The family of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, one-third of R&B/hip-hop group TLC, is upset that the late singer has been replaced by a Japanese pop star on a remake of their signature hit “Waterfalls.”
According to Rolling Stone, surviving members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas recorded a new version of “Waterfalls” in honor of their 20th anniversary as a group. However, Left Eye was replaced on the recording by Japanese singer Namie Amuro, something that didn’t sit well with her family.
"I did not know about it until a fan posted it online,” Left Eye’s sister Reigndrop told TMZ. “I mean it would have been nice if they would have given us a heads up before being surprised.” She added that her mother was upset by the news, feeling that the move dishonors the memory of her daughter.
Reigndrop also indicated that the family would endorse the remake if it is only released in Japan.
This isn’t the first time controversy has swirled between the family of Left Eye and TLC. As The Inquisitr points out, T-Boz and Chilli signed off on a VH1 biopic about the group, but Left Eye’s family said they were never consulted regarding the film, and didn’t find out about it until after the project was already underway.
“The only way I found out was because a friend of mine was cast as an extra and flew down there and I happened to go up there with her,” Reigndrop told 4UMF news.
TLC burst onto the scene in 1992 with the release of their debut record, “Ooooooohhh ... On the TLC Tip.” The trio would go on to achieve worldwide stardom with their 1994 album, “CrazySexyCool,” which featured hit singles “Creep,” “Diggin’ on You” and “Waterfalls.” T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli released one more album, 1999’s “FanMail,” before Left Eye’s death from a car accident in April 2002. Another album, “3D,” was released posthumously that same year.
While TLC split after Left Eye’s death, the surviving members of the group made headlines last year with the announcement that they would reform for a new album and world tour, possibly featuring a hologram of Left Eye.
“The hologram is something we talked about and thought about years ago. Obviously timing is everything, but we're definitely talking about it,” Chilli told Metro in November.