R&B group TLC have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their fifth and final album after requests from fans became “overwhelming”.
Pledges for the album start at $5 (£3.31), and contributors have the chance to receive TLC’s music video outfits, an exercise class with Chilli, slumber parties, signed vinyl, movie dates, phone calls, outgoing voicemail messages and more. You can see all the details of their campaign here.
In an interview with Billboard, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas said that she and T-Boz are currently putting a creative team together and 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 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.”
TLC have also sold 65 million records worldwide. The group’s TV movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story attracted 4.5 million viewers when it was aired on VH1 in 2013. In the same year, TLC released ‘Meant To Be’, a midtempo R&B track co-written by Ne-Yo, which was taken from their compilation album ’20’.