PROFILE
Name:
TLC
Birth Place:
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Their first album Ooooooohhh.... On the TLC Tip
BIOGRAPHY
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No Scrubs

Background:

American R&B girl group TLC, originally comprising of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins (born April 26, 1970), Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas (born on February 27, 1971) and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (born May 27, 1971, died on April 25, 2002), rose to prominence with their debut album “Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip” (1992), which went platinum four times in the United States and yielded the group's first three Top 10 hit singles with “Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg,” “Baby-Baby-Baby” and “What About Your Friends.” The group gained even more success with the sophomore effort “CrazySexyCool” (1994), which was certified diamond by RIAA. Two of the album singles, “Creep” and “Waterfalls,” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. “CrazySexyCool” and “Creep” won the 1996 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, respectively. Their third album, “FanMail” (1999), debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum six times in the U.S. It also brought the group their second Grammy Award for Best R&B Album and spawned the No. 1 hits “No Scrubs” and Unpretty.” “No Scrubs” won a 2000 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The fourth album, “3D,” was released on November 6, 2002, (seven months after Lopes’ death), before TLC went on hiatus in 2003. The two remaining members were reunited in 2008.


2nd Nature

Childhood and Family:

An Atlanta, Georgia, a teenager named Crystal Jones put out an advertisement in 1991 to look for two more girls to join her in a group. She eventually got a reply from Tionne Watkins, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, who relocated 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. The girls named themselves 2nd Nature before arranging an audition with R&B singer Perri “Pebbles” Reid, who had set up her own management and production company called Pebbitone. Impressed by the girls, Pebbles renamed the group TLC and organized an audition for them with LaFace Records, which was founded in 1989 by the producing duo Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Pebbles' then-husband, and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. The girls eventually scored a contract with the label, but without Jones. She was replaced by part time Damian Dame backup dancer Rozonda Thomas. Pebbles served as the group's manager.

On April 25, 2002, Lopes was killed in a car accident in Honduras. She was buried at Hillandale Memorial Gardens in Lithonia, Georgia.


CrazySexyCool

Career:

Recorded between August and December 1991, TLC's debut album, “Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip,” was released on February 25, 1992, through LaFace Records. The album was successful and rose to No. 14 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. It went platinum in August of 1992 and quadruple platinum by May 1996 and charted at No. 43 on the Canadian Albums Chart, where it eventually received platinum certification. “Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip” spawned four singles. Released on November 22, 1991, the first single, “Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg,” which was co-written by Dallas Austin and Lisa Lopes, went to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and marked the group's first platinum single in the U.S. It also charted in other countries like the U.K. (#13), the Netherlands (#24), Australia (#28) and New Zealand (#35) and received a 1993 Grammy nomination for Best R&B Song. The second single, “Baby-Baby-Baby,” (1992) became the group's most successful single from the album when it peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The song also went platinum in the U.S. It was followed by the gold record “What About Your Friends” (1992, #7 US & #2 US R&B) and “Hat 2 da Back” (1993, #30 US & #14 US R&B).

TLC embarked on their first national tour when they served as the opening act for MC Hammer. It was during the tour that Lopes and Thomas found out that Watkins had sickle cell when she became sick while TLC was touring the southwest. She tirelessly fought the disease and eventually became a spokesperson for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America in the late 1990s. At the end of the tour, TLC decided to have more control over their career and then told Pebbles they no longer wanted her to be their manager. Pebbles released the group from its management deal but they stayed signed to Pebbitone, with Pebbles continuing to receive a share of their profits.

In 1994, apart from trouble Lopes had with the law, TLC managed to return to the studio to work on their second album with producers Dallas Austin, Tim & Bob, Jermaine Dupri, Babyface, Organized Noize, and Sean “Puffy” Combs. The album “CrazySexyCool” was launched on November 15, 1994, and became an international hit when it rose to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. It was eventually certified platinum eleven times by RIAA. ”CrazySexyCool” also made the Top 10 on the U.K. Albums chart (#4) and went platinum there. It also went platinum eight times in Canada. “CrazySexyCool” was handed a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album in 1996 and earned a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year - Group, Band or Duo, and an American Music nomination for Favorite Soul/R&B Album.

Released on October 31, 1994, the lead single, “Creep,” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. It won a 1996 Grammy Award in the category of Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, a Billboard Music Award for R&B Single of the Year, and a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo. The second single, “Red Light Special,” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks, while the third, “Waterfall,” was considered their most successful single. Co-written by Lopes, Marqueze Etheridge and Organized Noize, “Waterfall” scored seven weeks as No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and rose to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Track. The song was nominated for Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and won MTV Video Music awards for Video of the Year, Best Group Video, Best R&B Video and Viewer's Choice, and a Soul Train Lady of Soul for Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo, to name a few honors. Despite their success, the members of TLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 3, 1995. In spite of legal and financial troubles, the group recorded “This Is How It Works” for the soundtrack of the motion picture “Waiting to Exhale” in 1995.

After their contract was renewed and their production deal with Pebbitone and Pebbles was annulled, TLC was scheduled to reenter the studio in 1997 to work on their third album. However, the plan was canceled because of conflicts between the group and their primary producer, Dallas Austin, who was then dating Thomas. In the meantime, members of TLC pursued their individual careers. Thomas appeared in Christopher Scott Cherot's indie flick “HavPlenty” (1997) and Watkins costarred with rappers Nas and DMX in the film “Belly” (1998), by Hype Williams. The latter also recorded a solo song titled “Touch Myself” (1996) and Lopes founded the Lopes Productions artist development company. She also became a featured performer on the Grammy Award nominated “Not Tonight” remix.

