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Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Janelle Monae's official site has a photo from the music video shoot for "Be Still" by Big Boi featuring Janelle Monae, which was featured on the rapper's "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
The dates for the upcoming Diddy/Dirty Money "Coming Home Tour" were announced today on BET's "106 & Park." The 20 date tour begins April 13 and concludes May 15 with 19 dates in the U.S. and 1 in Canada. You can check out the full dates below with links to buy tickets, when available.

Below the dates, check a pair of clips: one of Diddy discussing the tour and another of the group appearing in Europe, in promotion of them "coming home."

April 13, 2011
Epic Center
Minneapolis, MN (Buy Tickets)

April 14, 2011
House of Blues
Chicago, IL (Buy Tickets)

April 15, 2011
Sound Board at Motor City Casino
Detroit, MI (Buy Tickets)

April 20, 2011
Kool Haus
Toronto, ON, Canada (Buy Tickets)

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Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Updating a previous story, the dates for Dirty Money's "The Coming Home Tour" will be announced on BET's "106 & Park" on Monday, as opposed to today. The show starts at 6 PM ET.

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. Dirty Money's "Coming Home" gains almost across the board.

Albums

The Billboard 200

104. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 78).

Top Current Albums

95. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 70).
171. "The ArchAndroid" by Janelle Monae (re-entry).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

22. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 14).
38. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (up from 54).

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Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Erin Williams of Washington Post blog Click Track has an interview with legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire and Janelle Monae received a mention.

What new artists pique your interests?

[Verdine White]: Weíve been talking about Janelle Monae - love Janelle Monae!

[Ralph Johnson]: We were talking about the Grammys, talking about new artists and of course Janelle came up. But then, Esperanza Spalding won a Grammy for Best New Artist.

Posted in Dawn Richard
Posted by Patrick
AllHipHop.com has an interview with Dawn Richard. They discuss her background, "Making the Band," how she and Kalenna work with Diddy in Dirty Money and more.

AllHipHop.com: Now youíre part of Diddy-Dirty Money with Kalenna Harper and Sean Combs. Does Diddy dominate his artists and their music like people say?

Dawn: Well you know, I donít think he ever had any women in a group with him. I canít think of anyone at the label who had that opportunity, so itís an interesting dynamic to see both sides of it Ė as his artist and being in his group. He is a man who has that reputation, but I think that anyone who owns a label and is an artist can tend to have that reputation.

The reality is they have to make sure that theyíre pushing their product, because itís their product. But I think what Puff did this time Ė I think he even surprised himself with this Ė he got two women who are extremely opinionated and really have a strong passion in what they do. So itís kind of an interesting group because he has to humble himself sometimes, and he doesnít like it. [laughter] But when it comes to passion and the things that we say, when we have a good opinion, he respects it, and heís like, Ďdamn, I had to humble myself.í He hates to say that! [laughter]

But I think heís starting to appreciate the fact that he is good at finding talent, and he has to believe in the talent that he picks. So Kalenna and I sort of force the hand at making him appreciate a powerful woman, which is hard for him. I think when he had his girls, it changed his whole perspective anyway. Iím the type of person where I Ďm not gonna bow down, you know? I make sure I give him my opinions respectfully, and I understand that itís his project and his label. He understands that this is what I love to do, and that Iím an asset to this thing. I think thatís why Dirty Money has been successful so far.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Janelle Monae's official website has a scan from the February 28 issue of People magazine, where Janelle Monae was included amongst Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow and others in a Clive Davis related feature.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Earlier this month, Billboard named it's 1,000th different #1 single on The Billboard Hot 100, the chart that lists the top singles in the country, regardless of genre. In a break down of labels posted on the Billboard website, Bad Boy was tied for 38th place for the most number ones held by any one label.

Tied for 38th may not seem high, but when you consider that this list goes back to the 1950s and how many labels that have released music since then, it actually is quite impressive.

You can easily view Bad Boy's Hot 100 history on our Hot 100 History page. Here are the five #1's:

Can't Nobody Hold Me Down by Diddy featuring Mase (1997)
I'll Be Missing You by Diddy featuring Faith Evans and 112 (1997)
Mo Money Mo Problems by The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Diddy and Mase (1997)
Hypnotize by The Notorious B.I.G. (1997)
Shake Ya Tailfeather by Nelly, Diddy and Murphy Lee (2004)

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
If you're a basketball fan, you know that Carmelo Anthony was just traded to the New York Knicks, bringing one of the game's bigger stars to a major market. Diddy mentioned on Twitter that television network MSG, which carries Knicks games, released a commercial featuring Dirty Money's "Coming Home." Watch below.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Diddy mentioned on Twitter that the dates for Dirty Money's upcoming "The Coming Home Tour" will be announced on Friday on BET's "106 & Park." The show starts at 6 PM ET.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
The video has been shot and Rick Ross might be on the record. Diddy announced on Twitter today that "Your Love" featuring Trey Songz is the latest official single from Dirty Money.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Earlier today, Diddy eluded to a big acting related announcement that would be coming today. Here it is: Variety's Justin Kroll reports that Diddy has signed with CAA (Creative Artists Agency), the large entertainment and sports agency. Diddy linked to the article on Twitter, announcing that he had signed with the group "as an actor."

CAA represents a large number of high earning talent, including Will Smith, Jim Carrey, Derek Jeter, Tom Cruise and more.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Check out the clip below for some rehearsal footage featuring Janelle Monae, B.o.B and Bruno Mars, before the trio joined to perform at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Here is the third and final part of Atlantic Records' "Game Changers" video series, starring Janelle Monae, B.o.B, Estelle and Lupe Fiasco. Watch part 1 and part 2.


Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
Cassie announced on Twitter that she would be featured in the new ck one ad campaign, shot by Steven Meisel.

Kevin Carrigan, global creative director of Calvin Klein Jeans and ck Calvin Klein, talked about the campaign with Vogue.

"We put them all in a room, just a big mirrored box surrounded by cameras, and let them try the collection," Carrigan told us. "The ck one collection is not about wearing clothes the way you've been told, it's about making them your own. We put the pieces in there in all sizes, from XXXL to XS; it's not about the perfect size - it's a play on proportion and androgyny. Girls were wearing jeans that were baggy and far too big, or wearing oversized shirts as dresses, they made the collection their own. It's the personalisation of fashion - and the campaign is really just a reportage of them trying the clothes."

CocoPerez.com has a quick video preview that Cassie calls "just a taste." The campaign will officially kick off on March 1.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
SIR Magazine has a video interview with Kalenna of Dirty Money, where she discusses how she met Diddy originally, how the group came together and more.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Diddy mentioned that he'll be making a big, acting related announcement today.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
A music video for Dirty Money's "Your Love" is on the way. This was confirmed in the Rick Ross video blog below, where you can see some behind the scenes footage. It looks like Ross will be featured on the video/single version of the record. It starts at the 1:38 mark.


