Sean Combs sheds his ''Puff Daddy'' moniker
Plus, Shaggy's ''Hotshot'' tops the charts again, Mick and Keef feud, and more
NAME GAME Sean Combs says he’s getting rid of his nicknames ”Puffy” and ”Puff Daddy.” The hip hop mogul, who was acquitted of bribery and weapons charges earlier this month, told MTV News on Wednesday that he’s dropping the moniker once his new album comes out. ”I’m not doing it as serious as Prince. I’m not just going to be crazy with it,” Combs said. ”I just need a fresh start. That’s all.” Combs already has another nickname picked out (no, not Sean John): ”P. Diddy.” According to MTV.com, Combs has used the nickname before: ”Let’s Get It,” the new single from G-Dep, a rapper on Combs’ label Bad Boy, credits P. Diddy. ”I’m rockin’ with P. Diddy now — my man Biggie gave me that name.”
Combs even told MTV that he’d like a certain former president to perform his name change in early June: ”Clinton is probably going to change my name. Bill Clinton, I like his style,” Combs said. ”He is a survivor; they went at him, he is still standing.” So call him P. Diddy, P., or Diddy. Just don’t call him Puffy.
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Rapper Juvenile was arrested Wednesday on battery charges for allegedly smashing a champagne bottle over a man’s head. But the bad news doesn’t stop there. Juvenile, who was arrested after a fight broke out at the Improv Comedy Club in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood, also grabbed a police officer during the disturbance. ”The entire fight was about disrespect shown to the rap artist,” Miami police spokesman Delrish Moss told the Associated Press.
Apparently, a man named Jackson Saint Ange ”dissed” Juvenile, the police said, so Juvenile, whose real name is Terius Gray, hit him over the head with a bottle of Moët. An unconscious Saint Ange was taken to the hospital, treated, and released. When officers attempted to arrest Juvenile, he reportedly grabbed him, yelled at him, and then ran away, screaming obscenities at another man in the crowd. The police eventually prevailed and charged Juvenile with aggravated battery, battery on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. Juvenile was released Wednesday afternoon on $17,000 bond.
CHART ATTACK Shaggy seems unstoppable on the Billboard charts. ”Hotshot” remained at No. 1 in a slow sales week, moving 189,000 copies for the top spot. The reggae album has now been No. 1 for a total of six nonconsecutive weeks. A close second, however, were P. Diddy protégés 112, who debuted at No. 2 with their album ”Part III,” selling 182,500 copies. The Dave Matthews Band‘s ”Everyday” slipped down to No. 3, with 156,000 albums sold. To date, ”Everyday” has sold 1.4 million records, making it DMB’s fastest selling album. Miami based rapper Trick Daddy landed at No. 4 with his album ”Thugs Are Us,” which moved 116,000. Aerosmith‘s ”Just Push Play” dropped to No. 5, selling 102,000 units. Rounding out the top 10 are: R& B singer Jon B.‘s ”Pleasures U Like” (No. 6); Dido‘s ”No Angel” (No. 7); the ”Exit Wounds” soundtrack (No. 8); Limp Bizkit‘s ”Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water” (No. 9); and Tank‘s ”Force of Nature” (No. 10).
GROUP DYNAMICS Keith Richards and Mick Jagger have reportedly had a falling out. It seems Jagger’s too busy producing movies to commit to another Rolling Stones tour. Britain’s Sun tabloid reported Thursday that Keef is angry with Mick for ruining their plans for a 2001 tour in order to focus on his production company Jagged Films. ”He gets restless when he’s not on the road, but Mick has told the rest of the band he’s too busy with film stuff,” an anonymous source was quoted as saying. ”Mick said he might tour next year, but it’s all up in the air.”
Jagger, meanwhile, is scheduled to take his company’s first film, ”Enigma,” to the Cannes Film Festival in May. The adaptation of Robert Harris’ novel about British codebreakers during WWII, stars Kate Winslet.
LEGAL BRIEF Ytossie Patterson and Taheed Watson, two participants in Fox’s reality series ”Temptation Island,” are suing the network and the show’s producers, Rocket Science Laboratories, for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. (Producers yanked the couple from the fidelity testing series when it was learned that they had a son together.) Patterson and Watson, however, claim they told producers they had a child before the show started shooting in Belize. The couple further allege that Rocket Science pretended that Ytossie and Taheed had lied to them in order to stir controversy and generate ratings. Fox has declined to comment.
FINISHED The last episode of ”Xena, the Warrior Princess” will be filmed this Friday, but star Lucy Lawless is mum about her character’s outcome. The press in New Zealand, where the syndicated series is shot, has speculated that Xena will die in the series finale. ”I can’t say; you’re going to have to watch,” Lawless told local television station TV3. ”It’s all a big mystery.” The six year old show about a mythological female warrior who battles evil has been shown in more than 100 countries and has generated a serious cult following.
‘BUFFY’ BOOP While the primetime plans for the live action ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer” remain sketchy, Fox Kids Network announced Wednesday that it is developing ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Animated Series” with series creator Joss Whedon. The cartoon could be on the air by February 2002, said Maureen Smith, president of Fox Family Channel and Fox Kids. The Saturday morning cartoon will focus more on high school storylines, although the characters in the series are now college aged, she added. It’s unclear whether any of the series’ stars will lend their voices to the cartoon.