Hands Tied

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"Hands Tied"
Toni Braxton - Hands Tied (Official Single Cover).jpg
Single by Toni Braxton
from the album Pulse
Released February 23, 2010 (U.S. radio)[1]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Length 3:55
Label Atlantic
Toni Braxton singles chronology
"Hands Tied"
"Make My Heart"
"Hands Tied"
"Make My Heart"

"Hands Tied" is a song by American recording artist Toni Braxton. It was written by Heather Bright, Warren "Oak" Felder, and Harvey Mason, Jr. for her sixth studio album Pulse (2010), while production was helmed by Oak and Mason. Built around a cascading piano line, it features Braxton as the protagonist talking about how she could love a guy with her hands tied..

Chosen as the album's second official single, it was released on February 23, 2010 on U.S. urban radio stations.[2][3] The track has since reached number #29 on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[4]

Club mixes by Hex Hector were promoted to the clubs.


Braxton appeared on The Mo'Nique Show on May 3, a day before the album's release. She performed Hands Tied as well as her classic hit "Breathe Again".[5] She also was on NBC's The Today Show performing Hands Tied and her most successful single "Unbreak My Heart" on the day that the album was released.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

The song first appeared at #80 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. In its 14th week, the song peaked at #29.[7] To date, Hands Tied spent 20 weeks on the chart. Hands Tied also charted at number 100 on the Billboard 2010 Best R'n'B/Hip-Hop singles chart.

Music video[edit]

Eric Balfour (left) and Jensen Atwood (right) make cameo appearances in the video.

A music video for "Hands Tied" was shot back-to-back with the video for fellow Pulse single "Make My Heart." Directed by Bille Woodruff, it marked his eighth collaboration with Braxton. The video depicts Braxton as a "woman [who] is teasing a bar full of men who are mesmerized by her moves, but are not allowed to touch her," performing a pole dancing tease while singing.[8] Actors Michael Jai White, Eric Balfour, Victor Webster, and Jensen Atwood make cameo appearances in the video.[9] The final clip was premiered on April 14th, 2010.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Remix single[10]
No. Title Length
1. "Hands Tied" (Hex Hector Club Mix) 7:21
2. "Hands Tied" (Hex Hector Remix – Radio Edit) 4:35


Credits adapted from liner notes of Pulse.[11]



  1. ^ Hands Tied available on Urban Radio Stations Accessed in February, 2010
  2. ^ ""Hands Tied" & "Make My Heart" Are Now Available To Buy Exclusively On ToniBraxton.com! - Blog Detail". ToniBraxton.com. 2010-01-29. Archived from the original on 2011-01-08. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  3. ^ Hands Tied available now Atlantic Accessed in April, 2010
  4. ^ Hands Tied chart positions Billboard.com Accessed in April, 2010
  5. ^ Watch Toni perform on the Mo'Nique Show Archived 2010-05-07 at the Wayback Machine. ToniBraxton.com Accessed on May 3, 2010
  6. ^ Toni Braxton on NBC'S The Today Show Archived 2010-05-10 at the Wayback Machine. ToniBraxton.com Accessed on May 4, 2010
  7. ^ Toni Braxton - Chart History
  8. ^ Herndon, Jessica (2010-04-14). "FIRST LOOK: Toni Braxton's 'Hands Tied' Video". People. Archived from the original on 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  9. ^ a b Toni Braxton's Hands Tied music video Archived 2011-03-28 at the Wayback Machine. People.com Accessed in April, 2010
  10. ^ "Hands Tied (Hex Hector Remixes) - Single". iTunes.Apple (US). Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ Braxton, Toni (2010). Pulse (liner notes). Toni Braxton. Atlantic Records
  12. ^ "Toni Braxton Chart History (Adult R&B Songs)" Billboard. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  13. ^ "Toni Braxton Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)" Billboard. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  14. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year End Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 

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