So, I happen to visit Lala today. It's a site that I visit very infrequently. Wait, what's that? "Diddy Boppin'" under new releases? When did that happen? How could this be the way that I found out? I check the Bad Boy label and artist MySpace and YouTube pages every day and, somehow, I haven't seen a single mention of this. I can't believe it.
At any rate, the good news is that "Diddy Boppin'" was released digitally on May 26. Above is the single cover. You can pick it up on Amazon.com (clean and dirty, iTunes, Lala and elsewhere.
In our audio player, check out the recently released full length version of Jordan McCoy's "Rockstar." It was released digitally on May 26 and can be purchased on Amazon.com, iTunes, Lala and elsewhere.
In an interview with Vlad TV, Busta Rhymes explained how Diddy pushed him to switch up his style in the 90s. It's a pretty funny clip and you can check it out below (warning: explicit language). When he was asked why he made the change, this is what he said:
"I think it was a combination of - not really the wider audience - it was more directed towards the women. Like one day, me and Diddy and Q-Tip was in the studio and, I tell people this story on a regular basis, like motherf***** Diddy was being a a**h*** with me one day in the studio - trying to f****** pop off joke s***. But, he said something that stuck with me and Q-Tip was kinda, you know, saying the same s** to me. And Puff was like "Hey yo Bus, man, b****** don't wanna f****** go rowl rowl like a dungeon dragon with you on every f****** record. Calm that s*** down, man. Try to spit on a song where you articulate your s*** a little clearer and you f****** use your regular voice. What the f*** is the screaming all the time on the record? B****** don't find that s*** sexy." I was like, "Yo, f*** you n****." So, you know, ultimately, I went home and I thought about the s*** and then I also felt like, you know, I ain't just gonna just do this s*** because they told me to do it, I gotta do that s*** because it feels right to me."
The video clip below features behind the scenes footage from the shoot of Red Cafe's new video for "Hottest in the Hood," starting at the 5:36 mark. The video features Diddy. It looks like it could be pretty cool. I think it would have been nice to see a video for the remix, but maybe they will head in that direction.
In the video below, purportedly shot over Memorial Day weekend, Yung Joc is briefly featured and introduces himself as "It's your n**** Yung J-O-C man, Swagg Team, Bad Boy, all that good s***. Check it out, right. Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood. The single "Wham."" It starts at the 2:28 spot.
This usually wouldn't be a story, but the recenthostility makes it one. Maybe they are working things out.
This is better than I was expecting (given that the video premiere was announced days before it was actually happening). It's a pretty cool video. Despite the note included along with the video on The Boombox, I was told by a source at the label that "Stadium Music" is not their second single. From what I understand, it's primarily a video for the internet. So, definitely take it for what it is: a bonus video between their first and second singles.
SEAN JOHN I AM KING WINS FRAGRANCE FOUNDATION 2009 FIFI(R) AWARDS ON May 27, 2009: Sean John I Am King took home top honors at the 37th Annual FiFi(R) Awards hosted by The Fragrance Foundation at The Downtown Armory in New York City. Sean John's second men's fragrance, I Am King, was named Fragrance of The Year in the Men's Luxe category. Combs took home the same award for his first men's fragrance, Unforgivable, in May 2007.
"To receive our second award for Fragrance of the Year in the Men's Luxe category for our newest men's fragrance, I Am King, is truly a dream come true for me," Combs said. "I Am King represents my belief that whatever you believe about yourself is what you are destined to become. I believe that every man has the right to be a king, and I developed this fragrance to honor the king in every man."
I Am King combines sensual fruits and warm skin nuances to create a fragrance that is as comfortable as it is addictive. Sleek and polished, I Am King's magnetic appeal is a reflection of today's modern man -- he is the achiever, the inspirer, with the soul of a king. Just like the men who wear it, I Am King makes a statement -- embodying the true essence of the Sean John lifestyle.
The original track was produced by Mario Winans for Yellow City Entertainment, LLC and Harve Pierre for Crazy Joint. The executive producers of the project are Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre for Crazy Joint and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs for Bad Boy Entertainment. A&R is Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre for Crazy Joint. Here are the individual dance mix track producers:
1. "What's Done Is Done (Groove Police Edit)"
2. "What's Done Is Done (Matthias Heilbronn Edit)"
3. "What's Done Is Done (Solitaire Edit)"
4. "What's Done Is Done (M&M Edit)"
5. "What's Done Is Done (Maurice's Edit)"
6. "What's Done Is Done (Matthias Heilbronn II Deep Edit)"
7. "What's Done Is Done (Groove Police Club Mix)"
8. "What's Done Is Done (Matthias Heilbronn Soulflower Mix)"
9. "What's Done Is Done (Solitaire Club Mix)"
10. "What's Done Is Done (M&M Club Mix)"
11. "What's Done Is Done (M&M Extended Full Mix)"
12. "What's Done Is Done (Maurice's Club Mix)"
13. "What's Done Is Done (Matthias Heilbronn II Deep Mix)"
If you are interested in picking up a copy, keep an eye out on eBay and other used music marketplaces.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today. Though "Echo" falls a bit on the Hot 100, it continues to gain on others and makes a nice debut on the Pop 100. Red Cafe also charts for the first time as a member of the Bad Boy camp, with "Hottest in the Hood" re-entering the "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" chart.
The Billboard 200
82. "Forever in a Day" by Day26 (down from 52).
132. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 114).
Billboard Comprehensive Albums
84. "Forever in a Day" by Day26 (down from 52).
147. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 124).
A bulletin from Day26's MySpace announced that the new video for their song, "Stadium Music," will be premiered on AOL's The Boombox on May 29 at 12:00 PM. They don't include a time zone, but I'd guess Eastern.
The all of a sudden release of this leads me to believe it's not what you might expect as a normal music video. Perhaps it is performance footage or a very low budget project. It is not their second single.
We gonna have a good time with this music thing. Everybody gonna make some money, we gonna keep it moving. Y'all get ready, everything is gonna be OK. Puff, everything is gonna be OK. Big Block, everything is gonna be OK. I love you, Block. What's going on, Blockster? How you doing, homie? Everything is gonna be OK. Joc, everything will be OK. I'ma tell y'all why everything gonna be OK. It's because Nitti's back in the picture, man, and we're gonna get everything worked out, man. You know, what I mean.
So don't y'all listen to that bulls*** y'all hear on the internet and all that stuff, you understand what I'm saying, everything is gonna be OK, man. Y'all stay out of other people's business. This ain't got nothing to do with everybody else. Y'all sit back and watch the movie and watch it unfold until history. You gonna see history made, I promise y'all that.
Not that Nitti can make it happen, necessarily, but this is good to hear. One thing: please stop blaming the internet for everything. Joc is the one who aired all of this out, when he spoke to Billboard and AllHipHop.com. The internet didn't make up what Joc said. Beyond that, again, this is good to hear.
Following the #unfollowdiddy outbreak that started last night, #followdiddy is now a trending topic, as well, on Twitter Search. This is all bigger news than some people will make it out to be, but I'm sure random hip-hop blogs will be touting this as some sort of blow against Diddy, so I may as well mention that #followdiddy is trending, as well.
Also, if you read this and were thinking that #followdiddy is somehow responsible for slowing down Twitter, it's not. Not more than any other trending topic.
Congratulations to Diddy for becoming the 13th Twitter user to reach 1,000,000 followers. He posted the video below, to mark the milestone:
Coincidentally, the #unfollowdiddy hashtag is now a trending topic on Twitter Search. The comments tied to the tag reads like a good example of a Twitter mob gone bad - a manifestation of gossip hounds, people who believe Diddy is responsible for all aspects of his artists' lives forever, people who believe everything negative they read about celebrities, people who are looking to gain some sort of shine off of the situation and people who are simply legitimate "haters." By and large, anyway.
It'll pass and Diddy is best served by doing what he always does with these situations, which is to keep it moving.
"Head and Shoulders," the new single from rapper SupaSTAAR features both Gorilla Zoe and Yung Joc. Check it out on his MySpace. For some reason, only the first 2/3 of the song and Gorilla Zoe's verse is playing for me, at this time.
Hell (real name: Helmut Josef Geier) spoke to inthemix (warning: some language and visual content not suitable for all audiences) about working with Diddy on "The DJ," a track from Hell's recently released "Teufelswerk" album.
He has some praise for Diddy's dance music background and his work. Here's a snippet:
ďEverybody thinks [that] Puffy doesnít fit into electronic music, but I think exactly the opposite is the truth,Ē Hell explained. ďFor a lot of years heís been going to techno clubs, heís been going to Ibiza, he knows about the music from when he was a kid going to the house and techno clubs in New York.Ē
Today in New York City, Diddy and Dirty Money shot the "first video" for "Last Train to Paris." It's called "Angels." On his Twitter, Diddy mentioned that the video was directed by Hype Williams and that it stars The Notorious B.I.G. It's unclear what that means and it's also not clear if this is the first official single from the album. But, things are ramping up.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today. "Echo" continues to move up and "Ready to Die" hits number 1 again on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums chart.
The Billboard 200
52. "Forever in a Day" by Day26 (down from 43).
114. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (up from 126).
Billboard Comprehensive Albums
52. "Forever in a Day" by Day26 (down from 43).
124. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (up from 139).
18. "Notorious: Music From and Inspired by The Original Motion Picture" by Various Artists (down from 16).
According to a press release, Shaun Bless, one third of the music production team The Souldiggaz, has stepped behind the mic to release "Ciroc (Bottles Pop)," a song inspired by the Diddy affiliated vodka. Listen to it below and download it.
Yung Joc's Twitter shared a download link for an assortment of new, recently and not so recently released Yung Joc music. The package contains:
"Buy You a Round" by Verse featuring Yung Joc
"Plenty Money (Remix)" by Plies featuring Yung Joc
"Posted at the Store" by Yung Joc featuring Young Ralph and Gucci Mane.
"Well Damn" by Yung Joc featuring Nitti.
"Watch Me Make a Movie" by Yung Joc featuring DJ Khaled.
"Wham" by Yung Joc featuring Slim and Nitti.
"Drinkz On Up" by Nitti featuring Yung Joc, Gucci Mane and Bobby Valentino.
"Never Too Much (Remix)" by Gucci Mane featuring Project Pat, Yung Joc, OJ Da Juiceman and Three 6 Mafia.
The rapper-turned-TV-producer certainly knows the importance of branding. "Everybody has a certain unique style, a certain niche," he says. "Mine is dream fulfillment." With the upcoming "Making His Band" for MTV, Diddy searches for musicians to back him on tour. Does reality TV undermine his street cred? "There's nothing more credible than providing people with opportunities to have their dreams come true."
The new Red Cafe mixtape, "co-starring" Diddy, is set to be released on Hottest in the Hood.com on May 19 at 12 PM ET for logged in members. It's called "Hottest in the Hood.com: Volume One: Welcome to Bad Boy." Here are the front and back covers, followed by the track listing:
Thew new Red Cafe and Diddy mixtape, "Hottest in the Hood.com: Volume One: Welcome to Bad Boy," will be released for free download on Hottest in the Hood.com on May 19 at 12 PM ET. You'll have to be a registered member to get it (registration is free). Here is the cover:
For their part, Bad Boy has reaffirmed their earlier statement, which is:
"Yung Joc's dispute is with his production company Block Entertainment, not Bad Boy Records. Bad Boy has worked with counsel for both Joc and Block in an effort to mediate their dispute, but it appears that these parties are still unable to resolve their differences. Bad Boy values its lengthy association with both Block Entertainment and Joc, and remains hopeful that these parties will resolve their internal dispute and get back to the business of making great music."
It's a lengthy interview that you should read if you want to hear the entirety of Joc's side of the story, but here are some key points:
Joc says that he was never signed to Block, he was signed to Chino Dolla's Mastermind. But, even so, when Spencer brought Yung Joc to Bad Boy, they gave Spencer a label deal and a deal as if Joc was signed to him. According to the rapper, Spencer then used Joc's budget however he wanted. He infers that funds were misappropriated.
