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" falls 37 spots on The Billboard 200 in it's second week. "Coming Home" and "Loving You No More" remain strong, with "Coming Home" moving up a spot on The Billboard Hot 100.
Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid" gains, as does i SQUARE's "Hey Sexy Lady," the later of which has now reached the top 10 (the 10 spot) on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.
The Billboard 200
44. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 7).
Top Current Albums
43. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 7).
198. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (re-entry).
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It's lucky sevens for the album, which hits the #7 spot on four different album charts.
Dirty Money is all over the charts this week, including an across the board rise from "Coming Home" and some gains by "Loving You No More," which re-entered the Hot 100. On a funny and odd note, the "Intro" for the album actually charted on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs sales chart. In all, 5 songs from the album hit the charts - in addition to "Coming Home," "Loving You No More" and "Intro," "A** on the Floor" and "Hello Good Morning" appear, as well.
Meanwhile, i SQUARE's "Hey Sexy Lady" continues it's steady rise on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, moving from #18 to #13.
Billboard reports that Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" will place seventh on tomorrow's Billboard 200 chart, having sold 101,000 units.
If you're a fan, you may have seen some album sales figures estimated and then reported by HITS Daily Double and then passed around online. First, they reported that, based on first day sales, the album would sell 60,000 to 65,000 units. And, of course, some people jumped on those and trumpeted the album as a flop.
You may have noticed that, here at Bad Boy Blog, we didn't report any of these figures. It wasn't because I didn't see them, it was because I felt they were premature. And, sure enough, the final number is 101,000 units, 36,000 more than the top of that initial estimate and 13,620 units more than that "final" report. And instead of debuting at #10, it debuts at #7. That is a sizable difference.
Diddy shared some of the vision behind Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris," including a love story from his college days. After that, the conversation turned to Jay Electronica and Diddy's comments on Twitter following the rapper's signing with Jay-Z's Roc Nation.
"I definitely felt a way about it, 'cause that's my friend," he said. "I was just, without a doubt, looking at the situation selfishly. I wanted to rock with my friend. But, at the same time, I support my friend on what's best for his career. And Jay-Z is also one of my best friends in the game and when I had said that on Twitter - first of all - Twitter is dangerous and you got to watch what you say. When I said it, I didn't realize - it was a coincidence - I was saying a blanket statement 'cause I was feeling a sort a way about a couple of different things and I didn't realize he was tweeting at the same time. So, coincidentally, it looked like I was saying something to what he was saying."
"But, I ain't gonna front, a piece of it was just the way I was feeling about the situation just on a competitive level and also I just feel like Jay is one of those special artists that don't come around often and I just wanted to work with him. I was a little bit of a sore loser and, at the same time, just being a little bit sensitive and emotional 'cause that's my friend. But, once he talked about it, I understand where he was coming from and that's the beauty, that's the realness of our friendship and I'm gonna rock with him forever."
On Thursday, Dirty Money stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to perform "A** on the Floor" without Swizz Beatz. Diddy also was on the show for an interview segment where he talked about gift giving, the model whose hair caught fire at the "Last Train to Paris" album listening party and more. Watch below.
On Twitter, Diddy mentioned that Bad Boy producer Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson had produced "Where Would We," which is on the deluxe version of Keyshia Cole's new "Calling All Hearts" album, available today. You can pick it up at Amazon.com.
Though it wasn't broadcast on the air, Diddy got into the ring with John Cena and Rey Mysterio and saw some action. MTV's Chris Ryan has a photo.
"... Diddy put on a clinic, both on stage and in the squared circle," Ryan writes. "Diddy did the the damn thing against Mysterio (much to the delight of the girls from Diddy-Dirty Money and John Cena)."
Speaking to MTV's Sway Calloway, Diddy revealed that Jay-Z and Kanye West were the only two artists he wanted to appear on Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" who were unable to make it due to scheduling.
Vulture has an interesting interview with Diddy where he discusses songwriting (not ghostwriting - ghosts are invisible and not credited), what he's done in Ibiza, "Last Train to Paris," Dirty Money, the creation of "Coming Home" and more.
On one track, ďComing Home,Ē you talk extensively about your family. Was it hard to get that personal?
Nah, I wanted to do that. I co-wrote that with Jay-Z. He knows me so much as a friend, there were some lines that he threw out that were like, "This is what I feel [about you], I know it's uncomfortable that Iím saying it right now. You sure you wanna say that?" If I wanna say it, Iím gonna say it. If I bare my soul, Iím gonna put that s*** up one time and put it in the history books.
After the New Orleans rapper signed with Jay-Z's "Roc Nation," a song titled "Shiny Suit Theory" hit the internet. On the record, he raps:
Me and Puff, we was chillin' in Miami
He said, n****, fuck the underground, you need to win a GRAMMY
For yo mama and yo family
They need to see you shined up
You built a mighty high ladder, let me see you climb up
N****, what you scared of? Terrorize these artificial rap n**** and spread love
Pollinate the ear buds like you supposed to, Spit it for the culture
Pay no attention to the critics and the vultures
They rather have a shot of Belvy just to spite you
They cast the judgments 'cause they feel they got the right to
F*** 'em, I let the dice roll like the father did
I gotta shine, it's in my blood, I'm a Harlem kid
I treat my babies right, treat my ladies ladylike
Hit 'em with a remix, then make sure that they play me twice
I thought you said it's the return of the black kings
Luxurious homes, fur coats and fat chains
Talking with Wilson, Electronica shared some of the back story behind the record, including Diddy's comments:
In the clip below, Diddy and Cedric the Entertainer chat about Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris." Interestingly, Cedric asks Diddy if he produced Usher's "Hot Tottie" because it reminded him of the vibe of "Last Train to Paris." Diddy reveals that "Hot Tottie" was actually supposed to be his record, but things happen. He says that Polow da Don gave him two records (presumably "Your Love" and "Looking for Love," which was produced by James "JLack" Lackey, but co-produced by Polow da Don) to make up for it.
The music video for "Certified" sheds some more light on the arrest as it says that, after the video was shot, he was arrested and detained for "nearly a week in a Canadian immigration jail for unjust charges."
I just saw a commercial on BET for "BET 30: Moments and Movements," a new special celebrating thirty years of the network by showcasing 30 "moments and movements" of the BET era. Biggie's name flashed on the screen, suggesting that him and his story are one of the 30. The show will air on December 30 at 8 PM ET.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the latest Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today. Dirty Money's "Coming Home" jumps up, across the board, in a large and impressive fashion. It is now #24 on The Billboard Hot 100, making it the highest charting single from "Last Train to Paris," topping the #27 that "Hello Good Morning" reached. The album also gets a couple of gains for "Loving You No More" and debuts from "A** on the Floor" and "Someone to Love Me."
i SQUARE's "Hey Sexy Lady" also moved up 5 slots on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
59. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (up from 64).
The Billboard Hot 100
24. "Coming Home" by Dirty Money ("Sales Gainer," a new high, up from 51).
Following last night's "Last Train to Paris" listening party, Fabolous, Trey Songz and Swizz Beatz came together to congratulate Diddy on the release of Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris." Watch below.
Did you miss last night's "Last Train to Paris" listening party? It was hosted by comedian Kevin Hart and Fabolous, Trey Songz, Swizz Beatz, Usher, DJ Prostyle, DJ Clue?, Laurie Ann Gibson, Harve Pierre, Aasim and more appeared. Fear not, though, because you can watch it below.
The stream was of a really high quality, both video and sound wise. Everything seemed to go pretty smoothly - except for a woman's hair catching fire at one point, with Songz, Hart and Fabolous two feet away. But, it was quickly put out.
Starting at 10 PM ET, comedian Kevin Hart will be hosting the official Dirty Money listening party for "Last Train to Paris." It will be streamed live on USTREAM and, according to Diddy, a lot of the people who worked on the album will be there. You can watch and chat below.
Following the release of Nicki Minaj's "Roman's Revenge" and Lil' Kim's "Black Friday," Funkmaster Flex asked Diddy for his thoughts on the Nicki Minaj and Lil' Kim disputes. Check out the clip below.
"My take on the whole situation is that I love Kim," he said. "I love Lil' Kim, no matter what's going on, no matter what's being said. Kim definitely has a responsibility for my success. Me working with Nicki Minaj has nothing to do with going against Kim. When Kim works with other producers, when she raps with other artists, I'm not getting upset, it's not a problem. I think that a lot of us that have been here for a long time, including yourself Flex, we have inspired a lot of people. We have motivated a lot of people. We have touched a lot of people in a certain way. We've been those cats that people have aspired to be."
