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Toni Braxton Teases Retirement On ‘Good Morning America’

Published: Thursday 7th Feb 2013 by Sam

From politics to the success of models with mics, many talented acts are struggling with the hardship that is the music industry in 2013.

However for R&B icon Toni Braxton, there’s only so much one can take.

During a press stop for her new Lifetime movie ‘Twist Of Faith’ today on Good Morning America, the 8-time Grammy winner shockingly revealed that she is “falling out of love with music” and is considering bowing out of the limelight (musically) for good.

Check out the interview below…

When one has had a career as seasoned (and, sadly, as poisoned) as Toni’s, it makes sense that she isn’t sugar-coating the BS that is unfair nature of the music business.

For unlike so many of her fellow older divas, the 45 year old still has “it” in abundance. Indeed, on merit of what she’s still able to do today, she should be at the top. However, a toxic mix of bad deals, health problems, and industry ageism, has placed Braxton between a rock and a hard place. A fact which makes her exhausted stance entirely understandable.

On a purely selfish tip, though, we hope Toni rediscovers her “love” for music because we’re still “in love” with what she brings to the table. What’s more, there’s still more mileage in her as a performer – health permitting.

Peep some of our favourite “new” Toni moments below…

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  1. JuanR February 7, 2013

    I love Toni! Love her voice!
    I was hoping to hear some new music… maybe new album
    I was thinking that “I Heart You” was the first single or something…

  2. King B>Rihanna February 7, 2013

    J’Adore Toni!

  3. Cream February 7, 2013

    I hope her fans ok ):

  4. Beef Patti & Coko Bréad February 7, 2013

    Tony, Toni, Toné!

    This woman makes amazing music. But I see where she’s coming from…

  5. Suicide Blonde February 7, 2013

    Why?…she should keep releasing music, f*** Mainstream music, who cares about sales and chart positions, i stan for so many artists that are unknown and never had any kind of success but the music is 1000 better than the so commercial artists.

    • Eye Candy February 7, 2013

      But when people like her, release music & it doesn’t sell well, people are quick to call them flops. Nonetheless, I agree with you. The woman is a legend.

      • antertain February 8, 2013

        Amen!

    • Common Sense February 8, 2013

      A million times this!!!

  6. My Forehead Tho February 7, 2013

    When I first read the title, I thought “retirement” was the name of her new song or something…

    I could of swore she retired in the 90’s cuz that was the only time she was relevant

    • EJR43 February 7, 2013

      Hush.

    • Carlitos February 7, 2013

      By me commenting on this pathetic comment of yours is giving you relevancy of your own, something you clearly don’t have in the real world.

      _/ <- Have a seat…it has your name on it.

    • Eye Candy February 7, 2013

      Toni is a legend. Just because her songs aren’t #1 on the Billboard doesn’t make her any less important.
      A few yrs from now, a lot of today’s artists that are slaying the charts will be in the same predicament while there will be new artists trying to make their mark.
      I guess it really is true what they say about the music industry. Unlike the movie industry, once you reach a certain age it’s like you’re put into exile.

    • truth(icki stan will b DRUG B****!!) February 7, 2013

      B**** leave this post please

  7. Gary C February 7, 2013

    I buy everything she puts out. This is a really sad thing to see/read.

  8. jsh81 February 7, 2013

    ^^^^its comments like that. Toni Braxton has been relevant since the day she came out. If she was not, she wouldnt have the Braxtons family values, doing Broadway, making music, beig recognized. It is silly comments about someone being not being relevant that makes artist not want to do what they love. Ignorant people I swear.

  9. CzarM February 7, 2013

    I have always liked Toni, but I think her music is too easily swayed by whatever’s “hot right now.” She came out as sort of a ‘younger, hipper” version of Anita Baker, then became similar to Celine Dion, then started to s** herself up sort of like JLo/Fergie and on her last album it seemed like she was trying to go the dance route to compete there. When you move around like that, you lose yourself (and your audience), so I’m not surprised she’s starting to fall out of love with music.

