On this day in music history: June 18, 1996 - “Secrets”, the second album by Toni Braxton is released. Produced by Babyface, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, R. Kelly, David Foster, Tony Rich, Soulshock & Karlin and Keith Crouch it is recorded at Bosstown Recording Studios, Studio LaCoCo in Atlanta, GA, Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood, CA, The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA, and The Tracken Place in Beverly Hills, CA from October 1995 - May 1996. The follow up to Braxton’s self-titled debut equals the success of her first effort, cementing her status as one of the premier female vocalists of the era. Featuring tracks produced by Babyface and David Foster, the album spins off four hits including the #1 singles “You’re Makin’ Me High” (1 week on the Hot 100, 2 weeks on the R&B singles chart (non-consecutive) and “Un-Break My Heart” (11 weeks on the Hot 100 and #2 R&B). “Secrets” is Braxton’s most successful album, selling over eight million copies in the US alone, winning two Grammy Awards including Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1997. The album is remastered and reissued as a two disc expanded edition by Funky Town Grooves Records in 2016. The first disc features the original thirteen song album with six additional bonus tracks including remixes and single edits. The second disc features twelve more bonus tracks with similar material. “Secrets” peaks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, spending one week at number one on the R&B album chart, and is certified 8x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
PARAMORE, ED SHEERAN, BEYONCE AMONG GRAMMY NOMINEES
2015 Grammy nominations are finally up, and Paramore snagged a nomination for Best Rock Song with their single “Ain’t it Fun.” Ed Sheeran's X got a nod for Best Pop Vocal Album. Beyoncé is stealing the show, though, with nominations for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Music Film, Best R&B Performance, and Best R&B Song. Bey now holds the record for most Grammy nominations, beating out Dolly Parton, but, let’s face it, no one’s surprised. Beyoncé is queen. Find a full list of nominees below.