TLC Returns To Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Top 10

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As featured on J. Cole's 'Crooked Smile,' the act logs its first top 10 since 1999.

Celebrated R&B trio TLC logs its first Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 since 1999, and 10th overall, as J. Cole's "Crooked Smile," on which it's featured, jumps 12-9. The group's last trip to the region was in 1999, when "Unpretty" peaked at No. 4.



As for the most top 10s by female groups since Nielsen data began powering Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in December 1992, TLC passes SWV and now trails only Destiny's Child, which scored 11. TLC has three chart-toppers to its name: "Baby-Baby-Baby" (1992), "Creep" (1994) and "No Scrubs" (1999). With an as-yet-untitled album featuring four new songs due Oct. 15 on Epic, TLC could yet tie, or even break, Destiny's Child record in upcoming months.

A trio in its hit-making heyday composed of singers Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, TLC has been a duo of T-Boz and Chilli since the 2002 death of Lopes. In addition to its forthcoming set, TLC's comeback will include a VH1 biopic and live performances featuring Lil Mama temporarily filling Lopes' shoes.

Here's a look at TLC's 10 top 10s on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs:

Title, Peak Position, Peak Date
"Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg," No. 2, April 4, 1992
"Baby-Baby-Baby," No. 1 (two weeks), Aug. 8, 1992
"What About Your Friends," No. 2, Nov. 11, 1992
"Creep," No. 1 (nine weeks), Dec. 10, 1994
"Red Light Special," No. 3, March 18, 1995
"Waterfalls," No. 4, July 8, 1995
"Diggin' On You," No. 7, Jan. 6, 1996
"No Scrubs," No. 1 (five weeks), April 10, 1999
"Unpretty," No. 4, Sept. 18, 1999
"Crooked Smile" (J. Cole featuring TLC), No. 9 (to date), Sept. 21, 2013

On the Billboard Hot 100, "Crooked Smile" rises 44-37 to give TLC its first top 40 hit on the chart since 2002, when "Girl Talk" peaked at No. 28. That song was the lead single off the group's last album, "3D," which opened at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with 143,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan (Nov. 30, 2002).