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Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Attention all Bad Boy Blog readers in the Los Angeles area: Bad Boy has kindly offered us 20 tickers for the Janelle Monae show on May 6 in Los Angeles at The Key Club. Doors open at 6:30 PM local time and the show will begin at 7:30. You must be 15 or older for entry. The Key Club is located at 9039 Sunset Boulevard and Diddy will be hosting the show. You can see the flier for the show below.

Do you want a ticket? It's very simple. Just e-mail me and give me your name (first and last) and say that you'd like one. Include something about Janelle Monae in the subject line of the e-mail, if you can. And that's it. The first 20 people to e-mail will get in to see Ms. Monae for free. The deadline for e-mails will be Monday, May 5 at 9:00 AM ET.

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Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Watch below.


Posted in Jordan McCoy
Posted by Patrick
Listen below for a new Jordan McCoy track called "Good Guys".


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
The two viral videos launched on Diddy.com promptly at 7:00 PM ET.

Video 1 is called "What Would You Do For Diddy?" It opens with a lady named Kim from Diddy.com singing "What Would You Do For Diddy?" She says that we are going to see what are the craziest things they would do for Diddy.

It cuts to her waking up some guy in a bed, telling him that she wants him to put on a red dress. Seems kind of canned. The guy says Diddy's not here to see it, but Kim says she'll send Diddy a picture. Then Kim says she'll need to wax his legs. She starts to do so and after pulling off the first sheet of wax, the guy screams.

Next, we have a man dancing on a sidewalk with a cane. Following this is Kim with a woman in a bathroom. The woman appears to be wearing a towel. At any rate, Kim wants her to put Ciroc up her nose. Which, she does.

After this is a man sitting on a chair on the sidewalk. Kim writes "No B****a**ness" on his forehead and then walks him down the side walk saying "No B****a**ness!" Then we have another guy doing a dance. The last one is a girl pulling out her eyelashes. The video ends with Kim saying that all she wants to know is what you would do for Diddy.

The second video is called "The Applesauce Bandit". It begins with someone asking Andre Harrell what one word he would use to describe Diddy. He says "driven." We then see a sort of Diddy impersonator on the phone with some lady saying that he is sick of cheesecake and has a craving for some apple sauce. But, he says, there is a bandit (cue footage of man in purple cape) out there "displaying a high level of b****a**ness". He needs her to find the bandit and bring him back his apple sauce.

Next, the lady is on the streets, pledging to find the bandit. We see both of them running down the street and into a grocery store where the bandit takes some apple sauce off the shelves. The woman falls and we hear some sort of motivational speech from someone about staying in the race.

She catches up to the bandit, taking his bag of apple sauce and beating him with it. Then she dances, repeatedly saying apple sauce. While dancing, she drops the bag, breaking the apple sauce. She's ad now and we see the banditon a ledge with the wind blowing his cape, smiling. Finally, some kinds start to yell "applesauce is the new ...", but the video stops short before they can finish what they are saying.

After I watched these videos, I'm left with kind of a strange look on my face. Here I was, hoping for the already shot "Diddy Rock" video to be one of these. They are both goofy and, to be honest, I wasn't particularly entertained by either of them. The first one just strikes me as strange and potentially destructive... why make people torture themselves for Diddy for no reason? I can see how some would consider it in poor taste.

If I have to vote, I'll vote for the second one because at least I was a little entertained by it and it was cute, in parts. It's slapstick and corny and I don't know what they are going for (besides making people to talk, hence "viral" videos), but I don't know that I consider it a great attempt. And what's with the Andre Harrell cameo at the start? And why have a Diddy imitator instead of Diddy himself? Diddy did not appear in either of the two viral videos that were deemed as his. I don't know.

At the time of voting, 7:16 PM ET, there was 87 votes. 77% for "What Would You Do For Diddy?" and 23% for "The Applesauce Bandit".

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
From Metro:

More than 20 celebrities [including Diddy] have added their support to a tourism campaign in New York City which encourages visitors to "just ask the locals" for suggestions on what to see and do.

Posted by Nikita

"Juicy" contains a sample from what song?

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Just to follow up on my previous post, the videos will be on Diddy.com on Tuesday from 7:00 PM ET through 9:00 PM ET.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Update: It's the Eastern time zone.

Diddy's MySpace announces that two new, exclusive viral videos will be coming to Diddy.com on Tuesday. They will only be online from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The announcement doesn't specify a time zone, but I am guessing it is Eastern. You will be able to vote on your favorite.

The importance of the vote isn't clear; may just be for fun, may be for something else.

Posted in Cheri Dennis
Posted by Patrick
My copy of the Japanese version of "In and Out of Love" just arrived. This version has two bonus tracks. They are "Freak" featuring Diddy and "Ooh La La" featuring G. Dep. It's interesting to me how they went with the no rap version of "Freak" (Babs had appeared on the original single version), but stuck with the rap version of "Ooh La La". Neither rapper remains with the label.

The Japanese booklet notes that "Freak" was produced by Chris Henderson, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Stevie J while "Ooh La La" was produced by Ryan Leslie and co-produced by Richard "Younglord" Frierson.

Update: Here are the full credits as requested by Luke in the comments.

"Freak"
Written by Chris Henderson, Steven Jordan, Sean Combs, Th. Baldursson, M. Bjoeklund, J. Kurduletsch
Published by Gifted Source Music adm. by EMI April (ASCAP), Danger Boy Music (BMI), Justin Combs Publishing adm. by EMI April (ASCAP), Salsoul Music Publishing (ASCAP)
Produced by Chris Henderson, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Stevie J

"Ooh La La"
Written by Ryan Leslie, Richard Frierson, David Haulsey.
Published by Mottola Music Inc. d/b/a Aspen Songs/Next Selection Music (ASCAP), Illbrook Publishing Administered by Spirit Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Ryan Leslie for NextSelection
Co-produced by Richard "Younglord" Frierson
Additional production by David Haulsey

Posted in Yung Joc
Posted by Patrick
Yung Joc is featured on a new single by Slim from 112. It's called "So Fly".

