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TLC
Also known as 2nd Nature
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres R&B, hip hop, new jack swing, pop
Years active 1991–2005
2009–present
Labels LaFace, Arista
Associated acts Babyface, Goodie Mob, André 3000, Debra Killings, O'so Krispie, Missy Elliott
Members
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins
Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (deceased)
.TLC is an American R&B and hip hop group, consisting of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas.^ Flc individual members spilled over into a public feud, watkins and thomas criticized lopes for putting herself before the group and lopes responded by blasting tlc s recent music and.
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^ At various points during the show, Chilli and T-Boz high-fived each other while ignoring Left Eye.
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^ TLC R&B / Hip Hop / Pop .
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.Billboard magazine ranked the group as one of the greatest musical trios of all time.^ TLC were one of the biggest-selling female R&B groups of all time, riding a blend of pop, hip-hop, and urban soul to superstardom during the '90s.
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^ Your music has helped me through some difficult times and just seeing you all smile during your interviews showed me the genuine love you have for your craft.

^ Tpc Book Burning Group Youth Book Burning Group Youth Tlc were one of the biggest selling female r, b groups of all time riding a blend of pop hip hop and urban soul to superstardom during the s, tionne, t boz, watkins rapper.
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[1] .They have had several #1 singles, including "Creep", "Waterfalls", "No Scrubs", and "Unpretty", and have won four Grammy Awards.^ The slinky lead single, "Creep," became TLC 's first number one pop hit, topping the charts for four weeks.
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^ Tlc won soul train music awards for best r, b soul single group band or duo, no scrubs, and.
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^ A sequel of sorts to ''No Scrubs,'' the first TLC single following Lisa ''Left...
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[2] .According to the RIAA and Billboard, TLC has sold more than 30 million records in the United States, making them the biggest selling R&B female group of all time.^ With over 45 million albums sold worldwide, TLC set trends and broke sales records from their initial 1992 release “Ooooh….On The TLC Tip” through their final studio recording of “3D” in 2002.
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^ TLC, the record-breaking, four-time R&B Grammy winners who were a mainstay on the Billboard charts in the 1990s, are set to play a show on U.S. soil for the first time in seven years – as part of a benefit concert hosted by Justin Timberlake .
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^ Check out my animated comment Tena Dunne wrote on August 3: One of the all time best girl groups, a good vibe to chill out with.
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[3] .In 2008, the group was inducted into the All Time Hot 100 Artist Hall of Fame by Billboard, at 56th place.^ TLC were one of the biggest-selling female R&B groups of all time, riding a blend of pop, hip-hop, and urban soul to superstardom during the '90s.
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^ T.L.C. will always be known as one of the best selling women's groups of all time.
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^ Muic Tlc were one of the biggest selling female r, b groups of all time riding a blend of pop hip hop and urban soul to superstardom during the s.
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[4]
Their second album, CrazySexyCool (1994), was the first album by a female group to be awarded diamond certification by the RIAA, for selling over 11 million copies in the USA.[5]
.In early 2002, just before the release of TLC's fourth album, 3D, Lopes was killed in a car accident in Honduras.^ Unfortunately, tragedy struck in early 2002, when Lopes was killed in a car accident in Honduras.
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^ Lopes appears on five tracks on 3D, released in late 2002.

^ On April 25, 2002, Lopes was killed in a car crash in Honduras.

.Watkins and Thomas promoted 3D as a duo, and in 2005, hosted a reality television show, R U the Girl, with a grand prize of a chance to record a song and perform once in concert with the surviving group members, both of whom have released solo material and continued to collaborate occasionally.^ As TLC prepared to tour in late 1999, tensions between the individual members spilled over into a public feud; Watkins and Thomas criticized Lopes for putting herself before the group, and Lopes responded by blasting TLC 's recent music and challenging her bandmates to record solo albums, so that fans could see who the real talent lay with.
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^ Meanwhile, her solo debut, Supernova, was scheduled for release and then scrapped on several occasions; it eventually came out overseas, but domestically Arista pulled the plug.
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^ But there were occasional signs of the strife that has divided Lisa ''Left Eye'' Lopes from her band mates Rozonda ''Chilli'' Thomas and Tionne ''T-Boz'' Watkins.
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In October 2009, TLC announced plans to record new material to be released "sometime soon".[6]

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Career

.In 1990, Atlanta, Georgia, teenager Crystal Jones put out a call for two more girls to join her in a trio to be called 2nd Nature.^ Yroup These should be days of celebration for the atlanta r, b trio, their concert, tlc music group feuds, Tlc is an american music group whose repertoire spanned r, b hip hop and pop, originally known as nd nature the group was formed in atlanta georgia in by crystal jones.
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.Her request was eventually answered by Tionne Watkins, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, who moved to Atlanta with her family at an early age, and Lisa Lopes, a rapper who had just moved to the city from her native Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with only a keyboard and US$750 ($1,249 in current dollar terms).^ But there were occasional signs of the strife that has divided Lisa ''Left Eye'' Lopes from her band mates Rozonda ''Chilli'' Thomas and Tionne ''T-Boz'' Watkins.
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^ TLC (band) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia TLC was a four-time [1] Grammy Award-winning American R&B and hip hop group, consisting of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas.
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^ Left Eye grew up in Pennsylvania but moved to the Georgia city before joining TLC. .
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.The group eventually managed to arrange an audition with R&B singer Perri "Pebbles" Reid, who had started her own management and production company, Pebbitone.^ TLC did wind up splitting from Pebbles' management company over the money issues (not helped by the fact that Pebbles' marriage to LaFace head L.A. Reid had gone through a nasty breakup).
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^ In short order, they met Thomas, locally based producer Dallas Austin, and '80s R&B singer Pebbles, who became their manager.
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.Impressed by the girls, Reid renamed the group "TLC" (an acronym for "Tender Loving Care" and also the members' initials)[7] and arranged an audition for them with local record label LaFace Records, run by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Reid's then-husband, Antonio "L.A." Reid.^ They quickly scored a record deal with L.A. Reid and Babyface's new label, LaFace, and in 1992 issued their new jack-styled debut album, Ooooooohhh...On the TLC Tip.
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^ TLC is a group of 3 VERY good looking girls who have 3 albums out currently...
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.The latter Reid saw potential in Watkins and Lopes but felt that Jones should be replaced; within a few days, part-time Damian Dame backup dancer Rozonda Thomas was brought in to replace Jones.^ Thomas and Watkins dedicated the CD to Lopes.

^ But there were occasional signs of the strife that has divided Lisa ''Left Eye'' Lopes from her band mates Rozonda ''Chilli'' Thomas and Tionne ''T-Boz'' Watkins.
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^ TLC (band) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia TLC was a four-time [1] Grammy Award-winning American R&B and hip hop group, consisting of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas.
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.The girls were signed to LaFace through a production deal with Pebbitone (with Perri Reid taking the role of the group's manager) (see Artist development deal) and almost immediately went into the studio with producers Reid and Edmonds, Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, and Marley Marl to produce their first album.^ Groip Together severe Group pays tribute to lopes by making music, super successful girl group tlc s new album is a tribute to their friend and group member lisa, All about tlc music videos pictures discography wallpapers song lyrics, through a production deal with r, b singer peri, pebbles, reid the group s name was changed to, tlc.
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^ They quickly scored a record deal with L.A. Reid and Babyface's new label, LaFace, and in 1992 issued their new jack-styled debut album, Ooooooohhh...On the TLC Tip.
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^ The sessions had trouble getting off the ground, though, thanks to the group's public spat with producer Dallas Austin, claiming that his fee was far too high; not only had Austin played a significant role in the creation of their music, but the split was all the more awkward because he and Thomas had just had a son together.
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Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip (1991–1992)

The first TLC album, Ooooooohhh... .On the TLC Tip, was released in February 25, 1992 by LaFace.^ They quickly scored a record deal with L.A. Reid and Babyface's new label, LaFace, and in 1992 issued their new jack-styled debut album, Ooooooohhh...On the TLC Tip.
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^ On the TLC Tip , 1992; released CrazySexyCool , 1994; Fan Mail , 1999; founding member Lopes died, 2002; released 3D, 2002.

^ On the TLC Tip hit the market in 1992, listeners welcomed it enthusiastically.

The songs on the album are a blend of funk (Watkins), hip-hop (Lopes), and R&B (Thomas), similar to the "new jack swing" sound popularized by producer Teddy Riley in the late 1980s; TLC's sound was dubbed "new jill swing".[7] The album was a critical and commercial success, being certified quadruple-platinum within a year and launching a number of US Hot 100 top ten singles with "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg", "What About Your Friends", and "Baby-Baby-Baby."
.TLC's lyrics, chiefly written by Lopes and Dallas Austin, were playful, female-empowering anthems characterized by Lopes's quirky, nasal-toned raps, Watkins's low-voiced lead vocals, and Thomas's powerful vocals and harmonization.^ Dallas Austin's musical success began with Boys II Men, and his talent and innovative style lead him to the all female group TLC and the production of a groundbreaking album ( Ooh on the TLC Tip ) that sold over three million copies with two Top 10 pop singles.
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^ In short order, they met Thomas, locally based producer Dallas Austin, and '80s R&B singer Pebbles, who became their manager.
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^ The saying "talent attracts talent" was written for Dallas Austin.
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.The musical formula was augmented by the girls' brightly-colored videos and curious costuming: each girl wore wrapped condoms on their clothing (Lopes also wore one in a pair of glasses over her left eye).^ Still, TLC is PC. They not only rap about safe sex, they embody it; their stage costumes are festooned with condoms, and in the video for ''Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg,'' the ''L'' of the group, who calls herself Left Eye, wears one — on her left eye.
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^ The video for the sexy, aggressive lead single, "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg," established their quirky, colorful fashion sense, and true to her nickname, Lopes stirred some attention by wearing a condom over her left eye to promote safe sex.
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^ Lisa Nicole Lopes better known as Left Eye life was cut short at the tender age of 31.
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.During TLC's first national tour, as MC Hammer's opening act, Lopes and Thomas discovered that Watkins had sickle-cell disease, an ailment which she kept a closely-guarded secret until she became ill while TLC was touring the Southwest US.^ Thomas and Watkins dedicated the CD to Lopes.

^ The group began recording their fourth album and were scheduled to complete it in 2001, when Watkins became ill due to sickle cell anemia.

^ The slinky lead single, "Creep," became TLC 's first number one pop hit, topping the charts for four weeks.
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.Watkins continued to battle her condition and eventually became a spokesperson for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America in the late 1990s.^ The group began recording their fourth album and were scheduled to complete it in 2001, when Watkins became ill due to sickle cell anemia.

^ What was more, it was announced that for some time Watkins had been battling sickle cell anemia, which sapped her energy and often made performing difficult.
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[8] .At the conclusion of the tour, TLC decided to take more control of their careers and thus informed Perri Reid that they no longer wished her to be their manager.^ After their star-making second album, CrazySexyCool, TLC fell into disarray, taking over four years to record the follow-up, Fanmail; even so, they returned more popular than ever, and the hits kept on coming.
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^ Explore a Room Skin Care Guide Mom Makeovers Back to School Guide TLC's Life Essentials MORE GUIDES .
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.Reid released the group from its management deal, but they remained signed to Pebbitone, and Reid continued to receive a share of their earnings.^ Sep 19, 2002 Chilli tells EW.com how the group is managing to release ''3-D'' seven months after losing its third member In the News .
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^ Group formed in Atlanta, GA, 1991; signed with LaFace Records; released debut album, Ooooooohhh ...

