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Atlanta, Georgia, United States (1990 – 2003, 2008 – present)

TLC is an R&B group which was originally formed in 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. For most of their career, the group consisted of singers Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chili” Thomas, and rapper/songwriter Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes. The group disbanded in 2003, following Lopes’ death the previous year, but reunited as a duo in 2008.The group has released four studio albums - “Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip” (1992), “CrazySexyCool” (1994), “FanMail” (1999), and “3D” (2002) - and are the second-best selling all-female group of all time (only the Spice Girls have sold more albums).

In 1990–1991, Atlanta, Georgia, teenager Crystal Jones put out a call for two more girls to join her in a trio to be called 2nd Nature. Her request was eventually answered by Tionne Watkins, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, who moved to Atlanta with her family at an early age, and Lisa Lopes, a rapper who had just moved to the city from her native Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with only a keyboard and US$750 ($1,318 today).

The group eventually managed to arrange an audition with R&B singer Perri “Pebbles” Reid, who had started her own management and production company, Pebbitone. Impressed by the girls, Reid renamed the group “TLC” (an initialism of the first letters of each of their names) and arranged an audition for them with local record label LaFace Records, run by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and then husband, Antonio “L.A.” Reid. The latter Reid saw potential in Watkins and Lopes but felt that Jones should be replaced; within a few days, part-time Damian Dame backup dancer Rozonda Thomas was brought in to replace Jones.

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