Press Play (album)

Press Play (album)
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,, The Neptunes, Rich Harrison, Havoc, Jai
Diddy chronology
The Saga Continues...
Press Play
Last Train to Paris
Singles from Press Play
  1. "Come to Me"
    Released: July 2006
  2. "Tell Me"
    Released: November 7, 2006
  3. "Last Night"
    Released: January 2007
  4. "Through the Pain (She Told Me)"
    Released: July 2007
  5. "Diddy Rock"
    Released: August 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

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 and Scar) Danja, Big Boi 5:18
9. "Diddy Rock" (featuring Timbaland, Shawnna and Twista) Danja 5:12
10. "Claim My Place" (Interlude) (featuring Avant) Rob Lewis 3:25
11. "Everything I Love" (featuring Nas and Cee-Lo Green) Kanye West 4:23
12. "Special Feelin'" (featuring Mika Lett) Diddy for The Hitmen, 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. "Makin' It Hard" (featuring Mary J. Blige) Rich Harrison 4:54
19. "Partners for Life" (featuring Jamie Foxx and 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

List of samples used in Press Play:

Testimonial (Intro)

We Gon' Make It

I Am (Interlude)

  • Excerpts from "You've Made Me So Very Happy" by Lou Rawls

Hold Up

  • Excerpts from "White Shutters" by Jerry Peters

Special Feeling

Making It Hard

  • Excerpts from "I Need Love" by Hunts Determination

Last Night

Chart history

Chart positions

Chart (2006) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 1
UK Album Chart 11
UK Urban Album Chart 1
NZ Top 40 2
Australian ARIA Album Chart 18
Australian Urban Album Chart 2
Australian Rap / Hip-Hop Album Chart 4
Danish Albums Chart 24 [15]
Irish Album Chart 13
Swiss Albums Chart 9
French Albums Chart 31
Austrian Albums Chart 41
Swedish Albums Chart 46
Dutch Mega Albums Chart 58
German Media Control Albums Chart 31

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time by Rod Stewart
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 29, 2006 - November 4, 2006
Succeeded by
Hannah Montana Soundtrack by Various artists


Ghost writers
  • The Game and Aasim - "We Gon' Make It"
  • Pharoahe Monch - "The Future", "Hold Up"
  • Jody Breeze (from Boyz N Da Hood) - "Come To Me", "Wanna Move", "Through The Pain (She Told Me)", "After Love"
  • T.I. - "Wanna Move"
  • Ludacris - "Diddy Rock"
  • Royce Da 5'9" - "Tell Me"
  • Ness (formerly of Da Band) & Matthew Winans - "Diddy Rock"
  • Yummy Bingham - "Tell Me", "Making It Hard"
  • Static - "Tell Me"
  • Black Rob - "Partners For Life"
  • Mike Brown - "Last Night", "Diddy Rock",
  • Nas - "Everything I Love"
  • Ryan Cardona - "Last Night"
  • Michael "Ace" McWhorter Matthew Winans - "Wanna Move", "Last Night", "Through The Pain"


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. Review: Press Play. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
  2. ^ Hermes, Will. Review: Press Play. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
  3. ^ Petridis, Alexis. Review: Press Play. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
  4. ^ Nichols, Natalie. Review: Press Play. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
  5. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa. Review: Press Play. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
  6. ^ Joseph, Mike. Review: Press Play. PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
  7. ^ Hoard, Christian. Review: Press Play. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
  8. ^ Cinquemani, Sal. Review: Press Play. Slant Magazine. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
  9. ^ Gardner, Elysa. Review: Press Play. USA Today. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
  10. ^ a b Breihan, Tom. Review: Press Play. The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
  11. ^ a b Sterdan, Darryl. "Review: Press Play". Winnipeg Sun: October 23, 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-10-25.
  12. ^ The Leak: Press Play. MTV. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
  13. ^ Press Play (2006): Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
  14. ^ Gold & Platinum: Searchable Database. Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
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