Check out the 1st promotional image for Toni Braxton’s upcoming reality show, ‘Braxton Family Values’. The show will premiere on April 12th at 9pm via WeTV.
The last 12 months have been quite the roller-coaster for sultry singer Toni Braxton. Characterised by the breakdown of her marriage, commercial disappointment, and filing for bankruptcy again, 2010 is undoubtedly a year the R&B legend wishes to leave in the past.
Hence, in kicking off the new year with a bang, the legendary vocalist, 43, has revealed that she is considering posing for Playboy.
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Music bible, Billboard have unveiled the list of the Top 50 R&B / Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. The list, which is based solely on chart statistics, sees Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, and Usher, all occupy spots in the top ten of the tally.
Where did they all rank, you may wonder. Peep the inevitably controversial list after the jump…
R&B heavyweight Toni Braxton announced that she is filing once again for bankruptcy. The news, which surfaced today, comes on the singer’s 43rd birthday.
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Toni Braxton’s ‘Please’ is the latest video to be lifted From The Vault. Released from her gold-certified (and criminally underrated) ‘Libra’ album, the song failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100 as a result of poor promotion. However, ‘Please’ performed relatively well on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, peaking at #36. The video for the Scott Storch-produced track was direct by Chris Robinson.
Braxton shut it down in this video! She was 38 at the time of its release and she looked (and still looks) better than most women half her age. Braxton has a natural sex appeal that never seems forced; a trait that many singers lack in today’s industry. Contralto chocolate.
After a brief rest on the bench, our Best You Never Heard feature returns this week with little known gems by Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton, Usher and Mariah Carey.
Janet Jackson – LUV
Produced by Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins, ‘LUV’ was initially slated to be the follow-up to Janet Jackson’s 2008 comeback smash ‘Feedback’. And with good reason too.
A nod to the infectious, melodic brand of Pop-R&B Ms. Jackson served up on ‘All For You’, ‘LUV’ also boasts an Electro-Pop undertone. An undertone which firmly positions the song in the thick of what’s topping charts today.
While label politics derailed ‘Discipline’ (the album which housed the song), a positive can be sourced from the drama in that it produced one of Janet’s best musical offerings in years. Awesome track. (SAM)
Toni Braxton – Stupid
Although her ‘Libra’ album failed to make a major splash on the charts, Toni Braxton‘s 2005 LP comprised some of her best work. A perfect example is ‘Stupid’ – a dark and lonely ballad about a lover scorned. It is on this track that listeners are reminded of Braxton’s rare contralto and her subtle genius as a songwriter. (TRENT)
Usher – Making Love Into The Night
With Usher currently enjoying a career-resurgence thanks to the success of the Pop-tinged ‘Hey Daddy’ and ‘OMG’, one could be forgiven for thinking that ‘Pop’ is the crooner’s new mainstay.
However, as many a cut on his Platinum-selling ‘Raymond vs Raymond’ LP highlight, the 31 year old can still serve up sizzling Slow Jam. Case, point, example, ‘Making Love Into The Night’.
Produced by Jim Jonsin, and penned by Rico Love, ‘Making Love…’ is simply R&B perfection. A subtle fusing of the past and the present on the production tip, Usher’s vocals ride the beat with ease, sporadically lacing it with his trademark falsetto. More of this, please, Mr Raymond. (SAM)
Mariah Carey – Everything Fades Away
Released as a B-Side to her mega hit Hero, ‘Everything Fades Away’ displays Mariah Carey‘s songwriting skills at their very best. Soulful, passionate and vocally astounding, Carey engages in a riverting interplay with her troop of male background singers to emulate the pain of a dying relationship. Songs like this helped Carey’s ‘Music Box’ to become her best-selling album to date with sales exceeding 30 million worldwide. Diva. (TRENT)
Hit(s) or Miss(es)?
The video for Toni Braxton‘s single premiere literally moments ago on Yahoo! Music. The song stands as the 4th single to be released from her ‘Pulse’ album, which has thus far sold just over 100k units in the US. Check out the video below: