TLC have announced plans to record their fifth and final album via a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
The R&B group, which is ranked among the best-selling American female groups of all time, has come up with a new plan for a final album which will be funded directly by fans and will follow their last release in 2002 entitled ’3D’.
After 13 years, T-Boz and Chilli have decided to reunite for an album, set to be the first one recorded as a duo after the death of member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who passed away shortly after their fourth release.
T-Boz and Chilli (photo: galleryhip)
Fans are offered the opportunity to get deeply involved in the band’s new creative project with the crowdfunded album, which will let them “have complete creative control” over the music as “the only people we [TLC] will be talking to and asking their opinions is the fans”, the message on Kickstarter reads.
And no worries about the sound as “our final album will stay true to the TLC sound, always confronting the real issues and life experiences that we all must face every single day, everywhere. We write music that people relate to…timeless music. No matter the trends, we feel like our music is always relevant.”
With pledges starting at $5 and going up to $7,500, fans will have the chance to receive TLC’s music video outfits, an exercise class with Chilli, a voicemail from the pair, movie dates, signed vinyl and more as a way to thank their fans for contributing.
It might sound weird and surprising that a band which has won five Grammys, sold 65 million records worldwide and topped the single charts would use Kickstarter.
But as TLC told Billboard, the fans’ involvement with their creative and brilliant ideas, their push to the band to come back and a platform which wasn’t something they had heard about, had made them come up with the idea of crowdfunding the entire project.
It’s OFFICIAL. We are making a FINAL ALBUM. We need YOU to make it happen on @kickstarter!!!! http://t.co/uj0JedPpmD pic.twitter.com/igCpUKqLJG
— TLC (@OfficialTLC) January 19, 2015
The magazine also reports that Lopes’ vocals may be used in the new release, however, Chlli did say: “Probably not, but I’m not going to say no, because we’re open to it.”