Everything old is new again.
Here in the MTV Newsroom, we love the ’90s. We jump at the chance to bring you news about NKOTB, jam to Ginuwine on Friday afternoons, celebrate the reunion of Brandy and Monica, get excited about the impending return of Fiona Apple and champion the return of boy bands.
So it is with great excitement that we announce the return of yet another ’90s icon: Toni Braxton.
Sure, she never really went anywhere. Her last album, 2010’s Pulse enjoyed a top-ten debut on the Billboard album chart, she’s appeared with her sisters on the WE reality show “Braxton Family Values” and she was a contestant on the seventh season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
But it’s safe to say that her true career peak was in the mid-to-late ’90s when she was churning out some of the hottest R&B hits in the game, from “Un-break My Heart,” “You’re Makin’ Me High,” “Breathe Again,” “Another Sad Love Song” and “He Wasn’t Man Enough.” Her best work was done with L.A. Reid and Babyface, who produced the bulk of her mega-selling self-titled debut and its awesome follow-up Secrets.
So when she announced early this year that she was hitting the studio Reid for her seventh studio album, we started to get excited – the two haven’t hit the studio together in something like 15 years. And now she’s dropped a new song and we think we’re loving it.
“I Heart You” is a massive, anthemic banger that we can already hear blasting out of every club everywhere. Plus, and we think we love her even more for this part, she wrote and co-produced the song herself! “When I wrote this song I was thinking about the feeling you get when you walk into a club and you hear the melody,” the singer said. “You feel the beat and you just know it’s going to be a good night.”
Hear it, after the jump!
“I Heart You”: