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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 23, 1999
RecordedApril – December 1998
TLC chronology
FanMail '3D
Singles from FanMail
  1. "No Scrubs"
    Released: January 23, 1999
  2. "Unpretty"
    Released: July 10, 1999
  3. "My Life"
    Released: August 21, 1999
  4. "Dear Lie"
    Released: October 30, 1999
  5. "My Getaway"
    Released: November 5, 2000

FanMail is the third studio album by American band TLC. It was released on February 23, 1999. It was released by LeFace Records.

Release and reception[change | change source]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly(B-)[2]
Robert Christgau(3-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[4]
Muzik4/5 stars[5]
Q4/5 stars[6]
Spin6/10 stars[7]
NME8/10 stars[8]

On the first day of release, the album sold 318,000 copies in the United States. It debuted at number one on the US Bollboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It also reached the top ten in Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The album was given eight Grammy Awards nominations. It won the Grammy Award for "Album of the Year". According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold 4,700,000 copies in the United States. It was certified 6x Platinum (6,000,000 copies shipped) by the RIAA.

Track listing[change | change source]

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "FanMail"  Dallas AustinCyptron 4:00
2. "The Vic-E Interpretation - Interlude"  AustinCyptron 0:18
3. "Silly Ho"  AustinCyptron 4:15
4. "Whispering Playa - Interlude"  Austin, Marshall Lorenzo MartinDallas Austin 0:52
5. "No Scrubs"  Kevin "Shekspere" Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Tameka CottleKevin "She'kspere" Briggs 3:34
6. "I'm Good at Being Bad"  James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Tony Tolbert, Tionne Watkins, Lisa Lopes, Martin, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Belotte, Donna Summer, Morris Dickerson, Charles Miller, Sylvester Allen, Harold Brown, Howard Scott, Lee Oskar, Leroy JordanJimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 5:39 / 4:38
7. "If They Knew"  Austin, Ricciano Lumpkins, Lopes, Martin, WatkinsAustin, Lumpkins 4:04
8. "I Miss You So Much"  Babyface, Daryl SimmonsBabyface, Simmons 4:59
9. "Unpretty"  Austin, WatkinsAustin 4:39
10. "My Life"  Jermaine Dupri, Tamara Savage, Lopes, MartinDupri (Co-produced by Carl So Lowe) 4:01
11. "Shout"  Austin, Lopes, Martin, WatkinsAustin 3:59
12. "Come On Down"  Diane WarrenDebra Killings, Austin 4:18
13. "Dear Lie"  Babyface, WatkinsBabyface 5:10
14. "Communicate - Interlude"  AustinAustin 0:51
15. "Lovesick"  Austin, Rozonda ThomasAustin 3:53
16. "Automatic"  AustinAustin 4:31
17. "Don't Pull Out on Me Yet"  AustinAustin 4:33
Japanese bonus tracks
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
18. "U in Me"  AustinAustin 3:50
19. "My Getaway"  AustinAustin 3:50 My Getaway was also featured in the 2000 film Rugrats in Paris.

Notes[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. FanMail at AllMusic
  2. Entertainment Weekly review
  3. Christgau, Robert. "TLC". Robert Christgau.
  4. Rolling Stone review
  5. Muzik review
  6. Q review
  7. Spin review
  8. NME review