Ask Billboard: Katy Perry First With Five 4-Million Sellers
Ask Billboard: Katy Perry First With Five 4-Million Sellers

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Dear Gary,

Last Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and in Shanksville, Pa.

2,977 died, including firefighters, police officers, paramedics and emergency medical technicians.

In the first darkest hours of that Tuesday morning, I saw with shock, disbelief, sadness and anger that the world I knew wasn't as safe a place to live. And, it will never be the same again.

After many hours of news coverage that day, I decided to seek refuge by watching music videos on MTV and VH1 most of that night.

Some of the clips I remember seeing:

"Never Too Far," Mariah Carey
"Superman (It's Not Easy)," Five for Fighting
"I Want Love," Elton John
"Only God Knows Why," Kid Rock
"One Love," Bob Marley & the Wailers
"Everybody Hurts," R.E.M.

On the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, both MTV and VH1 re-aired the same videos of that Tuesday night of 2001. Also played were Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" and a live performance of the song "Fragile" by Sting from his "All This Time" concert in II Palagio, Italy, recorded Sept. 11, 2001.

Remember, all "Ask Billboard" readers, especially in the U.S.A.: "We Shall Not Forget 9/11" and tell today that special person or persons in your lives these three simple words: "I love you," because if you don't, maybe tomorrow would be too late.

Thanks Gary and take care,

Mackenzie (Mac) Scott
Fajardo, Puerto Rico (... and a proud "New Yorker")

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