Posted in Jordan McCoy
Posted by Patrick
Jordan McCoy has posted a new track on her MySpace. It's called "You Can Talk Me Into It."

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Diddy will be presenting a performance by Janelle Monae at The Key Club at 9039 West Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, CA. The performance is at 7:00 PM. Tickets are only $10 and you can get them from Ticketmaster.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
According to the video below, from Janelle Monae's recent showcase performance in New York, Janelle Monae's EP will be released on June 24, instead of June 27, as was previously reported.


Thanks to BBB reader Bryant for pointing this out.

Posted in B5
Posted by Patrick
This afternoon, B5 was featured on "All My Children", ABC's long running daytime soap. One of the main characters on the show is Erica Kane, portrayed by Susan Lucci.

On the show, at this point in time, Kane is in prison. Outside of the facility, a group of supporters is rallying for her release. When, all of a sudden, B5 shows up. One woman in the jail instantly recognizes them. They immediately begin a performance of "Erika Kane", a track named in honor of the popular soap character.

They performed a portion of the track before a commercial break and then performed the rest (or close) after the show returned, including Kelly's rap verse.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
The Billboard 200

14. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (down from 10).
21. "Day26" by Day26 (down from 18).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

3. "Day26" by Day26 (up from 4).
8. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" (down from 5).
51. "Let's Get Physical" by Elephant Man (down from 38).
85. "In and Out of Love" by Cheri Dennis (down from 69).
87. "Greatest Hits" by The Notorious B.I.G. (down from 76).

Top Reggae Albums

2. "Let's Get Physical" by Elephant Man (down from 1).

The Billboard Hot 100

14. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (a new high, up from 20).

Pop 100

14. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (a new high, up from 16).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

30. "Got Me Going" by Day26 (a new high, up from 31).
86. "Juice Box" by Gorilla Zoe featuring Yung Joc (down from 85).

Posted in Jordan McCoy
Posted by Patrick
A snippet of "Don't Need Boys" by Jordan McCoy has been posted on her MySpace.

Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
Dave Stelfox of the Guardian claims that Elephant Man's "Our World" promotes violence against homosexuals. " [The video depicts] the murder of a man who then morphs into a fish - patois for gay male - its gruesome imagery shows that little has changed [with Elephant Man's past prejudices]," Stelfox says.

A request for comment from Bad Boy sent on Friday has gone unreturned.

04/23: New Aasim

Posted in Aasim
Posted by Patrick
There's some new music from Aasim on his MySpace. The songs are "Customer", "Go Wit Me", "Ask Me Why", "My Story" and "Say Yes". The first two are downloadable.

Posted in Jordan McCoy
Posted by Patrick
You can listen to a snippet of "On a Saturday Night (11:27)" by Jordan McCoy on her MySpace.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Patrick
Updating yesterday's story, according to Danity Kane's imeem, "Welcome to the Dollhouse" has been certified gold by the RIAA.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Nikita
According to Danity Kane's MySpace, their sophomore release "Welcome to the Dollhouse" has gone gold.

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Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Bad Boy's National Director of Mixshow & Club Promotions, Hen Roc, posted a bulletin on his MySpace stating that Cassie, Jordan McCoy and Yung Joc are due out in the fall. Grain of salt, of course.

Posted by Patrick
BallerStatus.com has an interview with producer Shorty B where he talks a little bit about working with Biggie.

And multi-platinum he has been. Producing on 11 albums that went gold or platinum in the 90s -- including Short's Shorty The Pimp, Cocktails, Get In Where You Fit In, and Spice 1's Amerikkka's Nightmare, as well as the "Juice" and "Menace II Society" soundtracks. Shorty B was one of the few to work with both Death Row Records and Bad Boy Records during the famous East Coast vs. West Coast wars. "We had a studio out here in Atlanta, and Biggie came through one day. We all sit down and smoked a little weed together and sh**. After a little while, Short say he going to the studio because he wanted me to let Biggie hear some beats. We went in the studio and I let Biggie hear some beats. Then Lil Kim showed up at the studio. So I played this beat and she absolutely fell in love with it. It ended up on the 'Booty Call' Soundtrack as 'Call Me'.

Posted in Yung Joc
Posted by Nikita
Everytime I hear this song it reminds me of Summer, so because I'm so excited for the upcoming season, I thought I would share this Summer jam with you all.


Yung Joc has either made or appeared on how many #1 singles (Hot 100) in his career thus far?

Posted in B5
Posted by Patrick
B5 has been nominated in the "Music Group or Duo" category in the Popstar! Magazine Poptastic Awards! You can vote online.

Posted in B5
Posted by Patrick
On the B5 forums, the group's manager, Jim McMahan, announced that they are now offering personalized video messages (along with autographed items) for a fee, ranging from $50 (video message from one member of B5 plus an autographed picture from that member, personalized) to $200 (video message from all members of B5 and both members of Myxx, another act managed by McMahan's JAMM Entertainment, a phone call from both members of Myxx and some members of B5 and a personal item from a B5 member, autographed by that member).

Personally, I think this is a cool idea because it offers something I can see people wanting and offers it at an affordable price. B5 is in an interesting position in that they do have a number of fans, but not the fanbase of a major act. So, they can do something like this at an affordable rate and not have it become overwhelming. It allows them to generate extra revenue in a unique way while giving fans a unique gift experience.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Nikita
With a live band, the girls of Danity Kane performed "Damaged" last night on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. The performance was great and the ladies were beautiful as usual. While the credits rolled, they performed a snippet of "Poetry" also from the new album "Welcome to the Dollhouse". Check out the performance below.


