Sean "Diddy" Combs wants to guest appear on "American Idol"

With sales of his latest “Press Play” album having tapered off since it debuted at No. 1 back in October, Sean “Diddy” Combs has reportedly approached American Idol producers about appearing on the Fox mega-hit’s sixth season.

“Diddy’s album ‘Press Play’ has fallen off the charts and he’s looking for ways to pump fresh life back into it,” a friend of the 37-year-old entertainment mogul, record producer, actor and rapper told OK! Weekly in its February 19 issue.

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Diddy serves up "Last Night"

Diddy is back with the hot new single from his critically acclaimed Bad Boy album PRESS PLAY, ‘Last Night’ featuring Keyshia Cole. This urban love ballad has been tearing up the charts on radio all over the country and you can hear it right now at this link! Look out for the video premiere of this hot track on BET Access Granted Wednesday, January 31st!

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Latest Gold & Platinum album certifications for Bad Boy

Danity Kane – Danity Kane 8/15/2006 Platinum Bad Boy 11/21/2006

Press Play – Diddy 10/17/2006 Gold Bad Boy 11/21/2006

Latest digital certifications

Me & U – Cassie 4/25/2006 Gold Bad Boy 11/21/2006

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Elephant Man featured on remix of Diddy's Come to Me

Having collaborated with the likes of Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz, deejay Elephant Man is seeking to increase his stocks with his latest collaboration. He is featured on a remix of Come to Me, the Billboard-charting single from P. Diddy and the Pussy Cat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger.

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New album draws great critics and fans alike!

PRESS PLAY,” the critically acclaimed new album from Diddy, makes a triumphant debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 this week, as well as topping the magazine’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Since its release on October 17th, “PRESS PLAY” has been earning rave reviews for its innovative sound and cutting-edge diversity. Diddy’s non-stop hard work – both in the studio and on the road – has paid off, as he has returned to the #1 spot following a five-year hiatus from his recording career.

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Diddy: Criticism made me a better artist

To all the critics who think their snarky words fall on deaf ears, take heart: Diddy says he not only listened to past digs at his rap talent, but the criticism helped him make his best album to date with “Press Play.”

“Press Play” debuted at the top of the charts this week with approximately 170,000 CDs sold, the first time he’s been at No. 1 in almost 10 years. The album boasts an all-star list of collaborations _ including Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx and Nas _ and features a variety of new musical sounds from Diddy. He even sings on one track.

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Diddy hits #1

The Bad Boy hit streak continues this year as label head Sean “Diddy” Combs’ solo album Press Play lands at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart.

The disc moved over 176,000 units in its first week, besting releases from Evanescence (The Open Door), JoJo (The High Road), Dierks Bentley (Long Trip Alone) and Ruben Studdard (The Return ).

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Press Play number 1 album in Billboard Album Charts

Diddy’s Press Play is number 1 album in the Top 200 Billboard Album Charts. Diddy sold 176,332 albums. Number two this week was Evanescene with their album Wind-Up and they sold 107,435.

Danity Kane was this week number 34 with 23,123 albums sold last week. That’s only 8% lower than previous week. Their sales should make a boost when their new video is premiered.

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Press Play gathers critical acclaim

Diddy’s first solo project in five years, has been garnering widespread critical acclaim. The collection, which arrived in stores this week, finds the Bad Boy founder and recording artist joined in the studio by a hand-picked cast of modern artists and groundbreaking producers. The result is a cutting-edge collection that brings together a captivating range of sounds and voices in an album defined by depth and diversity.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs: Things Done Changed

AllHipHop.com did a nice interview with Diddy, here’s the full interview:

Sean “Diddy” Combs has been many things to many people. He’s a father to two boys and a pair of twin girls in his girlfriend’s belly. He’s an entertainer. Businessman. Producer. Fashion icon. Activist. Diddy puts on all his hats and talks to AllHipHop.com in part two of Sean “Diddy” Combs: Things Done Changed.

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Diddy does it again

Diddy's Bad Boy/Atlantic bow, Press Play, appears ready to top next week's HITS album chart, though the projected total of between 175-185k can't be considered a triumphant bow. His last album, 1999's Forever, sold 205k on its way to a total of 1.4m, back when he was still known as Puff Daddy. That's what our vast network of retail contacts around this wunnerful land of ours still taking our phone calls tell us, based on their own one-day sales reports.

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AllMusic reviews Press Play

Diddy spent the five years since the release of his previous solo album making (and shelving) a gospel album, dabbling (or flailing) in dance music, running in the New York City Marathon, developing a perfume called (almost unbelievably) Unforgivable, and undoubtedly doing many other important things. His Bad Boy empire settled into a severe lull until the summer of 2006, when Yung Joc’s “It’s Going Down,” Cassie’s “Me&U,” and the Danity Kane album revived the label.

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Diddy's 'Press Play' is sample-free

Sean Combs hasn’t changed his name since settling on Diddy, but he has apparently changed his music.

“Press Play,” out today, is said to be a rhythm and blues record in the style of a John Legend or Alicia Keys. Diddy sings for the first time and, more significantly, didn’t use samples from established hits. “Press Play” is all original music, with tracks co-produced and co-written by the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell and Timbaland.

