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Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Cassie shared a download link for a new remix to "Must Be Love," featuring Diddy, that's produced by Rob Holladay.

Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
The Lipstick Diaries reports that Dimepiece will release some Cassie inspired tanks and t-shirts in September. The singer will also be serve as a "lookbook model" for the company (here's their current lookbook). This integration will work to promote Cassie's upcoming "Electro Love" album.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
On his Twitter, Diddy mentioned that he has three weeks to finish up the "Last Train to Paris" album. It's slated for a November 24 release.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
In his latest video blog, Diddy discussed, in vague details, how music from the "Last Train to Paris" album will be distributed. It is still unclear when we'll hear our first taste of the album, outside of what is on lasttraintoparis.com right now.


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

Albums

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

65. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 52).
79. "Forever in a Day" by Day26 (down from 71).

Songs

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

31. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (down from 29).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

31. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (down from 29).

Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop

20. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (a new high, up from 23).

Rhythmic Top 40

37. "Echo" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 35).

Posted in Red Cafe
Posted by Patrick
The video for Red Cafe's "Hottest in the Hood" has premiered. It features cameos from Diddy and Fabolous. Check it out below.


Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
Making His Band Logo

"Making His Band" will premiere tonight on MTV at 10:00 PM ET. Before, during and after, please come back and let us know what you think or thought. Here's the trailer for the show:


Posted in Red Cafe
Posted by Patrick
According to Red Cafe's Twitter, the video for "Hottest in the Hood" is now on MTV Jams and is showing on the channel today every half hour (behind the scenes video).

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Diddy has posted a video introduction of Dirty Money, the group consisting of him, Dawn Richard and Kalenna, put together for the creation of "Last Train to Paris."


There is no "the blogs," anymore than there is "the writers" or "the rappers." Thank you.

Finally, they have launched a new Twitter account, DIRTYMONEYCREW, which presumably will have tweets from the group.

Posted in Bad Boy Blog
Posted by Patrick
Through the first week of August, coverage here at Bad Boy Blog will be (at least) pretty light as I'll be taking a bit of a breather. But, there may be some posts here and there and we'll resume normal coverage in the second week of August. Thank you for your understanding.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
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

52. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (up from 65).
71. "Forever in a Day" by Day26 (down from 61).

Top Rap Albums

22. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (re-entry).

Songs

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

29. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (a new high, up from 30).
97. "Must Be Love" by Cassie (down from 83).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

29. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (a new high, up from 30).

Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop

23. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (unchanged).

Rhythmic Top 40

35. "Echo" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 34).

Posted in Ness
Posted by Patrick
On his Twitter, Ness called the video clip below the trailer for his upcoming reality show. The video description says it will be a series of webisodes.


Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
Our audio player has a new song from Elephant Man, "White Liva."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Diddy will be appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight. The show starts on CBS at 11:30 PM ET.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
Last week, we shared the MySpace pages for the competitors on "P. Diddy's StarMaker", a new solo artist talent search show that will premiere on August 16 at 10 PM ET on MTV.

A PR company representing the show passed along photos and bios for all of the singers who will be vying for a record deal with Bad Boy. Check them out below.

Angel Inez, 24, Newark, NJ

Angel Inez

In the past few weeks, Angel Inez got fired from her job and evicted from her apartment--all for pursuing her biggest dream of becoming a star. But she's no stranger to struggle. While her neighborhood friends fell into bad habits, Angel remained focused on her dreams and spends most of her time performing at talent shows. Naturally a shy person, Angel turns up the energy when she gets up on stage. She has written songs on topics that she is familiar with including poverty, dropping out of high school, abusive relationships, and an imprisoned father. She is ready and willing to refine her voice and performing skills to become the star she feels she's destined to be.

» Read More


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
MTV News' Jayson Rodriguez talked to Diddy about Dirty Money and "Last Train to Paris." The interview isn't much, but it's worth a read. Check out the clip below.


Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
Via press release today, MTV announced the judges for "Making His Band." Debuting on July 27 at 10 PM ET on MTV, the show will find Diddy working on "Last Train to Paris," in search of a band to back him on tour. The pool of musicians is compromised of 42.

Judging will be choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson, vocal coach Romeo Johnson, SA-RA co-founder Om'Mas Keith, producer/songwriter Rob Lewis and producer/musician Nisan Stewart. Check out the full press release below for more details on biographical info on all of the judges.

