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Dawn Richard, aka D∆WN, evolved from her membership in Danity Kane to become one of the more progressive forces in artful left-field pop and R&B. Prior to mainstream visibility, the New Orleans, Louisiana native -- the daughter of Chocolate Milk percussionist and vocalist Frank Richard -- recorded as Dawn Angeliqué. The independently released contemporary R&B album Been a While (2005), produced while the singer was attending the University of New Orleans and working as a cheerleader for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets, was released around the time she made her first appearance on Making the Band 3. The third edition of that reality series produced Danity Kane, a group that released two Billboard 200-topping albums, Danity Kane (2006) and Welcome to the Dollhouse (2008), prior to splitting. Then, along with Diddy and Kalenna Harper, Richard became one-third of Diddy-Dirty Money, a short-lived group that debuted in 2009, released an album (2010's Last Train to Paris), and then a mixtape (2011's Love Love vs. Hate Love) prior to ending in 2012. Richard continued a solo career that developed during and after the split, reunion, and second split of Danity Kane. Her self-released material was progressive and often conceptual, willfully oblivious to genre restrictions as it twisted R&B, pop, and electronic music with emotive and frequently thrilling results. The Prelude to a Telltale Heart (2011), a mixtape, and Armor On (2012), an EP, preceded her second official album, Goldenheart (2013). Part two of her "heart" trilogy, Blackheart (2015), went farther out and topped Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. Short-form releases for the Fade to Mind and Local Action labels preceded her fourth proper album, Redemption (2016). ~ Andy Kellman
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  3.   86
  4.   Honest
  5.   Sands
  6.   Pretty Wicked Things
  7.   Ode To You
  8.   Black Lipstick
  9.   LA
  10.   The Louvre
  11.   Hey Nikki
  12.   Vines (Interlude)
  13.   Lazarus
  14.   Voices
  15.   Love Under Lights
  16.   Baptize
  17.   Paint It Blue
  18.   How I Get It
  19.   Wake Up
  20.   The Deep
  21.   Phoenix by Aundrea Fimbres
  22.   Castles
  23.   Goldenheart
  24.   [300]
  25.   Break of Dawn
  26.   Warfaire
  27.   Return of a Queen
  28.   Scripture
  29.   Intro: Call to Hearts
  30.   Van Gogh
  31.   Tyrants
  32.   Interim (Interlude)
  33.   Black Crimes
  34.   Redemption (Intro)
  35.   Blackheart (Outro)
  36.   Projection
  37.   Titans (Interlude)
  38.   Swim Free
  39.   Blow
  40.   Calypso
  41.   Noir (Intro)
  42.   Whiteout
  43.   In Your Eyes
  44.   Frequency
  45.   Northern Lights
  46.   Gleaux
  47.   Riot
  48.   Intro (In the Hearts Tonight)
  49.   Faith
  50.   Bombs
  51.   Outro: The Battle
  52.   Automatic
  53.   Lilies
  54.   Hurricane
  55.   Renegades
  56.   Choices
  57.   Save Me from U
  58.   December Sky
  59.   Tug of War
  60.   Goliath
  61.   Wynter
  62.   And the Bells
  63.   Warriors
  64.   Billie Jean
  65.   Change
  66.   Levitate
  67.   Heaven
  68.   Adderall/Sold (Outerlude)
  69.   Valhalla (Outro)

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