So I ask, what do you think will be the next single? My prediction is "Ecstasy", let me know what you think.

Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
The Billboard charts are in and Elephant Man's "Let's Get Physical" has debuted at #1 on the Top Raggae Albums Chart. He did not chart on The Billboard 200, unfortunately, but did chart at #38 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. This is not a release that's going to do what would traditionally be considered as "big numbers"; it has to be considered in relation to the genre that it is in.

Posted in General
Posted by Patrick
We're going to try something new here at Bad Boy Blog with our weekly Billboard chat report. Instead of just reporting Bad Boy positions on The Billboard 200 and Hot 100, we're also going to be reporting their spots on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, Pop 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Tracks charts. We may also temporarily report on other charts that are presently relevant to Bad Boy, such as Top Reggae Albums this week, due to the Elephant Man release. Here we go:

The Billboard 200

10. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Danity Kane (down from 7).
18. "Day26" by Day26 (down from 4).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

4. "Day26" by Day26 (down from 3).
5. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" (down from 4).
38. "Let's Get Physical" by Elephant Man (debut).
69. "In and Out of Love" by Cheri Dennis (down from 60).
76. "Greatest Hits" by The Notorious B.I.G. (up from 85).

Top Reggae Albums

1. "Let's Get Physical" by Elephant Man (debut).

The Billboard Hot 100

20. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (a new high, up from 21).
98. "Got Me Going" by Day26 (down from 87).

Pop 100

16. "Damaged" by Danity Kane (a new high, up from 17).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

31. "Got Me Going" by Day26 (a new high, up from 32).
85. "Juice Box" by Gorilla Zoe featuring Yung Joc (a new high, up from 90).

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Tickets for "Making the Band 4 - The Tour" will be going on sale today at 3:00 PM ET.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Patrick
Danity Kane is currently featured on Wal-Mart's Soundcheck. In it, they perform "Poetry", "Showstopper", "One Shot" and "Damaged". A short interview session follows. Check it out.

Posted in Donnie Klang
Posted by Patrick
MTV reports that Donnie Klang's debut album will be titled "Come into My World".

Posted in Cheri Dennis
Posted by Patrick
Bad Boy is now servicing Cheri Dennis' "Pretend", indicating that it could be her next single. The track is now in our audio player.

Posted in Cheri Dennis
Posted by Patrick
Bleu Magazine has an interview with Cheri Dennis.

How is it working with Diddy? On "Making The Band", let's just say he doesn't make himself out to be the easiest guy to work with. I'm sure he never made you walk to Brooklyn to get cheesecake, but is he really the hard-nosed guy we see on MTV or is he a big softie once you get to know him?

Heís not the easiest person to work with, but at the end of the day heís very focused and very driven. That can be a little intense at times and that can be misconstrued into making him look like not the nicest person. But when thereís a job to do and youíre in control of a million different things, being nice is not always the objective, getting the job done is the objective. He is a very intense guy and for television itís amped up a lot. Itís television and theyíre seeking ratings and a lot of those situations could seem a little crazy because you have to try to fit them into that hour or that thirty minutes, or however long Making The Band is. At the end of the day thereís a job to be done, somebodyís gotta be the overseer and he is it.

The walking for cheesecake was just a metaphor. Itís like what will you sacrifice in order to attain this dream that you want? It donít come easy for everybody and here it is just being presented to you. Here you have the opportunity of a lifetime that people have scraped and struggled for for years and now this opportunity has just fallen into your lap. What are you willing to sacrifice for it? I never walked for cheesecake but had I been asked to do it. I probably would have done it too because thatís how bad I want it. Thatís how bad I wanna be a superstar and thatís how bad I want my music out there. So in that respect I donít think he did it to be mean. Walking a few miles to go grab cheesecake for somebody whoís about to give you the opportunity of a lifetime is a small price to pay for all the blessings that come with this job.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Today, via a press release, Bad Boy announced the dates and cities for "Making the Band 4 - The Tour", featuring Danity Kane, Day26 and Donnie Klang. It was also announced that Cheri Dennis would be joining the tour as a special guest. Here are the dates:

May 24, Orlando, FL - Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
May 25, Miami, FL - The Fillmore Miami Beach
May 29, New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
May 30, Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Concert Pavilion
May 31, Detroit, MI - Fillmore
June 1, Chicago, IL - Chicago Auditorium
June 5, Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
June 6, Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl Concert Theater
June 7, San Diego, CA - Viejas Casino
June 9 and 10, Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

On April 17, tickets will go on sale on the Bad Boy site, as announced on TRL today. Any remaining tickets will then be sold to the general public on April 19.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
The Telegraph has a great interview with Diddy, mainly focusing on his acting.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Faith Evans, former Bad Boy singer and wife to The Notorious B.I.G., has a memoir due out in August called "Keep The Faith". From the Amazon.com product page:

KEEP THE FAITH is Faith Evan's first person account of life at ground zero of hip-hop's greatest generation. She'll share the truth about the love affair that changed her life, and the innuendo that rocked the hip-hop world to its core. From her passionate and tragically short-lived life with Biggie, Faith will finally lay the true story on the line. We'll get to see the good, the bad and the ugly side of P. Diddy; nobody knew either quite as well as Faith.

Sigh. I hope she does this right.

Via SixShot.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
The Play blog has an interview with Ray J where he talks about seeing Faith Evans sitting in 2Pac's lap weeks before "Hit 'Em Up" was released and how he was with Biggie two days before he died. He claims that Biggie was going to be on the remix to Ray J's "Everything You Want". Lil' Cease eventually was featured on the Bad Boy Remix to the track. I'm not sure if I'd consider Ray J a credible source or not.

