1999 TLC – FanMail

FanMail is the third studio album by American girl group TLC. It was released on February 23, 1999, by LaFace and Arista Records. The album title is a tribute to TLC’s fans who sent them fan mail during their hiatus. FanMail debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 318,000 copies in its first week of release, and spent five weeks at number one.

The album received eight nominations at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, including one for Album of the Year, winning three. It has been certified six-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has sold 10 million copies worldwide. FanMail is TLC’s second best-selling album after their 1994 studio album CrazySexyCool. To promote the album, TLC embarked on their first concert tour titled the FanMail Tour.

Tracks

1  FanMail (Dallas Austin) 03:59
2  The Vic-E Interpretation (Inte (Dallas Austin) 00:18
3  Silly Ho (Dallas Austin) 04:14
4  Whispering Playa (Interlude) (Dallas Austin) 00:51
5  No Scrubs (Kandi Burruss; Kevin Briggs; Tameka Cottle) 03:34
6  I’m Good At Being Bad (BB Dickerson; Charles Miller; Donna Summer; Giorgio Moroder; Harold Brown; Howard Scott; Jimmy Jam; Terry Lewis; Lee Oskar; Lisa Lopes; Lonnie Jordan; Papa Dee Allen; Pete Bellotte; Tionne Watkins; Tony Tolbert; Lorenzo Martin) 04:37
7  If They Knew (Dallas Austin; Lisa Lopes; Lorenzo Martin; Tionne Watkins) 04:03
8  I Miss You So Much (BabyFace; Daryl Simmons) 04:56
9  Unpretty (Dallas Austin; Tionne Watkins) 04:37
10  My Life (Lisa Lopes; Lorenzo Martin; Tamara Savage; Jermaine Dupri) 04:01
11  Shout (Dallas Austin; Lisa Lopes; Lorenzo Martin; Tionne Watkins) 03:57
12  Come On Down (Diane Warren) 04:16
13  Dear Lie (Tionne Watkins) 05:10
14  Communicate (Interlude) (Dallas Austin) 00:51
15  Lovesick (Dallas Austin; Rozonda Thomas) 03:52
16  Automatic (Dallas Austin) 04:31
17  Don’t Pull Out On Me Yet (Dallas Austin) 04:34

Musicians

VocalsRozonda Thomas
VocalsTionne Watkins
VocalsLisa Lopes

Other Musicians

1 FanMail

Background VocalsDebra Killings


2 The Vic-E Interpretation (Interlude)

VoiceVic-E


3 Silly Ho

RapVic-E
Background VocalsDebra Killings
VocalsCarolyn Paige
VocalsDallas Austin
VocalsJoi Gilliam
VocalsKevin Wales
VocalsLeslie Brathwaite
VocalsSonji
VocalsStannis Smith
VocalsT-Boz
VocalsTy Hudson
VocalsWhild Peach


4 Whispering Playa (Interlude)

MusicianPapi


6 I’m Good At Being Bad

Drums (programming)Alex Richbourg
GuitarMike Scott


7 If They Knew

Background VocalsDebra Killings


8 I Miss You So Much

Acoustic GuitarMichael Thompson
Background VocalsDebra Killings
Background VocalsNecia Bray


9 Unpretty

BassDebra Killings
DrumsTom Knight
GuitarTomi Martin
Background VocalsDebra Killings


10 My Life

BassLaMarquis Jefferson
Background VocalsDebra Killings


11 Shout

Background VocalsDebra Killings
VocalsDallas Austin
VocalsLeslie Brathwaite
VocalsMarde Johnson
VocalsTy Hudson


12 Come On Down

BassDebra Killings
GuitarTomi Martin
Background VocalsDebra Killings


13 Dear Lie

BassNathan East
Drums (programming)BabyFace
GuitarMichael Thompson
GuitarBabyFace
Acoustic GuitarBabyFace
KeyboardsBabyFace
WurlitzerGreg Phillinganes
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsDebra Killings
Background VocalsT-Boz


