Toni Braxton (album)

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

Toni Braxton
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 13, 1993 (1993-07-13)
RecordedMay 1992; November 1992–1993[1]
Studio
Genre
Length53:18
Label
Producer
Toni Braxton chronology
Toni Braxton
(1993)
Secrets
(1996)
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
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[3]
Robert Christgau(neither)[4]
Entertainment WeeklyC[5]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[6]
Q3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[8]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[9]

OverviewEdit

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 Top R&B/Hip-Hop 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 L.A. Reid, Babyface, and Daryl Simmons. The first single, "Another Sad Love Song", peaked at numbers seven and 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 listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(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 & Ted4:28
5."Candlelight"
  • Gaylor D
  • John Barnes
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
4:36
6."Spending My Time with You"Bo & McArthurBo & McArthur4:08
7."Love Shoulda Brought You Home"
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
4:56
8."I Belong to You"
  • Vassal Benford (also music)
  • Ronald Spearman
Benford3:53
9."How Many Ways"
Herbert4:45
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
European edition bonus track[12]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
13."Give U My Heart" (Mad Ball Mix)
  • Watson
  • Babyface
  • Reid
  • Simmons
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
  • Herbert[c]
6:11
Total length:59:29
Spanish edition bonus track[13]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
14."Breathe Again" (Spanish version)Babyface
4:30
Total length:63:59

Notes

  • ^a Despite not being credited as songwriters of "How Many Ways" in the album's liner notes, Keith Miller, Philip Field, and Anthony Beard are listed as songwriters by ASCAP and BMI.[14][15]
  • ^b signifies a co-producer
  • ^c signifies a remixer and additional producer
  • ^d signifies a remix producer

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Toni Braxton.[16]

MusiciansEdit

  • Toni Braxton – lead vocals (all tracks); background vocals (tracks 1–6, 8–12)
  • Kayo – bass (tracks 1, 5–7, 10)
  • Babyface – keyboards (tracks 1–3, 5, 7, 10, 12); background vocals (track 7)
  • L.A. Reid – drums (tracks 1–3, 5–7, 10, 12)
  • Debra Killings – background vocals (tracks 1, 7)
  • DeRock – percussion (tracks 2, 3, 10)
  • Vance Taylor – keyboards (tracks 3, 5, 10); acoustic piano (track 7)
  • Pamela Copeland – background vocals (tracks 3, 4)
  • Tammy Davis – background vocals (track 3)
  • Keisha Jackson – background vocals (track 3)
  • Tim & Ted – drums, keyboards (track 4)
  • Skip Pruitt – saxophone (track 4)
  • Tim Thomas – background vocals (track 4)
  • Tye-V – background vocals (track 4)
  • Bo Watson – keyboards (tracks 6, 7); synthesizer programming, vocal arrangement, rhythm arrangement (track 6)
  • McArthur – guitar (track 6)
  • Tomi M – guitar (track 6)
  • Trina Broussard – background vocals (track 7)
  • Valerie Davis – background vocals (track 8)
  • Rex Rideout – keyboards, programming (track 11)
  • Ernesto Phillips – guitar (track 11)
  • Orlando Phillips – bass guitar (track 11)

TechnicalEdit

  • L.A. Reid – production (tracks 1–3, 5, 7, 10, 12); mixing (tracks 1–7, 12); executive production
  • Babyface – production (tracks 1–3, 5, 7, 10, 12); executive production
  • Daryl Simmons – production (tracks 1–3, 5, 7, 10, 12)
  • Jim "Z" Zumpano – engineering (tracks 1–7, 10, 12)
  • John Rogers – engineering (track 1)
  • Barney Perkins – mixing (tracks 1, 7); engineering (track 7)
  • Dave Way – mixing (tracks 2–5, 12)
  • John Frye – mixing assistance (tracks 2–6, 12); additional MIDI programming (tracks 2, 3, 10, 12); engineering assistance (track 6)
  • Tim & Ted – production (track 4)
  • Ron Horvath – engineering (track 4)
  • Phil Tan – engineering (track 4)
  • Thom Kidd – engineering (track 4)
  • Ted Bishop – engineering (track 4)
  • Brad Gilderman – engineering (track 5)
  • Randy Walker – technician (track 5)
  • Bo & McArthur – production (track 6)
  • Jason Schablik – engineering assistance (track 6)
  • Jon Gass – mixing (track 6)
  • Fil Brown – engineering (track 7)
  • Steve Schwartzberg – engineering (track 7)
  • Matt Westfield – engineering (track 7)
  • Sean Young – engineering (track 7)
  • Milton Chan – mixing assistance (track 7)
  • Vassal Benford – production (track 8)
  • Victor Flores – engineering, mixing (track 8)
  • Vincent Herbert – production, mixing (track 9)
  • Ben Garrison – engineering, mixing (track 9)
  • Ernesto Phillips – production, mixing (track 11)
  • Toni Braxton – co-production (track 11)
  • Bill Plummer – engineering (track 11)
  • Bob Rosa – mixing (track 11)
  • Dana Vlcek – mix engineering assistance (track 11)
  • Herb Powers Jr. – mastering
  • Constance Armstrong – album coordination
  • Davett Singletary – project coordination

ArtworkEdit

  • Susan Mendola – art direction
  • Daniela Federici – photography

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[47] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[48] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[49] Gold 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[50] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[51] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[52] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[54] 8× Platinum 6,107,000[i]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Ref.
United States July 13, 1993 [55]
Japan September 22, 1993 BMG [56]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Tracks 1–7 and 10
  2. ^ Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7
  3. ^ Track 4
  4. ^ a b Track 5
  5. ^ Track 7
  6. ^ Engineering on track 8
  7. ^ Track 9
  8. ^ Track 11
  9. ^ As of April 2011, Toni Braxton had sold 5,135,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan,[11] which does not count albums sold through clubs like the BMG Music Club, where it sold 972,000 copies.[53] Combined, it has sold over 6,107,000 copies in the US.

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