Toni Braxton (album)

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Toni Braxton
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Studio album by Toni Braxton
Released July 13, 1993 (1993-07-13)
Recorded May 1992; November 1992–1993[1]
Studio
Genre
Length 53:18
Label
Producer
Toni Braxton chronology
Toni Braxton
(1993)
Secrets
(1996)Secrets1996
Singles from Toni Braxton
  1. "Another Sad Love Song"
    Released: June 29, 1993
  2. "Breathe Again"
    Released: August 6, 1993
  3. "Seven Whole Days"
    Released: October 8, 1993
  4. "You Mean the World to Me"
    Released: April 22, 1994
  5. "I Belong to You/How Many Ways"
    Released: June 10, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (neither)[4]
Entertainment Weekly C[5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]
Q 3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[8]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[9]

Toni Braxton is the debut studio album by American singer Toni Braxton, released on July 13, 1993 by LaFace Records and Arista Records.

Overview[edit]

Toni Braxton debuted at number 36 on the Billboard 200 and later spent two non-consecutive weeks atop the chart as well as three non-consecutive weeks atop the R&B Albums chart. It has sold 5,135,000 copies in the United States and 10 million copies worldwide.[10][11] The album was primarily produced by Reid, Babyface, and Daryl Simmons. The first single, "Another Sad Love Song", peaked at number seven and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles charts, respectively. The album's second single, "Breathe Again", peaked in the top five of both the Hot 100 and R&B charts and at number two on the UK Singles Chart. More singles from Toni Braxton were released in 1994, including "You Mean the World to Me", "Seven Whole Days", and "I Belong to You"/"How Many Ways".

The album received positive reviews and earned Braxton several awards, including three Grammy Awards (for Best New Artist and two consecutive awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1994 and 1995). She also won two American Music Awards (for Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist and Favorite New Adult Contemporary Artist) in 1994 and another one in 1995 (for Favorite Soul/R&B Album).

In Japan, the album was released as Love Affair, also a song on the album. The Japanese edition contains the same track listing as the standard version; the only difference is the Obi strip and the bonus lyrics booklet written in Japanese.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Another Sad Love Song"
5:01
2. "Breathe Again" Babyface
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
4:29
3. "Seven Whole Days"
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
6:22
4. "Love Affair"
  • Tim Thomas
  • Ted Bishop
Tim & Ted 4:28
5. "Candlelight"
  • Gaylor D
  • John Barnes
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
4:36
6. "Spending My Time with You" Bo & McArthur Bo & McArthur 4:08
7. "Love Shoulda Brought You Home"
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
4:56
8. "I Belong to You"
  • Vassal Benford
  • Ronald Spearman
Benford 3:53
9. "How Many Ways" Herbert 4:45
10. "You Mean the World to Me"
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
4:53
11. "Best Friend"
  • Braxton
  • Vance Taylor
4:28
12. "Breathe Again" (Reprise) Babyface
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
1:19
Total length: 53:18

Notes

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Toni Braxton.[14]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[37] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[38] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[39] Gold 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[40] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[41] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[42] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[43] 8× Platinum 5,135,000[11]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
United States July 13, 1993 [44]
Japan September 22, 1993 BMG [45]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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