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Thursday
Jul022015

Beastie Boys File Trademark Application for "Live Performances"

Credit: Phil AndelmanBeastie Boys have not performed together since founding member Adam "MCA" Yauch passed away in 2012, but a new trademark application filed by the band's attorney has been taken by some to mean that that surviving members Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond could be planning to perform live again.

In a post on his website, lawyer David Lizerbram writes that on June 26, Horovitz and Diamond filed a trademark application U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register "Beastie Boys" as a trademark to be used for "live performances by a musical group." You can view the application on the USPTO's website.

"Note that the band can't obtain a trademark registration until they actually use that band name 'in commerce,'" Lizerbram writes. "Meaning, for this application to become a trademark registration, they have to use the band name 'Beastie Boys' in the future for live musical performances."

Despite Lizerbram's interpretation of the application, a representative for Beastie Boys tells Pitchfork, "There will never be Beastie Boys live performances without Adam Yauch."

If the application wasn't filed for the purpose of performing live, Lizerbaum suggests that "It's possible that their attorney (who signed the application on their behalf) filed this application for some other reason that we don't know of, or that it was filed in error."

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Thursday
Jul022015

Chris Martin Performs Surprise Acoustic Set in India 

Peter Kramer/NBCChris Martin decided to stop by a bar in New Delhi, India for an impromptu acoustic performance Wednesday night. The Coldplay frontman played "Viva la Vida," "Fix You" and "Paradise." You can watch clips of the performance on BuzzFeed India's Facebook page.

According to BuzzFeed, both "Chris Martin" and "Coldplay" were trending on Twitter in India due to the surprise performance. Despite their popularity in the country, Coldplay has never actually performed in India.

Buzzfeed adds that Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto was in attendance during Martin's acoustic set.

Coldplay is currently working on their new album, titled A Head Full of Dreams. Martin has previously stated in an interview with BBC Radio 1 that A Head Full of Dreams will be "the completion of something," which seemed to imply that the album could possibly be Coldplay's last.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockName Keith Urban's first hit on the Billboard Country Singles chart. ANSWER:  "It's A Love Thing" climbed to #18 in 1999.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Chris Young Commemorates Independence Day by Remembering Those Who've Fought and Served

RCA NashvilleOn the 4th of July, remembering the soldiers who’ve fought for America’s freedom is especially important to Chris Young, having played quite a few shows for the troops overseas and also having several close relatives in the armed forces.

“You know, I've got a lot of connection to the military in my family,” he says. “My brother-in-law is still in the Marine Corps. My sister was a Marine. So, it's important to me, and it's something that for sure, I, one, take a lot of pride in trying to do that as much as possible. But two, it's something that is always fun for me to be able to go over there and play and just say thanks.”

So far, Chris has taken his music to Iraq, Germany, Kuwait, Japan and South Korea, bringing “a piece of home to military,” wherever they may be stationed.

While the “I’m Comin’ Over” hitmaker strives to lighten the load of the men and women in uniform, he finds they’re one of the most giving audiences he’s ever experienced.

 “People are just so gracious. It's like, ‘No, no, we're over here to thank you guys.’ And it's probably the most gracious crowd that you'll ever be in front of,” he observes.

Chris Young’s as-yet-untitled fifth album is expected later this year.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Derek and the Dominos Keyboardist Bobby Whitlock Lines Up US Tour with Wife

Credit: Todd V. WolfsonBobby Whitlock, the journeyman keyboardist who perhaps is best known for his stint with Eric Clapton's group Derek and the Dominos, has lined up a series of U.S. tour dates with his wife and longtime musical collaborator CoCo Carmel.  The trek, an acoustic outing dubbed the Just Us Tour, will kick off on September 11 in Memphis, Tennessee, and is plotted out through an October 1 concert in Berwyn, Illinois.

Whitlock has released several albums with Carmel over the last decade or so, and also records as a solo artist.  As a member of Derek and the Dominos, he wrote or co-wrote almost half the songs that are featured on the group's landmark 1970 record, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, including "Why Does Love Have to Be So Sad?"

Early in his career, Bobby was a member of the lauded American root-rock act Delaney & Bonnie, and his resume also includes appearances on such classic albums as Clapton's 1970 self-titled solo effort, George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St.

Here are all of Whitlock and Carmel's upcoming tour dates:

9/11 -- Memphis, TN, The Warehouse
9/12 -- Nashville TN, The City Winery
9/15 -- Decatur, GA, Eddie's Attic
9/19 -- New York, NY, B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill
9/20 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theatre
9/22 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
9/23 -- Somerville, MA, Johnny D's
9/26 -- Cleveland, OH, The Beachland Ballroom
9/27 -- Rochester, NY, The Lovin Cup
9/29 -- Ferndale, MI, The Magic Bag
10/1 -- Berwyn, IL, FitzGerald's

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Thursday
Jul022015

Miguel Premieres "Wildheart" Short Musical Film

Photo Credit: Daniel Sannwald

Miguel continues the storyline from his "Coffee" video in a newly premiered short musical film for his latest album, Wildheart.

The first part of the film, posted on YouTube, opens with Miguel making out inside an art gallery with the same blue-haired vixen who appears in the "Coffee" video. With his song "…goingtohell" paying in the background, the singer wins her over and later takes her for a ride. Once they arrive at his place, a familiar scene unfolds as clips from his "Coffee" video are replayed before they end the night laying in bed together. In the morning, Miguel walks around in his old neighborhood in Los Angeles while his song "N.W.A." plays -- and yes, his collaborator Kurupt makes an appearance.

"Chapter 1: find what you love and let it kill you," Miguel tweets, hinting that there are more visuals on the way.

Wildheart is available now.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Mariah Carey Says She Swims in Evening Gowns and Heels

Denise Truscello/WireImageThink you know everything about Mariah Carey? Think again. The singer just revealed 25 surprising facts about herself to Us Weekly, including the bizarre tidbit that she swims in evening gowns and heels.

True to her diva reputation, she admits she hates overhead lighting. “In my opinion, elevator lighting is toxic!” she says. And she despises mascara. “Whenever a makeup artist tries to put it on me, I throw a fit,” she says.

But lest you think she has assistants do everything for her, she says she “can make a mean gluten-free lasagna and an even meaner pecan pie” and that she’s a “very good laundress” when she has to be.

Among Mariah’s other revelations: She does all her own video stunts; she never wears a watch because “time is irrelevant” to her; she arranges flowers in her spare time; she’s addicted to Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and Veep; and she was a frequent smoker from age 12 to 18, but she quit in one day and never went back.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Chart Milestones for Taylor Swift & "Uptown Funk"

Big Machine RecordsAnother day, another chart milestone for Taylor Swift

While her latest hit "Bad Blood" is #1 on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, her previous single, "Style" has just hit number one on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.   Her previous two singles -- "Blank Space" and "Shake It Off" -- also reached #1 on that tally, and that's a big deal.

Taylor's album 1989 is now the first album in Billboard history to produce three singles that have all hit #1 on the Hot 100, Pop Songs, Hot Adult Songs and Adult Contemporary Songs charts.   The publication says that achievement serves to reinforce "the scope of [the album's] mass appeal."

Meanwhile, a former #1 hit, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, has now spent 31 weeks in the Billboard top 10. If it can manage another week, it'll tie the record of 32 weeks, which is currently held by LeAnn Rimes' 1997 hit "How Do I Live."

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Thursday
Jul022015

Dan Auerbach Explains Why The Arcs Isn't a Solo Project: "It Wasn't Just Me that Made it Special"

Credit: Alysse GafkjenThe Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach has a new band called The Arcs, but don't call it a solo project. While the last time Auerbach went outside The Black Keys to record something new with 2009's Keep it Hid, he released it under his own name, he says The Arcs' debut album, Yours, Dreamily, was a group affair.

"It just felt wrong to have it under my own name," Auerbach tells NME. "It wasn't just me that made it special."

In addition to Auerbach, The Arcs are made up of Leon Michels, Richard Swift and Nick Movshon -- all of whom have toured with The Black Keys -- plus drummer Homer Steinweiss. Yours, Dreamily also features Mariachi Flor de Toloache, an all-female mariachi band, who Auerbach had originally recruited for only one song.

"They did their part and they were amazing," Auerbach recalls. "Then we said 'Hey, can you guys sing, because we've got some background vocals we need done?' And they said 'Yeah, we can sing.' It was f**king so great that I put them on another song and then I put them on another song and then they ended up singing the lead on another song, called 'Chains of Love.'"

Yours, Dreamily will be released on September 4.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Stephen Colbert Interviews Eminem on Michigan Cable Access Show

Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTubeWhile the set for his new CBS late-night program is being built, Stephen Colbert is apparently itching to get behind a chat show desk -- which, he explained, was why he recently hosted a Michigan public access show called Only in Monroe.

The footage was posted on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert YouTube channel Wednesday night.

While not in his Colbert Report persona, Colbert was certainly in character, deadpanning through the 41-plus minute program as any local host would, on location in the local access channel's studio, which Colbert said was the perfect channel "to binge watch 2014 city council meetings. Spoiler alert: don't get too attached to that free parking on Cass Street.  It doesn't end well."

Colbert also performed live spots for local eateries and interviews with local newsmakers, including "a local Michigander who is making a name for himself in the competitive world of music...Marshall Mathers." 

Colbert acted as if he'd never heard of Mathers -- who is of course rapper Eminem -- sometimes to Eminem's apparent disbelief, and checked the Detroit native's Michigan bona fides by quizzing him on Bob Seger's songs.  Eminem played along, singing the hooks from a few, though most he didn't know.  "You claim to be from Michigan, but you don't know these songs," Colbert chided him. 

"So, where do you hope this goes," Colbert asked about Mathers' music. "Is it a career? A hobby?" He also warned Eminem, "This is a tough business, do you have a fallback position? Carpentry?  You just have to make plans for when the dreams die."

"I'm so confused right now," said Eminem at one point, who was there to promote the boxing movie Southpaw. "I'm trying to figure out if you're serious..." 

Em clearly was in on the joke, however.  He even read entries from the Monroe Community Calendar, and waved goodbye with Colbert through an absurdly long end credits sequence.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert premieres September 8 at 11:35 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Billy Joel Sets MSG Performance Record with Help from Kevin James

Al Pereira/WireImageBilly Joel made history with his latest show in his Madison Square Garden residency Wednesday night.

He performed his record 65th show at the famous New York City venue, surpassing Elton John for the most performances there by an artist. 

Actor and fellow Long Island native Kevin James was there to raise a banner commemorating the achievement. "We love you Billy," the Pixels star said. "Let's have another 65!"

Billy's set list included covers of Elton's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends." 

Here's the set list:

"Big Shot"
"Anthony's Song"
Kevin James appearance, banner raised
"Patriotic Medley"
"My Life"
"Honesty"
"The Entertainer"
"Sleeping with the Television On"
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
"Allentown"
"For the Longest Time"
"Keeping the Faith"
"C'était Toi (You Were the One)"
"Don't Ask Me Why"
"New York State of Mind"
"Sometimes a Fantasy"
"She's Always a Woman to Me"
"River of Dreams" into "Summer in the City" back to "River of Dreams"
"New York, New York"
"Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"
"Piano Man"

Encore
"We Didn't Start the Fire"
"With a Little Help from My Friends"
"Uptown Girl"
"Still Rock and Roll to Me"
"You May Be Right"
"Only the Good Die Young"
"Miami 2017"

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Thursday
Jul022015

Nashville Notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDan+Shay recently joined Keith Urban for a rendition of his hit “Tonight I Wanna Cry” on tour. You can check out their rehearsal and performance on the duo’s YouTube channel.

You can now watch Lee Brice’s new video for “That Don’t Sound Like You” on YouTube.

 

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Thursday
Jul022015

Canaan Smith Remembers America's Birthday in His Historic Hometown

UMG NashvilleFor newcomer Canaan Smith, Independence Day resonates with him in a special way, having grown up in a pivotal city in the Old Dominion.

“Williamsburg, Virginia's a spectacular place for 4th of July 'cause it's the birthplace of our nation,” he asserts. “Really started there.  So, when we celebrate our independence, that's a big place to do it and a great place to do it.” 

The “Love You Like That” hitmaker says the city also lives up to its historic reputation when it comes to marking America’s birthday. 

“We would do fireworks. They have a massive fireworks display. We set up a blanket on the lawn out in front of the governor's palace in downtown Colonial Williamsburg,” he recalls. “Just a lot of fun just taking in and celebrating our freedom.”

Canaan carries on with Dierks Bentley’s Sounds of Summer 2015 Tour close to home, playing Virginia Beach, Virginia on July 9. His debut CD Bronco is in stores now.

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Thursday
Jul022015

New Details Announced About Ringo Starr's 75th Birthday Gathering in L.A. This Tuesday

© Rob ShanahanNew details have been revealed about Ringo Starr's 75th birthday gathering this Tuesday, July 7, at noon PT in front of the famous Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, California.  The celebration is open to the public, and fans can join the beloved Beatles drummer, his wife, Barbara, and some of his rock star pals in giving Starr's trademark "peace and love" salute.

Among the well-known musicians who will be on hand for the event are Ringo's brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Marx, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, lauded session drummer Jim Keltner and current All Starr Band members Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette.  Actor Ed Begley Jr., director David Lynch and a number of other as-yet-unannounced celebs also will be on hand.

In addition, indie-folk artists Spirit Family Reunion and Adam Arcuragi will be on hand to perform some of Ringo's songs live.

As has become tradition, Starr is inviting fans to flash the peace symbol and say or think about "peace and love" on July 7 at noon wherever they are in the world.  You can also share "peace and love" messages online via various social media outlets by using the hashtag #PeaceandLove when the clock strikes noon in your time zone.

Visit RingoStarr.com for more information.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Easton Corbin Remembers Importing "the Good Fireworks" for July 4th

Mercury NashvilleAs a kid growing up in Florida, Easton Corbin recalls it being impossible to get “the good fireworks” in his hometown. But he had a relative who always managed to solve that problem for him.

“Tallahassee's near the Alabama border right there, so my uncle would go over to Alabama to get fireworks, and we'd all gather up at my grandma's. And he'd bring all that stuff to my grandma's and we'd horse around all day,” he remembers fondly.

But Easton’s quick to point out firework safety was always a major concern. “Of course, we didn't blow off any limbs or anything, which is good,” he laughs. “But we always had a lot of fun.”

In addition to celebrating America’s independence this week, Easton’s marking the release of his third album About to Get Real, which is new this week. It features his current hit “Baby Be My Love Song.”

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Thursday
Jul022015

Chris Daughtry on Playing for the Troops, Chowing Down on Fourth of July

Frank Micelotta / FOXTo some, the Fourth of July means the beach, beer and barbecues, but Daughtry will spend that day being reminded of the true meaning of the holiday -- they'll be performing for the troops at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  "It's just, like, the best crowd ever," says Chris Daughtry.

"That’s gonna be fun. We always love playing for the troops. We’ve done many tours overseas and different military bases and it’s just like the best crowd ever," Chris tells ABC Radio. "They’re so grateful and so awesome and they do all the hard work, you know?"

