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TLC proved they “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” earlier this week when they launched a Kickstarter campaign asking their fans to fund the recording of their final album. The remaining members of the girl group offered up dance lessons, a workout, access to a listening party and lots of signed paraphernalia to lure in donations.

“While major labels offer artists multimillion dollar recording and marketing budgets, they don’t often give artists complete control of their own music. It is ESSENTIAL that we create our final album completely on our own terms, without any restrictions, with YOU.” – TLC

As of right now, the girls have amassed over $110,000 in donations, almost reaching their goal of $150,000. With 28 days left in the campaign, they should have no problem meeting, if not, exceeding that number. About $5,000 came from Miss “Roar” herself.

Katy Perry, according to TMZ, shelled out money for the project. Who knew she was such a fan? Based on that amount, Perry either gets a onesie or a night with the girls for an epic slumber party. Hopefully, it’s the latter. Can you just imagine the Instagram selfies from that night of pillow talk?

Since Perry obviously loves their music, hopefully a collaboration can happen. Fingers crossed. If you want an idea of what that might sound like, check out this fan-made TLC-Katy Perry mashup below from a couple of years ago.

check it out after the jump

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Is it me or does it seem like New Kids On The Block are on tour more now than they were during their hey day? In recent years, they teamed up with Backstreet Boys for the NKOTBSB tour, and 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men for last year’s Package Tour. This summer, they head on the road with TLC and Nelly for what will undoubtedly be an awesome throwback party.

“This is such a great bill and we have so many hit records and such huge followings that we just want to make it the party of the year. That’s why we call it ‘The Main Event.’ It’s going to be the event of the year.” – Donnie Wahlberg

In other TLC-related news, the girl group reaches out to their fans to help fund their final album. They hope to raise $150,000 via their Kickstarter campaign. As of press time, they’ve received over $70,000 in pledges. If you’re interested in supporting them, they’re offering up meet-and-greets, photoshoot and other enticing opportunities.

check out the tour dates after the jump

TLC Debuts First Promo For ‘All About Sex’

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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On January 10, TLC throws their proverbial hat in the late night ring with their first ever talk show. Headlined by comedian Margaret Cho, All About Sex will feature the wild, insightful, and relatable opinions and ideas of four incredibly different and accomplished women. Rotating segments will include observations on the week’s craziest sex-related news, open conversations about love and marriage and anything else related to America’s favorite pasttime.

The women joining Cho are actress Marissa Jaret Winokur, New York Times bestseller Heather McDonald and sex and relationship expert Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry. All have varying degrees of talk show experience on their resume. Check out the network’s first promo below.

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There’s some trashy programming out there, and this certainly qualifies. TLC has truly outdone themselves with this one.

On Sunday, January 11 (same night as Golden Globes and Looking Season 2 premiere), TLC plans to air My Husband’s Not Gay. The show follows a group of Mormon men living in Salt Lake City hoping to pray the gay away. They are married to women but attracted to men.

“I like to say I’ve chosen an alternative to an alternative lifestyle,” says one man while another adds, “There is no marriage that is perfect — ours isn’t — but, with our faith in God, we believe we can overcome anything.” A third says, “I’m attracted to my wife, for sure, and I’m definitely attracted to men too.”

The program also gives the point of view from the wives’ part who struggle dealing with their husbands’ homosexual cravings. Am I not the only one surprised this takes place in SLC and airing on TLC? Check out the promo below.

watch the promo after the jump

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In January, TLC gets in the late night talk show game with its very first entry, All About Sex. The network has ordered six half-hour episodes of the new weekly program and will launch it January 10 at 11pm. Fittingly, it’ll premiere after Sex Sent Me To The ER.

The chatfest will feature the wild, insightful, and relatable opinions and ideas of four incredibly different and accomplished women. Comedian Margaret Cho headlines the panel that will break down the “behind closed doors” conversations about sex and love, and connect with women via social media to answer question and dispel misconceptions about what could be considered America’s favorite pastime.

Rotating segments will include observations on the week’s craziest sex-related news and open conversations about love and marriage. Find out below who else is joining Cho on the panel.

find out who her co-hosts are after the jump

TLC’s CrazySexyCool Turns 20

In: Donovan, Music
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Earlier this week on November 15, TLC’s sophomore album CrazySexyCool celebrated its 20th anniversary. Insane, right? The album was certified Diamond by the RIAA, making TLC the first girl group in history to be awarded diamond status. It also sold over 23 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling album by an American girl group. It’s second only to Spice Girls’ Spice for worldwide honors.

CrazySexyCool spawned four Top 5 singles with two of them reaching No. 1 including “Waterfalls.” The issue-tackling track is their most successful, spending seven weeks in pole position and earning them a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. It lost out to Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose.” Highway robbery, right?

In honor of this momentous occasion, I’ve embedded all the music videos from their iconic album below. I also included a track that wasn’t released as a single, but should’ve. One of these days, I swear I’m going to convince two other bitches to wear over-sized silk pajamas and go as them for Halloween ;) Best.Costume.Ever!!!

check out all the videos after the jump

Listen To Bette Midler Cover TLC’s Waterfalls

In: Donovan, Music
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Bette Midler pays homage to girl groups on her upcoming album It’s The Girls due in stores November 4. The 68-year-old icon covers classics made famous by The Shirelles, The Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas to name a few.

We’ve heard her pretty faithful rendition of The Ronettes‘ ’60s classic “Be My Baby” already. Today, we get to check out her take on “Waterfalls.” Why did she pick the TLC smash to cover? Here’s what she recently told Billboard magazine.

“‘Waterfalls’ was a heartbreaker, especially if you were a mom, and it had a big effect on me,” Midler said. “I never thought I would have the nerve to sing it, but we had an idea for it that works, and I am so glad I took the chance.”

Waterfalls” is by far the most contemporary song appearing on her latest LP. Unfortunately, she didn’t include any Destiny’s Child or Spice Girls in the mix. Even more unfortunate, Midler opts out of doing Left Eye’s rap on her cover. BOO!!!. I’d kill to see the Divine Miss M rap her little heart out. Check out the track below which premiered over at The Advocate.

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Bette Midler Pays Tribute To Girl Groups On New Album

In: Donovan, Music
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The legends are certainly representing this year. Barbra Streisand released her Partners LP to much success. Tony Bennett teamed up with Lady Gaga for a new album which also hit the top of the charts. Aretha Franklin is also getting in the game with Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, due out October 21.

Bette Midler is taking a similar approach to Franklin, but instead of paying homage to divas, the Divine Miss M is putting girl groups in the spotlight. It’s The Girls hits stores on November 4 and it’s her first album in eight years.

The 68-year-old icon covers classics made famous by The Shirelles, The Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas to name a few. For the most part, the acts she’s chosen are pretty old school with exception to TLC which is by far the most contemporary. Too bad, she didn’t include Destiny’s Child or Spice Girls in the mix.

The first track off the LP has been released. Bette covers The Ronettes‘ ’60s classic “Be My Baby.” Overall, it’s a pretty faithful rendition. Give it a listen below.

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