Supernova (Lisa Lopes album)

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Studio album by Lisa Lopes
Released August 14, 2001 (2001-08-14)
(see release history)
Recorded 1999-2000
Genre Hip hop, experimental, pop rap
Label Arista
Producer Lisa Lopes, Antonio "LA" Reid, & Mark Pitts
Lisa Lopes chronology
Singles from Supernova
  1. "The Block Party"
    Released: July 8, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
MTV Asia 8/10 stars[2]
Slant 3.5/5 stars[3]

Supernova is the only solo studio album by Lisa Lopes of TLC.

Album information[edit]

The album was originally titled "A New Star is Born", but changed before release to "Supernova". The album was not released in the United States due to poor sales overseas and mixed reactions, 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.

The album was 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 listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Life is Like a Park" (featuring Carl Thomas) T. Horton, M. Pitts, T. Dudley, L. Lopes Terence Dudley 4:00
2. "Hot!"   L. Lopes, T. Horton, D. Stinson, R. Grant, R. Grant Rockwilder 4:13
3. "The Block Party"   L. Lopes, T. Horton, S. Remi, M. White Salaam Remi 4:04
4. "Let Me Live"   L. Lopes, I. Willis, M. Pitts, S. Remi, M. Patasar Salaam Remi 3:53
5. "Jenny" (featuring Jazze Pha) L. Lopes, K. Thomas, P. Alexander, M. Pitts, R. Thomas Rick Rock 6:08
6. "I Believe in Me"   T. Horton, T. Dudley Terence Dudley 4:16
7. "Rags to Riches" (featuring Andre Rison) L. Lopes, A Rison Bad Moon 4:37
8. "True Confessions" (featuring Angela Hunte) L. Lopes, K. Thomas, A. Hunte, S. Remi Salaam Remi 3:49
9. "Untouchable" (2Pac featuring Left Eye) L. Lopes, T. Horton, T. Shakur 2Pac, Left Eye 5:34
10. "Head to the Sky" (featuring Blaque) L. Lopes, L. Willis, N. Reed, A. Rison, A. Colon, M. White Armando Colon 4:14
11. "The Universal Quest" (featuring Esthero) L. Lopes, J. Englishman, I. Giles, K. Clark Twin Dragons 5:48
12. "A New Star is Born" (featuring Tangi Forman and 2Pac) L. Lopes, T. Forman, K. Heilbron, A. Vowles, R. Del Naja, G. Marshall, T. Thorn, B. Watt, J. Brown Karl Heilbron 4:31
13. "Breathe" (featuring Grant Geissman and Tangi Forman; Unlisted Track) L. Lopes Left Eye 4:25
Total length:
Japanese edition
No. Title Length
1. "Life Is Like a Park" (featuring Carl Thomas) 4:03
2. "Hot!"   4:12
3. "The Block Party"   4:04
4. "Let Me Live"   3:53
5. "Jenny" (featuring Jazze Pha) 6:07
6. "I Believe in Me"   4:17
7. "Rags to Riches" (featuring Andre Rison) 4:32
8. "Untouchable" (featuring 2Pac) 5:34
9. "Head to the Sky" (featuring Blaque) 4:14
10. "The Universal Quest" (featuring Esthero) 5:51
11. "A New Star Is Born" (featuring Tangi Forman and 2Pac) 4:39
12. "Breathe" (featuring Grant Geissman and Tangi Forman; Unlisted Track) 4:25
13. "Friends" (featuring Cassandra Lucas; Bonus Track) 4:45
  • Note: "True Confessions" does not appear on the Japan release.


Outtakes/Leftover Tracks[edit]

Lisa has stated in a radio interview that 25 songs were written for the album, and that only half of them were recorded.[4] Most of the unreleased tracks were either leaked online, or remixed on "Eye Legacy".

  • "Bounce"
  • "Crank It" (featuring Tangi Forman)
    • Leaked;[5] originally recorded in July 1998, Released on "Eye Legacy" with guest vocals from Reigndrop Lopes.
  • "Cherry Cherry" (featuring Mr. Drick)
    • Leaked;[6] originally recorded in July 1998, remixed on the Japan-exclusive version of "Eye Legacy".
  • "What's Up With You and Me (featuring DeDe O'Neal and Cognito)
    • Released on a promo sampler CD. It was later remixed and released on iTunes.[7]
  • "Left Pimpin" (featuring Brett)
    • Leaked;[8] The song was later sampled for the song "Quickie", which is featured on TLC's fourth album, 3D.
  • "Neva Will Eye Eva" (featuring Raina "Reigndrop" Lopes)
    • Released on "Eye Legacy"
  • "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 history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom August 14, 2001
Australia November 12, 2001
China March 12, 2002
Japan January 28, 2003