1990s R&B stars TLC to release crowdfunded final album on June 30

R&B band TLC are now a duo comprising Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda"Chilli" Thomas after Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes died in a car crash in 2002. PHOTO: KICKSTARTER
R&B band TLC are now a duo comprising Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda"Chilli" Thomas after Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes died in a car crash in 2002. PHOTO: KICKSTARTER

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More than 25 years after R&B girl group TLC formed in Atlanta and went on to become one of the most successful acts of the 1990s, the two remaining members are set to release their final album.

The self-titled album, which will be released on Friday, is their first studio album in 15 years and the first without member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died in a car crash in Honduras in 2002.

Surviving members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda"Chilli" Thomas turned to the Kickstarter funding website in 2015 to get backing for their final album.

They raised nearly three times their goal of US$150,000 (S$210,000).

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"The way the record deals are now... we're not interested in anything like that," Thomas said. "When Bill (Diggins, TLC's manager) told us about Kickstarter and we could involve our fans, we did.

"That was the right way and that made the timing right."

Thomas, Watkins and Lopes collaborated on 1990s hits such as No Scrubs, Unpretty and Waterfalls.

Lopes is included on the new album through soundbites of an old interview, Watkins said.

"It's the essence of what you remember her for, that loud spunky voice," Watkins added.

Watkins said she and Thomas are leaving the door open to other ways of collaborating and keeping TLC's legacy alive.