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Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
On Friday, we picked up a Billboard report that revealed that Diddy's "Last Train to Paris" had been pushed back from September 22 to some time in November. I reached out to someone at Bad Boy and they confirmed the report, saying that the album is now slated for a November 24 release.

Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
Our audio player has a new track from Elephant Man: "Bedroom Killer."

Posted in Ness
Posted by Patrick
On Ness' YouTube channel, a video was posted featuring Diddy talking about Ness, saying that he's still signed to Bad Boy (as we already knew) and explaining why his project is slow developing.


As an aside, as I've said before, "the blogosphere" is not one aligned group of people. It's individual publications featuring individual writers. Some are responsible, some are not, but please don't lump us all in together. Thanks.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Diddy and Biggie are featured on a new track from rapper Nelly, "1000 Stacks." Both are featured on the chorus with Diddy adding some lines alongside a Biggie sample from "Everyday Struggle." Diddy is also featured throughout on the ad libs. It's an upbeat track and it has potential.

Thanks Theo.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
The Irish Times has a nice little feature on Janelle Monae.

Meanwhile, The New York Times dedicates some ink to "Open Happiness", the Coca-Cola inspired track that features Monae (watch the video).

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
In the July 18, 2009 issue of Billboard Magazine, it's reported that the "Last Train to Paris" album by Diddy is slated for November 2009, with a specific day TBD. This would represent a push back from the previously announced September 22 release date. I've reached out to Bad Boy for comment.

As an aside, I was disappointed with their Fall/Winter 2009 music feature as it neglected to spotlight "Last Train to Paris," which is the latest album from a highly successful artist. Considering some of the other albums they profiled, it felt like a notable omission.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
Yesterday, we premiered the trailer for "P. Diddy's StarMaker." The long-anticipated MTV show will see Diddy on the hunt for a new solo act to sign to Bad Boy.

Through some research, I have tracked down what appear to be the official MySpace pages for all contestants of the show. These pages include more information about all of the individuals, such as their real names, background information, some of their music and, in some cases, links to videos, Twitter pages and other online profiles. Here's the list:

David J. (David Joseph)
Marissa (Marissa Renee)
Zach (Zach Berkman)
Lauren (Lauren Thomas)
Todd (Todd Sarvies) (member of band John Boy's Courage)
Lauriana (Lauriana Mae)
David B. (David Bennett)
Angel (Angel Inez)
Omotayo (Omotayo "Ty" Riley)
Liz (Liz Davis)
Jordan
Monet (Monet Monico)
Christopher
Melody

For what it's worth, Monet has the most music plays on MySpace by far at 1,315,813, followed by Zach at 162,289 and Christopher at 111,935.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
After a March Twitter message from Diddy suggested he planned to sign Arctic Monkeys' drummer Matt Helders to Bad Boy, MTV News reported on the speculation of a possible signing of the band in April.

But, we have an update. Helders has told Spinner that there are no plans for this type of venture at this time.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Back in June, we shared video of Asher Roth at Diddy's Miami home, where Diddy jokingly caught Roth taking slippers from his house. In an interview with Ben Barna at BlackBook, Roth discusses hanging out with the Bad Boy CEO:

I saw a video of you and your buddies at Diddyís crib in Miami. How did that happen?

Thatís when I realized how powerful Twitter was. I was in Miami on Memorial Day, on Twitter, and I was like ďYo Diddy whatís up, we have some margaritas and a boat,Ē and the next thing I knew I had an email that was like, ďThis is Diddyís home line, he wants you to call him.Ē And I call him up and he picks up the phone and heís like ďHello?ójust talking all Diddy-ishóand said that he was telling me to come over and have some food, just to meet me and see what I was doing. Heís actually a really cool dude. I went over there and it was just Diddy and Cassie. So we just kicked it, took out some jet skis, had a steak dinner, and talked about my mission and what heís been doing. And Diddyís a fan, and Iím also a fan. I mean Diddyís a mogul, you canít deny that. It was just really a pleasure to be over there and just spend some time with a mogul.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
The video for "Open Happiness", a song created for Coca-Cola, has premiered and can be watched below. It is by Janelle Monae, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, Travis McCoy of Gym Glass Heroes, Brandon Urie of Panic At the Disco and Cee-Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
On Tuesday, TechCrunch, a large blog dedicated to business and startup news, revealed that they had been sent a cache of private corporate documents from Twitter from an alleged hacker.

So, why am I mentioning this? Well, a portion of the documents highlighted by TechCrunch's Erick Schonfeld outlines an internal discussion about Diddy's use of the service and the possibility of bringing him on as an adviser.

The notes are brief, but they appear to indicate that they discussed giving Diddy "adviser shares" in the company, before suggesting that Diddy is "not so strategic." They discussed the ideas of entertainment business development as well as an Entertainment or Marketing Advisory Board.

But, it's not all kind words. "It would be hard to explain to him what we would be doing wrong since he thinks about business differently," reads one line. "Diddy values his contribution higher than we do," says the next line, indicating that Diddy values his contribution to the growth of Twitter higher than the Twitter people do.

They express an interest in talking to the people at Ciroc and putting together a group, rather than just focusing on Diddy. Perhaps, the notes say, they could get members of this group to invest in Twitter "which will give us more pull with them when they do things we don't like."

A "distractionary element" is mentioned and the section closes with simply, "Keep them happy."

People are going to blow this up to be a bigger story than it is. I can see it now. "Twitter disses Diddy." But, the reality is that most this is pretty reasonable, though I feel they are both underestimating Diddy's business savvy and overestimating how he values his own contributions.

For his part, Diddy has appeared to be an unabashed promoter of the service. He didn't adopt it early, necessarily, but he adopted it a heck of a lot earlier than a lot of other celebrities did, celebrities of a much lower stature in the world of entertainment.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
MTV has released a 2 minute trailer for "P. Diddy's StarMaker." We received permission to upload it to our YouTube channel and share it with our readers. A search at press time indicates that it had not previously been uploaded to YouTube, so I'm going to call this a first look. Enjoy!


Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
Here is a first look at the opening title sequence to MTV's "P. Diddy's StarMaker." It includes the names of the contestants: David J., Marissa, Zach, Lauren, Todd, Lauriana, David B., Angel, Omatayo, Liz, Jordan, Monet, Christopher and Melody.


The title theme was produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
Since I have permission to share the StarMaker promotional videos I referenced earlier today, check out the clip below, a sort of first season summary of "P. Diddy's StarMaker." It features the references to Lady Gaga, Kelly Rowland, Pete Wentz and Nicole Scherzinger that we had reported.


Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
Below, check out what appears to be the final logo for "P. Diddy's StarMaker," which will premiere on MTV on August 16. It's not much different from the one released in March, but I wanted to mention it, nonetheless.

"P. Diddy's StarMaker" Logo

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
MTV has released the audio for the opening theme to "P. Diddy's StarMaker," premiering on August 16. Check it out below.



Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
According to promotional videos released by MTV, singers Lady Gaga, Kelly Rowland, Pete Wentz and Nicole Scherzinger will all have some involvement with the show. The clips were brief, so it's hard to say much more than they were simply there - but it appeared that they were in a judging capacity, sitting at table alongside confirmed judges, like Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Tamara Conniff and Laurie Ann Gibson.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
According to a press release distributed by Blue Flame, the marketing division of Bad Boy, StarMaker is set to premiere on August 16 at 10 PM ET, following "America's Best Dance Crew." This comes after numerous push backs. The season will be 10 episodes long and will feature a team of "industry tastemakers and poker players hand-selected by Diddy to teach, test, coach, and ultimately create the world's next global music superstar."

As previously reported, that team will feature super-producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and singer/actress Kimberly Caldwell.

It will also include former Billboard Executive Editor Tamara Conniff, accomplished choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson and artist manager Johnny Wright. See the full press release below.

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Posted in Gorilla Zoe
Posted by Patrick
XXLMag.com has a remix to Gorilla Zoe's "Echo" featuring Ne-Yo. I wouldn't mind it if they mixed Ne-Yo's verse with Diddy's verse on the other "Echo" remix, keeping the instrumental from the version with Diddy, and then put it out and did a video.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
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

61. "Forever in a Day" by Day26 (down from 51).
65. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 58).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums

22. "Ready to Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. (re-entry).

Songs

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

30. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (a new high, up from 33).
83. "Must Be Love" by Cassie (down from 79).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

30. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (a new high, up from 33).

Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop

23. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (up from 24).

Rhythmic Top 40

34. "Echo" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 30).

