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'Puff Daddy' Returns to Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

Sean Combs and Pharrell Williams
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Sean Combs and Pharrell Williams perform onstage at the 63rd NBA All-Star Game 2014  at the Smoothie King Center on February 16, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

After a lengthy break, 'Puff Daddy' appears on the ranking, thanks to his new 'Finna Get Loose,' featuring Pharrell Williams.

Puff Daddy is back on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

For the first time in 15 years as a lead act, Diddy's original artist name graces the list, as Puff Daddy & the Family's "Finna Get Loose," featuring Pharrell Williams, arrives as the week's top debut at No. 44. The rapper notched 17 hits under the Puff Daddy moniker between 1996 and 2000, including three No. 1s. (He made a brief revival of the name in 2009 as a featured act on Cassie's "Must Be Love," which peaked at No. 56.)

The new single premiered with a flashy performance at the BET Awards on June 28, following a Bad Boy Records medley celebrating the label and featuring some of its biggest artists, including Lil' Kim, Mase and 112, in addition to the Bad Boy founder, born Sean Combs.

The chart debut of "Loose" was powered by 446,000 weekly domestic streams, according to Nielsen Music, with 69 percent from Spotify plays. Also aiding in its arrival were 26,000 downloads sold during the recent one-time-only 11-day tracking week ending July 9. (See for details.)

Throughout his 19-year chart career, the rap/hip-hop cornerstone has claimed a total of 63 charted Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs hits, under four different names. What's his breakdown of hits by billing? Here's a look:

24, P. Diddy
?19, Puff Daddy
11, Diddy
9, Diddy – Dirty Money

He first charted as a featured act on Lil Kim's "No Time," which reached No. 9 in 1996, as Puff Daddy. In 2001, he switched it up and started going by P. Diddy. Since, he has been credited as Diddy and Diddy – Dirty Money (a trio alongside singers Dawn Richard and Kalenna Harper), before reverting to his original household name.

Not that he says he's altered his handle. "For the record, I did not change my name," he wrote on Twitter on March 24, 2014. "I always have been and always will be PUFF DADDY! 🙂 Be cool Man lol."