Cassie grows up on sophomore album

Bad Boy R&B singer Cassie will release her as-yet-untitled sophomore album on May 20, and she says although “I hate to use the words grown-up, I really, really did since the last time around.”

“I guess I grew up a lot but I’m still in essence the same person,” says the 21-year-old singer. “Lots has changed in my life, stuff that has made me think about things differently. I’m more vulnerable and you can hear my vocals better this time around. There’s real emotion and a much realer connection with my fans.”

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We Invented the Remix Vol. 2 is coming in December!

We Invented the Remix Vol. 2 is an album by Diddy with the Bad Boy Family, to be released December 18, 2007. Puffy confirmed this himself on 106 & Park Thursday July 19, 2007. The album is to feature work from artists Diddy, LeToya, Yung Joc, The Game, Cassie, Boyz N Da Hood, Cheri Dennis, Brandy, Lil Jon, Danity Kane, B5, Jordan McCoy, Justin Timberlake, 8Ball & MJG, Nelly Furtado, Elephant Man, Gorilla Zoe, and new-comer Aasim.

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Cassie to appear in Step Up 2

New updates about Cassie from her Myspace Page:

Hellllllo everybody… how’s it going? I’m goooood, just wanted to throw out a quick update:

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Cassie to front Diddy's new clothing line

Hip-hop mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has further dismissed speculation he has dropped R&B singer Cassie from his record label – she’s to front his new clothing line for women. Combs was recently forced to deny reports she had been released from her contract with Bad Boy Records following poor sales of her debut album, and insists she is here to stay with her new appointment.

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Diddy says Cassie hasn't been dropped - she's just busy working with Kanye & Pharrell

Diddy says he didn’t drop Cassie. Contrary to all the rumors on the urban-music blogs that started sprouting last week saying that singer/model Cassie had been released from Bad Boy Records, the multimillionaire mogul told MTV News on Wednesday that he’s not minus one Bad Girl.

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Diddy plots Bad Boy invasion this summer

Sean “Diddy” Combs is planning a Bad Boy invasion this summer with his imprint releasing six new albums before the end of the year.

Yung Joc will kick things off with his sophomore album, Hustlenomics, which is slated to hits shelves on July 31. The set’s first single, “Coffee Shop”, which features Gorilla Zoe is already getting rotation on major radio stations.

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Diddy shows off new stuff from Yung Joc - and himself, of course - at NYC event

The Bad Boy CEO previewed a slew of new music and ventures from his label that he plans to release in the next few weeks and months. Diddy’s new stuff ranged from his next Press Play single – the Mario Winans-assisted “Through the Pain” – to the first single from Yung Joc’s forthcoming sophomore set to a sneak-peek clip of the upcoming season of MTV’s “Making the Band 4”.

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Cassie working on her sophomore album

Currently she is working on her sophomore album, which is currently untitled. Ryan Leslie and Robin Thicke have been confirmed producers. Rumor is that the album is supposed to be released Early Summer 2007.

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2006's top 20 radio hits reported by USA Today

Blige’s total audience for 2006 (a figure derived from Nielsen BDS electronic airplay monitoring of radio stations in all formats and Arbitron radio-listening estimates) was more than 30% higher than that of runner-up Temperature, by Sean Paul. Be Without You spent nine weeks at No. 1, the calendar year’s longest-lasting chart-topper. Cassie’s Me & U had the second-longest stint at No.1: seven weeks.

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Diddy: Year in review

While fans saw what Diddy toted as his final album fall rapidly down the charts after its number one debut, he still managed to pick up several successes under his belt – starting with the Making the Band 3 success Danity Kane. No one thought this group could do it with the misfits Da Band as ancestors (oh..and the name didn't help either). However, this five-girl group has managed to hit the platinum mark with little to no publicity. Following suit, the Atlanta bred Yung Joc and Cassie outperform expectations.

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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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Cassie taking on Tokyo

Ryan Leslie and Cassie has been doing some promotion in Japan. Here’s what Ryan Leslie has been reporing all the way from Japan in his site.

Cassie really wowed Warner Japan with this showcase for the retailers called the Heatseeker's Convention. This was an interesting gig since the buyers responsible for stocking the music stores attended in suits and sat silently thru the performance. The event was run like a high-school assembly – with polite applause following each number. Nevertheless, we flipped the usual set by adding a live keyboard interlude that really allowed Cassie to connect with everyone.

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Diddy and 'Hat of Forbidden Questions'

Sean ‘Diddy' Combs, recently sat down with Big Boy for his radio show, Big Boy's Neighborhood, and you know he had to participate and answer the infamous ‘Hat of Forbidden Questions.'

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Cassie is this month's First Dibs artist

Cassie is this month’s First Dibs artist, and Virgin Mobile is giving you exclusive access to A Capella ringtones from the debut album! To get your favorite track, just text the keyword below to the number 868 on your Virgin Mobile phone!

Virgin Mobile users send a text message to 868 containing the keywords below. They will then receive an alert back with the opportunity to purchase the ringtone that is associated with that keyword.

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Second week sales for Danity Kane

This is a good second week for Danity Kane. I though they would fall to more then 50 percent, but only fell 43 percent. There total sales so far are aroun 365,000 that is damn good. Joc is still doing solid numbers. He is on his way to plat. The bad news is Cassie is following off. Tommorrow, we will see where she is at when the official soundscan 200 gets posted on Urbanconnects and allhiphop.com.

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Reuters catches up with Diddy

Reuters catches up with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Chief Executive and Founder of Bad Boy Entertainment, whose T.V. reality show act Danity Kane topped the charts this week, marking its third hit in as many months. His own album, “Press Play”, is out Oct. 17.

