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Legendary producers and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees KENNY GAMBLE and LEON HUFF,who brought Philadelphia soul music ("The Sound of Philadelphia") to "people all over the world” and recorded two albums with the Jacksons, said this morning they are “extremely saddened by the sudden death of our dear friend Michael Jackson.” “Michael was a great and wonderful artist and performer,” said Gamble and Huff in a joint statement. “ We were privileged and honored to record him and his brothers here at Philadelphia International Records.” The Jacksons recorded their first two albums after leaving Motown in Philadelphia with Gamble and Huff songs and the Philadelphia International production crew. When the Jacksons came to PIR, they were transitioning away from the brand name of the Jackson Five. In 1976 and 1977, Gamble and Huff produced and co-wrote songs for the albums The Jacksons and Going Places, as part of a double imprint deal with CBS/Epic Records, the Jacksons’ new label. Several hit songs came out of that production effort, including "Enjoy Yourself" and "Let Me Show You the Way to Go." During those recording sessions, Michael Jackson paid close attention to the production and songwriting techniques of Gamble and Huff, and learned from those observations to create his own mega-platinum recording career. Jackson also had the opportunity to work at that time with legendary Philadelphia International producers McFadden and Whitehead, Dexter Wansel and Bunny Sigler. Several songs that Michael and his brothers particularly enjoyed recording with Gamble and Huff were "Man of War," which has much significance today, as well as the soulful "Blues Away" and romantic "Find Me a Girl": Michael Jackson was recently quoted paying tribute to Gamble and Huff in a magazine article. "There was a message in their music that raised a social consciousness and political awareness without offending," Jackson said. "Theirs is a gift of genius and I love them." “We are very honored to have been a part of Michael Jackson’s music and creative career in helping to write and produce his own music with his brothers,” Gamble and Huff continued this morning. “We know his music and legacy will live on for a very long time". Gamble & Huff wrote over 3,000 songs with in 35 years, including R&B #1 hits, pop #1 hits, gold and platinum records, Grammy winners and BMI songwriters' awards honorees. Featured prominently in television programs ("The Apprentice"), films ("The Nutty Professor") and advertising spots (Verizon, Old Navy, The Gap) for more than 30 years, Gamble and Huff's songs have entered the musical DNA of contemporary culture. In fact, one of their songs is played on the radio somewhere in the world every 13.5 minutes. With a stable core of artists led by the O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB and the Three Degrees, Gamble and Huff co-founded Philadelphia International Records and created monster hits almost from the first day of its inception. Songs they have written and produced together, like "Back Stabbers," "Love Train," "For The Love Of Money," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "Cowboys to Girls," "Don't Leave Me This Way," "Enjoy Yourself," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "Only the Strong Survive" and "TSOP," have received songwriters' awards from Broadcast Music International (BMI). All told, the Gamble-Huff/PIR music machine" has generated over 100 Gold and Platinum records and over 70 #1 hits. In 1999, four years after being inducted with Gamble into the National Academy of Songwriters' Hall of Fame, Huff was honored with his longtime partner by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with the Trustees Award, for his extensive body of work, both as producer and songwriter, and his contribution to the entire fabric of popular music. Last year, Huff was inducted with Gamble into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Huff also has appeared on American Idol in a show devoted to his music, and with Gamble has been inducted twice into the Dance Music Hall of Fame and the R&B Hall of Fame.