^ They continue to earn more fans with every new generation.
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CrazySexyCool (1994)

.Lopes began dating Atlanta Falcons American football player Andre Rison shortly after the release of Ooooooohhh...^ After Lopes met Atlanta Falcons football player Andre Rison in the spring of 1993, the two began an intense, tumultuous relationship, with Lopes moving into Rison's mansion in the suburbs outside of Atlanta.

^ That summer, a report surfaced that Lopes had postponed a wedding with, of all people, Andre Rison.
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^ Group formed in Atlanta, GA, 1991; signed with LaFace Records; released debut album, Ooooooohhh ...

.On the TLC Tip
, and by 1994 the two were living together in Rison's upscale double-story home.^ On the TLC Tip , 1992; released CrazySexyCool , 1994; Fan Mail , 1999; founding member Lopes died, 2002; released 3D, 2002.

.Their relationship was allegedly filled with violent moments, and Lopes filed an assault charge against Rison on September 2, 1993. Rison denied battering her.^ Rison forgave Lopes for the arson and the two continued their on-again, off-again relationship for several years.

^ After Lopes met Atlanta Falcons football player Andre Rison in the spring of 1993, the two began an intense, tumultuous relationship, with Lopes moving into Rison's mansion in the suburbs outside of Atlanta.

^ The relationship escalated to Lopes's arrest for setting fire to Rison's home.

Lopes was also battling alcoholism at the time. She had been a heavy drinker since the age of fifteen. .After another fight between the couple in the early morning hours of June 9, 1994, Lopes tossed numerous pairs of Rison's newly purchased shoes into a bathtub, doused them with lighter fluid, and lit them on fire.^ On December 29, 1994, Lopes pleaded guilty to destroying Rison's million-dollar home.

The plexiglas bathtub quickly melted and set the structural frame of the house on fire. .Lopes was arrested and indicted on charges of first-degree arson; she was sentenced to five years of probation and a $10,000 fine.^ She was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, undergo treatment for alcohol abuse, and receive battered-woman counseling."

^ According to People , she "was sentenced to several months in a halfway house and five years' probation.

^ Not long before the release of their second album in late 1994, Lisa Lopes was arrested on arson charges.
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.Rison eventually reconciled with Lopes, and they continued dating on-and-off for most of the next few years.^ Rison forgave Lopes for the arson and the two continued their on-again, off-again relationship for several years.

^ Unfortunately, however, much of the two-year period was lost to personal problems, most of them Lopes's.

^ Lopes continued to publicize her upcoming solo project, and Thomas eventually began working on her own album as well.
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[9]
.During the fall of 1994, TLC re-entered the studio with Dallas Austin, Tim & Bob, Jermaine Dupri, Babyface, Organized Noize, and Sean "Puffy" Combs to record their second album, CrazySexyCool.^ That album set the precedence for Crazy, Sexy, Cool , the second TLC album that sold over nine million copies in the US alone and won Austin his first Grammy award for Producer/ Songwriter.
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^ TLC spent much of 1996 getting their financial affairs in order, and were set to re-enter the studio in the summer of 1997.
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^ They quickly scored a record deal with L.A. Reid and Babyface's new label, LaFace, and in 1992 issued their new jack-styled debut album, Ooooooohhh...On the TLC Tip.
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.Lopes was released from rehab to attend the recording sessions, but the finished album featured significantly less of her raps and vocals.^ Group formed in Atlanta, GA, 1991; signed with LaFace Records; released debut album, Ooooooohhh ...

^ The music and vocal chanting are recorded and later mixed into a final album.
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^ Not long before the release of their second album in late 1994, Lisa Lopes was arrested on arson charges.
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.The album instead focused more on the contributions from Watkins and Thomas, and had a smoother, more fluid sound, similar to the most successful single from the first album, the US #2 hit "Baby-Baby-Baby".[10] All four singles from CrazySexyCool reached the top 5 of the US Hot 100, while "Creep" and "Waterfalls" peaked at no.^ The single " Baby-Baby-Baby " was the group's first hit on the billboard charts.
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^ Dallas Austin's musical success began with Boys II Men, and his talent and innovative style lead him to the all female group TLC and the production of a groundbreaking album ( Ooh on the TLC Tip ) that sold over three million copies with two Top 10 pop singles.
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^ Top 40 Single - "Creep" recorded by TLC .
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.1, while Red Light Special reached no.^ Red Light Special mp3 .
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^ The music video was avant-garde and was in heavy rotation at MTV. Other smooth R&B hits include " Creep " and " Red Light Special " which were also huge hits on TV and radio.
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^ Crazysexycool also spawned the hits "Creep" and "Red Light Special" and spent numerous weeks in the pop top ten.

2 and "Diggin' on You" reached no. .5. "Waterfalls",[10] an Organized Noise-produced song that featured an old-school soul-based musical arrangement, socially-conscious lyrics criticizing drug dealing and unsafe sex, and an introspective rap from Lopes, became TLC's biggest hit, and its million-dollar music video was an MTV staple for many months.^ In 1995, TLC filed for bankruptcy, claiming debts of over 3.5 million dollars, in part stemming from Lopes' insurance payments over the arson incident.
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^ TLC were one of the biggest-selling female R&B groups of all time, riding a blend of pop, hip-hop, and urban soul to superstardom during the '90s.
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^ On December 29, 1994, Lopes pleaded guilty to destroying Rison's million-dollar home.

CrazySexyCool eventually sold over 11 million copies in the US, and became one of the first albums to ever receive a diamond certification from the RIAA,[7] and won a 1996 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album and a 1996 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group for "Creep".[2] However, in the midst of their apparent success, the members of TLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 3, 1995.[11]
.They declared debts totaling 3.5 million dollars, much of it because of Lopes's insurance payments arising from the arson incident and Watkins's medical bills, but the primary reason being that each member of the group was taking home less than $35,000 a year after paying managers, producers, expenses, and taxes.^ Unfortunately, however, much of the two-year period was lost to personal problems, most of them Lopes's.

^ On December 29, 1994, Lopes pleaded guilty to destroying Rison's million-dollar home.

^ The group was much in the public eye--not just because their 1992 debut album, Ooooooohhh ...

.They sought to renegotiate their 1991 contract with LaFace, under which they only received seven percent of the revenues from their album sales, and to dissolve their association with Pebbitone.^ They also claimed they hadn't seen their fair share of royalties from CrazySexyCool; LaFace countered that they were simply trying to get a bigger contract.
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.Both Pebbitone and LaFace countered that TLC simply wanted more money and were in no real financial danger, resulting in two years of legal debates before the cases were finally settled in late 1996. TLC's contract was renegotiated, their production deal with Pebbitone and Perri Reid (who had separated from her husband by this time) was rescinded, and the group appeared on the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack with "This Is How It Works" and was set to re-enter the recording studio in 1997 after signing a new contract with LaFace.^ TLC spent much of 1996 getting their financial affairs in order, and were set to re-enter the studio in the summer of 1997.
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^ As TLC prepared to tour in late 1999, tensions between the individual members spilled over into a public feud; Watkins and Thomas criticized Lopes for putting herself before the group, and Lopes responded by blasting TLC 's recent music and challenging her bandmates to record solo albums, so that fans could see who the real talent lay with.
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^ Becoming "The best-selling female group of all time" by 2000, sold over 45 million albums world-wide, four No.
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FanMail (1999–2000)

.Preliminary work on TLC's third album, FanMail, was delayed when friction arose between the group and their main producer Dallas Austin, who was by this time dating Thomas and helping to raise their young son Tron.^ She and then-boyfriend, producer Dallas Austin, celebrated the arrival of a son, Tron.

^ As TLC prepared to tour in late 1999, tensions between the individual members spilled over into a public feud; Watkins and Thomas criticized Lopes for putting herself before the group, and Lopes responded by blasting TLC 's recent music and challenging her bandmates to record solo albums, so that fans could see who the real talent lay with.
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^ TLC's third album Fanmail sold over two million copies within the first month of release and once again, Austin had produced the album and garnered tremendous accolades.
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.Austin wanted $4.2 million and creative control to work on the project, resulting in a stand-off between the producer and the artists.^ TLC's third album Fanmail sold over two million copies within the first month of release and once again, Austin had produced the album and garnered tremendous accolades.
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.During this period, Thomas appeared in the independent film HavPlenty, and Watkins co-starred in Hype Williams' 1998 film Belly with rappers Nas and DMX.^ Still, it took quite some time to put together; Lopes announced in the summer of 1998 that she was working on a solo record, and Watkins tried her hand at acting with an appearance in the Hype Williams-directed Belly.
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.Watkins made a solo song in late 1996 called "Touch Myself". Lopes started her own Lopes Productions artist development company and signed Blaque, a TLC-like female R&B trio.^ Lopes continued to publicize her upcoming solo project, and Thomas eventually began working on her own album as well.
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^ Get your favorite songs from the hottest artists, like TLC, and many more.
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^ Crazysexycool also found the artists more involved in their own recording; Lopes, who had always written her own raps, contributed the songs "Waterfalls" and "Kick Your Game" and joined in the actual production of the record.

She also appeared on the "Not Tonight" remix with fellow female rappers Lil' Kim, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Da Brat and Angie Martinez, which garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance by a Duo, Band, or Group in 1998.
.TLC eventually began working with other producers for the FanMail album, until finally negotiating with Austin, who produced the bulk of FanMail and gave the album a futuristic, more pop-based feel.^ Buy more Pop albums ARTISTdirect .
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^ TLC's third album Fanmail sold over two million copies within the first month of release and once again, Austin had produced the album and garnered tremendous accolades.
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^ That album set the precedence for Crazy, Sexy, Cool , the second TLC album that sold over nine million copies in the US alone and won Austin his first Grammy award for Producer/ Songwriter.
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FanMail was another success for TLC, debuting at No. .1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart and selling over 6 million copies in the U.S. The album featured the number-one hit "No Scrubs", produced by Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, and the single "Unpretty," an alternative rock-styled song about self-love written by Watkins and Dallas Austin (another version of it sampled Dennis Edwards' 1984 hit "Don't Look Any Further"), that also reached #1 on the Billboard chart.^ TLC's third album Fanmail sold over two million copies within the first month of release and once again, Austin had produced the album and garnered tremendous accolades.
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^ That album set the precedence for Crazy, Sexy, Cool , the second TLC album that sold over nine million copies in the US alone and won Austin his first Grammy award for Producer/ Songwriter.
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^ "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" and "What About Your Friends" each reached the number two spot on Billboard 's R&B singles chart, becoming, respectively, platinum and gold.

[10] .At the Lady of Soul Awards the group was honored with the Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year Award.^ The group won two Grammy Awards, one for Best R&B Performance by a Duo/Group for "No Scrubs" and another for Best R&B Album, in addition to numerous other awards and honors.