"I wouldn't be around Nicki if I ever heard nothing ever negative said about Kim," he continued. "And I've never heard nothing like that. But, then when it comes to just being an emcee, that's when I gotta stand back. If they wanna do things and be emcees, that's their business. I'm not with any negativity. I'm not with no beef and I love both of them."
"At the same time, right now, Nicki Minaj - that's who my artist is, that's who I consult, that's who I do business with. I no longer do business with Kim on that level. But, Kim will always have a special place in my heart. It's like that. Kim is the queen. Read in between the lines, what you want it to be - it is what it is. Kim is the queen and I love Kim. And Nicki's the queen in her own right. That's exactly the way I feel about it, so don't twist my words, don't make it no way it is or it ain't. That's what it is."
After a performance in Moscow, Russian, Janelle Monae met with German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Lagerfeld serves as a creative director for iconic brands Chanel and Fendi, and has his own label, as well. Lagerfeld had some very nice praise for Monae.
In the clip below, Dirty Money announced that they will be hosting an album listening party tonight at USTREAM at 10 PM ET. It'll be hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, live from Diddy's house and a lot of people who worked on the album will be there. You can attend at ustream.tv/ptwittytv.
Today marks the long-awaited release of Diddy's sixth album (including 2002's "We Invented the Remix") and the first album from the Dirty Money collective, which features Dawn Richard and Kalenna. "Last Train to Paris" is the first album Bad Boy has released since Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid" on May 18.
The album features production from Diddy, Guy Gerber, Swizz Beatz, Danja, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis, Arden "Keys" Altino, Polow da Don, Dernst "D-Mile" Emile II, Mario Winans, 7 Aurelius, DEEKAY, James "JLack" Lackey, Awesome Jones, Hollywood Hotsauce, Sean Garrett, Miykal Snoddy, Chrisptopher "Tricky" Stewart, Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Alex Da Kid and Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter.
Swizz Beatz, Grace Jones, Trey Songz, Lil' Wayne, Justin Timberlake, Bilal, James Fauntleroy, The Notorious B.I.G., Rick Ross, Usher, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Seven of RichGirl, Drake, T.I. and Skylar Grey round out the star-studded guest list.
Below, check out the cover and full track listing of all versions of the album.
Gothamist is among those reporting on the Dirty Money/Bad Boy street team and their efforts with the New York City subway trains, where they have taken over signage and have members of the team dressed as train conductors, yelling "Last Train to Paris! All aboard!" Very clever marketing.
Check out the two clips below for some behind the scenes during the last few days of the recording of Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris." Two interesting things to check for: in the first clip, check the 1:23 mark. Sounds like a Dirty Money and Ludacris record, doesn't it? In the second clip, it sounds like "Lifted" almost made the album. Maybe it'll come out later to freeze your face.
We know that Dirty Money recorded many records, certainly more than what made the album. Which makes sense. That is, generally speaking, how it works. Still , fans are always clamoring for new material - myself included. Well, it looks like more material is on the way. Diddy was asked by host Rocsi about material that didn't make the album and what might happen to it
"We got this version of the album that's called 'uncut,' he said. "This thing is like the freeze your face of the album. We had to put some cut on it, to be honest, just in this day and age. But, we feel it was the right type of balance. We did 60 tracks. What you have, you have a great collective order of the best songs. But, you got some stuff on there that everybody ain't ready for that we will get out after we do this. We're going to do it in stages on them."
Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid" ranked fifth overall, taking first place in three individual lists (Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot, PopMatters and WBEZ/Sound Opinions' Jim DeRogatis), second place in another (Paste) and being ranked 8 additional times.
On Saturday, December 18, Diddy will host "Diddy in December," a private black-tie party that will be part of Joy to the World Festival in Philadelphia, which runs from December 16 through 19. The event, which is sponsored by Ciroc, is a non-profit aimed at raising money and correcting toys for the homeless and financially challenged, according to AllHipHop.com.
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Dr. Dre's "Detox," an album that has been in development for so long that it has approached mythic status, may finally be on the way in February. The first single, "Kush," features Snoop Dogg and Akon and the music video for it was just released, featuring a nice Ciroc product placement. Check it out at the 2:10 mark below.
Aubrey Graham, better known as rapper Drake, receives a songwriting credit on "Yesterday."
