TLC, the all-girl hip hop group, that brought us hits like “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” “What About Your Friends,” and “Waterfalls” has announced that they are planning to release their first new album in ten years. The group stopped recording a decade ago when singer Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was killed in a car accident in Honduras and it was a bitter sweet reunion for surviving members Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watzins as they announced the project in Liverpool this week.
T-Boz spoke with Rolling Stone about the upcoming album recently, saying; “We’re going to still sound like TLC, evolving to whatever level we need to be at this time. We’ve always grown throughout the years and have always had our own sound…When that stops working, maybe we’ll hang up the towel, but that still works.”
TLC still remains the second-bestselling girl group in history, second only to the spice girls. They’re first album Ooooooohhh…On the TLC Tip was released in 1993 and was a huge critical and commercial success, earning them international recognition and going quadruple-platinum in only one year. Their follow up album, CrazySexyCool, was equally as successful. All four singles released from the album made it to the top 5 slot of the US Hot 100 and the album sold 11 million copies in America. The albums biggest success had to be the single “Waterfalls” which reached number one on the charts and was a regular feature on MTV.
Internal struggles stalled work on their third album, FanMail but it was ultimately released to success, debuting at number 1 on the Billboard charts and winning two Grammies at the 200o awards. All told, TLC amassed ten top ten singles, four Grammys, four multi-platinum albums and four number one singles in ten years. The super-group has sold 65 million records worldwide and fans are justifiably eager to see what this reunion has in store.