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Cassie quit modeling because she wasn't thin enough

Model-turned-R&B singer Cassie quit her catwalk career after she was told to lose weight. The 19-year-old hitmaker was furious when fashion bosses told her she needed to shift some weight and decided to swap modeling for a career in music.

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Come see Diddy & Cassie perform in Miami

Our friends at 1iota.com are looking for diehard Diddy fans to be a part of NFL Opening Kickoff 2006 presented by the NFL & NBC. Kickoff will be taped in Miami Beach, FL on September 7th.

This event is open to the public but if you get tickets at 1iota.com, you’ll be closer to the stage than the general public. You’ll also see performances by: Yung Joc, Cassie, Tego Calderon, Ozomatliand appearances by many NFL players and personalities.

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Cassie credits Diddy for confidence

Me & U singer CASSIE credits SEAN COMBS with her new-found confidence on stage, insisting she’ll never care what others think of her again. The shy star recently admitted her live performances have been lacklustre and claims she was too self-conscious to feel comfortable singing in front of crowds.

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Puffy comments on Cassie's shaky week

Even while he’s partying overseas, Diddy isn’t too out of touch to know what’s going on in the U.S.

Cassie, Bad Boy’s latest princess, debuted at #4 this week on the SoundScan charts, selling just north of 100,000 copies of her self-titled

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Cassie hits #4 spot

Cassie sold 100k units and was premiered in #4 spot. What do you think about it?

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Cassie appearance

Me & U” was the #1 most played video on MTV last week, and the #3 most played on BET. Cassie will make appearances today on both “TRL” and BET’s “106 & Park.” Just last month, Cassie made her national television debut, performing “Me & U” on MTV’s “TRL.” The video hit #1 on “TRL’s” countdown in June and repeatedly held the top spot. She also appeared on “Sucker Free on MTV” August 1st.

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Cassie - debut album review

This is a very suprising debut album. If you thought Me & U was as good as it got for Cassie try understanding the sheer quality of her debut from Ryan Leslie’s Next Selection through Diddy’s Bad Boy Records Empire.

Surprisingly Diddy doesn’t produce or write a single track, however who needs him to when Ryan Leslie pulls off the quality he does here. A signature sound is a phrase that springs to my, but more importantly it is the close knitt relationship between R-Les and Cassie which makes this album a masterpiece.

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Diddy and Cassie to perform at NFL opener

Hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs will headline the NFL Opening Kickoff concert on South Beach Sept. 7, just before the league’s regular season begins that night when the Miami Dolphins visit the reigning Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Cassie hits TRL & 106 as LP hits shelves

With the release of her self-titled debut album CASSIE in stores this week, Cassie is one busy girl! Join Cassie tomorrow as she visits MTV’s TRL tomorrow, 8/8 at 3:30pm EST. Then follow Cassie as she stops by BET’s 106 & Park to perform with Bad Boy’s own Yung Joc.

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Cassie interviewed by AllHipHop

The idea of someone packing up their life and fleeing to the Big Apple to pursue their love of “the biz” sounds ambitiously poetic. Many many late-teenagers do just that, and they often greet us at bars, restaurants, and just about every other place that has absolutely nothing to do with their passion. While the concept of “making it” always delivers overwhelming doubt, there are isolated moments in time where someone actually has that intangible something. One such instance is the story of Bad Boy/Next Selection recording artist, Cassie.

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Video of the day: Cassie - Me & U

You can watch the full video of Cassie’s “Me & U” at YouTube.

Radio charts may 18th

Urban National Airplay

Yung Joc #1 this week.

CHR/Rhythmic National Airplay

Yung Joc #9 this week.
Cassie #11 this week.

CHR/Pop National Airplay

Cassie #28 this week.

The Billboard Hot 100

Yung Joc last week #33, this week #26.

Cassie last week #57, this week #38

ISB Front Runners Chart

8Ball& MJG (Ridin High) #1 this week.

Top 10 Most Added Mainstream Urban 05/17/2006

Cassie #1 this week.

Cassie

Crowned the “Princess of NextSelection” by the producer behind the brand, Ryan Leslie, singer Cassie burst onto the New York music scene completely by accident. Ryan was downtown at club Marquee with Usher, and noticed a new face in the crowd that night. Weeks later, he was surprised to run into her again at Diddy’s birthday bash in November 2004. Aside from her multi-racial good looks (she’s Filipino and Black), he noticed something special about her personality, and was finally introduced to her by Diddy’s make-up artist, who had worked with her before on a photoshoot. A year later, there is a swirl of promise around this talented young artist from New London, CT.

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Diddy and Mario's leading lady Cassie

Cassie began her modeling career at the age of 12, and has since been featured in Missy Elliott’s Respect M.E. Adidas campaign and played Mario’s leading lady in his video “Here I Go Again”. Last year music producer Ryan Leslie brought her into his NextSelection fold, letting the world know her voice is just as lovely as her face. Now with Tommy Mottola, Diddy and all of MySpace.com paying attention you know she is a Player to Watch.

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Cheri's chocolate

Cassie pointed out that the Cheri Dennis record, “I Love You”, appeared on the Billboard charts without listing any producer or writer credits… What a suprise – especially since there was enough fanfare around the single to make a special chocolate to send out to radio stations with her song…

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Cassie gets a deal with Bad Boy Records

It's official – Nextselection is partnering with Bad Boy on Cassie's project. Cassie is now on Nextselection/BadBoy records.

If you don’t know who she is, then head over to Cassie World.

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