TLC announces a new timeline.
In January 2015, T-Boz and Chili of TLC set up a Kickstarter page with a goal of $150,000 to fund their fifth and final album. The duo opted out of label support, so their fans stepped in and helped the ladies reach their goal and then some. They ended up amassing $430,000, which included a $5,000 donation from Katy Perry. The ladies promised an album towards the end of 2015, but later updated fans that they were "moving the album back to 2016, so that we will have more time to finish the record the TLC way." 2016 came and went, and clearly no TLC album.
TLC’s longtime manager, Bill Diggins, is offering another update. He says the record will drop in June, and that its 4000+ backers will receive an advanced copy.
"When we decided to do the album it was based on a number of emotional decisions and one of the biggest was how you inspired Tboz and Chilli by your emails and texts asking them to do another album," he said. "At the time we had no music, no producers, no writers, and a few ideas. We also were in the middle of rehearsal’s for TLC’s first arena tour since The FanMail Tour and therefore on the road for most of the year. It was very important to establish TLC’s touring credibility and as most of you saw TLC live I am sure you agreed that we accomplished that goal. It took a lot more time to coordinate schedules with writers, TLC’s executive producer Ron Fair and recording sessions than anticipated. 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."
The news coincides with the 25th anniversary of TLC's debut album, Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip.
In 2015, T-Boz and Chili promised their forthcoming "final" record will "stay true to the TLC sound," adding it will confront "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.”