Supernova (Lisa Lopes album)

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Supernova
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Studio album by Lisa Lopes
Released August 14, 2001 (2001-08-14)
(see release history)
Recorded 1997-1998: October 2000 - April 2001[1]
Genre
Label Arista
Producer Lisa Lopes, Antonio "LA" Reid, & Mark Pitts
Lisa Lopes chronology
FanMail
(1999)
Supernova
(2001)
N.I.N.A
(2002)
Singles from Supernova
  1. "The Block Party"
    Released: July 8, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
MTV Asia 8/10 stars[3]
Slant 3.5/5 stars[4]

Supernova is the debut and 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" (with 2Pac) 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) 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:
59:35

B-sides[edit]

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.[5]

  • "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;[6] originally recorded in July 1998, remixed on the Japan-exclusive version of "Eye Legacy".
  • "Left Pimpin" (featuring Brett)
    • Leaked;[7] The song was 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 history[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rare Left Eye Radio Interview On Capital One 2001 (PART 1) -CYBERTLC". YouTube. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ MTV Asia review
  4. ^ Slant review
  5. ^ "Rare Left Eye Radio Interview On Capital One 2001 (PART 1) -CYBERTLC". YouTube. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  6. ^ "Left Eye CHERRY CHERRY". YouTube. 2011-05-28. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  7. ^ "NINA ( Lisa Left Eye Lopes TLC ) - Left Pimpin - Unreleased Death Row". YouTube. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2014-06-14.