Welcome to the new episode of the Pop Shop Podcast’s Headliner Interview, Billboard's weekly long-form talk with a compelling, inspirational voice in the world of music. This week, staff writer Chris Payne sits down with former Danity Kane member and current futuristic pop purveyor Dawn Richard, who now releases music under the moniker D?WN.
When she came through the Billboard office, we were just two days removed from the shock of Donald Trump’s victory. Most of the media had been expecting far different results from the 2016 election, so D?WN’s words come at a time of shock, bewilderment and utter fear within much of the music world. But she was quick to flip those emotions into positivity -- and not just positive feelings, but positive action. Her new album, the dazzling, genre-defying Redemption arrives Friday, and though it was crafted months prior, its themes are relevant enough to jolt us out of any post-election stupor. So are her words, which you can hear in the podcast interview below.