Tamar Braxton is stepping from behind her sister Toni‘s shadows. With the help of her friend Lady Gaga her first single “Love And War” shot to No. 1 on the iTunes charts within 24 hours of its release. Last night the Walid Azami directed visuals to the beautiful ballad debuted on BET’s 106 & Park. Snapshots of Tamar are captured throughout the minimalist black and white video which opts for serene scenery opposed to a Benny Boom-esque dramatic mini-film. Read more…
Sure L.A. Reid may not be the huge celebrity draw for The X Factor like his co-judges Britney Spears, Simon Cowell or Demi Lovato, but his ear for talent is as seasoned as they come. L.A. Reid is known for his hand in leading music’s biggest acts–Mariah Carey, TLC, P!nk, Toni Braxton–to platinum success. His gift to spot a star the way a tiger smells its preys will be missed on the third season of The X Factor. Read more…
Tamar Braxton slayed “Love and War.” And you will deal. Years of singing backup for her sister, two reality shows later, Tamar’s new music allows her to step from behind the “Toni Braxton‘s little sister” veil. Her talent and name is ready to stand on its own two. Read more…
Are you on a mobile device? Click here to watch Behind The Song: Toni Braxton, “You’re Makin’ Me High.”
Despite having released two major label LPs —one solo, and one alongside her sisters as a member of The Braxtons— it wasn’t until Toni Braxton released “You’re Makin’ Me High” in the spring of 1996 that she became a household name. As she explains in the latest episode of Behind The Song, there were some fears at the time that recording a track like this would be perceived as a “buckwild” turn by the fans who got to know her while she was on the gospel circuit. While LaFace executives Babyface and L.A. Reid were completely comfortable with this career pivot, it turns out that those “buckwild” fears weren’t entirely unfounded.
“A week before [writing the song with Babyface and Bryce Wilson], I was introduced to marijuana, and I got high for the first time,” Braxton confesses in this VH1 exclusive clip. “In the bridge, I’m singing ‘I want to feel your heart and soul inside of me / Let’s make a deal you roll, I lick / And we can go flying into ecstasy’, I was talking about [smoking a joint].” The innuendo was innocent enough to confuse Toni’s sister Towanda, avoid major scrutiny at radio (the song eventually went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100), and, ultimately, score a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Be sure to tune-in to Behind The Music: Toni Braxton on Monday, October 29 at 10 p.m. ET! Until then, how about (puff puff) passing some time watching some of our other episodes of Behind The Song, like Gym Class Heroes talking “Cupid’s Chokehold” or Ne-Yo breaking down the genesis of “Irreplaceable”?
Here on VH1 Tuner, we’ve been supplying you with music to whet the Cuffin’ Season appetite all week long. Even though the find-a-mate scramble doesn’t officially begin until September 22nd, we wanted to help pysch you up and give you all an advantage over the competition. To bring you up to speed, we’ve already covered the following bases:
MONDAY: Let My Love Adorn You: Scooping A Hopeless Romantic
TUESDAY: I Wanna Be Down: Reeling-In A Distracted Workaholic
WEDNESDAY: Doin’ It Well: Bagging The No-Holds-Barred Freak
THURSDAY: We Belong Together: Pulling A (They’re Already Taken) Robbery
Let’s face it: some people just don’t want to be in a relationship. Speculating on why your crush may want to fly solo can keep you up at night, so instead of driving your ego into a tizzy, let today’s playlist soften the blow and remind you that you’re not alone.
VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live airs every weekday morning at 9:30 a.m., but if you want even more of the hot Buzz action, you can actually interact withour celebrity guests online while they’re here in our studio.
We have partnered with a new company called VYou to give viewers a chance to interview guests for yourselves from the comfort of your own couch. Just submit a question for either our lovely host Carrie Keagan or any of our upcoming guests through the widget above or by visiting our Big Morning Buzz Live page on VYou.com and wait for them to respond to you via our in-studio webcam.
This week’s confirmed Big Morning Buzz Live guests are: Renee Graziano, Steve-O, Sanaa Lathan, Piper Perabo, Natasha Bedingfield, Toni, Tamar, and Trina Braxton, Andy Grammer, Teresa Giudice, and David Cook.
Why wouldn’t you want to get some juicy dirt out of these people?
Britain’s big-boobed model “Jordan” and her husband Peter Andre recently named their newborn baby girl Princess Tiaamii, which is a combo of Thea and Amy – their mothers’ names. With, of course, Princess in front of it. If you thought that was the worst celebs could do, think again. Stars have gone out of their way to make a name like Suri seem tame and boring. For example, actress/dj Shannyn Sossamon has a kid named Audio Science. Toni Braxton‘s two tots are Diezel Ky and Denim Cole, while My Name is Earl actor Jason Lee named his child Pilot Inspektor Riesgraf. But no one can top Jermaine Jackson, who coined one of his offspring Jermajesty. Holy awfulness. Keep in mind, it is impossible to tell which of these children are boys or girls. It’s beyond gender neutral – these names are gender baffling.
It’s a good thing there are so many celebrity babies on the horizon, to make way for newer, more horrifying names. Christina Aguilera could call her baby Lady Marmalade, while maybe Nicole Richie should think about something like Toothpick Tattoo Richie-Madden. That’s (baby) hot! [Times Online. Image: Getty]