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TLC Won't Replace Lopes
Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the surviving members of Grammy-winning R&B act TLC will release a fourth album and plan to continue performing, but she and TionRozonda "Chilli" Thomas told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the surviving members of Grammy-winning R&B act TLC will release a fourth album and plan to continue performing, but she and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins won't add a new member. The trio was reduced to a duo last week when rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes died in a car crash in Honduras.
"As for Lisa being replaced -- never," Thomas said. "You can't replace a TLC girl. The chemistry we have is something God gave us. You can't put that together."
A private visiting for family and friends is set for tonight in Atlanta, TLC manager Bill Diggins said. A funeral is planned for tomorrow morning in the Atlanta suburb of Lithonia.
Lopes, who would have turned 31 this month, died last Thursday when the sport utility vehicle she was driving rolled over near Jutiapa, about 150 miles north of the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa. Seven other people, including her sister and brother, were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
TLC, the top-selling female group of all time, began working on its latest album last summer. Lopes wasn't scheduled to be featured on each song, so her death shouldn't affect the album's release, according to Thomas. "The last couple of albums, Lisa was only on like three songs, and she's on a few songs on this one," Thomas said. "So music-wise, it's the same."
Lopes named each of the albums, including its 1994 LaFace/Arista smash "CrazySexyCool." She'd named the newest album, but the title hasn't been released. "I don't know if I'm supposed to give away what her thoughts were, but she had definite ideas for what the album should be titled and the way the music should sound," producer Jimmy Jam said.
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