Lisa Lopes Replaced On New Version of “Waterfalls”

By: Amanda Crum - June 26, 2013

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their group, TLC is releasing a new album that will include a redone version of their hit “Waterfalls”, and standing in for Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes will be Japanese pop star Namie Amuro.

The Lopes family is reportedly hurt that T-Boz and Chili declined to even tell them about the new album and say it’s disrespectful to replace any of Left-Eye’s vocals with someone else, especially on one of the group’s more memorable tracks. “Waterfalls” spent seven weeks at number 1 on the Billboard charts and is still named as a fan favorite.

“I did not know about it until a fan posted it online. I mean it would have been nice if they would have given us a heads up before being surprised,” Lisa’s sister, Reigndrop Lopes said.

Lisa died tragically in a car accident in Honduras in 2002. The group is working on a made-for-tv movie in which she will be portrayed by Lil Mama, and are planning to go on tour later this year. The comeback could mean big things for T-Boz and Chili; in the mid-90s, after seeing multiple successes with their albums, the group discovered they were bankrupt.

“This is how a group can sell 10 million records and be broke and everyone get ready to do your math,” Left Eye once said in an interview.

The girls ended up seeing only $50,000 apiece in both 1993 and 1994 despite the huge amounts of records they were selling, and they ended up owing money to the record label. Sadly, T-Boz later had to file a personal bankruptcy claim after she said the father of her child failed to pay support.

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  • SEAN

    Seriously????!!!!!! Her family are nothing but GREEDY FUCKS… She killed herself doing the stupid bullshit DID do…. STOP trying to hate, and START letting people move on with their lives…. Its SAD and PATHETIC that her family CANT move on. JUST STFU already, let the remaining members move on and do honor to their band.

  • Tony

    How classless can you get? That is a terrible cheap arse move by T Boz and Chili. Why would I want to buy this record if it’s not the original version. That’s like being offered The Beatles without John and Paul.

    What an insult to the memory of Lisa.

    • tb

      Like that has stopped Yoko!

  • Five Finger Fore Skin

    People “living” need to move on too!

  • bufford stewart

    the dead dont eat or have to pay bills

  • Grace

    TLC is nothing without Lisa

  • friendlyone20

    I don’t think that TBoz and Chili should have cut Lisa out like that in the remake. They could have used a hologram or something. BUT on the other hand, TLC shouldn’t stop making music just because thier deceased member’s family is upset. Understandable they are upset, but come on, Lisa is gone, everyone has to move on, no matter how hard it may be.

  • Rochelle

    I understand people go thru the 5 stages of grieving. #5: Acceptance.

    I understand after 11 years of grief, T-Boz and Chili are ready to move on. It is really sad how they are going about it, I did notice when they played Waterfall on the radio station the other day I was ready to start singing Left Eye part and it was totally cut out and the song went right to T-Boz and Chili chorus and then ended. I was like umm what happened? Well I should have known. They have been playing it on the radio like this for over 3 weeks in preparation for some other band mate. I will not purchase this CD nor will I support.. Sorry T ? C you should have “LEFT” it the same.

  • startersteve

    people need to move on regardless. T-Boz and Chili are doing what they want to do and how they want to do it. people are going to be upset, but this isn’t the first time a deceased band member has been replaced and won’t be the last. TLC has been around a while but not as long as AC/DC. Their original singer Bon Scott died in 1980 and Brian Johnson has been the lead singer ever since. And yes, he does sing songs from the albums when Bon Scott was the lead singer.

    • SiriusNas

      Replacing artists has to happen and tat isn’t what the family is upset about…they simply wanted to be told of the replacement. I think that would be the decent and respectful thing to do.

  • andee

    My radio station always cut out her part due to rapping. I didn’t like her annoying voice anyway when I did hear the album version.

  • Tim

    They had to cut her our, because what if later on someone from Lisa’s
    family started demanding a royalty fee for using her likness or voice to make money. Yeah you can say they wouldn’t but people act funny about MONEY!!!!!