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After a trying year, Dawn Richard lets the world in on 'Blackheart'
After a trying year, Dawn Richard lets the world in on 'Blackheart'

"I thought I'd lost it all," Dawn Richard sings on the opening of her wildly imaginative sophomore album, "Blackheart." After the year she's had, the sentiment is understandable. Last summer, Richard's grandmother died. Her father, Frank, former frontman of '70s funk-soul band Chocolate Milk, was diagnosed with cancer. And there was the collapse of a reunion with Danity Kane, the girl group assembled by hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs that first launched her to fame. That project's abrupt end became tabloid fodder, sending disappointed fans on the (virtual) attack. ("We had noble intentions," Richard said of her former...

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