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Keith Sweat's former girl group Kut Klose, featuring Athena Cage (right), Lavonn Battle (left) and Tabitha Duncan, center, launched a GoFundMe page to raise cash for their sophomore album.

The ladies posted a video on their GoFundMe page, asking fans to donate money for their long-awaited sophomore album after 27 years.

Kut Klose, who are in their 50s now, took the R&B world by storm in the mid-1990s. Their debut album, Surrender, spawned the hit singles "I Like", "Lovely Thang", and "Surrender" in 1995. The album peaked at number 66 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album's lead single "I Like" peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is still in rotation on old skool radio stations.

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The album was mainly produced by their mentor Keith Sweat who featured them on his single "Get Up On It" off his platinum album by the same title in 1994.

The girls were also featured on Keith's hit song "Twisted" off his self-titled fifth album released in 1996. "Twisted" spent three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart.



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(L-R): singers Carl Thomas, Donell Jones, and Dave Hollister are joining forces to form a new R&B supergroup.

The R&B veterans, who each peaked in the 1990s and early 2000s, have come together to form The Chi, a nod to their native city of Chicago, Illinois.

The singers each broke the news to fans via social media, alongside a photo of their new group.

Donell Jones wrote:

"New R&B Group 'The Chi'... Yesssss it's happening! The level of music and songwriting will be impeccable and you already know the voices! It's only right for us to come together and represent Chicago and R&B to the fullest (sic)."

"New R&B Group 'The Chi'...," former Blackstreet member Hollister captioned his post. He explained they toyed with the idea of teaming up professionally for over a decade.

"The music... the voices finally coming together to give your ears and hearts what you've been waiting for...we started talking about this in 2009 and now the time has finally come. Brothas I count it an honor and privilege to Rep home with you both! LETS GO (sic)!"

And Thomas, who hasn't released any new music since 2011, simply stated, "Next up! 'The Chi' #soulmusic #R&Bmusic".

No word on when fans can expect new music from The Chi.

The new trio drew comparisons to R&B supergroup LSG, which consisted of vocal powerhouses Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat and former New Edition member Johnny Gill.

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Sadly, Gerald died of an apparent heart attack on Nov. 10, 2007 at age 40. His father, The O'Jays legend Eddie Levert (center) joined Sweat (left) and Johnny Gill (right) to perform at the 2007 Essence Music Festival.

Johnny was a successful solo singer before joining New Edition. He is best known for his steamy 1990 hits "My, My, My", "Rub You the Right Way", and "Wrap My Body Tight."

And many ladies lost their panties at Keith Sweat's concerts. He is best known for his hits "I Want Her", "Make It Last Forever", and "Keep It Coming."

LSG released their debut album titled Levert.Sweat.Gill. in 1997. The album was certified platinum with the chart-topping lead single "My Body."

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Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat are set to compete in the next Verzuz lip-sync battle competition on Thursday, as part of the essence Festival of Culture.

Sweat, 59, and Brown, 52, will take turns lip-syncing to their biggest hits, and fans will decide who came out on top.

Music producers Swizz Beats and Timbaland created the Verzuz battle competition to keep fans occupied during the pandemic lockdowns last year.

Bobby Brown was an original member of New Edition from 1981 until he went solo in 1985. His solo hits include "Don't Be Cruel", "My Prerogative", and "Every Little Step."

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Brown is best known for his marriage to the late pop icon Whitney Houston.

Keith Sweat is known for his hits including "I Want Her", "Make It Last Forever", "I'll Give All My Love to You", "Make You Sweat", "Get Up on It", "Twisted" and "Nobody".

The Verzuz will take place on Thursday, July 1, at 5 p.m. PT, 8 p.m. ET @ FITE on

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Brian McKnight (left) gave a special live remote performance as part of the "Keith Sweat Presents the iHeartRadio R&B Live Concert series."

The event was live-streamed from Keith Sweat's immaculate home near Atlanta on Friday night.

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Mr. Sweat was a gracious host. Face masks were optional for asymptomatic guests.

McKnight's concert was live-streamed on Sweat's Premiere Networks syndicated national radio show "The Sweat Hotel" and on the show's iHeartRadio Channel, and

Sweat, iHeartRadio, Teddy Riley, and Omnis joined forces for "Keith Sweat Presents the iHeartRadio R&B Live Concert Series" in recognition of Black History Music Month and Black Lives Matter.

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Rapper Pleasure P stopped by to hang out with his friend Keith Sweat, and to watch Brian McKnight perform his hits.

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Monitors were set up in the basement for guests to watch McKnight perform live upstairs in Sweat's home.

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The local media was invited out to interview Mr. McKnight following his performance.

Since debuting in May, Sweat's concert series hosted performances by 112, Pretty Ricky, Bobby V, Lloyd, Next, Silk, Carl Thomas, Dave Holister, Case, Tank, Raheem DeVaughn, and Musiq Soulchild.

Watch Brian McKnight performing live on "Keith Sweat Presents the iHeartRadio R&B Live Concert series" below.

Jordan Sweat, Keith Sweat, Justin Sweat in 2016

Keith Sweat is back with new music! The 56-year-old crooner released a new track titled "How Many Ways" featuring K-Ci on Thursday.

Sweat, who ruled the R&B charts in the '80s and '90s', tapped K-Ci, of the legendary group Jodeci, for his comeback single released on

Keith is pictured above in 2016 with sons Jordan Sweat, left, and Justin Sweat, right.

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R&B crooner Keith Sweat celebrated his birthday at his new restaurant Fuego in Duluth, Ga. Old skool R&B superstars from past and present came out to wish him a Happy Birthday and enjoy good food. This birthday celebration bought to you by event planner Jamahl King of S.T.E.P.S Events.

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In an almost embarrassing display of arrogance, RHOA's Lisa Wu Hartwell told Star magazine in a recent interview that she is taking R&B crooner Keith Sweat back to court to seek full custody of their two boys so she can put them on her show.

As you already know, in 2003 Sweat won full custody of their sons Jordan, now 14, and Justin, 11, due to Lisa Wu's unstable maturity and poor judgment. Sweat was able to prove to a judge that she was an unfit mother due to her reckless spending habits. In court documents it was revealed that Lisa Wu routinely stole from Sweat right in front of the children during their "tumultuous" marriage.

The judge wrote:

"Mother has a history of spending money on herself excessively rather than providing for the children… There was some evidence at trial that Mother implicitly participated in robbing Father in the presence of the children." Source

Court documents make it clear that Lisa Wu's current custody challenge is financially motivated. In addition to seeking full custody of the boys, she is also requesting child support to supplement her income now that her husband, former NFL player Ed Hartwell, has no visible means of support.

Lisa Wu tells Star, "I've already been seeing them four or five times a week, but now the time has come when I want to have them with me full-time." She filed for custody in February of this year -- right around the time when she was filming her TV series. Her next court date is in October.

According to Star, "if she's successful, the next step will be having Jordan and Justin appear on RHOA." Hopefully the judge reads the blogs and will see that Lisa Wu is a gold digger who has no problem pimping her children out for television ratings.

As I wrote in an earlier post, Sweat is adamantly opposed to his children appearing in the television series, and in the past he has refused to sign a waiver permitting Bravo to film the boys.

“If Keith has a hang-up about our sons being on TV, I would be fine with that. But Real Housewives is supposed to be a reality series. The reality is that all the fans watching believe I only have one child,” said Lisa Wu who has a 2-year-old son, EJ, with Hartwell.