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Tuesday
Oct232018

Britney Spears salutes her fans on "...Baby One More Time's" 20th anniversary 

Jive/Legacy RecordingsBritney Spears took to social media on Tuesday to mark a milestone: October 23, 1998 was the day her debut single, "...Baby One More Time," was released.

"It’s hard to put into words what today means to me, 20 years ago, the world heard my music for the very first time," she wrote. "So much has happened since then but what I really want to say is thank you to my amazing fans who have been there for me since day 1."

"Your support over the years has meant the absolute world to me!! Love you all!" she concluded.

Britney's post also included a snippet of behind-the-scenes footage of her iconic video for "...Baby One More Time."  A longer version on YouTube features an interview with 16-year-old Britney, who says of the soon-to-be global smash, "It's, like, an upbeat, y'know, heart song. I like it a lot."

"If I heard my song on the radio...that'd be so cool," she adds. "I would love that. I think that'd be a great experience."

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Tuesday
Oct232018

Hear Dua Lipa go toe-to-toe with an opera legend on "If Only" 

Markus PritziWe know Dua Lipa can sing pop music and EDM music...but can she keep up with an opera legend?  You'll find out on Friday, when Andrea Bocelli releases his new album .

Dua and Bocelli sing together on the song "If Only," and a preview of the song is now available on Bocelli's Facebook page.  The video shows them both recording together in a studio.

Speaking to Billboard about the album, Bocelli said of Dua, "The voice of this very young British singer is unique, recognizable, expressive and as brilliant as her interpretative intelligence, which was clear from the very moment we started working together."

Bocelli's album -- his first collection of new material in 14 years -- also features collaborations with Ed Sheeran and Josh Groban.

Meanwhile, Dua's latest collaboration "Kiss and Make Up" -- which she recorded with K-pop girl group BlackPink -- is out now.

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Tuesday
Oct232018

The Biopic of John and Yoko: New film will focus on Lennon and Ono's love story

BREUER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty ImagesA new biographical film focusing on the late John Lennon's romance with his wife Yoko Ono is slated to be directed by Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, whose credits include Dallas Buyers Club, Wild and the HBO series Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects.

Deadline reports that Universal Pictures is negotiating to option the rights to the movie, which will feature a script penned by Anthony McCarten, who co-wrote the upcoming Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, and wrote the screenplays for Darkest Hour and The Theory of Everything.

Ono will co-produce the as-yet-untitled flick, along with Vallée, McCarten and others. According to Deadline, Vallée passed on an opportunity to direct the next James Bond film to take on the Lennon-Ono project. He will rewrite the next draft of the flick with McCarten, with an eye on starting production on the movie by late 2019.

One of the film's co-producers, Michael DeLuca, notes that with Yoko involved in the production, "we'll have access to the [Lennon] estate and the library of songs." He adds, "I've been listening to John's songs forever, but as we developed the movie, I became aware of just how profound the emotional impact of the music and their legacy is on me."

Lennon met Ono in 1965 or '66, at the height of John's fame with The Beatles and when Yoko was establishing herself as an avant-garde artist. Lennon left his first wife, Cynthia, for Yoko, and the couple married in 1969, and also became lifelong musical and artistic partners.

The producers say the movie will focus on celebrating the couple's dramatic journey together, but will stop short of Lennon's December 1980 murder at the hands of a deranged fan.

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Tuesday
Oct232018

Ed Sheeran shares love for Korn at Marilyn Manson concert 

Credit: Jimmy FontaineEd Sheeran: pop superstar, onetime Game of Thrones actor, Korn fan?

Korn guitarists Brian "Head" Welch and James "Munky" Shaffer recently ran into the "Shape of You" singer at -- where else? -- a Marilyn Manson concert. According to Welch's Instagram, Sheeran stopped the pair to express his love for the Korn hit "Freak on a Leash."

"Of course [Sheeran] would walk right past me and @munky_korn @marilynmanson concert and tell us he just listened to 'Freak on a Leash' earlier today," Head wrote alongside a photo of him and the redheaded singer. "Why should we be surprised?"

Perhaps Sheeran also got an inside scoop on the progress of Korn's next album, the follow-up to 2016's The Serenity of Suffering.

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Tuesday
Oct232018

Rainbow Kitten Surprise announces 2019 US tour dates 

Credit: Matthew SalacuseRainbow Kitten Surprise will be spreading rainbows, kittens and surprises across the U.S. on a headlining tour next year. The run kicks off January 25 in Birmingham, Alabama, and will wrap up February 24 in Nashville.

