TLC To Issue '3D' Tribute To Lopes
R&B superstar act TLC is set to release "3D" -- the group's fourth album and first since the death of group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes earlier this year. Due Nov. 12 via Arista, the album will bR&B superstar act TLC is set to release "3D" -- the group's fourth album and first since the death of group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes earlier this year. Due Nov. 12 via Arista, the album will be the follow-up to 1999's "Fanmail," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 4.68 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"3D" was in production at the time of Lopes' death, and she had contributed material to the album along with fellow group members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. It was Lopes who came up with the album's title, according to a statement from Arista.
The first single from the new set will be "Quickie," which is due to hit radio Oct. 21, but will be available more than a month earlier to Internet users. AOL Music First Listen (keyword: First Listen) and Netscape Music will offer a streaming preview of the track beginning Wednesday (Sept. 18).
"3D" was recorded with a slew of producers, including Dallas Austin (on the title track and "Quickie"); Timbaland & Missy Elliott ("Dirty"); Rodney Jerkins ("Turntable); Babyface & Darryl Simmons ("Hands Up"); and Edmund "Eddie Hustle" Clement ("Girl Talk").
Since TLC's 1993 debut, "Oooooh... On the TLC Tip," the group has become one of the biggest-selling R&B acts ever, having been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 21 million albums.