[12]
.The videos for both songs were heavily featured on MTV and BET, and three more singles received decent radio play: "Silly Ho", "I'm Good at Being Bad", and Edmonds-written ballad, "Dear Lie". Like CrazySexyCool, FanMail won the Grammy for Best R&B Album of 2000 and Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "No Scrubs". The group went on a worldwide tour simply named FanMail Tour.^ The group won two Grammy Awards, one for Best R&B Performance by a Duo/Group for "No Scrubs" and another for Best R&B Album, in addition to numerous other awards and honors.

^ Check out my animated comment Tena Dunne wrote on August 3: One of the all time best girl groups, a good vibe to chill out with.
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^ After returning from debt after the release of CrazySexyCool, they released the album which should acheive their second with diamond sales, "Fanmail."
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While the first leg of the tour sold poorly and made the group lose 500,000 dollars, most of the second leg of the tour was sold out. .The group had a PayPerView special of their tour which at the time became PayPerView's highest grossing televised special.^ As the tour went on, the group found a middle ground, and became unified again.

During and after the release of FanMail, Lopes made it known to the press on multiple occasions that she felt that she was unable to fully express herself working with TLC and Austin. Her contributions to the songs had been reduced to periodic eight-bar raps, and studio session singers such as Debra Killings often took her place on the background vocals for the groups' songs. In its November 28, 1999 issue, Entertainment Weekly ran a letter from Lopes that challenged her group mates to record solo albums and let the fans judge which of the three was the most talented:
."I challenge Tionne 'Player' Watkins (T-boz) and Rozonda 'Hater' Thomas (Chilli) to an album entitled The Challenge...^ "Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas," Internet Movie Database, http://us.imdb.com/Name?Thomas,+Rozonda+%27Chilli%27 (July 1, 2003).

^ Thomas and Watkins finished the album that they were recording at the time Lopes died.

^ Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas managed to appeal equally to pop and R&B audiences, blending catchy hooks and bouncy funk with a sassy, sexy attitude.

a .3-CD set that contains three solo albums.^ She issued "The Challenge" with the release of a three-CD (one CD of each member) box set and each member releasing a single simultaneously and the winner would be the one whose single sold the most.

Each (album)... will be due to the record label by October 1, 2000... .I also challenge producer Dallas 'The Manipulator' Austin to produce all of the material and do it at a fraction of his normal rate.^ In short order, they met Thomas, locally based producer Dallas Austin, and '80s R&B singer Pebbles, who became their manager.
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^ Fan Mail was produced by some of R&B's biggest producers, including Babyface, Dallas Austin, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.

^ She and then-boyfriend, producer Dallas Austin, celebrated the arrival of a son, Tron.

As I think about it, I'm sure LaFace would not mind throwing in a $1.5 million dollar prize for the winner."[13]
The ladies eventually settled the feud, and The Challenge was never followed through. After the conclusion of the successful FanMail tour, the ladies, however, took some time off and pursued personal interests. .Lopes was the first to begin recording her solo album, Supernova.^ At the beginning of 2002, Lopes announced that she had signed a solo deal with the infamous Suge Knight's new label Tha Row, for which she would begin recording a follow-up to the unreleased Supernova under the name N.I.N.A. (New Identity Non-Applicable).
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^ Thomas and Watkins finished the album that they were recording at the time Lopes died.

^ Lopes continued to publicize her upcoming solo project, and Thomas eventually began working on her own album as well.
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.In 2000, Spice Girl Melanie C released a single co-written with Lopes in the UK and Europe, called "Never Be the Same Again"; it became a hit reaching #1 in many countries.^ The slinky lead single, "Creep," became TLC 's first number one pop hit, topping the charts for four weeks.
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^ "Waterfalls" would became a hit single during the summer of 1995.

^ The slinky lead single, "Creep," became TLC's first number one pop hit, topping the charts for four weeks.
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3D (2002)

.Before the recording of their fourth album, 3D, there was a dispute between Lopes on one side and Watkins and Thomas on the other.^ Thomas and Watkins finished the album that they were recording at the time Lopes died.

^ Thomas and Watkins dedicated the CD to Lopes.

^ As TLC prepared to tour in late 1999, tensions between the individual members spilled over into a public feud; Watkins and Thomas criticized Lopes for putting herself before the group, and Lopes responded by blasting TLC 's recent music and challenging her bandmates to record solo albums, so that fans could see who the real talent lay with.
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.Lopes originally wanted to withdraw from the group in order to see if they could duplicate their prior success without her contributions.^ Lloyd's of London also wanted to collect money from Lopes for the destruction of Rison's mansion, and this, along with money mismanagement, forced the group to file for bankruptcy.

^ According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Lopes stated: "I'm not really feeling TLC." Even concertgoers could see, hear, and feel the tension between the threesome.

^ TLC were definitely a success, but they weren't quite stars yet, and it remained to be seen whether they could maintain their momentum over the long haul.
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.Lopes eventually pursued solo stardom and recorded her first album Supernova, however it underperformed overseas and was never officially released in the United States.^ She had completed her solo album, Supernova , which was only released internationally.

^ Meanwhile, her solo debut, Supernova, was scheduled for release and then scrapped on several occasions; it eventually came out overseas, but domestically Arista pulled the plug.
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^ Group formed in Atlanta, GA, 1991; signed with LaFace Records; released debut album, Ooooooohhh ...

.Before the album was completed, Lopes died in a car crash.^ Not long before the release of their second album in late 1994, Lisa Lopes was arrested on arson charges.
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^ Thomas and Watkins finished the album that they were recording at the time Lopes died.

^ On April 25, 2002, Lopes was killed in a car crash in Honduras.

.Returning from yet another hiatus after Lopes' death in a car crash in 2002 while on missionary work in Honduras, Watkins, Thomas and Austin decided that they would complete the remainder of their fourth album, to be called 3D, which also featured production from Rodney Jerkins, The Neptunes, Raphael Saadiq, Missy Elliott and Timbaland.^ Thomas and Watkins finished the album that they were recording at the time Lopes died.

^ Thomas and Watkins dedicated the CD to Lopes.

^ On April 25, 2002, Lopes was killed in a car crash in Honduras.

.The decision was also made that TLC would retire after the release and promotion of 3D, rather than replace Lopes and continue.^ Lopes appears on five tracks on 3D, released in late 2002.

^ It was unclear whether they would continue to record together as TLC, but one thing was certain--Lopes would not be replaced.

^ On the TLC Tip , 1992; released CrazySexyCool , 1994; Fan Mail , 1999; founding member Lopes died, 2002; released 3D, 2002.

.Lopes had already completed her vocals for four songs; the remainder were performed by the remaining group members alone, who eulogized Lopes on a number of the tracks.^ The crazysexycool trio isn't like any other group who can replace a member and call it a day.
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^ The surviving members of TLC announced their intention to complete the album they'd begun, though without their most vibrant character the group's long-term future remained in doubt.
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^ Post Rating to Facebook Formed: 1991 in Atlanta, GA Years Active: 1990s, 2000s Group Members: Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes Post Artist to Facebook Top tracks by TLC .
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.The first single for 3D was "Girl Talk", the video for which featured Watkins and Thomas alone in live-action segments and Lopes in animated segments.^ Thomas and Watkins dedicated the CD to Lopes.

^ Thomas and Watkins finished the album that they were recording at the time Lopes died.

^ While Lopes's relationship with her father, who died in 1991, was characterized by violence, Thomas and Watkins essentially lacked fathers: Thomas's was absent altogether and Watkins's might as well have been.

.Its follow-up, "Hands Up", featured only Watkins and Thomas in its video, but took place in a nightclub named Club Lopes (Lopes' production company's "eye" logo was a prominent feature on the club's walls).^ Thomas and Watkins dedicated the CD to Lopes.

^ Still, it took quite some time to put together; Lopes announced in the summer of 1998 that she was working on a solo record, and Watkins tried her hand at acting with an appearance in the Hype Williams-directed Belly.

^ At the beginning of 2002, Lopes announced that she had signed a solo deal with the infamous Suge Knight's new label Tha Row, for which she would begin recording a follow-up to the unreleased Supernova under the name N.I.N.A. (New Identity Non-Applicable).

.The album only sold two million copies in its first year of release, and "Girl Talk" was the only single to reach the U.S. top forty with a peak position of number 28; "Hands Up" never charted, and a third single, "Damaged", reached number 53.[10] However, the singles enjoyed a bit more success in Europe and Asia.^ Becoming "The best-selling female group of all time" by 2000, sold over 45 million albums world-wide, four No.
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^ "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" and "What About Your Friends" each reached the number two spot on Billboard 's R&B singles chart, becoming, respectively, platinum and gold.

^ The slinky lead single, "Creep," became TLC 's first number one pop hit, topping the charts for four weeks.
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In June 2003, at Zootopia, an annual concert hosted by New York radio station Z100 held at Giants Stadium, TLC appeared in what was announced to be their last performance. The group, introduced by Carson Daly, showed a video montage dedicated to Lopes, and went on to perform songs against video footage of Lopes performing the same songs, and wearing the same outfits, that were appearing onstage.[14]

Now & Forever: The Hits (2003–2005)

.In 2003, LaFace had scheduled the release of Now and Forever: The Hits, a TLC greatest hits album with a new song, "Come Get Some", featuring Lil Jon and Sean P of the YoungBloodZ.^ The last album was TLC Now & Forever: The Hits which was released in 2004 boasting 19 tracks of hits and 2 unreleased tracks.
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^ They quickly scored a record deal with L.A. Reid and Babyface's new label, LaFace, and in 1992 issued their new jack-styled debut album, Ooooooohhh...On the TLC Tip.
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^ The instant excitement over TLC's look and sound prompted Morgan to argue that the album "put LaFace Records on the map."

.However, the compilation was not released domestically until June 2005, although versions of the compilation were released internationally in 2004 and the album was also available as a legal download from the iTunes Store in November 2004. On June 21, 2005, Now and Forever: The Hits was quietly released in the United States; the album debuted at number 53 with 20,000 copies sold.^ The last album was TLC Now & Forever: The Hits which was released in 2004 boasting 19 tracks of hits and 2 unreleased tracks.
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^ Meanwhile, her solo debut, Supernova, was scheduled for release and then scrapped on several occasions; it eventually came out overseas, but domestically Arista pulled the plug.
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^ Group formed in Atlanta, GA, 1991; signed with LaFace Records; released debut album, Ooooooohhh ...

.On May 15, 2007, Now and Forever: The Video Hits was released in the United States, after over four years of delayed release dates.^ On The TLC Tip 1992 New more Fanmail 1999 more 3D 2002 more Now & Forever: The Hits 2004 Compilations / Featuring: 3 .
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^ The last album was TLC Now & Forever: The Hits which was released in 2004 boasting 19 tracks of hits and 2 unreleased tracks.
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^ On The TLC Tip Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg Album Now & Forever - The Hits + R U The Girl "I Bet" Single Kick Your Game Album Now & Forever - The Hits + R U The Girl "I Bet" Single .
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.On August 20, 2007 a new greatest hits album was released in the UK called Crazy Sexy Hits: The Very Best of TLC, a play on the group's best selling album title Crazy Sexy Cool.^ Becoming "The best-selling female group of all time" by 2000, sold over 45 million albums world-wide, four No.
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^ Group formed in Atlanta, GA, 1991; signed with LaFace Records; released debut album, Ooooooohhh ...

