One last time! After 25 years, T-Boz and Chilli, will release a final album as TLC.
The two remaining members of the hip-hop group created a Kickstarter campaign on Monday, Jan. 19, to fund the upcoming project. Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas asked fans for $150,000 to back a fifth and final studio album.
"We want to do one last TLC album," T-Boz, 44, said in a video to fans. "We want to do an album but we want to do it on our own."
"We want to be able to be creative, think outside the box, and just be free to do what we really want to do," Chilli, 43, chimed in. "We want to give you guys the quality of work that we have always given you."
In less than a week, the musicians met and exceeded their goal, counting $173,390 in contributions as of Thursday, Jan. 22. The funds came from followers and supporters, including one very famous face.
"A BIG Special THANK YOU 2 @katyperry for her pledge to our #Kickstarter Campaign!" T-Boz tweeted on Tuesday, Jan. 20. "Your awesome!"
"Wow @katyperry..." added Chilli of the star, who reportedly gave $5,000 to the fundraiser. "Thanks so much for pledging!"
Perry's contribution gave her access to a choice of three incentives at the $5,000 level: a onesie from TLC's fashion archives, a slumber party in Atlanta with Chilli, or a slumber party in Los Angeles with T-Boz. As the onesie and the sleepover with Chilli were unclaimed as of Thursday morning, the "Roar" singer, 30, may have planned a little "California Gurls" get-together with T-Boz.
The upcoming project will be TLC's first studio album since the untimely death of founding member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. The star died in a car accident at the age of 30 in April 2002, after recording tracks for the group's last album, November 2002's 3D.
In the years since, T-Boz and Chilli have performed sporadically as TLC and released compilation albums with past recordings, but have yet to debut a record of new music without Left Eye.