It’s starting to become trendy for celebrities to launch kickstarters to fund projects. First it was Angela Simmons [whose family is pretty darn wealthy] and now TLC is asking their fans to financially support the production of their final album.
TLC is gearing up to work on their fifth and final album but they need financial assistance and they’re seeking it via Kickstarter. The duo isn’t just asking for money from fans, they’re offering fun perks as well. These perks include slumber parties with the group, personal phone calls and voicemails, movie dates, photoshoots and more! Chilli and T-Boz are hoping to raise $150,000 to pay for recording sessions, producers, engineers, etc. Chili sat down with Billboard and explained why it is important for them to get outside funding [from fans] verses having a record label back them financially. Check out the highlights from the interview:
On why they decided to start a kickstarter:
It’s a combination of things. Our manager talked to us about Kickstarter long ago, and maybe he was just planting the seeds back then. Also, I got on Twitter later than most. I already had fans asking, “When are you coming back? We need more music!” Then once our biopic came out, the requests were just overwhelming. Fans have even been sending ideas for what they want a new album cover to look like — they get so creative. They have so much love for us, and we thought, “We gotta do this, and we have to involve the fans.”
On the perks that comes with donating:
Lots of fun stuff. Everybody knows how T-Boz and I are afraid of the dark, so we have TLC nightlights. And we love our onesies, so we’ll have an overnight onesie party with some fans. Plus personal things, like a workout session with me. We have things we can give them — things you can have in your hand — but it’s nothing like spending that quality time with fans that love you.
On if Left Eye will be featured on the new album:
You know, when we did the last album, 3D, during the time that she did pass away, the song “Girl Talk” was the only one that her rap was current — she did the rap specifically for that song. Before that, Lisa was working on her solo stuff and she wanted to go in a direction that was different from Left Eye with TLC. And we totally understood, respected and supported her, but a lot of that is different from the type of music that we do. At that time we were searching really hard to find stuff to go with songs we were working on to finish the [3D] album. So to answer your question, probably not, but I’m not going to say “no” because we’re open to it. But at the end of the day, everyone knows how much we love our sister. You go to our show, you feel her presence.
I love how TLC always wants their fans involved! Because they want full creative control on their next and final album they’re asking YOU to make a pledge. Will you be spending your coins with this legendary group? Click here if you’re interested in making a pledge.