TLC’s Final Album Fundraiser Hits $50,000 In Less Than 24 Hours

Published: Tuesday 20th Jan 2015 by Sam

‘Waterfalls’ singers TLC have been receiving showers of kindness from their fans.

For, less than 24-hours after the fundraising campaign for their “final album” went live, the group have raked in a third of their requested total.

Details below…

As relayed, the trio’s surviving members Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas are calling on their supporters to help fund the recording of their last LP. And to give incentive, they’re offering everything from signed vinyls to trips to the movies with them.

Many scoffed at the idea (TGJ included), yet the resilient ladies seem to be proving folk wrong. Because just one day after the announcement they have received donations totalling over $50,000.


The figure is noteworthy because it represents a third of their $150,000 target. And, with the campaign set to run for 30 days, it easily places the R&B outfit on track to hit their requested total and then some.


Kudos where it’s due, this could end up proving the naysayers wrong.

Still, we largely maintain that “perception is everything”, as such asking fans for money to create an album they’re still going to have to buy just feels…tacky.

Not to mention that no one seems to be talking about the costs attached to promoting the project once it’s complete. Anyway enough of our rambling…

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  1. MariahIsMusic1 January 20, 2015

    Y’ll better donate.

    • I STAN(D) FOR TALENT January 20, 2015

      It’s *Y’all. 😀

  2. I STAN(D) FOR TALENT January 20, 2015

    Doesn’t it cost between $50,000 and $100,000 to produce a track nowadays? What are they gonna do with $150,000? *Facepalm* *SMH*

    • Louie January 20, 2015

      STFU. You don’t what kind of deals that they have made with certain individuals!! You’re just mad because your fave could NEVER!!!!

      • I STAN(D) FOR TALENT January 20, 2015

        Lol – I agree. Do you even know who my fave is? *Sips tea* Tell me, long have you been waiting to reply to me? *Sigh* I love my fans. Lol

    • Louie January 20, 2015

      Your fave doesn’t matter which is why I could care less as to who it is, but if I had to guess I’m sure it’s probably Cassie or Adina Howard. LMAO

      • I STAN(D) FOR TALEN January 20, 2015

        No it’s Nicki Manaj b****

      • I STAN(D) FOR TALEN January 20, 2015

        And I like Azealia Banks us black b!tches stick together!

      • I STAN(D) FOR TALEN January 20, 2015

        I’m such a mess today

      • Louie January 20, 2015

        You’re messy as hell!!

    • Louie January 20, 2015

      Since I like Nicki, I’ll give you a pass… But you better be careful how you use that B-Word. The usage of it will get you an automatic detox. Trick.

      • I STAN(D) FOR TALENT January 20, 2015

        That’s not me bítch, and I’m not a fan of Nicki or AB. Did you not see that this fan of mine has no avi and has “TALEN”

  3. DanYiel Teflon January 20, 2015

    Not a Fan I purchased 3D cuz “Left Eye” death afterwards I past on their music…carry on folks…

  4. I STAN(D) FOR TALENT January 20, 2015

    I guess this is somewhat innovative. They are the first ones or one of first people to use crowdfunding in the music industry. I see this becoming common in the upcoming years. It’s common in the film industry and IT industry.

    • Damn January 20, 2015

      It looks like it’s working. I think it is a great idea and trying new things can be challenging, and at the same time rewarding…

  5. Al January 20, 2015

    Am waiting for the Rita Ora in out come on where are you? I bet Rita earns that off sukin dik in a month

    • rihanna is groupie January 20, 2015

      Rita ora has a recording contract, so she does not need to resort this. TLC are not signed.

  6. I STAN(D) FOR TALENT January 20, 2015

    Plot Twist: What if they need $150,000 just to pay off they’re debts? 😀
    C’mon. It easily costs that much to make a song. They have to pay off the songwriter(s), the producer(s), studio time, mixing/editing, mastering, etc. Maybe they made deals with people, who knows. Anyway, good luck to them.

    • CT January 20, 2015


  7. Baddie Bey January 20, 2015

    Queen Bey would never

    • I STAN(D) FOR TALEN January 20, 2015

      Yeah as long as he has Jay to pimp him out

    • Damn January 20, 2015

      She probably will in the future. They were at the top of the game once upon a time and I’m pretty sure one day Beyonce won’t either. That’s how life works…

  8. caribbean native January 20, 2015

    Show me the reciepts

    • I STAN(D) FOR TALEN January 20, 2015

      What kind of $hit comment is that

  9. TLCForever January 20, 2015

    People always seem to doubt them for some reason; the girls have been in the industry long enough to actually know what they’re doing .

    And honestly ; I think this is a good idea , I don’t think they came up with this idea having the thought process of “needing money” like some may think .

    Since it’s their last album I think they just wanted the fans to be more involved , kind of like “Fanmail” but to the highest power.

