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July 10, 2009

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Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and National Voice Actor. His vast voice over credits, include hosting several radio programs including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Love Train, It’s The Gospel in Tampa, The Freddie Bell Morning Show in radio on KSGS – 950AM, Solid Gold Soul in Minneapolis, plus This is Music, The Freddie Bell Countdown Show and The Minneapolis NAACP Community Affairs television Programs in Minneapolis.
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Mariah Carey is apologizing for her performance at Michael Jackson’s memorial on Tuesday, believing she could have done a better job performing his Jackson 5 hit “I’ll be There.”

The songbird says she lost control of her voice when she took the stage above Jackson’s casket and was suddenly overcome with emotion.

“Trying to sing today was basically impossible for me,” Carey wrote Tuesday on her Twitter page. “I could barely keep myself from crying. I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to pull it together and really do it right, but I was literally choked up when I saw him there in front of me.”

“One thing I know is, we will never really have to say goodbye to MJ. His legacy lives on through his music and the millions of people. He inspired with his timeless music. He will be forever in our hearts,” she adds.



Michael Jackson records continue to saturate the Billboard charts.
Based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, the King of Pop’s catalog of solo albums sold a whopping 800,000 copies in the U.S. in the tracking week that ended at the close of business on Sunday (July 5) night. That’s an increase of 90% compared to the previous week, when his combined albums sold 422,000.

A jump in sales was expected, since this was the first full week of sales since Jackson’s passing on June 25. Additionally, after most physical retailers swiftly sold out of available Jackson albums, Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group were able to replenish brick-and-mortar stores with CDs last week to meet customer demand.

In turn, physical albums accounted for 82% of Jackson’s sales last week — 656,000 physical albums versus 144,000 download albums. In the week previous, when Jackson’s albums moved a total of 422,000, physical albums accounted for 43% of that sum (181,000) while digital albums made up the other 57% (241,000).

Jackson’s “Number Ones” collection is currently the top selling album in the United States, with 339,000 (up 215%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its also No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Comprehensive Albums chart, followed by “Thriller” at No. 2 with 187,000 (up 86%).

Jackson will also again dominate the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. It tallies albums that are more than 18 months old, have fallen below No. 100 on the Billboard 200 and don’t have a current radio single. Catalog albums are ineligible to appear on The Billboard 200 chart though they can chart on the Top Comprehensive Albums chart.

Last week, Jackson had a record eight albums out of the top 10 on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart, while a Jackson 5 compilation also found its way into the upper tier. This week, the entire top 10 is all-Jackson, all the time. He alone has albums at Nos. 1-6 and Nos. 8-10 while a Jackson 5 title (“The Ultimate Collection”) resides at No. 7.

On Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart, Jackson will hold down five out of the top 10 slots, with “Man in the Mirror” leading as his top selling digital download song of the week (159,000; down 3%). Overall, it ranks as the second-best selling song of the week, next to the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” (215,000; up 6%).

Jackson’s total song download sales this week — including his works with the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons — stand at 2.2 million downloads. Last week, the collected total was 2.6 million.




Word has it that Diddy got upset with a cameraman during the NBA Finals at the Staples Center after his image flashed on the jumbotron and people booed.
According to gossip blogger Janet Charlton, the crowd was either booing Diddy personally, or his New York Yankees baseball cap, which never goes over well in Los Angeles. In either case, the mogul was said to be furious and approached the camera guy at halftime.

He reportedly yelled, “How dare you! Don’t ever put me up on that screen without my permission! You have to set it up with my people!”

According to Charlton, Diddy arrived at the game the following Sunday with his son – both swimming in Laker gear from head to toe. They sat courtside but never appeared on the jumbotron, like other famous faces did.

At halftime Diddy approached the same jumbotron guy and reportedly said “C’mon, man, why don’t you put me onscreen? I’m here with my son!” The guy looked at Diddy and said “No! After last time – never again!”


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Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan will star opposite Morgan Simpson in the Mario Van Peebles-directed indie drama “Bailey.”
Simpson wrote the script and will play the title character in the film, which centers on spiritual redemption against the backdrop of Memphis blues.

Production will begin in August in Nashville, reports Variety. Heavy Duty Entertainment’s Jeff Balis and Rhoades Rader are producing along with Charlie Poe. Simpson scripted and will play the title character.

Van Peebles recently wrapped Yari Film Group’s “Kerosene Cowboys,” starring Cam Gigandet, Bill Pullman and Rachael Leigh Cook. His credits include “New Jack City” and “Badasssss!”; he has also recently helmed episodes of “Damages,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Law and Order.”

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The first successful open heart surgery without anesthesia was performed by Dr. Daniel Hale Williams at Provident Hospital in Chicago.
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Actor Richard Roundtree is 67. Singer Debbie Sledge of Sister Sledge is 54. Singer-actress Kiely Williams of 3LW (“Cheetah Girls” films) is 23.

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“Do your work with your whole heart and you will succeed-there’s so little competition.”


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