Aside from producing such films as "Soul Food" and the forthcoming "Light It Up," Babyface has also spent some time working on the long overdue new TLC album, "Fan Mail," which is due in stores on February 23.
Babyface shares production credits with Dallas Austin, his LaFace Records partner L.A. Reid, and TLC themselves. Janet Jackson's producers of choice, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, also got into the act by handling one track, "I'm Good at Being Bad."
In a recent conversation with Babyface, the producer referred to "Fan Mail" as a "hot record," and noted that the new songs marked a distinct change in TLC's sound.
"There are some personal things on the [TLC] record," he said, "there are some things written by the girls themselves, and just the whole feeling of the record. They take some left turns that are not normal TLC stuff. So, it's a very interesting record." [28.8 RealVideo]
"Fan Mail" is the third album from T-Boz, Chilli and Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopez, and the group's first in five years, since "Crazysexycool." This week, the women of TLC are in Los Angeles to shoot the video for the album's first official single, "No Scrubs."
The band has already released another song from the record to radio, entitled "Silly Ho," but that track was only meant as a sneak preview for fans.