Dawn Richard

Nov
27
Rap-Up TV: Danity Kane Dishes on New Album, Diddy, & Leaving Solo Careers Behind

Danity Kane’s comeback is in full effect. After announcing their first show in five years, tickets sold out in 24 hours. The ladies will perform their hits and new material for the first time at L.A.’s House of Blues on December 16.

In Part 2 of our interview, Aubrey, Dawn, Shannon, and Aundrea discuss their upcoming album. The group has been in the studio with hitmakers including The Stereotypes, Da Internz, The Underdogs, Ester Dean, James Fauntleroy, Dem Jointz, and Rob Knox.

They are also hoping to work with Miguel and Pharrell. “Pharrell is pretty phenomenal,” Shannon told Rap-Up TV. “We’ve always had Pharrell on our list.”

Aubrey shared an embarrassing story about running into The Neptunes hitmaker at the VMAs. “I fell through a chair and landed on his lap,” she said. “There’s a lot of women that try to get in Pharrell’s lap and it just naturally happened for me.”

Diddy discovered the girls on MTV’s “Making the Band,” but he won’t be involved in the next chapter of their career. However, they still wish him well.

“We wish him the best and we hope that he wishes us the best. Hopefully we’ll see him at the Grammys in a year,” said Aubrey, adding, “Maybe he’ll bring us cheesecake.”

Prior to reuniting, they were pursuing solo careers, but they’ve put them on hold to focus solely on Danity Kane. “We’re back in Danity Kane. We’re here, we’re focused,” said Aubrey. “We left our solo careers and all the things that we pushed and believed in and fought for and we are committing to this situation and this group and we plan on having a long career.”

Part 1: Danity Kane Readies New Music for Comeback Show

Nov
23
Rap-Up TV: Danity Kane Readies New Music for Comeback Show

Danity Kane is back! Five years after topping the charts with their album Welcome to the Dollhouse, Dawn Richard, Aubrey O’Day, Aundrea Fimbres, and Shannon Bex sat down for one of their first interviews since announcing their return at the VMAs in August. Speaking exclusively to Rap-Up TV, the platinum girl group opened up about getting back together, D. Woods’ decision not to return, and their comeback concert.

“I think for us it was time. We were ready,” said Aundrea. “It kinda started as a phone call, a text to each of us and then we went to lunch and it was like no time had passed. It was like, ‘OK. Let’s do it.’”

They have been overwhelmed by the response. “We were all having our phones blow up and felt to ourselves the power of our fans, this amazing group of people that has stuck by our side through all this fuckery,” said Aubrey.

While DK’s fifth member D. Woods decided not to return, there’s no ill will. “We wish her the best,” said Dawn. “We asked who wanted to be here and those who wanted to show up, showed up. It’s nothing more than that. We want people to see this for what it is and know that this is Danity Kane.”

On December 16, the foursome will play their first show together in five years at L.A.’s House of Blues. “I’m super nervous,” admitted Aubrey, while Dawn added, “I think you’re supposed to be jittery and nervous about something like this. This is not just us standing on the stage, this is us coming together and headlining, coming together and giving new music.”

In addition to their hits, they will perform new material for the first time. “We’ll be able to actually perform new stuff and see the response of our fans,” said Dawn. “It’s one of those things where we feel so bad that we’ve had to consistently not give enough, but everything happens in time and now we’re giving the best of us. New music and some old goodies.”

Tickets and VIP packages are now on sale via Ticketmaster.

Look for Part 2 of our interview with Danity Kane next week.

Nov
4
New Music: Dawn Richard – ‘Fade’

Dawn Richard

While Danity Kane plots their comeback, Dawn Richard digs in the crates and unearths a previously unreleased solo song. On the ethereal “Fade,” produced by Noisecastle III, the New Orleans singer coos about a love that slipped away.

“Really love the production on this record. Make sure you grab some headphones hearts and blast it. It’s a sonic yummy movie,” tweeted Dawn.

After reuniting over the summer, Dawn, Aubrey, Shannon, and Aundrea are currently working on their first album in five years. The first single “Rage” was produced by the Stereotypes.

Start your week off with some new music from Dawn.

Read the rest of this entry »

Sep
17
Dawn Richard Channels Grace Jones in Photo Shoot

Dawn Richard

Dawn Richard transforms into fashion icon Grace Jones in a new photo shoot for Annex Man magazine’s Brooklyn issue. The Blackheart singer smokes a cigarette and sports some wild hairstyles in the edgy images.

Dawn spent time in the studio with Jones while recording “Yeah Yeah You Would” for Dirty Money’s album Last Train to Paris.

Her group Danity Kane will make their first performance since reuniting at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas this weekend. The girls have been working on their new album and will release “Rage” as the first single.

See Dawn channel her idol in the badass shoot.

Read the rest of this entry »

Sep
13
Eve Performs with Dawn Richard at NYC Show

Dawn Richard and Eve

E-V-E touched down in NYC on the second to last stop of her “Lip Lock” tour last night. During her show at Gramercy Theatre, Ruff Ryder’s First Lady brought out Dawn Richard to perform their collaboration “Keep Me From You” off her first album in over a decade, Lip Lock.

“Thank u again sooo much for being here tonight!! You are amazing!! So humble,” a grateful Eve told Dawn.

In her interview with Rap-Up TV, Eve said that she is debating between “Keep Me From You” and the Snoop Dogg-assisted “Mama in the Kitchen” as the next Lip Lock single.

Plus, watch her discuss her next album, Nicki Minaj’s “I Be On Dat” verse, and her love for Lil’ Kim in our exclusive interview.

Read the rest of this entry »

Aug
28
Dawn Richard to Make Acting Debut in Musical

Dawn Richard

Dawn Richard has been bitten by the acting bug. Fresh off her reunion with Danity Kane at Sunday’s VMAs, the singer is making the leap from the mic to the big screen in her first feature film role.

Read the rest of this entry »

Aug
24
Rap-Up TV: Dawn Richard Hints at Danity Kane Reunion

Is a Danity Kane reunion in the works? The rumor mill has been all abuzz about the return of the platinum girl group. Four out of five members—Dawn Richard, Aubrey O’Day, Shannon Bex, and Aundrea Fimbres (D. Woods was absent)—were photographed having lunch together in May and DanityKane.com has been relaunched with a countdown leading up to tomorrow’s MTV VMAs. Dawn hinted at things to come during an exclusive interview with Rap-Up TV.

“The countdown seems like it’s marking the beginning of the VMAs, doesn’t it? Like the opening of it, doesn’t it?” she said.

The group released two No. 1 albums on Bad Boy Records, but was disbanded by Diddy following the release of 2008′s Welcome to the Dollhouse. Five years later, they were able to put their differences aside and come together again.

“I’m having a blast with having them back in my life,” said Dawn, who is working on her solo album Blackheart. “We’re back at a place where we can speak to each other and hang with each other. It’s been a long time since we just sipped some wine and been like, ‘What up girl?’”

They hashed out their issues during the lunch meeting. “That meeting was five hours of ‘For real, you did that? That was why you did that? Oh, you’re not a bitch. I hated you,’” said Dawn. “It was beautiful to find out that we were stupid in thinking the things that we thought.”

She was surprised to see all the positive reaction to their reunion. “I don’t know how people could even remember us, let alone even care enough to be that excited and none of it was negative.”

So is the group, who was brought together on MTV’s “Making the Band 3,” plotting another reality show? “I guess you’ll have to wait and see,” teased Dawn.