Braxton Released By Blackground, Sues Ex-Manager
Toni Braxton is being released from Blackground/Universal Motown, Billboard.com has learned.Toni Braxton is being released from Blackground/Universal Motown, Billboard.com has learned. The Grammy Award-winning R&B singer logged the majority of her hits during her tenure with LaFace/Arista before joining Blackground. Her sole release with that label, 2005's "Libra," has shifted 431,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Braxton remains the resident headliner at the Flamingo hotel in Las Vegas, a gig she began last August.
In addition, the artist is suing her former personal manager, claiming she owes him $10 million for convincing her to leave Arista and join Blackground, according to the Associated Press.
The suit says Braxton hired Barry Hankerson as her manager in late 1997; a year later, she negotiated a five-album deal with Arista that netted her more than $20 million in advances.
However, the relationship soured in 2002, when Hankerson began fabricating creative disputes with the label, according to the suit. By 2003, Braxton says she was convinced to leave Arista and sign with Blackground. When that arrangement proved unstable, Braxton claims she tried to fire Hankerson as her manager but that he promptly turned against her.