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Posted in Jeremy Greene
Posted by Patrick
As we reported earlier today, Jeremy Greene has released a street album, "Speakers Fly Me to the Moon," which you can purchase on Bull Moose.

Some may be asking, what is Bull Moose? It is a music, movie and game store with 10 locations, 8 of which are in Maine (2 are in New Hampshire). Greene was born in Maine. So, there you have it. The track listing for the release is below.

1. "Miss America"
2. "Not My Fault"
3. "Ain't No Way" featuring Mississippi
4. "Take it Off" featuring Jim Jones
5. "Dance All Night"
6. "Tic Tic"
7. "Fallen"
8. "Don't Stop"
9. "Never"
10. "Outta My Brain"
11. "One"
12. "City Lights"
13. "Murder"
14. "Who I Am" featuring Sean Kingston
15. "Fire Proof"
16. "Good"
17. "Help Me"
18. "Soldier" featuring Souf Boi
19. "Rain" featuring Pitbull

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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 "Your Love" continues to move up, while "Coming Down" mostly makes a small move down with a couple of gains.

Albums

The Billboard 200

123. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 90).

Top Current Albums

119. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 87).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

28. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 21).

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Posted in Red Cafe
Posted by Patrick
Red Cafe will make a cameo appearance in the upcoming music video for rapper Lore'l's "Make it Pop." She is signed to his imprint, Shakedown.


Posted in Jeremy Greene
Posted by Patrick
According to Jeremy Greene's Twitter profile and Facebook page, today he released a new album titled "Speakers Fly Me to the Moon."

The store it was released at, Bull Moose, has a small cover image, but not much else. There is no track listing provided and there does not appear to be a way to purchase the album from the website, even though Greene only posted a link to it within the last half hour.

According to a promo video posted on his Facebook page, the album will feature Pitbull, Sean Kingston and Jim Jones. All three artists have appeared on previously released songs by Greene. Pitbull on his 2008 single "Rain," Kingston on "Who I Am" from his "All is Fair in Love and Music" mixtape and Jones on the recently released "Take it Off."

This is not his official Bad Boy debut album, which is why I've referred to it here as a street album. Hopefully, we'll have more details soon.

Posted in Jeremy Greene
Posted by Patrick
Jeremy Greene has released "Fallen," a new song that is available on iTunes.

Posted in Jeremy Greene
Posted by Patrick
Jeremy Green is featured on the new remix to Cory Wires' "Lost in the Music." Listen below.


Posted in Jeremy Greene
Posted by Patrick
Earlier this month, via his Facebook page, Jeremy Green shared a link to the song embedded below, "Just a Phase." A free download link was also included.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Following it's premiere on BET's "106 & Park," the music video for Dirty Money's "Your Love" has been released online. The video version of the record features Rick Ross and Trey Songz. It was directed by Colin Tilley, who directed the video for Dirty Money's "Yesterday."


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Toronto, Canada-based sports network Rogers Sportsnet has featured Dirty Money's "Coming Home," featuring Skylar Grey, in a new promo for the start of the baseball season and the Toronto Blue Jays, a baseball team whose games are featured on the network. Watch below, care of the Rogers Sportsnet YouTube channel.


Thanks Paul for the tip.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Edit: This version was not featured in the music video. So, it's unclear what it's for, outside of being an alternate mix.

The music video for Dirty Money's "Your Love (Remix)" (watch the trailer) premiered on BET's "106 & Park" this evening.

Our audio player has the new (final?) version of the record, for your listening pleasure. There are many differences that you can pick up, when comparing to the version released earlier this month.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
In an interview with Global Grind, Yung Berg discussed his work on Diddy/Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" album.

Back in February of 2010, Berg revealed that he had contributed a substantial amount of work to the album. When it was released, however, he did not receive a producer or co-producer credit on any of the songs that were included on the album.

One of the tracks, "Make Love to You," was included on the "LoveLOVE vs. HateLOVE" mixtape.

In total, Berg says that he contributed to "like eight records" on the mixtape. But, he added, more songs remain in the vault.

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Posted in Red Cafe
Posted by Patrick
Originally shot in December, the music video for Red Cafe's "Put it in the Air" has been released. Watch below.

The track samples Nate Dogg, who recently passed away, and is featured on Red Cafe's "Above the Cloudz" mixtape.


Posted in Red Cafe
Posted by Patrick
Originally expected in January, Red Cafe released his "Above the Cloudz" mixtape earlier this month. You can pick up both clean and dirty versions for free download.

The set features Curren$y, Rick Ross, Lloyd Banks, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, Omarion, French Montana and more. Check out the track listing and the front and back covers below.

Track Listing

1. Above the Cloudz
2. Keep it 500
3. Everyday's a Weekend featuring Curren$y
4. Marriott
5. Put it in the Air
6. Faded featuring Rick Ross
7. The Realest featuring Lloyd Banks and Fabolous
8. Big in the Hood
9. I Got This featuring Lore'l
10. Slumdog Billionaire featuring Kid Ink and Nucci
11. I Luv featuring Talib Kweli
12. We Get it On featuring Omarion
13. I Don't Stunt
14. Black Roses featuring French Montana
15. Certified (Remix) featuring Ross Fortune

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Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Last week, Dirty Money released a trailer for their upcoming "Your Love" music video featuring Rick Ross and Trey Songz. You can listen to the Rick Ross-featured version of the record in our audio player and watch the trailer below.


Posted in Aasim
Posted by Patrick
Following, "Intro" and "Someone to Love Me", the next track from Aasim's "Last Stop Queens" mixtape is "Your Love" featuring Dirty Money and Trey Songz.

You can download it for free care of Diddy's Twitter.

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 "Last Train to Paris" slides down a little bit, while "Coming Home" is a mixed bag of gains and losses. Meanwhile, "Your Love" makes a 10 spot jump on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

Albums

The Billboard 200

90. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 81).

Top Current Albums

87. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 79).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

21. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 18).
61. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (up from 64).

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Posted in Ciroc
Posted by Patrick
If Ciroc parent company Diageo decided to sell the vodka line, Diddy would stand to receive a lump sum, the amount of which would grow based on the overall value of the brand. This was revealed in a report by Forbes writer Zack O'Malley Greenburg.

Back when the deal was announced, it was said that it meant a 50/50 profit share between Diddy and Ciroc, which would max out at $100 million. Because of this, Greenburg's assertion was challenged in the comments on the story, but he defended the report.

That's true - it's not a straight equity deal, which is why it's not in the [company filing]," he said. "However, in my reporting I discovered that Diddy is entitled to a lump sum payout in the event of a sale, and this escalates along with the brandís value. I doubt Diageo will sell, but if they do, heís entitled to a nine-figure payday."

Greenburg suggests that Diddy's interest in Ciroc will lead to him becoming hip-hop's first billionaire.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Earlier this month, for the first time, Forbes ranked the wealthiest artists in hip-hop. Number one? It's Diddy, with an estimated net worth of $475 million dollars.

He beats out Jay-Z ($450 million), Dr. Dre ($125 million), Birdman ($100 million) and 50 Cent ($100 million).

Posted in Aasim
Posted by Patrick
Following the release of the "Intro" yesterday, Aasim has released his take on Dirty Money's "Someone to Love Me." Download now.

The tracks will be featured on the rapper's "Last Stop Queens" mixtape, where he will rap over beats from Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris."

Posted in Aasim
Posted by Patrick
Daron Jones of former Bad Boy group 112 posted a video on his YouTube channel where he is working on a track for Aasim. Though many might associate Jones with 112 and, as such, think of him as a singer, he has actually also been a producer for most, if not all of his time with the group.

He has a combined 28 production credits on Bad Boy releases, most commonly on the four albums 112 released on the label.


Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Willie Taylor of Day26 mentioned that Rico Love had "blessed" the group on their upcoming third album, expected later this year.

Love has an ever growing list of production and/or songwriting credits, including Beyonce's "Sweet Dreams," Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning," Nelly's "Just a Dream" and more.

Posted in Aasim
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Aasim has released the first song from his upcoming "Last Stop Queens" mixtape, which will find him rapping over beats from Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris."

This one features the beat from the "Intro" to "Last Train to Paris," with vocals from Swizz Beatz that were featured on Dirty Money's "Yeah Yeah You Would." Download now.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Following the addition of Tyga, Diddy announced on Twitter that singer Lloyd has joined the "Coming Home Tour" (buy tickets).

His hits include "You" featuring Lil' Wayne," "Get it Shawty" and "Southside" featuring Ashanti.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Young Money rapper Tyga has announced that he will support Diddy and Dirty Money on their upcoming "Coming Home Tour" (buy tickets).

The tour starts on April 13 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and I will be at the April 24 show in Norfolk, Virginia.

Posted by Patrick
Last year, Diddy was asked by Rap Radar who the baby on the cover of "Ready to Die," The Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album, was.

Michael J. Feeney of the New York Daily News found out. Keithroy Yearwood, now 18, is the name of the child who appears on the cover of the 4 times certified platinum album. See photos and video on the Daily News website.

Via Rap Radar.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Diddy made a surprise appearance at the Fader Fort at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas last night.

After introducing Lil B, he performed a small set including verses from "O Let's Do It (Remix)," "Mo Money Mo Problems," "Victory" and "It's All About the Benjamins." Check out clips below of the introduction and "Mo Money Mo Problems." They hung Diddy out to dry a little bit with an instrumental of the record, but he rapped along for a piece of Mase's part of the song, before taking it home with his verse.




Do you want to see the full performance? You can watch a continually looping stream on the Fader Fort website. Definitely recommended. It gets a little messy at the end when Odd Future comes on, someone throws something and hits Tyler the Creator in the head and then they throw some things back at the crowd before engaging in some stage diving.

Via Rap Radar via Miss Info.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Billboard reports that Janelle Monae will join Katy Perry's "The California Dreams Tour 2011" after she has completed the "Hooligans in Wondaland" tour with Bruno Mars. Here are the dates:

July 13: Regina, SK (Brandt Centre)
July 14: Winnipeg, MB (MTS Centre)
July 16: Calgary, AB (Stampede)
July 17: Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place)
Aug. 19: Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
Aug. 20: St. Louis, MO (Scottrade Center)

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Janelle Monae will perform at the Killers, Lasers, Papers concert at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival tonight in Austin, Texas. The show starts at 10 PM ET and will feature Monae alongside B.o.B and Wiz Khalifa. You can watch below care of the performance website.


Posted in Red Cafe
Posted by Patrick
Red Cafe is offering free downloads of the clean and dirty versions of "We Get It On" featuring Omarion. The song was produced by Cardiak, who mentioned last month that he had collaborated with Red Cafe. Listen below.


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 last Thursday.

Dirty Money's "Coming Home" reaches a new high on the Hot 100, the chart featuring the top songs in the country regardless of genre, thanks to the group's performance on "American Idol."

March 9 marked the 14th anniversary of the untimely death of Christopher Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G. In honor of this day, according to the charts, people bought his "Greatest Hits" album," DJs played his hit "One More Chance/Stay With Me (Remix)" and mobile fans picked up the ringtone for "Spit Your Game." The last of the three makes it's debut on the Hot Ringtones chart.

Albums

The Billboard 200

81. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 75).

Top Current Albums

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

» Read More


Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
Teen Vogue's latest issue includes a photo spread featuring Cassie and, to go along with that, their website has some behind the scenes coverage and an interview.