He admits to not putting his all in, when it came to promoting "Hustenomics," because of what was going on at the time. When it came time to do a third album, he felt shortchanged, suggesting that Block tried to offer him an advance, at $25,000, that was the same as he got for his first album and, as such, not in line with what he felt he deserved. "I ain't f***** with Block since December of '07," he says. "So, why would Bad Boy give him my full budget if they know I wasn't recording with him."
Meanwhile, the label (either Bad Boy, Atlantic or both) insists that he's signed through Block and, as such, rebuffed attempts by him to circumvent Spencer.
Louis asks something that was on my mind, as well, which was how the "Diddy Bop" collaboration came about with all of this going on.
Check out the clip below from Clinton Sparks. He was in the studio with Diddy and the two of them jokingly talked about Ciroc and the art of becoming a Ciroc Star. There is a track playing in the background of Dawn Richard singing an unnamed track, as well.
They also promise some sort of weekly coverage of a "VIP Ciroc Stars Party where the most exclusive party-goers and celebs will be getting it right." One of the ways this will be done is through a Twitpic account. You can submit your own photos, as well, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and they may be featured.
Some interesting notes: he says that Bad Boy told him that he won't be putting out any new music for over a year. He plans to take matters into his own hands, creating music and leaking it online in hopes of generating buzz behind a track, potentially leading to an earlier release. He also talks about some of the artists he'd like to work with.
He's been working on a reality TV show treatment that he says will revolve around him and his body guard, comparing it to MTV's "Rob and Big." Check out the video for more.
Out of these, I probably lean towards "Shawty Wats Up" right now, as long as T-Pain will do the video. At the time of writing, they have received 473 votes. "So Good" is in the lead with 32%, but "Your Heels" closely follows at 30%. "Girlfriend" (16%), "Shawty Wats Up" (15%) and "Then There's You" (8%) round out the bottom of the list.
VH1 and Bad Boy Films' "I Want to Work for Diddy" was honored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), during their 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards, according to a press release on their site.
It tied with "Transamerican Love Story" in the "Outstanding Reality Program" category and the award was accepted by show contestant Laverne Cox.
At the beginning of the video below below, from Brian Angel of Day26, you can hear a snippet from a song called "I Hustle." It's by Cash in Associates, an act he's signed to his Ambassador Way Entertainment label, and he's featured on it.
On his Twitter, Qwanell "Que" Mosley announced that "Your Heels" would be the second single from Day26's "Forever in a Day."
The album was released on April 14. The first single, "Imma Put It On Her" charted as high as 79 on The Billboard Hot 100, matching the peak of "Got Me Going," the first single from the group's first album.
Here's the full tweet:
itz official.....ur heelz is the second single......thats wat yall wanted right.......any ideas for the video????
The third remix to Red Cafe's "Hottest in the Hood" can be heard in our audio player. It keeps some of the Diddy vocals from the second remix, along with Red Cafe's opening verse, but then adds a host of new verses. These come from Juggernot, Papoose, Ross Fortune, Kardinal Offishall and Uncle Murda.
TSS: So you made a noticeable 180į with the new album [Don't Feed The Animals] from ďHood N****Ē and some of your other material. What inspired the turnaround?
Gorilla Zoe: Well everybody wants to make better music, you feel me? I can make ďHood N****Ē in my sleep. But it was more like ďCan I make real music? Can I create subject matter? How far can I stretch?Ē Anybody can make hood music or club records, thatís not hard. But can you make music that touch peopleís souls. Thatís what I was out to do. I have a new lane Iím creating.
The full length, 3:33 long version of Jordan McCoy's "Rockstar" is set to be released digitally via iTunes, Amazon.com and other outlets on May 26. Produced by Howie Hersh (Paula Abdul, New Edition), Nick Terranova (Paul van Dyk), Jana Bent and Charissa Saverio (also known as DJ Rap), the song has been featured on MTV's "The Hills" and FOX's "American Idol."
It will receive an accompanying video, that will include Dream dancing, with Jordan, to the song. The video will be shot next week.
