TLC to Release Kickstarter-Funded Album This Summer

Photo credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images

As they say, “You can’t rush greatness.” In February 2015, TLC made headlines after launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund their final album. The group surpassed their goal with $430,000 raised in a matter of days. Since the campaign launch, fans have been wondering if the album would see the light of day.

On Monday, TLC’s manager Bill Diggins confirmed the legendary group’s album is slated to arrive as early as this June. Diggins shared the update with financial backers on TLC’s Kickstarter page.

“I am thrilled to let you know that the album is tentatively scheduled to be released at the end of June and you will receive your advance album prior to that,” he wrote. “We are working out the official date in the next couple of weeks and once it is final we will notify you.”

Although fans were under the impression that the album would come out sooner (September 2015), Diggins explained why the project was delayed, insinuating that the campaign was launched prematurely.

“When we decided to do the album it was based on a number of emotional decisions and one of the biggest was how you inspired Tboz and Chilli by your emails and texts asking them to do another album,” he said. “At the time we had no music, no producers, no writers, and a few ideas…It took a lot more time to coordinate schedules with writers, TLC’s executive producer Ron Fair and recording sessions than anticipated.”

Diggins assured backers that the album will be worth the wait and they will feel proud about the project. “When you see TLC out promoting the album, performing on television and you are listening to the songs on radio; you should feel proud to say to your friends that you made this happen,” he said.”

TLC’s fifth studio album will follow 2002’s 3D, which was released nearly seven months after member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez died in a car accident. The album debuted at no. 6 on the Billboard 200 with 143,000 copies sold in the first week.

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Justine Skye Announces Debut Album ‘Ultraviolet’

With three EPs and a handful of one-off singles under her belt, Justine is finally ready to deliver her debut album. The project is titled Ultraviolet and is set to release on January 19, 2018 via Roc Nation. It will include her previously released songs “U Don’t Know” featuring Wiz Kid, “Back For More” featuring Jeremih and “Don’t Think About It.”

Skye took over Apple Music’s official Instagram account to announce the exciting news and to share a few details about the project. She revealed she collaborated with PARTYNEXTDOOR on a song called “Good Love,” which will be out on Friday.

“It was just dope working with PARTY because not only is he an amazing artist, he is a fire, fire songwriter and very passionate about the projects he works on,” she said.

The Brooklyn native also mentioned track seven, “Heaven,” is the most personal to her. “‘Heaven’ I feel like is the most vulnerable song on the album,” Skye said. “I did this song with Prince Charlez and Fred Ball who did ‘Love on the Brain’ with Rihanna.”

Ultraviolet will be on pre-order starting Friday (Dec. 8). Fans who pre-order the album will get an instant download of Skye’s new track “Goodlove.”

Ultraviolet Track List
1. Wasteland
2. Goodlove
3. U Don’t Know feat. Wiz Kid
4. Back For More feat. Jeremih
5. Don’t Think About It
6. You Got Me
7. Heaven
8. Push Ya
9. Lil Boy
10. Ultraviolet

Ty Dolla $ign Announces ‘Don’t Judge Me Tour’

After releasing his new album Beach House 3 in October, Ty Dolla $ign is ready to hit the road. The West Coast artist has announced his Don’t Judge Me Tour that is scheduled to begin on February 21, 2018 in Santa Ana, Calif. He will travel across 35 cities in North America, including Chicago, D.C, Detroit, New York, Toronto and Vancouver, to name a few. Rapper Big Krit will join him as the special guest at four stops.

Spotify pre-sales begin Thursday, December 7 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT while local pre-sales begin Thursday, December 7 at 10 a.m. local. All remaining tickets released to the general public on Friday, December 8 at 10 a.m. local. For complete details, and ticket information, please visit dollasignworld.com.

Ty Dolla $ign Don’t Judge Me Tour Dates
Feb. 21 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Feb. 22 – San Luis Obispo, CA – The Fremont Theater
Feb. 23 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Feb. 24 – Berkley, CA – The UC Theatre
Feb. 25 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
Feb. 27 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Feb. 28 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
March 1 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
March 2 – Las Vegas, NV – Drais
March 3 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
March 4 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
March 7 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
March 8 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
March 9 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
March 10 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
March 11 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
March 13 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
March 14 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
March 16 – Reading, PA – Reverb
March 17 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
March 18 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
March 20 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
March 21 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
March 22 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring *
March 23 – Morgantown, VA – Mainstage Morgantown
March 24 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva *
March 25 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz *
March 27 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel *
March 28 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Heaven Stage)
March 29 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
March 31 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
April 1 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
April 3 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
April 4 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
April 5 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Kandi Burruss to Make Broadway Debut in ‘Chicago’ Musical

Kandi keeps winning! After landing her first ESSENCE cover this fall, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star will razzle dazzle show-goers on Broadway for the first time as Matron “Mama” Morton in the eight-week run of Chicago.

The Xscape singer exclusively shared the announcement with PEOPLE. She also revealed her Broadway news on Instagram, captioning, “I’m so excited.”

The Grammy winning singer will begin her stint will run from January 15 – March 11, 2018 at the Ambassador Theatre in New York. She will join current Chicago stars Charlotte d’Amboise as Roxie Hart, Leigh Zimmerman as Velma Kelly, Todrick Hall as Billy Flynn (through January 14 only), Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

Kandi is still kickin’ it on the sold-out Great Xscape Tour with special guests Monica and Tamar Braxton. Get your tickets for Chicago here.

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