Via Rap Radar.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Diddy posted a free download for clean and dirty versions of "Hustle Hard (Bad Boy Remix)," which is an official remix of Ace Hood's "Hustle Hard" by Red Cafe and Aasim.

Red Cafe's verse was released as a freestyle earlier this month.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Mediacaster Magazine reports that Janelle Monae will perform at the 11th annual Independent Music Awards on March 12.

The program, which primarily honors acts based in Canada, will be broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio's "The Verse" and will be recorded for future digital release through audio and video podcasts.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Janelle Monae will be the musical guest on the February 25 episode of "Last Call with Carson Daly." The show airs at 1:35 AM on NBC.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Chandler Levack of the Toronto Star has a brief interview with Janelle Monae where they talk about her next album and the meaning of "The ArchAndroid."

ďI have the right to make a concept album without being asked about it,Ē says the singer. ďI am very in tune with reality, I am very in tune with the cynics out there, and I pay income taxes just like you do.Ē

ďThe ArchAndroid is not a selfish act by Janelle MonŠe to try and live in an illusion, itís to help all the people who are told they canít love because of their sexual preference.

Posted in Ciroc
Posted by Patrick
Ciroc has released a couple of "day in the life" videos featuring Ciroc Boyz DJ Camillo and DJ Enuff. The Ciroc Boyz are a group of Ciroc sponsored and endorsed DJs that work with the brand and promote it. Watch below.




Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Otis R. Taylor Jr." of The State reports on the new "Who Shot Rock & Roll" exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art.

Photos of The Notorious B.I.G. (shot by Michael Lavine) and Diddy (Mark Seliger) will be among those on display.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Janelle Monae #2 on NME's Cool List 2010

According to her official website, Janelle Monae hit the #2 slot on NME's "Cool List" 2010 and appeared on the cover of the issue that included it.

Video: Janelle Monae Performs Symphonic Version of "BabopByeYa" with Emory Symphony Orchestra

As previously reported, Janelle Monae performed, for the first time, a symphonic version of "BabopbyeYa" in October with the Emory Symphony Orchestra. Check out some footage from the day below.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Diddy Wants to be First Black Majority Owner in National Football League

NBC Connecticut reports that, in October, Diddy revealed on Twitter that he would like to be the National Football League's first black majority owner.

Russell Brand Reflects on Hanging Out with Diddy

New York Magazine has some funny quotes from Russell Brand, during an appearance for TimesTalk. The quotes are at the bottom of the article - here's a sample:

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Posted by Patrick
CBS Los Angeles has a story about a newly revealed court record pertaining to testimonial made by an inmate who shared a cell with former LAPD officer Rafael Perez.

The inmate alleges that Perez, and another former LAPD officer, David Mack, were associated with Death Row and that Perez passed along the location of Christopher Wallace (The Notorious B.I.G.) to Mack at least one point during the event.

ďPerez was working security. Perez had a cell phone. Perez said he called over to Mack, David Mack on his cell phone. Perez told Mack that Biggie Smalls was in his truck. Perez never said that he set up Biggie Smalls but I have heard that heÖhad something to do with that murder,Ē according to the inmate.

Perez was on-duty on the night that Wallace was killed and both he and Mack have denied their involvement.

Via News One.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Diddy has donated $100,000 to The 100 Urban Entrepreneurs Foundation, according to a press release. During GRAMMY week, the group was joined by Bryan-Michael Cox and SESAC in honoring Diddy.

From the release:

Annually, Bryan-Michael Cox recognizes a leading business executiveís commitment to music, business and service. The brunch was well attended by a mix of music and corporate executives, friends and family. Bryan opened the brunch with heartfelt words about the impact that ďPuffĒ, as he referred to him during his speech, had on him. "When youíre around Puff, you just want to be better," Cox told guests. "Puff challenged me early on by asking, Son, do you know how hot you really are? I walked away wanting to make even greater music.Ē Bryan credited Combs as a mentor that offered him an opportunity to be greater. Sean ďDiddyĒ Combs continued the message of mentorship and opportunity with his acceptance speech and accredited his success to being given an opportunity by mentors like Quincy Jones, LA Reid and Andre Harrell. Bryan-Michael Cox recognized the founders of 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, Magnus Greaves, Lucas Riggins and Dan Carriere and illustrated to the audience the value and impact of the organization. ďMinorities are fundamentally at a disadvantage because many lack the access to financial resources and mentoring opportunities to start sustainable businesses.Ē

In a special presentation honoring Combs, Damone Franklin and Charlie Fyffe owners of Charlies Brownies, a 100 Urban Entrepreneur funded business, announced the establishment of the ďSean ĎDiddyí CombsĒ Entrepreneurial Fund. Moved by the foundersí commitment to urban entrepreneurship and the stories of those currently served by the foundation, Sean ďDiddyĒ Combs personally committed $100,000.00 to The 100 Urban Entrepreneurs Foundation. The donation will be used to fund 10 startup businesses and provide entry into the 100 Urban Entrepreneur Mentor Program.

Posted by Patrick
Complex spoke with DJ Premier, asking him to recount the stories behind his "classic records." Included in this is The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Unbelievable" and "Kick in the Door." Interesting stuff to start the "Unbelievable" write-up:

ďI almost didnít make the record. Big called me at the last minute, and said, íGet me a track,í and I told him, íI donít have time to make one.í I had other deadlines to meet at the time. He was on his way to blow up, and I loved him, and I wanted to help, but I really just didnít have the time. I used to see Big in the area all the time. Just to hang. Mister Cee put me on to Big, and we would go down to the store where we used to buy 40s. Weíll see Big, and heíll be like, íYo, what do I got to do to get put on?í And I said, íWell, you messing with Puff.í And heís like, íYeah, but heís taking too long.í And I would be like, íNah, stay with him. Heís going to help you get rich.í He was just impatient like all artists, but itís a process.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Garnier Fructis shot some footage with Janelle Monae during the 2010 Voodoo Experience Music Festival in New Orleans, LA, where she performed. They chat about her style and hair and it is mixed with some "Cold War" performance footage.


Posted in Ciroc
Posted by Patrick
According to a press release, Ciroc vodka has joined with National Basketball Association franchise the Washington Wizards and the Verizon Center, where they play their games, to promote social responsibility.

The effort will include in-game promotions, public service announcements (PSA) and social responsibility programming at the Verizon Center. Two "Safe Rides" PSAs have already been unveiled, including Wizards player JaVale McGee and the team's DJ, DJ Big Tigger.

