TLC have unveiled new track ‘Way Back’ (featuring Snoop Dogg)’, which introduces their first album in fifteen years (and has been confirmed for a June 30th release). The iconic girl-group also recently announced news of their first ever UK show, with an intimate date at London’s Koko (May 9th) immediately selling out. Look out for further details of the new TLC album – and additional live plans – in the coming weeks.
From its opening lyric onwards – “it’s been a long, long time coming” – ‘Way Back’ is an effortlessly uplifting return from TLC: blending hip-hop swing, soulful R&B and the group’s immediately-identifiable harmonies to classic but contemporary effect. Featuring a guest verse from Snoop Dogg, ‘Way Back’ describes those relationships which stay with you through good times and bad, and suggests a band not only reflecting on their sometimes-turbulent roots but facing forwards, to a bright future.
‘Way Back’ formally begins the next chapter of TLC, whose new album is set to soundtrack an unbelievable journey thus far. Having sold over 65 million records worldwide, TLC are not only the best-selling American girl group of all time; with 4 Grammy Awards, 4 multi-platinum albums (two of which went Diamond), ten Top 10 singles and four Number 1s, theirs is an influence – across music, fashion and female friendship – which defined and continues to define generations.
Having largely stepped back from the public eye since the tragic passing of Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, the group are now ready to return to the spotlight. A Kickstarter campaign was launched to contribute towards recording the new album and became the most-funded in the company’s history, with the likes of Katy Perry amongst the first to donate. Early live shows as a duo, which saw them play sold out arenas in Japan – where they became the first artist to be awarded MTV’s Legend Award since Michael Jackson – and also in the US and Australia illustrate a renewed confidence; mixing iconic hits like ‘Waterfalls’, ‘No Scrubs’ and ‘Creep’ with new material such as ‘Way Back’.
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