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Published on March 23rd, 2021 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Dawn Richard Releases New Single “Jacuzzi” Accompanied by a Scorching Music Video

Available online everywhere, Merge Records artist Dawn Richard releases her ecstatic dancehall pop single “Jacuzzi,” a follow-up to “Bussifame”  which was lauded by everyone from MTV (“a space-funk celebration”) to the New York Times (“[it] just keeps adding levels of perky syncopation”) to Billboard (“Dare you not to dance.”).  Both tracks are from her forthcoming sixth solo album Second Line, due April 30. 

Dawn Richard had this to say about the new single and video: 

Welcome to “Jacuzzi.” A simulation. A V00D00 visual. 

The music visual is a digital simulation test. 

Put three Black women together at different stages in their lives: 

– a mother of 1-year-old twins, 

– a college student who is a fitness trainer, and 

– King Creole (me).

We learned the same choreography and through motion showcased that no matter  what form the body is in, it can be sexy and beautiful. 

This visual is the celebration of body positivity, that femininity and sexuality can  be in any body form. The way a mother moves will be different from how a young  woman with no kids in the prime of her 20s moves. Doesn’t make her less sexy.  Stretch marks, curves, blemishes, and imperfections are seen throughout the  simulation. We chose to leave those unedited to showcase the beauty in the  everyday woman unfiltered. 

Dawn Richard (pronounced “ree-shard”) treats Louisiana Creole culture, New Orleans bounce,  and Southern Swag as elemental, allowing herself to weave in and out of house, footwork, R&B,  and more. As she says, “I am the genre.” Her upcoming album is inspired by this culture and  familial musical heritage tied to the bayou. 

As a founding member of Danity Kane, and later with Diddy’s Dirty Money, Dawn was able to  explore the ins and outs of commercial pop music. As a solo artist, she opted to self-release her  music. Over the span of five critically acclaimed full-length albums, Dawn has made the message  clear that she will not bow down or bend to industry norms. All the while, she’s built her resume  with enough extracurriculars to make your head spin: Cheerleader for the New Orleans Hornets?  Check. Animator for Adult Swim? Check. Owner-operator of a vegan pop-up food truck? Check.  Martial arts expert? Check! 


“Jacuzzi” Music Video Credits 

Produced by: Jubilee Productions Inc. 

Directed/Filmed/Edited by: Zebretta “Miz.Z” Johnson / @mizzebretta 

Choreography by: Shanda “Mango” Brown / @shanda1922 

Schooling Talent / @schoolingtalent 

Dancers: Quasha Cheneau / @quacfit 

Shanda “Mango” Brown / @shanda1922


Featured Image Credits

Photographer – Petros Koy
Fashion Stylist – Oliver Brown
Photo Assistant – Leijan Alvarez
Photo Assistant – Alfield Reeves
Makeup Artist – Kierra Lanice
Manicurist – Jenessa Davis
Hair – Sheila Fisher
Fashion Assistant – Safa Haque


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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, Media and SEO Consultant, Journalist, Ph.D. and retired combat vet. 2023 recipient of The President's Lifetime Achievement Award. Partner at THM Media Group. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, the United States Press Agency and ForbesBLK.

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