a week. The funding continued and TLC closed down the fundraiser three weeks later after scoring over $430,000 in donations.

The release delay irked some fans who felt cheated and created a #TLCIsGoingToJailParty hashtag on Twitter.

In his new Kickstarter statement, Diggins has apologized, revealing the TLC stars had to complete an arena tour before starting work on the album.

"I could go on in more detail ... but the simple fact is that T-Boz & Chilli were inspired to make a record that they could be proud of and they would not settle for less and sometimes you just cannot rush art."

The new album will be the "No Scrubs" hitmakers' first studio album since the death of bandmate Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in 2002.

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