^ TLC 's third album was finally released at the beginning of 1999.
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.Now and Forever: The Video Hits was also released in the UK for the first time on the same date.^ On The TLC Tip 1992 New more Fanmail 1999 more 3D 2002 more Now & Forever: The Hits 2004 Compilations / Featuring: 3 .
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^ On The TLC Tip Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg Album Now & Forever - The Hits + R U The Girl "I Bet" Single Kick Your Game Album Now & Forever - The Hits + R U The Girl "I Bet" Single .
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^ Crazysexycool 1994 more Now & Forever / The Hits 2004 more Now & Forever - The Hits + R U The Girl "I Bet" Single 2005 more Ooooooohhh...
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.The album fared better than previous compilation Now and Forever: The Hits, peaking at #57 on the UK album chart (Now and Forever: The Hits made #86).^ On The TLC Tip 1992 New more Fanmail 1999 more 3D 2002 more Now & Forever: The Hits 2004 Compilations / Featuring: 3 .
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^ On The TLC Tip Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg Album Now & Forever - The Hits + R U The Girl "I Bet" Single Kick Your Game Album Now & Forever - The Hits + R U The Girl "I Bet" Single .
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^ Crazysexycool 1994 more Now & Forever / The Hits 2004 more Now & Forever - The Hits + R U The Girl "I Bet" Single 2005 more Ooooooohhh...
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R U the Girl

.On June 25, 2004, Watkins and Thomas announced that they were pitching a reality television show where contestants would compete for a chance to record a single and perform in concert with the two of them.^ Thomas and Watkins finished the album that they were recording at the time Lopes died.

^ It was unclear whether they would continue to record together as TLC, but one thing was certain--Lopes would not be replaced.

^ Watkins and Thomas discussed Lopes's actions in Entertainment Weekly , which prompted Lopes to send a letter discussing her displeasure at the two members' airing of dirty laundry.

The show was eventually picked up for development by UPN. .R U the Girl with Watkins and Thomas debuted on UPN on July 27, 2005. The winner of the show would record with them on a new single and perform the track with them in a live concert finale in Atlanta.^ She issued "The Challenge" with the release of a three-CD (one CD of each member) box set and each member releasing a single simultaneously and the winner would be the one whose single sold the most.

^ Thomas and Watkins finished the album that they were recording at the time Lopes died.

^ Thomas added a different kind of vocal skill and dance experience; she choreographed TLC videos and live performances.

Roughly 4.1 million viewers tuned in for the season finale of R U The Girl on September 20, 2005, with 20-year-old Tiffany "O'so Krispie" Baker as the winner.[15] .Despite media speculation that the winner of the series was to become a new, permanent member of TLC, Watkins and Thomas have stated never to replace Lopes with a new member.^ Thomas and Watkins dedicated the CD to Lopes.

^ "You can never replace a TLC girl."

^ Thomas has expressed joy at becoming a mother and told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution : "When [Tron] gets to kindergarten, I'm through (with TLC).

.On October 4, 2005, "I Bet", the first new Watkins and Thomas single in over two years, was released to radio and iTunes, credited to "R U The Girl with Watkins & Thomas" with no mention of the TLC name on the package.^ According to the Daily News , Thomas said the album was "the most personal album the trio has made because it reflects experiences and emotions the group faced in the years since TLC became known around the world."

^ Watkins and Thomas discussed Lopes's actions in Entertainment Weekly , which prompted Lopes to send a letter discussing her displeasure at the two members' airing of dirty laundry.

^ Late 1994, TLC received their first No.
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.The song was also appended to pressings of Now and Forever: The Hits released after October 11, 2005. "I Bet" failed to chart in America and Europe, ending reports that Watkins and Thomas were putting the finishing touches on a repackaged Greatest Hits album.^ On The TLC Tip 1992 New more Fanmail 1999 more 3D 2002 more Now & Forever: The Hits 2004 Compilations / Featuring: 3 .
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^ Thomas and Watkins finished the album that they were recording at the time Lopes died.

^ The trio charted four Billboard Top 10 hits off their debut album, Ooooooohhh...on the TLC tip.
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Return (2008–present)

On June 24, 2008, Watkins and Thomas made a special appearance on the BET Awards. .They, along with the original members of En Vogue and SWV, performed in Alicia Keys' tribute to girl groups.^ On the TLC Tip , sold four million copies, but also because they achieved that success while radically redefining the R&B "girl group."

Watkins, Thomas, and Keys performed "Waterfalls".[16] TLC were also presenters at the BETJ Virtual Awards on November 25, 2008.
.In March 2009, Watkins and Thomas announced plans to perform together in a concert series in Japan featuring seventeen of TLC's songs.^ What was more, it was announced that for some time Watkins had been battling sickle cell anemia, which sapped her energy and often made performing difficult.
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^ TLC in JAPAN- APRIL 4, 2009 Experimenting back in 1992 with a unique blend of hip-hop, R&B and pop.
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^ Thomas added a different kind of vocal skill and dance experience; she choreographed TLC videos and live performances.

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.On August 25, 2009 it was announced that Watkins and Thomas would perform together at the Justin Timberlake and Friends benefit concert at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center on October 17, 2009.[18] At the concert, Watkins announced that she and Thomas plan to record new material.^ Thomas and Watkins finished the album that they were recording at the time Lopes died.

^ It was unclear whether they would continue to record together as TLC, but one thing was certain--Lopes would not be replaced.

^ Watkins and Thomas released a statement, quoted at MTV.com: "We had all grown up together and were as close as family.

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Discography

Albums

Compilation albums

  • 2004: Now and Forever: The Hits
  • 2007: Crazy Sexy Hits: The Very Best of TLC

Video releases

  • 2005: Now and Forever: The Video Hits

Tours

  • 1992  : MC Hammer's Too Legit to Quit Tour
  • 1992–1993: Bobby Brown No Humpin' Around Tour (opening act)
  • 1994–1996: Tours co-headlining with Boyz II Men
  • 1999–2000: FanMail Tour
  • 2009–2011: TLC Reunion Tour

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Song or Album
1993 Nominated Grammy Award Best R&B Song "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"
1996 Won Best R&B Album CrazySexyCool
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "Creep"
Nominated Record of the Year "Waterfalls"
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "Waterfalls"
2000 Won Best R&B Album Fanmail
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "No Scrubs"
Nominated Album of the Year Fanmail
Record of the Year "No Scrubs"
Song of the Year "Unpretty"
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "Unpretty"
Best Music Video, Short Form "Unpretty"
2003 Nominated Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "Girl Talk"
2004 Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "Hands Up"
1995 Won MTV Video Music Awards Video of the Year "Waterfalls"
Best Group Video "Waterfalls"
Best R&B Video "Waterfalls"
Viewer's Choice "Waterfalls"
Nominated Best Special Effects "Waterfalls"
Best Editing "Waterfalls"
Best Direction "Waterfalls"
Best Cinematography "Waterfalls"
Best Art Direction "Waterfalls"
Breakthrough Video "Waterfalls"
2000 Won Best Group Video "No Scrubs
Nominated Viewer's Choice "No Scrubs"
Best Hip Hop Video "No Scrubs"
Best Editing "No Scrubs"
Best Direction "No Scrubs"
Best Art Direction "No Scrubs"
1996 Won Billboard Music Award Artist of the Year
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R&B Artist of the Year
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R&B Single of the Year "Creep"
1997 Nominated American Music Award Favorite Soul/R&B Album CrazySexyCool
Favorite Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group
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Favorite Artist of the Year
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2000 Won Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Soul/Rhythm & Blues
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1996 Won Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo "Creep"
Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year – Group, Band or Duo CrazySexyCool
1997 Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo "Waterfalls"
1999 Aretha Franklin Award (Entertainer of the Year)
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Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo "No Scrubs"
Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year – Group, Band or Duo Fanmail
2003 Nominated Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo "Girl Talk"
Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year – Group, Band or Duo 3D
1997 Won Soul Train Music Award Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo "Waterfalls"
Best R&B/Soul Album – Group, Band or Duo CrazySexyCool
Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video "Waterfalls"
1999 Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo "No Scrubs"
Best R&B/Soul Album – Group, Band or Duo Fanmail
2003 Nominated Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo "Girl Talk"
2003 Nominated NAACP Image Award Outstanding Duo or Group
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See also

References

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  2. ^ a b "TLC Grammy Award Wins". grammy.com. http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/Winners/Results.aspx?title=&winner=TLC&year=0&genreID=0&hp=1. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  3. ^ RIAA Top 100 Certified Artists
  4. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/specials/hot100/charts/top100-artists-60.shtml. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  5. ^ "Billboard's Greatest Trios of All Time". billboard.com. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=2&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=&artist=TLC&format=&debutLP=&category=&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=&level=&label=&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=&before=&startMonth=1&endMonth=1&startYear=1958&endYear=2009&sort=Artist&perPage=25. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  6. ^ a b c Vena, Jocelyn; Elias, Matt (2009-10-09). "TLC Ready To 'Change People's Lives' With New Music". mtv.com. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1624199/20091019/tlc.jhtml. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  7. ^ a b c Simmonds, Jeremy (2008). The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches. Chicago Review Press. pp. 473. ISBN 1-556-52754-3. 
  8. ^ "T-Boz: Singer". people.com. 2000-05-08. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20131161,00.html. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  9. ^ Jones, Solomon. "Over the Waterfall". philadelphiaweekly.com. http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/print_friendly.php?id=3970. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Artist Chart History – TLC". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.vnuArtistId=22548&model.vnuAlbumId=552770. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  11. ^ Henriques, Diana B. and Samuels, Anita M. (February 5, 1996). "Does Going 'Broke' Mean Artist Really Doesn't Have Any Money?". New York Times. http://web.archive.org/web/20041010081842/http://mbhs.bergtraum.k12.ny.us/cybereng/nyt/rapper01.htm. 
  12. ^ "1998 – 4th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards". soultrain.com. http://www.soultrain.com/stlos/library.html. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  13. ^ Sinclair, Tom (1999-11-26). "Three To Tangle". ew.com. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,271844,00.html. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  14. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2003-06-02). "TLC Say Goodbye, Beleaguered Ja Rule Basks In Limelight At Zootopia Show". mtv.com. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1472227/20030602/tlc.jhtml. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  15. ^ "O'SO KRISPIE IS CHOSEN AS THE GIRL IN "R U THE GIRL WITH T-BOZ & CHILLI"". thefutoncritic.com. 2005-02-09. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20050922upn03. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  16. ^ Goodson, Dave. "Proven Hotness". bet.com. http://www.bet.com/Specials/BETAwards08/beta_ontv_showrecap.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  17. ^ "TLC Plan Japan Reunion Tour". express.co.uk. 2009-03-23. http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/90681. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  18. ^ "TLC's T-Boz and Chilli Reuniting at Justin Timberlake and Friends Concert". American Superstar Magazine. 2009-08-25. http://www.americansuperstarmag.com/news/tlcs-t-boz-and-chilli-reuniting-at-justin-timberlake-and-friends-concert. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  19. ^ Music Rooms Article

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