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Eye of the Storm

Lisa Lopes' battle with her record company. Arista chief ''L.A.'' Reid and the TLC singer didn't see eye-to-eye

Lisa Left Eye Lopes | 'NO SCRUBS' Lopes and Arista Chief Reid were at odds over her first solo album
Image credit: Lisa Lopes: Larry Hammerness/ZUMA Press/NewsCom
'NO SCRUBS' Lopes and Arista Chief Reid were at odds over her first solo album

Since Lisa ''Left Eye'' Lopes' death, talk is circulating about the TLC singer's rocky relationship with Arista chief Antonio ''L.A.'' Reid. Though Reid said he saw her as ''a daughter'' in a statement, a source close to Lopes says the singer was miffed with Reid over her 2001 solo CD Supernova, which was released only internationally. ''The last payment for delivery of that record was never made to Lisa,'' says our source. ''She had notified them they were in material breach of her solo recording contract.... L.A. Reid [did not return] a single phone call to Lisa in the last six months.'' An Arista rep denied the charges. Meanwhile, Rozonda ''Chilli'' Thomas and Tionne ''T-Boz'' Watkins are still at work on the fourth TLC album. The label is mum on a release date; ditto for the greatest-hits set and Supernova.

(Additional reporting by Clarissa Cruz)

Originally posted May 14, 2002 Published in issue #654 May 17, 2002 Order article reprints