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After a Years-Long Delay, TLC Says Its Kickstarter-Backed Final Album Will Arrive This Summer

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Two years ago, TLC’s T-Boz and Chilli launched a Kickstarter campaign for what they said would be their final album. They set a goal of $150,000, and managed to bring in just over $430,000 for the effort, with backer rewards to be delivered in September 2015, presumably because they planned on finishing the album by that time. Well, it’s now February 2017, and no final album has been issued, but those who backed the project have now received an update about album delivery. Apparently, fans can “tentatively” expect their paid-for wishes to be fulfilled at the end of this coming June, and the reason for the drastic delay is basically scheduling conflicts. The group’s longtime manager, Bill Diggins, wrote the update on behalf of T-Boz and Chilli, and made sure to remind everyone, “The pursuit of excellence is never an easy task and always takes longer than expected.” So the storied final album may still be vaporware at this point, but it’s “tentative” release date is more concrete than anything project supporters have gotten in years. Here’s hoping it’s not just a long con after all.

TLC Says Its Long-Delayed Final Album Will Drop This Summer