The album features several prominent all-star collaborations, including duets with Gladys Knight ("I Don't Do Duets") and Michael Bolton (on a cover of Barbra Streisand's "We're Not Making Love Anymore") and a reunion track with Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash from Labelle ("Release Yourself"), as well as three Billboard top 5 R&B hits: "Feels Like Another One", "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)" and "When You've Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)". The album track "Temptation" was written by Cuban-American singer Martika, who originally released it on her album Martika's Kitchen.
Burnin', released as CD, LP, cassette and DCC (Digital cassette tape), has been certified gold in the United States by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. It reached #71 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on the R&B album charts.
The following year, LaBelle released her first solo live album, simply titled Live!, featuring several songs from Burnin' as it was recorded during this album's promotional tour. However, despite being related to Burnin' for that reason, Live! also features several songs from her past catalogue, two brand new studio songs and two covers of pop standards.