Snowflakes (Toni Braxton album)

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Snowflakes
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Studio album by Toni Braxton
Released October 23, 2001 (2001-10-23)
Recorded 2000–01
Studio
Genre
Length 43:33
Label Arista
Producer
Toni Braxton chronology
The Heat
(2000)
Snowflakes
(2001)
More Than a Woman
(2002)
Singles from Snowflakes
  1. "Snowflakes of Love"
    Released: 2001
  2. "Christmas in Jamaica"
    Released: 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C+[2]
Rolling Stone Favorable[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[4]
Slant Magazine 1.5/5 stars[5]

Snowflakes is the fourth studio album and first Christmas album by American singer Toni Braxton, released on October 23, 2001 by Arista Records.[6] Shaggy features as the only collaboration on the album. The album was preceded by two singles "Snowflakes of Love" and "Christmas in Jamaica".

In the United States, the album had sold 538,000 copies as of February 2012.[7]

Background[edit]

Along with the traditional Christmas songs "The Christmas Song" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and a cover of Vince Guaraldi's 1962 song "Christmas Time Is Here", the album contains original songs which focus not only on Christmas, but also on love. Braxton was newly married and expecting her first child while making the album.

Singles[edit]

"Snowflakes of Love" was released as the lead single from the album in 2001. The song charted at number twenty-five on the Adult Contemporary chart on January 5, 2002.[8]

"Christmas in Jamaica" featuring Shaggy was released as the second and final single in 2001.[9] The song charted at number three on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[10]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, the album peaked at number one-hundred and nineteen on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart in its fifth week on chart.[11] The album also charted at number fifty-seven on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart[12] and number thirteen on the Top Holiday Albums chart.[13] The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 500,000 copies on November 28, 2001.[14]

In Europe, the album debuted in Germany and at number ninety-two on the German Album Charts making it the only country in Europe outside of the United States to chart.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Holiday Celebrate" Toni Braxton, Keri Lewis, Tamar Braxton Keri Lewis, Toni Braxton 3:59
2. "Christmas in Jamaica" (featuring Shaggy) Toni Braxton, Keri Lewis, Craig Love, Donnie Scantz Keri Lewis, Toni Braxton, Donnie Scantz, Shaggy, Craig Love 4:23
3. "Snowflakes of Love" Toni Braxton, Keri Lewis, Isaac Hayes Keri Lewis, Toni Braxon 4:25
4. "Christmas Time Is Here" Vince Guaraldi, Lee Mendelson Daryl Simmons, Toni Braxton 4:11
5. "Santa Please…" Toni Braxton, Keri Lewis Keri Lewis, Toni Braxton 4:33
6. "Pretty Please" (Interlude)     1:01
7. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin Keri Lewis, Toni Braxton 4:35
8. "This Time Next Year" Babyface, David Foster, Toni Braxton Daryl Simmons, Babyface, Toni Braxton 4:23
9. "The Christmas Song" Mel Torme, Robert Wells LA Reid, McArthur 3:23
10. "Snowflakes Of Love" (Brent Fischer Instrumental) Toni Braxton, Keri Lewis, Isaac Hayes Keri Lewis, Toni Braxton 4:37
11. "Christmas In Jamaica" (Remix) (featuring Shaggy) Toni Braxton, Donnie Scantz, Keri Lewis, Orville Burrell, Craig Love, Dave Kelly   3:39

Sample credits

  • "Snowflakes of Love" contains elements and samples of "Now We're One" by Earl Klugh.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
German Albums Chart[15] 92
US Billboard 200[11] 119
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[13] 13
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 57

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref
United States October 21, 2001
  • CD
  • Cassette
Arista Records [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Snowflakes - Toni Braxton at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  2. ^ Willman, Chris (2001-11-30). "Reviews of MTV TRL Christmas, 8 Days of Christmas, Christmas Memories, That's What I Call Christmas!, Snowflakes, Holidayland, A Very Special Christmas 5, Swingin' Christmas, and Christmas Extraordinaire". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  3. ^ Roth, K.G. (2001-12-11). "Toni Braxton: Snowflakes : Music Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 103. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2001-10-21). "Toni Braxton: Snowflakes". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  6. ^ a b "Toni Braxton - Snowflakes (Cassette)". Amazon (U.S. Store). Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  7. ^ http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/sales/archcht.cgi?cht397
  8. ^ "Billboard Adult Contemporary Music Chart January 5, 2002". Billboard. Retrieved 5 January 2002. 
  9. ^ "Toni Braxton Featuring Shaggy - Christmas in Jamaica (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Chart January 5, 2002". Billboard. Retrieved 5 January 2002. 
  11. ^ a b "Billboard Top 200 Albums December 22, 2001". Billboard. Retrieved 22 December 2001. 
  12. ^ a b "Toni Braxton - Billboard History Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 29 December 2001. 
  13. ^ a b "Billboard Top Holiday Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 1 December 2001. 
  14. ^ "Gold & Platinum – Searchable Database – Toni Braxton". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 January 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH 
  15. ^ a b "Toni Braxton – Snowflakes" (in German). Offizielle Deutsche Charts. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  16. ^ "American album certifications – Toni Braxton – Snowflakes". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 6, 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH