Just a few days after the launch of TLC’s Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, sources close to the singing sensation, Katy Perry, have revealed she has donated $5,000 towards the all-girl band’s latest project.
Crowdfund Insider reported on Monday that the TLC ladies, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, took the crowdfunding giant to receive $150,000 for their fifth and final studio album. They wrote,”We owe so much of our success to you. Your loyalty and support throughout the past 20 years motivates us to do our best work. Without you, we wouldn’t have ten top 10 singles and four number 1 singles. We wouldn’t have won five Grammy awards or sold 65 million records worldwide. Without you, we wouldn’t have become the most successful girl group of all time! Without you there would be no TLC!!
“This album, our FINAL ALBUM, is dedicated to all of you that have stuck with us, always challenging us to do our best. And of course, it’s for the new fans too! 😉 We just want to put out great music that touches everyone. That’s it. 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.”
TLC started in the early 90’s and became a huge sensation throughout the years thanks to their popular hip hop tunes. Unfortunately, the all-girl group experienced a devastating situation in the early 2000’s when bandmate, Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes, died in a car accident. The ladies since have been in and out of the music scene over the years, but are now ready to answer their fans’ prayers with a new album that features new music.
According to TMZ, Perry has apparently been a huge fan of TLC and thanks to the “Firework” songstress’ funds, the girls are now just $40,000 short of their goal. As a perk for her donation, Perry will be reward with a slumber party with T-Boz.
T-Boz wrote, “Get ready to stay up late with T-BOZ. We’ll put on our jammies, order some late night snacks, and have some #TLCPillowTalk. Mom and Dad won’t be there, so there’s no need to keep the volume down. Plus, the vinyl, TLC scrapbook, dance school, fanmail, digital album, our list of favorite songs and Kickstarter exclusive remix!”
Meanwhile, the ladies also shared how they plan to do the album without Left Eye. “Some fans have been asking how we can make a final album without Lisa, and we wanted to share our thoughts with you all, since you have been so kind and supportive on day one. We feel that this final album will be the best way to keep Lisa’s memory alive.
“We can never replace Lisa, and we are constantly thinking of ways to incorporate her into this album. How could we not?! She’s a part of TLC. Lisa was our sister, and we know she would have loved us doing something so out of the box like this. That’s what TLC has always been about!”
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