"In the last three years, Ciroc has taken great strides to help New Yorkers adopt responsible celebratory habits through our annual New Year's Eve 'Safe Rides' program," said Randy Carlson, Brand Director for CIROC at Diageo North America, in the release. "We are thrilled to partner with the Washington Wizards and the Verizon Center to help us spread this message to our nation's capitol and to the entire sports community."

"Together with E! network, Ciroc has distributed pre-paid debit cards in and around Times Square on New Year's Eve to ensure partygoers have access to free, safe rides home," added Dia Simms, EVP, General Manager of The Blue Flame Agency, Bad Boy's in-house marketing agency. "We are excited to extend this program to the DC Metro area in the near future."

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Guillermo from "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" was at the GRAMMYs and he had a little fun with Diddy and Janelle Monae, as well as others. Watch below.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
From the red carpet at the GRAMMY Awards, Janelle Monae chatted with MTV and Fuse about her next album. Watch below for the Fuse clip.

"I'm working on new music now and as soon as the music is done, an album will be submitted, but we're already like, 'Let's go,'" she a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1658136/janelle-monae.jhtml">told MTV. "I'm in a very creative space right now, just came off tour with Amy Winehouse, Prince, Stevie Wonder. ... I'm in a really good, creative space."


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Here are a couple of clips with Janelle Monae from the red carpet at the GRAMMYs. The first is a short interview with CBS while the second is a funny clip for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (Monae is at the 1:34 mark).




Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Before she performed at Clive Davis' gala before the GRAMMYs, Janelle Monae was interviewed from the red carpet by - who else - the GRAMMYs themselves. Watch below for the interview, where Monae reflects on her participation in the awards, technology and music and more.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
The Lancashire Telegraph has an interview with Janelle Monae. She talks about her background, the concept between "The ArchAndroid" and her connection with her fans.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Clinton Sparks has just released a new record, "Rockin' With the Best," borrowing Diddy's often used catchphrase and featuring the Bad Boy CEO. My ear tells me that most, if not all of Diddy's vocals on the track, were taken from previously released songs. "Rockin' With the Best" was produced by Sparks and DJ Snake.

You can check out the cover, listen to it and download it for free below (by clicking the little downward facing arrow in the player below).

"Rockin' With the Best" by Clinton Sparks featuring Diddy (Cover)


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

The Billboard 200

78. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 62).

Top Current Albums

70. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 61).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

14. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (up from 16).
54. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae ("Pace Setter," up from 73).

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Posted in Red Cafe
Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

New Red Cafe Record, "High School BS 2," Appears Online

In January, a new Red Cafe record titled "High School BS 2" appeared online, featuring Pop-A-Lot.

Mysonne's "Tape Rock (Remix)" Samples Biggie, Features Red Cafe, Jadakiss and N.O.R.E.

Mysonne's "Tape Rock" received the remix treatment in November with features from Jadakiss, Red Cafe and N.O.R.E. Both the remix and the original record feature a sample of The Notorious B.I.G. Listen on AllHipHop.com.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Presale tickets are now available for the "Hoogans in Wondaland" tour, starring Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars. Care of her official website, the tickets can be purchased through Artist Arena.

You can either by a regular event ticket or a bundle. Each bundle includes a general admission ticket or reserved seat ticket (depending on the venue), access to a meet and greet with Monae, a best of Janelle Monae "Fandroid" digital EP, a signed, exclusive poster of Janelle Monae and a commemorative VIP laminate.

Posted in Dawn Richard
Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Dawn Richard Featured in Bleu Magazine Online

In October, Dawn Richard posted some photos from a shoot she did for Bleu Magazine.

Video: Dawn Richard Sings Dirty Money's "Loving You No More" Acapella

In the clip below, originally posted in October, Dawn Richard sings portions of Dirty Money's "Loving You No More" acapella while chatting about some then current Dirty Money news.

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Posted in Zac Posen
Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Behind the Scenes at Zac Posen's Studio

Stylite posted a behind the scenes look at Zac Posen's studio in October.

Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels Reflects on Contributing to The Notorious B.I.G.'s "My Downfall"

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels chatted with MTV about his contribution to the Biggie classic "My Downfall," from the "Life After Death" album. Watch below.


Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Cassie Record "Whatcha Gonna Do" Appears Online

Back in December, a Cassie record titled "Whatcha Gonna Do" popped up online. On Twitter, Cassie said that the track was probably recorded in early 2007 and produced by Bryan-Michael Cox. She said it was done at the same time as "2 The Morning."

Posted in i SQUARE
Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Video: i SQUARE Performs Acapella Version of "Hey Sexy Lady" at VEVO Offices

In November, i SQUARE stopped by the VEVO offices in New York and performed an acapella version of "Hey Sexy Lady." Check out a piece of it below.

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Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Following Monday's rough release, here is the HD version of Dirty Money's "I Hate That You Love Me" video. I like this clip a lot.


Via Anthony Osei.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Janelle Monae's official website announces the upcoming "Hooligans in Wondaland" tour, featuring Bruno Mars and Monae. They have announced 23 dates in the United States and Canada and will be supported by Plan B on the first leg and Mayer Hawthorne on the second.

Bundle presale orders will be available on February 17 while public ticket sales begin on February 26. Check out the flier and dates below.

"Hooligans in Wondaland" Tour Flier (Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae)

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Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
According to a press release issued by Newtroit Records, Brian Angel of Day26 will appear on their upcoming "Heat Seekers Volume 1" compilation, which will be released on February 19.

The track is "Boyfriend" by J Xavier featuring Brian Angel. You can listen to the song on the Newtroit Records website.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

New DJ Webstar Single "Fly Like a Plane" Produced by Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson

Bad Boy producer Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson produced DJ Webstar's latest single, "Fly Like a Plane." Listen below.



Listen Now: "Lost" by Game (Produced by Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson") (Free Download)

In January, rapper Game and DJ Skee released a new mixtape, "Purp & Patron." On of the songs featured on the compilation is "Lost," produced by Bad Boy producer Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson. You can download the mixtape for free at LiveMixtapes.com, care of DJ Skee. Listen to "Lost" below.

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Posted in Aasim
Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Video: Aasim Working on "No Way Out" in the Studio with Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie

In January, Aasim posted a clip from Daddy's House recording studios on his YouTube channel. In it, he's working on a record (presumably titled "No Way Out") with Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie.

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Posted in Justin's
Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Two People Shot Outside of Justin's in Atlanta

In November, two people were shot outside of Justin's in Atlanta, according to a report by WSB. There does not appear to have been an update to the story, so it is unclear if any arrests have been made in the shooting.

Posted in Sean John
Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Sean John T-Shirt Design Allegedly Lifted from Yale Poster

In October, Yale Daily News and Co.Design both reported on allegations that a Sean John t-shirt featured a design that was taken from a poster that had been used for a symposium at the Yale School of Architecture in 2007.

There does not appear to have been an update to the story. So, a private settlement could have been made or, perhaps, they decided no legal action was necessary. At the time the story was fresh, Michael Bierut, who commissioned the design in question, said that it was unlikely that any such action would be taken.

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Posted in Ciroc
Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Diddy Partners with New York City Department of Transportation to Help New Yorkers Get Home on New Year's Ever

For the third consecutive year, Ciroc, Diddy and E! Entertainment teamed up to help get New Yorkers home safe on New Year's Eve.

The effort saw them hand out thousands of $25 gift cards that were redeemable the city's 13,000-plus taxicabs, participating livery car services and MTA and New York City subway ticketing booths through January 1, 2011 at 11:59 PM.

What was new this year is that they partnered with the New York City Department of Transportation for the first time, joining them to launch a "citywide safe driving initiative."

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Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Following part 1, here is part 2 of Atlantic Records "Game Changers" series. It features Janelle Monae, B.o.B, Estelle and Lupe Fiasco are featured on a panel discussing the music business and the creation of music.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
On Sunday, Janelle Monae made her debut GRAMMY performance, participating in a joint set with B.o.B and Bruno Mars at the 53rd annual GRAMMY Awards.

She provided backing vocals for B.o.B's "Nothing on You" before disappearing, only to pop up from beneath the stage to perform "Cold War," with Mars on drums and B.o.B with a guitar in hand. Watch below, care of Monae's MySpace.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Cee-Lo Green has released the visual for his track "Bodies," directed by Mikael Columbu. It features a heavy cameo from Janelle Monae, as well as appearances by Kerry Washington and Karl Lagerfield.

Interestingly, at the end of the video, "to be continued" is displayed, following by a main locked in some sort of room. A snippet of Monae's "Locked Inside" plays.


Via Prefixmag via HYPETRAK.

Posted in Ciroc
Posted by Patrick
According to the The Moodie Report, Ciroc parent company Diageo announced a 16% rise in profit for the six month period ending December 31, as compared to the same period in 2009. Some Ciroc related notes from the story:

North America contributed most to the growth of vodka, with continued strong momentum in CÓroc and the launch of R÷KK vodka in the premium segment. Smirnoff net sales declined in its largest markets of the US and UK but grew high double digits in the emerging markets, reflecting the strategy of positioning standard products to emerging middle class consumers. ...

CÓroc: CÓroc continued its momentum in the US significantly growing volume and net sales, as well as gaining share in the ultra premium vodka segment. The new Coconut and Red Berry flavours drove overall brand growth and comprised over 50% of total brand volume.

The Coconut and Red Berry flavors were introduced in November of 2009 and now account for more than 50% of overall brand volume. Ciroc volume grew by 128% altogether.

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According to a press release, Entertainment One has teamed with the upcoming Urban Wrestling Federation and will provide talent to the program. Gorilla Zoe will be involved.

"We at Entertainment One Music are very excited to be participating in the initial event launch of the Urban Wrestling Federation. We will be supplying some of our urban artists and their music to the first TV event, taping in the next few months. We will be assisting in the promotion of the first national pay per view broadcast including our artists," said Alan Grunblatt, president of Entertainment One. "We've also brought in our partner, Russell "Big Block" Spencer, Block Entertainment, who will be promoting his artist Gorilla Zoe with the UWF."

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In an interview with Speakeasy, a blog of The Wall Street Journal, Method Man was asked if he'd seen the "Notorious" biopic (he hadn't - "I don't like death at all," he said) and he also shared this story:

What was [The Notorious B.I.G.] like in real life?

He was hilarious, man. Once when we went inside this airport [in North Carolina]. There was a lady at the security gate and Big went through and ďbeep beep beepĒ and heís telling the lady, ďLook, I got a bullet in me, so the machineís gonna keep going off. Why donít you pat me down?Ē And she was like ďNo just keep going through the machine.Ē And he kept going through and throughÖI just thought that was fó- hilariousÖAfter a while youíd forget he was fat or had those googly-eyes, youíd just see a funny motherfóĖ ÖI think Big would have been big on screen.

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The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Former Bad Boy Chief Marketing Officer Amani Duncan Heads to C.F. Martin & Co.

According to a press release, Amani Duncan - former Chief Marketing Officer for Bad Boy Entertainment has been hired by C.F. Martin & Co. as the Director of Promotional Marketing. The company manufactures guitars and related accessories. Congratulations to Mrs. Duncan.

Tao of Talani and UPTOWN Magazine Go Behind the Scenes at Blue Flame

Tao of Talani and UPTOWN Magazine both released features - in November and September, respectively - taking a look at the operations at Blue Flame, Bad Boy's marketing and ad agency.

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The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

New York Post: Mother of Mario Winans' Son Claims Lack of Child Support

In January, the New York Post ran a story quoting Janel Bennett, the mother of Mario Winans son, Jordan. She claims that Winans is four months behind on child support, which is set at $4,500 a month.

"He pays $10,000 a month for a house in New Jersey and says he's broke," Bennett said. "I was homeless. I had to stay with friends in Chicago. He's not broke, he just had a hit song with Drake."

The Post also spoke with Winans, who said that he would wire Bennett $14,000 over the weekend.

"I take pride in my children," he said. It is what it is I always make sure they are taken care of."

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Following it's debut on MTV Jams last month, check out the visual for Dirty Money's "I Hate That You Love Me" below, care of Diddy.


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According to Bad Boy producer Rob Holladay, who executive produced the "LoveLOVE vs. HateLOVE" Valentine's Day mix of Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris," Jay Electronica wrote "Rollercoaster" for Dirty Money. You can pick up the song as part of the mix.

Posted in Day26
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The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Day26 to be Featured on Yung Berg's "Mr. Ward" Mixtape

AllHipHop.com reports that Day26 will be featured on "Mr. Ward," a new mixtape from Yung Berg that is scheduled for a release sometime in February.

Free Download: "Felt Right" by Big Sid featuring Brian Angel of Day26 (Singe Cover, Music Video Behind the Scenes)

On Twitter, Big Sid is offering a free download of "Felt Right," his single featuring Brian Angel of Day26.

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The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Music Video: "I'm Good" by Gorilla Zoe

In January, Gorilla Zoe released a music video for "I'm Good," from his "I Am Atlanta 3" EP and subsequent mixtape. Watch below.


Gorilla Zoe Featured on Diego Cash's "L.I.F.E." (Free Download)

Rapper Diego Cash released a new mixtape in December, titled "Honorable Mention," and Gorilla Zoe appeared as a guest on the track "L.I.F.E." with Supplya. You can download the mixtape for free at DatPiff, via Diego Cash's Facebook page. You can also listen below.

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The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

UsMagazine.com Interviews Jeremy Greene About Justin Bieber Tour

In December, UsMagazine.com sat down with Jeremy Greene. The interview is focused on Greene's involvement in Justin Bieber's tour.

Video: Jeremy Greene Performs "Miss America" and Cee-Lo's "F*** You" Live at Endicott College (Flo Rida to Appear on "Miss America"?)

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The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Producer Drew Money ("Right Thru Me)" Working on Red Cafe's Project

In an interview with 24hourhiphop.com, music producer Drew Money revealed that he was working on Red Cafe's project. Money was behind Nicki Minaj's single "Right Thru Me."

Red Cafe Featured on "Ballin'" from The HoodStarz "Controversy" Album

In October, The HoodStarz released "Controversy," which you can pick up on Amazon.com. The album features a Red Cafe collaboration titled "Ballin."

Via BallerStatus.com.

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In our audio player, you can listen to "Twisted," a new record from Gorilla Zoe that features Lil' Jon. We first reported on the record at the end of January. It was produced by DJ Montay.

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The clip below finds Jeremy Greene and Bad Boy A&R Daniel "Skid" Mitchell at Daddy's House recording studios with rapper Chris Webby. Nothing newsworthy here - just a funny clip. Stupid hard!


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Back in November, Liz Davis revealed that revealed that she had signed with a "new major label," referring to it as the label whose roster included country legend Reba McEntire. That would have meant The Valory Music Co.

At the time, Davis was not willing to speak further or confirm whether or not she was still affiliated with Bad Boy.

But, on her Facebook page is January, Davis was asked if she was still "with Diddy" and she replied, stating that she was "not with Bad Boy anymore" and telling the person, "you'll find out soon!"

Ironically, Davis released a new song on Friday titled "Bad Boy," where she sings "Bad Boy, you're no good for me." But, the song title has "no pun intended," according to her.

Earlier this month, Davis tweeted that she wanted to "answer everyone's questions about Bad Boy. But, news will be out soon, I promise you!"

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Janelle Monae may not have picked up any hardware last night, but she did jump on stage for a join performance with Bruno Mars and B.o.B.

According to the Calgary Herald, Monae sung "Cold War" with Mars on drums while she provided backing vocals when B.o.B performed "Nothing on You.

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Dirty Money has released their Valentine's Day mix of "Last Train to Paris" for free download at HotNewHipHop.com.

Titled "LoveLOVE vs. HateLOVE," this is a serious mixtape. With the way most "mixtapes" are put together these days, I hesitate to call it that. It's more like a remix album. Executive produced by Bad Boy producer Rob Holladay, the 14 track set features previously unreleased tracks and special remixes of tracks from the group's "Last Train to Paris" album.

The unreleased tracks are "Sade," "Private Entertainer" featuring Rick Ross, "Rollercoaster," "Make Love to You" and "Utopia." All of these records, with the exception of "Utopia," had appeared in the "Last Train to Paris" lyric book. "Make Love to You" was produced by Holladay and co-produced Yung Berg.

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The music video for Dirty Money's "Yesterday" was shot in January and directed by Colin Tilley.

On Twitter, Tilley shared that "the concept for 'Yesterday' was to create a "MOVING painting" - water vs. fire, earth vs. air."

Diddy released the clip today, in honor of Valentine's Day. The song features singer Chris Brown. Watch below.


Update: Changed broken video, as per Diddy.

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"HateLOVE vs. LoveLOVE," the "Last Train to Paris" Valentine's Day mix by Dirty Money, was supposed to be released last night at midnight Eastern Time on HotNewHipHop.com. The venue was announced by Diddy on Twitter yesterday.

Shortly before that time came, however, HotNewHipHop.com posted on their Twitter profile that the mixtape had been delayed by 3 hours to midnight Pacific Time.

However, now long past, when you visit their website, a countdown to midnight (beneath the mix's cover) has been replaced by the words "Coming Soon."

Neither the Twitter accounts of Diddy or HotNewHipHop.com nor mixtape executive producer Rob Holladay reference the delay or suggest when it might be released. Stay tuned.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
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The 53rd GRAMMY Awards were tonight and, unfortunately, Janelle Monae did not win in either of the two categories she was nominated in.

In the Best Urban/Alternative Performance, Cee-Lo Green took hom the award for "F*** You." Monae was nominated along with Big Boi for "Tightrope."

In the Best Contemporary R&B Album, it was Usher with "Raymond v. Raymond," ahead of Monae's "The ArchAndroid."

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On Twitter, Torch shared clean dirty and dirty versions of "Round & Round" for free download. The record features Red Cafe, Masspike Miles and Pusha T.

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According to the image below, posted by Diddy on Twitter, the Valentine's day mix of Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" will be titled "LOVELOVE vs. HATELOVE" and will be executive produced by Rob Holladay and The Synthetic Orchestra.

Way back in September of 2009, Diddy announced that Holladay had joined The Hitmen, Bad Boy's in-house team of producers, and that he had produced "half" of "Last Train to Paris."

But, when the album was released, not a single Holladay produced record was included. This is where Diddy's comments about the four unreleased tracks may come in.

"LOVELOVE vs. HATELOVE" Promo

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According to a promotional message sent out by Bad Boy, the new remix to Dirty Money's "A** on the Floor", which you can download for free or listen to in our audio player, was produced by Rob Holladay.

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AllHipHop.com reports that Brian-Michael Cox and SESAC, the performing rights organization, will host a gala on February 13 in Los Angeles to honor Diddy.

"I see Diddy's work as an artist being celebrated all the time," Cox said in a statement. "It was important to me to celebrate his work and honor him as a businessman who's marketing genius changed the face of the music industry. Having worked closely with him throughout the years, I've been a direct beneficiary of his counsel and its been life changing."

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According to the official Twitter account of the GRAMMYs, Diddy has been added as a presenter.

Via Njai Joszor.

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Jennifer Madison at The Daily Mail reports that Zac Posen has launched his fall 2011 Z Spoke collection with a "low-profile look book." Fashionologie has the photos.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
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Rap-Up.com has photos from Janelle Monae's rehearsal for her performance at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards, which will air on CBS on February 13 at 8 PM ET.

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We've seen the behind the scenes footage - it's time for the video! The visual for Kevin Cossom's "Baby I Like It" debuted today on MTV.com and MTVU. Check it out below.


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Diddy has released "the official remix of GRAMMY weekend" for free download. It's the official remix to "A** on the Floor" featuring Swizz Beatz. The song features an entirely new instrumental.

Update: Diddy also put out a clean version on Twitter.

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Diddy announced this evening that Dirty Money's "Coming Home" had, so far, sold 1.7 million copies worldwide. He also mentioned that "Hello Good Morning" had sold 1.2 million.

"Hello Good Morning" was certified gold by the RIAA in September, which indicates sales in the United States of at least 500,000. "Coming Home" has yet to be certified, but I have a feeling that it is only a matter of time.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
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The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Music From Diddy Now Available to Remix on Romplr

According to a press release issued in November, music from Diddy is now available to remix on Romplr, an app that allows you to remix tracks through your mobile device.

A run through the Romplr leaderboard reveals some mixes to "Last Night" that you can listen to on their website.

Diddy Lends Some Vocals to Game's "Red Bottom"

Back in November, a seemingly unfinished track by Game appeared online, titled "Red Bottom." The song featured Diddy, who contributed a brief introduction and a few words throughout the song, which included Game name checking both Bad Boy and Ciroc. It is unclear if this track is intended for Game's upcoming album, "The R.E.D. Album."

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On Twitter, Diddy mentioned that tonight Dirty Money was shooting another video for a song from "Last Train to Paris." It's unclear what track it is for.

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On Thursday, Justin Bieber was a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," promoting his new film "Never Say Never." During the show, Diddy stopped by to hang out and have some fun. Watch below.






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The Hollywood Reporter has a cover story on Justin Bieber, the team behind them and how they are working to ensure he maintains his success for the long haul.

L.A. Reid, the chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, who signed Beiber to a 360 deal in 2008, shared an interesting story about Usher and how, when his voice changed due to puberty, he wanted to drop the singer. But, someone convinced him not to. Diddy.

Reid says he doesnít live with regret, but dig a little deeper, and it becomes clear that one major hurdle from Reidís past is coming into play with Bieber. Weeks from turning 17 on March 1, Bieber and his $100 million voice are changing. When this natural process of human development occurred with Usher, Reid, by his own admission, ďlost it.Ē He recounts those trying months back in 1994: ďI wasnít there for Usher. I heard him at a showcase, and he couldnít sing. I was embarrassed. It was like: ĎDamn, whereís the voice? What happened to his tone? Whereís the power and the range?í It was all gone. I wanted to drop him. I wanted to be out of business with him. I broke his heart. I broke his motherís heart. It was a very tough period in both our lives. Then someone said to me: ĎDonít be a fool. Donít sell your stock in Usher. Heís still going to be a star. Heís everything you thought he was the day you signed him.í And that person was Puffy.Ē Says Usher: ďNo man is perfect and no executive knows how to make all the right decisions. I was shielded from a lot of it. My mother felt it more than anything. But losing my voice f---ed me up. I had to figure it out.Ē

It should be no surprise, then, to learn that the person hired to help Bieber navigate the tricky world of puberty is vocal coach Jan Smith, who got Usher through his early performances. ďShe has me doing vocal conditioning exercises regularly,Ē Bieber explains. Today Reid, a father of five, says heís better prepared to handle Bieberís maturation. ďI know how to be encouraging now,Ē he says. ďI wasnít that way to Usher. I didnít give him the same kind of love and support at the time. But Puffy was right.Ē

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
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The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Diddy/Dirty Money Interview with WTAM 1100 Cleveland

In December, Dirty Money was interviewed by WTAM 1100 in Cleveland. They talk about the formation of the group, the development of "Last Train to Paris" and more. One of the more interesting parts was Diddy's answer when asked how Skylar Grey came to be featured on "Coming Home."

TB: Skylar Grey is featured on that track Ė she was pretty much unknown before this. How did she become a part of it?

Diddy: Yeah, she was writing, she wrote the song, with the chorus. Jay-Z helped me write the rest of the song, and Alex da Kid - who did "Airplanes," and ď"Love The Way You Lie" - that's one of his main writers that he works with. I just loved her voice on the intro. We don't have egos, we have an allegiance to the song, and we also had a lot of different featured but we didn't have anybody that was kind of unknown, so we were like, "Hey let's keep her on the front, it sounds good." That's what music is about sounding good Ė let's leave it like that.

Video: Diddy and Rick Ross Being Interviewed... and then Dwayne Wade Happens

In the clip below, posted on the official NBA YouTube channel, Diddy and Rick Ross are being interviewed courtside at a Miami Heat game last month. And then Dwayne Wade dunks. And the interview ends.

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The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Karl Lagerfeld Calls Janelle Monae a "New Revelation

Janelle Monae met fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld in December and he had plenty of nice things to say about the singer.

According to her MySpace, this continued during a television interview where he referred to her as a "new revelation' - "anointed of Prince" and "heiress of James Brown."

Janelle Monae Delivers Symphonic Version of "BabopByeYa" with Emory Symphony Orchestra

In October, Janelle Monae performed with the Emory Symphony Orchestra at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta. She did a special symphonic rendition of "BabopByeYa." Metromix Atlanta has pictures.

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Rapper Trina has released her own unofficial remix of Dirty Money's "A** on the Floor." In 2010, she collaborated with both Diddy and Dawn Richard, officially - with Diddy on her own "Million Dollar Girl" and on Richard's "Bottles."

You can listen to the verse on AllHipHop.com.

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Last month, it was revealed by producer Guy Gerber that he had teamed with Diddy for an upcoming collaborative album.

Gerber spoke with The Sun recently and talked about the project.

He said that, at first, Diddy asked him to do a remix album of Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris." But, Gerber wanted to "make something deeper musically. He liked what I did and now it's a whole project with him."

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Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today. Dirty Money's "Coming Home" falls slightly while "Last Train to Paris" gains.

Albums

The Billboard 200

62. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (up from 73).

Top Current Albums

61. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (up from 71).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

16. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (unchanged).
73. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 66).

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Advertising Age reports that, for the year ending January 23, Ciroc sales totaled $8.8 million, a gain of 71%. This moved the vodka ahead of competitor Belvedere, as the second best selling vodka in the U.S.

In the same period, Belvedere saw sales growth of 7.8% to $7.8 million. This was below the average for the super-premium vodka product category, which grew almost 14%, according to numbers provided by the Distilled Spirits Council.

Back in July, Diddy announced that Ciroc had surpassed Belvedere. The vodka sales leader is Grey Goose, who reported sales of $57.9 million, which was a gain of 1.2%.

The sales numbers exclude Wal-Mart stores, as well as club and liquor store sales.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
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On Wednesday, Janelle Monae was honored by ESSENCE and Diddy at the magazine's annual "Black Women in Music" event before the GRAMMYs. Prince, Big Boi, Mary Mary, Leona Lewis and others were also on hand.

ESSENCE has a five question interview with her, where she reflects on what the honor means to her, as well as the support that she has received from Diddy and Prince.

"He's a very nice guy and supportive of my ideas and my label, The Wonderland Arts Society," she said of the Bad Boy CEO. "He's very funny and is really inspired by what it is that we are doing. It means a lot to me because he is also a person that I have looked up to. I admire the longevity that he has and all the many businesses that he has and still oversees. Whenever I need advice, he's just there. And him just being there is enough."

