Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.
So, as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.
This week we’ll tracking back to TLC‘s fourth and final #1 hit, 1999’s ‘Unpretty.’
Despite the enduring success of their blockbuster comeback single, 1999’s ‘No Scrubs,’ R&B trio TLC didn’t wait before its steam cooled to generate a release date for the bop’s follow-up single, ‘Unpretty.’
Reportedly conceived and written by the group’s lead singer T-Boz after witnessing women get berated for their appearances on a talk show, appointing the uplifting song’s as ‘Scrubs’ successor may have also served as a strategic move given the criticism launched its way for being ‘man-bashing.’
Making a handsome #76 premiere on the Billboard Hot 100 in late June 1999 (which ‘No Scrubs’ was still in the top 5), ‘Unpretty’ was penciled in the chart’s top spot not even three months later thanks to its touching Paul Hunter-directed music video. Deeply personal in that it shed light on some of the group member’s own insecurities, the visual was lauded for its head-on tackle of issues related to mental health, self-esteem, body shaming, eating disorders, and so much more.
Owning the chart for 3 weeks, the reign would be the last time TLC touched the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
When the dust settled, ‘Unpretty’ was not only nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 2000 Grammy Awards, but it was eventually certified GOLD by the RIAA (denoting sales of over 500,000 in the United States) and helped push its parent album, ‘FanMail,’ to worldwide sales of over 10 million.
**Related: Click here to read our TGJ Replay to the ‘FanMail’ album**
Look below to who joined TLC in the top 25 on this week’s Chart Rewind:
Hot 100 This Week in 1999
Hot 100 This Week
Click here to read this week’s full ‘Hot 100 chart check.’