New Music: Dawn Richard – ‘‘86’

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Dawn Richard weathers the storm on “’86,” the first single off her full-length debut GoldenHeart, the first in a trilogy. The ’80s-inspired synth ballad, produced by Druski, is a sonic departure from the material found on her chart-topping EP Armor On.

“For ”86,’ my producer Drew and I really went back to the basics,” the former Dirty Money member told Interview. “I also grew up listening to Prince, Genesis, Cyndi [Lauper], Peter Gabriel, and Phil Collins, which you hear a lot of in ’86.’ Their sound resonated in my life and my childhood, so, it’s really in a sense the beginning of my story.”

“’86’ is really the most naked single I’ve ever had,” she explained. “’86’ is actually a slang term—it means to get rid of something. For me, I’ve put up so many walls that I forgot if I was going to do this, that I can’t play the victim, I have to play the survivor. The song’s about ridding yourself of all those barriers so that you can be free and fight for love. That’s what everything I do now is about. The fight for love—what I love, and that’s the music.”

GoldenHeart is due October 16. Listen to “’86” below and download it on iTunes.

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58 Comments

  1. TheCreat1veOne

    This song is so amazing! In love with this! Cannot wait for what Goldenheart has to offer, because if this is just a taste of it, bring on the feast!

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    AionJP Reply:

    Beautiful song! I will support her new music. We gotta start supporting REAL TALENT and plug our ears to the toxic garbage music that is played over n over on radio.

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  2. Anaïs

    I’m so proud of you Dawn Richard. My favorite song of the year by far !!!! Can’t wait for Golden Heart :)

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  3. Nogravityy

    Anazing record !!!! Dawn is the future of R&B… somebody sign this chick!… She’s doing it better than the signed artists

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  4. HeavyHeavy

    love the song. can deffo hear the influences. Dawn is really underrated, she is very hands on with her music.

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  5. A$$

    Dawn is really talented. Shes hot and she can dance. I think she would make so much money if she wrote and made songs for other artists. She can sing better than alot of singers out there, just her voice is like a watered down version of Brandy (when Brandy was at her peak – so I’m thinking ‘Never Say Never’). Anyhow, I will support Dawn’s new album cos she deserves it – so hard working!!

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    Dave Reply:

    @A$$, No offense, I like Brandy. But Dawn has more than Brandy, & can do more things with her voice. Like access an expansive head voice register. So…………………yeah.

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    Banksandmissy Reply:

    @A$$, That makes no sense tho. She faces and sings better than other artist. She should be an artist. I agree that’s she is amazing. What is sad is you go to other threads where the biggest artist in the game perform and it’s awful or mediocre and we say things like ” oh this was an ok performance” or it was her better performance” yet dawn delivers everytime and the comments are I’ll support her cause she works hard. As opposed to sign artist who don’t? Like is better than the rest. Support her cause she is the best artist out!

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  6. Kalub

    I hope that Dawn stays Solo. I believe it is in her best interest. Eventually people will catch on and she will get her shine. But Signing to a label just to sign is a bad idea in my opinion. She is doing great on her own, and has complete control of her career. If she signed to a label she would most likely have to rerecord with their producers, do it their way, and not have that same ESSENCE of Dawn.

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  7. Meme

    Haven’t gotten into the song yet but I just gotten copy. I support hard workers. Just got Ciara’s single as well even tho disappointed. Will not sleep tonight waiting on Diomonds to hit iTunes Tomo.

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  8. Truth

    Dawn took it back to the 80′s with this one. Sounds like nothing thats out right now.

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  9. bijan

    I love Dawn but I think this is just ok…

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    Banksandmissy Reply:

    @bijan, I think people want fast songs because they think that’s all the radio accepts. This is dope y’all. Like nothing out. What’s sad is that it will be over a lot if people’s head because we aren’t trained to know genius anymore. ..

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    Me Reply:

    @Banksandmissy, Best comment EVER! I totally agree. I have been writing and recording songs like this and I go to perform it and people just don’t understand. I even ask them to take time and listen to the lyrics. But as soon as that Rap artist comes on…they get too hype-and the artist will sound just like a copy of two-chains or roscoe dash…smh.

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    lol Reply:

    @Me, maybe they don’t understand it b/c you don’t make good music

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  10. Ciarafanunltd

    SOMEONE SIGN THIS CHICK!! This song is so major i can’t take it. It really does sound like a song from an 80′s teen movie soundtrack… which i dig!! Kinda like Janet and Brandy meets Genesis. LUVVVVVVVV GO GIRL! (its better than ciara’s new song, thats for sure LOL)

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  11. FACTS

    It sounds like Dawn Richard…

    Brandy would never make anything like this…

    Dawn Richard killed it… She made a banger and its the first single… WOWERZ!!!

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    trillafood Reply:

    its cute but too bad radio won’t play it. Oh well. Better luck next time, Donald.

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    Mikelnittssweaters Reply:

    @trillafood, Well babe radio ain’t even the biggest outlet anymore. Internet has trumped it. So have several seats. The hate you throw shows ignorance cause this is just plain great music. Artist who are signed and playing on the radio ain’t selling so… Once again. Kill yoself

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    FACTS Reply:

    @Mikelnittssweaters, HAHAHAHAHHAHHAA!!!! I LOVE THIS REPLY!!!

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    Tbozfan10 Reply:

    @trillafood, If you only like music if it plays on the radio then what are you doing on a music site on the Internet lmao.. Shouldn’t you he listening to your FM radio? Maybe if you get a call in to the DJ fast enough “Put It Down” will make your local top 5 countdown!

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  12. AMINA

    I love the way she is as an artist she’s so classy and stylish.
    She has every thing for her , i wish her good luck and i ma gonna support his chick Because she worth it ;-)

    ps : i love the single cover simply BEAUTIFUL

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  13. Warren

    good song, totally different from her latest singles

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  14. Love

    OMG..THIS SONG IS SO AMAZING, AND DAWN’S VOICE! I LOVE THIS SINGLE SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL. DAWN IS ON HER WAY UP, SORRY GUYS.

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  15. mj

    Fact: this is better than most of the R&B songs we have heard in the last 3 years.

    Fact: She is very talented and ditching Diddy was the best move she ever made.

    IN ALL HONESTY: SHE SHOULD NEVER SIGN TO A LABEL AND MORE TALENTED ARTISTS LIKE HER NEED TO DO THE SAME THING. AND I CAN’T STAND THE FACT THAT THIS WONT BE ON MAINSTREAM RADIO STATIONS

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    Alicia Reply:

    @mj, EXACTLY! Mainstream radio plays the same ole tired hip hop/pop (lyrics only consist of bragging on their material wealth to the very people that made them rich) I refuse to listen to radio or support meaningless music. I will support this chic! Timeless music!

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    Dave Reply:

    @mj, I whole heartedly agree with this. Soon as she or good artist sign deals their careers go down the drain. Their music becomes watered down, they lose innovation, they lose consistency in putting out music & all of it. She’s opening doors for new artist to come out & kill it with real talent. Artist need to start sticking it tot he labels.

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  16. DRB

    Radio and you, the listener, are the problem. Not Dawn (or Frank or Elle or Cudi, etc etc etc). You shouldn’t have to sacrifice yourself to fit into some generic playlist.

    Good music should prevail, but instead its 15 versions of the same song by 4 producers that get to rule the airwaves.

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  17. DRB

    These are the artists pushing the genre forward and giving it a new spin. Instead of appreciating it and giving it a larger platform, radio and the simple public shun it.

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  18. Elgin

    Dawn never ceases to amaze me i am so looking forward to golden heart, I feel like dawn, sevyn & k. michelle are gonna be the future of female r&b

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  19. Adambomb

    My favorite song went from Broken Promises, to These Tears, to Heaven, and now 86′. Dawn is a consistent, and inspiring force. Her music; her art, holds meaning and purpose. And for her sake, I hope she DOES sign to a major label. Because that’s where the money to support the art comes from. And for those pessimists, who say that Dawn shouldn’t get signed to a major label because she won’t be able to do music her way, I say this: “you’re wrong”. A true artist knows how to protect and abide by their craft. She will not allow anyone to taint her music. Because they can’t. It comes from a place, untainted. The heart.

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  20. Fa

    Overproduced vocals,
    trying hard both productionwise
    and stylewise.
    She seems desperate.
    I never liked her.
    Her work is not really musical.
    You gotta give her props for trying though.
    This sounds like a very bad leftover from the Prince vaults!
    Her voice is overtuned and annoying which is a pity,
    cause she probably has a decent voice!
    I am not hatin’, just sayin what I believe many people think!
    I wish her all the best.

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    Mikelnittssweaters Reply:

    @Fa, And ladies and gentleman the ignorance of this generation. Overproduced? As in we found love? As in ever Chris brown record with autotune? As in nicki minaj starships? Or Katy perry records? Or… I can keep goin but there is no point. Trying hard like an artist who doesn’t even wrote their own records? Trying hard like Ciara singing a ballad when we know vocals aren’t her fortay? I’m saying like people are funny. U hate and say these thins but yo fav artist are overproduced.. Non writing artist who have their teams do everything.. U sir are clueless.

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    Mikelnittssweaters Reply:

    @Mikelnittssweaters, *write

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    Mikelnittssweaters Reply:

    @Mikelnittssweaters, Doing*

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    Tbozfan10 Reply:

    @Mikelnittssweaters, How do you know what generation this poster is from?

