Dawn Richard Shares Her Side of Danity Kane Saga

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Dawn Richard visited Power 105’s Breakfast Club and explained her side of the story in regards to the Danity Kane split. Besides releasing a statement on social media, Richard hasn’t really given her account of the alleged physical altercation between Richard and her former bandmate, Aubrey O’Day. Richard claimed that her “breaking point” was when she found out her Danity Kane group members were changing and rearranging the group’s vocals without her knowledge. 

Richard alleges that she walked in on Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex changing her vocals in the recording studio. “They told me we had the studio the next day, and they went in the day before.” She added, “I walked in on them doing it, and I tried to confront them…I blacked out.” Richard didn’t exactly say she hit O’Day, but she did say there was “no excuse for her behavior.” The R&B singer said she felt betrayed, and in retrospect, Danity Kane should have never gotten back together without the original five members. In the end, Richard said pride was the reason for the undoing of the group. The singer said that “everyone wanted to play everybody’s role” and “everybody can’t be Kobe on the team.” Richard does mention that Danity Kane could have done something “revolutionary,” but instead, the group’s legacy has become more of a punchline. 

Danity Kane was a product of MTV’s Making the Band in 2005. The group was formed by Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, and they were signed to Bad Boy Records. The group’s self-titled album was released in 2006 and featured the hit songs, “Show Stopper” and “Ride for You.” Danity Kane debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts, and sold over 230,000 copies in its first week. Danity Kane’s second album, Welcome to the Dollhouse, also debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2008. Danity Kane became the first female group in Billboard history to debut two albums at Number 1 on the charts. In early 2009, the group disbanded due to tension amongst the bandmates. Former Danity Kane member, Dawn Richard, released her second solo project on January 15, 2015. The album entitled Blackheart received praise from music critics. 

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