Dawn Richard Debuts New Song ‘On a String,’ Preps Christmas EP

On a String

As she prepares for the release of her debut album GoldenHeart at the top of next year, Dawn Richard cuts loose on her new song “On a String.” The stripped-down record, produced by longtime collaborator Druski, sees Dawn singing about no longer being a puppet in her lover’s game.

“You gave me a stage but you stole the lead/ Said I would be much better behind the scenes/ Living on your string, I’m off your string,” sings the former Dirty Money member.

To hold fans over until her album arrives on January 15, Dawn is readying a Christmas EP to be released around the first week of December.

“The Hearts asked if we were going to do another record like ‘December Sky’ for Christmas,” said Dawn of her 2011 iTunes release. “Drew and I thought why not do an entire EP? It’ll be Christmas records but don’t expect ‘Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.’ It’s not a traditional Christmas album at all.”



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40 Comments

  1. NatalieCills

    P

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  2. TheCreat1veOne

    Wow, this is amazing! Dawn really isn’t playing this time around! So ready for Goldenheart!

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  3. NatalieCills

    PErfection! This woman is so on point! Lyrics is crazy

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  4. YESSSSSS

    OMG, AMAZING HER VOICE. AND SHE GOING TO DROP A CHRISTMAS EP STOKED!

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  5. letmeloveu

    its annoyin. another through away song. promote the album dawn…

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    NatalieCills Reply:

    @letmeloveu, Umm she is how is this annoying? Thee isn’t even anything on this song just raw emotion. Go away sir. You clearly do t know great music.

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    NatalieCills Reply:

    @letmeloveu, Her album comes out in jan you sound crazy.. It’s a free record so a throw away song? Makes no sense. You clearly just wanted to be a hater. This is an amazing song. It reminds me of an Adele record. And honestly if it were her you would say great record! Epic! But I won’t go further

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  6. Chris

    why should she promote something that wont be out for 3 months? I’m sure she’ll promote closer to the release date (and when the 86′ video comes out). This song is everything!

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  7. OMG

    Boring

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    Johnn2-8 Reply:

    @OMG, How? It’s like 2 minutes long yo. This song is perfection! Real talk how can you love a record like 1+1 and not love this.

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  8. vladica07

    Im glad she’s giving us something before Golden heart,because it is really far away.She’s not playing!

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  9. Lhnk87)

    It’s free people. Take the gift! If you don’t like it move on. This woman gives quality music. Honestly better than majority of these artist y’all claim are queens and favs. Just show love! This is excellent

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  10. Johnn2-8

    Amazing record. Too dope to be free

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  11. Ciarafanunltd

    this is a perfect post-sandy track. thank u dawn.

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  12. Robyn

    Ok. These lyrics are just Insane. Can we talk about her writing. Oh and this vocal delivery. I mean. She just is so fly!

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  13. B.I.G

    Is this song about Diddy and her time in Dirty Money because this definitely fit that situation.

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    Kim Reply:

    @B.I.G, I doubt it, but I love it.

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    Lawd A Mercy Reply:

    @B.I.G, It def. sounds like it

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    Kim Reply:

    @Lawd A Mercy, Dawn and Diddy are still cool. She’s been moved on from Diddy/Dirty Money awhile ago, your late. Listen to the lyrics more carefully, it’s not about Diddy, it’s deep emotions.

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  14. nicci

    dawn has so much power she really inspires me with her will and love.. she is a REAL artist.. making music.. music for the fans.. music for the world.. not like these fake radio one hit wonders

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  15. Meme

    This is a little too much. Dawn doing too much. She needs to focus in the album

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    Robyn Reply:

    @Meme, This is crazy y’all Aay she doing too much but when she pushed the album back y’all say that’s too far. Now when she gives free material y’all say she need to focus on album. Man people are funny

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    Minajrule Reply:

    @Meme, Isn’t her album in like jan! So why is it too much? It’s great music! I’m confused with listeners these days. I feel like this is why r&b is doing so bad on charts. Tailor. Swift pits out hella music and she sells like crazy. Here we go hatin and thinking we know the plan. Have all these opinions and then don’t buy… It’s sad this is the way we think. She is workin to give great music. Forreal. Like she working like the big artist. And all you say is it’s too much. Hell it’s about right! And we should hope others do the same

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    Pereezy YMCMB MMG Reply:

    @Meme, She don’t need to focus on Nothing, Cuz No matter what she does, she will always flop.. Lil B**ch sing along with me ”All She does is flop flop no matter what”

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  16. Swizz

    Yessssssir! It’s time! Good stuff. Shout out to my bro Anthony Jackson for being her current choreographer as well as her recent video which was that deal! GOMAB

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  17. mus

    I love dawn, but not enough to lie or hide the truth. This song is okay, just ok. But its fine because shes been realeasing a lot of dopeness

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    Copssuk Reply:

    @mus, The lyrics are beyond ok my friend. This is great!!!

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    mus Reply:

    @Copssuk, Yeah but this is a song, not poetry. Lyrics alone does not carry a song, melody is crucial too in a song

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  18. me

    who wrote those lyrics? those are off the chains
    thats poetry

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    Minajrule Reply:

    @me, Dawn and Andrew wrote it! That’s what I’m sayin. Dawn Is a beast to. Songwriter and artist and dancer

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  19. jo

    Yo this is just full of emotion….it honestly doesn’t even need any lyrics! Dope!!

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  20. Bobby

    Incredible…

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  21. bijan

    she’s such a good writer

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  22. hill

    dawn is a jewel/she never disappoint/on a string is simply beautiful

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  23. Neickha

    Brandy and Dawn would make a great song (S) together.

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  24. youbmad

    wow! You never no what to expect fom ms. lady especially the beat, you think you do then boom! nd the lyrics are great aswell; nd to top it all off a christmas ep, what?!*faints* lolz, I was just complaining how jan. was too far ,so yea Im pretty happy here.

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  25. Joy

    This song have me in tears it’s so beautiful. It’s about letting go of a situation that’s not right for you. I’ve been there, I can relate on so many levels. This song is about cutting ties with a lover. It’s clear in her lyrics.

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  26. Brandy4ever

    This is beautiful, love this and Pretty Wicked Things & Armor On is still my shi.t
    Don’t forget about the UK if you readin this Ms Richard!!!! And don’t push that album back again

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  27. Asa

    Love.

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  28. Remy

    biiiiiiiitch!!!…I’m too excited for this!!….She so fucking dope!

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