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Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Patrick
The official site reports that the "Damaged" remix with Fabolous has finally been released on iTunes. It's joined by a new remix, this one featuring Gorilla Zoe.

Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
Here's the single cover for "Official Girl" by Cassie.

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Posted in Jordan McCoy
Posted by Patrick
Jordan McCoy's new single, "I Get Weak," will be released on iTunes on August 26. The single cover is below and a remix is already in the works.

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Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
Watch below.


Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Patrick
Following up on my post earlier today, I spoke briefly with Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson and he told me that the tracks that he's been working on for Dawn are songs that were written by her, with the hope of placing them with other artists. So, the solo project whispers remain just that: whispers. Thompson went on to say that he has heard nothing about such a project.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
Busy news day so far. RealityWanted.com reports on the casting of a new reality show from Diddy and Mark Burnett. It's called "StarMaker" and, in it, Diddy will search for two solo artists: one guy and one girl. The competition is not genre specific and any type of solo artist is welcome to apply.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
Watch a trailer for the, soon to debut, third season of Making the Band 4, below. Laurie Ann Gibson is back! I'm kind of surprised she gets featured as heavily as she does here, but I guess things must be good between her and Diddy.


Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Update: See this post for more details on Amadeus' work with Dawn, which relates to her as a songwriter.

In a bulletin from his MySpace, Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson, mentioned that he's currently working on new albums from Diddy and Cassie.

He also mentions that he's working on music for Dawn of Danity Kane. I've been hearing whispers that she was working on a solo album and that it would be released on Bad Boy, but nothing that I could actually report. We'll have more details as they are available.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

64. "Day26" by Day26 (down from 54).
75. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (down from 69).

The Billboard Hot 100

31. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 27).

Pop 100

16. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 13).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

57. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (down from 52).
94. "Lost" by Gorilla Zoe (debut).

Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles

21. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 18).

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
According to YouTube videos posted on an account under the control of her co-label, ClockWork Entertainment, Jordan McCoy is the first member of a new lineup for Dream.

The YouTube videos put out a call for audition videos posted online and submitted to ClockWork. It doesn't indicate the preferred method of contact. I'm working on getting some details. Stay tuned.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
AllHipHop.com has an interview with Janelle Monae.

AHHA: So, talking about that walking dead I really like the line in your song ďSincerely JaneĒ when youíre singing, ďAre we really living or just walking dead?Ē When you sing it what do you imagine?

Janelle Monae: Exactly what it says, you know there is a difference a huge difference between one who is here alive but are they living? Youíre either living or youíre walking dead, and for me I grew up around a lot of people who are walking dead. My family some of my friends, coming from a small town like Kansas sometimes, people get very hopeless. They feel like theyíre stuck and the people around them keep themselves stuck too. People make up all these rules that you have to abide by and when youíre in a small town, itís hard to really be free without people whispering.

For me that was true, and it hurts me every time I have a conversation with a family member. Iíll call home and theyíre lost or theyíre on drugs or just trying to find themselves and I purposefully call back so I could stay connected. I know that I have to as an artist, really, really make them proud and hopefully inspire them and let them know just because we come from an environment, we donít have to be of that environment.

Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
I just received a quick notice from someone in marketing at Bad Boy, regarding a recently leaked track called "Soldier 4 Love" that had been attributed to Cassie. The reason they sent the note was to let me know that this track is not actually Cassie, going on to say that Cassie and/or Bad Boy have no affiliation with the song.

Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
Cassie announced through a YouTube video (below) that "Official Girl" will be released on iTunes on August 5.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Check out Diddy's new Burger King ad, directed by Spike Lee, at Coloribus.com.

Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
You can listen to the single version of "Official Girl" on Harve Pierre's MySpace. This version includes some adjustments and the addition of Lil' Wayne.

Posted in Donnie Klang
Posted by Patrick
Check it out on Jack Knight's MySpace.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Digital Arts has a story on some of the production details of Diddy's newer Burger King commercial, directed by Spike Lee.

Posted in Yung Joc
Posted by Patrick
From EURweb.com:

This annual, regional event attracted this year's presenters such as rapper and entertainer Yung Joc, the daughter of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr, the Reverend Doctor Bernice King and NBA forward, Josh Childress of the Atlanta Hawks to name a few.

The Power 30 Under 30ô Awards

The Power 30 Under 30 Awards honors thirty outstanding individuals under the age of thirty in each major U.S. city that have achieved extraordinary success over the past year. Young leaders are recognized from the following categories: 1) Arts, Entertainment, & Media 2) Business 3) Community Service 4) Politics 5) Science & Technology 6) Sports.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Patrick
From the press release:

The Hip Hop Caucus, www.hiphopcaucus.org, and Multi-Platinum, Grammy Award Winning Superstar T.I. have joined forces to launch a powerful new voter registration and Get Out the Vote campaign that combines the power of celebrity and media with 21st century grassroots organizing tactics to mobilize and educate young people between the ages of 18 and 29, who are not in college. The campaign slogan, "Respect My Vote!" and t-shirts were unveiled today at a press event in Washington, DC, with DJ Green Lantern, Dawn from Danity Kane, Young Berg, Maino, Wale, Young Steff, Washington Wizard Etan Thomas, Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Killieberew, Immortal Technique, Pleasure P, World Class Sprinter and Champion Michael Walton, BET Executive Vice President Stephen Hill and many others turning out to support.

The campaign, led by T.I., will employ other celebrities, athletes and high profile influential figures to get out the vote in a variety of ways including PSAs for radio, television and online use; in person appearances; press events; mobile and email alerts from celebrities themselves; and an aggressive online campaign. Famed photographer Jonathan Mannion has been exclusively tapped to shoot portraits of the famous faces adoring the "Respect My Vote!" slogan and t-shirt produced by forthcoming AKOO clothing line as well as direct and produce the PSAs. Confirmed participating talent will be announced throughout the campaign leading up to the November election.

Grassroots voter registration activities will be led by Hip Hop Caucus community-based street teams in seventeen (17) cities across the nation: CA (Bay Area), FL (Miami), GA (Atlanta), IN (Indianapolis), MD (Baltimore), MI (Detroit), MO (St. Louis), NC (Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham), OH (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus), PA (Philadelphia), TX (Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston), VA (Richmond), and DC (Washington, DC).

Hip Hop Caucus President, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., who helped create VOTE OR DIE! with Sean "Diddy" Combs in 2004, explains, "No matter who wins in November, if large numbers of young people do not vote, then we all lose. It does not bode well for the future of our country, and our Democracy, if young people, particularly those who are not in college, are not engaged or involved in the electoral process. This campaign is critical in strengthening our Democracy and thus protecting our freedom."

Half of young Americans ages 18-29 have never enrolled in college. According to research done by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), a non-partisan research center, nearly 80 percent of the young voters who turned out on Super Tuesday had college experience. The disparity between college educated and non-college educated young voter participation is also evident by their turnout rates: one in four eligible young voters with college experience voted on Super Tuesday, compared with one in 14 eligible young voters with no college experience.

Based on these statistics, the Hip Hop Caucus and T.I. have elected to focus on engaging those individuals who are part of the larger scope of the non-college and non-voting community.

T.I., who is gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated new album, "Paper Trail" (Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records) on September 30th and has grown to truly be one of his generation's most captivating speakers, explains, "It's an honor and a pleasure to be involved with the Hip Hop Caucus and be a part of such a worthy cause and important campaign. I look forward to urging the masses to take advantage of the right that I no longer have."

This campaign will build on what worked in 2004 by using proven market outreach strategies in an electoral context. With programs including bus tours, street teams to register voters, voter education events during the Democratic and Republican Conventions and other events, we will integrate the audience building capacity of celebrities and media, and the data management and technology available for political organizations. The campaign will provide insights and data into the political behavior of this generally unengaged citizenry, and build sustainable community participation.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
I watched the "I Want to Work for Diddy" casting special last night. It was pretty much an introduction of the concept of the show and some of the thinks that the contestants will be put through during the season.

The show has potential. It looks like it'll be a good, funny, interesting and even inspiring, business wise, show with more than a dash of made for TV drama. There's no doubt that Diddy's a demanding boss, but it was interesting to see the people who have been Diddy's assistants and what they are doing now. It's incredible to see what they have gone on to do. One of the themes is that, if you are there for Diddy - he'll be there for you. Beyond just being great for your resume, there is a lot of great experience to gain.

I'm looking forward to watching it when it premieres on August 4 at 9:00 PM ET on VH1.

Posted in Sean John
Posted by Patrick
From the press release:

Sean John Underwear taps internationally renowned recording artist, Nelly, as their new spokesmodel. The first campaign features Nelly donning the Fall collection of underwear basics and loungewear. The campaign was shot by Randee St. Nicholas and showcases Nelly in both interior and exterior shots at a modern home overlooking Los Angeles. Although he is the first spokesmodel for this category, Nelly follows a long list of past and present celebrity models for the Sean John brand including Dwayne Wade, Nas, Snoop Dog, Lil' Wayne, Penelope Cruz, Cassie, and Lauren London. The Sean John Underwear, Sleepwear and Loungewear collection includes the core silhouettes as well as signature styles in luxury fabrics and is available at Macy's and better department and specialty stores nationwide.

Sean "Diddy" Combs said, "I have known Nelly for many years and I really admire his work. To me, Nelly is the quintessential definition of the Sean John man. He has the attitude, the swagger, and most of all the physique that our customers can both aspire and relate to. And let's be honest, all of the ladies out there are going to be thanking us for this campaign. The images are so strong; they speak for themselves. We are truly excited to welcome Nelly into the Sean John family."

Nelly said, "I have been a big fan of Diddy and the Sean John clothing line for years. So, when they asked me to work with them, it was a real honor. I hope my fans will enjoy this campaign as much as I did shooting it."

Styles will include briefs, boxer-briefs, boxers, undershirts, pajamas and robes, among others. Sean John, a privately held company, was created by music icon and producer Sean "Diddy" Combs and made its fashion debut with a men's sportswear collection for the spring 1999 season. In 2004, Sean "Diddy" Combs for Sean John was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America as Men's Wear Designer of the Year. With annual retail sales in the United States of over $525 million, Sean John is sold in better department and specialty stores across the country, as well as select retailers around the world. In 2006 Sean John, in partnership with Estee Lauder Companies, launched its signature men's fragrance, Unforgivable, which remains one of the highest selling men's fragrance in department stores in America. Its feminine counterpart launched in the fall of 2007 and continues to be in the top 20 best selling scents in the category. Sean John returned to the runway during New York City's Fashion Week for the Fall 2008 season.

Sean John Underwear and loungewear is manufactured and distributed under license by Basic Resources. Founded in 1993, Basic Resources, a privately held company, headquartered in New York is an established supplier to the market in the men's and women's underwear, loungewear and sleepwear categories. Through its global manufacturing capabilities and ability to develop innovative fashion products, Basic Resources has developed key alliances with leading retailers.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
From The New Yorker:

CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE

Rumsey Playfield, mid-Park at 72nd St. (212-360-2777)óAug. 3: The soulful sounds of Jamie Lidell. With Janelle MonŠe, Josť James, and Little Jackie. Aug. 4: The local heroes in the indie-rock band the National perform a benefit concert for SummerStage.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
Tonight at 10:30 PM ET, VH1 will air a casting special for "I Want to Work With Diddy", Diddy's upcoming reality show where the winner will become his personal assistant (or, one of them, anyway). The special is called "The Man, The Myth, The Assistants". It looks as though a repeat airing will be tomorrow, Monday, at 9:00 PM ET.

Posted in Yung Joc
Posted by Patrick
Yung Joc is featured on a new remix to Lil' Wayne's "Got Money" that also features T-Pain.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
AllHipHop.com has a quick interview with Diddy, discussing his reality TV ventures.

ďThis is an overall plan of mine Iíve had for the past year to take over the airwaves,Ē Diddy revealed to AllHipHop.com. ďFor the month of August I have three shows on the air. On Monday you have I Want to Work for Diddy, Tuesday you have Runís House, and Wednesday you got Making the Band. So every time you turn on VH1 or MTV youíll see the Bad Boy logo or hear the music. Itís a lot of real estate and brand marketing that Iím experimenting with along with the creative content that Iíve put together.Ē

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Patrick
From Rap-Up.com:

ďMTV CribsĒ is crashing your casa, bringing viewers the top ten most outrageous moments ever aired. Hosted by Aubrey OíDay of Danity Kane, ďMTV Cribs Wildest Antics,Ē will premiere on Sunday, July 27th at 12 p.m. EST/PST and will feature the wackiest and tackiest moments in ďCribsĒ history.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Nikita
Heart On My Sleeve Shop is up and running with clothing and accessories available to order. The shirts all have fun and witty statements, very true to Aubrey's personality. Check it out today.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Patrick
Check out the new video for Danity Kane's second single off of "Welcome to the Dollhouse," "Bad Girl" featuring Missy Elliott.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Patrick
Tonight on FNMTV, Dawn of Danity Kane announced that the Danity Kane comic is due out in September and that the website will be danitykanecomics.com. The registrant of the domain is shown as "our dawn publishing", which is the company name that part of Dawn's publishing rights are under.

Dawn described the comic as ""Sex in the City" Meets "Sin City.""

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Patrick
Similar to how Dawn appearanced in the video for Day26's "Since You've Been Gone," in Danity Kane's new video, "Bad Girl," Que makes a cameo for Dawn's portion, where she finds herself strapped down in a lab. Here, she is "examined" by "Dr. Q." But, in the theme of the video, she turns the tables, breaking free and pushing him into the device where she was held.

Posted in Jordan McCoy
Posted by Patrick
Jordan McCoy's "I Get Weak" will be released by Bad Boy as a digital single. No word on the release date.

Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
Elephant Man will be performing at HOT 97's On Da Raggae Tip concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY on August 29. You can order your tickets on Ticketmaster, using the presale password of RTIP to purchase them in advance, beginning on July 28 at 10:00 AM and ending on August 1 at 10 AM. Wyclef will also be there, so it seems likely that he'll join Ele for "Five-0".

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Following up on Cassie's statement, regarding the recent rumors, we have a blog post from Diddy.

"I am not engaged. It's crazy how in this day and age someone can make up anything and people believe it!!," he says in the post, before promoting the new VH1 reality show.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
There are rumors floating around that Diddy and Cassie are engaged. These rumors are fueled by a report in a gossip publication that is being spread around. To me, this is the same old nonsense repeating and, considering where it's coming from, it's almost certainly untrue. So, that's why we haven't acknowledged it.

But, as it's been spreading, Cassie felt the need to issue a statement through a MySpace bulletin.

"The purpose of this note is simply to clear up a rumor. The newest one is that I am engaged. That rumor is completely false and I have no clue how it came to be or why it got so big, but it's not true, real talk," she says in the message.

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
Day26 will be one of the featured acts on the Russ Parr Bus Tour 2008. There is a full schedule on their website.

Via top40-charts.com.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Patrick
The Republican reports that Danity Kane will be performing a free concert during The Big E in West Springfield, MA. The show will be on September 14.

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
The MIlwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Day26 will be performing at the 17th annual V100 Jam 4 Peace at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee on August 16. Other performers include Nelly, Soulja Boy, The-Dream, Trey Songz and V.I.C.

Tickets are available from V100.7 and Ticketmaster.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Patrick
Rap-Up.com has pictures from Danity Kane's appearance on tomorrow's FNMTV, on MTV at 8:00 PM ET. There is a still of the "Bad Girl" video, as well, in one of the photos.

Edit: Subject changed to reflect that they are appearing, rather than performing.

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
From thehammontonnews.com:

July 31: Kat DeLuna and Day 26 perform a free concert at 6 p.m. in the Northern Star Arena at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson. Theme park admission or a season pass is required. Call (732) 928-2000.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
As we just reported, Janelle Monae's upcoming Bad Boy debut EP is set for an August 12 release. Previously, it had been mentioned in the Diddy e-mail newsletter that it was coming on August 19, but that was incorrect.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Update: I'm being told that this list is out of date, despite being just released. I'll have more soon, hopefully. Stay tuned.

It's been a long time since we've seen one of these, but care of Anthony from Bad Boy in the forums, we have a big one.

August 12, 2008: "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)" by Janelle Monae
September 2, 2008: "Just a Rolling Stone" by Donnie Klang
September 23, 2008: "Don't Feed The Animals" by Gorilla Zoe
December 2008: "Bad Boy Holiday Album" by Various Artists
January 2009: TBD by Cassie
January 2009: TBD by Janelle Monae
January 2009: TBD by Mario Winans
February 2009: TBD by Cheri Dennis
February 2009: TBD by Jordan McCoy
March 2009: TBD by Marina Chello
April 2009: TBD by Danity Kane
May 2009: TBD by Day26
June 2009: TBD by Donnie Klang (I checked with Anthony and it is June, even though the post is without a month)
July 2009: "Making the Band" by Various Artists
September 2009: TBD by Gorilla Zoe
TBD: "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood" by Yung Joc
TBD: TBD by Aasim

My standard disclaimer: beyond the first three dates, these should all be treated extremely tentatively. But, it does give you an idea of what Bad Boy is looking to do next. And no, I have absolutely no idea what "Making the Band" by Various Artists is. I'll throw out a couple of guesses: it could be the next group or act built through Making the Band. Or it could be the group they build in Making the Rock Band.

Posted in Donnie Klang
Posted by Patrick
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A bulletin from Donnie Klang's MySpace points to donnieklangonline.com, where you are able to pre-order his upcoming debut album, "Just a Rolling Stone," and receive a free poster with your order. However, what was more interesting is that there was a track listing featured on the page. Here it is:

1. "Intro"
2. "Take You There" featuring Diddy
3. "Dr. Love"
4. "Hurt That Body"
5. "Hollywood Girl"
6. "Pick it Up"
7. "Pretty Girls Cry"
8. "Catch My Breath"
9. "Bedroom (Interlude)"
10. "Not a Love Song"
11. "Which One"
12. "Love in Stereo"
13. "Just a Rolling Stone"
14. "My Idol"
15. "The Pain (Interlude)"
16. "The Rain"

The tracklisting on the site does not mention any features, so we don't know if there are any other guest appearances or not. Back in May, producer Seven Aurelius indicated that he would be keeping "Rolling Stone" for his own album. It's unclear if "Just a Rolling Stone" on this track listing and the previously mentioned "Rolling Stone" are one in the same.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Rap-Up.com reports that Diddy is featured alongside Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Lil' Wayne and Fatman Scoop on Jerkins' remix of the Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up". Definitely digging Diddy's part on this one. Nice remix.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

54. "Day26" by Day26 (down from 47).
69. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (down from 57).
89. "Greatest Hits" by The Notorious B.I.G. (re-entry).

The Billboard Hot 100

27. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 23).

Pop 100

13. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 9).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

52. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (a new high, up from 56).

Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles

18. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (unchanged).

Posted in Gorilla Zoe
Posted by Patrick
Gorilla Zoe's MySpace has a new track: "Lost" featuring Lil' Wayne. On first impression, it seems like a decent track - it could grow on me.

Posted in Shannon
Posted by Patrick
Jack Knight's MySpace has two new tracks from Shannon: "Come Around Me" and "Table For 2."

Posted in Sean John
Posted by Patrick
According to this press release, a Sean John store will be coming to Concourse B of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Construction will be completed in 2009.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
S.F. Fashion Examiner has an interview with Janelle Monae:

Dino-Ray: So you've worked with Big Boi from Outkast and you recently got signed to Bad Boy - how did all of this start?

Janelle Monae: I actually met Big Boi and Sean Combs's restaurant, Justin's, in Atlanta. I was performing on stage and it was around the time when I was doing an AUC dorm lounge tour. I would just perform and uplift the students. I guess Big Boi liked what he heard. After I performed, I felt this person grab my arm and he was like, "We have to work together. I want you to be on this compilation CD I am working on, 'Got Purp Volume II'" The song, "Letting Go," was my first national release. After that, he and Andre asked me to be on "Idyllwild." I was so nervous because I grew up listening to Outkast and they've been a huge influence in my music. And for them to want me to be a part of their project was overwhelming. I learned a lot. My song, "Call of Law" was featured on that album. When I formed my label, Big Boi helped us out. I put out an independent project and that caught Sean's (Combs) attention. He had written me on my Myspace page and I didn't write back because I didn't know what's going on. I was like, "Who's this?" Because you never know on Myspace. (laughs) Then Big Boi called me and said that he really wanted to work with us. I said, "Okay, if he's serious he should come to my show." I talked to (Sean Combs) on the phone and he was excited. He said he had never seen anything like this before and he wanted to support us. He was very impressed with us and understood our brand. He didn't want his brand to trump what we were doing. He just felt that what we did was a gift to the music industry. He didn't want to interfere creatively.

DR: That is very humble of him.

JM: Very - because he's so busy. For him, just to give something like this is a big deal. I hope to work with a lot of people. My circle is not limited. I am not afraid to speak with the Sean Combs' who are more business minded or to collaborate with people who are like Outkast. I think it's about bridging that gap. For me, it's about breaking out of those boundaries. You never know who can give you a helping hand - especially in this industry. I am very comfortable with where I am, I'm not going to be sidetracked. I have a mission to accomplish and I won't compromise - and they respect that.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Patrick
curlio.com reports that "Damaged" was featured on last night's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance."

Chelsie started dancing at the age of 9 in school but got serious around 14. She danced to "Damaged" by Danity Kane. Cat Deeley then asked Chelsie about her special day. Apparently today is Chelsie's 19th birthday, so Happy Birthday Chelsie!

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Atlanta Music Scene reports that Janelle Monae will be opening for Gnarls Barkley on August 11 in Atlanta at Variety Playhouse.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Janelle Monae has a full page feature in the August issue of Vogue magazine, according to her MySpace.

Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
Elephant Man is featured on the cover of July/August 2008 issue of POSH Magazine. You can read the issue online on their site. From pages 23 through 26.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Nikita
Update: It's not immediately clear if this is legitimate or not, so please take it with a grain of salt. Thanks.

Sometime this month, Aubrey O'Day's new online apparel will be available at HeartOnMySleeveShop.com, which will feature clothing with monikers about the love and hurt she's experienced in relationships. Check out the preview.


Posted in Yung Joc
Posted by Nikita

Posted in B5
Posted by Patrick
I know this was something of a foregone conclusion at this point, but I like to wait for confirmation. Following up on the comments from B5's manager and the report on AOL's BlackVoices blog, I have confirmed with a label source that B5 has been dropped from Bad Boy.

Here at Bad Boy Blog, since we launched, we've covered B5 perhaps as closely as any publication online and, though there have been random people to the contrary, we received a lot of good support from B5 fans. So, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for that. We wish them well.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Patrick
MTV News reports from Aubrey O'Day's first night on Broadway, as Amber Von Tussle in the "Hairspray." Check out the video below, which includes some performane footage.


Posted in B5
Posted by Patrick
Jawn Murray of AOL's BlackVoices blog reports that B5 has been dropped by Bad Boy. As I reported last week, they were at least working on the details. I'm just waiting for some official confirmation, as to whether or not it is actually completed.

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
Day26 will be performing at Myth in Maplewood, MN on July 26. Watch the video below for more.


Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
Check out a commercial for Diddy's upcoming VH1 reality show, "I Want to Work Diddy".


Posted in Donnie Klang
Posted by Patrick
Bad Boy has announced that the video for Donnie Klang's "Take You There", featuring Diddy, will premiere on August 8 on MTV's FNMTV. The video is directed by Ray Kay, who directed Cassie's "Me & U".

"Just a Rolling Stone", his upcoming debut album, will feature production from Seven, Danja, Bryan-Michael Cox and The-Dream.

Donnie will embark on a national radio tour soon and he will be the headliner for "Rock The Runway", a mall tour featuring a fashion show, model call and live concert. That'll be running through November and will feature stops in Los Angeles, Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Charlotte.

Posted in Jordan McCoy
Posted by Patrick

The clip includes portions that were featured in the trailer that I reviewed in May.

As an aside, the "security guard," isn't really a security guard, but one time Bad Boy Senior VP, Shawn Prez.

Posted in Yung Joc
Posted by Patrick
From MTV News:

[Greg Street] is also prepping a new official LP for Interscope to be released August 26. The set is called Greg Street: Certified Worldwide. Nappy Roots' "Good Day" is the lead cut. Rick Ross, Polow Da Don, Yung Joc, T-Pain, Rich Boy and Lil Wayne are among the other hip-hop gladiators with contributions to the project.

Posted in Jordan McCoy
Posted by Patrick
Though her debut album is without any sort of release date guidance, Jordan McCoy's co-label, ClockWork Entertainment, has opted to release a single and they have selected "I Get Weak". The song was written by Diane Warren and can be heard on Jordan's MySpace.

Posted in B5
Posted by Patrick
The News Journal reports that B5 participating in a celebrity softball game at Frawley Stadium Wilmington, Delaware on August 2. The event will benefit the Duffy's Hope charity. Before the game, B5 will be giving a performance.

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased on the Duffy's Hope website. They are also selling $40 VIP tickets at the stadium (in advance or at the time of the event). With this ticket, you are able to participate in celebrity meet and greets (they don't mention which celebrities, though) and receive reserved seating and food in the VIP area.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
CrossFade has a review of Thursday's Janelle Monae show at the Delano in Miami Beach, Florida.

She came out from behind a curtain of strobe lights and fabricated smoke, but all of the faux atmosphere in the world couldnít outshine Janelle Monae last night at the Florida Room. She played to a capacity crowd in the SoBe speakeasy, and Neo-soulsters, hipsters, and yuppies in the crowd drank up Monaeís style. ...

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Donnie Klang's MySpace reports that his upcoming album, "Just a Rolling Stone," has been pushed back one week, to September 2.

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Donnie Klang did a video interview with DJPremium.com where he hints... well, not sure if you can call it a hint, since it's so obvious... that he's trying to get on as the opening act for an Usher tour.


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Due to lyrical content deemed homophobic, Deutsche Welle reports that the German government is considering adding Elephant Man to a blacklist called the "Index of Harmful Materials." This would not prevent his music from being sold, but would drastically impact what they can and cannot do to market the album in the country.

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The Bad Boy Films/Diddy produced TV adaption of "A Raisin in the Sun" has picked up three Emmy Award nominations. Here are the categories:

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
A Raisin In The Sun ē ABC ē Storyline Entertainment and Bad Boy World Wide Entertainment Group in association with Sony Pictures Television
Phylicia Rashad as Lena Younger

Outstanding Made For Television Movie
A Raisin In The Sun ē ABC ē Storyline Entertainment and Bad Boy World Wide Entertainment Group in association with Sony Pictures Television
Producers TBD

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
A Raisin In The Sun ē ABC ē Storyline Entertainment and Bad Boy World Wide Entertainment Group in association with Sony Pictures Television
Audra McDonald as Ruth Younger

Congrats to Diddy, ABC, Bad Boy, Ms. Rashad, Ms. McDonald, the entire cast and crew and everyone else involved.

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The Vote of Die! t-shirt has returned. They can be purchased on the Sean John website. Unfortunately, they only have XL and XXL.

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Janelle Monae's upcoming Bad Boy debut EP, "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)" has been pushed back one week, from August 12 to August 19.

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MTV spoke with Aubrey O'Day about her upcoming debut on Broadway. The article says that Diddy will be in the audience for the opening show and mentions http://www.heartonmysleeveshop.com as the home of Aubrey's upcoming clothing line, "Heart On My Sleeve". Watch below for a segment from the interview.


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DJBooth.net has an interview with Gorilla Zoe.

DJ Booth: Welcome to the Zoo, of course, your debut album, received mixed reviews, and most likely did not sell as many copies [as] you probably would have like for your release. When you think about the entire process Ė weíre talkiní about recording, to the release, to retail Ė was the project, in your eyes, a success, a failure, or somewhere in between?

Gorilla Zoe: For me it was a success. I had no recorded albums. The single Hood Figga blew up so fast. I didnít even know what I did to record that, you know? So, I had my album done before I went on promo Boyz n da Hood, so I jumped straight out there on promo for that album, because that album was cominí out before mine, way before mine, but then it got pushed back, you know, cominí out before mine, but right around the same time. I had been on promo, for the songs that Iíd been workiní on for the album, because the single was blowiní up so fast, people wanted to hear some more stuff. I think it was a great job, first cominí [into] the game, first album. I kept it real on the album, all the way, one hundred. If you listen to the mixtapes that came off the album, Iíve learned how to use my voice; I realized Iíve got a unique voice, and Iíve learned how to use it, not only to express myself with words, but be able to tell you through the delivery, and people like heariní it.

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Shortly after I wrote this morning about Danity Kane's upcoming appearance on MTV's FNMTV, MTV updated the show's site to mention that Danity Kane will be on next week's show, afterall, to premiere their latest video.That's July 25 at 8:00 PM ET on MTV.

Thanks dkluver for the tip.

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The Billboard 200

194. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (down from 169).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

47. "Day26" by Day26 (up from 55).
57. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (unchanged).

The Billboard Hot 100

23. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 17).

Pop 100

9. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 7).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

56. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (up from 58).

Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles

18. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (re-entry).
23. "On the Corner" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 20).

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Update: The show will air on July 25.

Danity Kane's MySpace reports that the group will be taping a performance for MTV's FNMTV on July 23 at 6:00 PM in Hollywood, CA. You can get tickets for free on 1iota.com.

They don't come out and say that they will be premering the video for "Bad Girl," but that is a part of what it is about, don't be surprised if that is where they end up showing the video first.

No word on when the show will air, but it won't be any earlier than August 1 as the show site indicates that Danity Kane will not be on the Friday, July 25 show.

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The promotional flier below, posted on the MySpace of Janelle Monae's manager, Rico Rodriguez, highlights the fact (in small print at the bottom) that Monae has opted to press only 57,821 copies of "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)".

It is said that this is in honor of Cyndi Mayweather, the robot highlighted in much of the Monae artwork. If you look closely on the picture below, you'll notice an apparent identification number of 57821.

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As we reported earlier this month, Day26 and Willie specifically, were honored in July 4 in his hometown of Harvey, IL.

The Chicago Defender has a report from the event.

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A bulletin from Day26's MySpace mentions that they will be performing a free concert on July 20 at Grace Baptist Church of Christ on 223 New Jersey Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. See the flier below for more details.

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AllHipHop.com has an interview with Donnie Klang.

AHHA: At the end of Making the Band II, Puff basically got fed up with Da Band and broke them up. He was supposedly going to release solo projects from some of the members, but that never really happened either. What are you going to do to make sure that you donít end up in the Bad Boy graveyard with them?

Donnie: Itís really just about your own work ethic and how bad you want it. A lot of people say ďyou got your deal, you finally made it,Ē but thatís really not true. Itís just the beginning of all the work itís gonna be. Itís tough, but you gotta get the right management and make sure everythingís right on the business end so you can just concentrate on making hot music and getting that live performance together. Beyond that, I really want to get into movies, TV and possibly some modeling to really make a brand out of myself.

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Check out "Knock It Out Da Park" by Yung Joc in our audio player.

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From Artnet News:

Somehow itís no surprise that fast-talking Phillips, de Pury & Co. chairman Simon de Pury, a master of the auctioneerís speedy spiel, also knows his hip-hop music. In the August 2008 Interview magazine, de Pury deftly reels off the names of his favorite songs: Genius Rap by Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde, White Lines by Grandmaster Flash, Slow Jamz by Kanye West (with Twista and Jamie Fox), and This Is My Life by Slim Thug. The occasion for the interview is the forthcoming "Hip Hopís Crown Jewels" auction at Phillips, de Pury & Co. in New York, a sale that brings examples of the high-key jewelry worn by rap stars to the auction block.

Among the lots is a jeweled Rolex watch worn by Notorious B.I.G., Lilí Wayneís jeweled Money Bag pendant and Biz Markieís Headphone Necklace. Selected lots from the sale benefit the National Museum of American Historyís new "Hip-Hop Wonít Stop" collection. The sale takes place Oct. 1, 2008, with viewing scheduled for Sept. 23-30, 2008. "Iíd love to be a rapper," de Pury says at the end of the interview. "My name would be MC de Pury and I would represent Basel, Switzerland, the city of my birth."

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Day26's Willie has launched an online store. At the time of writing, it includes four different t-shirts.

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From the press release:

For the past five years, Freshpair has invaded New York City's Times Square in early August with a full fledged fashion show and scores of gorgeous models in their underwear in celebration of National Underwear Day. What started out as a renegade sidewalk fashion show has become one of the most highly anticipated fashion events of the year!

Until now, National Underwear Day has followed a familiar format, a runway show and give-a-ways in Times Square. This year for the sixth anniversary, Freshpair is shaking things up even more by bringing the celebration indoors to the glamorous venue Espace to accommodate a growing crowd of National Underwear Day loyalists which includes media and international tastemakers.

Freshpair may not be taking over Times Square this summer, but National Underwear Day will still take the streets of Manhattan by storm! Underwear giveaways sponsored by Unico, Wigwam, Diesel and 2(x)ist will take place in various locations across the city throughout the day. Thousands of pairs of underwear will be given away to lucky passersby. ...

National Underwear Day will take place on Tuesday, August 5th and Freshpair will host 500 VIP guests, celebrities and influencers. Male and female models clad in today's hottest brands including Diesel, 2(x)ist, DKNY, Sean John, Champion, Wacoal, Natori, Le Mystere, Unico, Baskit, 3G, Go Softwear, Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger, Giulio and Report Collection will tear up the runway in the season's latest styles. Additional participants in National Underwear Day Festivities include shoes.com, Wigwam, Pure Style Girlfriends, Body Wrap, Makeup Designory, Operation Game and Soak Wash. A celebrity host and attendance will be announced.

And to top off the festivities, there will be a special guest that will make a one-time-only runway appearance.

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Over the weekend, B5 manager Jim McMahan confirmed to me that "we [referring to B5] are leaving Bad Boy."

"We wish P. Diddy and staff all the luck in the world," he continued. "We needed to move on to a label that understands a group like B5 more! We are shopping [for] a new home now..."

It's unclear if it is a done deal, contractually, but I've asked for confirmation.

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This press release just came into my e-mail inbox, relating to Diddy's upcoming show on VH1, "I want To Work For Diddy":

VH1 GETS TO WORK AND JOINS FORCES WITH DIDDY IN THE SEARCH
TO FIND HIS NEXT PERSONAL ASSISTANT

13 aspiring assistants do whatever it takes to get the ultimate dream job when
ďI Want To Work For DiddyĒ premieres Monday, August 4 at 9 PM ET/PT.

New York, NY July 11, 2008 Ė Diddy. He only needs one name, but he needs a virtual army of help to keep his legendary empire of music, acting, fashion, sports, fragrance and television running. The ultimate secret weapon in that army? Diddyís personal assistant. VH1ís new competitive reality series ďI Want To Work For DiddyĒ tracks 13 hungry applicants as they compete to land the job of a lifetime. This isnít some boring job interview. Theyíll be challenged emotionally, physically and mentally to earn the privilege of doing Diddyís bidding, and just one lucky person will get the chance to call him ďMy Boss.Ē ďI Want To Work For DiddyĒ premieres Monday, August 4 at 9 PM ET/PT.

After a nationwide search, VH1 found 13 determined young men and women with the raw potential to assist and exist with of one of the worldís most high profile CEOs. Each one-hour episode showcases a range of challenges, many based on the real life experiences of Diddyís previous assistants. In addition to completing these tasks, the applicants must also do their best to impress an intimidating panel of judges: self-made business prodigy and Executive Vice President of Warner Music Group Kevin Liles, Sean John Marketing Director and former Diddy assistant Capricorn Clark and Diddyís ultimate henchman, Island Def Jam Chief of staff, Phil Robinson. Throughout the series Diddy will share his business acumen with viewers by setting up a series of challenges that run the gamut from ďThe Art of MultitaskingĒ to ďNo B****a**ness Allowed.Ē

Will determination, motivation and drive pay off, or will the pressure be too much to bear? Tune in for all the tears and meltdowns as we find out who will ultimately work for Diddy.

For more information on ďI Want To Work For DiddyĒ, please log onto VH1.com.

ďI Want To Work For DiddyĒ was created and executive produced by Sean ďDiddyĒ Combs. For Left/Right Inc. Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman and Danny Salles served as Executive Producers and Sean Rankine served as Co-Executive Producer. For VH1 Jeff Olde, Shelly Tatro and Danielle Gelfand served as Executive Producers and Kari McFarland as Supervising Producer. Former Diddy personal assistants Tommy Popps and Norma Augenblick served as Co-Producers for Bad Boy Entertainment.

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Back in April, we reported that Faith Evans would be releasing a memoir in August. That day, August 29, is fast approaching. The book's cover has now been released.

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Here's more on the book, from a press release:

Faith Evans, R&B singer and estrange wife of Notorious B.I.G. prior to his death, is set to release a ďtell allĒ book in August. From her alleged ďrelationshipĒ with Tupac to her tumultuous relationship with B.I.G., the red headed R&B songstressí memoir will shed light some of the most intimate details of her life.ĒMy journey has been complicated on many levels,Ē Faith said about the upcoming novel. ďAnd since I am always linked to B.I.G., there are a lot of misconceptions about who I really am.Ē

B.I.G.ís sexual relationship with Lil Kim, Faithís alleged drug use, and many other rumors have wound up on Faithís doorstep throughout the years. She plans to put the chitchat to rest with her book, ďKeeping The Faith,Ē and let her readers know what really went down behind closed doors.

ďB.I.G. never got a chance to tell his story,Ē Faith said. ďItís been left to others to tell it for him. In making the decision to tell my own story, it means that Iíve become one of those who can give insight to who B.I.G. really was. But I can only speak of what he meant to me.Ē

The 368 page memoir will be his book stores on August 29th.

There is more info on the Amazon.com product page.

Via Singersroom.

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You can listen to the remix of "Powerful Drawz" that features Yung Joc and Gorilla Zoe on the Luney Tunez N Yo Area MySpace.

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I just wanted to post an update on this entry to clarify that the it isn't the producers of the upcoming Biggie biopic, "Notorious," that are being sued, but of the 2007 documentary "Bigger Than Life".

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Watch below for behind the scenes footage from the video for Gorilla Zoe's "Waddle."


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Danity Kane and Janelle Monae are highlighted in the Summer 2008 issue of Rap-Up magazine. Monae is mentioned in a feature on the "Brave New Girls" of 2008.

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OK! Magazine has a quick interview with Aubrey from Danity Kane.

"I love to stand out, I love to be the center of attention," she says. "I love to steal all the attention in the room and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I think it's a fabulous thing to be if you're comfortable, so I look for clothes to do that."

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From the press release:

Twelve-year-old Jordan Coleman, the voice of Tyrone (the moose) on Nickelodeonís Nick Jr. show The Backyardigans, is raising his voice to encourage African-American boys to stay in school. Using earnings from his voiceover career, Jordanís youth film ďSAY IT LOUD!Ē will be shown in seven cities this summer as part of AMC Entertainmentís AMC Summer MovieCampģ program.

Challenged by his parents to give back to his community, Jordan, an honors student at the Hackensack Middle School in New Jersey, conceived ďSAY IT LOUD!Ē Jordan believes his film will inspire black boys to study hard and stay in school. According to statistics, less than 50% black boys graduate from high school in the United States. ...

In hopes of reaching his peers, Jordan enlisted the help of musical artists, businessmen, politicians and athletes whose larger-than-life status makes them an inspiration to young people. Jordanís film includes appearances by Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Master P, Winky Wright, Michael Strahan, Rev. Al Sharpton, Yung Joc, Hurricane Chris, Swizz Beatz, Jadakiss, Biz Markie, the Mayor of Newark and others.

ďHopefully, when black boys see my movie they will be inspired to get a good education and to do something positive in their own community,Ē said Jordan. ďI had so much fun making the movie and meeting celebrities. Kids get tired of hearing about the importance of education from their parents so I think they will be happy to hear that Kobeís parents took him off the basketball team if he got bad grades and Vince Carterís parents required him to have a 3.0 average.Ē ...

A nominal fee of $1 per guest will be charged, with all admission proceeds, excluding taxes, going to AMCís charitable partners ĖVarietyĖThe Children's Charity and the Will Rogers Institute. AMC will screen ďSAY IT LOUD!Ē in New York, Washington D.C., Kansas City, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Miami as a double feature following the Wednesday morning film (see list of designated dates below). ...

Here is a list of dates and locations for Jordan Colemanís ďSAY IT LOUD!Ē

6/25 Ė New York; AMC Loews Magic Johnson Harlem 9
7/2 Ė Washington DC; AMC Loews Magic Johnson Capital Center 12
7/09 Ė Kansas City; AMC Barrywoods 24
7/16 Ė Chicago; AMC Crestwood 18
7/23 Ė Atlanta; AMC Southlake Pavilion 24
7/30 Ė Los Angeles; AMC Loews Magic Johnson Crenshaw 15
8/06 Ė Miami; AMC Aventura 24

For More Information about ďSAY IT LOUD!Ē screenings at selected AMC Movie Theatres visit www.sayitloudfilm.com or www.amctheatres.com/smc.

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WSB reports that Yung Joc was in court on Monday as Stereotypes, a seller of stereo equipment, claims that Joc owes them $25,000, after failing to pay for equipment they installed for him.

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From The Bergen Country Record:

Tickets for WKTU-FM's (103.5) "Beatstock" Aug. 23 at Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantagh, N.Y., and Aug. 24 at PNC Bank Arts Center are still available through Ticketmaster. The performance lineup includes Pussycat Dolls, Danity Kane and Chris Willis.

What is unclear is whether or not Aubrey will be present for these performances, as he run on Broadway doesn't end until August 31.

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Billboard's July 12 issue features a section on holiday albums and, as I read it, I was surprised (yes, again) to see this listing:

"Bad Boy Holiday Album" (Bad Boy/Atlantic, TBA)

The TBA is for the date of release. No plans for a holiday album have been announced by Bad Boy and this is the very first that we've heard of it. I've reached out for details and confirmation and will report it as I receive it.

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The July 12 issue of Billboard magazine contains a preview of albums that are being released or, at least, that are scheduled for release, in the fourth quarter of this year.

I was not surprised to see that Cassie's forthcoming album has been pushed back to December. What I was surprised to see, listed right next to her, was a new Diddy album. We had heard rumblings about this, but as far as I know, no date had been put on it. Until now. Still, the date is tentative at best, so don't get too attached to it.

Both album titles are listed as TBA.

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Here's the track listing that was posted on Amazon.com and newburycomics.com:

1. "March of The Wolfmasters"
2. "Violet Stars Happy Hunting!"
3. "Many Moons"
4. "Cybertronic Purgatory"
5. "Sincerely, Jane"
6. "Smile"
7. "Mr. President"

A bulletin from Janelle Monae's MySpace said that the iTunes version of the album will have an alternate cover and "3 bonus tracks instead of 2." The original first suite that was released before Monae signed with Bad Boy featured the first five tracks. So, I take this to mean that "Smile" and "Mr. President" are bonus tracks and that the iTunes version will add one additional one.

Judging from her website, the filled or partially filled dots on the album cover represent the four suites that she had planned to release before signing with Bad Boy. Since one and one half dots are filled in, on the cover of the EP, that would likely indicate that this release consists of the first one and one half suites and that the full length album, due later this year, will consist of the final two and one half suites. It also appears that "special edition" is what they are calling the initial EP release. There doesn't appear to be a "non special edition" version being released.

But, I am awaiting official confirmation on this tracklisting and these other details.

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Janelle Monae's "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)" is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. However, if you pre-order it from newburycomics.com, you will receive an autographed album booklet.

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The Miami Herald reports that Janelle Monae will be performing at The Florida Room on July 17. Her show will begin at 10:00 PM.

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In honor of Channel 7's performance at the Playboy Mansion tomorrow, he has released a special mix of "Rolling Stone" that you can listen to on his MySpace.

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With a projected 2008 revenue of $500 million dollars, Crain's New York Business has ranked Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group third on it's recently released list of the largest minority-owned companies in the New York area.

Via Black Star News.

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metro has a feature with Janelle Monae. It's worth reading because of the things that Monae says, but the article definitely has a bit of a lean against Bad Boy and it's recent success.

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A bulletin from Aubrey O'Day's MySpace announced that Danity Kane will be performing with Aubrey for today's show in Hanford, CA. She also missed yesterday's show in St. Louis.

This is due to a sudden case of food poisoning, leading to vomiting and general weakness. The MySpace bulletin is signed by Jules, who, I imagine, must have something to do with the maintenance of her MySpace/web presence. "She is still vomiting and is very weak but she wanted me to let you guys all know that she is so sorry and loves you all," she says. Get well soon!

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According to CONCRETELOOP.COM, Janelle Monae's first single, "Many Moons," was produced by Nate Wonder, Chuck Lightning and Monae herself.

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WFAA.com reports that Day26 will be performing in Dallas at the Nokia Theatre on Saturday, July 12. Doors open at 4:00 PM.

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The Billboard 200

169. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (down from 155).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

55. "Day26" by Day26 (up from 65).
57. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (down from 53).
92. "Greatest Hits" by The Notorious B.I.G. (re-entry).

Top Raggae Albums

14. "Let's Get Physical" by Elephant Man (re-entry).

The Billboard Hot 100

17. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 15).

Pop 100

7. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 6).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

58. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (down from 55).

Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles

20. "On the Corner" by Gorilla Zoe (re-entry).

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SOHH.com has some of the album's producers along with the tracks that they produced. They are:

Justice League: "P**** Talk" and "Neighborhood"
Don Vito: "Dope Boy"
Luney Tunez N Yo Area: "Waddle"
Jazze Pha: "Locked Up or Dead"
J.R. Rotem: "On the Corner"

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TropicalFete.com reports that Yung Joc will be performing in Kingston, Jamaica on August 9, as part of the "Face to Face" concert. It will be held at Temple Hall Estate.

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Urb Magazine has a nice feature on Janelle Monae. The question about what would happen to her four EP suite was answered:

With the Bad Boy deal in place, the original concept of four separate EPs was scrapped, with Parts I and II combined for the upcoming album and III and IV coming together for the follow-up. Still, as one who owes a part of her success to social networking, MonŠe is conscious of the musical state of the world.

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Check out the video below from Janelle Monae's cover shoot for Urb Magazine.


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Watch below.


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The Blender reports that Day26 and Donnie Klang will be playing The Pageant in Saint Louis on July 27 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $36.

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In the July 5th issue of Billboard Magazine, Elephant Man is featured in an article about the controversy behind the lyrics of some dancehall performers and how it is hampering efforts to hold concerts and music festivals. Elephant Man's photo looms large on the page, but he only receives a quick mention - in relation to Carifest, a festival that Elephant Man had previously performed at. This year, Carifest has opted not to feature dancehall, due to a new direction consisting of multi-ethnicity raggae.

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Danity Kane will be performing at the York Fair on September 12 at 8:00 PM. Tickets will be available beginning on Friday at 10:00 AM.

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Gorilla Zoe will be hosting a party tonight at Noir in Atlanta. Check out the flier below.

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Elephant Man will be appearing, along with a slew of other artists, on July 12 in Trinidad and Tobago at Soca 4 Summer. The event will be held at Queenís Park Savannah. For more info, please check out this press release.

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Check out this new commercial for E!/Ciroc's "Drive Safe" initiative, featuring Diddy.


And then check out this behind the scenes footage:


Via Ben Lyons.

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Sixshot has a little bit of news on the production lineup for Gorilla Zoe's upcoming album, "Don't Feed the Animals," slated for a September 23 release.

The set will feature production from Justice League, Don Vito, Luney Tunez, Jazze Pha and J.R. Rotem., among others.

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So says a press release posted by the Synthesis Magazine Blog.

Cartel is currently working on the repertoire for their third album, and will enter the studio in the coming months. The release is planned for early 2009. Cartel will be co-headlining The Crocs Next Step Campus Tour August 29 through September 26 with Yung Joc (dates subject to change).

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Update: Just to be clear, it's not the producers of "Notorious", but of "Bigger Than Life".

AllHipHop.com has the story:

In the suit, [William Troy] McCune alleges the producers included footage of him battling Brooklyn legend Notorious B.I.G. without his permission.

He's asking for $5 million dollars.

Via MTV Newsroom.

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MTV has allowed us some behind the scenes clips from Danity Kane's new video "Bad Girl" featuring Missy Elliott. The girls look great and I'm excited to see the choreography in those 5 inch heels. The video is scheduled to premiere later this month.


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Janelle Monae was one of the featured acts at the Afro-Punk festival, currently running through the 13th. MTV Newsroom reports from Janelle's performance with a couple of clips (watch below).




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"10 G's," a new track from rapper Killer Mike, features a sample from The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Kick In The Door" as the chorus. The song gets his title from the beginning of the line, which is "10 G's a Show..." Listen to it on his MySpace.

Via Marc Hogan.

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Diddy announced through his YouTube channel that he will announce his plans for the upcoming Presidental election on Friday.


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Watch below. The clip features Danity Kane singing a few different songs, like Madonna's "Like a Virgin."


Via Hollyscoop.

