TLC’s Kickstarter campaign raises $430,000 for new album

Group had initially sought $150,000

TLC have raised $430,000 (£279,000) through Kickstarter to help fund their forthcoming fifth album, The Guardian reports.

The group have smashed through their initial target of $150,000 (£997,000) after launching the campaign last month.

Pledges for the record started at $5 (£3.25), with the group offering contributors the chance to receive old music video outfits, an exercise class with member Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, slumber parties, signed vinyl, movie dates, phone calls, outgoing voicemail messages and more.

Among the fans to donate money was singer Katy Perry, who pledged $5,000 (£3,247) and received the gift of a slumber party with Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins.

The upcoming LP will be the group’s final album. Their previous record, 2002’s ‘3D’, was released seven months after the death of founding member Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, who was killed in a car crash in La Ceiba, Honduras

In an interview with Billboard last month, Chilli discussed the decision to crowdfund the album. “I got on Twitter later than most. I already had fans asking, ‘When are you coming back? We need more music!'”, she said. “Then once our biopic [CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story] came out, the requests were just overwhelming. Fans have even been sending ideas for what they want a new album cover to look like – they get so creative. They have so much love for us, and we thought, ‘We gotta do this, and we have to involve the fans.'”

She continued: “Doing stuff outside of the box is what TLC does. We came out of the box already out of the box. If we feel like we’re in the box, we’d go crazy. On ‘FanMail’, we had thousands of fans’ names inside the CD jacket, we dedicated the whole album to our fans, so this is not new to us – at least the fan involvement part.”