Female hip-hop groups have long since past, squashed by solo artists in the early 2000s, and so it's such a treat to see blast from the past hip-hop powerhouse, TLC, back on the Billboard Charts with their greatest hits album, 20, released October 15.
The resurgence of TLC’s popularity is partly owed to VH1’s original movie based on the trio: CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which premiered on October 21. While I was much aware of TLC and their counterparts' absence from the music scene, I wasn't sure the rest of the world was. But the TV bio scored nearly 4.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen, proving the groups magic in appealing to audiences even today, a decade after their run.
TLC had a wave of success when they debuted with a swagger in 1992 with single, “Aint 2 Proud 2 Beg.” And they continued to flourish as T-Boz, Left-Eye, and Chilli, each matured and developed their own unique sound. Unfortunately, with the tragic death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in 2002, and the music industry primarily concentrating on solo acts, TLC, and female groups as a whole perished along side.
With TLC back on the charts, old fans can rediscover the fun, playful, and sensual side of the ladies that made them so special and a whole new audience can uncover their wide range of hits. The remaining members of TLC celebrated their return with a Summer 2013 World Tour in support of the new album; at this time no new dates have been announced. Check out the official show page CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story for upcoming airtimes and show clips.
By: Sabrina Tosti
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