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20 years after the release of CrazySexyCool, TLC is back for one last album: The two remaining members of the iconic RnB band took to Kickstarter Monday to raise funds for the production of a new and final studio album.
TLC is looking to raise at least $150,000, and promises to give fans who pledge $5 or more a chance to vote on one of the songs included on the album. From their Kickstarter page:
[blockquote person=”” attribution=””]”Every penny we raise during this campaign will go towards making this final album together with you! The initial goal of $150,000 will go towards a writing session in the studio with a producer and engineer. The money beyond that will go to booking music producers, writing sessions, mixing sessions, recording sessions, and SO much more. We want to work with the best in the business, so the more we raise means access to the best.”[/blockquote]
TLC isn’t the first band that is taking to Kickstarter to raise funds, but the RnB trio was notable for being a very public manifestation of questionable music industry practices. The band’s label generated more than $100 million in sales with the bands two first albums, but TLC had to file for bankruptcy in 1995.
Those experiences may have been one more reason for TLC to take their case directly to fans this week. Here’s how the band put it on Kickstarter:
[blockquote person=”” attribution=””]”While major labels offer artists multimillion dollar recording and marketing budgets, they don’t often give artists complete control of their own music. It is essential that we create our final album completely on our own terms, without any restrictions, with you.”[/blockquote]