Earlier this week it was reported that Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes’ family was unhappy with the fact that TLC replaced Left Eye’s verse on “Waterfalls” with a verse from Japanese pop star Namie Amuro.
In response to the controversy, the group explained:
They were denied the right to use Lopes’ vocals.
“We don’t own the master recording rights to Lisa’s raps on any of our music, and our requests to gain the rights so far have been denied,” Chilli said in a statement released exclusively to Yahoo! Music. “With the Japanese anniversary edition, we were forced to use creative ways to honor Lisa’s memory and celebrate this milestone with our fans.”
TLC will perform in the U.S. at the Mixtape Festival 2013 presented by VH1 on July 27 in Hershey, Penn. Their VH1 biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, is slated to air in October. They are also planning to tour and to release a new album.