Posted in Jordan McCoy
Posted by Patrick
In tribute to Michael Jackson, Jordan McCoy has posted an acoustic cover of the Jackson 5 classic "I'll Be There." Check it out below.


Posted in Red Cafe
Posted by Patrick
Our audio player features a new song by Red Cafe, "Them Lips" featuring singer Ray Lavender.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Over on Russell Brand's website, check out a funny clip of him and Diddy on a private flight to Las Vegas. Some content not appropriate for all audiences.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Coca-Cola has released a teaser clip of the "Open Happiness" music video. The video description says that the full video premired on MTV this morning. So, the full video should be on their website soon enough. The song is by Janelle Monae, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, Travis McCoy of Gym Glass Heroes, Brandon Urie of Panic At the Disco and Cee-Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
MTV News has a short, funny video clip from an interview with Tracy Morgan where he says that Diddy is a fan of the "30 Rock" and would like to be on it, as previously reported.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
On July 6, Janelle Monae performed at the 2009 edition of the Afro-punk festival. Check out footage from the day below.


Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
Honey Magazine has an interview with Day26, focusing primarily on women.

Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
Our audio player has a new track from Elephant Man, "Poverty."

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
Fox News spoke briefly with Day26. There's not a lot to the interview (they talk a bit about Michael Jackson), but there is also a video feature where the group performed a snippet of Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone." Check it out:


Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
For people interested in instrumentals, Henry "Hen Roc" Polanco, Bad Boy's National Director of Mixshow and Club Promotions posted a couple of free download links that included the instrumentals to Red Cafe's "Hottest in the Hood" and Cassie's "Must Be Love."

Posted in Gorilla Zoe
Posted by Patrick
Qthequestion.com has an interview with Gorilla Zoe. There's a lot of random stuff in there, but it's a good, quick read for Gorilla Zoe fans.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
After finishing third in both 2007 and 2008, Diddy has moved up to second place in the 2009 Forbes list of the top earners in hip-hop.

Diddy's $30 million dollars in estimated income was a $5 million dollar drop from 2008 (though still $2 million dollars higher than 2007), but the list as a whole saw a 40% reduction. This was thanks in large part due to 50 Cent's one time Vitamin Water buyout, which was part of the 2008 figure.

Diddy finishes behind only Jay-Z at $35 million and ahead of Kanye West, 50 Cent, Akon, Lil' Wayne, Timbaland, Pharrell, T-Pain and others.

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
In a video on his YouTube channel, Brian Angel of Day26 paid tribute to Michael Jackson by performing an acapella cover of the singer's "The Lady in My Life," the final track off of the "Thriller" album. Check it out below.


Posted in Ciroc
Posted by Patrick
According to a press release (included below), Diddy and Ciroc are calling for companies to give their employees Fridays off this Summer. In promotion of this, they are offering a weekend getaway to the Hamptons, including airfare and transportation as part of their The CIROC Sophisticated Getaway Contest. You can enter by uploading a photo of yourself, celebrating Summer Fridays responsibly, to the mysummerfridays.com website. They also have a Facebook page.

The release promises video blogs from Diddy and tips on "The Art of Celebration" from Diddy and a team of experts.

» Read More


Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
The Boombox has an interview with Cassie. She talks about the leaked pictures, rough interviews and more.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Diddy just released a trailer for "Making His Band," the new reality show that will see Diddy forming a band that will support him and Dirty Money on tour. Part of the show will be the making of "Last Train to Paris," as well. The show premieres on July 27 at 10 PM ET on MTV. Check out the trailer below.


Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
According to a source at the label, Cassie's second single will likely be the Akon featured "Let's Get Crazy." I love this track - it's super catchy, Akon has a great verse and Cassie sounds great. I think it's a great choice.

Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
Our audio player has a new track from Elephant Man: "Dance and Sweep." Check it out.

Posted in Dawn Richard
Posted by Patrick
"U.G.L.Y" has been added to Dawn Richard's MySpace. It has a rock sound and a chorus centered around "U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no alibi, you ugly - yeah, yeah, you ugly."

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
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

51. "Forever in a Day" by Day26 (up from 55).
58. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 52).

Top Rap Albums

24. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 22).

Songs

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

33. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (down from 32).
79. "Must Be Love" by Cassie (down from 74).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

33. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (down from 32).

Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop

24. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (unchanged).

Rhythmic Top 40

30. "Echo" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 28).

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
The openhappiness YouTube channel has an assortment of videos chronicling the creation of the Janelle Monae featured "Open Happiness."

The song, created for The Coca-Cola Company, also features Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, Travis McCoy of Gym Glass Heroes, Brandon Urie of Panic At the Disco and Cee-Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Paper Magazine has a feature on Janelle Monae. Her MySpace has some scans from the print version.

Posted in Red Cafe
Posted by Patrick
Check out our audio player for a new track from Red Cafe. It's called "Heart and Soul" and it appears to have been produced by Pete Rock. It has a nice vibe.

Posted in Ness
Posted by Patrick
Ness' MySpace touts the release of a new mixtape that he's co-released with 9th Wonder and friends, according to the cover, which you can see below, along with the track listing. You can pick it up on iTunes.

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Posted in Ness
Posted by Patrick
Available for purchase on Amazon.com, some new Ness tracks were released in May. This includes "Rock Like This" by Bandit featuring Ness, "Take Me On" by Ness and "Supaman" by Black Deniro, Oschino, Gillie Da Kid, Peedi Crakk and Ness. Check out the Amazon MP3 search results for Ness for some more little known tracks that we haven't mentioned.

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
Before the BET Awards, MTV asked Day26 which member has the best moonwalk. Check out their answers in the clip below.


Posted in Dawn Richard
Posted by Patrick
Honey Magazine has an interview with Dawn Richard where she talks about Dirty Money, "Last Train to Paris" and more.

Honey: So let's talk about the new situation. The new music, the new group, break that down for us.
Yeah, I started out writing with Puff with Last Train To Paris, with Cassie, and with Day26. I got songs on all three albums. Puff was like "I like your writing. I think you should keep writing." Then he was like "I think you should work on Last Train To Paris." So we got in the lab and came up with this amazing new sound. I will not give you guys anything, ya'll know how it works. This new movement has been giving room for the music to just be what it is. People tend to want to class things and stereotype them. You can't with this project. All I can say is you have a train to catch and you best be on it when it takes off because it's gonna go and it's an amazing movement. And I am really proud of Last Train To Paris, and the group I am in now Dirty Money, which consist of Puff, me, and Kalina.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Diddy's annual White Party took place on July 4 in Beverly Hills, California. Co-hosted by Ashton Kutcher, it promoted the Malaria No More charity.

According to reports, the party was also attended by Demi Moore, Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Lil' Kim, Chris Brown, Tyrese, Nicole Scherzinger, Andy Samberg, Jonah Hill, Russell Brand and others.

Check out photos at Celebuzz, RadarOnline.com and Just Jared, as well as some video clips below.

» Read More


Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
CNN's Denise Quan spoke with The Game on the creation of his Diddy and Mario Winans featured Michael Jackson tribute, "Better On The Other Side" (watch the video).

He hopes to have the track up for sale and confirms that, yes, any proceeds will go to Jackson's family and children.

Via SOHH.com.

Posted in Red Cafe
Posted by Patrick
24 Hour Hip Hop reports that Red Cafe will make a cameo appearance in the video for Maino's "A Million Bucks." And, according to a press release, the rapper will also be a guest on Mack 10's upcoming album "Soft White," to be released on August 25.

Posted in Ciroc
Posted by Patrick
A new Ciroc commercial has been released, promoting the mix of Ciroc and lemonade (also known as the "Diddy") as the official drink of summer. Check it out below.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
The "Last Train to Paris" website has been updated with a new audio clip. It's "Angels" by Diddy/Dirty Money featuring The Notorious B.I.G and it is only the first part of the song. It is different from what leaked online last week in that there is a longer opening before the vocals and the instrumental itself is different.

But, the version that leaked was against Bad Boy's wishes and may have been an unfinished version. So, check out the one on the site and remember, it's just a taste.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
When I opened an article at EURWeb, I noticed that there were ad placements for "Last Train to Paris" featuring a quote from Diddy and asking "Have You Been Inspired Today?" When clicked, the ads take you to Diddy's Twitter page. I think the ads are interesting and potential.

I took a screenshot of a sampling of the ads (there are various quotes represented with changing colors and ad sizes) and you can check them out below. The first three ads had to be shrunk to fit in this post, so they are a little difficult to read.

