I Don't Want To

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"I Don't Want To"
Single by Toni Braxton
from the album Secrets
B-side "I Love Me Some Him"
Released March 11, 1997
Format CD single, CD maxi single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded May 1996
Genre R&B
Length 4:17
Label LaFace
Writer(s) R. Kelly
Producer(s) R. Kelly
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Toni Braxton singles chronology
"Un-Break My Heart"
(1996)
"I Don't Want To"/"I Love Me Some Him"
(1997)
"How Could an Angel Break My Heart"
(1997)

"I Don't Want To" is a song by American R&B singer Toni Braxton, released as the third single from her second studio album, Secrets (1996). Written and produced by R. Kelly, this ballad describes the agony of a break-up. The single—released in the U.S. as a double A-side with the airplay smash hit "I Love Me Some Him"—shot to number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 9 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs during the summer of 1997. While not as successful as the two preceding singles, it became her third consecutive chart-topper on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play in July 1997, following "You're Makin' Me High" and "Un-Break My Heart".

The music video was shot during a hectic time in Braxton's career. After the commercial success from the preceding singles and co-headlining a tour with Kenny G., Braxton was exhausted. The time schedule for a video was roughly one day for director Billie Woodruff. A simple video featured Braxton wandering around in a white room wearing a white tanktop and blue jeans.

The original treatment for the video was a one-take version. Woodruff told MTV News that he shot multiple takes and at the end of the day, the best version would be picked. The video had Braxton walking around a house, trying on various wigs and scrubbing her feet in a bathtub. Oddly enough, this was the controversy when creating the video. This video remains unreleased but MTV aired a short "making of" during editions of MTV News.

Track listings and formats[edit]

U.S. double A-side CD single with "I Love Me Some Him"
  1. "I Don't Want To" (Album Version) – 4:17
  2. "I Love Me Some Him" (Album Version) – 5:09
U.S. double A-side CD maxi single with "I Love Me Some Him"
  1. "I Don't Want To" (Album Version) – 4:17
  2. "I Don't Want To" (Frankie Knuckles Club Mix) – 10:57
  3. "I Don't Want To" (Instrumental) – 4:19
  4. "I Love Me Some Him" (Album Version) – 5:09
  5. "Un-Break My Heart" (Billboard Award Show Version) – 4:12
UK CD 1
  1. "I Don't Want To" (Album Version) – 4:15
  2. "I Don't Want To" (Frankie Knuckles Radio Edit) – 4:17
  3. "You're Makin' Me High" (Hot Ice Dancehall Mix featuring Mad Cobra) – 4:50
  4. "I Don't Want To" (Franktified Club Mix) – 10:57
UK CD 2
  1. "I Don't Want To" (Album Version) – 4:15
  2. "I Don't Want To" (Classic Club Mix) – 10:54
  3. "I Don't Want To" (Deep Jays Delight) – 9:02
European CD single
  1. "I Don't Want To" (Album Version) – 4:15
  2. "I Don't Want To" (Frankie Knuckles Radio Edit) – 4:17
  3. "I Don't Want To" (Franktified Club Mix) – 10:57

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Chart Data: Toni Braxton". mariah-charts.com. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Toni Braxton – I Don't Want To – swisscharts.com". swisscharts.com. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Secrets > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 20 – 1997". Radio 538 (in Dutch). Top 40. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Musicline.de – Chartverfolgung – Toni Braxton – I Don't Want To". Media Control (in German). Musicline.de. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. irishcharts.ie. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Chart Stats – Toni Braxton – I Don't Want To". The Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
Preceded by
"Free" by Ultra Naté
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
July 19, 1997
Succeeded by
"Something Goin' On" by Todd Terry featuring Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown