What About Your Friends

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"What About Your Friends"
TLC - What About Your Friends cover.png
Single by TLC
from the album Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip
Released August 28, 1992 (1992-08-28)
Format
Recorded August 1991
Genre
Length 4:00 (radio edit without rap)
4:06 (radio edit with rap)
4:55 (album version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Austin
TLC singles chronology
"Baby-Baby-Baby"
(1992)
"What About Your Friends"
(1992)
"Hat 2 da Back"
(1993)
"Baby-Baby-Baby"
(1992)
"What About Your Friends"
(1992)
"Hat 2 da Back"
(1993)

"What About Your Friends" is TLC's third single from their debut album, Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip. It reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's third consecutive top-ten single. The single was released in August 28, 1992.

Composition[edit]

"What About Your Friends" was written by Dallas Austin and TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes,[2] and features lead vocals by T-Boz.

Music video[edit]

The main performance scenes of the video are the girls walking in an alley surrounded by backup dancers, underneath a bridge, on an outside staircase, on an apartment roof, in a slushie bar and wearing graffiti clothes in front of a graffiti-covered wall. Two versions of the video were made: one focuses on more of the performance shots of the girls and scenes of them infiltrating a stylish fashion show, while the other features scenes of a party in a big park where the girls are being very happy, dancing and having fun with their friends and some family members; including a scene of them reprising their roles as hillbillies from the "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" video at the end. Jermaine Dupri makes a cameo appearance.

Commercial performance[edit]

The song reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's third consecutive top ten single,[3] and reached No. 2 on the Hot R&B Singles chart, behind "Games" by Chuckii Booker (which could only reach #68 on the pop chart).[4] The single was certified gold by the RIAA.[5] In the United Kingdom, "What About Your Friends" peaked at No. 59.[6]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (October 20, 2013). "TLC – 20". Slant Magazine. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ "ASCAP search". ASCAP. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Billboard singles history". Billboard/Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Ooooooohhh...On the TLC Tip Billboard singles history". Billboard/Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  5. ^ "American certifications – TLC – What About Your Friends". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  6. ^ "UK charts archive". Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  7. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "TLC Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  10. ^ "TLC Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)" Billboard. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  11. ^ "TLC Chart History (Pop Songs)" Billboard. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  12. ^ "TLC Chart History (Rhythmic)" Billboard. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  13. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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