Diddy "Last Train to Paris" Twitter Ad

Diddy "Last Train to Paris" Twitter Ad

Diddy "Last Train to Paris" Twitter Ad

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Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Angela Natividad at AdRants reports that Taco Bell commissioned the creation of a new original song called "It's All About the Roosevelts" for a recently released commercial.

A spin on Diddy's classic "It's All About the Benjamins," it referrers to former United States President Frankin D. Roosevelt's presence on the dime. The taco chain hopes you will put your dimes together and buy food from their "Why Pay More" value menu, which features items priced at 79, 89 and 99 cents. Check out the commercial below and download the song for free on their website.


Posted in Yung Joc
Posted by Patrick
A new remix of Drake's "Successful" featuring Trey Songz and Yung Joc has surfaced online. It's unclear if this is an unofficial remix or if Joc just put a verse on it, but is an interesting line in it: "Russell... I been very patient, tryin' not to turn you to a DOA patient."

Given the recent disputes that have come to light between Block Entertainment CEO Russell "Block" Spencer and Joc, fans will take this line to be aimed at him.

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
Day26 members Qwanell "Que" Mosley and Willie Taylor have previously confirmed on Twitter that "Your Heels" will be the group's second single from "Forever in a Day." Even so, there is now a poll on the Bad Boy MySpace asking you to vote to help them choose their next single.

This follows the poll staged in mid-May. The choices for this poll are different as "Shawty Wats Up" and "Then There's You" have been removed and "Babymaker" has been added. You'll note, however, that the video for "Girlfriend" has already premiered online.

I voted for "Shawty Wats Up" in the last poll. Given these choices, my vote would go to "So Good," one of my favorite tracks off the album. At the time of writing, 925 votes have been cast and "Your Heels" holds the lead at 39%. "So Good" follows at 31%. "Babymaker" (16%) and "Girlfriend" (14%) round out the final two spots.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
EURWeb.com has quotes from Diddy, reflecting on meeting Michael Jackson.

"His music makes me feel good, makes me dance, it was the definition of what a musical artist should be. Musical artists should make you feel something and make you feel good and entertain you and the impact he had really made me believe in magic."

Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
Check out Elephant Man's "Represent" in our audio player.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
On Tuesday, I shared a video clip of No Doubt performing their track "Stand and Deliver" with Janelle Monae and Hayley Williams of Paramore. Check out another clip of them performing the song at a different show from a different angle.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
BellaSugar has an interview with Janelle Monae, discussing her style, her creative process and more.

Were you always into music, or was there a moment that made everything click?
I didn't listen to a lot of music growing up, actually. It wasn't until I got out of college that I explored more. Even now, I'm careful to limit how much music I take in. I don't want to be overly influenced by others. I love to read books like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick, and I've been inspired by visual artists, especially Salvador Dali.

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Over on his Twitter profile, Henry "Hen Roc" Polanco, Bad Boy's National Director of Mixshow and Club Promotions shared some free music. This includes:

"Echo" by Gorilla Zoe featuring Diddy (Yes! Finally. I've been waiting for this).
"Diddy Bop" by Diddy featuring Yung Joc.
"Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 featuring Diddy and Yung Joc.
"What's Done is Done (Remix)" by Gorilla Zoe featuring Marina Chello.
"Must Be Love (Remix)" by Cassie featuring Busta Rhymes, Day26, Red Cafe and Diddy.
"Hottest in the Hood (Remix)" by Red Cafe featuring Jadakiss, Rick Ross, Fabolous, OJ Da Juiceman and Diddy.

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Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today. A lot of stuff were pushed down by the Michael Jackson chart takeover.

Albums

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

52. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 47).
55. "Forever in a Day" by Day26 (down from 49).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums

24. "Ready to Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. (down from 5).

Top Rap Albums

22. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 21).

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At the beginning of the clip included below, Gorilla Zoe and Block Entertainment rapper Kollosus (featuring on Zoe's "What It Is") are being interviewed at a radio station and Kollosus mentioned that his first single was "Ghetto," produced by Drumma Boy and featuring Zoe. Listen to it below.


Via Gorilla Zoe's MySpace.

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Check out our audio player for new music from Elephant Man: "Run Dem Way" and "You Can."

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Village Voice has a feature on Janelle Monae, where they talked to the singer.

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Donnie Klang was interviewed by Gabrielle Long on examiner.com. It focuses on his interests in women and his sense of style.

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Janelle Monae's MySpace has a scan of a feature in offBeat magazine that included the singer.