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TLC Turned Down Britney Spears ‘…Baby One More Time’ + Don’t Regret It

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TLC were the biggest girl group of the modern era, cut down in their prime due to the tragic and untimely death of member Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes back in 2002.

As the remaining members prep the release of their VH1 biopic and new album ’20,’ Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins revealed that they were offered and nixed the chance to record ‘…Baby One More Time,’ which went on to become Britney Spears‘ biggest smash.

Still, Watkins doesn’t view the group’s “Thanks but no thanks” rejection of the song as a mistake…even though it outwardly appears to be one in hindsight. She has zero regrets.

“I was like, ‘I like the song, but do I think it’s a hit?,” Watkins recalled. “‘Do I think it’s TLC?’ I’m not saying ‘Hit me baby.’ No disrespect to Britney. It’s good for her. But was I going to say ‘Hit me baby one more time?’ Hell no!”

Well, it’s pretty obvious that when Brit Brit breathily sings that line, she doesn’t mean it literally.

But TLC stuck to their guns.

Watkins furthered, “That’s not even my subject of conversation, so you know, it worked for her, I’m happy for her. I like Britney. Every song isn’t good for each artist, and when you’re a real artist you know what you believe in and what you really want to sing.”

She finished, “So, I’m clear that it was a hit, but I’m also clear that it wasn’t for TLC.”

It just wouldn’t have worked for her band and she’s adamant about that, which we certainly respect. Meanwhile, Brit was cackling all the way to the bank.

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