Soul Train Awards 2011 - Show
Updated: January 17, 2013 6:27AM
NEW YORK — Twelve years after her debut album peaked at No. 127 on the Billboard charts, Toni Braxton’s youngest sister has made her return to music with a hit, thanks to her hit reality show.
Tamar Braxton debuted at No. 13 and No. 5 with “Love and War” on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop songs and R&B songs charts, respectively. The 35-year-old has been buzzing since a reality show starring her and her sisters premiered on WEtv last year.
Her spotlight grew brighter when a spinoff with her husband Vincent Herbert — who manages Lady Gaga — kicked off this year.
“It feels surreal actually because it happened so fast,” she said of the song’s success. “Love and War” hit the No. 1 spot on the iTunes singles chart and sold 84,000 units in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. “It’s been so long since I had anything out in the marketplace.”
“Love and War” is the title track from her upcoming sophomore album, which is “93 percent” complete and due out in February. She got a boost when Lady Gaga tweeted about the single and appeared in a video in last week’s season finale of “Tamar & Vince.”
“She was like, ‘Tamar, do you know how many artists don’t get a second chance or even get a chance period?’” she recalled in an interview this week. “And she was like, ‘I’m just so proud of you and your voice is amazing and it deserves to be heard.’ ”
Braxton was the breakout star of “Braxton Family Values,” which features all five Braxton sisters. She’s known for her silly demeanor and sassy attitude.
Toni Braxton tweeted last week that she was hospitalized for health issues related to lupus. Her sister said the 45-year-old Grammy-winning singer is recovering.
“She’s so little and she’s always getting sick,” she said. “I hate it so much.”