Dawn Richard Signs to Merge Records, Plans New Record for 2021

It’ll be the founding member of Danity Kane turned solo artist’s first album since 2019’s New Breed.

Dawn Richard—the artist formerly known as Dawn, D∆WN, and Dawn Angeliqué—announced this morning that she’d end her streak of stellar indie releases by signing to Merge Records. The solo venture followed an early career as a co-founding member of Danity Kane and Ditty’s Dirty Money project, as well as a number of side-gigs, not least of which include cheerleading for the New Orleans Hornets, mastering martial arts, working as an animator for Adult Swim, and operating a food truck.

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“I set out a long time ago to create a lane where genre was optional,” she shared in a press statement. “Where a Black woman could thrive in electropop and Afrofuturism unapologetically. This record has been such a cathartic experience. To create an immersive story highlighting New Orleans culture through a futuristic lens has just been…a wild-ass ride. I’m stoked to take the wild ride with Merge, and hopefully the world wants to jump on, too. I plan to reshape the way people see and hear New Orleans. Hope you ready?”

No word yet on a release date for the new project—stay tuned.


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