    They said themselves that there’s no bad blood with LA Reid and that they only signed to Epic for the release of the “CrazySexyCool: TLC Movie” soundtrack , .

    I truly love these girls and if they feel as if this is the best way to go then i’ll support them no matter what.

  10. #1Lamb January 20, 2015

    Sam lets get one thing clear. this fundraiser is not as messy as you all make it seem. I work in film and producers are always having fundraisers for movies. Some of the biggest names in Hollywood have people funding films. It’s the normal. TLC for what ever reason just has their fans in the mix and I think it’s kinda cool. It’s not like they need money for milk and bread or money to keep the lights on. It is a project and again this is what people do. #HelloMcFly

    • HBIC_MamaPope January 20, 2015

      Not quite. Kickstarter is used all the time in hollywood usually when actors or producers really believe in a independent project and want to push it forward, but they can’t get a big financing company or production brand behind their budget – this is common, because even in the rare occasion that an independent movie manages to flip a profit they still have to pay more than 50% of their funds to the distributors in each territory/country the project is promoted in.
      Music is different, especially when an established act that is represented by a label is asking the public to donate money – I don’t agree with this because it feels shady dressing this up as getting the fans involved when they are basically trying to snub Epic; i.e. LA Reid and his ex-wife Pebbles for personal reasons -after all blood is thicker than water, and LA Reid is going to stick by the mother of his kids. I don’t even like Pebbles because she is a thief and a liar but I don’t agree with the fact that the biopic (which I did enjoy) did not cover the fact that their deal was not the only reason why they went bankrupt – which was mainly because of touring fees (music acts usually pay for the bulk of their tour and hope to flip a profit), Tionne’s medical fees and the millions it cost Lisa in house insurance for her boyfriends home. If they wanna ‘involve’ the fans, they should just do a front cover with fan-names again, instead of asking for $150k.

  11. Terry B January 20, 2015

    I feel sorry for everyone who donated. TLC just doesn’t want to spend their own money. You guys are too blind to see! If they flop, which they will, they won’t be at a loss financially.

    • Leon January 20, 2015

      And why should they use their own money? Its the fans who are demanding this album be made, and we’re paying for it to make sure it happens. Without the heavy hand of a record label blocking their creative decisions.

      • Damn January 20, 2015

        I concur

  12. Leon January 20, 2015

    Do your research, Sam. Anyone who contributes to funding the project will get a digital copy of the album. Therefore they will not have to purchase it.

  13. Mista C January 20, 2015

    Ok, naysayers and shade throwers, I hate to break this to you. I’m a marketing VP and whoever came up with this idea for TLC or even if they did themselves, it’s genius. Look beyond the obvious reactions (tacky, poor taste, etc.). This allows REAL fans to put their money where their mouths are. They are not just donating and taking ownership of TLC’s final album as a fan, but they will actually interact with (get something) from the artists themselves for their pledges. It’s genius…you heard it here first…other artists will follow suit.

    • I STAN(D) FOR TALENT January 20, 2015

      You’re just saying what everybody has already said, including me. What would a Vice President be doing on this little blog. What a reach!!!!! XD

      • Mista C January 20, 2015

        There’s a reason why I’m a VEEP and you’re not.

  14. The Bajan Princess January 20, 2015

    This cheapens their legacy. How pathetic !

    • Truth January 20, 2015

      If your name represents who I think it does, then seriously shut up.

  15. Neil January 20, 2015

    It’s not tacky really. U get a digital copy of the release with your donation. I’ve been waiting 12 years for an album. It’s worth it!

  16. TheElusiveLamb January 20, 2015

    I donated $100 last night. I hate to see legends seemingly down and out. They worked SO hard in their prime. I will love TLC forever.

  17. Cupid January 20, 2015

    They better take the money and run. If the TLC movie couldn’t put them back on then I’m not sure an album can.

  18. theish January 20, 2015

    Ummmm TGJ… you do know that whoever donates gets the ablum… you dont have to buy it later… read the whole thing next time!

  19. AmbeRussell January 20, 2015

    Ppl wanna shade them and yet Neil young raised $6 million for his album and he is worth $65mill, but it so bad for them to ask for $$$

  20. HBIC_MamaPope January 20, 2015

    “I was chilling with my cool-aid, when Ms. Chilli came to relay.. that you wanted coins for me, and just was not going to be…”

    *plays Diggin’_On_You_mp3′

    • HBIC_MamaPope January 20, 2015


  21. HBIC_MamaPope January 20, 2015

    Wasn’t the whole reason why FanMail was delayed for 2 years because producers like Dallas Austin wanted to charge them 4.5M for a set of tracks (as Left Eye stated). How are they going to do an entire album when most legit producers charge high prices

  22. Blacksista January 20, 2015

    All artist should do this especially with fans stealing music anyway. Why should they go broke making an album for the fans?

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