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Diddy, who talked about his state of mind when he gave Monae the stamp of approval.

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Rap-Up.com reports that Cassie will play the love interest to Wiz Khalifa in the rapper's "Roll Up" music video. It was shot in Venice Beach, CA on Wednesday.

They also spoke with Khalifa and asked him how she came to be involved. Watch below, starting at the 0:47 mark.


You can also view some photos from the shoot on their website.

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On Twitter, singer Kevin Cossom mentioned that his new music video for "Baby I Like It" will premiere on MTV.com and MTVU tomorrow.

Watch some behind the scenes video from the shoot.

Via Alandis Brassel.

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Yesterday, Diddy announced that there would be a Valentine's Day remix of Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" to be released at midnight on February 13 (this might actually mean midnight on the 14th - i.e. the moment that it's officially Valentine's Day).

Today, on Twitter, he wrote that the Dirty Money Valentine's Day mixtape was coming on February 14. Right after he sent that message, he sent another one where he said that there are "four new unreleased joints!" It sounds as though we'll be getting some new Dirty Money music in a few days.

Posted in Aasim
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On Twitter, Aasim shared a free download of "God With the Flow (Remix)" featuring Jae Millz. This is an old track - at least 3 or 4 years old - but, if you don't have it already, check it out.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid" Featured in Numerous 2010 Year-End Lists

Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid" was one of 2010's biggest critical successes and, as such, it received a lot of mentions when it came time for various publications to put together their lists of the top albums of 2010. Here is a small sample:

Metacritic: 4th place based on aggregate of 2010 lists provided by music critics
SPIN: 6th
Vibe: 5th
Detroit Metro Times: two Metro Times writers included her in their top 10 - one as 6th and one as 2nd
San Antonio Current: 1st
Times Herald-Record: 4th
Associated Press: 1st
HMV: 5th in the retailers poll of music critics
Cleveland Plain Dealer: 6th
Chicago Sun-Times: 1st
Entertainment Weekly: 8th
Pitchfork: 12th
The Guardian: 1st (breakdown of individual critics)
News.com.au: 15th
PopMatters: 1st

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The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Janelle Monae Performs at the Bing Bar During the Sundance Film Festival (Video)

During last month's Sundance Film Festival, Janelle Monae appeared and performed at the Bing Bar, sponsored by the Microsoft search engine. In the assorted clips below, you can see an interview (first clip) and some performance footage.



Finally, in the two clips below, Bing's representative chatted with a number of attendees. But, if you watch through, you'll see some footage from Monae's performance, as well.



Janelle Monae Appears on Stage During Mark Ronson Set at Le Dťfilť Etam Lingerie Fashion Show

In January, Mark Ronson was at the helm for a live set during the Le Dťfilť Etam Lingerie fashion show during Paris Fashion Week. At the end of the show, which featured The Kills, Spank Rock, Boy George and others, Janelle Monae appeared on stage. Watch below. You can skip ahead to 17:38 to see Monae emerge.

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In a pair of tweets, Diddy revealed that a Valentine's Day remix to Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" would be released on midnight on February 13. No other details were provided.

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On Twitter, Diddy mentioned that Crain's New York Business had listed Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group third on it's list of the top minority owned businesses in the New York area.

For the purpose of the rankings, the New York area includes New York City and Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties in New York and Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties in New Jersey. In order for a company to quality, they must be a privately owned business that is headquartered within the New York area and at least 51% of the company must be owned by minorities.

At the bottom of the rankings, Crain's notes that Bad Boy did not respond to this year's survey and that some data is estimated based on other published information. So, for example, the $300 million in revenue and 600 employee numbers are both estimates.

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The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Video: Dawn Richard in the Studio Working on "A Tell Tale Heart" Mixtape

In the clips below, Dawn Richard is in the studio working the "A Tell Tale Heart" mixtape.

In the first three clips, she is working on "These Tears."





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Posted in Zac Posen
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The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Zac Posen Line Has New President: Jillian Sinel

Back in December, Women's Wear Daily reported that the Zac Posen line had a new president.

Before taking the role, according to her LinkedIn profile, Jillian Sinel was the COO at Carolina Herrera and also spent time at Christian Dior.

Zac Posen Wins Six Week Internship with Martha Stewart's Company

At a charity function in November, Zac Posen bid #3,500 and won a six week internship at Martha Stewart's company.

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Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

"Saturday Night Live" Comedian Jay Pharoah Impersonates The Notorious B.I.G. for Thanksgiving Skit

Back in November, Jay Pharoah of "Saturday Night Live" participated in a special Thanksgiving edition of "Weekend Update" with Seth Meyers. Pharoah suggested that white people had "all the Thanksgiving songs." When Meyers said that there weren't any Thanksgiving songs for white people, Pharoah said that there should be a hip-hop Thanksgiving song and proceeded to do impersonations of Jay-Z, Drake and Biggie. Watch below.


Via Leah Greenblatt.

Faith Evans Talks About The Notorious B.I.G.'s Murder Case

In November, before it was announced that active leads were being investigated in Biggie's murder case, Faith Evans spoke with Davina Hamilton of the Voice Online about the status of the investigation.

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Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Janelle Monae Performs Live and Chats with NPR's "World Cafe"

As previously reported, Janelle Monae appeared on NPR's "World Cafe" in December. She performed a medley of songs before sitting down for an interview with host David Dye. Following the chat, she performed "Tightrope."

Janelle Monae Reflects on Her GRAMMY Nominations

Monae chatted with Soul Culture TV (watch below) about her two GRAMMY nominations and more.

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Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
The last few months have been a little crazy and, as such, we have been focusing on high level stories - or stories that happened to cross my desk - here at Bad Boy Blog. At the same time, being a comprehensive source, I at least wanted to summarize some of the stories that fell through the cracks during this time. Check out some of them below.

Diddy Interested in Doing More Comedies

Diddy told MTV News that, when he was making "Get Him to the Greek," he "really fell in love with making people laugh" and hopes to have the opportunity to do it more in the future. Via Rashard Phillips.

Dirty Money Participates in Live Chat on The Sun's Website

Dirty Money answered a few questions on The Sun's website. Mostly personal stuff, but Diddy also revealed the collaboration with U.K. rapper Wiley for an "Ass on the Floor" remix.

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Posted by Patrick
Back in August, Block Entertainment CEO Russell "Block" Spencer confirmed that Gorilla Zoe was still signed to Bad Boy, even with E1 Music's involvement in his project.

That may have changed. Last month, HipHopDX's Jake Paine reported that Zoe's upcoming album, "King Kong," would be his "first solo album without the involvement of Bad Boy Records or Sean "Diddy" Combs." The album is now set for a March 22 release.

Adding to this is the fact that Gorilla Zoe's "What's Goin On" has charted on Billboard, but not under Bad Boy. Instead, it is listed under Block/eOne/Atlantic.

