Press Play (album)

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Press Play
Studio album by Diddy
Released October 17, 2006
Recorded 2006
Genre Hip hop, dance-pop, R&B
Length 79:16
Label Bad Boy, Atlantic
Producer Sean "Diddy" Combs (also exec.), The Hitmen, Danja, Rob Lewis, Just Blaze, Timbaland, Kanye West, will.i.am, The Neptunes, Rich Harrison, Havoc, Jai
Diddy chronology
The Saga Continues...
(2001)
Press Play
(2006)
Last Train to Paris
(2010)
Singles from Press Play
  1. "Come to Me"
    Released: September 12, 2006
  2. "Tell Me"
    Released: November 7, 2006
  3. "Last Night"
    Released: December 19, 2006
  4. "Through the Pain (She Told Me)"
    Released: July 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[2]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[4]
The New York Times (unfavorable)[5]
PopMatters (6/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[7]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[8]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[9]
The Village Voice (favorable)[10]

Press Play is the fourth studio album by American hip hop artist Sean "Diddy" Combs, released October 17, 2006 on Bad Boy Records. It is his first album under the "Diddy" stage name and the first release distributed by Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records, which acquired his Bad Boy label in 2005. Press Play features several guest contributions from hip hop and R&B musicians, producers, and ghost writers.[10][11] Primarily dance-pop and hip hop-oriented in sound, it is a loose concept album that contains lyrical themes concerning the ups and downs of a relationship.[11]

Press Play debuted at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart with sales of over 173,009. In the UK, the album debuted at number 11. Its singles "Come to Me" and "Last Night" both reached the top–ten of the Billboard Hot 100. The album became available to preview on MTV's The Leak on October 10, 2006, one week before being sold in stores.[12] Press Play received generally mixed to positive reviews from music critics.[13] As of November 21, 2008, the album has sold 700,000 copies in the United States.[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Testimonial" (Intro) Diddy for The Hitmen 2:24
2. "We Gon' Make It" (featuring Jack Knight) K-Def 3:33
3. "I Am" (Interlude) (featuring Aasim) Diddy, Sean C & LV for The Hitmen 1:46
4. "The Future"   Havoc 3:11
5. "Hold Up" (featuring Angela Hunte) SC, Havoc (co.) 3:29
6. "Come to Me" (featuring Nicole Scherzinger) Diddy, Younglord for The Hitmen, Jai 4:36
7. "Tell Me" (featuring Christina Aguilera) Just Blaze 4:06
8. "Wanna Move" (featuring Big Boi, Ciara & Scar) Danja, Big Boi 5:18
9. "Diddy Rock" (featuring Timbaland, Shawnna & Twista) Danja 5:12
10. "Claim My Place" (Interlude) (featuring Avant) Rob Lewis 3:25
11. "Everything I Love" (featuring Nas & Cee-Lo Green) Kanye West 4:23
12. "Special Feelin'" (featuring Mika Lett) Diddy for The Hitmen, will.i.am 4:25
13. "Crazy Thang" (Interlude) (featuring Sarah Rosete) Rob Lewis 1:15
14. "After Love" (featuring Keri Hilson) Timbaland, Danja 4:47
15. "Through the Pain (She Told Me)" (featuring Mario Winans) Mario Winans for The Hitmen 5:28
16. "Thought You Said" (featuring Brandy) Mario Winans for The Hitmen 5:49
17. "Last Night" (featuring Keyshia Cole) Mario Winans for The Hitmen 6:26
18. "Making It Hard" (featuring Mary J. Blige) Rich Harrison 4:54
19. "Partners for Life" (featuring Jamie Foxx & Pharrell) The Neptunes 4:30
Limited edition

The limited edition version of this album includes a story of photos on how Diddy met a woman in a club. The album is located in a pocket on the last page. As well as that, exclusive versions have been released from Target and Best Buy, Target having a bonus DVD and Best Buy having a bonus track called "Get Off".

Sample credits[edit]

List of samples used in Press Play:

Chart history[edit]

Chart positions[edit]