The wait is almost over. Back in January of 2015, TLC launched a Kickstarter campaign for their final album and fans responded by raising more than $430,000. Two years later, the group says the album is on its way.
On Monday (Feb. 27), TLC’s longtime manager Bill Diggins announced that the album will be released “at the end of June” and that its 4,201 backers will receive an advance copy.
“This album could not have happened without your support and your confidence in TLC has inspired us greatly to make the best album possible,” wrote Diggins. “We would have loved to have delivered this album sooner to you but we are confident that you will agree that it was worth the wait when you hear it. The pursuit of excellence is never an easy task and always takes longer than expected.”
According to Diggins, the album was delayed for a variety of reasons. “It took a lot more time to coordinate schedules with writers, TLC’s executive producer Ron Fair and recording sessions than anticipated,” he added. “I could go on in more detail to explain how TLC’s touring, schedule, writing schedule and producing schedule was delayed but the simple fact is that Tboz & 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. They demanded of themselves a record that would stand up to the great body of work created in the past and that you would be proud of; because your belief and support is the greatest form of love and we want you to be proud.”
Since their 1992 debut Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip, the group has been impactful. With a discography that includes CrazySexyCool, FanMail, and 3D, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas sparked No. 1s like “Unpretty,” “No Scrubs,” “Waterfalls,” and “Creep.” Tragically, Left Eye died in an automobile accident in 2002.
In 2015, when T-Boz and Chilli announced their plans for a final album, the duo vowed to remain rooted in what made them a success. “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,” they said. “We write music that people relate to…timeless music. No matter the trends, we feel like our music is always relevant.”
News of the group’s final album comes 25 years after their debut album Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip. “Wow!! 25 years ago it all started,” T-Boz wrote on Instagram, celebrating the release.