TLC is a girl group that in its original form enclosed Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Lisa passed away in 2002.
Their name was suggested by the singer Perri “Pebbles” Reid. Tionne and Lisa were at first joined by Crystal Jones. Crystal left the group after some contracts issues and was replaced by Rozonda Thomas.
Their debut album Ooooooohhh… On The TLC Tip (1992) sold incredibly well. With over four million copies sold in the US, TLC rose to fame. Their second album was entitled CrazySexyCool. It achieved the performance to have all four singles peak at the five places on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. They won two Grammy Awards, one for Best R&B Album and the other one for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group.
The girls met with bankruptcy short after. Trying to work out their problems, they continued making music. Their third studio album FanMail (1999) debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. The album’s lead single is the iconic hit “No Scrubs”. NME rated FanMail with 8/10.
After another Grammy-winning album (FanMail won Best R&B Album), the band found itself troubled with personal issues. Lopes instigated at a type of contest between the TLC members. She wanted that every girl from the band to release a solo album and see who will rank better. The feud was extinguished quickly. The band went into hiatus after Lopes died in 2002. They resumed their career as a group with the album 3D, that was almost done before Lisa’s death. 3D saw the light of day in the fall of 2002. It peaked at number four on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
In 2015, the two remaining members of TLC announced they are working on their fifth studio album. They went on the TLC 2016 Tour through US, Canada, Japan, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.
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