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    Collin heart Reply:

    @Fa, There isn’t even autotune on her vocal. That right there shows you have no clue what your saying. And! Not musical? U just said it sounds like a leftover track from one I the most musical people in music prince?! That makes no sense! Lol trying he’d at what exactly. She isn’t signed she isn’t trying to be on the radio. So what is she trying? She’s already sold millions of records! The only thing you said that is true is that you don’t like her. And that explains all the Rest. Do better!

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    Collin heart Reply:

    @Collin heart, *hard

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    FACTS Reply:

    @Fa, Shut up… Its barely anything in production and her vocals are barely doubled layered… you sound like an idiot… Have a damn seat on the moon… the dark side of it..

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  21. beyness

    My God this is so fricken good and I hate how real talent like this isn’t highlighted, while video vixen Rihanna was able to get a record deal

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  22. Ira

    This is the realest I have ever heard from hear. I will support this song. In love with it.

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  23. Ugh

    Now who’s the dumbass that made the cover art with the apostrophe on the wrong side? It should be ’86! Not 86′ lmfaoo

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    Collin heart Reply:

    @Ugh, thatsbthe point idiot. Its supposed to be a mirrored reflection…

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  24. TRP

    As a Dawn fan, I actually was expecting something more spectacular. I think the record is actually very boring and dry. Maybe my expectations are just too high, but the buzz records were much better than this.

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    Collin heart Reply:

    @TRP, Every record can’t be fast or dancy. Some have to tell a story. We have gotten so diluted in this time that we’ve forgotten records like Adele’s rolling in the deep. That isn’t a big moving record. No special bells and whistles but it’s timeless. Her other works were more about production. This is about the vocal and lyrics. It’s genius. But it’s forcing you to listen instead of wanting to be entertained.. We have to evolve from wanting only fast records. People don’t even slow dance anymore. It’s crazy

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  25. young ck

    though this might not be a club banger, this is artistry at its finest. while listening i thought of it more as poetry rather then a song. artists and consumers alike need to pay attention to this woman. amazing vocal and writing talent. pay attention and beg a leaf out of her book. yes dawn!!! let the congregation say AMEN!!!!!!!!

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  26. Saqure

    good vibe didnt give you nothing to hate in the song good words good mood music plays out like a long interlude and who ever hated a interlude

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  27. Jamie

    Love, Love, Love it!

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  28. Beebee

    I think people have gotten so use to listening to people that can’t sing that they just don’t know good music when they hear it. How sad, I think it’s time to start making our artist start back singing like they use to, because autotune has a lot of us confused. I’m happy that Brandy, Monica, Dawn and veterans like Anita Baker are back. I’m excited about the future of music. Go DAWN, I’m proud of you, HARD WORK!!!

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  29. A

    Dope. She is an artist. Diverse art consistently. Looking forward to the full LP.

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  30. Hugh

    Great music. I love all the 80s music too.

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  31. CrazyBia

    She’s so FASHION in that Interview shoot. It fits her! It’s cool to finally see her go so high brow after diddy and danity. Luv the lookk and sound

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  32. Traci

    Just got done listening to Rihanna’s new song Diamonds. It sounds good! Decided to come listen to Dawn’s new song 86. OMG OMG I love it! I didn’t expect it to sound soooooo goooood. I can listen to it over and over again. It actually sounds better than Rihanna’s. This is my kind of music. Dawn you have won yourself a new fan. Keep up the good work.

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  33. k down to the c up town boyieee

    the song is pretty Good but I don’t think it will get play on the Radio.

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    Collin heart Reply:

    @k down to the c up town boyieee, Well no prob won’t sense most songs are the radio are paid by labels to be rotated.. Radio only plays 5 records and it’s all the same artist with the biggest labels.. But dawn doesn’t need that. Internet is getting bigger. The world will see her awesomeness

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  34. georgia23

    I remember six months ago when the EP dropped alot of people didn’t really “get it” and there were probably pages of negative comments with a few good ones in the midst. Now months later people are understanding the journey and people are starting to come around to her. It makes me so glad to see she didn’t give up and she didn’t turn her talent to the generic side to get the views and to get the looks. She is going with what her heart speaks and that’s what’s getting people on her side… I love her and she’s soon to be one of the most respected women in this game. I see it.

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  35. .....

    Dawn and Jhene are my fav two underrated artist out cause they music is sooooo real and you can hear it when they sing. I’m pretty sure she hve been offer deals but she knows in her heart it’s not right . Just keep goin dawn cause your music is really good .. Only you basic , young , simple minded, repetitive ppl will only say bad things bout songs like this cause this can be played anywhere .

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  36. Swami

    i LOVE this song. she’s amazing and i hope her career continues on.

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