The singer shared an "iPad playlist" that was featured in the article and, in doing so, revealed a trio of new records, including a "new single" titled "Bougie S***." "Unprofessional" and "Ex Games" are the other two songs mentioned.

Teen Vogue also published a video interview with her, from the set of her ck one shoot.

Thanks CassieArmy for the tip.

Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
Denise of Cassie fan site CassieVerse.org quoted a tweet allegedly from Ryan Leslie's Twitter account indicating that the Leslie and Cassie would be working together in the studio.

Unfortunately, if the tweet was posted, it has since been deleted.

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 last Thursday.

Albums

The Billboard 200

75. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 69).

Top Current Albums

71. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 65).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

17. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 14).
67. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 46).

» Read More


Posted in Bad Boy Blog
Posted by Patrick
I was down at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive for the past week and that is why there has been no new articles during this span. We'll resume coverage shortly, but I wanted to be sure to mention that on Monday, Bad Boy Blog celebrated five years online.

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who supports what we do here. I launched this site because it was the site I wanted as a Bad Boy fan and that is where our responsibility first lies - to fans. I have a responsibility to provide accurate, fair coverage and work hard, every day, to ensure that that standard is met.

Thank you to the people in and around Bad Boy, and it's artists and ventures, who understand this and the importance of it - the importance of that independence and our responsibility to cover all stories. Not just the positive ones.

Thank you for reading this and for visiting Bad Boy Blog.

Sincerely,

Patrick

Posted by Patrick
In honor of the 14th anniversary of the passing of The Notorious B.I.G., Clizbeats.com posted a previously unreleased snippet where Slim of 112 shares some thoughts about The Notorious B.I.G.

Posted by Patrick
In honor of the 14th anniversary of the passing of The Notorious B.I.G., The Source spoke with Biggie's manager Wayne Barrow and the.LIFE Files talked with Clark Kent, who used to DJ for Biggie and produced "Brooklyn's Finest."

One of the things Kent discusses is how he tried to convince Biggie that Jay-Z was a great artist.




Posted in Aasim
Posted by Patrick
In our audio player, you can listen to two new records from Aasim: "Make Em Clap" and the "new and improved" version of "Feel Stronger." Both songs feature Diddy.

"Make Em Clap" uses previously released Diddy vocals while Feel Stronger features a new mix with numerous changes that you can hear when comparing it to the original version that was released. Edit: Aasim representative David Harraway says that some of the vocals on the song from Diddy are new. See more below.

Update: I have removed both records from our audio player. Shortly after this story was posted, I received an e-mail from David Harraway, who represents Aasim and had provided us with the audio.

He told me that my claim that "Make Em Clap" used previously released vocals from Diddy was inaccurate. He said that the vocals were new, except that they had used "maybe 2 things" from a previous record. According to him, they want people to accept the record as new and my writing took away from their desire. He suggested that I remove the comment about the vocals.

I responded, informing him that if there were new vocals on the record, I would be happy to update this post to make that clear, as I want it to be accurate. I asked that he please point me to a couple of examples of new vocals on the record and their second marks on the song. I also reminded him that while I like Aasim and we cover him like no one else does, that also doesn't mean that we aren't an independent publication.

His response was to request that I remove "Make Em Clap" from our audio player, that it had been given to me as a "courtesy" and that as a "gentleman," I should have removed the part about Diddy's vocals as a "courtesy" to him. In other words, if I want to play the record in our audio player, I should remove something from a post that was accurate at his demand, or else.

As such, I have removed the record - and "Feel Stronger" - from our audio player. Bad Boy Blog is an independent publication and while we are generally supportive of Bad Boy and it's artists, we will not be pressured into not covering potentially negative stories or stating simple facts (even if they aren't particularly negative, as was the case here).

Mr. Harraway did not respond to my request for pointers to the specific original vocals, but I have gone ahead and noted his objection to my writing above.

