History Music / TLC

27th Nov '17 8:17:03 PM Angeldeb82
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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. 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 $1,223 to her name. 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. Impressed by the girls, Reid renamed the group "TLC" (an acronym for "Tender Loving Care" and also the members' initials) 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. 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. The girls were signed to LaFace through a production deal with Pebbitone (with Perri Reid taking the role of the group's manager) and almost immediately went into the studio with producers Reid and Edmonds, Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, and Marley Marl to produce their first album.

The first TLC album, ''Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip'', was released in February 25, 1992 by LaFace. 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". 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."

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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. 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 $1,223 to her name. 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. Impressed by the girls, Reid renamed the group "TLC" (an acronym for "Tender Loving Care" and also the members' initials) and arranged an audition for them with local record label LaFace [=LaFace=] Records, run by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Reid's then-husband, Antonio "L.A." Reid. 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. The girls were signed to LaFace [=LaFace=] through a production deal with Pebbitone (with Perri Reid taking the role of the group's manager) and almost immediately went into the studio with producers Reid and Edmonds, Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, and Marley Marl to produce their first album.

The first TLC album, ''Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip'', was released in February 25, 1992 by LaFace.[=LaFace=]. 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". 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."



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. 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. 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, which is why there was never a 96 follow up album to ''[=CrazySexyCool=]''. 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 ''Film/WaitingToExhale'' 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.

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. 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 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. ''[=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. At the Lady of Soul Awards the group was honored with the Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year Award.

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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. They sought to renegotiate their 1991 contract with LaFace, [=LaFace=], under which they only received seven percent of the revenues from their album sales, and to dissolve their association with Pebbitone. Both Pebbitone and LaFace [=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, which is why there was never a 96 follow up album to ''[=CrazySexyCool=]''. 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 ''Film/WaitingToExhale'' 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.

[=LaFace=].

Preliminary work on TLC's third album, ''FanMail'', ''[=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. 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 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. ''[=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. At the Lady of Soul Awards the group was honored with the Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year Award.



In October 2009, TLC announced plans to record new material to be released [[RealSoonNow "sometime soon"]], later announcing a release date of October 2013. The album will contain the group's greatest hits and some new material. The same year, Creator/VH1 released a biopic based on the group entitled ''CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story'', starring Music/KekePalmer as Chilli, Drew Sidora as T-Boz, and rapper Lil Mama as Left-Eye. The movie became the top rated cable movie in VH-1 history. The group has sold over 50 million records worldwide, making them one of the best selling female groups of all time.

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In October 2009, TLC announced plans to record new material to be released [[RealSoonNow "sometime soon"]], later announcing a release date of October 2013. The album will contain the group's greatest hits and some new material. The same year, Creator/VH1 released a biopic based on the group entitled ''CrazySexyCool: ''[=CrazySexyCool=]: The TLC Story'', starring Music/KekePalmer as Chilli, Drew Sidora as T-Boz, and rapper Lil Mama as Left-Eye. The movie became the top rated cable movie in VH-1 history. The group has sold over 50 million records worldwide, making them one of the best selling female groups of all time.



* AintTooProudToBeg: Their debut single, "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg]]", is about the girls saying that they don't mind begging for sex from their significant others.



** There's a safe-sex PSA at the end of ''Ooooh on the TLC Tip''. Justified in that is was recorded and released during the height of the [=AIDS=] epidemic.
** The second verse of "Waterfalls." Those "three letters" that took him to his final resting place? [[spoiler:HIV]].

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** There's a safe-sex PSA at the end of ''Ooooh on ''Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip''. Justified in that is was recorded and released during the height of the [=AIDS=] epidemic.
** The second verse of "Waterfalls." Those "three letters" that took him the boy to his final resting place? [[spoiler:HIV]].[[spoiler:HIV.]]
21st May '17 10:23:53 AM nombretomado
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In October 2009, TLC announced plans to record new material to be released [[RealSoonNow "sometime soon"]], later announcing a release date of October 2013. The album will contain the group's greatest hits and some new material. The same year, VH1 released a biopic based on the group entitled ''CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story'', starring Music/KekePalmer as Chilli, Drew Sidora as T-Boz, and rapper Lil Mama as Left-Eye. The movie became the top rated cable movie in VH-1 history. The group has sold over 50 million records worldwide, making them one of the best selling female groups of all time.

