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Formed in Atlanta in 1991, TLC (Chili, T-Boz, and Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes), debuted the following year with Ooooooohhh On The TLC Tip, an upbeat, highly danceable album, produced by crossover beat-wizards Dallas Austin and Jermaine Dupri. The trio scored big hits with the singles 'Ain't Too Proud To Beg' and 'What About Your Friends,' and quickly made an impression with their flamboyant fashion sense and unique, hip-hop-meets-R&B style. Their sophomore LP, CrazySexyCool, came out in '94, going multi-platinum on the strength of mellower but hugely popular tracks like 'Creep' and 'Waterfalls.' TLC then took five years off to deal with personal problems (including bankruptcy due to shady management and Left Eye's much-publicized arson debacle), then triumphantly returned in 1999 with Fanmail. The single 'No Scrubs' quickly re-established their superstar status, and they soon began recording new material for their fourth full-length. Tragically, Left Eye was killed in an automobile accident in Honduras in April of 2002. The surviving members went on to release 3D later that year, featuring the final songs they recorded with Lisa. Though TLC's career has been laden with drama, they've left behind a ten-year legacy of excellent music, and in the process managed to become one of the best-selling and most influential female groups the world has ever seen.

TLC, the best-selling female group in music history, has sold over 27 million albums and 9 million singles worldwide in less than a decade and impacted popular culture through music, style and fashion. The group's legacy as acknowledged leaders in the world of hip-hop, pop and R&B continues with the much-anticipated release of 3D, TLC's fourth album. The follow-up to the over nine-million selling 1999 album FANMAIL, the group's latest hit-filled project is a loving tribute by Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas to their beloved friend and fellow group member, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, who passed away in a tragic car accident in 2002. 'This is my favorite album,' says Chilli. 'It sums up everything we've done. The songs are classic and you can hear the unity between us as a group.'

T-Boz and Chilli felt it was important to go ahead with the album they had started working on with Lisa, who was responsible for the title and blueprinted the visuals for 3D. Left Eye, whose undeniable creative contribution to the group was immeasurable, contributed as a collaborating writer to four of the key cuts on 3D including 'Girl Talk,' the first single which features a no-holds-barred rap by the much-missed Lopes. Says Chilli: 'We knew that Lisa would have wanted us to finish the album. Really, there was no other option or decision to make. Tionne and I knew we had to do this for her because people will forever remember Lisa through us and our music.' Adds T-Boz, 'It wasn't easy for the two of us because we still had to do half the record and when we were in the studio, sometimes it was very hard. But the hardest thing has been filming the videos without her.'
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Executive produced by Left Eye, Chilli and T-Boz along with Arista Records President and CEO Antonio 'L.A.' Reid, who has played a pivotal role in the group's career since TLC first signed to LaFace Records in 1991, 3D features some of music's hottest producers including The Neptunes, Missy Elliott and Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Organized Noize, Babyface, Darryl Simmons, Raphael Saadiq, Eddie 'Eddie Hustle' Clement and longtime TLC collaborator Dallas Austin. Talking about the basic concept behind 3D, Chilli says, 'We wanted this to be a classic TLC record. We wanted people to see the unity between us. We never broke up, in spite of the rumors so this album has been about showing that we're sisters and we love each other. Musically, it is a continuation of what we have done as trendsetters. We kept the formula of working with people like Dallas and Babyface while adding some newcomers to the mix but all with the idea of staying ahead of the game.' As evidenced by the cut 'Hands Up,' longtime collaborators like Babyface come up with something decidedly new and different when working with TLC: 'When Babyface really gets to it, he really gets to it!' Chilli laughs. 'I told him, 'this song is going to be one of the big ones!''

As always, TLC delivers its own potent form of in-your-face music with cuts like 'Quickie,' written by T-Boz and Dallas Austin, the truly funny story of a man who is just a little too 'premature' in the bedroom. Tionne says, 'I love this song a lot and Dallas, who is TLC's main producer, let me write with him on this song which I appreciate. Originally we were going to put a different beat to the song but in the end it just all came together perfectly.' Chilli adds, 'We were lucky to find a rap from Lisa that really worked for that song.' Produced by Timbaland and co-written by Missy Elliott, the track entitled 'Dirty' is a slammin' party groove which Chilli describes as 'upbeat and fun.' In contrast, the haunting 'Turntable' is an acoustically-driven melodic track (produced by Jerkins) that is reminiscent of TLC's across-the-board 1994 multi-platinum breakthrough classic 'Waterfalls' and has all the earmarks of providing the group with another major international hit; while the standout 'Damaged' - another tune written by T-Boz and producer Austin - further stretches TLC's musical boundaries with its decidedly alternative 'feel.' T-Boz says, 'This is probably my favorite song on the CD. The song speaks of my heart because we have all been damaged. I feel very close to the words in this song.'

In 2001, TLC somehow managed to regroup and enter the studio together to work on material for a new album. That summer, a report surfaced that Lopes had postponed a wedding with, of all people, Andre Rison. Meanwhile, her solo debut, Supernova, was scheduled for release and then scrapped on several occasions; it eventually came out overseas, but domestically Arista pulled the plug. Meanwhile, TLC's recording halted while Watkins was hospitalized from complications with her anemia. At the beginning of 2002, Lopes announced that she had signed a solo deal with the infamous Suge Knight's new label Tha Row, for which she would begin recording a follow-up to the unreleased Supernova under the name N.I.N.A. (New Identity Non-Applicable). Sadly, she would never get the chance. Vacationing in her favorite getaway spot, Honduras, Lopes was driving a rented SUV with at least seven (possibly eight) passengers. Reportedly speeding, she lost control of the vehicle, which flipped over; she was the only member of the party to be seriously injured, and died from severe head trauma on April 25, 2002. The surviving members of TLC announced their intention to complete the album they'd begun, though without their most vibrant character the group's long-term future remained in doubt.
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