Posted by Patrick
In honor of the anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.'s passing, Jadakiss talked with MTV News' Jayson Rodriguez about how Biggie attended his birthday party when they were new to Bad Boy and how much it meant to him.

He also shared some general reflections and where Biggie would be today if he were still alive. Listen below.


Posted by Patrick
Fourteen years ago today, The Notorious B.I.G. passed away. At this point, that's all I need to say. The greatest rapper of all-time died on March 9. Rest in peace.

Posted in Aasim
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Aasim revealed that he was preparing a mixtape called "Last Stop Queens," which will use the beats and hooks from Diddy/Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris."

Thanks Theo for the tip.

Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
In February, we learned that Cassie would play Wiz Khalifa's love interest in his "Roll Up" music video (behind the scenes). Watch the video below.


Via Neon Limelight.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
In the clip below, Dirty Money prepares for the "Coming Home Tour" which kicks off April 13.


Posted in Jeremy Greene
Posted by Patrick
Jeremy Greene has launched a new website at jglive.com. There isn't too much on the website yet, content wise.

It was originally expected to launch on Sunday night.

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
On the website of Noviak Music, which is run by Willie Taylor of Day26, you can listen to some unreleased music from the group and from Taylor. Some of it you may have heard of, some you might not have, which is why I wanted to share it.

From their homepage, click on "The Unreleased Noviak Music" and "The Remixes Noviak Music" boxes in the rotating row and you'll be able to listen.

Tracks that we have not previously mentioned here on Bad Boy Blog include:

"A Song for KV" by Lucky (a stage name Taylor used previously)
"Pushing Beauty" by Lucky
"Over the Max" by Lucky
"In Love with Yo Booty" by John Blu featuring Willie Taylor
"Break Up" by Willie Taylor, Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
Willie Taylor of Day26 has released a two song add-on to his "Sextape" mixtape.

The free download, available on the Noivak Music website, adds "Soakin' Wet" (which he released for free download in September) and "Mr. All Nighter." Check out the extended version cover and the single cover for "Mr. All Nighter" below.

"Sextape: Extended Version" Mixtape Cover by Willie Taylor of Day26

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Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Rick Ross shared a link to Rap Radar's post that features the new remix to Dirty Money's "Your Love," which includes a new verse from Rick Ross, a newly recorded clean verse from Diddy and some other small changes, as well.

The music video for the record has been shot and it appears that this will be the video version as Ross is featured in the video.

Posted in Dawn Richard
Posted by Patrick
Rap-Up.com reports that Dawn Richard is working on a solo album that is slated for a fall release on Bad Boy/Interscope.

"I've been incredibly lucky to have been in two amazing groups, but I feel like I've never had the opportunity to show the world what I can do on my own," she said.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Last night, Diddy was honored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation "for his innovation in music and fashion, as well as his charitable and philanthropic contributions throughout his storied career."

MLB.com's Spencer Fordin reports from the festivities, with video and some quotes from Diddy's speech and the introduction that was given to him by Russell Simmons.

"The greatness of a man like Jackie Robinson comes not only from his talent as an athlete," he said. "It comes from his spirit as a humanitarian. He had to be thinking about not just himself; He had to be thinking about others. He had to be thinking about the future. Jackie Robinson once said that 'A life is not important except for the impact it has on other lives.'

"And as I thought about coming here tonight, the power of those words -- the responsibility -- made me stop and think. To say my name in the same breath as Jackie Robinson is beyond humbling, and it's something that I had to ask myself if I was ready and if I was worthy of it. ...I had to ask myself if I was ready. And I'm here to tell you tonight that I am ready."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Diddy appeared on BET's "106 & Park" today with son Justin to promote the "Coming Home Tour" (buy tickets).

But, he mentioned that Dirty Money's "Coming Home" had now sold 2 million copies world wide while "Hello Good Morning" has sold 1.5 million. This is an update to the numbers he shared in mid-February. At that point, they had sold 1.7 million and 1.2 million, respectively.