Via BallerStatus.com.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Hitmen producer Sean C and Bad Boy A&R Coordinator Daniel "Skid" Mitchell will be on the judge panel at the iStandard Producer Showcase in New York City on April 16. It will be at Don Hill's on 511 Greenwich Street. Doors open at 8:30 PM and the show begins at 9:30. Aspiring producers can submit their work on the iStandard Producers.com site.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Check out the Diddy video at the MTV2 Sucker Free site. Once there, click "Videos" and it's at the top. It features clips from "Dolly My Baby (Bad Boy Remix)" and "Last Night" with a number of people talking about Diddy.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Diddy's announcement on today's TRL was that the Making the Band tour dates will be released on Bad Boy Online on Thursday - tickets will go on sale at the same time.

Diddy also announced that the name that will be on Diddy's Hollywood Star is "Sean "Diddy" Combs".

Posted in Donnie Klang
Posted by Patrick
On TRL just now, Donnie said that the video for "Take You There" is being done in 2-3 weeks.

Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
Ryan Leslie has added a new track to his MySpace. It's called "Addiction" and it features Cassie.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Actor Derek Luke will be playing Diddy in the upcoming Biggie biopic. The National Ledger asked Luke about his relationship with Combs.

"He's around and available all the time." ... "But, at the same time, he's busy. And I kind of stay in my own world to kind of protect myself." Luke says he and Diddy have been close associates for awhile. "We'd see each other and always be friendly. Every time we'd talk it would be about fashion or acting or what kind of music (we) listen to."

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Nikita
Diddy, Danity Kane, Donnie and Day26 will all be hitting up MTV's TRL this afternoon. Hopefully, we will be getting some much anticpated information on the up-coming tour. Hopefully, fingers crossed!

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
BET has an interview with Janelle Monae.

Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
The Voice Online has an interview with Elephant Man.

So when a rumour emerged last year that Ele had got into fisticuffs with his new Bad Boy boss, people could only imagine what kind of drama had ensued between the pair. But as it turned out, the rumour was completely false.

ďThat was nothing more than people going on the Internet to spread lies and rumours,Ē Ele said. ďMe and Puffy are good. Sometimes people have nothing better to do than to player-hate. But I just wanna let the fans know that nothing like that happened.Ē

ďHow am I gonna sign to a major company like Bad Boy and go and beat up Puffy? Reggae music doesnít need any more bad press. As artists, we need to do our best to keep the music positive and thatís what Iím trying to do. Reggae gets such a fight as it is, and Iím not gonna be the one to bring it down, by being so dunce and fool that I would go and screw up a great opportunity.Ē

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Nikita
Probably one of my favorite Bad Boy videos of all-time. I love the dramatic effect of the video and you can feel the energy while you're watching it. Check it out.


Production cost approximately $2.7 million. "Victory" ranks as the 4th most expenisve music video in history. Michael and Janet Jackson's "Scream" ranks #1 with approximately $7 million.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
For a feature on powerful (and beautiful) business women, Times Online spoke with Dia Simms, Diddy's top assistant.

Posted in Bad Boy Blog
Posted by Patrick
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I am very proud to announce that my new book, "Managing Online Forums: Everything You Need to Know to Create and Run Successful Community Discussion Boards", is now available and can be purchased online at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and other retailers. If you are in the United States, it is being stocked nationally at Barnes & Noble locations, as well. You can check stock status at the closest store to you on their website.

"Managing Online Forums" is the result of my years of experience running online communities and forums. The book is definitely appropriately titled: it is truly a forums management book, but with principles that can apply to other types of online communities, like blogs, as well. From creating the infrastructure of the community and setting and enforcing policies to dealing with troublemakers and managing staff. This isn't a programming book or a software book, this is all about managing the actual forums.

Here is some of the advance praise that the book has received:

"O'Keefe provides an impressively insightful, comprehensive, and cogent blueprint for building a loyal and responsive community online."
-Ryan Leslie, Founder, NextSelection Lifestyle Group, recording artist, producer, and online video pioneer

"I found the book Managing Online Forums insightful, easy to read, and knowledgeable about forum sites. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about Internet forum sites or running them. It's useful information and a great marketing tool for any product; a must read!"
-Debbie Hammond, CEO, ClockWork Entertainment (Jordan McCoy's manager; responsible for bringing Dream to Bad Boy)

Here is a look at the chapters featured in the book:

Chapter 1. Laying the Groundwork
Chapter 2. Developing Your Community
Chapter 3. Developing Guidelines
Chapter 4. Promoting Your Community
Chapter 5. Managing Your Staff
Chapter 6. Banning Users and Dealing with Chaos
Chapter 7. Creating a Good Environment
Chapter 8. Keeping It Interesting
Chapter 9. Making Money

It also features three helpful appendices at the end that include online resources, a glossary and blank, general templates that you can use as a basis for your own user guidelines, staff member guidelines and contact templates (pre-written messages for you and your staff to use when contacting members).

For more information on the book, including a full table of contents, advance praise, interviews and reviews, an excerpt, downloadable document templates, an example forums setup and more, please check out the book website.

Thank you for reading and for visiting Bad Boy Blog.

Sincerely,

Patrick

Posted in Sean John
Posted by Patrick
Despite what we were told and even the current header image on Diddy's MySpace, there was no "If I Were King" encore. If you were like me and waited to watch the show with the half hour intern special, well... tough luck. Not quite! You can watch the special online.

Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
Watch below for video of Diddy and Cassie introducing her first single, "Official Girl", in front of the Bad Boy offices in New York.


Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
SOHH.com has a quick interview with Elephant Man, who tells them that the album was pushed back due to clearance issues as it took time to get clearance for Chris Brown, Rihanna and others. In the video portion, he also speaks about calling a large female fan onto stage and being crushed by her. Watch below.


Posted in Nelson
Posted by Patrick
Nelson's birthday party is tonight at Mantra 986 at 986 Second Avenue in New York, NY. See the flier below.

