Anita Baker Confirms Retirement / Says “No New Music Or Tour” in the Works

Published: Friday 13th Jan 2017 by Rashad
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Fans of ‘Sweet Love’ singer Anita Baker are feeling sour to say the least after the R&B legend took to Twitter to confirm rumors of her retirement.

Baker, who gifted the genre some of its most memorable efforts between 1983 and 2004 and earned the title ‘Queen of Quiet Storm’ along the way, excited music lovers in 2012 when she – after a nearly 10 year hiatus – delivered a Grammy-nominated remake of actor/singer Tyrese Gibson‘s hit, ‘Lately.’  The cover was joined by another song, ‘Sweet Dreams,’ as the kickoff to her long-awaited 7th studio album, ’21st Century Love’ (later renamed ‘Only Forever’).

Fast forward to 2017 and now we see the title change has proven prophetic as that’s exactly how long her fans will have to wait to hear its content (or any new content for that matter).  See what we mean inside:


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After getting wind of many fans expressing their disappointment about the announcement Baker replied:



Interestingly, many fans of the singer are not aware that it was she who convinced fellow contralto diva, Toni Braxton, to emerge from retirement.  We’re hoping Braxton returns the favor to help us get our hands and ears on new music from the Queen of Quiet Storm:  Anita Baker.

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  1. Jacob January 13, 2017

    I don’t know anyone below Queen Bey.

    • Kwinzy January 13, 2017

      That’s tragic. Queen Bey covered one of Anita’s classics, Sweet Love.

    • 2bad2bme January 13, 2017

      I love Beyonce but you queens irk my nerves when it comes to her

    • BYE January 13, 2017


    • DC3 FOREVER January 14, 2017

      He does not represent all of the HIVE forgive his ignorance

    • The Wig Snatcher January 14, 2017

      You must be a troll who was desperate to give the Beyhive a bad name. Stay off the ‘net, sis.

    • RoyalKev January 14, 2017

      When trolls use every opportunity to provoke Beyonce bashing …

    • SMH January 14, 2017

      Queen B as in Lil Kim?

  2. Kemar (@S_C_Jr on Twitter) January 13, 2017

    A true talent! Good for her. Time to settle down + take it easy.

  3. Gee January 13, 2017

    Anita Baker is a living legend who has earned the right to kick back and enjoy life as her catalog is timeless. Enjoy your life Ms. Baker you certainly deserve it.

    • Jasmine January 13, 2017

      There is nothing wrong with retiring but how about one last CD before she retires? She could release a CD with unreleased material or some of the songs she worked on in 2012 for the album that got shelved.

    • Florence Nedab January 15, 2017

      Always loved anita baker sorry I never got to see her in person before she retired

  4. Truthtea January 13, 2017


    You disrespectful little tw@t! There’d be no Beyonce without Anita Baker! You tried it tho – gurl, bye!!!

    • crimsonREDD January 13, 2017

      No Toni either!

  5. Suicide Blonde January 13, 2017

    She’s the same age of Madonna but looks so much older, I know Madonna has work done but still she looks phenomenal for her age.

    • Chileplease (the first and only bih) January 13, 2017

      Madonna looks like a wax figurine. Anita looks great.

    • Jasmine January 13, 2017

      You sound retarded. It is a proven fact that black people age slower than white people. If Anita was living the same hollywood lifestyle Madonna was she would easily be more attractive. Anita lives in her home town of Detroit, MI and is not trying to keep up with hollywood. Her last CD was 2005. Let her be without your idiotic gay comparisons. At the end of the day you don’t want to f*ck Madonna, you wish you were her so your point is even further irrelevant.

    • Kwinzy January 13, 2017

      “I know Madonna has work done”

      This mop headed fool really tried it. Take away Madge’s PS and she’d favor Betty White. Anita in 10 years will look like Cicely Tyson. Who’s winning??

    • The Wig Snatcher January 14, 2017

      Madonna has had LOTS of work done to her face and STILL looks older than Anita. Don’t do it.

    • The Wig Snatcher January 14, 2017

      Dear Suicide Blonde: PLEASE live up to your first name. Let that be your contribution to society.

    • Lea January 14, 2017

      @Suicide, b**** u trolling tough today aint it gul!

    • Lea January 14, 2017

      Lmfaoooo, Madonna’s funky, crusty p**** ass couldn’t even get Drake to kiss her without making him puke!

    • HereIiz January 14, 2017

      It’s the weight, Anita still looks young

    • Ty January 14, 2017

      You are such a racist p**** why haven’t you been banned from this site yet?

    • SMH January 14, 2017

      You can sit with your Black Beauty envy. Anita looks at least 10 years younger than her actual age, and she’s ALL NATURAL. Madonna is filled to the brim with plastic, botox, & spackle and she still looks ancient.
      Nice try tho.

  6. Anne January 13, 2017

    Good for her! She has already left her unforgettable mark with her one of a kind voice. I hate when the remake of her song “Angel” comes on the radio because I’d much rather hear Anita’s original. Although there may never be an opportunity to see her live, her recorded hits will always be in my rotation among many other artists. Wish her the best.

  7. The Wig Snatcher January 14, 2017

    Selfishly, I want her to make one more CD and go on tour. Her music is timeless and beautiful.

  8. The Wig Snatcher January 14, 2017

    I hope Sade isn’t next. I miss my R&B quiet storm Divas.

