Monday, June 17, 2024

Diddy So-called Solo Album Has 25 Featured Guests Including Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, The Weeknd’s “Final” Collaboration


Sean Combs is the Ed Sullivan of rap. And he’s about to have a really big ‘shoo.’

Next Thursday, Diddy aka Love aka Puff Daddy will release his Off the Grid album. It’s a solo record except there are 25 featured guests who sang or wrote the songs.

The guests include Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Babyface and The Weeknd. With the latter, Diddy says it’s Abel Tesfaye’s last ever duet with anyone. Is it really? Probably not, but it sounds good.

The Weeknd needs a hit after his terrible TV series, “The Idol,” was cancelled by HBO. Tesfaye released a lot of music during the summer that no one wanted. It’s hoped his fans will come running back.

Bieber’s song is called “Moments.” It might be his first since possibly chucking manager Scooter Braun. Or it’s still on Braun’s contract. Maybe there will be some clarity there. Bieber hasn’t had a hit record on which he alone sings with no guests upstaging him. Maybe this is his Moment!

I have a good feeling about “Off the Grid.” Combs is a savvy marketer. My guess is he’s got a bunch of hits on there, and he’ll be demanding Grammy nominations, that’s for sure!

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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