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Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
Here's the production list for Elephant Man's Bad Boy debut, "Let's Get Physical".

1. "Drop Dead"
Produced by Stephen "di genius" McGregor.

2. "Dem Nah Ready"
Produced by Mark Pinnock.

3. "Feel The Steam"
Produced by Willie Daniels and Andrew "Goldenchyl" Fennell.

4. "Throw Your Hands Up"
Produced by Richard "Richie D" Martin and Willie Daniels.

5. "Five-0"
Produced by Willie Daniels.

6. "Jump"
Produced by Swizz Beatz.

7. "Back That Thing On Me (Shake That)"
Produced by Mario Winans.

8. "Our World"
Produced by Trevor "Baby G" James. Executive produced by Kensil "English" Fender.

9. "The Way We Roll (Remix)"
Produced by Cipha Sounds and Solitair. Remixed by Willie Daniels.

10. "Sweep The Floor"
Produced by Stephen "di genius" McGregor.

11. "Body Talk"
Produced by Willie Daniels. Co-produced by Dwayne Shippy.

12. "Who Wanna"
Produced by Swizz Beatz.

13. "Five-0 (Remix)"
Produced by Willie Daniels. Remixed by Willie Daniels and Dwayne Shippy.

Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
The album insert for Elephant Man's "Let's Get Physical" features a Sean John advertisement on one side (the same one that was in the "Day26" insert) and then an advertisement asking you to text ELE to 33133 for Elephant Man mobile content.

It says that Cheri Dennis, Danity Kane and Day26 are now available (the album covers are displayed) and that Donnie Klang, Cassie, Yung Joc and Mario Winans are coming soon - Yung Joc being the new one.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
According to WSVN-TV and TMZ, Diddy cut his foot on a campagne glass last weekend, which forced him to miss the Art for Life event where he was due to be the Honorary Chairman. Diddy was stitched up and is fine, according to a rep.

Via contactmusic.com.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
On this week's Hot 100 chart, "Damaged" by Danity Kane remains at the #21 slot with "Got Me Going" by Day26 falling from #79 to #87.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
"Day26" and "Welcome to the Dollhouse" both stay in the top 10 this week on The Billboard 200 chart, with "Day26" falling from #1 to #4 and "Welcome to the Dollhouse" falling from #4 to #7.

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
Day26 will be performing on "Get To Steppin'", a BET Spring Bling program tonight. The show starts at 8:00 PM ET.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Nikita
The girls of Danity Kane are scheduled to perform at the U92.7 Anniversary Bash in Aubrey O'Day's hometown of La Quinta, CA. After making their rounds in the other members hometowns, its Aubrey's turn at this radio celebration. The radio station has shown great support for the group, with their single "Damaged" in constant rotation. We're really excited," O'Day told The Desert Sun. "Everybody (in the group) has heard about the desert and they've never got to see it. I think the desert was the No. 1 station playing our single in the beginning. They broke all the records for (their first single) "Show Stopper," but definitely for (their new single) "Damaged." I was like, 'You guys! My home town station is breaking all the records!"

The U92.7 Anniversary Bash is scheduled for Saturday, April 12th from Noon-7pm, the gates open at 11 a.m. The concert will be located at the Riverside County Fairgrouds, 82-503 Hwy 111, Indio, CA. The cost of tickets is $25 and will include other acts; Ray-J, E-40 and Cherish.

For more information visit: http://www.927kkuu.com/10thbirthdaybash

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Posted by Nikita
On Cassie's MySpace, she is offering a first listen of the new single "Official Girl" from her untitled sophomore album. "Official Girl" offers a fresh new sound for Cassie but doesn't challenge her vocal ability. "It's been such a crazy learning experience recording my sophomore album and I owe so much of this opportunity to all of you," says Cassie on her MySpace.

To hear "Official Girl" check out Cassie's MySpace.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Watch below for some good video from Janelle Monae's Bad Boy introduction in New York last week. It features Diddy, Kevin Liles, Missy Elliott, Andre Harrell and others.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Janelle Monae has an entry on her MySpace blog discussing the partnership with Bad Boy. In it, she also implores fans to join "The Chase", though she provides little as far as further details. It's an effort to unite her fans, certainly. I've asked a rep for a preview or sneak peak to get a better idea.

Posted in Cassie
Posted by Nikita
According to Billboard.com, Cassie will be planning on dropping her sophomore album in September. After selling about 321,000 copies of her self-titled debut in 2006, Diddy claims the new album "is going to really, really catch people off guard." She has a new single out produced by Danja (Danity Kane, Britney Spears) called "Official Girl" that should receive radio play soon.

Despite the success of the hit single "Me & U" selling more than 1 million digital downloads, Cassie received some less than fantastic reviews after poor television and radio performances. "I don't think she was ready," Diddy says. "I think that we threw her into the spotlight without the artist development--that goes on with a lot of new artists. We pulled out, we took our time, we developed her for like, a year-and-a-half. People are just going to see her there and be like, 'Wow she's really cocooned into a butterfly."

I hope that Cassie can add to the success that Bad Boy has had this year, thus far.

To see Diddy and Cassie's public apology; click here.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Janelle Monae was featured in an MTV News segment with a super quick interview with her and Diddy. You can watch the video in the article.

The article reveals that the "Metropolis" EP will, in fact, be a re-release of "Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase" and that she is due to shoot a video for "Many Moons" soon.

"I think it's something that I needed to do to show my level of creativity for my legacy as an executive producer and as a label owner," [Diddy] said of bringing her onboard. "I was looking for things that were different and innovative. Because if you're a leader in this industry you want to be helping to push it forward, and she's an artist that would help to push it forward. ... It's so good that it's not a risk. It's not about the sales, it's not about one particular thing."

"Wow," MonŠe exclaimed, seated next to Diddy.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Patrick
Watch below for a video from behind the scenes at the shooting of Danity Kane's "Damaged" video.


Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
Elephant Man will be hosting an album release party tonight in Bladensburg, Maryland at the Crossroads Entertainment Complex. Doors open at 10:00 PM.

Via Karmah Elmusa.

Posted in Sean John
Posted by Patrick
Through a press release, Diddy spoke about the "If I Were King" documentary.

"I am honored with the opportunity to present this to the world and to highlight what I have put into this show and this business of Sean John," he said. "It is extremely important to me to allow people in to see all the blood, sweat and tears that went into the Sean John show and to relay the important message of honor and ambition and going forward with a dream and there is no one better to portray this message than MTV."

"I am so excited that this documentary is airing at such a crucial moment for the Sean John brand as this year marks our 10th anniversary. What better way to emblazon the current success of the brand and to recognize our unbelievable past."

Posted in Sean John
Posted by Patrick
The Sean John FashionWeek 2008 documentary, "If I Were King" is set to air on MTV on Wednesday night at 10:00 PM ET. It will also be shown on Saturday at 2:00 PM ET and will be followed by a program called "Sean John: Internship By Design".

Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
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Today saw the U.S. release of Elephant Man's "Let's Get Physical". But, readers of Bad Boy Blog will know that the Japanese version of the album was released last year. So, how do the albums differ? Let's take a look at the three versions of the album that are available.

Japanese

1. "Ready Fi Di Video"
2. "Drop Dead"
3. "The Way We Roll (Remix)" featuring Busta Rhymes and Shaggy
4. "Willie Bounce"
5. "Throw Your Hands Up" featuring Rihanna
6. "Five-0 (Main)" featuring Wyclef and Diddy
7. "Gangster World" featuring Rehka
8. "Shake That A** is on Fire"
9. "That La La" featuring Mya
10. "Like a Snake" featuring Don Omar
11. "Wave Ya Rag"
12. "Real Pimps"
13. "Five-0 (Remix)" featuring Wyclef, Swizz Beatz, Assassin, Yung Joc and Diddy

United States

1. "Drop Dead"
2. "Dem Nah Ready"
3. "Feel The Steam" featuring Chris Brown
4. "Throw Your Hands Up" featuring Rihanna
5. "Five-O" featuring Wyclef and Diddy
6. "Jump" featuring Swizz Beatz
7. "Back That Thing On Me (Shake That)" featuring Mario Winans
8. "Our World" featuring DeMarco
9. "The Way We Roll (Remix)" featuring Busta Rhymes and Shaggy
10. "Sweep The Floor"
11. "Body Talk" featuring Kat DeLuna and Jha-Jha
12. "Who Wanna"
13. "Five-O" featuring Wyclef, Swizz Beatz, Assassin, Yung Joc and Diddy
14. "Gully Creepa"

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Posted by Patrick
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Elephant Man's Bad Boy debut, "Let's Get Physical," was released today. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. "Drop Dead"
2. "Dem Nah Ready"
3. "Feel The Steam" featuring Chris Brown
4. "Throw Your Hands Up" featuring Rihanna
5. "Five-O" featuring Wyclef and Diddy
6. "Jump"
7. "Back That Thing On Me (Shake That)" featuring Mario Winans
8. "Our World" featuring Demarco
9. "The Way We Roll (Remix)" featuring Busta Rhymes and Shaggy
10. "Sweep The Floor"
11. "Body Talk" featuring Kat DeLuna and Jha-Jha
12. "Who Wanna"
13. "Five-O" featuring Wyclef, Swizz Beatz, Assassin, Yung Joc and Diddy
14. "Gully Creepa"

There is an iTunes exclusive version, as well, that has "Like a Snake" and "Spin Your Rag" as exclusive bonus tracks. You can pick up the regular version at Amazon.com.

Posted in Danity Kane
Posted by Patrick
The new Danity Kane site has launched. Like a majority of things that Bad Boy has attempted online, it's a half done disappointment, unfortunately. Most pages don't seem to work, most notably the audio player. The DKTV section only features videos from their last album, no "Damaged" (how is that possible?) The "Community" appears to be a basic MySpace clone powered by a third party provider with only a very simple level of customization. When is Bad Boy going to learn that they need to take the time to cultivate community and then take it with them, regardless of the platform? They need control of their content and their community's content.

While the site is pretty, the content isn't there. This site should not have launched as it has.

Posted in Donnie Klang
Posted by Patrick
You can listen to a snippet of "Rolling Stone" by Donnie Klang at the Donnie Klang and Seven Aurelius MySpace.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
From the press release:

The Atlantic Records Group scores a major chart triumph this week, with four albums ranking in the top ten on the SoundScan/Billboard 200, a feat last accomplished by the company in 1994. In addition, this marks the first time in over 25 years that Atlantic has had three out of the top five albums in the country.

As a result of these impressive rankings, the Atlantic Records Group achieves its biggest single-week market share in the 17-year history of the SoundScan sales tracking system -- garnering a phenomenal, industry-leading 16.21% in current market share, nearly double that of the #2-ranked company.

The spectacular #1 debut of the self-titled first album from Day26 marks the second week in a row that Bad Boy Records has taken the top spot -- following last week's history-making #1 debut by the sophomore album from Danity Kane, "WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE," which ranks at #4 this week. According to Billboard, "DAY26" marks the 61st #1 album on the Billboard 200 for the Atlantic family -- dating back to Cream's "WHEELS OF FIRE" exactly 40 years ago.

Panic At The Disco scores a fantastic #2 debut with their eagerly awaited second Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen album, "PRETTY. ODD." Rounding out the foursome at #9 is Flo Rida's Poe Boy/Atlantic debut, "MAIL ON SUNDAY." In addition, following its rush-release last week due to online leaks, Gnarls Barkley's acclaimed second Downtown/Atlantic album, "THE ODD COUPLE," jumps into the #12 spot.

