Belfast Telegraph

TLC seek crowd-funding for album

TLC have launched a crowd-funding campaign for their final album.

The Grammy-winning RnB group, consisting of Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas, are depending on their fans to fund the release of their fifth and last album through the Kickstarter campaign.

"We've always been known to do things differently," said T-Boz, 44. "We've always been trailblazers and trendsetters. We've always been outspoken, and this seems like the perfect opportunity."

The record comes nearly 13 years since their last album, 3D, which was released seven months after the death of their bandmate Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes in 2002.

The pair have already begun the writing phase and production of the album, with a potential release in May to accompany their US tour.

They are hoping to collect at least 150,000 US dollars (£98,933) through the campaign to fund the recording process from paying for studio time, production, compensating the musicians and promoting the album.

Chilli said: "People may say, 'Hey, you are celebrities. Why can't you just pay for it yourself?' But it doesn't work that way. There's a lot that goes into it. We want to bring our fans into the process and see how it's done."

She also said using Kickstarter would allow them to have more control over the direction of the album.

"We could knock out two birds with one stone," the 43-year-old continued. "We can have them involved in our album. Then also, we can have control over everything. That's a perfect combination."

TLC supporters will receive an exclusive digital track and communicate with them during their recording process. Higher pledges will include VIP concert tickets, a recorded custom voicemail by T-Boz and Chilli, an in-person fitness class taught by Chilli and wardrobe pieces worn by TLC during their music videos.

TLC, who have had hits with Creep, Waterfalls and No Scrubs, once filed for bankruptcy in 1996, despite having two multi-platinum albums.

Their campaign efforts follow Neil Young, who used Kickstarter to raise 6.2 million US dollars (£4.1 million) through 18,000 supporters last year to fund his digital music project PonoMusic.

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