Even though calling it quits, ‘Danity Kane’ will release new music next month.
The multiplatinum trio revealed they would issue ‘DK3’ on Oct. 27 through Stereotypes Music/Mass Appeal/BMG Records. The album, which was supposed to be their comeback after reuniting last year, will supposedly be their last.
After a reunion tour and ‘Danity Kane’s’ first new music in six years, the multiplatinum urban-pop, R&B Soul female group announced their split in August after a recording session turned violent.
‘A conversation took a turn for the worst when my group member punched me in the back of my head while I was speaking to another associate.’ – Aubrey O’Day, in a statement.
In a lengthy letter that included separate and joint statements from members Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex, the two confirmed reports of an incident between O’Day and member Dawn Richard as the cause of the split.
Dawn Richard splattered on her Facebook & Instagram accounts that she ‘continued to work with both parties to try to release the album even when the original story was leaked without anyone being consulted.’ She went on to say the other members blocked her access to the group’s social media pages.
“This could have all been handled privately; however, certain parties chose to make this public before it could be rectified. I am not justifying my actions,” Richard wrote. “I am saying this was all done before any changes or conversations could even be had.”
A reunited ‘Danity Kane’ released “Lemonade,” its first single in six years. The single failed to reach mainstream airwaves and only made a presence on the R&B charts of iTunes. In a way, I like that DK isn’t really mainstream. It’s refreshing that most people have no clue who ‘Danity Kane’ are until you mention MTV or the song ‘Damaged.’
After being launched in 2005, the group made history as the first girl group to have its first two albums debut at No. 1.
After four years of on-camera internal turmoil on MTV’s successful series, ‘Making the Band,’ Diddy dramatically disbanded the group and kept Richard as the sole member signed to his Bad Boy imprint. Richard later became a member of his hip-hop fusion collective Diddy-Dirty Money, then left her deal with Diddy to focus on a solo career.
The executive producers of ‘DK3’ are the Stereotypes, who are responsible for the group’s biggest hit, ‘Damaged.’ The album is the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Welcome to the Dollhouse.’
Whether or not you’re a fan of ‘Danity Kane,’ it’s obvious these women know how to create controversy. They have music industry insiders writing and speaking about their mistakes making their position in popular culture established and well known. It’s unfortunate though, because these women truly have talent, stellar voices and rhythm. They’re the complete package & now only being a sexy trio, they have the opportunity to be the Destiny’s child of this exciting new era of Pop/R&B music.
Both ‘Danity Kane’ & ‘Welcome to the Dollhouse’ are classy, smooth and don’t possess any of the corny crap that Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Fifth Harmony or Pussycat Dolls sometimes put out. The beats are sick, writing impeccable and production value right on point. Hopefully, ‘Danity Kane’ can get their act together and continue to tour, make music and give the world fresh squeezed doses of great urban pop music.