Press Play (album)

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Press Play
Diddy - Press Play.jpg
Studio album by Diddy
Released October 17, 2006
Recorded 2006
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 79:16
Label Bad Boy, Atlantic
Producer Sean "Diddy" Combs (also exec.), The Hitmen, Kanye West, Danja, Rob Lewis, Just Blaze, Timbaland, 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: February 27, 2007
  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 recording artist P. Diddy. It was released on October 17, 2006, by Bad Boy Records. It is his first album under the "Diddy" stage name, making this his first release under the distribution by Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records. Press Play features several guest contributions from Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Aguilera, Keyshia Cole, Brandy, Jamie Foxx, Ciara, Nas, Paris Hilton, Timbaland, Mary J. Blige, Cee Lo Green, Keri Hilson, Big Boi, Mario Winans, Avant and Fergie, among others.[10][11] Primarily dance-pop and hip hop-oriented in sound, it is a loose conceptual album that contains the lyrical themes discussing the concerns to the ups and downs of his relationship.[11]

Press Play debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, 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 the preview on MTV's The Leak on October 10, 2006, one week before the album was 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)" Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen 2:24
2. "We Gon' Make It" (featuring Jack Knight) K-Def 3:33
3. "I Am (Interlude)" Sean "Puffy" Combs, 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) Sean "Puffy" Combs & Younglord for The Hitmen, Jai 4:36
7. "Tell Me" (featuring Christina Aguilera) Just Blaze 4:06
8. "Wanna Move" (featuring Ciara, Big Boi & 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, Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen 4:23
12. "Special Feeling" (featuring Mika Lett) Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen, will.i.am 4:25
13. "Crazy Thang (Interlude)" (featuring S. Rosete) Rob Lewis 1:15
14. "After Love" (featuring Keri) 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) The Neptunes 4:30

Limited edition

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

Sample credits[edit]

List of samples used in Press Play:

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]