Album:Love, Marriage & Divorce
Here's a new album by two artists who were very successful in the 90s. Toni Braxton was one of the best selling female artists of the 90s with smash hits like Un-break My Heart. Her last big hit was He Wasn't Man Enough in 2000. She recorded for LaFace Records which was co-owned by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. He produced a lot of her 90s recordings and had some hits of his own. Of course when an artist like Toni has been at the top and then fades, she desperately wants to get back to the top. Toni's decline was hastened by a 2002 pregnancy followed by conflict with Arista Records. She left Arista in 2003 for Blackground owned by her manager Barry Hankerson. She ended up suing him for fraud. In 2006, she began a residency at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and that kind of gig is usually an indication that an artist is over the hill. This wasn't as big of a deal for Babyface because he was still writing and producing and he may have preferred being out of the limelight. Toni recorded for Atlantic Records and appeared on Dancing With The Stars. She also appeared on the reality show Braxton Family Values with her sisters. She even announced her retirement from music on Feb. 7, 2013. She planned to concentrate on acting. She changed her mind. She toured in the summer of 2013. Then she announced plans to record the concept album Love, Marriage & Divorce with Babyface. The single Hurt You did very well on the R & B charts and so did the album. It was Toni Braxton's first successful album since 2000. It even won a Best R & B Album Grammy. Toni's memoir Unbreak My Heart:A Memoir was published May 2014. And recently she announced she is working on a new CD to be released in early 2016 on Motown. And to think Toni Braxton was going to retire. Here's the video for Hurt You by Toni Braxton & Babyface.