Atlantic's upcoming release schedule will feature eagerly anticipated new albums from Death Cab For Cutie, Missy Elliott, Shinedown, Rush, Plies, Estelle, and others, all due out before the end of the summer.

"This is an historic moment in the life of Atlantic Records," said Atlantic Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman. "To have four out of the top ten records in the country, not to mention three out of the top five, is a hugely satisfying achievement. What makes it even more significant is the musical diversity of the artists -- from the R&B of Day26 to the rock of Panic to the pop of Danity Kane to the hip-hop of Flo Rida to the category-busting of Gnarls Barkley. This is a real testament to the fantastic team we have in place, who have the creativity and passion to develop artists across genres. I want to congratulate the entire Atlantic family for a truly brilliant job and our artists for delivering the great music that makes it all possible."

"We share this fantastic accomplishment with our terrific label partners," said Atlantic President Julie Greenwald. "I want to congratulate Diddy, Harve Pierre and the Bad Boy staff; John Janick, Pete Wentz, and everyone at Fueled By Ramen and Decaydance; Flo Rida's Poe Boy camp; and Josh Deutsch and our friends at Downtown. I thank them for working hand-in-hand with everyone at Atlantic to set up these records so magnificently."

Posted in Donnie Klang
Posted by Patrick
Donnie Klang will be appearing today at Dimples Records in Sacramento, CA. It's at 2433 Arden Way. If you have any questions, you can call the store at (916) 925-2600. Later tonight, he'll be at The X in San Francisco.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Watch below for Diddy's appearance on "The Big Idea", a show on CNBC.


Posted in Bad Boy Blog
Posted by Nikita
As promised here is the video of the week, an oldie but goodie, Total's "Kissing You".


Which member Total is the wife of movie star Omar Epps?

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
CNBC has Billboard's interview with Diddy, talking about Making the Band, Danity Kane, Day26, Janelle Monae, Cassie and more. Perhaps the most interesting part:

WHAT ABOUT YOUR OWN MUSIC?

I'm just going into creative mode. I want to do something that's totally different. It's one of the first times in my life that I can go in without a plan and just create sounds and create melodies and see what comes of it . . . I feel like I've totally proven myself, and now as an artist, I can take that pressure off and have some fun. I'm about to go in the studio in two weeks.

Is he hinting at a new album? I've asked a representative for clarification.

Thanks to Brad for the tip.

Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
Watch below.


Posted in Sean John
Posted by Patrick
Watch below for a promo video for "If I Were King", the Sean John FashionWeek 2008 documentary. Contrary to what had been reported, it appears that it will be premiering on April 9 at 10:00 PM ET on MTV with an encore showing on April 12 at 2:00 PM ET. On April 9, it's preceded by an episode of "True Life" called "I'm Going to FashionWeek". This seems like an unlikely coincidence, so I am sure they are probably related.


Posted in Los
Posted by Patrick
Check out and download this track on LOS' MySpace. I mentioned this track as being available the other day, but what was labeled "G5 Is Da Bizzness Intro" was actually "Hurt Freestyle", which is also in his player. Now, this has been fixed.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Watch below for video of Diddy's introduction of Janelle Monae at Blender Threatre in New York on Thursday. There is performance footage on YouTube, as well.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
HipHopDX and Billboard have reports from Janelle Monae's performance at the Blender Theatre last night.

ďIíve been blessed with artists like Jodeci, Notorious B.I.G. and Mary J. Blige in the past, but this artist right hereóyouíve just got to see it to believe it. I donít know if you ever felt the Holy Ghost, but thatís the only feeling youíre to feel tonight,Ē Diddy said to a capacity crowd.

Monae -- decked out in her staple black slacks, white dress jacket with black lapel, oversized black bow tie and black and white wingtip shoes -- performed a five-song set that included the guitar-laden "Smile," "Letting Go" and "Violet Stars/Happy Hunting," which finds Monae singing, "I'm an alien from outer space / I'm a cyber girl without a face," over thumping drums.

They both mention that her September album title will be "Metropolis".

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Diddy spoke with MTV about the accusations made (and then retracted) by Chuck Phillips of the L.A. Times. Mainly that he and Biggie knew 2Pac would be assaulted in 1994 at Quad Studios in New York.

"Just knowing how people in this day and age, what they read online and what they see in the papers, they just take it as fact. It's like, come on, I been working so hard to rise above all of this stuff, and to see it now trying to pull me back down.

"[But] I stayed focused. I was still. My grandmother told me, 'Be still.' No matter what it feels like, be still. And I was still and then the truth came out the way it was to come out. I didn't jump up and down about it. I let them give the apology and let people go back to the things they need to be focusing on about me, which is the #1 albums I'm dropping with Danity Kane and Day26, #1 fragrances, Janelle Monae, making this black history. And that's what it's about. But it's important to really deal with things however they come at you. And I've always done that my whole life and just always told the truth."

Diddy also said that he's not calling for Phillips to be fired and that he is not yet sure what he will do legally.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Nikita
Check out an exclusive sneak peek of Usher's new video, "Love in This Club", where Diddy makes a cameo. The entire video will premiere on Monday, April 7th.


Posted in Cheri Dennis
Posted by Patrick
Black Voices has a pictorial focusing on the style of Cheri Dennis.

Posted in Donnie Klang
Posted by Patrick
Donnie Klang will be appearing tonight, in Hollywood, CA, at two different locations. He'll be at Avalon on 1735 Vine Street and at Montmartre Lounge on 6757 Hollywood Boulevard. The event at Avalon is open to anyone (doors open at 10:00 PM), but the one at Montmartre Lounge is invite only.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Diddy is set to be the "Honorary Chairman" at Art For Life Miami Beach, hosted by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The tickets are $1,000 for the whole evening or $350 for just the after party. Check out the flier below.