Select dates on the tour will feature support from Mt. Joy. Visit RKSBand.com for ticket info.

Following the tour, Rainbow Kitten Surprise will play four shows in their home state of North Carolina in April to raise money for Hurricane Florence relief.

Rainbow Kitten Surprise will be touring in support of their new album How To: Friend, Love, Freefall, which features the single "Fever Pitch."

Here are Rainbow Kitten Surprise's 2019 tour dates:

1/25 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
1/26 -- Knoxville, TN, The Tennessee Theater
1/28 -- Washington, DC, The 9:30 Club*
1/29 -- Washington, DC, The 9:30 Club*
1/31 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore*
2/2 -- New York, NY, Hammerstein Ballroom*
2/4 -- Toronto, ON, Danforth Music Hall*
2/5 -- Toronto, ON, Danforth Music Hall*
2/7 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live!*
2/9 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
2/11 -- Madison, WI, The Sylvee*
2/12 -- Saint Paul, MN, Palace Theatre*
2/13 -- Kansas City, MO, The Truman*
2/15 -- Dallas, TX, Bomb Factory*
2/16 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center*
2/17 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live*
2/22 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle*
2/24 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium*
4/22 -- Wilmington, NC, Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
4/23 -- Wilmington, NC, Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
4/25 -- Asheville, NC, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
4/27 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater

*with Mt. Joy.

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Tuesday
Oct232018

Diddy pledges $1 million to new Bronx charter school

Combs EnterprisesDiddy is continuing his commitment to education with a pledge of $1 million for a new charter school in New York City.

The Bad Boy CEO is supporting the Capital Preparatory Schools network which will open a new school in the Bronx section of New York City next year for 160 students in the 6th and 7th grades. The network already has locations in Harlem and Bridgeport, Connecticut. 

“I came from the same environment these kids live in every day,” Diddy says in a statement. “I understand the importance of access to a great education, and the critical role it plays in a child’s future."

“Our school provides historically disadvantaged students with the college and career skills needed to become responsible and engaged citizens for social justice,” he continues.” We don’t just teach kids to read, write and compute, we teach them how to make a difference and nurture them to be future leaders of our generation.”

Diddy is working closely with Dr. Steve Perry, founder of Capital Prep Schools.

“Mr. Combs’ commitment and leadership continue to inspire us,” Dr. Perry says. "On behalf of the Capital Prep students, parents and teachers I want to express our sincerest gratitude for such a generous gift,”

“Mr. Combs wanted to open schools to develop leaders,” he continues. “What he’s done with his investment is embody what we expect students to do, which is to invest their resources in our communities.”

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Tuesday
Oct232018

Bey and JAY break the bank: On The Run II tour earns over $250 million

2018 Parkwood EntertainmentBeyonce and JAY-Z broke the bank on their On The Run II tour, earning over $250 million.

Round two was more than twice as successful as the first On The Run tour in 2014 which earned $109 million from 980,000 tickets sold in 21 stadium shows. Bey and Jay performed 48 stadium concerts during OTR2; 18 in Europe and 30 in North America, grossing $253 million, according to Billboard Box Score.

They sold over 2 million tickets for the entire tour, grossing $5.3 million for each show.

Following the end of the tour, Beyonce praised her husband, commenting on Instagram, ”To Shawn Carter, my Clyde, my best friend: this journey on OTR2 has been a highlight of my life. Thank you for every moment. I’ll be your hype man any day!  To the Hive and all the fans who supported OTR2, cheers to you and I. Salud!”

DJ Khaled and Beyonce's proteges, Chloe X Halle. opened the North American shows. During the tour, $100,000 scholarships were awarded to high-school seniors in 11 cities. The Boys & Girls Club of America selected the winners.

The On The Run II tour kicked off June 6 in Cardiff, Wales. The North American leg began July 25 in Cleveland, and wrapped up October 4 in Seattle.

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Tuesday
Oct232018

Want the "American Idol" scoop? Just #AskLuke

ABC/Craig SjodinWant to know more about the next season of American Idol? Well, all you have to do is ask Luke Bryan.

Luke’s been busy shooting new episodes of the show as he wraps up the final few dates on his What Makes You Country Tour. On Wednesday at some point, he’ll be answering questions on the Idol Twitter page. If you have one, all you need to do is tweet it, adding the hashtag #AskLuke.

On Thursday, Luke plays Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, before wrapping up his 2018 concerts with a Saturday night stadium show at Detroit’s Ford Field.

By next Tuesday, he’ll be back with the Idol judges, as he guests with Lionel Richie and Katy Perry on Live with Kelly and Ryan. You can catch the show after Good Morning America on most ABC stations.

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Tuesday
Oct232018

Costumes, collectibles from Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Bryan Adams & more going on sale for charity 

Julien's AuctionsStage costumes, handwritten lyrics and other collectibles from the likes of Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Bryan Adams and more are going on the block next month for a good cause.

The British charity The Prince's Trust, which helps unemployed and struggling young people, is selling off the collectibles November 10, live at New York's Hard Rock Cafe and online at JuliensAuctions.com.  Among the items up for bid:

--A red, black and gold jacket from Lionel Richie, signed "Hello, Lionel Richie."  He wore it during his recently-completed Las Vegas residency, All The Hits. Estimated price: $2,000-$4,000

--A metallic light blue jacket from Rod Stewart, signed, "As worn by me, Rod Stewart," as well as a pair of autographed metallic gold loafers, and a photograph of Rod performing that's signed, "My favorite blue jacket is yours! Rod Stewart."  Estimated price: $800-$1200

--A Fender acoustic guitar signed by Bryan Adams and 40 members of the cast and crew of his new Broadway musical Pretty Woman.  It comes with a handwritten and signed letter from Bryan, saying that he used the guitar to write the songs for the musical. Estimated price: $2,000-$4,000

--Handwritten lyrics from Annie Lennox to her 1992 song “Walking on Broken Glass," in a plastic display case. Estimated price: $800-$1200

--A super-deluxe anniversary edition of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, signed and personalized for the winning bidder by Sir Paul McCartney. Estimated price: $2,000-$4,000

--A mint-green jersey dress won by Barbra Streisand in the 1981 movie All Night Long and in promotional photos for the film. Estimated price: $800-$1200

The auction will take place starting at 10 a.m. ET on November 10. Visit JuliensAuctions.com for more info.

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Tuesday
Oct232018

Kanye West donates $73,000 to Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia 

ABC/Randy HolmesKanye West is following the lead of his good friend Chance the Rapper and supporting the campaign of Amara Enyia who is running for mayor of Chicago.

Kanye donated $73,000 to her campaign, matching the amount of fines she owes from her 2015 campaign for not filing financial reports, according to the Chicago Tribune. She faced a December 20 deadline to pay the fines.

The candidate immediately used his donation to pay the fines, stating, “the $73,540 debt to the Illinois State Board of Elections has been paid in full.”

“The Amara Enyia campaign thanks Chicago native, Kanye West, for his generous action,” the statement continues.  “Amara’s campaign is energizing people around the city with bold ideas and solutions that move Chicago forward. We are excited to engage people of all walks of life as we focus our efforts on getting on the ballot.”

Kanye tweeted, “I just gave to Amara Enyia. Join us! Contribute today.”

Last week, Chance endorsed Enyia during a press conference at City Hall in Chicago.

“The one person in my research of this wide-open race that’s views align with me, would obviously be, candidate Amara Enyia,” Chance said. “We haven’t had anybody that is truly an activist,” he added. “Somebody that’s going to be active in office. So if you’re afraid of change you’re probably not going to vote for Amara, but if you’re willing to see what this city could be, then you will vote for Amara.”

Kanye previously announced he was moving back to the Windy City, and would produce Chance’s upcoming album.

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Tuesday
Oct232018

Will new music from Lady A arrive on Wednesday?

ABC/Image Group LA It seems likely we won’t have to wait much longer for new music from Lady Antebellum.

“2019 is going to be big…” Lady A teased fans Tuesday on their socials, along with a new, short video clip of the band. In it, we see Hillary ScottCharles Kelley, and Dave Haywood dressed in Great Gatsby-era glamour, behind vintage mics in a theater from the same time frame. It ends with the word, "Tomorrow."

Tuesday evening, Lady A’s also planning an industry-only event at a Nashville-area venue that’s likely the same place where the new footage was shot.

Early last month, we found out the “Heart Break” hitmakers were leaving their longtime label, Capitol Nashville, to sign with its rival, Big Machine.

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Tuesday
Oct232018

Celebrity chef Ina Garten says Taylor Swift is "extraordinary"

FilmMagic for dcp via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018Taylor Swift fans know the singer loves cooking and baking, and they also know she's developed a friendship with celebrity chef Ina Garten, also known as the Barefoot Contessa.  Now, Garten is opening up about what she and Taylor bond over, given their 41-year age difference.

