Katy Perry is making headlines for donating $5,000 to '90s R&B women’s group TLC, who started a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $150,000 for its final album.
Perry pledged $5000 to TLC’s Kickstarter campaign, and was quickly thanked via twitter by Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.
Although some celebrities are feeling the backlash from using Kickstarter to fund their projects, (including Zach Braff who raised $3.1 million on Kickstarter, only to have a Facebook group called “Keep Celebs Off Kickstarter” question his fundraising while pointing out Braff’s earning of a $350,000 salary per episode for Scrubs, TLC insists that using Kickstarter allows them to have complete creative control over their final album.So what does Perry’s $5,000 get her? According to Kickstarter – a TLC Slumber Party!! Complete with T-Boz as her host if Perry is in LA, or Chilli as her host if the pop star finds herself in Atlanta. Other rewards include an invite to a listening party in LA for a pledge of $2,500, and even a personal call from TLC with a pledge of $350.
“We wouldn’t dream of making our final album with anyone BUT our fans.” Reads the caption below the Kickstarter video. “We want to be able to be creative, think outside the box and just be free to do what we really want to do…through Kickstarter…with your pledges we can make it happen.” TLC shares on Kickstarter.
TLC ‘s project was funded on February 19, 2015 with 4,201 backers with a total of $430,255.“You've allowed us to once again follow our dreams and create an album that we can be proud to share with our fans. Words can't express how thankful I am and how blessed I feel to be a part of this group.” TLC wrote on Facebook. Now only one question remains – is there a TLC and Perry duet in the future? I think it’s safe to say fans hope so!
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