#ChartFact #House Yes, you’re absolutely right – it is Toni Braxton’s 1996 song ‘You’re Makin’ Me High’ that you constantly hear on the radio. And, yes – it’s the same singer who brought you Duke Damont’s ‘I Got You.’ Introducing Kelli-Leigh, the vocalist on SecondCity’s UK No.1 ‘I Wanna Feel.’
Kelli-Leigh is a songer/songwriter who introduced her first EP back in November 2011. As a session singer, she has provided backing vocals for Adele’s ’21’ tour as well as working with Leona Lewis.
Back to SecondCity, the Anglo-American DJ Rowan Harrington was born in Chicago back in 1987. In an interview with OfficialCharts.com, he says “I can’t believe my single, ‘I Wanna Feel,’ has gone to Number 1.” To date, ‘I Wanna Feel’ has sold more than 82,000 copies to take the No.1 spot.
Toni Braxton’s ‘You’re Makin’ Me High’ was originally issued at the end of May 1996. The track was written by Babyface and Bryce Wilson who also produced the single. It was the lead single off Braxton’s sophomore album Secrets, peaking at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It reached No.7 in the UK, which means that Kelli-Leigh bested Braxton’s original peak.
‘You’re Makin’ Me High’ was released as a double-A side single featuring the soundtrack cut ‘Let It Flow’ off the movie Waiting to Exhale. ‘You’re Makin’ Me High’ was followed by ‘Un-Break My Heart’ in October that year.
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Official Singles Chart UK 7/6
- SecondCity – I Wanna Feel
- Sam Smith – Stay With Me
- Klingande – Jubel
- Mr. Probz – Waves (Robin Schultz Remix)
- Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
- John Legend – All Of Me
- Fuse ODG ft Sean Paul – Dangerous Love
- Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
- Ellie Goulding – Beating Heart
- Calvin Harris – Summer
Expect to hear more from Toni Braxton as she re-unites with Babyface on the Stateside hit ‘Hurt You.’ Currently sitting at No.6 on the Billboard Adult R&B chart (Oct.12), the track precedes the upcoming duet album Love, Marriage & Divorce (set to bow this December).
Dueted with Babyface on Debut Single
Back in 1992, the Atlanta-born vocalist launched her career with the help of the Babyface duet ‘Give U My Heart.’ The track was featured on the soundtrack to the Eddie Murphy movie Boomerang. ‘Give U My Heart’ was actually the first single taken off the set, but was over-shadowed by Boyz II Men’s monster hit ‘End of the Road.’ The soundtrack also contained another Braxton hit (‘Love Shoulda Brought You Home’), which was also co-penned by Babyface alongside Daryl Simmons and Bo Watson.
In addition to the aforementioned hits, Babyface has penned the following (more or less successful) tracks for Toni Braxton.
‘Another Sad Love Song’
‘Let It Flow’
‘Seven Whole Days’
‘You Mean the World to Me’
‘You’re Makin’ Me High’
Un-Break My Heart, Biggest Hit
Most Swedes are familiar with Toni Braxton’s (by far) largest hit ‘Un-Break My Heart.’ Penned by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster , the track was included on Braxton’s sophomore set Secrets. Issued in July 1996, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eleven weeks. Despite becoming a world-wide hit (it was No.1 in Sweden), the track peaked at No.2 in the UK.
Toni Braxton – Un-Break My Heart
Toni Braxton has sold more than 66mn records worldwide. In addition to releasing the album with Babyface, both of them are scheduled to appear in the upcoming Broadway musical After Midnight. Hopefully, the re-newed push will put some well deserved international spotlight on Toni Braxton. Her recent releases have made some impact on the US charts. She placed ‘I Heart You’ atop the Dance/Club Songs chart last year, a track co-written and produced by the previous Mint Condition member Keri Lewis. Braxton’s most recent album was the 2010 set Pulse, including the singles ‘Yesterday, ‘Hands Tied’ and ‘Make My Heart.’
Toni Braxton – I Heart You
According to daily news paper Svenska Dagbladet, Boyz II Men will pay Sweden a visit in April. The r’n’b trio hasn’t played here since 2008. They did promise to return within a year, but was held up with recording the cover album Love. They will play Göta Källare on Apr.26.
The group debuted in 1991 with Cooleyhighharmoney. The debut hit was called “Motownphilly,” which peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The first US No.1 came in 1992 when the group placed “End of the Road” on top. The track was featured in the movie Boomerang, starring Eddie Murphy and was written and produced by Babyface, L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons. In 1993-1995, the group had a string of hits including the No.1s “I’ll Make Love to You,” “On Bended Knee” and “One Sweet Day” with Mariah Carey. They returned to the top in 1997 when “4 Seasons of Loneliness” was issued as the first single from their fifth album Evolution. Although the group issued almost ten singles in the ‘00s, none made any impact on the charts.