Sean “P. Diddy”
Combs has formally entered his Bad Boy Records imprint into a 50/50
joint venture deal with Warner Music Group, the mogul announced today.
Combs will be aligned with
Warner’s Atlantic label. Under terms of the deal, Bad Boy will be able
to utilize Atlantic’s marketing and promotion.
“I am thrilled to
be working with Lyor Cohen and the entire WMG family,” Combs said in a
statement. “It was important for me to have the opportunity to grow Bad
Boy, and I can do that with WMG. This is a perfect situation for me and Bad
Boy, and I can’t wait to get out there and continue making music history.”
The deal includes Bad Boy’s
catalog and roster of multi-platinum artists, including B5, Boyz N Da Hood,
Mase, Carl Thomas, 8 Ball & MJG, Mario Winans and P. Diddy.
to welcome Sean and Bad Boy Records to the Warner Music fold,” Cohen stated.
“We believe Sean’s entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to push
the envelope creatively will be a perfect fit for Warner Music Group. The Bad
Boy name has not only stood for hip-hop music for more than a decade, but has
evolved into a unique and vital brand.”
Combs’ Bad Boy label
has sold over 75 million records since its inception just over ten years ago
Combs is currently consolidating
his businesses, which gross almost $500 million a year and moving his businesses
to 1710 Broadway, in New York.
At the corner of 54th Street
in Times Square, the building was designed in 1917 and was once home to Ford