Toni Braxton Becomes a Reality Star

CHART REFLECTION. As John John Said It reports, soul and r’n’b singer Toni Braxton has launched her own reality TV show. Aired on WE tv, a sister-channel of AMC (of Mad Men fame) Braxton Family Values follows the lives of Toni Braxton and her sisters.

According to Toni Braxton, the show “had the #1 reality show ratings in history.” The singer was on reached a career best two decades ago. She has won no less than six Grammy Awards, selling an estimated 40 million records worldwide.

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She debuted in 1993 with her eponymous album, which included her first US top ten hits  “Another Sad Love Song” (No.7), “Breathe Again” (No.3) and “You Mean the World to Me” (No.7,

Her biggest album was the 1993 album Secrets which spawned the two No.1 hits “You’re Makin’ Me High” and “Un-Break My Heart.”

In 1998, Toni Braxton declared bankruptcy. She survived that and recorded more albums and also appeared in two Broadway productions.

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WE tv’s SVP, Original Production and Development, John Miller released a statement saying:

“We’d like viewers to feel that we tv and Braxton Family Values is relatable to them because they share similar experiences within their own families. Braxton Family Values looks at the relationship between five sisters who, no matter what, all love and support one another. This show is about the real connection these women share, which is a rare quality in many of the reality shows on T.V. today.”

Currently releasing material, Toni Braxton’s latest single “Hands Tied” was issued only this February. So far it has charted on the US Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, peaking at No.29.


Beyoncé Impacts with Run the World (Girls)

CHART SPOTLIGHT. She’s back and  “Run the World (Girls)” debuts at No.18 on Sunday’s UK singles chart. Beyoncé hasn’t charted (in the UK) since “Video Phone” peaked at No.58 in November 2009. The track was well received since its debut on radio last Thursday.

“Run the World (Girls)” samples Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor” and is produced by Switch, Beyoncé and Shea Taylor.

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The track will headline a forthcoming release this June. Beyoncé has split professionally from her father as her manager.

WelcheMusic is still disappointed that “Broken-Hearted Girl” wasn’t given more promotional push – the excellent ballad from I Am…Sasha Fierce.

Most popular tracks via

  1. Halo
  2. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
  3. Sweet Dreams
  4. Irreplaceable
  5. If I Were a Boy

Biggest hits in Sweden:

  • If I Were a Boy (No.1)
  • Crazy in Love (4)
  • Halo (8)

Sade Claims Love Is Found

CHART SPOTLIGHT. The English r’n’b and soul act Sade returns with its second compilation The Ultimate Collection in early May. The set will include loads of hit singles (e.g. “By Your Side” and “Smooth Operator”), adding two new tracks; “I Would Have Never Guessed” and “Love Is Found” which will be released a single  on May 9.

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WelcheMusic is looking forward to the remix of “To the Moon and the Sky” which features rapper Jay-Z as a guest.



Alex Sparrow Vs. Eric Saade – The Fight Continues

CHART SPOTLIGHT. The Russian ESC star Alex Vorobyov, or Alex Sparrow which he calls himself continues to heavily criticize Eric Saade. Pointing out that Saade sang playback at the show, Sparrow compares it to hara-kiri, according to leading news daily Aftonbladet.

Super producer RedOne co-wrote “Get You,” and Alex Sparrow’s manager is Peter Swartling. His song coach is Kishti Tomita. Both of them were part of the Swedish Idol jury a while back and is part of the team behind this year’s Russian entry.

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“When I’m on stage at the Eurovision, I will be the only Russian at the stage. The dancers, background singers, everyone’s from Sweden,” Alex Sparrow says.

The Russian singer is quick to point out that he would never sing playback. Saade’s manager Tomas Lingman says:

“We were introduced, that’s it. After that, we went back to the dressing room. Singing playback was the Russian record label’s decision. 35 to 40 artists performed on the show. It was the first time Eric sang playback, he usually don’t.”

RedOne Will Represent Russia with Alex Vorobyov


On the Russian entry, Lingman simply says “Eric doesn’t need to pay RedOne and Swartling millions to be part of the Eurovision. [Eric] has the support from the people,” referring to the fact that “Get You” was chosen to represent Russia and did not win compete for the victory.


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