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Diddy: Man Of All Trades

Jorteh Senah from BallerStatus interviewed Diddy. Here’s the full interview:

Diddy, P. Diddy, Puffy, Puff Daddy, Sean John. Sean Combs has had so many names, but the titles he adorns are even more excessive: CEO, entrepreneur, activist, marathon-runner, actor, producer, rapper and now, get this—singer. Excess should be his middle name or better yet another alias because whatever Diddy does he does B.I.G. like his late, great comrade.

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NY Post rates Press Play

Dan Aquilante reviewed Diddys latest album Press Play in NY Post and gave it 4/5. Here’s the full review:

The guests on Sean Combs’ latest CD are so A-list that’s it’s easy to forget whose album it actually is.

Sharing track space with the artist currently known as Diddy are Mary J. Blige, Christine Aguilera, Jamie Foxx, Nas, Cee-Lo, Twista, Brandy, Timbaland, Ciara and OutKast’s Big Boi – to name just a few.

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Diddy's Press Play ready to roll next tuesday

When Bad Boy founder and CEO Diddy decided to return to the recording studio for his first solo project in five years, he also decided to recruit an A-list team of cutting-edge producers to turn his widescreen vision into a musical reality. With Diddy himself serving as both executive producer and hands-on producer for much of PRESS PLAY, he collaborated with a crew of studio innovators to capture the spectrum of sounds and styles that he wanted the album to embody and reflect.

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HipHopGame interviews Diddy

What’s up?

I’m doing real good today. I’m doing real good. I’m just blessed. I’m out here on the road, working, promoting the album. It’s one of the greatest feelings when you’re about to drop an album.

It’s been awhile since you dropped an album. What inspired your new album Press Play?

The music. I wanted to put out some good music. It’s about having a love for it.

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Diddy's New Album PRESS PLAY Hits The Leak on MTV.com!

Diddy's back with his new album PRESS PLAY and he wants you to hear his album first! Head over to MTV.com’s The Leak to review the entire CD before it hits shelves next Tues. 10/17! After you check it out pre-order the album @ iTunes for an exclusive bundle you can’t get anywhere else!

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Diddy promises Nas, Kanye, Cee-Lo, 'Gutter' Christina on possible last LP

Diddy hopes fans press play on his new LP next week, but he pushed the button on his promotional campaign a few weeks ago, gassing up the jet and traveling the country.

On Friday, he was home in New York partying at the Stone Rose Lounge in Manhattan to help launch Best Buy’s online digital-music store. He also previewed a few tracks from his fourth LP, Press Play, due October 17 (see “Press Play On Diddy’s October LP, Hear Christina, Kanye, Mary J.”).

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Diddy to Press Play on new Best Buy Digital Music Store

Best Buy teams with RealNetworks’ Rhapsody and SanDisk to launch the Best Buy Digital Music Store.

The artist known these days as just Diddy provides an exclusive track from his upcoming new album Press Play exclusively for the launch of the Best Buy digital music store.

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Diddy says that he writes his own rhymes

After years of relying on ghostwriters, Diddy has revealed that he co-wrote several songs on his forthcoming, Press Play.

Whether it’s his previous three full-length albums or countless guest appearances, Diddy has never made a secret about employing ghostwriters. While he’s used less recognizable artists like Sauce Money, Skillz and Smitty in the past, he’s enlisted the likes of Common, Nas, Pharoahe Monch and Talib Kweli for Press Play. Diddy also penned some of the rhymes for the first time in his career for the LP.

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Clinton Sparks spins for Diddy

Clinton Sparks has recently been enlisted as Diddy’s official DJ and is prepping a mixtape with the mogul in support of his forthcoming Press Play LP.

The Boston, Mass DJ will be handling the turntables alongside the Press Play band on Diddy’s nationwide and international dates for Diddy’s Press Play TV Tour. The two have previously collaborated on Sparks’ Maybe You Been Brainwashed.

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AHH reviews Press Play

We haven’t heard the whole thing yet. Sheesh. Anyway, we at AllHipHop and the usual assembly of industry insiders, movers, shakers, street team lackeys and baggage handlers—shout to Diddy’s new tall, blonde haired manservant—packed into NYC Meatpacking District hotspot TenJune to listen to selections from his Press Play album. And we won’t stop. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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Combs encourages kids to stay in school

The principal at Benjamin Franklin High School wanted a speaker who would get students’ attention.

The cheers of 750 students when Sean “Diddy” Combs took the stage told Principal Cristopher Johnson he had found one.

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Diddy sets marathon cross-country promo run

Diddy has unveiled plans for a sleepless, event-jammed, cross-country promotional tour heralding the impending arrival of his eagerly awaited new album, PRESS PLAY, due in stores on October 17th. Beginning September 18th in Philadelphia, Diddy will barnstorm America, traveling to cities from coast-to-coast in an itinerary of marathon endurance.

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Press Play on Diddy's October LP

Diddy has scrapped the PDV (PD Five) album name he’s been working with for the past year. The official title for his October 3 release is now simply Press Play, an ode to Puff’s vow to not overhype his LP.

“I’m known for dramatic titles — ‘Unforgivable’ the cologne, [the albums] No Way Out, Forever, The Saga Continues,” he said yesterday in his Daddy’s House Studios. “I’ve evolved a little bit. Studied the game, been a part of it, had success. It all comes down to pressing play. After you press play, it’s gonna make or break you in this game. That’s where I’m at. We about to press play on October 3, and hopefully I can make people feel good.”

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