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Libra
Studio album by Toni Braxton
Released September 27, 2005 (2005-09-27)
(see release history)
Recorded 2004–2005
DenDiezel, Soulpower Studio, The Underlab
(Los Angeles, California)
Doppler Studios, Silent Sound Studios, Upstairs Studio
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Encore Studios
(Burbank, California)
The Hit Factory Criteria
(Miami, Florida)
Ocean Way Recording
(Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
The Poolhouse
(New York City, New York)
The Village
(West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California)
Genre R&B
Length 40:00
Label Blackground
Producer Rich Harrison, Scott Storch, Bryan-Michael Cox, Keri Lewis, The Underdogs, Babyface, Antonio Dixon, Soulshock & Karlin, Cory Rooney, Dan Shea
Professional reviews
Toni Braxton chronology
More Than a Woman
(2002)
Libra
(2005)
Pulse
(2010)
Alternate cover
European re-release cover
Singles from Libra
  1. "Please"
    Released: May 30, 2005
  2. "Trippin' (That's the Way Love Works)"
    Released: September 26, 2005
  3. "Take This Ring"
    Released: December 2005
  4. "Suddenly"
    Released: February 2006
  5. "The Time of Our Lives"
    Released: June 15, 2006

Libra is the fifth studio album by American R&B singer–songwriter Toni Braxton, released in the United States on September 27, 2005 by Blackground Records. The album's title is a reference to Braxton's astrological sign, Libra.

The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 114,000 copies in its first week.[1] Only three singles were released from the album, and due to lack of promotion from Blackground Records, Braxton's then-record label, all of them failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, subsequently causing Braxton to terminate her contract with Blackground. Nonetheless, as a result of the European success of "The Time of Our Lives"—Braxton's collaboration with the group Il Divo, which served as the official 2006 FIFA World Cup theme song—, German label Edel Records re-released the album in continental Europe in late June 2006 including "The Time of Our Lives" as well as a brand-new cover art. Previously, the regular European edition of the album had included three bonus tracks: "Suddenly", "I Hate You", and "Long Way Home".

Libra gained gold status by the Recording Industry Association of America on November 4, 2005,[2] having sold over 431,000 copies within the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[3] The album cover was included on Maxim's list of Sexiest Album Covers.[4] The Album Libra has sold 3,000,000 so far.

Contents

Digital downloads

Some U.S. retail stores, such as Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart, included a bonus digital download when Libra was first released. The tracks given for digital download were either a leftover track or one of the bonus tracks featured on the album's 2006 European pressing. The track "Places" was included as a digital download at Wal-Mart stores.

Track listing

  1. "Breathe" (Scott Storch, Makeba Riddick, Vincent Herbert, Kameron Houff) – 3:57
  2. "Trippin' (That's the Way Love Works)" (Bryan-Michael Cox, Kendrick Dean, Johnta Austin, Toni Braxton) – 4:05
  3. "What's Good" (Cox, Austin, Joe Sample) – 4:14
    • Contains a sample of Joe Sample's "In All My Wildest Dreams" (Joe Sample)
  4. "Take This Ring" (Rich Harrison) – 4:35
  5. "Midnite" (Carsten Schack, Kenneth Karlin, Harold Lilly) – 4:11
  6. "I Wanna Be (Your Baby)" (Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas, Babyface, Daryl Simmons) – 3:48
  7. "Sposed to Be" (Antonio Dixon, Keri Hilson, Patrick "j.Que" Smith, Mason, Thomas) – 4:07
  8. "Stupid" (Cory Rooney, Braxton, Keri Lewis) – 3:36
  9. "Finally" (Mason, Thomas, Dixon, Eric Dawkins, Durrell Babbs) – 3:30
  10. "Shadowless" (Alex Cantrell, Philip White) – 3:57

European edition

  1. "Breathe (Please)" – 3:57
  2. "Trippin' (That's the Way Love Works)" – 4:05
  3. "What's Good" – 4:14
  4. "Suddenly" (Richard Marx) – 4:43
  5. "Take This Ring" – 4:35
  6. "Midnite" – 4:09
  7. "I Wanna Be (Your Baby)" – 3:48
  8. "Sposed to Be" – 4:07
  9. "Stupid" – 3:36
  10. "Finally" – 3:30
  11. "I Hate You" (Mason, Thomas, Babyface, Dixon, Dawkins) – 4:01
  12. "Shadowless" – 3:56
  13. "Long Way Home" (Schack, Karlin, Cantrell, White) – 4:32
Re-release bonus track
  1. "The Time of Our Lives" (with Il Divo) (Jörgen Elofsson) – 4:44

Personnel

Musicians

Production

  • Toni Braxton – executive producer
  • Babyface – producer (track 6)
  • Susan Blonde – publicity
  • David Brokaw – publicity
  • Marie Brown – hair stylist
  • Terrence Cash – assistant engineer
  • Fran Cooper – make-up
  • Bryan-Michael Cox – producer (tracks 2, 3)
  • Eric Dawkins – vocal producer (track 9)
  • Kendrick "WyldCard" Dean – additional producer (track 2)
  • Antonio Dixon – producer (track 7, 9)
  • Gerard Dure – hair stylist
  • Daniela Federici – photography
  • Brad Fisher – legal representation
  • Paul Foley – engineer (track 4, 10)
  • Morgan Garcia – engineer (track 3); assistant engineer
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering (track 1)
  • Gene Grimaldi – mastering
  • Mike Guidotti – assistant engineer
  • Barry Hankerson – executive producer
  • Heather Hankerson – creative director
  • Jomo Hankerson – executive producer
  • Rich Harrison – producer (track 4)
  • Dabling "Hobby Boy" Harward – engineer, editing (tracks 6, 9)
  • Vincent Herbert – executive producer
  • Kameron Houff – engineer (track 1)
  • Karlin – producer, arranger (track 5)
  • Tom Kelly – engineer, editing (track 7)
  • Thom "TK" Kidd – engineer, editing (track 7)
  • Saro Lyn Killian – assistant engineer
  • Keri Lewis – producer (tracks 8, 10); co-producer (tracks 2, 3); executive producer; mixing, programming (track 8); vocal producer (tracks 1, 7, 9)
  • Jonathan Mannion – photography
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing (tracks 5, 10)
  • Michael Muller – photography
  • John Ricard – photography
  • Cory Rooney – producer, arranger, programming (track 8)
  • Dave "Natural Love" Russell – mixing (tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, 9); engineer, editing (tracks 6, 9)
  • Dan Shea – producer, programming (track 8)
  • Rob Skipworth – assistant engineer, editing assistant
  • Soulshock – producer, arranger, mixing (track 5)
  • Sean Spellman – stylist
  • Gary Stiffelman – legal representation
  • Scott Storch – producer (track 1)
  • Anthony Terrabonne – assistant engineer
  • Sam Thomas – engineer (track 2); mixing (tracks 2, 3)
  • The Underdogs – producer (track 6)
  • S. Wade – art design

Charts

Chart (2005) Peak
position
German Albums Chart[5] 60
Swiss Albums Chart[6] 25
U.S. Billboard 200[7] 4
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[7] 2

Release history

Region Date Label
United States September 27, 2005 Blackground
Europe October 21, 2005 Edel
June 23, 2006 (re-release)

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