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Ness' MySpace has a pair of new tracks: "Lil' Wayne Diss" and "Bad Body." These songs are downloadable and three previously added tracks, "The Winner Is," "187" and "Alright Alright," can now be downloaded, as well.

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During an interview with Sixshot, Shawty Lo revealed that he had just finished shooting a video for Slim's "So Fly" with Yung Joc. I am enjoying the track.

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Donnie Klang posted a video blog (watch below) where he revealed that the video for "Take You There" had been shot. He also said that the new season of Making the Band 4 premiers on August 13 at 9:00 PM (he didn't specify a time zone) on MTV.


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Sixshot reports:

Sean "Diddy" Combs will be honored with the first Reginald F. Lewis Award on Sunday (July 6) . According to Billboard, the award will commemorate Lewis' legacy as the first African-American billionaire.

According to this press release in honor of this occasion, Diddy will join Lewis' widow, Loida Lewis, and football player Michael Strahan to close the NASDAQ stock exchange on July 7 at 4:00 PM in New York City. A live webcast will be shown on the NASDAQ site.

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The new season of Run's House is debuting on MTV on July 16 at 10:00 PM ET. Check out the trailer on MTV.com.

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E! Online has a new commercial in the Drive Safe campaign that features the star's of the E! show, "The Girls Next Door," Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson. Drive Safe is an initiative between E!, Diddy and Ciroc, encouraging the responsible consumption of alcohol.

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The Jamaica Observer reports that Elephant Man will be performing in New York on August 31, as part of the Irie Jamboree at Roy Wilkins Park.

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The Billboard 200

155. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (down from 134).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

53. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (down from 41).
65. "Day26" by Day26 (down from 63).

The Billboard Hot 100

15. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (up from 17).

Pop 100

6. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 5).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

55. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (a new high, up from 61).

Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles

16. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 14).

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EURweb.com reports that Danity Kane is on the host committee of the VH1 Summer of Soul Concert, which will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

Since 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has successfully restored and sustained instrumental music programs in 1,500 public schools in more than 100 cities across the country, including Memphis, Houston, Chicago, New York, Denver, Baltimore and Milwaukee. Over the past ten years, various artists and celebrities have shown their devotion to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation by partnering with the organization as they've reached out to struggling school districts across the country. Celebrities including Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Sting, Billy Joel, Kiefer Sutherland, John Legend, Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys, Jewel and many more have donated their time and efforts to the organization in attempts to raise awareness about the importance of music in a child's education

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This press release was issued to announced that the Flo Rida, Danity Kane, Day26 and Donnie Klang show, at Toronto's Rogers Centre on July 14, has been cancelled.

Spectators holding tickets for the July 14 concert, or the originally announced May 9 date, are asked to return to their original point of purchase to speak with a Ticketmaster representative for a refund.

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The "Notorious" film is slated to open in theaters on January 16, 2009. For info on the production design, check out the video below. It appears to be shaping up nicely.


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There is a special premiering on BET tonight called "Harlem to Hollywood," chronicling the day of the event where Diddy was given his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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BallerStatus.com has an interview with Donnie Klang.

BallerStatus.com: So what can we expect to see on your album?

Donnie Klang: Well we have the single, "Take You There" featuring Diddy, which is available on iTunes now. Also I will have some of the songs I recorded on the show like, "Dr Love" and "Rolling Stone." We're actually going to call the album Just The Rolling Stone. I also worked with the Souldiggers, Mario Winans, Bryan Cox and Danger, and the Clutch. I actually got to write a lot on my album and there's actually a chance I may get production on my album, which is huge for me because I used to make beats back in the day. The album's gonna have a lot of fresh and new music. It's definitely going to be big.

BallerStatus.com: What's been the most fun so far?

Donnie Klang: We had a lot of fun in Miami. That was pretty crazy. Not only do we get to perform and go to the after parties, but we get to be on the road. That's been a dream for me. I used to watch the old "Boys II Men" DVDs and watch them getting on the tour busses, that was the dream for me. I got my best friend from home whose 6'7 and plays d-3 ball coming to be my security.

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According to his MySpace, Willie Taylor (of Day26) will be honored in his hometown of Harvey, Illinois on July 4.

The city will name that day for Day26 and change the name of 149th Street to Willie Taylor Avenue. Day26 is slated to perform as part of the event, which begins at 12:00 PM at 153rd and Broadway. There will be a picnic following the performance and fireworks are scheduled for later in the evening at Thornton football field.

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It is being reported in the Kalamazoo Gazette that Danity Kane has cancelled it's show at the upcoming Allegan County Fair in Michigan. The show was scheduled for Sept. 9 but due to a recent awards show invite that would create a scheduling conflict, the group has decided to cancel their show. All ticket holders will receive a refund.

For refunds, call Star Tickets Plus at 800-585-3737 or if tickets were purchased at the fair box office, call 888-673-6501.

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One of the hallmarks of the Bad Boy sound in the mid-90s, through the early 2000s, was the in house production from Diddy's hand picked team of producers - The Hitmen.

4 out of 5 of Bad Boy's Hot 100 #1 singles were produced by The Hitmen. In fact, 12 of Bad Boy's 15 Top 5 singles, on the same chart, were also produced by The Hitmen or, at least, Bad Boy managed producers. On top of that, 21 of Bad Boy's 28 top 10 Hot 100 singles were produced or co-produced by someone in this group. Suffice to say, the majority of Bad Boy's biggest hits were crafted by it's in house production team.

In addition to Diddy himself, the team has consisted of such decorated producers as Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Steven "Stevie J" Jordan, Chucky Thompson, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence and Mario Winans, as well as a number of others.

But, in recent years, in house production on Bad Boy albums has dwindled. The old members of The Hitmen had, presumably, moved on and, though we heard the group's name brandied about in numerous interviews (some of those related to Jay-Z's "American Gangster"), on MySpace pages and elsewhere, we really weren't sure: who are The Hitmen now? Does such a thing even exist any longer?

The album booklet credits certainly weren't doing anyone any favors, since none of the producers we thought might be apart of the collective were credited as producing for The Hitmen. For example, in his production work on "American Gangster", Mario Winans is credited as "Yellow City Entertainment/The Senate", while Diddy, LV and Sean C were credited as "Grind Music/The Hitmen/Bad Boy Entertainment".

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Here is Day26's new video which I absolutely love.

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MTV News spoke with Danity Kane from the set of their video for "Bad Girl". The article describes the scenes featured in the video, which amount to each of the five girls adopting alter egos in five different situations. They end the description with:

The finished product will likely be a stylized mix between "The Matrix" and "Speed Racer," ending with all of the DK girls kicking butt in a massive fight scene that closes the clip.

Aubrey told MTV that they are coming out with a line of denim "from Dollhouse". Would that be this brand? Unsure. Dawn Richard is hoping to release a comic book, as well.

Check out the clip below, of D. Woods discussing Aubrey's upcoming run on Broadway.


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The Press Association reports from the Hollywood premiere of Will Smith's latest film, "Hancock." Diddy was on hand.

But it wasn't just the fans who were pleased to see the star. Rapper-turned-actor Sean 'Diddy' Combs grabbed hold of a microphone to declare to the world: "Will Smith is my hero."