In 1995, TLC — the popular trio consisting of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and the late Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes — had a giant hit with a song titled “Waterfalls.”
It was featured on their hugely successful album “CrazySexyCool” that had been released the year before.
Thomas and Watson recently decided to do a new remix of “Waterfalls,” for release only in Japan, but the family of Lisa Lopes, who died in 2002, is upset that on the new version Lopes is replaced by Namie Amuro, a well-known pop singer in Japan.
Reigndrop Lopes, sister of the late star, said, “I did not know about it until a fan posted it online. It would have been nice if they would have given us a heads up.”
However, there would be far more to be upset about if the remix had been intended for international release.
In recent years TLC has been a popular attraction in overseas markets, including Japan. In addition to “Waterfalls,” their hits include “Baby-Baby-Baby,” “No Scrubs,” “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” “Creep” and “Red Light Special.”