I have been hearing whispers of this for a while, but have been unable to receive confirmation from anyone involved.

Posted in Bad Boy Blog
Posted by Patrick
October through January were hectic months around here. With the release of "Last Train to Paris" and various professional and personal endeavors, I have had my head down, focused for the last few months. Sorry about that.

Due to this, we have only covered the bigger stories or the stories that happened to hit my proverbial desk. But, I didn't want you to miss out on the stories that we would normally cover. So, I have prepared a series of "news you might have missed" posts that I will be publishing over the next few days. These posts will consist of news items that were temporarily skipped, organized by article or topic, that I felt were still worth mentioning.

Thank you for reading Bad Boy Blog.

Posted in Bad Boy
Posted by Patrick
Black Enterprise recently released their list of the top executives in advertising and marketing. Included in the list was Ericka Pittman, VP of Brand Strategy at Blue Flame, Bad Boy's marketing and advertising agency.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Dirty Money and 1-800-FLOWERS.COM have teamed up for a special promotion on the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM website. You can buy one of four selected bouquets and receive a free download of Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" album.

According to the Diddy/Dirty Money website, the arrangements were selected by Diddy.

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Posted by Patrick
In an interview with 24hourhiphop.com, producer Cardiak (who produced "Start it Up" for Lloyd Banks, said that he has new music on the way, including a collaboration with Red Cafe.

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Former Bad Boy singer Carl Thomas has signed a deal with Verve Music Group, according to a report by Singersroom. The article mentions that Mario Winans will produce for the as yet untitled album to follow.

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Posted by Patrick
Another gem that I missed the first time around, the XXL Icon interview with DJ Premier is a must read, especially for any Bad Boy fans from the 90s.

In the interview, DJ Premier shares details about Chuck D's lawsuit related to Biggie's "Ten Crack Commandments," the problems that escalated between him, Jeru The Damaja and Bad Boy and more. Additionally, Premier mentions that Biggie wanted to work with Dr. Dre for his "Life After Death" album. Check out a couple of snippets below.

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Posted by Patrick
In a video interview with DJ Premier Blog, Premier and Pete Rock reflected on the creation of two classic Biggie records - "Juicy" and "Unbelievable." This was originally released back in December, but I am just seeing it now and had to share. It is well worth watching. The part about Biggie starts at the 35:50 mark.


Via HipHopDX.

Posted by Patrick
In January, Swizz Beatz sampled The Notorious B.I.G. for "The Transporter" by Rick Ross, a track he released for free as part of Monster Mondays.

More Biggie fueled inspiration is included in the latest Monster Monday track, released yesterday. "Time to Get Paid" by DMX features a sample from The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy" as the chorus. His line also serves as the title, as in "time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade."

You can download it for free on the Monster Mondays website.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Atlanta Records has released part one and their "Game Changers" series that features artists from the label talking about the music business and the creation of music. Janelle Monae is one of the "game changers," along with B.o.B., Estelle and Lupe Fiasco. Watch below.


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Posted by Patrick
February 7 marks the release of "A Tell Tale Heart," a new solo mixtape from Dawn Richard. It is available for free download on her blog. Below, check out the cover and track listing.

"A Tell Tale Heart" (#ATellTaleHeart) Mixtape by Dawn Richard

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Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
In March, Diddy will be among the honorees at the Jackie Robinson Foundation Annual Awards Dinner.

The ROBIE Awards honor individuals "who embody the humanitarian ideals of Jackie Robinson," according to the press release. Diddy will receive The ROBIE Achievement in Industry Award and "will be saluted for his innovation in music and fashion, as well as his charitable and philanthropic contributions throughout his storied career."

This follows a $10,000 grant that the organization received as part of the Microsoft Tag promotion that Diddy was affiliated with.

The dinner is scheduled for Monday, March 7 at the Waldorf=Astoria hotel in New York City.

Posted in Dawn Richard
Posted by Patrick
Vibe has an interview with Dawn Richard, touching on a myriad of topics, related to both Dirty Money and herself. This includes her decision to work with Diddy (and the comments people make about the man) and some insight into "A Tell Tale Heart," her mixtape that will be released tonight.

You and this music thing are going strong. Tell me about the upcoming mixtape #ATellTaleHeart.

Iíve been in two groups, and Iíve done my duty in trying to be a team player. I love every minute of it and Iíve learned so much, but Iíve also gone through a whole lot these last four years. Iíve been homeless, Iíve been in a group, we did two platinum albums and then I lost my job. Our group dismantled, and I had to deal with that. I couldnít grieve because I had to find out how I was gonna eat. I was struggling to write, then I made Dirty Money and Dirty Money was in the studio for three years. I never got a chance to grieve, cry, smile, laugh or anything about the last four years of my life. Because Iíve been in a group, Iíve had to cater to everyone else. This mixtape is my diary. This mixtape is every tear that I was supposed to cry, every smile that I was supposed to make, every angry feeling that Iíve ever felt from the time I made the band to now, a lot of things that happned in my love life and everything I never got a chance to say. And thatís why I called it ATellTaleHeart because, if each one of you fell into my heart, the heartbeats would sound like these songs. Flaws and all, hereís my diary and accept it.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Mercedes-Benz has released the extended cut for their "Welcome" commercial, which will air during tomorrow's Super Bowl. The 1:41 long spot features Diddy as one of many Mercedes-Benz car owners whose vehicles suddenly turn on and drive away. Watch below.


Via Rap Radar.

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Posted by Patrick
A visual has been released for the Skrillex produced dance remix to i SQUARE's "Hey Sexy Lady."

The video consists of clips taken from the original music video, behind the scenes footage at the video, group photoshoots and more. Watch on VEVO.

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. Dirty Money's "Coming Home" gains again, reaching new highs on numerous charts, including the Hot 100.

Albums

The Billboard 200

73. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 62).

Top Current Albums

71. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 61).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

16. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 14).
66. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 49).

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Posted by Patrick
PinBoard has a "Last Ride from London" interview clip with Dawn Richard and Kalenna from Dirty Money. They talk about their influence on "Last Train to Paris," how Diddy is shy, the formation of the group and more. Watch below.

In the comments, it is mentioned that more footage from this interview is on the way, as well.


Posted in Gorilla Zoe
Posted by Patrick
Gorilla Zoe has released a new mixtape, "I Am Atlanta 3," for free download, as expected. You can pick it up at LiveMixtapes.com. Plus, listen and check out the cover and track listing below.

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Posted by Patrick
On Global Grind, Dawn Richard premiered "Me, Myself & Y," the lead single from her upcoming mixtape "A Tell Tale Heart."

She will release the mixtape at midnight on February 7 on her blog. The track was produced by The B-Boys. Listen below.