'Play' It Again

Sean "Diddy" Combs is surrounded by some of the biggest names in music on his new album, "Press Play." Due this week via Bad Boy, the set boasts contributions from Christina Aguilera, OutKast's Big Bo

Sean "Diddy" Combs is surrounded by some of the biggest names in music on his new album, "Press Play." Due this week via Bad Boy, the set boasts contributions from Christina Aguilera, OutKast's Big Boi, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx, Nas, Brandy and Keyshia Cole, among others.

Production on "Press Play" was supplied by Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, will.i.am, Mobb Deep's Havoc and Rich Harrison. Diddy says the set is reflective of where he is in his life; he and longtime girlfriend Kim Porter are expecting twins. "I can't do a crunk record, and I'm not shooting anybody so I can't do that kind of music," he says. "This is a vulnerable album meant to make you feel good."

"Press Play" is a fusion of R&B, soul, hip-hop and live instrumentation. Combs calls it "hip-hop soul. That's where music is going," Combs says. "It's hop-hop soul. It's musical and has melody. It's a mix of gutter and sophistication. Like me, I guess."

"Press Play" is Combs' first artist album since 2001's "The Saga Continues," which debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 1.1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.