Recorded between April and December 1998, TLC's third album, “FanMail,” was released on February 23, 1999. Co-produced by the group with Antonio M. Reid, Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jermaine Dupri, and Dallas Austin, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart. It was eventually certified platinum six times by RIAA and sold over 11 million pieces worldwide. “FanMail” won a 2000 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album and was nominated for Album of the Year. It also won a Soul Train Lady of Soul for Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year - Group, Band or Duo and a Soul Train Music for Best R&B/Soul Album - Group, Band or Duo. “FanMail” produced two No. 1 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with “No Scrubs” (1999) and “Unpretty” (1999). “No Scrubs,” which also peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Track, won the group a Grammy Award in the category of Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and a nomination for Record of the Year, to name a few awards and nominations. Co-written by Austin and Watkins, “Unpretty” received Grammy nominations for Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Music Video, Short Form. The third and last single from the album, “Dear Lie” (1999), which was co-penned by Babyface and Watkins, was a minor success.

Prior to the recording of the album “3D,” members of TLC were in conflicts and Lopes wanted to leave the group. Lopes released her solo debut album, “Supernova,” in August 2001 overseas, but it was not released in the U.S. Before she could complete her second album, she died in a car crash in Honduras in April 2002.

Seven months after the death of Lopes, “3D” was released on November 12, 2002. The album debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and No. 4 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums and was certified platinum by RIAA. The album was nominated for a 2003 Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year - Group, Band or Duo. The first single, “Girl Talk,” (2002) which was co-written by Lopes, Watkins, Anita McLoud, Edmund “Eddie Hustle” Clement and Kandi Burruss, went to No. 23 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Chart and No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. It earned a 2003 Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and a 2003 Soul Train Lady of Soul nomination for Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo. The follow up single, “Hands Up,” (2002) earned TLC a 2004 Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo/Group. The third single, “Damaged,” (2003) peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard Hot 100. The final single from the album, “Turntable” (2004), a tribute to Lopes, failed to enter the Billboard charts.

In June 2003, the two surviving members of TLC performed in a concert at Zootopia before they took a break. A compilation album titled “Now and Forever: The Hits” was released by Arista Records on September 30, 2003, in Japan, November 24, 2003, in the United Kingdom and June 21, 2003, in North America. The album peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard 200 and No. 77 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. A new song titled “Come Get Some,” featuring Lil Jon and Sean P., was released as a single from the album and peaked at No. 81 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.

In 2005, Watkins and Thomas hosted a reality television show called “R U the Girl,” which premiered on UPN in July 2005 and ended in September. The first new Watkins and Thomas single after two years, “I Bet,” featuring “O'so Krispie” Baker, was released on October 4, 2005. Two years later a greatest hits album, “Crazy Sexy Hits: The Very Best of TLC,” was released exclusively in the U.K., where it peaked at No. 57.

In 2008, TLC was reunited when Watkins and Thomas made a special appearance on the BET Awards. The two also became presenters at the BETJ Virtual Awards on November 25, 2008. They have since performed in various concerts, including a concert series in Japan in 2009 and the Justin Timberlake and Friends benefit concert on October 17, 2009. They have announced plans to record new material.


Awards:

  • Grammy: Best R&B Album, “Fanmail,” 2000

  • Grammy: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, “No Scrubs,” 2000

  • MTV Music Video: Best Group Video, “No Scrubs,” 2000

  • Soul Train Lady of Soul: Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year - Group, Band or Duo, “Fanmail,” 1999

  • Soul Train Lady of Soul: Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo, “No Scrubs,” 1999

  • Soul Train Lady of Soul: Aretha Franklin Award (Entertainer of the Year), 1999

  • Soul Train Music: Best R&B/Soul Album - Group, Band or Duo, “Fanmail,” 1999

  • Soul Train Music: Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo, “No Scrubs,” 1999

  • American Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Soul/Rhythm & Blues, 1997

  • Soul Train Lady of Soul: Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo, “Waterfalls,” 1997

  • Soul Train Music: Best R&B/Soul Album - Group, Band or Duo, “CrazySexyCool,” 1997

  • Soul Train Music: Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo, “Waterfalls,” 1997

  • Soul Train Music: Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video, “Waterfalls,” 1997

  • Grammy: Best R&B Album, “CrazySexyCool,” 1996

  • Grammy: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, “Creep,” 1996

  • Billboard Music: Artist of the Year, 1996

  • Billboard Music: R&B Artist of the Year, 1996

  • Billboard Music: R&B Single of the Year, “Creep,”1996

  • Soul Train Lady of Soul: Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year - Group, Band or Duo, “CrazySexyCool,” 1996

  • Soul Train Lady of Soul: Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo, “Creep,” 1996

  • MTV Video Music: Video of the Year, “Waterfalls,” 1995

  • MTV Video Music: Best Group Video, “Waterfalls,” 1995

  • MTV Video Music: Best R&B Video, “Waterfalls,” 1995

  • MTV Video Music: Viewer's Choice, “Waterfalls,” 1995

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