Posted in Ciroc
Posted by Patrick
The music video for Lil' Wayne's latest hit single, "6 Foot, 7 Foot," premiered on MTV.com on Thursday. Ciroc Coconut is featured in the clip, which you can watch below, at the :20 second mark.


Posted by Patrick
Basketball player Shaquille O'Neal and his relationship with The Notorious B.I.G. is highlighted on the latest edition of ESPN's "Outside the Lines."

In the clip, which you can watch below, O'Neal discusses not only their friendship, but also the night that Biggie was killed. That night, he says, the plan was that he would meet up with Biggie and Diddy at a party, but he fell asleep. He wonders whether that would have changed what happened next.

Diddy and Lil' Cease were also interviewed for the segment.


Via Rahman J. Dukes.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
StraightFromTheA has behind the scenes video and some photos from the music video shoot for Big Boi's "Be Still" featuring Janelle Monae.

On Twitter, Big Boi shared some photos and some video clips shot by Robert L. Poller. Check out all of the video below.



» Read More


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Update: Today's appearance was in promotion of the "Coming Home" tour.

Diddy shared on Twitter that he had a "few surprises" in store for today's episode of "106 & Park" on BET. The show starts at 6 PM ET.

Posted in Aasim
Posted by Patrick
Last week on Twitter, Aasim mentioned that his project was "moving forward" and that the first 2 songs for it had been mixed.

Shortly before that, he tweeted that Tony Dofat had mixed two records, which he co-produced with Akos.

He also revealed that a "new and improved" version of "Feel Stronger" featuring Diddy, from his "The Money Pit, Pt. 2" mixtape was on the way.

Posted in Jeremy Greene
Posted by Patrick
Jeremy Greene's new record, "Take it Off" featuring Jim Jones, can now be heard in our audio player.

A music video is on the way, directed by Dale "Rage" Resteghini, who directed his clip for "Fireproof."

Posted in Jeremy Greene
Posted by Patrick
Jeremy Greene revealed on Twitter that he has a new record that will be out soon featuring Jim Jones. It's called "Take it Off."

Posted in Jeremy Greene
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Jeremy Greene announced that he would be launching a new website at jglive.com tonight.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
I was just viewing a picture posted by Diddy on photo sharing service Plixi when I noticed advertisements for Microsoft's Bing search engine that featured Janelle Monae.

One advertisement in the header was not interactive, but a large one toward the right side of the page was. When you moved your mouse over Monae's face, it showed a page within Bing featuring Monae and highlighted her song "Locked Inside." When clicked, you are directed to the Janelle Monae page on Bing Music.

View a screenshot of the expanded ad below.

Janelle Monae Featured in Microsoft Bing Advertisement

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
In February, O'Neal McKnight released a new mixtape for free download, "Sorry I Broke Your Heart."

Back in June of 2008, McKnight released the remix to his single "Check Your Coat," which featured Diddy, Jermaine Dupri and Greg Nice.

The track is included on the new mixtape but as I listened to it, I realized it was an alternate mix of the record. If you listen to the two, side by side, you'll note the differences, including a beat change under Diddy's verse.

Posted in i SQUARE
Posted by Patrick
i SQUARE recently performed at famed Los Angeles nightclub The Viper Room. You can watch a snippet of the performance below.


Posted in Gorilla Zoe
Posted by Patrick
Gorilla Zoe's "Baddest Chick" has morphed into "She Da Baddest" by Block Entertainment's Rebel Gang. The record still features Zoe. Listen below.


Posted in Gorilla Zoe
Posted by Patrick
Earlier today, we picked up a report by AllHipHop.com that Gorilla Zoe would be featured on the 2011 Get Green College Town Tour.