    Much as I like Toni, “I Heart You” is wack. Despite how much she teeter totters, her fans still identify her with “Another Sad Love Song” and “Unbreak My Heart, so I say before she decides to throw in the towel, I hope she puts out another classic Toni album, ala her debut. Don’t chase trends, don’t call on some flavor of the month rapper for a cameo, don’t do EDM. Recognize who your fans and demographic is, and cater to them with the sound that they want and you rose to fame with. Maybe if she ignored trying to compete with clowns like Rihanna and Kesha, and focused on what she’s known for, it would reignite her passion for music.

    • Carlitos February 7, 2013

      I couldn’t have said this any better. Before I read this, I was thinking the same exact thing. We fell in love with a different artist. She’s trying to become what’s trending at the moment, rather than being herself. Her last album with her being herself is “Heat”. I fell for the “Un-Break My Heart” artist, who had me instantly fall in love with her at the age of nine.

    • Carlitos February 7, 2013

      was* heat.

    • Tanya Johnson February 7, 2013

      Every song that Toni puts out I like it. Not because she started off doing those songs, does not mean she has to stay there, sometime you feel the need to challenge yourself. She is not walking away because of album sales, she said she is not feeling music right at this moment, which i understand because she does sings from the heart. I wish her all the best and hope she come back for at least one more album. A true LEGEND, gifted and a rare gem. Love you TB

  10. MC February 7, 2013

    Whatever makes her happy because none of this matters at the end of the day.

  11. CzarM February 7, 2013

    BTW, I am here for this new ‘Report this comment’ feature. So many clowns, buffoons, trolls and attention-seeking dickheads infest this place like sewer rats…it was past time something was done to curb their antics.

    • truth(icki stan will b DRUG B****!!) February 7, 2013

      Honey i know!

  12. Eye Candy February 7, 2013

    I’m not sure how much money her label puts up for her but if it’s not much then maybe she’s funding her own music. Who wants to constantly fund their own music in a horrible climate where their music doesn’t really sell well unless it’s club music from someone young? If music is her true passion, which I’m sure it is, then she should keep going but I don’t blame her, I’d do the same.
    Either way it’s already written in stone that she is a legend.
    Whatever she decides to do, I wish her the best of luck.

  13. Tru Dat February 7, 2013

    I agree with the majority of the comments here, she is one of the most unique and incredibly talented female artists ever and that will never change. I want nothing more than to go out and buy a new Toni album this year….but the music industry politics and health issues have not always kind to Toni despite the fact that she deserves only the best. I can understand her stance but she needs to not worry about the charts especially since she’s been at the top many a time..she should just create music that matters and combat all the candy floss popcorn dance/pop that is being sold as “R&B”….saying that she also needs to do what’s right for her. I wonder whether she means stop releasing new music but still tour and do private gigs….because she has openly said that she is in demand constantly for private concerts and she is paid very dearly for them….especially factoring in her still ongoing undeserving bankruptcy matter.

  14. Vandrea February 7, 2013

    I think Toni should be an Idol judge. Anyone who watches Braxton Family Values knows that when it comes to telling the truth (especially when it comes to music) and not sugarcoating it, it’s Toni. I never knew she was as much of a “keep it real” personality as she is until that show. She wouldn’t go out of her to be harsh or try to build a reputation as a mean judge, but if something was out of step or a note wasn’t right, she would let them know. Likeness, she would give props when everything was on point. Plus it would be a good platform to further promote herself.

  15. Touché February 7, 2013

    That’s too bad. She has such a beautiful voice and she gave us great music :/

  16. Music Soul Harmony February 7, 2013

    I’m sad to hear that. She’s a very beautiful woman and singer. 🙁

  17. ERIC February 7, 2013

    I really loved the Libra album and most of the bonus tracks and unreleased songs during that time. I’d like to see Toni forge a good relationship with Babyface and the two of them make magic again.

  18. Empress85 February 7, 2013

    I’m sad now I love Toni but if she thinks she
    Leaving is good than that her I truly think it got to do with Tamar too witch Tamar has a long way but I think she want her to shine now !!! But love u anyway Toni !!!!

  19. antertain February 8, 2013

    She sooooo beautiful.
    He face and body stays on point year in and year out!

    Keep doing you Toni

  20. Jer February 8, 2013

    Retire? B**** hasnt done anything in 10 years and really her career hasnt been hot in 15 years

  21. Bryan Dossome February 8, 2013

    BAD IDEA….I don’t support her quitting music altogether at all…with the kind of catalog she has,she can exploit that to her advantage by:-
    1.booking residency at las vegas-(lets face it,y’all can mock celine but the girl makes tonnes of money more than most of those b****** on the hot 100)
    2.going on north american tour(it worked for madonna,celine and j-lo despite lack of commercial success for madonna and j-lo’s last studio albums,and considering toni still got it,she should embrace the idea…brandy as well )

    if her decision is based off lack of interest in music,then she should retire but if it’s due to lack of hits and financial predicament she’s been into then i for one ain’t here for that retirement BS…
    LETS FACE IT,music doesn’t pay now..the likes of rihanna,beyonce,nicki,britney make more money off endorsements and tours than music…whatever happens,LET IT FLOW,UNBREAK MY HEART,ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG,YOU’RE MAKING ME HIGH,BREATHE AGAIN AND SEVEN DAYS 60 million records worldwide cement her legacy as one of the bestselling female RnB artists of all time…and who can forget her voice?????

  22. LndoftheBlind February 8, 2013

    Toni is one of my top 3 favorite singers. She has an unmatched distinct tone and delivery. Her albums are all amazing from ‘Toni Braxton’, ‘Heat’, and ‘Secrets’ to ‘Libra’ and ‘Pulse’. All albums have been consistent, and classic Toni. She did a couple of dance tracks on Pulse but they were signature Toni.

    I disagree with the comment earlier stating that she follows trends and bounces all over the place mimicking other acts. That is not true. Toni IS TONI. If you’ve been following her since the 90s you’d know she’s always exuded s**. She’s naturally s*** and has always adorned s*** revealing outfits, check her red carpet appearances. Nothing is forced or contrived like the pop tarts of today. One major thing I like about Toni’s music is that they are songs that ONLY Toni would sing. She doesn’t copy or bite anyone, she is a veteran and a legend in her own right, she has a deep understanding of music and her sound. There’s nothing wrong with making songs that have a current sound as long as it stays true to your brand and the bulk of your work is consistent.

    I doubt she will retire. She will at least give us one last signature album before she gracefully bows out. Her fans will be patiently waiting.

  23. MUSICHEAD February 8, 2013

    Toni Braxton’s problem is that she has forgotten her worth. She has alienated her core fans by chasing trends and dumbing down her music to appeal to the younger generation when she really doesnt have to. She’s still chasing the pop success she had in the 90’s. That time has passed…and I say that with love lol.

    Pulse was an amazing album but you wouldn’t know it by the single selections. Make My Heart was decent but the video was lame as hell. Hands Tied was ok but she had way better material on that album…Hero, Woman, The Breakup etc.

    Like some of the comments above, I think Toni should return to the roots of her first album and if that means only Urban and Urban AC will play her music then fine. At least she will still have artistic integrity. Celine Dion only gets airplay on AC radio but she’s still an icon. So is Anita Baker. Toni could be the same.

  24. $****$ February 8, 2013

    I really dnt like the way music industry is going i do not expect her to be making hits like years ago but all these vets being pushed out do not deserve it at all and people cant expect them to jump on music trends just to fish for hits

  25. Drew February 8, 2013

    I’ll be watching her new movie. It sounds like an interesting storyline. A Christian woman & a Jew man interracial relationship. Sounds interesting to me. I love Toni Braxton but i hope she don’t retire from music. I need to see Toni Braxton in Concert before she retires…Can’t wait for the new season of Braxton Family Values.

  26. Nick February 8, 2013

    im a huge toni fan but i understand what shes saying,

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