Several days ago, I did a live broadcast from my site,, to let fans know where I am right now and what my intentions are musically for the future. Instead of clearing things up, the broadcast unintentionally spawned rumors of my retirement from music. Since then, I have been bombarded with emails and phone calls regarding my so-called retirement and the reasons behind me not dropping the promised "Venom" album. It was definitely not my intention to mislead anyone into thinking that I plan to completely retire from music. I love making music and will continue to do so. What I am retiring is the "Mixtape Messiah" part of my career. This means no more jacking beats and no more underground mixtapes. I have been making and putting them out for over a decade and I feel like it is time to step to another level. The upcoming installment of the "Mixtape Messiah" series, "Mixtape Messiah 7", will be the final one. Moving forward, a large majority of the music I release will be on original beats. Additionally, even though I don't plan on releasing any of the original material that I had wanted to call "Venom", I will definitely be releasing a third Chamillionaire album with Universal. I am confident that my true fans will have plenty of fresh, new music to be as excited about as I am and I look forward to supplying their demand for new music. I hope that my fans will understand that over time, you grow as a person and this means you will evolve as an artist. The experiences that you encounter throughout your life all contribute to those changes and that is bound to affect the music an artist feels like making at any given time. I love that my fans feel so deeply about the work I have done in the mixtape scene or the "Get Ya Mind Correct" era of my career, but at this time I want to focus 100% of my studio time on perfecting the commercial music I will release in the future.
Thanks for understanding.


Check out the below link to the “Official Online Video” for Rick Ross featuring Avery Storm Rich Off Cocaine:
The video was shot in Medellin, Columbia and some of the scenes take place on the actual plot of land where Pablo Escobar was executed. Derrty Ent/Universal Recording Artist Avery Storm, who is working on the final recording sessions for his eagerly anticipated upcoming solo album “Shotgun Love” with The Runners, Pharrell, Cool & Dre and DJ Kahled, video blogged about his experiences making the video in Columbia. Check the footage at and here on MySpace:


“All The Above (Feat. T-Pain),” the breakthrough single from Hustle Hard Entertainment/Atlantic recording artist Maino, has been certified. The track – which remains a Top 10 favorite on iTunes “Top Hip-Hop/Rap Songs” chart – is featured on the Brooklyn-based M.C.’s upcoming debut album, “IF TOMORROW COMES…,” due in stores and online on June 30th. Produced by Just Blaze (T.I., Jamie Foxx, Saigon) and Nard & B (T.I., Plies, Ludacris), “All The Above” is at Top 40 smash at Urban outlets nationwide, having impacted as the #1 most added single at the format earlier this year. In addition, the track is bulleting into the Top 20 at Rhythmic radio outlets coast-to-coast. What’s more, the “All The Above” companion video is blowing up all over. The clip – which had its multi-platform premiere across the MTV networks including MTV, MTV2, MTVU, MTV HITS, MTV JAMS and MTV.COM, was also featured as MTV Jams’ “Jam of the Week.” In addition, the video has just been added to BET’s The Deal after a Top 10 run on the 106 & Park countdown. “All The Above” is also a Top 40 success on this week’s “Top Mastertones” chart. “All The Above” – which had the highest first week single sales for a new rap artist since Flo Rida’s “Low” – will be followed by Maino’s new smash, “Million Bucks (Feat. Swizz Beatz).” The track has already begun to receive major radio support in such markets as New York, Raleigh, Richmond, and Boston, with incredible feedback coming in from influential DJs across the country. Stacked with a broad spectrum of bangers, “IF TOMORROW COMES…” makes an indelible first impression of a serious new hip-hop star. The album sees Maino showing off his unadulterated candor and staccato flow on such tracks as the recent singles, “Be Me” and “Hood Love (Feat. Trey Songz).” In total, the four singles released in advance of “IF TOMORROW COMES…” have logged sales in excess of 650,000 – an extraordinary tally for a new artist. For up-to-the-minute news and information, please visit Maino’s official site,, or his MySpace page,


The official mascot for the Tiger Woods Foundation, designed by Herrington Teddy Bears, made its debut at Tiger Jam XII presented by AT&T on May 15 and 16, 2009, in Las Vegas. Tiger Jam was created by the Tiger Woods Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering young people to reach their maximum potential. Since its inception in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father Earl, the Tiger Woods Foundation has reached more than 10 million young people through character development, career exploration, scholarships, and grant making programs. Most recently The Herrington Teddy Bear Company became involved with the foundation to create its very unique mascot. For the Jam there are two basic designs. One is a 9" sitting-style tiger. The other is a 9" floppy-style tiger. Both were limited edition pieces and were given away at the Tiger Jam event held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. More information on the Tiger Woods Foundation and its programs can be found at