D∆WN - 'Billie Jean' x 'Dance'
D∆WN - 'Titans' x 'James Dean'
Dawn Richard, under the moniker DAWN, is a multi-platinum American singer-songwriter who started her career after auditioning for reality television show 'Making the Band 3' in 2004. Around this time Richard also became a member of American girl band Danity Kane from 2005 to 2008, and in 2009 joined with label head Sean "Diddy" Combs and Kalenna Harper to form the group Diddy-Dirty Money. Now, DAWN is a landmark of the industry with two consecutive platinum #1 albums under her belt, a platinum album, a gold single, and a 3x platinum single.
In 2011, following her departure from Bad Boy Records, Dawn launched her solo career. Since then, Richard has released four solo projects ('ATellTaleHeart', 'Armor On EP', 'Whiteout EP' and 'Goldenheart'). Receiving critical acclaim for each album; 'Armor On' and 'Goldenheart' reached #1 on iTunes R&B/Soul chart in a matter of hours, broke the iTunes Top 20, and charted on Billboard, plus landed praise from contemporary music critics the world over. From that moment on, Richard, hailed as one of the best new acts in pop and R&B, went on to release her fifth #1 album with Danity Kane and the album DK3 in 2014, not only as a performer, but showcasing her strong talent in the world of writing.
Fast forward to today and Dawn Richard readies 'The Black Era'. A project that isn't just about the musical experience, but also everything visual as well. From an incredible collaboration with visual artist Caleb Hahne for the 'Blackheart' album cover, a high fashion and choreography-heavy based music video for Blow, to the launch of her shoe line with Lust for Life; Dawn has based an entire brand around 'The Black Era'. Sonically, with influences from trip-hop to electro-pop to soul, this album solidifies Dawn as more than just a progressive R&B diva. The second instalment to her heart trilogy differs drastically from her previous masterpiece, 'Goldenheart', featuring sharper edges, experimental electro sounds and a sense of fearlessness throughout. Since the release of 'Blackheart', Richard has been receiving critical acclaim from Fact Magazine, New York Times, LA Times, and Billboard to name just a few with claims it's her best work yet. Peaking at #1 on iTunes Electronic charts and Top 20 overall on the iTunes album charts, 'Blackheart' charted as #1 on the U.S. Top Independent Albums chart on Billboard, #2 on the Billboard Electronic/Dance chart, and #3 on the U.S. Top Heatseekers chart – with no major label push.