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CrazySexyCool by TLC (Arista, 1994)

CrazySexyCool was TLC’s second album. It peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 album chart and kept right on charting for the next two years! CrazySexyCool contained two number one singles and won two Grammy awards for the girls. CrazySexyCool holds the distinction of being the first album by a girl group in history to be awarded Diamond status. Selling over 23 million copies worldwide, CrazySexyCool is the best selling girl group album in the U.S. Worldwide, it sits at number two (the 1996 debut album by the Spice Girls Spice is number one).

CrazySexyCool marked a slight departure of sound for TLC. Their debut album Ooooooohhh…On the TLC Tip was more rap oriented while CrazySexyCool saw the girls experiment more with an R&B sound. As such, more vocals were done from Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas with less raps from Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. CrazySexyCool refers to each of the girls’ personalities — Left Eye being the crazy one, Chilli being sexy and T-Boz being the cool one.

In quite another feat, all four singles reached the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Creep spent four weeks stop the Hot 100 and went to number one on the R&B/Hip Hop chart. Creep became the third biggest single of 1995. Red Light Special peaked at number two. Waterfalls spent seven weeks at the top of the Hot 100 and was the second biggest single of 1995 and remains TLC’s most successful single to date. The final single release Diggin on You peaked at number five.

CrazySexyCool won as Best R&B Album and Creep won as Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 1996 Grammy awards. At the 1995 Billboard Music Awards, TLC were honored as Artist of the Year.

It hasn’t always been roses for TLC. After the release of their third album, Fanmail in 1997, Left Eye toyed with the idea of leaving the group and actually recorded her debut solo album, Supernova. Before completion of her second album, Lopes was killed in a car crash in La Ceiba, Honduras on April 15, 2002. TLC’s final album with Lopes, 3D was released in November 2002. After Lopes’ death, TLC decided to retire.

The enduring love from their fans led to T-Boz and Chilli reuniting for concert series/tours over the ensuing years. They signed a contract with Epic Records and released a compliation album, 20 in 2013. Currently, T-Boz and Chilli are working on their fifth album, due out sometime in 2014.