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TLC Biography

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Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Years Active: 1991–2005, 2008–present
Genres: R&B, Hip Hop, Dance-pop, New Jack Swing

TLC is an American R&B girl group, originally consisting of lead singer Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. Although originally conceived as "2nd Nature", the group's name was later changed to "TLC" by their manager before they were signed to LaFace Records in 1991.

The group achieved commercial success following the release of their debut album “Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip,” which was certified quadruple-platinum by the RIAA and spawned the top-ten hits "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg", "Baby-Baby-Baby", and "What About Your Friends?".

Their second album, “CrazySexyCool” (1994), is the only album by a female group to be awarded diamond certification by the RIAA, for selling over 11 million copies in the United States alone. Two of the album's singles, "Creep" and "Waterfalls", topped the Billboard Hot 100.

Their third studio album, “FanMail” reached #1 on the Billboard 200 and spawned two #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty”.

In early 2002, just before the release of TLC's fourth album, “3D,” Lopes was killed in a car accident in Honduras. Watkins and Thomas promoted “3D” as a duo, and in 2005, hosted a reality television show, “R U the Girl,” with a grand prize of a chance to record a song and perform once in concert with the surviving group members, both of whom have released solo material and continued to collaborate occasionally.

Billboard magazine ranked the group as one of the greatest musical trios of all time. They have had four #1 singles, including "Creep", "Waterfalls", "No Scrubs", and "Unpretty", and have won four Grammy Awards. The RIAA and Billboard cite that TLC has sold more than 60 million records world wide, making them the biggest selling R&B female group of all time. In 2008, the group was inducted into the All Time Hot 100 Artist Hall of Fame by Billboard, at 56th place. They are listed on Top R&B/Hip Hop artist in the last 25 years at #25.