Diddy: "New Cassie Album Will Surprise"

Published: Wednesday 9th Apr 2008 by Sam
Diddy: 'New Cassie Album Will Surprise' Though Cassie’s sophomore effort is still without an affirmative title or release date (an unconfirmed date in September), her label head Diddy spoke with Billboard about the project recently:

“That’s going to really, really catch people off guard,” he says. “There’s a huge [cry] out there for a younger Britney Spears, a younger Janet Jackson. Those two great artists have paved the way. She has a single out called ‘Official Girl’ and Danja produced it, and it is a smash.

Cassie released her self-titled debut in 2006, which went on to sell 321,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Single “Me & U” peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and No. 3 on the Hot 100. It has also sold more than 1 million digital downloads.

Diddy says Cassie has grown significantly since the debut; at one point during the promo cycle for the album, the pair used viral video to apologize for her poor performance on a radio show.

“I just don’t think she was ready,” Diddy says. “I think that we threw her into the spotlight without the artist development — that goes on with a lot of new artists. We pulled out, we took our time, we developed her for like, a year-and-a-half. People are just going to see her there and be like, ‘Wow, she’s really cocooned into a butterfly.'”

Although the track list isn’t finalized, Cassie told Billboard earlier this year she’d worked with mentor Ryan Leslie, Seven, Mario Winans, Bryan Michael Cox, Eric Hudson, Sean C and LV on the project.

It’s pretty easy (and justified) to rubbish Diddy’s delusions of Cassie being the next Janet or Britney; after all, unlike her, both Janet and Britney compensate for their lack of vocal prowess by being all-round entertainers. However, I’ll reserve my judgement until more is heard from the album. I must say that the production credits are pretty impressive.


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  1. David April 9, 2008

    He’s right – I am surprised. I didn’t even expect her to get a second album!

  2. !*!*!*!*!Fresh and Fab!*!*!*!*! April 9, 2008

    i doubt it, but we can only wait and see

  3. Anonymous April 9, 2008

    i cant wait to hear.but britney and janet are to of some of the top artist of all time.so whoever leads this blog correct yo s***

  4. NPRL April 9, 2008

    She is another one of those artists where you think ‘How the f*ck did she get a record deal?’ There are so many talented people out there that can REALLY sing and this little Ho gets a record deal….she ain’t even that pretty so you can’t even say that she got the deal cos of her looks like Rihanna….oh well.

  5. Anonymous April 9, 2008

    Britney can SING…or could bacl at 10 her ass could BLOW.
    Janet can write and dance…and whsipere.hahahahah

    But Cassie CANT DANCE AND SING…she talks.

  6. Anonymous April 9, 2008

    Britney can SING! She’s not Mariah or Celine or Whitney, but she has a nice voice. She has a good range for a pop star and she really rocks it in the studio. When she isn’t dancing and singing live, she’s great too. Don’t hate!

  7. Anonymous April 9, 2008

    Britney can sing…expecially in ‘Break the ice’….Janet can sing but she seems to have resorted to whispering recently…but maybe thats just her preference…

  8. Anonymous April 9, 2008

    i actually have heard that new single he is talkin, bout it is a hit track…some of what diddy is sayin is true…cassie really had a great single in me and u, but def was not ready to handle the spotlight that comes with being an artist and entertainer…she has talent and potential, which i will be hoping she has fulfilled with this next release, all we can do is wait and listen…she def can take a path of britney (she wasn’t talented in anyway) without the crazy, but janet i am not sure bout that!!!

  9. jamesiepoo April 9, 2008

    Okay first of all diddy needs to stop playin’

    speaking of BITCHASSNESS

    britney and janet are still relevant. britney is only 26…i don’t see how that is old, like at all. plus, she remains to be in the spotlight after a huge fiasco of paparazzi basically ripped her apart…even when she lays low.

    cassie can’t sing nor can she dance. PERIOD. she just needs to start modeling. ryan leslie should just release an album and call it “Hot Beats and No Vocals”

  10. Anonymous April 11, 2008

    Cassie just sucks. She can’t sing, she can’t dance. Diddy is just trying to protect her, but he knows damn well the girl has no talent. It’s the same thing he did for Danity Kane. Some of them girls have zero talent (cough Aubrey). But Diddy keeps blowing them up like they do. Diddy a good job for Day 26, but I’m sorry DK’s album is crap. I also think people lost interest in Cassie because she is too arrogant, like what she said on the radio about Bow Wow, Omarion, and all these other people trying to get with her. You don’t talk about your business personal social business with other celebrities on the radio.

  11. dexter April 14, 2008

    awesome s*** !!
    i love it !!!!!!
    but i would find it even cooler, if these stars had a backstage channel like this one here:

    http://www.kyte.tv/ch/18531-thisis50com

    check it out this is just the bomb !!!

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