Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Toni Braxton’s ‘Sex & Cigarettes’ Misses the Top 20

Published: Wednesday 4th Apr 2018 by Rashad

Fans of 7-time Grammy winner Toni Braxton (affectionately called ‘Toni’s Tigers’) had an 8 year wait between the singer’s last solo outing, 2010’s ‘Pulse,’ and her most recent effort, ‘Sex & Cigarettes.’

‘Cigarettes,’ which hit shelves March 23rd, was preceded by the critically acclaimed Urban AC cuts ‘Deadwood’ and ‘Long As I Live’ and was greeted with generally positive reviews.  Unfortunately, that fanfare was not reflected commercially as – just a day after its release – industry analysts predicted the set would not shift more than 18,000 units SPS its first week of availability.

Moreover, with minimal television, print, or radio support to change the tide, the ‘Breathe Again’ beauty’s 8th LP proved them right.  Tuck inside to see how many units the project sold and where it landed on this week’s Billboard 200:

‘Sex & Cigarettes’

First Week Sales:  16,000

Chart Placement:  #22

The figures above not only represent the singer’s lowest first week sales for any of her studio albums to date, but also her lowest debut placement on the Billboard 200.

Look below to see who joined her on this week’s TGJ Chart Check:  Billboard 200.

Billboard 200 This Week

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  1. JOHNVIDAL April 4, 2018

    I love me some Toni Braxton but gurl you aint getting $14 bucks from me for no 8 song EP. U gotta give me my money’s worth which mean 10 tracks or me hunny. She aint even promote this record properly so aint nobody know she had an album out.

    • JOHNVIDAL April 4, 2018

      I love me some Toni Braxton but gurl you aint getting $14 bucks plus tax from me for no 8 song EP. U gotta give me my money’s worth which mean 10 tracks or more hunny. She aint even promote this record properly so aint nobody know she had an album out.

      • Jackx April 4, 2018

        It’s not 14 bucks it’s 10
        and this album is a masterpiece
        Idc what the chart says

      • JOHNVIDAL April 4, 2018

        Tell that to Target and Best Buy. They was chargin $14 at Best Buy and $14.99 at Target plus tax when I went there last week. Where is it $10 bucks at?

      • IOWNTHEWORLD April 4, 2018

        Sugar daddy? You got me f*cked up. You better get your own sh*t like I do. ?

    • IOWNTHEWORLD April 4, 2018

      Albums rarely had 10 tracks. It’s just an excuse to be cheap. She gave us a quality album.

      • JOHNVIDAL April 4, 2018

        IOWNTHEWORLD Can you buy me the album sugar daddy and mail it to me? I aint got 15 bucks for no album with only 8 tracks even though I like Toni Braxton. I want my money’s worth. Somebody said they found it for 10 bucks. I’ll buy it for 10 if you tell me what store got it for 10. I checked Target and Best Buy and they was $14 and $14.99 plus tax.

  2. Meme April 4, 2018

    Has her tour already been announce?

  3. Suicide Blonde April 4, 2018

    this song is dedicated to all the men out there. That don’t seem to know how to keep their man happy

    I want you all to take a good listen, see if you wanna try THIS

    Some men think the high of a man’s pleasure
    is when he’s kissing him on the lips

    And some men think that the joy of foreplay
    is caressing with his finger tips

    And some men think a little tittie kissing
    is the answer to every man’s dream

    But let me tell yah how to kiss him
    if you really want to hear him scream (hoo)

    you are making him feeling good
    but you can make him feel better
    If you treat your man like a stamp on a letter

    lick it
    before you stick it

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    Whoo

    Now all you fellows sit there laughing
    Let me tell you that is no stage joke
    (he ain’t playing)

    If you really want to please him
    just find the little man in the boat

    you can tease it
    gently queeze it
    massage him with your finger tips

    But sorry fellows the job ain’t over
    Until you take him between your lips

    Wow

    you are making him feeling good
    but you can make him feel better
    If you treat your man like a stamp on a letter

    lick it
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    better lick it
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    WOOOO
    EEEEH

    And some men think a little tittie kissing
    is the answer to every man’s dream

    But let me tell yah how to kiss him
    if you really want to hear him scream
    Whoooa

    you are making him feeling good
    but you can make him feel better
    If you treat your man like a stamp on a letter

    you better lick it
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    haha
    the fellows got it
    now girl you cannot stick it but you sure can lick it

  4. DanYiel Iman April 4, 2018

    Her album is EVERYTHING!!

  5. eric April 4, 2018

    I can’t see myself buying an album with only 8 tracks. Last few albums I bought (Usher’s “Hard II Love”, JoJo’s “Mad Love”, and Alicia Keys’ “Here”) all have at least 11 songs, and I think that’s a reasonable expectation. I will–as I have done in the past–buy a VIP tour package from Toni though. Re-release a special edition of S&C with a longer tracklist and I’ll buy.

    • IOWNTHEWORLD April 4, 2018

      Who tf cares how many tracks an album has? I can tell you that Alicia Keys HERE didn’t have 11 tracks of anything to listen to. That’s a pretty stupid reason to not buy an album. You probably won’t play all the tracks anyway. Albums don’t work that way. They usually pick the best of so many tracks.

      • eric April 4, 2018

        Who cares? The millions who didn’t buy it.

      • Jasmine April 4, 2018

        I agree with eric. Janet Jackson did 116,000 first week with Unbreakable. Toni should have been able to pull 50K easy first week sales after being gone so long but 8 tracks is a turnoff to non-hardcore fans. She has to attract casual fans and casual r&b music consumers by making the album enticing. When people see just 8 tracks it is a turnoff, especially when it is about $15 bucks after taxes. I also think her decision to use Deadwood as the 1st single was a bad decision. That is the least memorable track on the whole album and her 2nd single came out too late to be helpful in promoting the album. I remember Janet made several appearances before her album came out. Toni should have done the same. Now I just look forward to the tour which starts in May she said so I can’t wait to buy tickets.

  6. SMH April 5, 2018

    I don’t get the complaints about the amount of tracks on her album. Bruno Mars’ album only has 9 tracks and it went platinum. Toni’s album didn’t sell because of lack of promotion, not because she only had 8 tracks on it. And to think thats the reason why it didn’t sell is just stupid.

    • Jasmine April 5, 2018

      Bruno Mars album had 9 tracks not 8. 8 tracks feels like a rip-off and it appears like an ep you really cant get into before its over. 9 feels like it is 1 track short of 10. Perhaps Toni should have released her album as an EP instead. The Weeknd just released My Dear Melancholy at $6.99. It feels like Toni’s label is trying to charge album prices ($14 to $15 bucks) for an EP instead of charging an EP price.

    • JC April 5, 2018

      Bruno Mars has fans that buy his music. Toni has fans that STEAL her music. That is the difference. She needs to find a better QUALITY of people for a fan base. BTW, the album was $9 and change for 8 tracks, not $14 like some of these liars are saying. That just goes to prove that some people will do anything to justify stealing.

  7. JOHNVIDAL April 5, 2018

    Really? Weren´t her previous two top5??? Low sales I understand. Such bad position (meaning many other people sold more than you, low sales or not) I didn´t expect. Not for teh first week anyway.

  8. Tonio April 5, 2018

    Long as I live is fabulous and what we want to hear from toni. As a big fan I am sad to say that I am not feeling this album and will replay love marriage and divorce instead.. toni these songs do not do your voice and talent justice and all the songs will be soon forgotten except long as i live. Sorry

    • Tiffany April 5, 2018

      I agree. Toni you rock. This album doesnt

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