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Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
From the press release:

FLO RIDA is LOW no more. The Hip Hop superstar comes to Toronto on FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2008 for an exclusive one-night engagement at the Rogers Centre CONCERT HALL. It will be a night to remember with performance from the sensational DANITY KANE, DAY 26 and DONNIE from P.
Diddy's "Making the Band" on MTV.

Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster Canada.

Posted in Sean John
Posted by Patrick

Regular BBB reader Bryant alerted me to a commercial he saw for some sort of show featuring Diddy and Sean John, called "If I Were King". According to Safran Digital Group, it's a "documentary about the making of the 2008 Sean John fashion show". I would guess, the one at Fashion Week, though that isn't stated.

The Art Institute of New York worked with MTV to cast interns for the show, which they say was set to air on March 8. I don't know why this is the first I'm hearing of it, but apparently, it will be on MTV on April 12 at 7:00 PM ET.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
On the April 12 edition of The Billboard Hot 100 chart, Danity Kane's "Damaged" is up to 21, a new high, from 27. Meanwhile, Day 26's "Got Me Going" debuts at 79. "Got Me Going" becomes Bad Boy's 82nd Hot 100 charting track.

Posted in B5
Posted by Patrick
Update: According to B5's management, it's unclear when the video will air. Stay posted.

B5 will be featured on ABC's daytime soap, "All My Children" on April 25. For those that don't know, Erica Kane is a long running, popular character on the show. On the show, she is apparently locked up in one way or another with people holding a rally for her freedom. B5 will appear at this fictional rally and perform their song.

The article also notes that B5 has shot a video for the song, that features Erica Kane in handcuffs. But, it's unclear when this will be appearing - perhaps it will be a part of the show.

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
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"Day26" has given Bad Boy two number one albums in as many weeks, following the success of "Welcome to the Dollhouse", for the first in the history of the label. The guys moved over 190,000 units. Not only that, but their debut represents the biggest selling debut for a male R&B group in the SoundScan era, according to Bad Boy.

Their second single will be "Since You've Been Gone" and they will be featured on BET's Spring Bling, debuting on April 10. The full press release contains various Bad Boy related factoids, so I am going to include it below.

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Posted in Los
Posted by Patrick
There is new music from LOS on his MySpace. The tracks are:

"G5 is da Bizzness Intro"
"Hurt Freestyle"
"The Future" featuring Mo Banks
"Rep My City" featuring Kal
"Crying Out for Me (Remix)" by Mario featuring LOS

All 5 tracks are available for download. From the MySpace, it appears that he's getting ready to release a "special edition" of his G5 mixtape.

04/01: April Fools!

Posted in Bad Boy Blog
Posted by Patrick
Mase is not interested in joining Suge Knight's new label venture, at least not that we know of, as we had reported. In honor of April Fools Day, we thought that we'd have a little fun and come up with a crazy story with just enough basis in reality for it to be believable.

The funny thing is, I didn't even know that Knight was working on a new label when I came up with the idea. Days later, Nikita sent me a link to a trailer for a reality show based upon the concept and I could only think, "the April Fools Day gods have smiled down upon us."

So, though it makes for a good story, there is absolutely no truth behind the report of Mase joining Black Ball Records. I appreciate, in advance, everyone for being a good sport.

Thank you for reading and for visiting Bad Boy Bog.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Just a quick note to update the story from a few hours ago: JC is signed to Block, not Bad Boy, according to a source at the label.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Back in November, we reported on an AP report that stated:

A former associate of Sean "Diddy" Combs filed a motion Wednesday to prohibit the hip-hop mogul from circulating FBI interrogation records in which an informant appears to link the associate to a shooting of the late rapper Tupac Shakur.

James Sabatino, once a consultant for Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment Inc., claims his former colleague is distributing the FBI reports as part of a smear campaign. Sabatino, 31, is imprisoned in Pennsylvania on fraud charges and sued Combs last month, claiming he is owed $19 million for music by the late Notorious B.I.G., another former client.

Of course, more recently, it has come out that Sabatino forged FBI records used by the L.A. Times. It turns out that the AP cited these forged documents in their story in November. From Editor & Publisher:

The AP then notes that the documents were revealed as false last week after the Times' March 17 story about Shakur's shooting cited the documents. When the Web site, thesmokinggun.com, questioned the documents on Wednesday, the Times conducted an internal investigation and, later that day, admitted that it could not verify the documents as real.

"It reminded everybody that we had mentioned them ourselves," AP senior managing editor Mike Silverman said about the Times use of the documents. "There are some lessons leaned here that our Miami staff is taking to heart. Anyone can file something with a lawsuit, but that doesn't make it true."

Silverman stressed that the AP's reference to the documents was related to their use in a lawsuit. But he said that does not excuse the assumption that they were real. "There are some things, if we had to do over, we would do," he said about potential further investigation of Sabatino.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Update: JC is signed to Block, not Bad Boy.

AllHipHop.com reports that the upcoming album from singer JC will feature production from Diddy, along with Bryan-Michael Cox and others. JC is signed to Block Entertainment and it sounds like he may be a Bad Boy artist, as well.

This story has been floating around for a while, but it was never something that could be confirmed. I'm trying to confirm it again now. Thanks Bryant for the tip.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Nikita
This years NCAA men's Final Four will not only feature some of the best college players in the country, it will also feature some great musical talents as well. All of the festivities begin Friday, April 4th. On Saturday, April 5th, Danity Kane and Day26 are scheduled to perform during Hoop City and Coca-Cola's NCAA's ultimate basketball festival, where the fans will be able to participate through AT&T's interactive stations.

Be sure to check out the Making the Band stars if you are in the San Antonio area this weekend.

Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
Elephant Man will be having an album release party in New York City on April 3. It'll be at LQ on 511 Lexinton Avenue. See the flier below for more.

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