Leroy Watson, better known as Bad Boy rapper Aasim, receives songwriting credits on "Yeah Yeah You Would," "A** on the Floor" and "Someone to Love Me."
Both Mario Winans and Harve Pierre receive executive producer credit while Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins receives an associate executive producer credit. Diddy is not listed as an executive producer, just a producer - but that may not be accurate.
There are a few noteworthy things here. First, the lyric book includes tracks that do not appear on the track listings that have been released thus far for the album. These songs are "If You Wanna Go (5th Ave)" and "Uptown." Could these songs pop up elsewhere? It is unclear - though, it is strange that they would include songs if they don't plan to release them, at this stage of the game.
Also, on the fifth page, the song title "Promises" is scratched out and replaced with "Change." This could indicate that, at one point, the title of "Changed" was "Promises." The song will appear on the deluxe edition of the album.
Reese has released a visual for "Big Shots" featuring Jody Breeze and Gorilla Zoe. The track was originally released on the "Braggin Rights" mixtape by DJ Scream and Block. Shawty the Comedian is featured in the music video, as well. Check it out below.
Dirty Money will be featured on "I'm on You," the new single from Russian rapper Timati, produced by G.Production. According to Timati's label, which he founded, the rapper linked up with Diddy originally when the Bad Boy CEO toured in Paris with Snoop Dogg.
In 2009, Timati released a bilingual album, "The Boss," which featured collaborations with Mario Winans, Busta Rhymes, Xzibit, Snoop Dogg and Kalenna of Dirty Money.
In November, they shot the music video for the record and all three members of Dirty Money will be featured. The song will be released online on December 14 and the music video will premiere on December 27. It was directed by Pavel Khudyakov and the joint Russian-American crew Khudyakov Production.Take a look at some behind the scenes video and pictures below.
Diddy has released a behind the scenes feature showcasing the final mixing session for Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris." During the clip, Diddy also discusses the long journey to the completion of the album.
Diddy stopped by for today's "106 & Park" on BET to premiere the music video for "Coming Home" by Dirty Money featuring Skylar Grey. He also announced that next week - December 13 through 17 - will be "Last Train to Paris" week on "106 & Park." The show airs at 6 PM ET.
Dirty Money will be performing songs from the album. He also said that they they will be giving away money, albums, Flip cams and Christmas gifts.
Below, check out the brand new music video for Dirty Money's "Someone to Love Me." It was directed by Nabil and was shot in September of 2009.
I really like this video. I think it is a great example of a video that may not have had a big budget or be very complex, but was still shot and edited beautifully. You can't always have helicopters and deserts. Sometimes, you just need to find a nice location and get creative. Very nice.
During this period, Bad Boy released just one album - Janelle Monae's critically acclaimed "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III." Monae collected two mentions on the year-end charts, while Diddy/Dirty Money picked up four and The Notorious B.I.G. rounded out the Bad Boy lineup with one mention.
Here are all of the charts that Bad Boy artists were featured on:
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Artists
50. Janelle Monae.
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
59. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the latest Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today. Dirty Money's "Coming Home" (including a new debut) and "Loving You No More" rise on every chart they were previously listed on. i SQUARE's "Hey Sexy Lady" saw a gain, as well.
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
64. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (unchanged).
The Billboard Hot 100
51. "Coming Home" by Dirty Money (a new high, up from 61).
Hot Digital Songs
44. "Coming Home" by Dirty Money (a new high, up from 59).
According to Diddy's Twitter profile, he, along with Dirty Money, has released a free app for Android and BlackBerry phones. According to the image posted, the app will provide exclusive content, videos, contests, music and more. You can pick it up on Mobile Roadie.
An iPhone/iPod Touch version is coming soon to iTunes.
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In the clip below, titled "THIS IS MY BLOCK!!!," Diddy walks around Broadway in New York City, talking about how happy he is to be back in the city. He also buys ice cream and scares some people. Just a fun, random clip. Enjoy.
"It's [going to be] one of the biggest I ever wrote," he told Entertainment Weekly in February of 2009. "Diddy sang the record gracefully. He really pulled it off, and he really surprised me. Because it's Puff, nobody expects it. [But] he's got the goods."
