Dawn Richard

Mar
12
New Music: Dawn Richard – ‘Bum Bum’

Dawn Richard

Dawn Richard shows her appreciation to her Hearts by giving them more unreleased material from her Goldenheart recording sessions. On the flirty “Bum Bum,” Dawn brings all the boys to the yard, but she’s not about to give up the goodies.

The upbeat record, produced and written with frequent collaborator Druski, plays off Dawn’s Haitian and New Orleans roots, sampling the New Orleans song “Iko Iko” and referencing Sister Nancy’s reggae hit “Bam Bam.”

Dawn is currently headlining the “Goldenheart” tour, which will stop at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on March 20 and The Roxy in L.A. on March 26. She is also hard at work on her second solo album Blackheart.

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Feb
13
Eve Collaborates with Dawn Richard on ‘Lip Lock’

Eve and Dawn Richard

Eve is expanding the guest list for Lip Lock. The Philly rapper has recruited Dawn Richard for her first album in over a decade.

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Feb
7
Solange, Kelis, Jill Scott, & Dawn Richard Celebrate Black Women in Music

Solange

It was ladies’ night at the 4th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Music event on Wednesday. The magazine honored Solange and British soul singer Lianne La Havas at an intimate celebration at Greystone Manor Supperclub in West Hollywood during Grammy week.

R&B’s leading ladies and some fresh faces including Kelis, Jill Scott, Dawn Richard, Tamia, Estelle, Leah LaBelle, and Bridget Kelly toasted their fellow females. Solange entertained with some new material off her EP True and was joined onstage by her collaborator Devonté “Dev” Hynes and Earth Wind & Fire’s Verdine White.

Their male counterparts including Tank, Bilal, and Eric Benét also came out to show their support.

See more pics of the ladies showing out on the purple carpet.

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Jan
30
New Music: Dawn Richard – ‘NLX’

Dawn Richard

Hot on the heels of her critically-acclaimed debut Goldenheart, Dawn Richard liberates “NLX,” the remix to “Northern Lights.” The all-new production, helmed by D’Mile, appears as a bonus cut on the deluxe edition of the album, available exclusively at FYE.

Unlike the upbeat original, the new version features a subdued beat, with Dawn singing about chasing love, whether it’s wrong or right.

Without backing from a major label, the independent release still managed to debut at No. 10 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and No. 2 on the Heatseekers chart.

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Jan
15
Dawn Richard Performs for Rap-Up Sessions

To celebrate the release of her debut album Goldenheart, Dawn Richard stopped by Rap-Up’s studio to kick off our new performance series, Rap-Up Sessions. While overlooking the famed Sunset Strip and the Hollywood sign, the Danity Kane alum and her production partner Druski performed an exclusive three-song set including her single “’86,” “Warfaire,” and the title track “Goldenheart,” which is Dawn’s favorite song on the album.

“It’s the most personal and I recorded it a long time ago,” she said. “It was one of the first times I had gone through something so horrible that I didn’t think I would be able to come back from it. I felt like I wanted to write about a record where we were naive enough to believe we could be saved by a shining prince. It was so naive, but we felt that it was real.”

Watch the rest of Dawn’s stripped-down set below. Goldenheart is now available in stores and on iTunes.

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Jan
14
Video: Dawn Richard – ‘‘86’

Dawn Richard

The day has finally come for Dawn Richard. After surviving two groups, departing Bad Boy, and releasing her acclaimed EPs Armor On and Whiteout, the former Dirty Money member forges ahead with her solo career with the release of her long-awaited debut Goldenheart.

With the album in stores and on iTunes now, Dawn celebrates the release with the short film for “’86,” directed by Eugene Lee Yang. In the powerful visuals, the leader of the Hearts pays homage to her past including Danity Kane, her childhood, and native New Orleans.

“We’re using all the things in my past that people may view as negative as a catalyst to be inspiring—to fight for something,” she explained.

Head to the front lines with Dawn as she ushers in the Goldenheart era.

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Jan
11
Behind the Video: Dawn Richard – ‘86’

Dawn Richard

Dawn Richard leaps into action in the short film for “86,” the first single off her full-length debut Goldenheart. The warrior princess shows off her moves as she fights her enemies and pays homage to her past including Danity Kane, her childhood, and native New Orleans in the inspirational visuals, directed by Eugene Lee Yang (“Wild N’ Faith”).

“We’re using all the things in my past that people may view as negative as a catalyst to be inspiring—to fight for something,” explains Dawn.

The video will premiere Tuesday, the same day Goldenheart arrives in stores and online. Go behind the scenes of “86” below.

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