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In October 2009, TLC announced plans to record new material to be released [[RealSoonNow "sometime soon"]], later announcing a release date of October 2013. The album will contain the group's greatest hits and some new material. The same year, VH1 Creator/VH1 released a biopic based on the group entitled ''CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story'', starring Music/KekePalmer as Chilli, Drew Sidora as T-Boz, and rapper Lil Mama as Left-Eye. The movie became the top rated cable movie in VH-1 history. The group has sold over 50 million records worldwide, making them one of the best selling female groups of all time.
26th Feb '17 10:08:29 PM NWolfman
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** The second verse of "Waterfalls." Those "three letters" that took him to his final resting place? [[spoiler:STD]].

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** The second verse of "Waterfalls." Those "three letters" that took him to his final resting place? [[spoiler:STD]].[[spoiler:HIV]].
15th Jan '17 8:37:32 PM AfroThunder
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* HipHopSoul



* TheLadette: Invoked in many of the songs on ''Ooooh on the TLC Tip''.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''[=CrazySexyCool=]'' was a radical departure from the group's exuberant New Jack Swing sound as it was starting to fall out of favour with the public, opting for the laidback R&B the group are best known for today.

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* TheLadette: Invoked in many of the songs on ''Ooooh on ''Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip''.
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* NewJackSwing: Used liberally on ''Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip!'', but mostly switched to HipHopSoul from [=CrazySexyCool=] onwards.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''[=CrazySexyCool=]'' was a radical departure from the group's exuberant New Jack Swing NewJackSwing sound as it was starting to fall out of favour with the public, opting for the laidback R&B the group are best known for today.
15th Jan '17 4:03:00 PM mkmckoy
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* SelfEmpowermentAnthem: They have many of these including "Bad By Myself" and "Depend on Myself".

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* SelfEmpowermentAnthem: They have many of these these, including "Bad By Myself" and Myself." "Depend on Myself".Myself," and "Unpretty."
* SympatheticAdulterer: “Creep” plays with this trope. The protagonist (T-Boz?) is cheating on her boyfriend, because he is cheating on her. Yet she doesn’t cheat out of revenge, but rather because she needs the emotional support in order to stay in the relationship, because she believes it would break his heart if she left.



* AWildRapperAppears: Happens in most of their songs due to having Left Eye in the group. [[Music/{{OutKast}} Andre 3000's]] presence in "Sumthin' Wicked This Way Comes" is particularly notable, since it showcases the wickedly fast and technical rapping style he would later become famous for.
* YourCheatingHeart: "Creep"

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* AWildRapperAppears: Happens in most of their songs due to having Left Eye in the group. [[Music/{{OutKast}} Andre 3000's]] presence in "Sumthin' Wicked This Way Comes" is particularly notable, since it showcases the wickedly fast and technical rapping style he would later become famous for.
* YourCheatingHeart: "Creep"
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10th Jan '17 9:23:00 AM NWolfman
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* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: There's a safe-sex PSA at the end of ''Ooooh on the TLC Tip''. Justified in that is was recorded and released during the height of the [=AIDS=] epidemic.

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* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle
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There's a safe-sex PSA at the end of ''Ooooh on the TLC Tip''. Justified in that is was recorded and released during the height of the [=AIDS=] epidemic.epidemic.
** The second verse of "Waterfalls." Those "three letters" that took him to his final resting place? [[spoiler:STD]].
30th Dec '16 11:54:38 AM Exxolon
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''Don't go chasing waterfalls,\\

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''Don't ->''Don't go chasing waterfalls,\\
30th Dec '16 11:54:29 AM Exxolon
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''Don't go chasing waterfalls,\\
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to,\\
I know that you're gonna have it your way or nothing at all,\\
But I think you're moving too fast.''
-->"Waterfalls"
25th Oct '16 9:41:59 PM vibes
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* 2002: ''3D'' (Released after the death of Lisa Lopes)

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* 2002: ''3D'' (Released (Completed and released after the death of Lisa Lopes)Lopes, with posthumous vocals)
25th Oct '16 6:01:49 PM vibes
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!!'''Studio Albums:'''
*1992: ''Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip''
*1994: ''[=CrazySexyCool=]''
*1999: ''[=FanMail=]''
*2002: ''3D'' (Released after the death of Lisa Lopes)
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