Dear Lie

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"Dear Lie"
Single by TLC
from the album FanMail
Released November 30, 1999 (1999-11-30)
Format CD single, 7", 12", cassette
Recorded 1998
Genre R&B, Pop rock
Length 5:12
Label LaFace, Arista
Writer(s) Kenneth Edmonds, Tionne Watkins
Producer(s) Babyface
TLC singles chronology
"Unpretty"
(1999)
"Dear Lie"
(1999)
"Girl Talk"
(2002)
Music video
"Dear Lie" on YouTube

"Dear Lie" is a song by American R&B recording group TLC. The R&B ballad was written by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and band member Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins for the trio's third studio album FanMail (1999), featuring production by Edmonds.

The song was released as the album's third and final single in November 1999 in the United States following "No Scrubs" and "Unpretty". Though it managed to enter the top 40 in Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, it was widely considered a minor success compared to previous hits "No Scrubs" and "Unpretty", peaking at number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100. An accompanying music video, directed by Bille Woodruff, was filmed, but was only aired in foreign countries. "Dear Lie" was not featured on Now and Forever: The Hits (2003), Crazy Sexy Hits: The Very Best of TLC (2007) or "20" (2013). But it was included on We Love TLC.

Music video[edit]

A music video for "Dear Lie", directed by Bille Woodruff, was shot on September 26, 1999 and was the last TLC video with all three members alive. It would be their second to last music video released with Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes still alive before TLC's final music video "What It Ain't" by Goodie Mob featuring them was released five months later. The video features solo parts of both Chilli and T-Boz in an apartment, and "performance" shots with T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chilli in a hallway during the chorus. Lopes is shown running down the hall, knocking at the doors before running out of the frame. The video was only released in foreign countries, and aired exclusively on MTV UK on December 9, 1999.

Formats and tracklisting[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of "Dear Lie".

Europe CD single

  1. "Dear Lie" (Radio Edit) - 3:52
  2. "Dear Lie" (Album Version) - 5:12
  3. "Unpretty" (MJ Cole Mix Vox Up) - 4:48
  4. "Sleigh Ride" - 3:51

UK CD single 1

  1. "Dear Lie" (Radio Edit) - 3:53
  2. "Sleigh Ride" - 3:51

UK CD single 2

  1. "Dear Lie" (Radio Edit) - 3:53
  2. "Dear Lie" (Album Version) - 5:12
  3. "Sleigh Ride" - 3:51

US promo single

  1. "Dear Lie (Radio Edit) - 3:53
  2. "Dear Lie" (Instrumental) - 5:55
  3. "Dear Lie" (Call Out Research Hook) - 0:13

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[1] 35
France (SNEP)[2] 40
Germany (Media Control Charts)[3] 37
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 12
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 26
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 24
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 29
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 31
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 51
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[11] 22
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[12] 70

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