New Music: Dawn Richard – ‘Goldenheart’ [Album Snippets]

The Preface

The time has almost come. With a week to go until Goldenheart arrives, Dawn Richard releases snippets of her full-length debut on what she calls The Preface. The 16 tracks include the singles “’86″ and “Pretty Wicked Things,” along with plenty of anthems for her Hearts. You can pre-order the album now on iTunes.

“The last six years have been a battle for people to understand and conform me into what they really want me to be and I’ve kind of had to protect that throughout this whole journey,” said the former Dirty Money member. “It’s kind of the story of me protecting this Goldenheart, which really kind of symbolizes my own heart and my passion for this music thing and really who I am.”

Dawn has also teamed up with eyewear designers Coco and Breezy to create an exclusive pair of sunglasses. The Goldenheart shades are one of the new styles from Coco and Breezy’s new “Omorose” collection. Repost on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #CocoandBreezyGoldenheart to win some cool prizes including dinner in New York City with Dawn.

Get a taste of what Dawn has in store come January 15.

Goldenheart Tracklisting

1. “Intro (In the Hearts Tonight)”
2. “Return of a Queen”
3. “Goliath”
4. “Riot”
5. “Gleaux”
6. “Pretty Wicked Things”
7. “Northern Lights”
8. “Frequency”
9. “Warfaire”
10. “Tug of War”
11. “Ode to You”
12. “86”
13. “In Your Eyes”
14. “Break of Dawn”
15. “[300]”
16. “Goldenheart”

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77 Comments

  1. Brittany

    Wow this album is a surprise! This is incredible work! Mono music awards already called her there first underhyped artist for people to watch! Just off these snippets

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    Brittany Reply:

    @Brittany, * MoboAwards

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    HEARTS HEAUX!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply:

    @Brittany, DAWN IS KILLING EVERY SINGER IN THE GAME WITH THIS ALBUM!!!!!!!! THIS IS THE MOST COHESIVE ALBUM I’VE HEARD IN YEARS!!!!!! SHE WENT FOR BLOOD ON THIS ALBUM!!!!!! ALOT OF THESE SINGERS SHOULD TAKE NOTES FROM HER!!! CAUSE SHE IS SETTING THE BAR FOR R&B & POP IN 2013!!!!!!!! TEAMDAWN!!!!!!!!!

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  2. RobertChrls

    She makes me proud to be from New Orleans, living proof anything is possible with hard wrk #GoldenHeart the album is/ will be a hit.

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  3. mal

    generic.

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    Brittany Reply:

    @mal, how is the generic. Honestly. This sound like nothing out! At all..hate on it hate her. But respect a new lane And sound. This sound like no other artist. Amazing work. All blogs are calling her a black Kate bush. Cray! Iconic

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    Wow Reply:

    @mal, Huh?

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  4. Kyle

    This album doesn’t sound like anything else out right now. What a great way to kick off a new year. I’m glad this got pushed back from last year because not too many big artists release albums right at the top of the new year so this is a good way for Dawn to put herself out there. I love what I’m hearing!

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  5. The Wayno Show

    I’m so buying this! Dawn Richard is awesome!!!

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  6. philly11

    I’m convinced. definitely buying this album. something different

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  7. infamous

    Sounds very promising!

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  8. W

    sounding great, as always

    all the luck to her and her journey, not only with this album but with her whole career, she sooo deserves a long career

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  9. Johnminaj

    Getting this album. Wow. Amazing!! Nothing like anything out yet still commercial enough to compete with the a-listers! Wow

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  10. David

    This woman is one of the few artist who are consistent with putting better music each time she comes out. This album in ridiculous! Dawn is a star.

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  11. Heartsheaux

    All those who say dawn has no it factor … Ladies and gentlemen meet the It! Lol. Excellent price if work. For an independent or signed artist.

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  12. Alex loves Cassie

    Wow I’m a new fan! Definitely buying. Better than the albums of 2012

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  13. RAVZ

    Amazing as always! as Dawn’s my gorgeous friend and all! This album sampler is astonishing! Return of a Queen, Goliath, Frequency, Northern Lights, Warfaire, Tug of War, Ode to you are my favourites with NORTHERN LIGHTS being my MOST favourite, Dawnie is just so dopeee!!!!

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    Nonja Reply:

    @RAVZ, yes to this comment!!

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  14. Nonja

    Yes yes yes! Once again proof that their can be new artist that can be legends. The cohesiveness in this album. The theme. The videos the lyrics. Just amazing

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  15. Golden girl

    So proud to be a heart at this moment. This woman goes through so much hate yet carries herself with do much class and has a message. This is like revolutionary r&b. it’s risky. It’s a message. It’s powerful. I mean the titles alone speak volumes. The Goldenheart era is here

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    ORM12 Reply:

    @Golden girl, Yesssss!!!

