Toni Braxton shares more details surrounding her forthcoming album, Sex & Cigarettes, the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Love, Marriage & Divorce’ with Babyface. The R&B legend drops off a sexy and stunning album cover, in addition to unveiling the set’s track listing.
Headed by the singles ‘Deadwood’ and ‘Long As I Live, the project includes 8-songs and only one feature from pop powerhouse Colbie Caillat (‘My Heart’).
“I’m excited; it’s been awhile. The last project I did was me and Babyface,” she previously said. “The new album comes out at the top of the year, and it’s called ‘Sex & Cigarettes.’ I feel like I’m older; I wanna say what I feel, I don’t wanna be censored.”
She also told Essense in a recent interview, “‘Sex & Cigarettes’ is more about me feeling sexy, independent, and expressing my feelings. I think for a long time I felt I had to make certain records, but now I want to just be free. I don’t want to be censored, I just want to focus on being an artist and creating good quality music that people can relate to.”
Braxton will support the project with a North American Tour, slated to take flight this spring.
Braxton released her 8x-platinum debut album in 1993, on Arista Records. The album included her career-defining worldwide hits “Another Sad Love Song” and “Breathe Again,” which made Grammy® history by winning consecutive awards in 1994 and 1995 respectively, for Best Female R&B Performance. The album also generated Toni’s 1994 Grammy® as Best New Artist.
Sex & Cigarettes Tracklist:
2. Sex & Cigarettes
3. Long As I Live
6. My Heart feat. Colbie Caillat
According to reports, R&B veteran Toni Braxton was hospitalized for several days due to complications from her ongoing battle with lupus, and now she’s ‘resting at home.’
“Toni is resting at home and she is fine. She was in an L.A. hospital for a few days being treated for her lupus,” her reps said in a statement to ABC News.
“She has been released and starts rehearsals for her upcoming tour this week. She was not in serious condition, though lupus is a serious disease and must be monitored at all times,” Braxton’s representatives added.
The hospitalization came just days before Braxton’s “Hits Tour,” which is scheduled to begin on Oct. 8 in Oakland, CA. The trek is expected to run until Nov. 12.
Along with family, the “Braxton Family Values” star’s rumored boyfriend, rap mogul Birdman, was by her side. He was reportedly touring with his artist Jaquees.
Last year, Braxton spoke about her issues with lupus during an interview with The Huffington Post.
“Some days I can’t balance it all,” she stated. “I just have to lay in bed. Pretty much when you have lupus you feel like you have the flu every day. But some days you get through it. But for me, if I’m not feeling well, I tend to tell my kids, ‘Oh mommy’s just going to relax in bed today. I kind of take it easy.'”
She also revealed how Lupus had impacted her performances. “That’s the toughest part, when I have to perform,” she adds. “So often, when it’s like that, it’s a lot of, ‘You sing!’ to the audience, you know. They kind of help me out a little bit without realizing it.”
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease, causing inflammation to a person’s internal organs, joints, and skin. Lupus is not contagious and may be caused by a number of factors, including hormones, genetics and one’s environment, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. An exact cause for the disease is still unknown.