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Toni Braxton to tour, release first new solo album in nearly eight years

Toni Braxton at the premiere of "Faith Under

Toni Braxton at the premiere of "Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story" on Jan. 18, 2018, in Dallas. Credit: Getty Images for A+E Networks / Lifetime / Cooper Neill

Despite being diagnosed with the chronic autoimmune disorder lupus, which caused her to postpone or cancel some dates in her 2016 U.S. tour, R&B singer Toni Braxton will forge ahead with a tour in support of her upcoming album, “Sex and Cigarettes.” The album is her first solo work in nearly eight years.

Braxton, 50, said on Instagram over the weekend that the album would drop on March 23. The seven-time Grammy Award winner — most recently for Best R&B Album for her 2014 duet with Babyface, “Love, Marriage & Divorce” — released her last solo collection, “Pulse,” in 2010.

Def Jam Recordings said the planned North American tour will take place in spring, with dates and ticket information to be announced. On Friday, Braxton dropped her new single, “Long As I Live,” the second song off the upcoming album. She had released “Deadwood” in September.

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