R&B star Toni Braxton is leaving Arista Records to join Blackground Records, Billboard Bulletin has learned. Universal-distributed Blackground has tentative plans to issue a new Braxton album Sept. 16, preceded by the first single in June or July. Braxton's last album, 2002's "More Than a Woman," has sold 375,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, compared with more than 2 million copies for 2000's "This Heat."
R&B starlet Toni Braxton will release her fifth studio album, "More Than a Woman," Nov. 19 via Arista. The set is the follow-up to 2000's "The Heat," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally and has sold 2 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new album's first single, "Hit the Freeway," was produced by ubiquitous duo the Neptunes and will be supported with a video directed by Dave Meyers and Charles Infante.
Grammy-winning songstress Toni Braxton is wrapping up work on her first Christmas album, "Snowflakes," due Oct. 23 from Arista. The album is being produced by Braxton and her husband, Mint Condition's Keri Lewis, who are also expecting a child before the end of the year.