    • Regina George January 14, 2017

      I’d LOSE it. Sade is THE artist I want to see live. Not for the theatrics of entertainment and performance, but because of her TIMELESS sound and catalog. I’ve never seen her live but you mark my damn words, WHEN ?? She comes out with a new album, idc if the concert is in the Bermuda Triangle, I’ll be there

      • LmfaoHoe January 14, 2017

        @Regina lol forreal I’ll join you on that.

  9. Trose January 14, 2017

    Sooooooo why was that album shelved anybody know the one in 2012

  10. Coolness January 14, 2017

    One of my favorite vocalists EVER! I probably listen to Angel daily and Rapture is one of my top albums to come from the 80s. I wish her the best in life as she retires.

    • Regina George January 14, 2017

      I’ve already missed out on the opportunity to see her live… this saddens me. She deserves her time and I’m glad she’s enjoying it. Like someone said before tho, I do selfishly wish she’d do one more album. At least to actually ANNOUNCE it’s the last one so we’d know to catch that tour bc it would be our last chance.

  11. Stephy January 14, 2017

    Suicide Blonde tried it. Madonna has had multiple face lifts, b*** implants, botox/fillers & some mo s***. She also dresses like a 25 year old hooker and desperately tries to stay young. Anita is surgery free, acting her age and aging gracefully. Lets see how Granny would look without makeup, photo-shop and without botox taking a picture in the natural sun light. B**** would look like her hands and arms. A f****** skeleton. Anita naturally looks younger than Madonna. Don’t be fooled

  12. RoyalKev January 14, 2017

    This is one of my aunts favs …


    Anita’s a sophisticated, refined diva! … and FOREVER a grade A, classic vocalist! She doesn’t have to sing another note if that is not a desire in her heart! Everyone has acknowledge her music from Whitney, to Mary J, to Toni, to Bey! Look it up!

  13. Melvin Humphries January 14, 2017

    Will miss u greatly, still playing rapture, sweet love and All the rest@ least twice a week.I’m from Detroit now living in Va. Love you and All your music, Please come back, a Very Loyal Fan! Melvin

  14. Terry White January 14, 2017

    Go head girl! You deserve it! Her greatest hits album “The Best of Anita Baker” is my favorite album ever! We will never hear another voice like hers. Enjoy the beach Mrs Baker!

  15. tyana Jones January 14, 2017

    Usher do same is retire.

  16. January 14, 2017

    shes a legend

  17. Thando January 14, 2017

    Top 5 greatest solo vocalists of all time. I was sooo high last night blaring her songs (I got all her songs on my phone). Her catalogue is enough to keep us celebrating her talent. Let her live her life people. In the meantime…”From beginning to end 365 days of the year, I want the same old lovin baby. All I wanna do is keep on lovin you (I want the same ole love)”

  18. TheBeast January 15, 2017

    Timeless artist! Awesome body of work! Hope she puts out one more project! And why compare to her Beyoncé? They’ll be playing “Sweet Love” “Angel” & “Giving You The Best I Got” FOREVER……Bey’s music is good for a few months! Quality of WEAK quantity! F”@k a beehive

  19. Nick January 15, 2017

    Beyoncé is GARBAGE- she couldn’t hold a candle to Anita. BUT ANITA BAKER PLEASE PLAY FINAL GIG AT DONALD TRUMPs inauguration JUST TO AGGRIVATE WHITE RACIST LIBERALS!? Trump is the true REAL FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT, you will see that. White liberals wanna keep blacks on that plantation and using fear and lies cuz trump wanna fix the communities and lives of so many. PLEASE CONSIDER Playing ONE MORE TIME – you are my favorite!

  20. Gregory Wilson January 15, 2017

    Enjoy your retirement Ms. Baker. Your music has stood the test of time.
    I love you.

  21. Tonya Cephus January 15, 2017

    Anita Baker has paid her dues. I know she got me through many hard trials in my lifes adventure, especially the death of my Mother. For a little while kept me going on. So yes, it hurts to see her retire, but as long as we have the music in our hearts and ears, we will never be without her. Let her live for herself now. Thank you Anita, my forever friend. Enjoy retirement.

  22. Kim K January 16, 2017

    I really think Beyonce should retire. I mean nothing is interesting about her and her boring music.

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  24. Sarena Ross January 18, 2017

    I love you Anita Baker in thank you for bring real music in our lives. These singers now dont have what it take

  25. Mary Parks September 10, 2017

    Can’t believe it. My bucket list to see my Anita Baker goes unfulfilled ??

  26. Denise Green January 3, 2018

    Dear Ms Barker my name is Denise Green and it’s because of ur music that got me through a bad drug habit and I found your music to help me to find my voice to stand up and sing your songs my favorite is fairy tales and of no more tears I know being in this business is hard work but if u decide to make more music I personal will be greatful but even if u decide not to thank you for sweet love and all the wonderful lyric and videos and interviews you have done to add to what I like to call it real music nobody will ever replace the wonderful MS ANITA BAKER in my book I am so glad I’ve seen u live Thank u for giving me the best that u have Ms Queen

  27. Didtra January 6, 2018

    Anita, you can’t go. I’m your twin and I’m going to miss your music.

  28. Regina Barnett December 10, 2018

    #ilovethis my Anita Baker deserve to do whatever she desires: I would just like her to contact me so she can sing the songs I have written I was able to see her it was a dream come true in LAS Vegas September 2nd 2018 and the dream just continues to unfold Anita I loved you and your sound forever please contact me I know you will love the songs I have written Regina Barnett #Fan4ever??????

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