Produced by Howie Hersh (H BOMB H/ASCAP), Nick Terranova (NICK TERRANOVA: NSESSIONS MUSIC/MUSIC, ALLSTARS NICK TERRANOVA/BMI), Jana Bent (STILWELL SONGS/ASCAP) and Charissa Saverio (Propa Songs/BMI). Vocal production by Kyle Kelso and Mike Shimshack. Recorded at the SoHo Dungeon, NYC. Mastered by Big Bass Brian at Bernie Grundmanís, Los Angeles, California.
In an interview with Hot 93.7's Jenny Boom Boom and Craig G, Diddy and Red Cafe confirmed that the rapper had been signed to Bad Boy, following news that they were in "final negotiations" to enter into a joint venture with Akon's Konvict Muzik and Shakedown to bring him to the label.
He said that there will be a video for the remix to "Hottest in the Hood" that features Diddy, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Jadakiss and OJ Da Juiceman, which you can listen to in our audio player. His forthcoming album will be titled "Red October," though he didn't confirm an October release date when the host asked.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released yesterday. Most notably, Gorilla Zoe's "Echo" debuts on the big chart, the Hot 100, at 82 and continues to move upward on other charts. How far will it go? It seems like it has some solid potential.
Biggie maintains strong positioning on catalog based charts, thanks to the DVD release of "Notorious."
The Billboard 200
22. "Forever in a Day" by Day26 (down from 8).
98. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 85).
Billboard Comprehensive Albums
22. "Forever in a Day" by Day26 (down from 8).
106. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 91).
In creating the life of Biggie Smalls for the big screen, director George Tillman Jr. finds most of his strength in the standout debut performance of Jamal Woolard who handles the role of the rapper with amazing skill. Woolard is supported by strong performances by the rest of his supporting cast; unfortunately a largely by-the-numbers biopic script and a tendency to smooth over certain negative elements of Biggie's story don't give the cast the support they need. Still, the performances and the amazing rap scenes are more than enough to hold the movie up, creating something well-worth checking out. The DVD gets a high-quality audio and video transfer along with a good set of special features, making this a very decent choice of DVD's to add to one's collection especially if one is a fan of hip-hop and Christopher Wallace's in particular.
The audition dates for the second season of VH1's "I Want to Work for DIddy" have been posted online. New York is tomorrow, Chicago is Sunday and Washington DC, Irvine, CA, Miami, Dallas and Atlanta follow.
"Puff probably lives the most like James Bond... Jamie Foxx got the swag for James Bond. He can sing too, so he can add a new element to Bond. Wooing the ladies... and I think I can guarantee the box office!"
Overnight, nude pictures of Cassie leaked online. According to the singer, someone hacked into her computer, in order to gain access to them. To her credit, she has quickly issued a statement regarding their release online:
The recent personal pictures that have been leaked on the internet of me were hacked and stolen out of my computer. These photos were obviously never intended for the world to see and itís sad that people would really take time to steal and post them, itís just evil. At the end of the day breasts are breasts, mine werenít the first youíve seen and they wonít be the lastÖ people need to grow up, letís move on. Thank you.
She is an adult and is free to use her computer as she wants. That said, I question the wisdom of a celebrity putting nude photos on their computer, cell phone or any internet connected device in this day and age. Celebrity devices getting hacked and pictures getting taken isn't new and it is something that has made headlines before. I don't mean to pile on, by any means, and she's probably asking herself the same questions I'm asking right now.
However, what shouldn't be forgotten is that her privacy has been breached here and that is not OK. Whether or not she should have had the pictures on her computer, it is both illegal and unethical for someone to hack her computer. She is right to call that person "evil."
There appears to have been two photos posted online, both of mediocre image quality. For what it's worth, they are only of her upper half. (Update: It now appears that full pictures have been leaked, as well, unfortunately). I'm not going to link to them, and any links posted in the comments will be deleted, as well any comments by people indicating they have seen them. At the end of the day, if you want to find them, you can. But, you're just not going to do it here, as we try to maintain a relatively work friendly environment, as much as possible. Just because I have to acknowledge this story doesn't mean we'll be acting as a point of distribution. Thank you, in advance, for respecting that.
