TLC’s new crowdfunded self-titled studio album debuts at No. 38 on the Billboard 200.
TLC debuts at No. 38 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated July 22) with their new self-titled effort -- which is its first full-length studio album in 15 years. The Kickstarter-backed LP earned 12,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen Music (with 11,000 of that sum in traditional album sales).
TLC joins De La Soul, We The Kings, Melissa Etheridge, Protest the Hero, Steve Grand, Toad the Wet Sprocket and numerous other acts to chart on the Billboard 200 using a crowdfunding campaign.
For TLC, now consisting of just Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, the duo began using Kickstarter to fund their album in 2015 and reached their $150,000 goal in less than a week. Backers of project ultimately generated $430,000 in funding for the set—making the album the fifth most-funded music project in Kickstarter’s history.