With TLC‘s VH1 biopic airing October 21, surviving members T-Boz and Chilli have begun the buzz campaign in earnest. Earlier today (July 25), the first trailer for the movie premiered, and now the group has unloaded a bunch of details regarding that long-awaited album. The as-yet-untitled LP will drop ahead of the film, on October 15, and while we were hoping for a whole album of new material, this is the next best thing: it’s a greatest hits compilation with four new tracks, one of which was co-written by Lady Gaga.
Mother Monster helped pen a song called “Posh Life,” along with longtime TLC collaborator Dallas Austin. Another of the new tracks, “Meant To Be,” was written by Ne-Yo and will play during the end credits of CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. T-Boz and Chilli also got Lil Mama (who plays Left Eye in the film) to join them on the new material, and she’ll take the stage with TLC during their upcoming Mixtape Festival reunion show.
Both T-Boz and Chilli released statements explaining their decision to bring Lil Mama into the fold.
“For 10 years we have been mourning the death of our sister Lisa, and although we have discussed the option of bringing in someone to perform with us, it never felt right at the time,” Chilli said. “Watching Lil Mama on the set of our movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story reminded us of Lisa’s spirit, and, for the first time since her passing, we felt everything come together in an organic way.”
T-Boz added, “Lil Mama’s authentic style, although very different from Lisa’s, got our creative juices flowing. By bringing her in, we will continue to keep TLC’s music alive for a new generation of fans. We are thrilled to be writing this new chapter in the TLC story.”
Whew! That’s a lot to take in for fans of the legendary R&B trio. Oh, and one more thing to chew on: we know that T-Boz recently hit the studio with Drake, probably for this new batch of songs.