Billboard Bits: P. Diddy, Curt Kirkwood, Cafe Tacuba

News on P. Diddy, Curt Kirkwood, Cafe Tacuba

diddyMTV has signed a first-look production agreement with Bad Boy Entertainment and its founder, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, who stars in and executive produces the MTV series "Making the Band 3." Under the new pact, Combs will be called on for everything from developing and consulting to possibly appearing on shows.

"It's a big step, my first TV executive producer deal," said Combs, who added it's different from his other business dealings because it's a significant commitment to his company in funding. "It gives me a chance to create content but it also doesn't limit me to do things outside."

Combs has been working with the network since 1994 through music videos, events and campaigns including the "Vote or Die" registration drive during last year's presidential race. He also recently inked with MTV Films to develop an untitled urban heist movie.

-- Kathleen Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter

CurtSinger/songwriter/guitarist Curt Kirkwood, best known for his work as leader of the Meat Puppets, has signed to Little Dog Records. Kirkwood has recently been in the studio working with Grammy-winning producer/Little Dog founder Pete Anderson to create his first album as a solo artist.

The as-yet-untitled set marks the second artistic collaboration between Kirkwood and Pete Anderson, who produced the Puppets' 1991 major-label debut, "Forbidden Places."

Kirkwood was last heard from as a member of the trio Eyes Adrift with former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh. The group's self-titled 2002 debut was issued by spinART.

-- Chris M. Walsh, N.Y.

CafeMembers of Latin rock act Cafe Tacuba will tonight (May 3) take part in the latest Xbox Live "
Game With Fame" The group will play Electronic Arts' "Need for Speed Underground 2" street racing game online against Xbox Live subscribers as part of a two-hour competition that gets underway at 6 p.m. PT.

In addition to the gaming, the band's Web site is hosting a contest that offers Xbox related merchandise and its new album, "Un Viaje," among the prizes.

Cafe Tacuba joins such past "Game with Fame" celebrity players as the Strokes, Hoobastank, Three Doors Down, Incubus and football player Willis McGahee.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.