Danity Kane. Believe it or not, they’ve been around for almost 10 years. Time really does fly. In 2005, Aubrey O’ Day, Shannon Bex and Aundrea Fimbres, Dawn Richard and D Woods, 5 women won Diddy’s infamous “Making The Band” that season and quickly became Danity Kane. With the long lineage of in fighting within other famous girl groups like The Supreme, Spice Girls, En Vogue and TLC, it was bound that the girls would eventually implode. First there were the antics of Aubrey O’ Day, the group’s most attention grabbing member. Then the love affair between group member Dawn Richard and Que, also from Making The Band and the group Day 26. Aubrey was eventually kicked out of the group and Diddy quickly became the brunt of showing favoritism with Dawn. Considering that she was immediately included in his group Dirty Money after Danity Kane disbanded, there may have been some truth to that. I must admit, I’ve been more of a fan of Dawn’s eclectic solo music, rather than her music with Danity Kane. But somebody was obviously paying attention to the group as they released 2 back to back platinum album albums (2006′s Danity Kane and 2008′s Welcome to the Dollhouse).
Fast forward 5 years after their sophomore release, and all of the women decide to have lunch one day and then boom…..Danity Kane is birthed again. This time, the group wants to return without Diddy as their manager. Not play devil’s advocate, but I wonder who will be their manager this go round and if they will get as much media publicity. There’s no doubt that “Making the Band” catapulted their career further than their sheer talent did by itself. It seems like these 5 women are ready top reunite and take the world by storm. But there’s one small problem…..Danity Kane will return without the D. D Woods that is. Apparently she was asked to attend the lunch meeting, but she declined. But focal point Dawn Richard doesn’t seem to phased by it. ”We asked D. Woods to come but then again, everybody has their place and their time and that’s okay. I think it was great for us to meet, and there’s love all around. We’re too grown for it not to be. …What the focus needs to be on is not who didn’t show up, but the fact that after six years, the monumental response that came from it.” And here’s what D Woods had to say….”There was a lot of outstanding issues an obviously that was the only way it could be resolved,” she told Hollyscoop of disbanding the group. “And I know that I did my very best in the situation … But if your services are not being appreciated, you gotta take it elsewhere.” Seems like there’s an underlying insinuation that her presence was not wanted at some point in the group’s hey day. This is ironic, considering she was always my favorite member.
I think the real question here is are fans really yearning for a Danity Kane reunion? I’m not too sure. And furthermore, how will the absence of D Woods affect their return. Time will tell as she is prepping up to release her solo album (after several mixtapes). Meanwhile, Dawn Richard recently released her own solo album earlier this year, titled GoldenHeart. Stay tuned….my suggestion is they start up another reality show if they want to reach platinum status again.
Check out this throwback Danity Kane video while they were in their prime: