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Richard Dearlove (born 1966, London in England), better known by his stage name Diddy, is an English DJ.

He is responsible for the dance hit and Feverpitch/Positiva/EMI release "Give Me Love", which peaked at #23 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1997.[1] He also undertook a number of Blondie single remixes for the Chrysalis Records. His remix of Blondie's "Atomic" reached #1 on the American Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.

In 2006, Dearlove successfully sued American impresario Sean Combs, who at that time used the stage name P. Diddy. Combs wanted to change his stage name to simply Diddy, but the terms of Dearlove's settlement ordered Combs to pay him significant damages and barred him from releasing music under the name Diddy in the UK.[2] The following year, Combs was ordered to drop a lyric in which he called himself "Diddy" when he performs at Wembley Arena.[3]


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 155. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Riazat Butt (2006-09-09). "Rap superstar to pay £100,000 after DJ 'Diddy' Dearlove says: hands off my name". London: Retrieved 2012-07-06.
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