Gorilla Zoe saw this on Twitter and said that he would not be featured on the tour. Thanks to Zoe for reaching out. I apologize for the confusion.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Diddy will appear on the March 10 episode of "American Idol" on FOX, coaching the remaining contestants on swag and dressing them in Sean John. He will also perform "Coming Home" with Dirty Money and, for the first time live, Skylar Grey.

While chatting with Access Hollywood about the appearance, he praised Jennifer Lopez's contribution to the show.

"The way [Jennifer] handled coming after Simon and even myself from 'Making the Band' and the way we were hard coaches - sheís been like, a compassionate person," he said. "She has made me cry like twice and she's looked good doing it. And she has made sense so, you know, I'm proud of her."

Dirty Money performed "Hello Good Morning" on the show last March.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Pam Long, part of the trio that made up former Bad Boy trio Total, is working on a new project and was recently interviewed by I Miss the Old School. She discussed her time with Bad Boy, the group's end, the prospects of a reunion, her relationship with Diddy and her current project. It's a nice blast from the past.

It seems like all interviews with former Bad Boy artists have to include the "how was your relationship with Diddy" question. It's nice to see a mature adult being the one answering it because that doesn't always happen. Check out her website for more.


Via SoulCulture.

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 on Thursday. Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" sees across the board gains while "Coming Home" gains in all but two charts, including a three slot gain on the Hot 100, resting at #19.

Albums

The Billboard 200

69. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (up from 104).

Top Current Albums

65. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (up from 95).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

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

» Read More


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony member Krayzie Bone has released his own version of Dirty Money's "Last Night Part 2" where he leads off the record with a verse and the sung chorus. You can listen at AllHipHop.com.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Play-N-Skillz, the production duo that won a GRAMMY for their work on Chamillionaire's "Ridin'," has released a remix to Dirty Money's "Coming Home." The song features only a small, small portion of Skylar Grey and does not feature any vocals from Dirty Money.

They shared a link to the video below, where you can hear the clip, via their Twitter profile.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Last month, a previously unreleased Dirty Money record titled "Set Me Free" appeared online, featuring Rico Love. Not much is known about the record, as it had not been mentioned previously by any of the artists before it popped up. The version that appears online sounds like an unfinished cut, likely recorded in consideration of the group's "Last Train to Paris" album.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Last month, Diddy Money shot the music video for "Your Love" (behind the scenes), the group's next official single from "Last Train to Paris."

On Twitter, Diddy has revealed that it was directed by Colin Tilley, who has already done "A** on the Floor" and "Yesterday" for the group.

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CIT Group, a company that provides financialing to small and middle market companies, has provided a senior structured credit facility to Sean John parent Christian Casey LLC, which the company will use to expand it's domestic and international licenses.

"Our expertise in the apparel and retail market allowed us to structure a credit facility that provides Sean John with liquidity through an asset-based lending facility against its trademarks and other intangible assets," ion said John Daly, President of CIT Trade Finance in a press release. "We have worked closely with the Sean John team over the past seven years and we look forward to further building this relationship in the future."

Jeffrey Tweedy, Executive Vice President of Sean John, said, "Our relationship with CIT has allowed us to build the Sean John business into one of the most dominant sportswear brands in America. CIT's continued support will allow us to grow our business both domestically and internationally while it simultaneously provides us with flexibility to react to opportunities in the marketplace."

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OMG!, Music quotes a Simon Cowell appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno regarding Diddy being a judge on the U.S. version of his show "The X Factor," which he executive produces. Cowell shot down the idea, saying that Diddy was "too expensive" for the role.

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SOHH.com asked Cee-Lo Green to he felt was the most underrated music artist. His pick? Janelle Monae.

"There's a lot of reasons why I feel like Janelle could be considered the most underrated right now," he wrote. "I think the biggest reason is because she kind of reminds me a little bit of myself. I love the fact that she embodies so much that the average mind of anyone, let alone a music consumer, would deviate from the course of an entire album."

Read more of his thoughts on SOHH.com.

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Diddy is set to appear in an upcoming episode of CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" and he is in Hawaii to tape his portions.