15 Lovesick

BassColin Wolfe
Background VocalsDebra Killings


16 Automatic

Background VocalsDebra Killings
Background VocalsT-Boz


17 Don’t Pull Out On Me Yet

BassDebra Killings
GuitarTomi Martin
TrumpetMelvin Jones
Background VocalsDebra Killings

Liner Notes

Producer – Cyptron (Tracks 1, 2, 3)
Producer – Dallas Austin (Tracks 4, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17)
Producer – Kevin Briggs (Track 5)
Producer – Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (Track 6)
Producer – Ricciano Lumpkins (Track 7)
Producer – Babyface (Tracks 8, 13)
Producer – Daryl Simmons (Track 8)
Producer – Jermaine Dupri (Track 10)
Producer – Debra Killings (Track 12)
Producer (Vocals) – Kevin Briggs (Track 17)
Co-producer – Carl So-Lowe (Track 10)
Producer (Executive) – Dallas Austin, Kenneth Edmonds, LA Reid, TLC
Arranged By – Dallas Austin (Tracks 1, 3, 7, 9, 11, 12, 15, 17)
Arranged By – Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (Track 6)
Coordinator – Cherie O’Brien
Coordinator – Ivy Skoff (Tracks 8, 13)
Coordinator – Diane Makowski (Track 10)
Mastered By – Herb Powers
Mixed By – Alvin Speights (Tracks 1, 3, 7, 9, 12, 15)
Mixed By – Carlton Lynn (Tracks 2, 4, 14)
Mixed By – Leslie Brathwaite (Tracks 5, 11, 16, 17)
Mixed By – Steve Hodge (Track 6)
Mixed By – Phil Tan (Track 10)
Mixed By – Jermaine Dupri (Track 10)
Mixed By – Jon Gass (Track 13)
Mixed By (Assistant) – Vernon Mungo (Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17)
Mixed By (Assistant) – Xavier Smith (Track 6)
Mixed By (Assistant) – John Horesco IV (Track 7)
Mixed By (Assistant) – Kevin Lively (Track 10)
Mixed By (Assistant) – E’lyk (Track 13)
Mixed By (Assistant) – Ty Hudson (Tracks 14, 17)
Recorded By – Carlton Lynn (Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17)
Recorded By – Leslie Brathwaite (Tracks 1, 3, 9, 11, 15, 16, 17)
Recorded By – Steve Hodge (Track 6)
Recorded By – Ricciano Lumpkins (Tracks 7, 12, 16)
Recorded By – Paul Boutin (Tracks 8, 13)
Recorded By – Brian Frye (Track 10)
Recorded By – Aman Junaid (Tracks 12, 17)
Recorded By – Vernon Mungo (Track 17)
Recorded By (Vocals) – Dave Rideau (Track 6)
Recorded By (Vocals) – Thom Kidd (Track 8
Recorded By (Assistant) – Jeff Griffin, Sejoon Kahng (Tracks 1, 15)
Recorded By (Assistant) – Ty Hudson (Tracks 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 13, 17)
Recorded By (Assistant) – Dylan Dresdow, Gordon Fordyce, Xavier Smith (Track 6)
Recorded By (Assistant) – Kevin Lively, Ralph Cacciurri (Track 8)
Recorded By (Assistant) – Vernon Mungo (Track 13)
Recorded By (Assistant) – Claudine Pontier (Track 15)
Recorded By (Assistant) – Carlton Lynn (Track 16)
Sound Designer – Rick Sheppard (Tracks 1, 3, 9, 11, 15, 17)
Sound Designer – Kevin Briggs (Track 5)

Art Direction, Design – D.L. Warfield
Photography – Seb Janiak

Mastered At Powers House Of Sound
Mixed At DARP Studios
Mixed At Flyte Tyme Studios
Mixed At Brandon’s Way Recording
Mixed At Silent Sound Studios
Mixed At The Tracken Place
Recorded At DARP Studios
Recorded At The Enterprise
Recorded At Flyte Tyme Studios
Recorded At Record Plant, Los Angeles
Recorded At Brandon’s Way Recording
Recorded At Silent Sound Studios
Recorded At Doppler Studios
Recorded At Krosswire Studio
Recorded At Riversound
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