The company posted a loss of $68 million or 45 cents per share. In the same period last year, they lost $37 million or 25 cents a share. A chunk of this was a $33 million dollar write down on its investments in Lala and Imeem.
The report was below Wall Street's expectations. Revenue dropped 17%, falling to $668 million and Wall Street had been looking for $730.2 million. After the investment charges, the earnings per share came to a loss of 23 cents, whereas Wall Street had been expecting a loss of 25 cents.
One good note, however, is that the company is sitting on a lot of cash. $658 million to be exact. This is around 20% more than what they held in their last quarter.
Sway: You went through a lot of struggles yourself, but what did you learn by watching Day26? What was the lesson learned?
Donnie: I mean, for me, it was frustrating. I definitely, definitely want to get this off my chest. Like, I love them and they're a group and they're going to go through their stuff and, obviously, it took up most of the TV time. I feel like I lost out on a lot of footage and a lot of chances that fans could have got to know me. So, I feel like I'm working on a spin-off show or I'm going to do something to really get my face out there, aside from all the drama.
This doesn't seem all that bad, but it struck a nerve with the members of Day26. Mike especially had harsh words, repeatedly saying "father f*** you" in reference to Donnie. I don't really care about the context, but repeatedly saying that phrase as he does in the interview just isn't professional or mature and it casts the group in a bad light. In any case, though, between the mixture of laughter and silence from the others, they all share in the responsibility for this interview.
The latest video blog from Brian Angel of Day26, embedded below, features a song from Cam Cali, an artist signed to Angel's Ambassador Way Entertainment. The song is called "W8" and it features Robert Curry, Angel's bandmate in Day26.
As more and more Bad Boy artists, marketing people and employees get on Twitter, they are discovering the personal and professional benefits that it can create. At the same time, most are still relatively new to it and, as such, are still learning the lay of the land and how they can get the most out of it and use it most effectively.
I'm here to help. From watching various members of the Bad Boy camp participate, I've developed this ten point guide to getting the most out of Twitter, from both a personal and professional perspective.
This includes a marketing perspective, as well, allowing you to create value and generate interest in whatever it is you are doing right now, in the form of traffic, replies and retweets (when someone else passes along a tweet that you sent). Yes, Twitter is (in part, at least) about self promotion or, more or less, talking about what you are doing.
With all of this said, I just wanted to say that one of the great things about Twitter is that it is what you make of it, in many ways. Plenty of people try to place "rules" on how others should participate, but the beauty of Twitter is that you can follow whoever you want. Everyone, no one or something in between. At the end of the day, the important thing is to stay true and respect others. These aren't "rules," just friendly advice.
Aasim's MySpace has a clock counting down to the release of his debut album. It gives an album title, "No Radio," and the date it counts down to is January 17, 2010. This isn't correct, however, as that is a Sunday and albums are released on Tuesdays. Perhaps it is January 19, then. But, in any case, I would take it as a loose date at best. It's so far away that it can and quite possibly will change.
In April, we reported that Dawn Richard had revealed the third member of Diddy's three person band for "Last Train to Paris." The name given in the report was "Keelena" and we couldn't find much tied to that name. Well, that was because the name was spelled wrong. It's actually Kalenna.
ďWe did a table read and I thought to myself, ĎI wonder how funny [Seanís] going to be and how much help heís going to need,í Apatow told MTV News. ďAnd I found out the answer was none. He needs no help. He was riotously funny. As a man with one skill, I was annoyed that he was also funny. You shouldnít be allowed to be good at so many things.Ē
Our job is to find out what artists or labels are in need of music. Bad Boy actually contacted us with news that Diddy wanted a street/club banger. We contacted our producers and Xplicit banged out "Diddy Bop." We presented the song to Diddy's A&R and the rest is history. Since the song was just a reference we didn't expect them to keep Xplicit on the hook, but Diddy liked his sound so much he decided to keep him on the track.
OnMilwaukee.com reports that the first episode of "A Beautiful Life" will feature a Zac Posen fashion show and Posen will play himself. "A Beautiful Life" is a new CW show produced by Ashton Kutcher and features Mischa Barton. The article describes it as "a satire based on the fashion industry."