TLC wasn’t the only group from the ’90s that had a bad record deal, Kandi Burruss said her group Xscape had one too.
The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star revealed that there was an excellent chance that Xscape could have suffered a similar fate as TLC, who sold millions of records with nearly nothing to show for it.
At first, the public assumed that TLC had just blown all of their money when they had to file for bankruptcy. But the ladies eventually revealed that the record deal they signed didn’t put much of anything in their pockets.
According to Kandi, though, that’s just the way things were in the recording industry at the time. So does that mean that Xscape could possibly have wound up broke>?
“Definitely! To me, everybody got a bad deal in the beginning. Even now, people don’t get that great of a deal unless you build your own movement before you got signed.” Kandi told HipHollywood.com.
“For us (Xscape) our deal sucked. We didn’t really get that much money on our first deal,” Kandi recalled. “I think we only had the same amount of points–like seven points off the deal. For a lot of people that was the same.”
Looking back on the experience, though, Kandi admitted that she can understand why the deals may not have been set up to make artists rich right away.
“That’s what I expect because, in my mind, nobody’s going to go spend all this money and just give you all this money and you haven’t proven yourself yet,” Kandi said, explaining that there was always a chance to upgrade the deal you had. “Everybody went into deals at that time with a sucky deal and it was all about trying to renegotiate on your second time around or your third.”
While she wasn’t happy with the contract she signed, Kandi it took as a means for bigger and better opportunities. She concluded, “I never take it back because that opened the door for me to be able to come in the game.”