Katy Perry, NKOTB Donate to TLC’s Final Album Kickstarter Effort

Fans also pitch in to raise over $200,000 for the R&B duo’s last record

Fans of R&B girl group TLC can rejoice: The final album is underway.

In just four days, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas raised more than $200,000 to finance their fifth record as TLC. The original goal was to raise $150,000 in 30 days.

Campaign contributors include New Kids on the Block who pledged $20,000. TLC will join the boy band this year for a summer tour. Songstress Katy Perry donated $5,000, Yahoo Music reported.

“I’m a fan of her writing and her music,” T-Boz told Yahoo. “And you do a campaign like this, so it’s just heartwarming to know that you are supported by your peers.”

The duo also had a special message for the more than 1,000 backers.

“Y’all are beyond amazing. We are happy and proud to say that this project is officially the MOST SUCCESSFUL POP PROJECT ON KICKSTARTER!!! You made this happen and we are so blessed!!” the Grammy-winning duo wrote on their Kickstarter campaign page.

While the duo pledged new material for the album, the pair are still seeking ways to incorporate third founding member, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. She was killed in 2002 following a car wreck in Honduras.

“We’re open. We are trying our best to figure it out. If it feels forced, we’re not going to do it because the fans will not like that,” Chilli told Yahoo. “Either way, when the new music comes out, music videos, we always pay tribute to Lisa and the fact that we will never let anybody in this group is also paying homage to her.”

As for the campaign, fans can still donate through Feb. 19 with more incentives to be announced by TLC.


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