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Posted in Gorilla Zoe
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Gorilla Zoe is featured on Traffik's "Hercules," along with Pitbull and Jadakiss.

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Check out the press release for the "Making the Band 4" season 3 finale below.

FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT
THE ROLLERCOASTER RIDE CONTINUES
WITH MTVíS ďMAKING THE BAND 4Ē SEASON FINALE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7TH AT 9PM ET/PT

New York, New York Ė September 30, 2008 Ė The rollercoaster ride continues on Tuesday, October 7th at 9pm ET/PT with the ďMaking The Band 4,Ē Season Finale.

The intense season winds down but doesnít cool off. In the season finale viewers will be left speechless when a fan favorite of the groups goes head to head with Diddy leaving everyone shocked at the outcome. The drama will reach new heights as the very survival of the groups is at stake. From number one records, to a whirl wind promotional tour, to budding romances, to an unexpected reunion, this season of MTVís ďMaking The Band 4Ē has given viewers more than they could have ever expected. Danity Kane, Day26 and Donnie Klang will continue to share their experiences with viewers in this powerful season finale that will have fans wanting more.

The dramatic ďMaking The Band 4Ē season finale will span from the streets of NYC to the sun-drenched beaches of Cabo. Viewers will bask in the sun when Diddy rewards Danity Kane and Day26 with a well deserved break after their big promotional tour. Making The Band fans will experience another first as Donnie Klang unveils the sexiness with the long awaited release of his first album JUST A ROLLING STONE. Viewers will be there when a fan favorite of the group goes head to head with Diddy leaving everyone speechless and shocked at the outcome. This season finale will be like no other as it taps into every human emotion and brings some of the most talked about moments to-date.

This season, media mogul Diddy, continued to show his chart topping artists Danity Kane and Day26 why heís one of the best in the business, while guiding and developing solo artist Donnie Klang. Viewers were able to witness first hand the growth of Danity Kaneís Aubrey, Dawn, Shannon, D Woods and Aundrea and share in the success of their second album WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE which spawned the hit summer anthem ďDamaged.Ē Fans got up close and personal with rising stars Day26 as their first self titled album climbed the charts. The excitement continued when long time show choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson ďboom-kakedĒ her way back on the show after her dramatic blow-up with Diddy more than a year ago, surprising everyone including the man himself. Laurie Ann managed to whip Day26 in shape giving them the skills to perform like real stars. From Aubrey and Diddyís constant power struggles to Brian and Laurie Annís creative differences this wouldnít be ďMaking The BandĒ without the drama.

Sean ďDiddyĒ Combs, Ted Iredell and Perry Dance serve as executive producers. Jacquelyn French is the MTV executive overseeing 'The Making The Band' franchise. Francesca Spero is Producer for Bad Boy Entertainment.

So, who's the "fan favorite"? Aubrey would be the one everyone jumps to. TV drama would indicate it's someone else!

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
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Bad Boy Blog reader Bryant asked: what is the countdown on Janelle Monae's website counting down to?

Answer: It appears to be counting down to January 20, a Tuesday. A Bad Boy marketing contact confirmed that it is counting down to the release of her debut full length album.

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Here is the full version of the "Many Moons" video.

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This press release just came out, concerning "StarMaker":

MTV TEAMS UP WITH SEAN COMBS AND MARK BURNETT TO SEARCH FOR NEXT AMERICAN MUSIC SUPERSTAR WITH NEW REALITY SERIES "STARMAKER"

New York, New York Ė September xx, 2008 Ė MTV teams up with entertainment powerhouse Sean Combs and revolutionary, Emmy Award winning producer Mark Burnett for the brand new reality series "StarMaker." The new series will set out to find the next history making superstars. MTV and Sean Combs have been developing "StarMaker" since fall of í07 and made the decision to bring Mark Burnett on board this spring. "StarMaker" is greenlit for January 2009.

"StarMaker" will showcase aspiring solo artists who will compete with the added pressure of living together. In the new series Sean Combs will continue to do what he does best on the hit series "Making The Band," spot the best talent while pushing them to their limits. But in this new format both men and women will be competing as individuals for the top spot. Sean Combsí hand picked team of star makers will put them through the rigors of "StarMaker" boot camp which extends well beyond just a contestantís ability to sing. In addition to having to perform in front of an audience each week the contestants will be tested on how well they handle photo shoots, deal with paparazzi, physically perform on stage and more.

"Itís a privilege to partner with Mark Burnett on my latest television venture. He is one of the industryís best. I am confident that we will do great things together with "StarMaker" and beyond," remarks Sean Combs.

"Iím looking forward to collaborating with MTV and Sean Combs on this new project" said Mark Burnett. "StarMaker will open the door to the tremendous amount of talent out there just waiting to be discovered. We've created a platform that will allow new and emerging artists a chance to showcase their talents to some of the industryís best."

"Sean Combs and Mark Burnett are leaders in the entertainment industry and have both been an integral part of MTVís success throughout the years," said Tony DiSanto, EVP Series Development & Programming, MTV. "Getting these two titans of media together, with their long history of hits across platforms but especially in TV and music is a formula for spectacle, drama and the unexpected."

Emmy nominated executive producer for "Raisin in the Sun," Sean Combs is the ultimate American entertainer and entrepreneur, while wearing many different hats as record producer, CEO, clothing designer, actor, rapper and much, much more. Heís made hit records, huge business deals, designer clothing and founded the chart-topping artists Danity Kane and Day26. "StarMaker" will join an already impressive roster of television shows that Sean Combs has executive produced including the hit MTV series "Making The Band," "Runís House" and the most recent VH1 show that he created " I Want to Work For Diddy." One of the driving forces behind reality television and a true visionary, Mark Burnett has enjoyed a long history of executive producing Emmy Award-winning television, with "Survivor" (CBS) "The Apprentice" (NBC), "Rock Star" (CBS), "Contender" (ESPN) and "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?" (FOX). In 2007 and 2008, Burnett produced the MTV Movie Awards and will again in 2009. Burnettís entrepreneurial spirit pioneered the success of the reality "unscripted" drama series, garnered skyrocketing ratings and introduced millions worldwide to an entirely new television genre. "StarMaker" is executive produced by Sean "Diddy" Combs, Mark Burnett and Audrey Morrissey. Co-executive producers are Jim Roush and Lee Metzger and Jane Mun is supervising producer. Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley and Jacquelyn French serve as Executive Producers for MTV.

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Myfoxdc.com has an interview with Boris from "I Want to Work for Diddy."

Did you ever receive any words of wisdom from Diddy that stuck with you?

I recall on the occasion on one of our more personal conversations Diddy expressed that whatever you do in the industry you had to do it with 120% of your heart, mind, and soul. Which means you have to throw your entire being into being a success in this business. Although you might have to sacrifice a bit of sleep and recreation to obtain your goals, and once you obtain your goals hopefully you will find that the sacrifices were well worth it.

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Diddyism: Playboy, Babygirl


Diddy Survival Guide: Thick Skin, No Ego


Kim Mourns Kendra

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Check out the ninth episode of "I Want to Work for Diddy," titled "Show Me the Monae."

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3

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The video for Janelle Monae's "Many Moons" has been released online. It's actually a shorter version than the one that aired on 106 & Park.

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In the video below, Diddy and Rodney Jerkins ask for audition videos for Diddy's upcoming solo artist seeking reality show, StarMaker. Jerkins will be a part of the project - it sounds like he'll be in on the judging process.


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In a bulletin from Ness' MySpace, the video below, of Ness' recent battle with Mysonne, was posted. Warning: very explicit.


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Check out Donnie Klang's "Get Off the Wall" in our audio player.

Posted in Jordan McCoy
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Back in May, I had an exclusive review of a trailer for a Jordan McCoy reality show project titled "Good Girl/Bad Boy." Earlier this month, the trailer was released officially. Check it out below.


Check out the full version these clips were taken from, as well.

Via CourtneyStorrie on idolforums.com.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
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As you may have noticed, I have not posted any rankings for "I Want to Work for Diddy" since after episode 6. This is due to my recent away time. I have to catch up on the show. But, they'll be back as soon as possible. I appreciate your patience.

Posted in Gorilla Zoe
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Gorilla Zoe recently did interviews with RapIndustry.com and The Hip Hop Village. The interviews give a little bit of insight into his album.

The set will feature production from The Runners, Luney Toonz, Jazze Pha, Drumma Boy and Ensayne Wayne with guest appearances by Lil' Wayne, Diddy and Gucci Mane. Zoe also says that the album is due out January 13, 2009.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
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Janelle Monae's MySpace has the clip from E!'s feature on her, as one of their five artists to watch in 2008.

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You can download "Swagga Like Puff" from Diddy's MySpace.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
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Pitchfork's Dave Maher shares the following upcoming Jamie Lidell tour dates that will feature Janelle Monae.

09-29 Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
09-30 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
10-01 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
10-03 Seattle, WA - Showbox
10-07 Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
10-12 Boston, MA - Paradise

Posted in Gorilla Zoe
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Bad Boy has made "Lost" by Gorilla Zoe featuring Lil' Wayne available for free download. Get it here.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
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Well... that was interesting. Janelle Monae appeared on BET's 106 & Park just now, to premiere the video for "Many Moons." Before the video aired, the back and forth between Terrence and Rocsi and Janelle was perhaps a little awkward. Monae has a unique way about her, obviously, and I'm sure the nerves of the situation didn't help. But, the "Metropolis" concept was a little confusing as she described it and I think she sort of lost the hosts at that point and they were unsure what to make of her.

At any rate, the video itself is pretty cool - except for one thing. It looked like they created a widescreen film, but didn't modify it for regular screens. So, at the beginning, some of the text in the video, introducing various characters, was cut off. That aside, like I said, cool video. Captures the whole thing pretty well.

After the video aired, there was some more talking and that part went really well. Janelle presented each host with an autographed vinyl copy and Rocsi said that she loved the video, saying that it might be the video of the year.

Posted in Yung Joc
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Our audio player has a new track from Yung Joc, called "Please Believe It."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
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Sixshot.com has an interview with Mista Raja.

Sixshot.Com: What is it like working with Diddy?

Mista Raja: Working with Diddy is always a high pressure situation because he's such a beast in the studio honestly. He's demanding and he knows how to pull the best out of you at all times. He can test you but when he does the best will rise out of you, thatís for sure. Being around him just makes you better as an artist. ...

Sixshot.Com: You wrote on 'Come to Me', which was a huge record. Did you think it was going to be that big?

Mista Raja: I knew it was going to be a hit right off the bat because that's all Diddy does. The man makes hits and his track record speaks for itself. I was worried how people were going to react to him just because of the fact that he took such a long break between albums but Press Play was a great project and I thank God that I was on it. The whole process was amazing and it came out great. It was a real success for everybody involved in it.

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Check out the brand new Cassie sizzle reel, in promotion of her upcoming album.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
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A blog post on the Wondaland Arts Society blog has a picture of Janelle Monae with singer Maxwell at a taping of BET's 106 & Park and says that the video for "Many Moons" will be premiering on Friday at 6 PM on the show.

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The first trailer for "Notorious," the upcoming movie about the life of The Notorious B.I.G., has been released. Check it out below and check a higher resolution version on Yahoo! Movies. The movie hits theaters on January 16.


It looks promising. I like the song selection in the trailer and how they used Diddy's voice at the end. The ending gives me chills, which is probably what they were going for. Shaheem Reid of MTV News has more.

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Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today.

Albums

The Billboard 200

172. "Just a Rolling Stone" by Donnie Klang (down from 91).
173. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (up from 199).
195. "Day26" by Day26 (down from 183).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

36. "Day26" by Day26 (down from 32).
44. "Just a Rolling Stone" by Donnie Klang (down from 20).
56. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (down from 53).
80. "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)" by Janelle Monae (down from 68).

Songs

Hot Singles Recurrents

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

Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay

20. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 10).

Pop 100

34. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 29).

Pop 100 Airplay

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

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

58. "Lost" by Gorilla Zoe (a new high, up from 66).
78. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (down from 74).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

58. "Lost" by Gorilla Zoe (a new high, up from 66).

Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop

39. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (down from 32).

Posted in Bad Boy Records
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In addition to "Swagga Like Puff", our audio player features the following new music:

"Dr. Love" by Donnie Klang.
"Dancing Ring" by Elephant Man.
"Wine Senorita" by Elephant Man.
"Touch The Floor" by Elephant Man.
"Lost" by Gorilla Zoe.

This version of "Lost" has an intro and does not feature Lil' Wayne.

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Here are the video extras from the eighth episode of "I Want to Work for Diddy."

Boris & Kendra Exit Interview: Part 1


Boris & Kendra Exit Interview: Part 2


Boris & Kendra Exit Interview: Part 3

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Here are the clips from the eighth episode of "I Want to Work for Diddy," titled "New York Hustle."

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3

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While I was away, Diddy decided to release his own unique spin on Jay-Z and T.I.'s star-studded single "Swagger Like Us," calling it "Swagga Like Puff." You can listen to it in our audio player. I like it. Coinciding with the release of the song, two versions of Diddy Blog #20 were posted and named "Upclose and Personal" and "The Streets Are Watching." The first one features Diddy in front of a web cam while the second one is Diddy riding in a Jeep with Chase N. Cashe and Hit-Boy of the Surf Club. Check them out below.




Posted in Donnie Klang
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Here is the single cover for Donnie Klang's second single, "Dr. Love."

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I like it.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
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VH1 has crowned their "100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs" and will be airing specials nightly at 10 PM ET from September 29 through October 3, counting them down. That said, they have made the full list available, so we can see what Bad Boy related tracks made the list. They are:

7. "Juicy" by The Notorious B.I.G.
32. "It's All About the Benjamins (Remix)" by Diddy featuring The Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Kim and The Lox.
53. "Money, Power & Respect" by The Lox featuring DMX and Lil' Kim.
67. "Feel So Good" by Mase.

Posted in Danity Kane
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Aubrey O'Day from Danity Kane is on the cover of and is heavily featured in the newest issue of Complex. She also receives a lot of exposure on their website, as well. There is an interview, photo shoot gallery and three video features, that I've included below.

Once again (and again and again), she takes it upon herself to bring negative controversy to the group. It's not being in Complex that's bad, nor is it racy photos (see: Cassie), it's what she says in the interview. Aubrey likes to criticize the media for how they portray her. The media can be unfair. But, sometimes, it's you. In Aubrey's case, it's her. That sounds harsh, but you can't criticize the media while you continually feed them the very things you criticize them about. It just doesn't work that way.

Behind the Scenes Interview


Cover Shoot


Girl Group Quiz


Via PopEater.

Posted in Yung Joc
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Yung Joc is featured on a pair of recently released tracks. They are Asia Cruise's "Swagger" (listen on DJBooth.net) and Urban Mystic's "Main Squeeze" (listen on DJBooth.net).

Posted in Ness
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World Series of Hip Hop.com will host a live battle between Ness and Mysonne on September 27 at 5 PM ET. To watch, you must buy a ticket, for $9.99. Ness and Mysonne have been going back and forth for a while, through web video. So, I guess this is a fitting way to do it, publicity stunt or not.

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Ness has a new mixtape out called "Philly United: The Sound of the Streets, Volume One." The DJ on the project is Benja Styles. In a bulletin on his MySpace, Ness offered a free download link. Here is the full track listing, as well as the back cover:

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Back in March of 2007, I reported that G. Dep was no longer signed to Bad Boy. SOHH.com quotes Dep from a video produced by Digital Hustle Films, and it sounds like he's saying he's still signed.

ďRight now, the situation over there [at Bad Boy] is like, you know, if you not in motion, you in slow motion. So slow motion is better than none. So right now weíre on our grind,Ē Dep said. ďWe gonna try to get our situation going on and then, you know, we just gonna keep it pushing, you know?Ē

I don't know what this means. But, I've reached out to the label for some sort of confirmation either way, just to make sure.

Posted in Danity Kane
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From a press release related to Montana Tucker:

This Fall Montana will start pre-production on the feature film "The Jump Off", a dance musical where she will co-star alongside Wayne Brady, Cedric The Entertainer, Drew Seeley, and D. Woods of "Danity Kane."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
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Photographers caught Diddy doing, what else, stepping in some dog poop. Funnily enough, this made the cover of the New York Post. Okie dokey.

Diddy made fun of this in his most recent video blog, included below.


Via Liz Kelly.

Posted in Yung Joc
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Yung Joc is featured, with a verse, in Willie The Kid's new video for the track, "Love For Money."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
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Jose Martinez of the New York Daily News reports on the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Diddy and Vibe Magazine, contending privacy violations due to the publication of a photo from the 2003 edition of Diddy's white party.

Maria Dominguez, now a hedge fund manager, had filed the suit, as she is pictured in one of the photos in a mermaid outfit and is not wearing a top.

Justice Doris Ling-Cohan rejected the suit, as she felt that it was unreasonable for Dominguez to expect privacy at such a widely publicized event.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
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Recently, the all-important Billboard Hot 100 chart celebrated it's 50th anniversary and the magazine pulled out all the stops in it's September 20th issue. Bad Boy was highlighted a number of times, most of the time related to "I'll Be Missing You."

The song was listed as number 84 on the definitive list of the Hot 100's hottest charting titles of all-time. On the listing of the hottest R&B and rap songs on the chart, in it's history, it was listed at 35.

During the track's run, it was number 1 on the Hot 100 chart for a grand total of 11 weeks. Only 11 songs have been at that spot longer. It is one of only 15 songs to debut at the top spot.

Finally, there was one other Bad Boy related track featured. It was Mario Winans' "I Don't Want to Know." This song held the number 2 spot on the chart, without reaching number one, for 8 weeks. Only four songs have done this longer.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
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Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released last week.

Albums

The Billboard 200

91. "Just a Rolling Stone" by Donnie Klang (down from 19).
183. "Day26" by Day26 (up from 186).
199. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (re-entry).

Billboard Comprehensive Albums

100. "Just a Rolling Stone" by Donnie Klang (down from 19).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

20. "Just a Rolling Stone" by Donnie Klang (down from 5).
32. "Day26" by Day26 (up from 35).
53. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (down from 49).
68. "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)" by Janelle Monae (down from 45).

Top Heatseekers

43. "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)" by Janelle Monae (down from 12).

Songs

Hot Singles Recurrents

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

Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay

10. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 8).

Pop 100

29. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (up from 30).

Pop 100 Airplay

21. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (up from 22).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

66. "Lost" by Gorilla Zoe (up from 85).
74. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (down from 73).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

66. "Lost" by Gorilla Zoe (debut).
74. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (down from 73).

Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop

32. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (down from 31).

Posted in Yung Joc
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Conversations LIVE!, a live podcast hosted on Blog Talk Radio, recently conducted interviews with two of the contestants from "I Want to Work for Diddy." Check out the interviews with Kendra and Rob.

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Dawn Richard's MySpace has a scan from the August 2008 issue of Where Traveler New Orleans magazine. It features a quick New Orleans themed interview with the singer.

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Here's the video from a recent Donnie Klang and Cassie radio promo stop at 93.3 FLZ in Tampa, Florida. There are some funny moments when the host introduces a "kitty piano," that, instead of producing the normal keyboard sounds, emits a cat's meow when a key is struck.




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Here is the sixth video in the "Notorious" video diary series, titled "Props." Kevin Ladson, the prop master for the film, discusses the importance of getting everything right, from water bottles to cell phones, since this is a period movie.


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Sarah Owen of the Oshkosh Northwester has an interview with Yung Joc.

But even in his little downtime, itís usually onto the business of e-mails, calls and setting up sessions with up-and-coming artists like Hot Stylz that he produces on record label venture Swagg Team Entertainment.

ďYeah, Swagg Team Entertainment. Itís a team; I canít do it alone,Ē Yung Joc says. ďThe initial team was a very unique circle, friends and families, associates Ė they helped me make this movement legitimate.Ē

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MTV Movies Blog talked with Derek Luke and Anthony Mackie, the two actors that will play Diddy and 2Pac, respectively, in the upcoming Biggie biopic, "Notorious."

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According to this press release, Gorilla Zoe is featured on a new mixtape from Jody Breeze and DJ Teknikz (Zoe's DJ), titled "No More Secrets." The song is called "100's, 50's, 20's" and it also features Gucci Mane.

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Marc Weisblott of Eye Weekly has a feature on music producers Adam Messinger and Nasri Atweh, fresh off of the release of the latest New Kids on the Block album, where some of their work is featured. In passing, he mentions that the pair will contribute to Marina Chello's upcoming album.

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Dave Maher at Pitchfork reports that Janelle Monae will be performing in Los Angeles on September 27, as part of the We the People festival. Check out their site for location and ticket info.

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Joshua Sindell of Los Angeles CityBeat reports that Janelle Monae will be performing in Hollywood, at Avalon on September 29.

09/19: Posting Break

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We'll have a short posting break here at Bad Boy Blog as I'll be doing a bit of traveling. We should be back in action in a few days or so. Thank you for your understanding and for visiting Bad Boy Blog.

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Here are the video extras for the seventh episode of "I Want to Work for Diddy," "One Night Only."

Red's Exit Interview: Part 1


Red's Exit Interview: Part 2


Red's Exit Interview: Part 3

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If you missed the seventh episode of "I Want to Work for Diddy," titled "One Night Only," watch it below.

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3

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A bulletin from Aubrey O'Day's MySpace says today, on the Complex magazine site, there will be the "first leak of Aubrey's new cover of Complex, and exclusive videos of her shoot." At press time, the site has not yet been updated, so check back later.

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Yung Joc is featured on new songs from Bow Wow and Jarvis (this fellow, I believe). The song with Bow Wow is called "Big Girls," while the one with Jarvis is "Everybody Luv Me." The Jarvis track samples some from Yung Joc's "It's Goin' Down," similar to David Banner's "Get Like Me."

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The Republican, a paper in Springfield, MA has a feature on Danity Kane, covering their recent performance in West Springfield.

"Hey ... do we look like we broken up?" she asked. "God made this band and only he can take it apart."

So, she's refering to Diddy as God now?! Kidding.

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The Frisky has a quick feature on Janelle Monae, complementing her fashion sense.

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This was pretty much a foregone conclusion due to previous remarks, but Diddy officially endorsed Barack Obama for the presidency of the United States on tonight's episode of Making the Band 4.

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In the video above, Donnie announced that the second single off of "Just a Rolling Stone" will be "Dr. Love." Interesting choice. It's definitely one of my favorites off the album. Some would say it's been out a while, but that doesn't always matter. He says they'll be filming a video in "like two weeks" and that "Pick It Up" will be next.

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MTV's Splash Page has a 14 page preview of the first issue of the Danity Kane comic, as well as some quotes from Dawn Richard and Shannon Bex.

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Complex has an interview with Nelly. On a Bad Boy related note:

Complex: Whatís the deal with the Sean John ads?

Nelly: I did one for my man Puffy. Heís a cool dude.

Complex: How long are you locked into that? Is it just one season, or were you guys going to talk about expanding that?

Nelly: Nah, itís a thing where Puff is my man. He wanted to do something that we thought would be special. He wanted to launch something, and I had an album coming out, and we thought that it would be a good thing for both sides. Puffy is a real, real good friend of mine. Itís very rare that you could have people that you can call directly when you have a problem and things of that nature. When I was trying to get Apple Bottoms off the ground, he would give me advice, and lead me in the right direction. He had Sean John, he had things poppiní off, and he didnít really have to do that, and I thought that was real hot. It meant a lot to me. Obviously we handle business, itís not a thing where Nelly is officially a Sean John model, I just did an ad.

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On Top Magazine has a quick interview with Laverne Cox, the recently dismissed contestant on "I Want to Work for Diddy."

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This was an interesting clip, posted by Theo in the forums, so I wanted to pass it on. It's tough to watch with the hosts, who fall into something that is way too easy to fall into... which is hearing stories and then mixing a dislike for authority and power with said stories to turn them into something resembling fact. I like how "we as a public" know what's "really going on." Heh.

Slim is the one who makes the clip worthwhile. He handles it well and explains various parts of the break up, from the 112 perspective. The person he's talking about, that he wouldn't name, has to be Kevin Wales, who brought 112 and B5 to Bad Boy.

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From the press release:

Dollhouse, one of the most recognized junior contemporary lines has tapped multi-platinum pop group, Danity Kane to launch Danity Kane for Dollhouse Jeans. The line of jeans will hit retail this November, in time for the busy holiday shopping season.

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 16, 2008 -- Dollhouse, one of today's most recognized juniors denim brands, has partnered with multi-Platinum female pop group, Danity Kane, to launch a denim line set to hit retail in November. Danity Kane's #1 album Welcome to the Dollhouse served as the inspiration behind the collaboration. The line will have Danity Kane inspired hardware and overall design and is set to be carried in Macy's, Mandee, specialty stores, and on Dollhouse.com, with retail set at $58.

The group's input on personal style played a significant role in the development of the line. Design details include distressed denim, leather detail outlined pockets, coated denim with gel embroideries, and novelty patterned denim with intricate metal/zipper details. All Danity Kane for Dollhouse styles will have back pockets and trim details with the Danity Kane logo.

To support the launch of Danity Kane for Dollhouse jeans, an exclusive press preview was held on August 18, where MTV cameras filmed the action for an upcoming episode of Making the Band 5. During the event, in an interview with Extra!, Aubrey O'Day, a member of the group who recently starred in Hairspray, expressed the group's desire to create a jeans line that caters to a broader range of body types.

"We have diverse women in this group and want to make sure that our Dollhouse jeans fit every type of body, from big booties to small booties, and look fabulous. Plus it's affordable and that's the best thing about it."

Dawn Richard, a member of the group adds, "We're excited about this partnership with Dollhouse. The jeans are fun with cute hardware and details that imbue Danity Kane. It's like what we would wear to school!"

Dollhouse.com & Danitykane.com will feature exclusive content and contests with online shopping deals directly targeting their customer base where they spend most of their time.

For both parties it's a win-win situation. Dollhouse can attract the Danity Kane fan base and Danity Kane can extend their empire to the fashion industry. With Dollhouse's youthful and trendy style combined with the diverse individual styles of Danity Kane this partnership is a sure success.

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The nominees for the 2008 BET Hip Hop Awards have been announced. Here are the Bad Boy related nominations:

Best Hip Hop Video
"Get Like Me" by David Banner featuring Chris Brown and Yung Joc.

Best Hip Hop Callabo
"Get Like Me" by David Banner featuring Chris Brown and Yung Joc.

Track of the Year
"Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)" by Jay-Z, produced by Sean Combs and The Hitmen.

Hustler of the Year
Diddy

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My copy of the Circuit City exclusive version of Donnie Klang's "Just a Rolling Stone" finally arrived. So, I can report that "Beautiful Escape" was produced by Malay for Soul of Malay Music. It was written by Tiff Starr, Devon Golder and James Hoe.

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You can listen to a new track from Yung Joc, "Peep Da Game," in our audio player.

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Former Bad Boy rapper G. Dep and his DJ, E.NYCE, have released a new mixtape titled "The Hiatus: Deponomics." There is a track on it, "Another Day," that features Black Rob and Raw. You can download the mixtape on DJ E.NYCE's MySpace.

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Since the premiere of the third season of Making the Band 4, both Danity Kane and Day26 have seen their albums move up the charts in noteworthy fashion.

Billboard released the August 31 charts just two days after the premiere, on August 21, so they would not really have accounted for the impact of the show. This makes them a good starting point. Here is how the albums have performed, since that date:

"Day26" by Day26

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
August 31: #73
September 6: #50 (Pace Setter)
September 13: #38 (Pace Setter)
September 20: #35

The Billboard 200
August 31: N/A
September 6: N/A
September 13: N/A
September 20: #186

"Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
August 31: #82
September 6: #82
September 13: #72
September 20: #49

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A new version of the Darkchild remix of the Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up" has been released. Lil' Wayne has been taken off of the track and Rock City has been added. The intro is cleaner, as well, with Diddy's vocals being left uninterrupted as Fatman Scoop and Lil' Wayne have been removed. You can listen to it on DJBooth.net.

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I think when he mentions DJ Khaled and Diddy, he might actually mean "Get Buck in Here" by DJ Felli Fel.

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So, we've got this little "controversy" about Diddy owning a jet - or not. I find that most Diddy related controversy or criticism is fueled by a lack of knowledge or research. Alex Rodekrans of Halogen Guides puts to rest claims that Diddy doesn't own a jet.

Now, as a veteran of the rap game, P. Diddy hardly needs our help to brush off the haters, so to speak. However, it pains us to see fractional ownership programs like NetJets so misunderstood in the popular press. NetJets owners are not purchasing time aboard an aircraft, as some suggest. Instead fractional jet holders are the legal owners of a portion of an aircraft, which is then leased back to the fractional company who manages the plane and regulates its use.

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The Weekender spoke with Yung Joc. It's another interview tied to the Crocs' tour.

ďI love [the tour], because you get more of a diverse audience that takes the time to understand what they donít know,Ē he said. ďAnd itís pretty cool for the simple fact that music is one of those catalysts. It brings people closer together, no matter what ethnicity, music brings people together, period.Ē

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OK! Magazine reports that Aubrey O'Day turned down a role in new "90210" show. They have details on the specific role.

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Naseem S. Miller of the Star-Banner reports that Mosiac, a group competing on "MTV's Top Pop Group," performed Day26's "Got Me Going" on last night's episode.

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In an interview with Sixshot.com, Slim of 112 says that Diddy is wrapping up a remix to his single, "So Fly." The original version of the track featured Yung Joc and the video remix added Shawty Lo. He also mentioned that Diddy will be featured on his upcoming album, "Love's Crazy."

SixShot.com: Faith Evans is also on your album, do you still have a relationship with most of your ex Bad Boy label mates that you basically grew up with?

Slim: YupÖ As a matter of fact, I just got off the phone with Puff probably like an hour ago. Heís finishing up the remix to the ĎSo Flyí joint. Heís on my album, Faith Evans, and Jadakiss. I talk to all of them for real; weíre a Bad Boy family. This is a situation where itís not just something on paper, so once youíre a family, youíre always a family. We always stay in touch.

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You can download the audio from Dream's acoustic cover of Rihanna's "Disturbia" on Jordan McCoy's MySpace.

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Black Voices' Sonya Magett reports that Aubrey O'Day from Danity Kane walked the runway for Khloe Kardashian's Dash & Mooch fashion show.

Highlight: Danity Kane's Aubrey O'Day wore a "Hate is the new love" t-shirt. Hope she wasn't referring to her group members since she seems to get the most press nowadays.

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Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today.

Albums

The Billboard 200

19. "Just a Rolling Stone" by Donnie Klang (debut).
186. "Day26" by Day26 (re-entry).

Billboard Comprehensive Albums

19. "Just a Rolling Stone" by Donnie Klang (debut).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

5. "Just a Rolling Stone" by Donnie Klang (debut).
35. "Day26" by Day26 (up from 38).
45. "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)" by Janelle Monae (up from 63).
49. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (up from 72).

Top Heatseekers

12. "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)" by Janelle Monae (up from 24).

Top Heatseekers (Pacific)

9. "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)" by Janelle Monae (re-entry).

Top Heatseekers (South Atlantic)

4. "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)" by Janelle Monae (down from 3).

Songs

Hot Singles Recurrents

9. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 8).

Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay

8. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (up from 13).

Pop 100

30. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 28).

Pop 100 Airplay

22. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (up from 23).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

73. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (up from 75).
85. "Lost" by Gorilla Zoe (up from 93).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

73. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (up from 75).

Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop

31. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (up from 33).

Hot Dance Club Play

49. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 48).

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Yesterday, I mentioned some press that Yung Joc had done in anticipation of his upcoming performance at Kent State. Today, we have another interview - this one is with the school paper.

Joc, born Jasiel Robinson, began his journey to becoming a "genuine G" growing up in Georgia listening to Run DMC, Slick Rick, Outkast and other artists who inspired him to pursue a career in music.

"I go all across the board, and I've been in the business for a long time," Joc said. "I have good relationships with promoters because of my experience, and my ambition has given me the ability to connect with people."

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The Moodie Report has details on the Fall 2008 Sean John Sunwear line, including product descriptions.

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From the press release:

Jackson is currently in the studio working with Bad Boy Records/ Making of the Band - A&R, Conrad Dimanche, and dedicates his forthcoming album "Probable Cause" to the U.S. Army. Muggsy thanks the Sergeant for not "Burning his dreams".

Malone's album is slated for release in March of 2009 and will include production by Infamous, Amadeus, JR. Reid, and Mario Winans, amongst others. Staying close to Washington, the young artist is an advocate and volunteer for the Barack Obama Campaign. Warpath Records label publicist, Tiffiany Vaughn, also reports that the former service man will star in an online reality series entitled "The Making of the Next Big Thing" which is anticipated to air weekly on MySpace.com this fall.

"The Next Big Thing" chronicles the life of a rap artist from the time of signing up through the road to release. Warpath Records CEO Robert Hardy was interested in educating unsigned aspiring acts, the complete process of artist development and the business. Malone's episodes catch him in those not for camera moments, as well as display important aspects of the music business from publicity to promotion. The webisodes are being produced by Malik Buie, and are scheduled to premier in late September.

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Check out Janelle Monae's MySpace for some new tour dates.

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It's that time oif the week: time for new rankings for the remaining contestants on "I Want to Work for Diddy". The sixth episode has aired and here are my rankings, based on each person's overall chance of winning.

1. Suzanne (Last Week: 1). I would say that, as far as this challenge was concerned, she was outperformed by Stefanie and Mic. However, her overall performance is what keeps her on top. On the losing team, she was the most productive.

2. Mic (LW: 3). This challenge restored my faith in him. When it came to execution, he was excellent. From the way it looked, he sold more product than any person on either team. He completely understood what he needed to do and he killed it, due to his outgoing nature.

3. Stefanie (LW: 2). It was hard to drop her here because she doesn't really deserve it. I could go either way between her and Mic - I just have a feeling about Mic and how he carries himself. Stefanie put in a great performance in this challenge, as an important part of the winning team.

4. Red (LW: 5). Red was unproductive when it came to sales. To his credit, he kept his cool when dealing with Kim. He moves up due to elimination, as do the next 3.

5. Kendra (LW: 6). It's tough for me to recall what Kendra did for this challenge, so it must not have been a lot. On the plus side, she seemed to realize that sales were not her strength here, she seemed to let Stefanie and Mic do the talking, while still staying in the mix.

6. Boris (LW: 7). Which brings us to Boris. He was in a similar boat to Kendra except that he didn't keep himself in the mix. After being laughed at because he didn't know the product, he seemed to fall back a bit.

7. Kim (LW: 8). Keeping up her old tricks. She wanted to make someone a leader, but she didn't want to be it. Good try. Once again, she survives the judges cut. Somehow.

Eliminated. Laverne (LW: 4). Poor Laverne. If she hadn't been eliminated, I would have put her fourth, most likely. She joins the other heads above Kim's fireplace.

So, those are my ranks. What are yours?

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MTV's Chris Harris reports that Donnie Klang's album "Just a Rolling Stone" debuted at the #19 spot, selling 22,000 copies. This is definitely a disappointing figure.

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Billboard has an interesting feature on the marketing success of Danity Kane.

Danity Kane most closely resembles the Pussycat Dolls, a dance troupe turned musical group that has extended its brand into reality TV and product endorsements. "They're not as big as the Pussycat Dolls, but they're doing all the right steps to get there," Bad Boy co-owner/president Harve Pierre says.

But where, exactly, is "there?" Even Pierre acknowledges that "Danity Kane was made via a reality show, and they owe it all to the marketing genius of Diddy."

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As a follow up to the gas prices video he posted last month, Diddy has a new blog where he announces that gas prices have dropped some (still not enough) and that he's back on the jet. Watch below.


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In anticipation of an upcoming Crocs tour stop, MyCentralJersey.com spoke with Yung Joc on Hotstylz, the tour, his next album and more.

"I might get 5,000 extra fans (from the tour)," Joc said. "That what makes it worth it, that and a love of the artistry, it's definitely good. If it doesn't work, pity's also good." A rapper using pity as potential marketing ploy? Now that's unorthodox.

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Calling the track "a punk-soul caffeine injection," Rolling Stone has given Janelle Monae's "Many Moons" a rating of 4 stars. See her MySpace blog for the clipping.

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Janelle Monae will be performing with Common and N.E.R.D. on October 8 in Atlanta, according to a bulletin sent from her MySpace. The shoe will be at The Tabernacle. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at Live Nation.

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According to a flier posted on her MySpace, Aundrea from Danity Kane will be hosting a party in San Francisco on September 13. It'll be at The Room at 101 6th Street. Doors open at 10:00 PM.

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The new version of Dream has it's second member and it's Hunter Pecunia. This was announced in a video posted on Jordan McCoy's YouTube channel (watch below). The video is an acoustic cover, by the two girls with Jordan on guitar, of Rihanna's "Disturbia".


Pecunia has an official website and is on MySpace and YouTube.

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That cab driver couldn't wait to get Fonzworth out of the car.

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Watch the sixth episode of "I Want to Work for Diddy," titled "Unforgivable Hustle," on the VH1 site.

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You can listen to a non album track, "Celebrity Love," by Donnie Klang, in our audio player.

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According to his MySpace, Nelson will be performing on October 7 at canal room, along with Mayaeni. The show starts at 7:00 PM and there is a $10 cover charge.

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From the press release:

Designer and winner Jesli Banks from MTVís Sean John: Internship by Design competition, will partner with fellow winning finalists Jason Santiago and Graehme Field to debut ďMenage A TroisĒ, an edgy, nostalgic and flora fauna show during New Yorkís Fashion Week. The fashion show takes place Thursday, September 11, 2008 at HK Lounge at 8pm.

ďWinning the Internship by Design Competition and working with Diddy has been a dream come true,Ē says Banks. ďI absolutely love Diddy, his creativity and dedication to Sean John. I've learned how to create a fierce collection while staying true to my vision. Now I want to make history!Ē

Jesli Banksí new Berkli Collection Spring/Summer 2009 Nos∑tal∑gia line will be the show-stopping finale. Banksí fresh collection is tie-dye inspired with flowing silk chiffons, satin charmeuse, body conscious metallic leathers and boasts vibrant colors. The clothes are feminine and nostalgic, with retro appeal.

Joining Jesli to create the ďMenage a TroisĒ are collections by Jason Santiago and Graehme Field, who were also winning finalists in the MTV/Sean John Intern By Design competition. Jasonís Spring/ Summer 2009: edgy collection symbolizes a reflection of his personality, charm and edge. It combines femininity with a twist of street, with earth tones and a bit of urban, infused with glam.

Graehme Fieldís Fall/Winter 2009: Flora Fauna For Fall collection is based on the idea of mixing elements from summer into a fall/ winter collection. The collectionís theme is echoed in the hundreds of hand cut flowers, each artfully arranged on certain pieces. Fabrications are thick felts and woolens along with some very feminine fabrics. ďFemininity and adornment is the key!Ē, says Graehme.

The show begins promptly at 8pm, Thursday, September 11th at H.K. Lounge, 523 Ninth Avenue, New York City.

About The Designers
Jesli Banks is a Detroit native and a graduate of Michigan State University. She studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and landed an internship with New York designers Joanna Mastrioanni and Olga Kapustina. In 2006 she joined the Ebony Fashion Fair tour as a wardrobe stylist from 2006-2007. Jesli is the winner of the MTV/Sean John: Intern By Design competition and is currently interning at Sean John. The collection can be seen at www.myberkli.com.

Jason Santiago was born and raised in the streets of the Bronx. His mother and grandmother supported his natural design talent and instilled him with sensitivity and charm. Jason graduated from the New York Art Institute.

Graehme Field, a Rhode Island native, grew up in a flannel shirt town with dreams of the big city and the prestigious fashion industry. After a scholarship and a year at The Art Institute of New York City he was chosen for The Sean John Internship By Design, an MTV reality show. He currently works with private customers and sells some of his clothing at Karma, a boutique in Boston, Mass.

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Here are the video extras from the sixth episode of "I Want to Work for Diddy":

Laverne Exit Interview Part 1


Laverne Exit Interview Part 2


Laverne Exit Interview Part 3

» Read More


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Update: As pointed out in the comments, the author of the article could be joking. I apologize if that is the case. But, out of respect for the writer, since it was stated factually, I'm going to take it at face value.

Esther Dixon of Black Voices reports that Aubrey from Danity Kane styled the look of Keri Hilson for the 2008 MTV VMAs.

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Warning: explicit language.


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In the video above, Donnie Klang tells Rap-Up.com that he will be the opening act on Janet Jackson's "Rock Witchu Tour." Though details are still being worked out, "it's looking like it's gonna be on the national dates."

Dates for tour can be found on janetfanclub.com. The first U.S. date is September 13 in Oakland. It's unclear if Donnie will be at that show, though, as it seems a little soon. In any case, there are 21 U.S. dates in all. LL Cool J will be featured on the tour, as well.

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Stephen Whitty of The Star-Ledger spoke with Derek Luke, thanks to his role in the soon to be released, "Miracle at St. Anna." But, in the interview, Diddy comes up, as well. Luke will play him in the upcoming Biggie film, "Notorious."

Q: Of course, you're not only playing Diddy in "Notorious," he's also one of the executive producers of the film. Any trepidation there, knowing he'd be watching?

A: Triple trepidation at first. I had to go to him for myself, I needed to know, OK, what do you want from me? Why me? But he said, "I trust you, I like you, I've seen some of what you've done. Go do your thing." And that was it. If ever I asked him questions it would be, "It's cool, just go do your thing."

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The "Best Pop Video" award at the MTV VMAs 2008 went to Britney Spears for "Piece of Me." Danity Kane's "Damaged" had also been nominated.

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During a live promo for the voting for the "Best New Artist" category, Danity Kane appeared as the vote "counters," clinging to mobile devices and mock reading votes coming in. Aundrea, the last in the line, joked that she received a text from Diddy saying to be at the studio by midnight and Dawn followed by saying that they weren't worried about him.

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Just announced, the winner of the "Best Dancing in a Video" category at the MTV VMAs 2008 was "When I Grow Up" by the Pussycat Dolls. Danity Kane's "Damaged" was also nominated.

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I just screened the Target exclusive DVD that comes with "Just a Rolling Stone" and I thought I'd put up a quick description of it's contents. There are really three segments:

1. Fan questions. Donnie answers random questions from fans.

2. Track by track review. Donnie talks about each of the tracks on the album, from who he worked with to the meaning of a particular track.

3. More questions. Finally, there are questions, not from fans. Generally related to either the album, the music industry or Donnie personally.

It runs a little over 30 minutes. Not a bad bonus.

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Bad Boy producer Channel 7 has posted on his MySpace, criticizing illegal downloaders who claim to be Donnie Klang fans.

if your going 2 Be Down Be all the way down, in the end it looks like YOU the Fans are going to let the first week sales speak for YOU and what it says to the World is YOU Dont want Donnie's Music WHen NOt ONly DO YOU want it YOU Let Free Downloading be your source.

It sounds like Donnie's sales have not been what was hoped for. But, 7's message is certainly one that we support here at Bad Boy Blog. If you read our about page, you know that we are all about purchasing music. Check out the comments of his entry, as well. It makes for interesting reading and I agree with him.

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Bad Boy has launched a new official site for Cassie. I'm Patrick over there. From what I can tell, it's a blog site for Cassie. Registration allows you to post comments that are linked to your profile.

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The York Daily Record reports that Danity Kane's late cancellation, for their scheduled York Fair performance, left organizers in a tough spot.

"It was very late notice," Schenck said. "We didn't have time to do anything else."

Ottemiller said fair officials "put up a struggle" when they were contacted by Danity Kane's talent agency about the cancellation.

"We drew their attention to the fact that they signed a contract and should make an effort to perform," he said.

Though I know things come up, this isn't a very good look. It's not very professional to cancel on such short notice.

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According to Dawn's MySpace, she'll be hosting two parties, one on each of the next two Saturdays.

The first one is tonight, Saturday, in Los Angeles at Sugar Hollywood. It's located at 1716 N. Cahuenga Blvd.

The next one is on September 13 in Las Vegas at Hawaiian Tropic Zone.

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Emily Szopa of the Chicago Dining Examiner describes Ciroc Obama, the drink.

The Ciroc Obama ($8)
"Make your vote count" (What is that--a challenge? One word: Ohio.)
Ciroc vodka, a splash of Chambord and freshly squeezed lemonade served in a highball glass rimmed with sugar and slice of lemon.

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Check out "Dawg A Bark," from Elephant Man, in our audio player.

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E! Online and the Levittown Tribute have quick interviews with Donnie Klang. The E! one focuses on dating Aubrey O'Day, of Danity Kane.

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The Danity Kane Comics site has a new section with character detail and story background information. A navigation tip: keep your mouse on one of the corners and leave it there. Click the corner to flip a page. Doing much else may end up with random pages turning.

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Chris Perkins of the Palm Beach Post reports that Sean John is the maker of the jackets given to the 2008 Basketball Hall of Fame inductees.

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The York Daily Record reports that Danity Kane has cancelled their scheduled York Fair show, scheduled for September 12, in York, PA.

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Warning: explicit language.


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The Circuit City exclusive bonus track to "Just a Rolling Stone, "Beautiful Escape" is now available in our audio player.

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You can check out a couple of new Elephant Man tracks, "Hands In Di Air" and "That U Fi Run" in our audio player.

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Diddy will be hosting a party, the "Black & White Attire Extravaganza," at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Tickets cost $100 and can be purchased on their website.

Via Nick A. Zaino III of the Boston Globe.

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Janelle Monae will be perfoming at Sonar Baltimore on September 20. You can buy tickets at missiontix.com.

Via The Sound Garden.

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Check out this video, featuring Picaso, a Bad Boy fan, former Bad Boy intern and A&R for Bryan-Michael Cox, talk about Diddy's production talents and his desire, as a fan, to see him return as a producer.


I loved watching this, as a fan, and agreed with most of it. I liked the note at the end, about artists who have complained and left Bad Boy. I really like Donnie Klang's album and Cassie's, so far, sounds great, as well. Day26 and Danity Kane dropped great efforts this year, as well. But, I would love to see Diddy get back behind the boards as a producer more. In fact, I wrote about this last October.

You simply cannot mess with Diddy's production predigree. Some people try to, they try to cheapen it. But, you can't. The guy has produced insane, monster records and, for the most part, no one in the world can stack up to what he's done and accomplished.

There is a certain selfishness to this sort of request, as a fan, however. What I believe Diddy fans like about the man, in addition to other things, is his drive and his creativity. He accomplished what you can accomplish as a producer. And he moved on to other things. He's an artist, that's why we like him, and artists evolve and they do other things. They change. I loved "Press Play," I loved the variety. I don't mean to say that I want Diddy to go back to 1997. That doesn't make any sense. You grow and change. You can't do what you've already done, you have to do something new.

Interestingly, Diddy has stepped back into producer mode again, recently, with "Welcome to the Dollhouse" (3 tracks) and "Day26" (7) and with "Take You There" for Donnie Klang. And I've liked a lot of it. But, I do miss the frequency of his production and of remixes. Bad Boy remixes, man.

As I wrote back in July, Diddy has expressed an interest in bringing The Hitmen back together, but it didn't gain any steam, thanks to a lack of interest from others. So, it's on his mind.

But, again, it's unrealistic and unreasonable to expect such a thing. You can't produce with that regularity and be the CEO of Bad Boy, manage Sean John, work with Ciroc, be an actor and all of the other things that he does. Diddy's certainly earned the right to do whatever it is that he wants without anyone slighting him for it. At the same time, that doesn't mean that we can't dream, right?

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People has a quick interview with Donnie Klang.

... he's still dazzled by his new position in the music world. "I met Brandy at a radio station in the Midwest," he says. "She wrapped her arms around me and was like, 'Oh my God, I love you. My family loves you.' And I was like, 'You're Brandy.' She's coming up to me saying she's a fan. What's going on?"

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Diddy's MySpace notes that there will be a private Sean John fashion show, hosted by Diddy, at Macy's Herald Square (151 West 34th Street in New York City) tonight. It starts at 9:30 PM.

To receive a ticket for you, and a guest, you must make a Sean John purchase at the store. If you spend $100 or more, you will receive a Sean John iPod docking station. (You can also receive the docking station at the Macy's locations in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens).

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Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today.

Albums

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

38. "Day26" by Day26 ("Pace Setter," up from 50).
63. "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)" by Janelle Monae (down from 53).
72. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (up from 82).

Top Heatseekers

24. "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)" by Janelle Monae (down from 15).

Top Heatseekers (South Atlantic)

3. "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)" by Janelle Monae (up from 6).

Songs

Hot Singles Recurrents

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

Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay

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

Pop 100

28. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 26).

Pop 100 Airplay

23. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 20).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

75. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (down from 64).
93. "Lost" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 81).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

75. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (down from 64).

Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop

33. "Since You've Been Gone" by Day26 (up from 36).

Hot Dance Club Play

48. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (down from 39).

Hot Videoclip Tracks

1. "Official Girl" by Cassie (debut).

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Rap-Up.com has a photo of Donnie Klang at the release party for his album. He is joined by his parents. I just thought it was a cool moment, so I wanted to pass it on.

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Having watched episode 5 of "I Want to Work for Diddy" it's time for me to rank the contestants based on their overall chances, in my opinion.

1. Suzanne (Last Week: 1). She was in the background a lot on this one. But, the fact that you didn't hear from her means she didn't cause any drama. For me, it's about overall consistency. She may not have stood out exceptionally, but she didn't hurt the team, she didn't create any distractions and the team won. She's been consistently good.

2. Stefanie (LW: 3). She got things done in taking care of Kim Porter the first day and then shopping for the gift the guys were supposed to get, on the second day. Not to mention picking up clothes for Justin Combs. Main negative: she played Porter too close. As they pointed out during the judging session, they need an assistant and not a friend. But, overall, quite productive and she gets boosted up a slot.

3. Mic (LW: 2). Mic continued to show strength in focusing and getting things done. But, there were a few miscues and that is why he falls. Perhaps the most noticible one: the idea of buying Diddy clothes as a gift. Diddy has his own clothing label and his own fashion consultants. They met Derek, one of his assistants, earlier in the series. Derek's a fashion advisor. Diddy knows what he wants in clothes and he buys them himself. That could have been a disaster.

4. Laverne (LW: 4). Like Suzanne, she stayed in the background, but was productive and didn't create any negatives. Not to mention she had to switch teams, abruptly, at the very start of the challenge. She adapted well and her team won.

5. Red (LW: 6). Red gains for a few reasons. He was the leader of the challenge for his team and his team won. Unlike past episodes, there were not any flare ups or loud arguments. He didn't let Kim bait him and he picked out a great gift that fit the description provided by Diddy's mother.

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You can check out a new track from Elephant Man, "Usain Bolt Nuh Linga," in our audio player.

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The Wondaland Arts Society Blog has pictures from Janelle Monae's first promo tour, supporting the release of "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)."

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Last week, I highlighted the Diddy interview on UptownLife.Net. That appears to be the cover story for their Fall 2008 cover. See it below, care of Diddy's MySpace.

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Here is last night's episode of "I Want to Work for Diddy," titled "Hooray for Hollywood." It's the fifth episode this season.

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3

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You can check out video from this morning's performance on the CW11 morning show.

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The two sided album insert for "Just a Rolling Stone", by Donnie Klang, features a Sean John advertisement on one side. The ad has Cassie and Lauren London.

The other side has a ringtone offer. You can text DONNIE to 33133 for ringtones. It also says you can text KLANG to 50505 for news, contests, exclusive content and more.

It has album covers for Danity Kane, Day26, Janelle Monae and Cheri Dennis under "Available now:" Finally, it lists Cassie, Gorilla Zoe, Yung Joc and Marina Chello as coming soon from Bad Boy.

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Here is the production information for Donnie Klang's debut, "Just a Rolling Stone," as it appears in the album booklet.

Executive producer: Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.
Co-executive producer: Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre.
Associate executive producer: Conrad "Rad" Dimanche.

1. "Intro"
Produced by Channel 7 for the Aurelius Group. Co-produced by Yinon Yahel for the Aurelius Group.

2. "Take You There" featuring Diddy
Produced by SoulDiggaz. Co-produced by Mo Chedda for Souldiggaz Productions and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs for Bad Boy Entertainment/The Hitmen.

3. "Dr. Love"
Produced by Channel 7 for the Aurelius Group. Co-produced by Yinon Yahel for the Aurelius Group.

4. "Hurt That Body"
Produced by C. "Tricky" Stewart and Terius "The-Dream" Nash for Radio Killa.

5. "Hollywood Girl"
Produced by SoulDiggaz. Co-produced by Maurice "Mo Chedda" Wade for SoulDiggaz Ent.

6. "Pick it Up"
Produced by Young Boyz for Rush Hour Entertainment.

7. "Pretty Girls Cry"
Produced by Mario Winans for Yellow City Entertainment.

8. "Catch My Breath"
Produced by Danja for Danjahandz Productions.

9. "Bedroom (Interlude)"
Produced by Channel 7 for the Aurelius Group.

10. "Not a Love Song"
Produced by Mario Winans for Yellow City Entertainment.

11. "Which One"
Produced by Mario Winans for Yellow City Entertainment.

12. "Love in Stereo"
Produced by Channel 7 for the Aurelius Group. Co-produced by Yinon Yahel for the Aurelius Group.

13. "Just a Rolling Stone (Interlude)"
Produced by Mario Winans for Yellow City Entertainment.

14. "You're My Idol"
Produced by Jack Knight for The Jack Knight Academy, P-M Anquetil and C J Lee-Joe for BNA Productions/Phrase Differently/Jack Knight Academy (U.K.).

15. "The Pain (Interlude)"
Produced by Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson for Platinum Boy Music, Inc./The Hitmen/Bad Boy Entertainment and Ralph "Buttaz" Kearns for Buttaz Beats Inc./Platinum Boy Music, Inc.

16. "The Rain"
Produced by Channel 7 for the Aurelius Group. Co-produced by The Fliptones for the Aurelius Group.

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Producer Seven Aurelius has added a couple of Donnie Klang tracks to his MySpace. They are "Spank Me" and a "director's cut" version of "Love in Stereo".

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Donnie Klang's debut album, "Just a Rolling Stone" was released today. Here's the tracklisting for the album:

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 (Interlude)"
14. "You're My Idol"
15. "The Pain (Interlude)"
16. "The Rain"

As reported, the Circuit City version adds a bonus track, "Beautiful Escape" and the Target edition has a 30 minute DVD with interviews and more.

Finally, the album was finally put on iTunes today. There are two bonus tracks on the deluxe version, "Take You There (Acapella) and "Bedroom," which is currently in our audio player.

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Singersroom has an interview with Donnie Klang.

Singersroom: You mentioned that your beginning to create a brand, how would you sum up your sense of fashion?

Donnie: Itís a pretty crazy because I have developed so much over the past year from rocking a hoody and sweat pants. Now I am more high fashion not only am I taking my style from New York but I am traveling internationally. I am even putting this into my music as far as trying to be innovative, staying fresh and staying a step ahead of whatís out there now. For example, the song ďStereoĒ will represent that.

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andPOP has an interview with Danity Kane, touching on reality TV and "controversy."

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According to a bulletin from Donnie Klang's MySpace, he will be performing live on TRL this morning. The show starts at 11:00 AM ET.

He'll also be at Planet Hollywood in Times Square to place his hands in cement.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
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Here are the video extras for tonight's episode of "I Want to Work for Diddy".

Diddyism: Climbing the Mountain


Hollywood Walk of Fame Speech


Diddy Survival Guide: Respect the Family

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Here are the top 10 most popular search engine terms that people entered to find Bad Boy Blog in the month of August:

1. Bad Boy Blog
2. BadBoyBlog
3. Day 26 Tour
4. Making the Band Tour
5. Day 26 Tour Dates
6. Donnie Klang Album
7. Bad Boy Holiday Album
8. www.badboyblog.com
9. Danity Kane Comics
10. T'Yanna Wallace

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thisisswansea.co.uk has quotes from Donnie Klang on what it's like to work with Diddy.

... he's that inspirational, tough drill-sergeant, to say the least. But it's good. I'm glad to have him as a boss. He doesn't let us get comfortable in our positions. He demands perfection. He sits back at first and let you do what you do, and when it gets to a certain point, he'll step in. Sometimes he'll change the whole song, and scrap songs.

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The Jamaica Gleaner reports that Elephant Man will be performing at Pulse's Caribbean Model finals in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday. It'll be held at the Hilton Kingston.