The skit is set in a record studio and Diddy plays a record executive-type character. SNL's Andy Samberg is Blizzard Man, the "hottest hook guy in the business." Diddy's character holds a blind belief in Blizzard Man's talents, in spite of his actual abilities. DeNiro played Blizzard Man's mother who Diddy's character was attracted to. The skit also features cast members Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig and Kenan Thompson. It was one of my favorite sketches of the night.
Their first performance was of "Coming Home." It was a very different performance from the one at the American Music Awards. Outside of the words being said and the chorus itself, the song did not really share much in common with the album version.
It was more of a hushed performance by Diddy, more dramatically and emphatically delivered. I watched it a couple of times and it grew on me a little bit, but I do prefer the original track and the performance at the American Music Awards. The track that people heard on "SNL" was a different record from the one they will hear on the radio and purchase.
Following the performance, Diddy participated in a skit with Robert DeNiro where Andy Samberg played the "best hook man" in the business - Blizzard Man. Diddy's character held a blind belief in Blizzard Man's talents, in spite of his actual abilities. DeNiro played Blizzard Man's mother who Diddy's character was attracted to. Hilarity ensued. It was a funny sketch.
Dirty Money returned to perform "A** on the Floor," as I reported earlier, with Swizz Beatz. This performance was the better one of the night for me as it just seemed a little more natural.
Namely, brief, spoken interludes from Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Janelle Monae and Fab 5 Freddy were included. An additional introduction from Diddy is on the final track and a few of the fashion icons included for the Vogue.com mix are not here, though Andrť Leon Talley, Marc Jacobs and Isaac Mizrahi remain.
Janelle Monae will be featured in an upcoming public service announcement on behalf of the Big Ten Women's basketball conference. It will premiere on Sunday on the Big Ten Network and will air on that network, CBS Sports and ESPN2 during the 2010-2011 basketball season.
"I appreciate basketball," Monae said in a press release. "I love the teamwork and their rhythm and coordination. When I was making Tightrope, I wanted it to be a very empowering song, and I've always looked at it as an empowering song for those in the sports and music because there are so many highs and lows to what it is that we do and we have to keep our balance in it all."
According to the Billboard listing for the the song, which features Skylar Grey, it was produced by Alex Da Kid and written by Alex Da Kid, H. Brook, Jay-Z and J. Cole. After running some Google searches, it appears that H. Brook might be Skylar Grey. I've reached out to Alex Da Kid and Grey on Twitter to confirm.
Update: The subsequent Billboard charts changed the credit for H. Brook to S. Gray.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the latest Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today. Dirty Money's "Coming Home" makes an impressive debut on the Billboard charts, hitting six in all, including the big board with a placement of 61 on the Hot 100.
This marks the third Dirty Money single to hit the list of the top 100 songs in the country, regardless of genre, following "Hello Good Morning" (which peaked at #27) and "Loving You No More" (#91). On top of that, "Loving You No More" moved up across the board. Are the stars beginning to align for a successful December 14 release of "Last Train to Paris"? It's possible.
The preview features new, longer snippets of songs from the album and some additional songs that have not previously been released in any form, including "1st Place Loser," "Repercaution" and "Angels (Guy Gerber Mix)." Here is the full track listing:
2. 1st Place Loser
3. I Hate That You Love Me
5. A** on the Floor featuring Swizz Beatz
6. Shades featuring Lil' Wayne, Justin Timberlake, Bilal and James Fauntleroy
7. Strobe Lights featuring Lil' Wayne
8. Angels (Guy Gerber Mix)
9. Someone to Love Me
Dirty Money's "Someone to Love Me," a track we have heard about for some time, has now been added to our audio player. More than a year ago, a music video was shot for the song. It's an interesting record. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
Recently, an unfinished version of the music video for the Bugatti Boyz' "Another One" appeared online. I declined to publish it here at Bad Boy Blog. The official clip has now been released and you can watch it below. It was directed by Spiff TV.
The track listing for Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris," due in stores on December 14, has finally been released (care of Amazon.com and via HipHop-N-More) and with it, some surprises and some new tracks that we hadn't previously heard of. I have also been able to confirm some additional guest appearances with a source at the label.
Essentially, Monae, Keys, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Ryan Seacrest, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Elijah Wood, Serena Williams, Swizz Beatz and others will be logging off of Twitter and Facebook until, hopefully, $1 million donations are reached. The donations will benefit families dealing with HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.