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.

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

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Janine Announces Release Date for Debut Album ’99’, Shares ‘Too Late’ Video

Emerging artist Janine has announced her debut album, 99, will release on May 25 via Atlantic Records. The singer revealed the exciting news on Twitter.

“Ohh and I have an announcement to make… GUESS WHAT?! MY ALBUM “99” COMES OUT EVERYWHERE NEXT MONTH ON MAY 25TH!,” she shared.

Janine recently wrapped up her first headlining tour Before It’s Too Late. “This tour has been the most incredible ride & I can’t wait to get back out on the road. Thank you for making this the best time of my life,” she said on social media.

She also released an accompanying visual for her latest single “Too Late,” which she shot in London. The song is expected to appear on 99. Previously released songs “Never the Right Time” and “Unstable” could appear on the debut LP as well, but we won’t know until she shares the official track list.

Jorja Smith Announces Debut Album ‘Lost & Found’

It’s about time. After several major features with hip-hop biggest stars (Drake, Kendrick Lamar), rising singer Jorja Smith has announced her debut album, Lost & Found, will arrive on June 8.

Smith will enjoy the spotlight alone on Lost & Found as there are no features on the project, which includes “Teenage Fantasy” and “Blue Lights.” She performed the latter song along with “On My Mind” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week.

Lost & Found Track List
1. “Lost & Found”
2. “Teenage Fantasy”
3. “Where Did I Go?”
4. “February 3rd”
5. “On Your Own”
6. “The One”
7. “Wandering Romance”
8. “Blue Lights”
9. “Lifeboats (Freestyle)”
10. “Goodbyes”
11. “Tomorrow”
12. “Don’t Watch Me Cry”

Pre-order Smith’s Lost & Found today.

 

Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots to Headline Smokin’ Grooves Festival

The performance lineup for the Smokin’ Grooves Festival has been announced. Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots are set to headline the event, which takes plance on June 16 at The Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Other artists on the bill include Jhene Aiko, NxWorries (Anderson Paak + Knxwledge), H.E.R., Majid Jordan, dvsn, Tiara Thomas, Lion Babe, Arin Ray, Ravyn Lenae, Omarion and THEY, to name a few.

While Badu doesn’t have a new project out, fans will be expecting to hear her classic records. Miguel and Jhené Aiko will promote their latest albums. The latter artist released her  sophomore album Trip last September, while Miguel delivered his third album, War & Leisure, in December.

Tickets are on sale now at smokingroovesfest.com.

See the complete Smokin’ Grooves lineup below.

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