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Sean "Diddy" Combs

Bad Boy Entertainment has inked an exclusive partnership with Epic Records, that includes distribution of two highly-anticipated upcoming albums from Grammy award-winning artist, producer, entrepreneur Sean "Diddy" Combs aka Puff Daddy. The deal was announced today by LA Reid, Chairman and CEO, Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. In celebration of the signing, Puff Daddy will perform new music at this week’s BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta.
     “Sean 'Diddy' Combs aka Puff Daddy and I have been musical collaborators since the 1990s,” said Reid, “when we both ran independent record labels, myself with LaFace and soon after, Puffy with Bad Boy.  Over the years, we not only enjoyed incredible success together, but we also became lifelong friends.  Today, of course, Puffy is truly in a league all his own, continuing to influence culture and ignite musical revolutions time and time again. He’s a true innovator and I could not be more excited to join forces once again.”
     The agreement also includes a new label deal with Bad Boy Entertainment and Epic Records which will bring a new generation of Bad Boy artists to Epic in an exclusive label partnership.  The new label will include several new music projects, new artist signings and upcoming releases that will be announced in the weeks ahead.  Epic will also provide customary label services for the Puff Daddy albums including promotion, marketing, sales and distribution.
     "I have known LA Reid since the very beginning and together we have enjoyed countless successes over our long friendship,” said Combs.  "To now work with LA in this capacity feels more like a homecoming than a new beginning. Not only is he a fearless and smart businessman, he believes in artists and understands music better than anyone.  He embodies hard work and true success, evident in all of his endeavors.  To collaborate with LA Reid is to collaborate with the very best.”
     “It’s a pleasure being in business with three major music labels as we approach our third decade of making music for our peers and fans," states Harve Pierre, President of Bad Boy Entertainment, who has been with the company since inception.

iHeartMedia has renewed and extended its relationship with Charlamagne Tha God, host of New York's Power 105's nationally syndicated hit radio show The Breakfast Club.
     Charlamagne Tha God will continue to host the nationally syndicated, award-winning hit radio show The Breakfast Club on weekdays from 6-10:00 a.m. ET, as well as Weekends with The Breakfast Club, alongside Angela Yee and DJ Envy The Breakfast Club is also televised live Monday through Friday on REVOLT TV. 
     "God is great. The greatest radio company in the world, iHeartMedia, has committed to me and I have made a commitment to iHeartMedia," said Charlamagne Tha God  "This December, The Breakfast Club will celebrate five years, and during that time, all my radio dreams have come true, including The Breakfast Club becoming a nationally syndicated radio show. I can't wait to see what God has planned for the next five years. We are just getting started!"
     "Charlamagne is a unique and authentic talent whose honest and straightforward style on The Breakfast Club helps drive and shape not just hip hop culture but pop culture," said Thea Mitchem, SVP/Programming, iHeartMedia. 'The Breakfast Club team's incredible connection with both artists and listeners, plus the unrivaled artist and celebrity interviews, entertainment news and fresh music mixes make it the most informative and entertaining urban morning show in the country."

Fetty Wap debuts at #1 on this week's Billboard 200 chart, with 129,000 equivalent album units, including 75,000 in pure album sales. He had an impressive 2015 already, with three top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 before his album was even released. Fetty Wap was also the first of seven debuts shaking up the top 10 this week.

Fifth Harmony is in the studio working on their second album for Epic Records. The girl group posted a photo of themselves on Instagram with a caption that reads: "Positive vibes in the studio. So excited for round 2! We're not goin nowhere." The news comes after quotes from an interview in Latina magazine made it sound like the group was breaking up. "Many reports today incorrectly led readers to believe that Fifth Harmony made a statement about the end of the group," a rep for the band told Billboard. "The quote has been taken out of context and was pulled from a much larger interview. They were asked a wide range of questions including one about other groups and their fates."

In a new interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1 Radio, Will Smith revealed that he is focusing on music again in a big way. In fact, in between shoots for the Suicide Squad movie, Smith said he has spent nearly every day in the studio and has recorded more than 30 tracks. "I have so many things I want to say, and I'm struggling to say them in a way that fit the flavor of music I tend to like," the rapper-turned-actor explained. "I'm from the era where it’s 16 bars and hook, 16 bars and hook, bridge, hook, and out." Smith added that he's working with several different collaborators, both young and old, and he also plans to embark on an extensive tour with DJ Jazzy Jeff next summer.

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Mark Adams
San Francisco

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