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  16. Frank no cean

    She has swayed me. N

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  17. MelanievsMeolon

    I’m a believer ! This chick is dope. Honestly best new artist coming into the game. She got next and I think she can be the first artist to not be compared or be in someone’s lane. Dawn can exist and be just as big as the beyonce and Janet’s. not saying she’s then by no means. Just saying she has the potential. This is just a first album. Even her Eps have gotten really high reviews. This Is Grammy worthy

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  18. ORM12

    Amazing! It will change the game!!! GOLDENHEART!!!

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  19. Rara

    I love the album and she sounds amazing!! this album is epic and Im so proud of Dawn for how far she has come.

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  20. youbmad

    Just to think yesterday I was hype about her sunglasses but now?! Im just so proud of her. I really hope she does well and people can take her seriously as a solo artist.

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    DariA Reply:

    @youbmad, right I was do excited about her glasses now I’m like this album! Her branding her style her fashion her dancing her writing. Just amazing!

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  21. Sharp Tongue

    This is what I’ve been looking for in a album a different body of work.

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  22. KeepingItFunky

    Dawn is revolutionary. Period, point blank. Just shows what consistency, drive & having people who truly believe in your worth around you, can do for you. I feel like many doubters & haters will have no choice but to applaud this work. It’s AMAZING!!! I’m proud to have been a fan since the beginning.

    Ladies & Gentlemen? We have a star ; )

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    Noah Reply:

    @KeepingItFunky, couldn’t agree with you more! Perfectly said!

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    Kyle Reply:

    @Noah, I agree as well. Dawn has a gift and the world is about to see it and FEEL IT. Love her!

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  23. Noah

    Goldenheart the song sounds amazing. Dawn deserves some Grammys. Real talk

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  24. Realrecognizereal

    I mean standing ovation! A star! Someone who has their own lane. It’s refreshing to have a female that you don’t have to compare her to beyonce or rihanna or anyone. Dawn is dawn. And I think with this album people will finally see it! This is incredible work and Grammy deserving. It’s Dawns time folks. Btw Gleaux is amazing!

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    Kyle Reply:

    @Realrecognizereal, that is what is so good about it all. No other artist sounds like Dawn so she isn’t competing with anymore. She is in her own lane and if anything, people are going to FOLLOW HER and try to emulate her sound.

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  25. Dawnlover

    Buying this ASAP. Go pre order it on iTunes now!! Dawn is so consistent as an artist. Haters can say what they want but no independent artist is branding themselves like this. I mean her snippets were revealed with its in photo and called the preface. So dope!

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    Asa Reply:

    @Dawnlover, No. I’d rather preorder from amazon and get a physical copy thanks. Which I did the moment I was able to do so. Which was as soon as I could find it on there.

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  26. Wow

    Some tracks need no runs just her pure perfect tone (eg. Return of a Queen). Other than that ….I’m all in. Pre ordering as I type.

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  27. Wow

    She is AMAZING! Above and beyond 90% of the artist out. All she needs now is to give me consistent polished presentation (like these recent promo pics) and great live vocal performance.

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  28. Keeps it real

    Around of applauds, this is music at it’s best. I can listen to it over, and over again. I’m definitely buying her album. She has made me a believer.

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    Keeps it real Reply:

    @Keeps it real, Typo, applause.

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  29. Elgin

    I am really impressed with the quality of this project it sounds like nothing out their and I also wanted to point out how it was in the top 20 on iTunes of just from preorders alone. She has the star power to be one of the greatest I just hope that this project gets the shine its deserves and doesn’t get slept on

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  30. Yay

    The song at the end was so pure and organic. A little out of sync in parts but the power in just her voice and a piano..bliss.

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  31. Fa

    girlfriend always tries wayyyy too hard!
    Vocals are always overproduced.
    styling is flimsy and tacky.
    she is a pretty girl
    but
    but she styled like a man
    when it comes to drag queens, Beyonce is better!
    Can we strip it down to the basics and hear real songwriting and voice
    less is more
    always

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    WOW! Reply:

    @Fa, WOW WHAT A HATER YOU ARE!

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    Marquis Reply:

    @Fa, There’s nothing wrong with her vocals. Clearly this album sounds as if it was professionally produced and mixed, which it was. Stan Greene and Andrew Scott did an excellent job and the proof is in the pudding that is this album, Goldenheart. Also, how exactly is she “styled like a man” when she’s wearing dresses, high-heeled shoes and peplum tops in these photos? This woman is singing her fucking heart out on every song and either wrote entirely or co-wrote all of the songs too. If this isn’t “real songwriting and voice” then I don’t know what is.

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    Marquis Reply:

    @Fa, @Fa, There’s nothing wrong with her vocals. Clearly this album sounds as if it was professionally produced and mixed, which it was. Stan Greene and Andrew Scott did an excellent job and the proof is in the pudding that is this album, Goldenheart. Also, how exactly is she “styled like a man” when she’s wearing dresses, high-heeled shoes and peplum tops in these photos? This woman is singing her heart out on every song and either wrote entirely or co-wrote all of the songs too. If this isn’t “real songwriting and voice” then I don’t know what is.

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  32. Danz

    Yes yes Dawn you slayed my love! Jan 15th can’t wait!

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  33. Brett

    I breath of fresh air, for sure! Go Dawn! Cannot wait to hear “tug of war” in full.

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  34. Creative Minds

    “In your eyes” would have been the perfect track for Chris Brown to get on matter fact it sounds like hes doing background vocals on the there. I know i cant be the only one who noticed that.

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  35. WOW!

    I wish she would have left Northern Lights as an a capella track

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  36. Dawnlover

    So happy people are finally seeing how amazing dawn is! All positive reviews save 2 haters! Wow. Everyone go to iTunes now and buy this masterpiece. It’s available for pre order now on iTunes!

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  37. Michael packson

    I agree with all of you guys here. She is in a lane all her own. And it’s time people saw. It! This album is refreshing and incredible

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  38. Jermi

    Yassss dawn sway the world with snippets! I love how she has vocal moment la with just piano. Proving to those haters that say she’s over produced I can rip it with a piano only. Loves it! Then she has the commercial records. Still done her way but in your eyes and riot and northern lights can easily be on the radio. And then those sanging records like Return of a Queen yass. It’s an entire packaged album

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  39. Puccini

    What can I say! Incredible album. So new and ahead of its time! Easily deserves a Grammy nom

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  40. Brandi

    Dawn goes it again!!! New lane! New queen on deck. What I love is. She can easily exist with the Rihanna’s and beyonce and still be just as amazing without ever stepping in their light. Fantastic!

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  41. Noahlovesiggy

    This is the first time in a long time you go to a site and see so much positivity about an album. From a female artist at that! That’s what great music and talent does !!

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    youbmad Reply:

    @Noahlovesiggy, Pretty much.

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  42. meme

    Im very impress with this woman. I love the route shes taking. She is hit seeking, she went the quality music route. Everything sounds so wonderful. Will be purchasing. guys please purchase. if its as good as everyone is claiming please support.

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    Noahlovesiggy Reply:

    @meme, me too! We all have to support!!

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  43. Bentley

    Been Following Dawn Since Danity Kane, I Knew She Was Special, I’m So Proud Of Her For Going This Far, This Speaks Volumes & It’s Only The Snippets, This Is What The Music Industry Needs Right Now, New Material, Can’t Wait To Buy It

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  44. Dave

    Slayage. Everything about this is exceptional & quality filled. This sounds like a REAL ALBUM! Not just a collection of singles. & to think this is only the 1ST of a trilogy. Can’t wait for the 15th to get here.

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  45. bijan

    dawn for president 2016

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  46. i know

    I feel it in my bones that Break of Dawn will have me shed a tear “no matter what you do baby, you won’t ever see the Break of Dawn…”

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  47. ado

    LOVE!!! :)

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  48. justice

    Love this!!! i cant wait for this album…i love all the snippets…GO DAWN!

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  49. MJL

    Sooo at first I didn’t wanna listen to the previews because I wanted to be completely surprised when I got the album. then I said F*** it and played the damn play button. I can’t pick a favorite because they’re ALL TOO DAMN GOOD!!!!! I’m going to hate these remaining few days so damn much :’(

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  50. Brass_knucklez

    Frequency made my boxers wet.
    Really cohesive peace of work this album is. I will be buying.

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  51. Bisuness Prounld Foboze Changed 2013

    she got some Good song but when is her debut album coming out & what label is she signed to?

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    justice Reply:

    @Bisuness Prounld Foboze Changed 2013, her album is coming out on January 15 and dawn is not signed to a label…she is doing this on her own..i hope you support her and buy her album!

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  52. HiddenGoldenHeart

    After listening to all of the previews I have been captivated by her! Cannot wait to get my copy on Tuesday!
    Keep fighting Hearts!

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  53. Seriously

    Her team needs to promote her more! She should be doing interviews and stuff. She is very talented and needs to be recognized.

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  54. Nehemiah

    sooooooooooooooo different…love it!!! OMG IM A NEW FAN!!!!

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  55. Bitchie

    Dawn is humble and working hard,
    So she deserves it

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  56. A

    When I first played it the first time, I didn’t liked it. But after some spins I’m obsessed, can’t wait for her album. I think 86′ was not right for her first single. Ode to you, frequency, return of the queen, gleaux >>>

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  57. REALmuzzzaK

    Dawn is IT! #golden

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  58. nyc_ster

    I’ve seen nothing but positive feedback, it makes me feel so good because Dawn has obviously put her whole heart into this album. From voice, to character, (and it staying consistent) to beats, production is flawless, she takes u on a beautiful, fun, energetic, ride yet the various landscapes in the music is so visual . I’ve been a fan forever and I’ve never seen her come this hard. It’s time for Dawn to stop being overlooked as a solo artist cuz this deserves Grammys.

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