Un-break my heart, breathe again, call me by Toni Braxton‘s name and be a man about it: the Queen is returning to us.
Two years after releasing Sex & Cigarettes, featuring the No. 1 song of 2018, “Long As I Live,” the iconic vocal powerhouse is already back with a brand new album called Spell My Name – and it’s out on August 28.
Know what her name spells out? “#TakingOutNegativeInfluence,” she announced on Twitter.
Absolutely shaking. And that’s not all!
Her first single from the campaign, “Do It,” is currently dominating at the Adult R&B chart on Billboard, aided by a remix by the legendary Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, who’s certainly keeping herself busy lately.
And after releasing a Dave Audé remix of the song, Toni just dropped the original version of her follow-up single “Dance,” featured on the upcoming record on Friday (July 31) – and it’s an Antonio Dixon-crafted slice of gorgeous, shimmering, ’70’s-inspired dance floor empowerment. It’s official: all of the girls are truly going disco…and no one is complaining. It’s such instant bliss!
“I just wanna dance, just dance,” she proclaims across the horn-y, strut-worthy production. Has any other dance-pop diva ever expressed a similar desire in recent memory? I can’t remember!
The bridge is an especially joyous moment: “Watch how I get over you / DJ, can you help me to? / Turn it up so I can move / Right now, don’t stop / One, two, three, dance…” she commands before the track bursts into a fierce, hand-clapping dance break. We’re going to need some major choreography for this moment, Miss Braxton – preferably while on roller skates.
And that playful outro? “See you later baby…buh-bye!” That cackle? The “woo“! COME ON. Queen Toni!
While it’s always wonderful to hear Toni Braxton singing her (un-)broken heart out and supplying another sad love song (REFERENCE) for us, hearing her opt to ditch the dud for a dance floor moment with her friends instead is just as welcome. Is this the most uptempo fun she’s had since “Make My Heart”? Legends deserve to dance, too!
This summer, it’s all about T-O-N-I.
Spell My Name track listing
2. Do It (With Missy Elliott)
3. Gotta Move On (feat. H.E.R.)
5. Spell My Name
7. Happy Without Me
8. Saturday Night
9. Do It
10. Nothin’ (Bonus)
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