Surviving members of TLC release album

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins (left) and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas will release their album tomorrow.
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins (left) and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas will release their album tomorrow.PHOTO: TLC/INSTAGRAM

NEW YORK • More than 25 years after R&B girl group TLC formed in Atlanta and went on to become one of the most successful pop acts of the 1990s, the two remaining members are set to release their final album.

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

Surviving members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, 47, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, 46, turned to the Kickstarter funding website in 2015 to get backing for the new album.

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

"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 anchored 1990s hits such as No Scrubs, Unpretty and Waterfalls.

Lopes is in 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," she added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2017, with the headline 'Surviving members of TLC release album'. Print Edition | Subscribe