Kandi Burruss: ‘Xscape Got The Same Deal As TLC’

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As their former manager Pebbles continues to fight allegations addressed here, R&B force TLC have scored fresh support from fellow hit-maker Kandi Burruss this week, a close friend and one time competitor of the group’s remaining members.

Indeed, weeks after witnessing the group’s VH1 fuelled bio-pic, Burruss has now revealed that her group Xscape faced the same contractual trouble by way of unfair contracts allegedly designed to cheat them out of their money.

Her story below…

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  1. December 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm
    brenda jenkins says:

    i dont care if tlc swv xyz or kfc got the same contract! its still fcked up!!

  2. December 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm
    Navy Commander says:

    Please not an Xcape comback

  3. December 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm
    Earthakitdied says:

    Wait but you didn’t sell 60 million records.

  4. December 15, 2013 at 6:35 pm
    Lovebird (LOUDER - 04.03.14) says:

    She is absolutely right, a new artist cannot get a good deal unless they already have a foundation to stand on.

    It’s called a new artist contract, re-negotiate on your second or third album after you’ve proven yourself. It only makes sense.

  5. December 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm
    Lovebird (LOUDER - 04.03.14) says:

    Plus I’m sure they also had 100% on merchandizing like TLC, that is something you can use.

  6. December 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm
    Nate says:

    First thing, I hate hearing people justify wrong-doing by saying things like, “well, they did that to my group, too.” That doesn’t make it okay.

    Second, the fact that Kandi is equating Xscape with TLC in any way is laughable. I love their music, but Xscape’s album never went beyond platinum. TLC, on the other hand, had a certified-diamond sophomore album, and were still being paid pennies. That’s the shocking part of their story and the source of their complaints. Stop trying to down-play it!

  7. December 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm
    Lovebird (LOUDER - 04.03.14) says:


    Lisa broke it down,

    7 Points on an album, plus you’re responsible for all expenses. TLC never re-negotiated their deal until FANMAIL.

    Didn’t the waterfalls video cost something like $3 million to make? You want a $3 million video on a new artist contract?

  8. December 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm
    brenda jenkins says:

    lets not forget that tlc didnt have songwriting credits until the fan mail album and that has a big effect too.

  9. December 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm
    CzarM says:

    That’s not what she said. She said that all new artists gets shitty deals the first time, and that they did too. She wasn’t saying that theirs was just like TLC’s. It couldn’t have been. ‘TLC’ was literally a property owned by Pebbles’ company, which then negotiated a record deal with LaFace, which was a division of Arista, which itself was owned by BMG. There were at least 4 companies with their hands in the pot collecting profit from TLC’s earnings before the group members themselves were able to get paid.

    Xscape most likely did have a crappy contract, but unless they were owned by a production company and signed to a label through that production company the way TLC was, theirs couldn’t have possibly been as bad.

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  11. December 16, 2013 at 8:35 am
    Sundayluv says:

    I am so sick of this stupid ass generation who would not know anything about the 90’s if it slap them in the face with their iPhone. First of all EVERYBODY love Xscape, SWV, TLC, Jade, EnVogue. Nobody cared about who sold the most. How is comparing these groups to one another going to make your life better? You can tear apart all these other artists but hands off the 90’s that was greatness at it greatest. You had to be there and aware to understand their impact!

  12. December 16, 2013 at 8:36 am
    Sundayluv says:

    Does it matter they still were treated the same. Are you as hard on yourself as you are with other people?

  13. December 16, 2013 at 8:40 am
    Sundayluv says:

    You have got to be a child and don’t know any better. Xscape absolutely can compare themselves to TLC all they want they lived it not you! Kandi is bringing awareness. Stupid.

  14. December 16, 2013 at 9:09 am
    Marcel says:

    I guess this was common Pebbles did say that!!!

    Check out “Dare” by new artist Marcel

  15. December 16, 2013 at 12:55 pm
    MelyB says:

    Never that – those ladies hate each other too much to perform together.

  16. December 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    MelyB says:

    Thank you! Kandi can STFU on this topic. She co-wrote some of the biggest r&b tracks ever and continues to make money as a songwriter – nobody wants to pay $$ to hear her struggle notes anyway.

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