Ain't too proud to beg: TLC asks fans to donate to release final album
It's been almost 13 long years since we have had new music from one of our favorite '90s girl groups.
You know who I'm talking about. You still know every word to Waterfalls and What About Your Friends. Yes, TLC is trying to record their fifth and final album, and they are using crowdfunding to get it done.
The now duo released their fourth album just seven months after the tragic death of their third bandmate Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in 2002 and they have been relatively quiet ever since.
The group's remaining two members, Chilli and T-Boz, launched a Kickstarter campaign on Monday and are hoping to rake in $150,000 to fund the recording process, production and promotion of the album.
The No Scrubs singers say they have already started writing the album and want to release it in May, just ahead of their tour.
Chilli explains they are doing this to involve their fans in the creation and creative process. She said to the New York Daily News, "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."
They also say that in doing the project this way, they can maintain "creative control" over their music. They say, "While major labels offer artists multimillion dollar recording and marketing budgets, they don't often give artists complete control of their own music. It is ESSENTIAL that we create our final album completely on our own terms, without any restrictions, with YOU."
Of course, they mention their missing member, saying, "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."
And about that music.
TLC says they think they make timeless and universal music that transcends trends. They say their music is for everybody, and that is the kind of music they are going to create with this final album.
Now, TLC knows the key to reaching their fans is mutual respect and a little give and take. So they are offering "rewards" to "backers." Their campaign page has tons of different donation levels and a different reward for each level. For example, if you donate $100, you get a signed vinyl. If you donate $5,000, you get a slumber party with one of the members!
To date, TLC has just under 500 donors and has raised about $55,600.
That's crazy, sexy and cool.
Check out all the awesome things they are giving away with the donations made and keep up with their progress here.