Puff Daddy Name Change Sends Tremor Through Music Industry
WANNA BE BALLERS? SHOT-CALLERS?
Sean Combs Changes Name To Diddy, Does Not Change Face
As word spreads of rap mogul Sean Combs's decision to drop the P. of "P. Diddy" ("Diddy is more personal," says Diddy), other artists have become concerned that their own names aren't as personal as they could be. Worse, these artists fear the friendly, more personal "age of Diddy" might keep potential audiences from even giving their music a chance, despite their songs being just as personal as Combs's.
Now record companies are scrambling to convert current artist names to friendlier, more personal versions. Unfortunately, several names pose incredible difficulty--the clock is ticking.
Riff Raff checked in with a few artists to see how they are progressing with the name changes. Most had no time to reply, but here's what we've found so far:
Brooks & Dunn --> Kix 'n' Ronnie
The Killers --> The Friends
A Guy Called Gerald --> Your Friend, Gerald
Daddy Yankee --> Daddy Friend
Papa Roach --> Friend Roach
All-American Rejects --> World Friends
Beck --> Brack
Gorillaz --> Friends
Alan Braxe and Friends --> Friends and Friends
Will Smith --> Mike Smith
R. Kelly --> "Arrgh" Kelly (pirate who helps his friends)
Cannibal Corpse --> Dave Sigel and Friends
Kano --> Noob Saibot
Check in for round-the-clock updates on what people are already calling the "O.J. Simpson Trial of Pop Music"
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