This week on the music beat

By Rob Brunner
June 29, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

LEFT HOOKS TLC’s Lisa ”Left Eye” Lopes is so famously flaky, few fans expected an on-time delivery for her long-promised solo album. But with details now emerging, it looks like the CD is for real. Due Aug. 14, the disc will be titled Supernova (”A rare celestial phenomenon involving the explosion of most of the matter in a star” — American Heritage Dictionary), and it’s packed with of-the-moment beats and confrontational lyrics. The first single, ”Block Party,” is a left-field summer anthem with a slinky groove (courtesy of producer Salaam Remi) and a great novelty hook. Other tracks include the Rockwilder-produced ”Hot” (”She’s the one you thought would never do a solo LP/Yeah, now what chick could outsell me?”), ”I Believe in Me” (”I’m a Diana Ross and not a Supreme”), ”Life Is Like a Park” (with Carl Thomas), and ”Untouchable,” built on top of an unused 2Pac track and including a vocal from the late rapper. ”I’m excited to connect with the people as a solo artist — not just TLC fans, but everyone,” says Lopes. ”I want them all to play. I’m about to change the game.” As for TLC, the trio remains intact and plans a 2002 follow-up to 1999’s FanMail. As Lopes raps on Supernova, ”Everybody says all they want is the truth/Well, the truth is, I still got love for my group.”