Asked by the Huffington Post what she and Taylor talk about when they get together, the Food Network star says, "Boyfriends. Businesses. Friends. Life. She’s very smart and very interesting and she loves her friends."

As for that age difference, Garten insists, "She is wise beyond her years to say the least. Just extraordinary."

Perhaps Garten and Taylor can share a meal when she returns to the U.S. Right now, she's touring Australia, but she continues to share photos on her Instagram Story of fans who voted early, or via absentee ballot.

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Tuesday
Oct232018

New Gary Clark Jr. tunes to play during World Series 

Credit: Joey MartinezIn addition to the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers, the 2018 World Series will feature new music from Gary Clark Jr. Three songs from the guitar virtuoso's upcoming new album will be played during coverage of this year's Fall Classic, which begins Tuesday night on Fox.

"The World Series is a great contest and I’m honored they feel my music adds to the excitement. Very cool," Clark says in a statement.

Clark's currently untitled new album, the follow-up to 2015's The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, is due out in 2019. Last year, he released his hit cover of the Beatles classic "Come Together" for the Justice League movie.

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Tuesday
Oct232018

John Legend, Wendy Williams, and R. Kelly’s ex-wife featured in Lifetime docuseries, "Surviving R. Kelly"

Randee St. Nicholas/RCA RecordsA three-part Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, will explore the secret world of the three-time Grammy winner.

"For the first time ever, survivors and people from R. Kelly’s inner circle, are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental, and physical abuse. They are now finally ready to share their full story and shed light on the secret life the public has never seen,” Lifetime says in a press release describing the series.    

The trailer begins with a female voice saying, “There's a difference between R. Kelly and Robert. R. Kelly's this fun, laughing, loving guy. But Robert is the devil." 

The series explores the "Bump n' Grind" singer's legal troubles, beginning with being acquitted of 21 charges of child pornography in 2008. It also follows the “Mute R. Kelly” protest movement. and police investigating allegations he is running a sex cult.  

Over 50 people are interviewed, including John Legend, Wendy Williams, Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly, former girlfriend Kitti Jones, singer Sparkle, and Kelly’s brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly.

The six-hour series premieres January 3 at 9 p.m. It will continue on January 4, and conclude on January 5.

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Tuesday
Oct232018

Midland gets fashion-focused in new "At Large" feature

Courtesy of At Large Magazine / Credit: Cole CameronEarlier in his career, Midland’s Mark Wystrach modeled for Calvin Klein. Now, he’s getting back to his fashion roots with bandmates Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson, in the new music issue of At Large Magazine.

This time, however, Mark isn’t showing off his Calvins for the men’s independent fashion magazine. The trio’s showcasing their vintage 70’s western style in a new profile shot at a performance in Ft. Loramie, Ohio this summer. You can check out the profile that describes Mark as “George Strait channeling Freddie Mercury” at AtLargeMagazine.com.

Wednesday, Midland kicks off their Electric Rodeo headlining trek in Tucson, Arizona, before continuing on Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes Tour for the rest of the weekend.

The “Burn Out” hitmakers are nominated for New Artist, Vocal Group, and Single for “Drinkin’ Problem” at next month’s CMA Awards.  

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Tuesday
Oct232018

Cole Swindell celebrates his #1 "Break Up" with his fans

Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell was out performing for his fans when he found out “Break Up in the End” has claimed the #1 spot on the Mediabase chart this week, making it the eighth chart topper of his career.

“My fans are the best and I was so excited to be on the road celebrating with them this past weekend…” the Georgia native reflects. “There is so much work that goes in to the successes of all artists and I never take that for granted and am reminded each time I see one of my songs make it to #1.”

“I have been blessed with not only the best fans who allow me to do this for a living,” Cole adds, “but I have a team that continues to believe in me and my music. It can’t get much better than that. Thank you all!”

“Break Up in the End” is the lead single from Cole’s #1 album, All of It.

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Tuesday
Oct232018

50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's "'68 Comeback Special" to be celebrated with seven-disc box set

RCA/Legacy RecordingsFifty years ago this December 3, the historic television special known as Elvis Presley's "'68 Comeback Special" aired on NBC. In honor of the event's 50th anniversary, an expansive box set featuring five CDs and two Blu-ray discs will be released on Friday, November 30.

