At the height of their popularity, which of the following musical groups wasn't a duo?

Considering Tears for Fears, White Stripes, TLC and The Righteous Brothers, the answer is: TLC.

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At the height of their popularity, the '90s girl group TLC was a trio, featuring Tionne Watkins, Lisa Lopes, and Rozonda Thomas. The Grammy award-winning group had nine Top 10 hits, including "Creep," "Waterfalls," and "No Scrubs."

Even some 20 years after their peak, TLC still brings the life of the party. To this day, their sophomore album, CrazySexyCool, remains the highest-selling album by a female group in the United States. It was the first album by a female group to reach diamond status, which is the equivalent of going 10 times platinum — or selling 10 million records. Globally, CrazySexyCool's sales for a girl group are second only to the Spice Girls' Spice.    

Formed in 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia, two of the members, Tionne Watkins and Lisa Lopes, were originally part of group called 2nd Nature with Crystal Jones. The group’s name was originally TLC-Skee with TLC being an acronym for the three girls’ first names. Due to conflicts within the group, Crystal Jones left the group, and with just two members, TLC-Skee was featured on a track for Damian Dame’s 1991 self-titled album. In 1991, Rozonda Thomas, a part-time backup dancer for Damian Dame was chosen to be the third member of the group.

Though it's no surprise TLC were music and fashion icons of the 1990s, they were also known for promoting safe sex, anti-drug, and HIV/AIDS prevention messages through their music. What's more: the group promoted the message of female empowerment in their song lyrics. In the late 1990s, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, who battled sickle-cell anemia, even became a spokesperson for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of American.

Learn more facts about this iconic girl group here.

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