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Supernova is the debut and only solo studio album by Lisa Lopes of TLC before her death in 2002.

Supernova
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 14, 2001 (2001-08-14)
Recorded1996
(2Pac's Vocals)[1]
1997-98: October 2000 - April 2001[2]
Genre
LabelArista
Producer
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes chronology
Supernova
(2001)
N.I.N.A.
(2002)
Singles from Supernova
  1. "The Block Party"
    Released: July 8, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[3]
MTV Asia8/10 stars[4]
NME3/5 stars[5]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[6]

Contents

Album informationEdit

The album's original titles were "Fantasy1.com" and "A New Star is Born", but were eventually changed to "Supernova". The album was not released in the United States due to poor sales overseas, although it was released in other countries. The first single, "The Block Party", was sent to radio in July 2001, becoming a top 20 hit in the U.K., but it did not perform well in the U.S. singles chart. The second single would have been "Hot!", as was made clear at the end of her music video. However, when the album release was canceled in the United States, all further singles were canceled. The promo single for "Hot!" would later be leaked online in October 2001. Though the album was canceled by Arista, Lopes tried selling the album on her website Eyenetics, but to no success. Since the album was not released in the United States, Lopes had already started to work on new material before her death in 2002.

The intended release date for the album was August 16, 2001, the day of her father's birthday, as well as her grandfather's death. This is alluded to in the lyrics of the song "A New Star Is Born". The release date of the album was ultimately pushed back several times. The U.S release date was intended to be October 29, 2001, but the album's U.S release was cancelled.

Some tracks from the album were remixed for Lopes' second solo album, N.I.N.A in 2002. The album was cancelled after Lopes' death, but was leaked online in 2011. Songs from the album were re-released in a remixed form in 2009 as Eye Legacy.

Track listingEdit

Credits are adapted from the album's Liner Notes[7]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Life is Like a Park" (featuring Carl Thomas)Tracey Horton, Mark Pitts, Terence DudleyTerence Dudley4:00
2."Hot!"T. Horton, Lisa Lopes, Dana Stinson, Raymond Grant, Richard GrantRockwilder, DJ Twinz (Raymond Grant & Richard Grant)4:13
3."The Block Party"L. Lopes, T. Horton, Salaam Remi, Maurice WhiteSalaam Remi4:04
4."Let Me Live"L. Lopes, M. Pitts, S. Remi, Inga Willis, Mungal PatasarSalaam Remi3:53
5."Jenny" (featuring Jazze Pha)L. Lopes, K. Thomas, M. Pitts, Phalon Alexander, Ricardo ThomasRick Rock6:08
6."I Believe in Me"T. Horton, T. DudleyTerence Dudley4:16
7."Rags to Riches" (featuring Andre Rison)L. Lopes, Andre RisonBad Moon4:37
8."True Confessions" (featuring Angela Hunte)L. Lopes, K. Thomas, S. Remi, Angela HunteSalaam Remi3:49
9."Untouchable" (with 2Pac)L. Lopes, T. Horton, Tupac Shakur2Pac, Left Eye5:34
10."Head to the Sky" (featuring Blaque)L. Lopes, I. Willis, A. Rison, M. White, Armando Colon, Natina ReedArmando Colon4:14
11."The Universal Quest" (featuring Esthero)L. Lopes, Jean-Bea Englishman, Isaac Giles, Kimani ClarkTwin Dragons5:48
12."A New Star is Born" (featuring Tangi Forman)L. Lopes, Tangi Forman, Karl Heilbron, Andrew Vowles, Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall, Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt, James BrownKarl Heilbron4:31
13."Breathe" (featuring Grant Geissman and Tangi Forman) (hidden track)L. LopesLeft Eye4:25
14."Friends" (featuring Cassandra Lucas) (Japanese bonus track)L. LopesTerence Dudley4:45

Outtakes/Leftover TracksEdit

Lisa stated in a radio interview that 25 songs were written for the album, and that only half of them were recorded.[8]

  • "Bounce"
  • "Crank It" (featuring Tangi Forman)
    • Leaked; originally recorded in July 1998, Released on "Eye Legacy" with guest vocals from Reigndrop Lopes.
  • "Cherry Cherry" (featuring Mr. Drick)
    • Leaked;[9] originally recorded in July 1998, remixed on the Japan-exclusive version of "Eye Legacy".
  • "Left Pimpin" (featuring Brett)
    • Released on the promotional album sampler; vocals from the song were later sampled for the song "Quickie", which is featured on TLC's fourth album, 3D.
  • "Through the Pain" (featuring Ryan Toby and Claudette Ortiz)
    • Released on "Eye Legacy". The first verse of this track was later re-recorded for the song "Who's It Gonna Be?", from the European reissue of TLC's fourth album, 3D.

Release historyEdit

Region Date
United Kingdom August 14, 2001
Japan September 19, 2001
Australia November 12, 2001
China March 12, 2002

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Untouchables (Unreleased)". 2Pac Legacy. 1996-05-31. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. ^ "Rare Left Eye Radio Interview On Capital One 2001 (PART 1) -CYBERTLC". YouTube. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-06-01.
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ MTV Asia review
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Slant review
  7. ^ Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. "Supernova" (Album Notes). Arista. 2001.
  8. ^ "Rare Left Eye Radio Interview On Capital One 2001 (PART 1) -CYBERTLC". YouTube. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-06-01.
  9. ^ "Left Eye CHERRY CHERRY". YouTube. 2011-05-28. Retrieved 2014-06-14.