The deluxe collection, titled Elvis Presley -- '68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition), gathers all the previously released audio and video footage related to the program into one package. The Blu-rays feature the broadcast version of the special, an extended cut of the show, outtakes and full footage of the two "sit-down" and "stand-up" performances Presley gave that were edited to create the special.

The five CDs feature the original soundtrack album for the special, plus outtakes; both "sit-down" and "stand-up" shows; the first and second rehearsals for the performances; and studio outtakes from the special that Elvis recorded with the famed session group The Wrecking Crew.

The box set also features an 80-page book boasting rare photos, memorabilia and a new oral history on the special.

Fans who pre-order the box set from the Shop Graceland online store will receive a limited-edition '68 Comeback Special 50th Anniversary coin.

Originally called Singer Presents…ELVIS, the "Comeback Special" marked Presley's first television appearance since 1960. It featured the rock 'n' roll legend taking part in a variety of production numbers, as well as performing a stripped-down acoustic set sitting in a circle with musicians including his original guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana.

The special is credited with helping Presley relaunch his career, and he soon began touring again, while also scoring new hits like "In the Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds."

Here are details about the '68 Comeback Special box set's discs:

CD 1: ELVIS (NBC-TV Special) original album and outtakes
CD 2: First "sit-down" and "stand-up" shows -- June 27 and 29, 1968
CD 3: Second "sit-down" and "stand-up" shows -- June 27 and 29, 1968
CD 4: First and second rehearsals in Elvis' dressing room -- June 24 and 25, 1968
CD 5: The Wrecking Crew Sessions: studio outtakes from the special -- June 20-23, 1968
Blu-ray 1-2: Original and extended cuts of television special, complete "sit-down" and "stand-up" shows and outtakes

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Tuesday
Oct232018

The Good, The Bad & The Queen, featuring Clash bassist Paul Simonon, to release new album next month

Hal Horowitz/WireImageThe Good, The Bad & The Queen, the band led by Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn that also features Clash bassist Paul Simonon, will release its long-awaited sophomore album, titled Merrie Land, on November 16.

The Good, The Bad & The Queen also features Verve guitarist Simon Tong and veteran Nigerian drummer Tony Allen. The group released its self-titled debut album way back in 2007.

For a preview of Merrie Land, you can download the title track now via digital outlets.

In support of the new album, Albarn, Simonon and company will play a batch of U.K. tour dates beginning in December.

Here's the Merrie Land track list:

"Merrie Land"
"Gun to the Head"
"Nineteen Seventeen"
"The Great Fire"
"Lady Boston"
"Drifters & Trawlers"
"The Truce of Twilight"
"Ribbons"
"The Last Man to Leave"
"The Poison Tree"

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Tuesday
Oct232018

Tool schedules European tour for 2019

Credit: Tim CadienteWhether or not Tool will actually release their new album in 2019 remains to be seen, but here's something they'll definitely be doing next year: touring Europe.

Maynard James Keenan and company have announced a summer European outing, marking their first scheduled tour dates in 2019. The run kicks off June 2 in Berlin, Germany, and will hit the U.K., Italy, Austria, Spain and Poland, among others. Visit ToolBand.com for ticket info.

As for that album, the much-anticipated follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days, news of its progress remains elusive. However, Keenan tweeted in September that, while the band has a "long way [to] go," they are "much closer" to finishing the album. He also added the hashtag #2019, suggesting that the album may finally see the light of day next year.

In related news, Keenan is currently on tour with his band A Perfect Circle, and during a stop in West Valley City, Utah over the weekend, he suspended the band's long-held no-photo policy. When APC reached the final song of the night, Keenan announced that fans could take out their cell phones to take pictures and record. Footage from the performance was posted to social media.

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Tuesday
Oct232018

Report: Tracy Chapman suing Nicki Minaj for illegal sampling

Republic ecordsTracy Chapman is reportedly suing Nicki Minaj for sampling one of her songs without permission.

TMZ reports that Chapman has filed a lawsuit charging that Nicki illegally sampled “Baby Can I Hold You” from Chapman’s 1988 self-titled debut album for the song “Sorry” featuring Nas.

The four-time Grammy award winning singer says that Nicki made multiple requests to license the song in June, and she denied her requests. "Sorry" was released in August. 

As previously reported, in July, Nicki commented that she was waiting to clear a Tracy Chapman sample, and surveyed fans on Twitter if she should wait to clear the track and drop the album on August 17, or keep the August 10 release date. The voting was split. She dropped the album on August 10 without the song “Sorry.”

Chapman is demanding that the song not be released again and wants unspecified damages.

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