TLC Sign to Epic for Greatest-Hits Record Featuring Lady Gaga and Ne-Yo
Published Jul 25, 2013The surviving members of '90s R&B group TLC revealed in a press conference earlier this morning (July 25) that they have signed on with Epic Records to deliver a greatest-hits album. But along with a selection of old classics, it will also feature four new tracks and collaborations with Lady Gaga and Ne-Yo.
Speaking at New York's Crosby Street Hotel, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas confirmed that the as-yet-untitled best-of drops October 15 and is being overseen by longtime producer Austin Green. They revealed that two of the new tracks included on the collection will be the Lady Gaga-assisted "Posh Life" and "Meant to Be," which features vocals from previously teased collaborator Ne-Yo.
While details have yet to be delivered in full, they also previously hinted at tracks featuring Drake and J. Cole being in the works.
Of their approach to making new music, Thomas said [via Under the Gun], "There is a whole 'nother generation who doesn't know who we are. We know when music sounds trendy. We don't want to go into the studio and create something that sounds like five other artists they have."
The record deal reunites TLC with label head Antonio "L.A." Reid, who had signed the group to his LaFace Records back in 1991.
During the press conference, Watkins and Thomas also confirmed that their long-in-the-works VH1 biopic, titled CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, is set to air on October 21.
TLC also have a show lined up this Saturday (July 27) at Hershey, PA's Mixtape Festival that will have Niatia Jessica Kirkland (a.k.a. Lil Mama), who played the late Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes in the biopic, performing alongside the original members.
"People will be talking after Saturday," Watkins said of TLC's future. "We've got some surprises for you guys. No one else will ever be a member of this group. But, we've got plans."