B.W.D - Interview w/ Chilli + Marques Houston + J' Plus

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TLC’s Chilli is the embodiment of the term triple threat.  The singer/actress/dancer is one third of the iconic R&B/pop group TLC.  Billboard magazine ranked TLC as one of the greatest musical trios. Between 1992 and 2003, the band accumulated ten top ten singles, four number one singles, four multi-platinum albums, and five Grammy Awards. TLC has sold more than 65 million records worldwide, and are listed as the best-selling US female group of all time.

The group’s girl power message was a reflection of the girls’ values and not the creation of the record label.  With their 1999, #1 hit record ‘Unpretty’, TLC tackled self-esteem issues and blasted the industry’s often distorted standard of beauty.  The group received an outpouring of appreciation letters and videos from fans after the song was released.  To date Chilli lists the song as one of her favorites because of the tremendous impact the record had on their female fans.  The Grammy-award winning single “Waterfalls” aggressively tackled the stereotypes associated with AIDS/HIV, and solidified the group as leaders of the AIDS education/awareness movement. TLC’s biggest-selling girl anthem ‘No Scrubs’ went on to break numerous radio play records and created a pop culture reference.  As a result, TLC has been credited with paving the way for many girl groups and female solo acts to be able to spread controversial messages they believed in.

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