Monday, June 17, 2024

Is Diddy Done? Sean Combs “Last Train to Paris” Is a Stiff


Is Sean “P Diddy/Puff Daddy” Combs finally done in the music business?

The answer may be yes, at least as a recording artist.

Combs’s latest effort, “Last Train to Paris,” failed to sell in its debut over Christmas weekend. It has yet to chart on ITunes, and is not in the top 200 albums on

It’s not like Combs hasn’t pushed and promoted “Last Train.” In fact, a YouTube video of the launch party shows a young lady–hired by Combs–in a bathtub surrounded by candles. Her hair then catches on fire.

You could say Combs wishes his album would catch on fire.

In truth, Combs has never been a big seller. His only real hit album, “No Way Out,” was released in July 1997. Its success was mostly due to a remake of Sting’s “Every Breath You Take” as “I’ll Be Missing You.”

His 2006 album, “Press Play,” was a sales bust.

It’s not “Last Train” isn’t good. The single, “Angels,” is kind of melodic soft-rap. It has a nice vibe, at least in the “clean” version. You can hear it at

But it’s the only thing you can hear or see on the website for what was once Combs’ thriving entertainment business. He recently left Bad Boy behind at Warner Music Group after the flailing WMG bought into Diddy for about $30 million. Now Combs records for Interscope/Universal.

Otherwise, Combs is in a regrouping moment in his career. His only retail store for his Sean John clothing line is closing after six years on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The line will now be sold at Macy’s. That leaves him to promote the mostly unpopular Ciroc Vodka. He– or rather someone or something– ‘tweets’ about it endlessly.

But Sean Combs isn’t going away. He is incredibly gifted at reinventing himself. Never, never count him out.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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