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Sean John Combs
Sean John Combs (1969), also known by his stage names Puff Daddy, Diddy, and P. Diddy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. Combs was born in Harlem and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He recorded his first commercial vocal work as a rapper in 1997, under the name ‘Puff Daddy’. In 2001 Combs changed his stage name from ‘Puff Daddy’ to ‘P. Diddy’. On August 16, 2005, Combs announced on the Today Show that he was altering his stage name yet again; he would be calling himself ‘Diddy’. Combs said that fans no longer knew how to address him, leading to confusion.
In November 2005, London-based musical artist and DJ Richard Dearlove, who had been performing under the name ‘Diddy’ since 1992 – nine years before Combs started using even ‘P. Diddy’ – sought an injunction in the High Court of Justice in London. He accepted an out-of-court settlement of £10,000 in damages and more than £100,000 in costs. Combs can no longer use the name Diddy in the UK, where he is still known as P. Diddy.
‘Sean Combs’, Wikipedia, retrieved 2 October 2013
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