As part of this, the character he plays is arrested on the show and Celebuzz has some photos from the set.

CBS has some photos, as well.

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Update: Zoe will not be featured on this tour.

AllHipHop.com's Mike Winslow reports that Gorilla Zoe will be one of the artists on the bill for the 2011 Get Green College Town Tour. Fonzworth Bentley, Jody Breeze and Montana da Mac will also be featured.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
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Fall Out Boy frontman and solo artist Patrick Stump was asked by Spin to name some of his favorite things. When it came to his favorite new artist, he named Janelle Monae.

"I've been salivating for Janelle Monae's debut album since I heard her gorgeously breathy voice on her Off the Wall-style single "Lettin' Go!" She was already my favorite new artist before she put out her brilliant Metropolis EP, but on the heels of her epic Grammy performance, I imagine I'll be hearing my favorite new artist on the radio constantly."

This isn't the first time Stump has publicly praised the singer. Back in 2008, he called her "Metropolis: The Chase Suite" his favorite album of that year. The pair collaborated for Coke's "Open Happiness" campaign in 2009.

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According to her official website, Janelle Monae will be among those included in a new "Women Who Rock" exhibit at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Monae will be featured in the "Ladies First: the 90's and the New Millennium" section, where she will be honored among Bikini Kill, Meg White, Taylor Swift, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga.

Posted by Patrick
NBC New York reports that Birdelís Records, a Brooklyn-based music shop, has closed it's doors. According to the owner, Joe Long, a young Christopher Wallace used to sample records in the basement. Long has decided to retire after working in the store for 44 years (and owning it for 33).

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The winners at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards were announced last night and Dirty Money did not pick up the win in the Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration category where they had been nominated. Instead, John Legend and The Roots were honored.

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Fashionista has pictures from Zac Posen's fall 2011 ready to wear line runway preview in Paris. Read a sampling of reviews from The Fashion Spot, Fashion Wire Daily, Women's Wear Daily and The Canadian Press.

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Jayson Rodriguez of MTV News spoke with Wiz Khalifa from the set of his "Roll Up" music video, which was shot last month. Cassie plays Khalifa's love interest in the clip.


This caused me to look for some additional footage, which I found care of Rap Radar. It's a long clip, over a half hour, but unlike the clip above, it features (a lot of) Cassie.


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Following the taste we received last month, here is an extended clip with Cassie for the ck one box campaign.


Via Rap-Up.com.

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Diddy is in Hawaii to shoot his guest appearance on "Hawaii Five-0" and he spoke with Hawaii News Now about the locale.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
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According to a press release, Janelle Monae will be among 12 honorees featured in the third annual Character Approved Awards. The special documentary will air on the USA Network at 11 PM ET on March 8.

Check out a clip below where Monae discusses how she used to tour dorm rooms around Atlanta and how people would knock on her door to buy her "The Audition" EP.


Via Concrete Loop.

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The dates for Diddy/Dirty Money's "The Coming Home Tour" have been announced, but Diddy says that more dates will be added. Stay tuned.

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Dawn Richard's blog has a call for background singers to audition for the "live re-release to ["A Tell Tale Heart"]," suggesting that a live version of the the mixtape she released last month is on the way.

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Singer Adele recently appeared on "Chelsea Lately" and she told a funny story of how she was so excited to meet Diddy that she almost hit him with a golf cart. Check out the interview clip below - the story starts at the 2:17 mark.


Via TJ.

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Tickets are now available for Diddy/Dirty Money's "The Coming Home Tour," which will begin on April 13 and conclude May 15. It features 19 dates in the U.S. and 1 in Canada. The full listing of dates is below, including a link where you can buy the tickets.

All dates are now on sale, except for the Kansas City and St. Louis stops, which go on sale on March 3 and March 4, respectively.

Diddy/Dirty Money's "The Coming Home Tour"

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