In fact, Chris explains why there's really a different feel when they perform for the troops, as opposed to just a regular concert audience.  "Because that’s their time to see the show. They can’t go next week; they can’t see it another time when you come back through. That’s their escape time, you know, and they don’t take that for granted," he tells ABC Radio. "You know like a lot of people [are like], 'Oh, well we saw them last month,' or whatever."

"I dunno, they just seem extremely grateful and it makes us even more proud to perform for ‘em," he adds.

Just because Chris is performing on Saturday doesn't mean he won't get to barbecue, though.  And when it comes to his favorite type of meat to cook over the coals, he's an equal opportunity eater.  "You had me at 'meat,'" he laughs. "Whatever, just throw it on the grill and I’ll eat it. I’m a caveman, I’ll eat the crap out of some meat!"  He doesn't want too much seasoning on it, either.

"I’m a big fan of spicy food but when it comes to red meat I don’t want it too spicy," says the singer, who's evidently quite the gourmand. "I don’t want it to overtake the flavor and the rotund and robustness of the red meat."

One thing Chris probably won't be able to do on the Fourth is shoot off fireworks: they're illegal in North Carolina, and doing that on a military base probably isn't advisable.  However, the singer says when he was a kid, doing that was a big deal for him.

"I used to love shooting fireworks as a kid -- get all the M-80s and the smoke bombs and go out and put ‘em on your G.I. Joes and see how far they’ll fly," he laughs. "Some of ‘em went pretty good and they would explode!"

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Thursday
Jul022015

Robin Thicke Talks "Blurred Lines," Divorce & Looking for Happiness

Credit: Harper SmithRobin Thicke is opening up about his tumultuous 2014, which included a copyright infringement lawsuit for "Blurred Lines" and a divorce from his ex-wife, Paula Patton.

In an interview with the The New York Times, the singer addresses some of the criticism he faced. "When 'Blurred Lines' first exploded, I had this chip on my shoulder: 'Hey, wait a second! I’ve been doing this for 15 years, guys!'" Thicke says of his detractors.  "The ego is a very dangerous place. I was supposed to be living the dream, and yet I was in a nightmare because of a crumbling marriage. I had finally reached the pinnacle of success -- on paper, I had it all. But I wasn’t happy."

The singer reveals that he started looking for ways to find happiness. "Drugs and alcohol became a way for me to cope. And then you start saying things in interviews, desperate for a little extra attention," he says.  "And then it becomes a sympathy tour."

Thicke also reveals that his lowest point, which he says came in June 2014 following a performance at the BET Awards. During the show, Thicke serenaded his ex-wife with a song from his last album Paula. "What I thought was romantic was just embarrassing," he says of the performance. "So I shut everything down. I took some time off to be with my son and to be with my family and close friends. And the more time I took off, the more everything became clear."

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Thursday
Jul022015

Wiz Khalifa "See You Again" Holds at No. 1 on Hot 100

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Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" featuring Charlie Puth remains on top of the Billboard Hot 100.

According to the publication, the song logs an 11th week atop the chart and closes to within a week of the record for the longest stay at No. 1 ever for a rap single. Should he maintain his position, the rapper will tie with the current record holders Eminem's "Lose Yourself"  and the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow,"both of which stayed at number one for 12 weeks. 

Wiz also leads Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a 12th week each. The song has sold 3 million downloads to date.

Elsewhere, Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" slips from #3 to #4 on the Hot 100 after reaching number 2 while The Weeknd earns the highest new entry in the Hot 100's top 10 with "Can't Feel My Face," which climbed from #12 to #6 in its third week on the chart.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Jason Derulo Living the American Dream on the Fourth of July

ABC/Heidi GutmanThe Fourth of July is a great time to remember what America is all about, and for many immigrants, it's about the American Dream: making something of yourself no matter how broke or unknown you were when you started out.  Jason Derulo, whose relatives immigrated from Haiti, says his family's made that dream a reality.

Jason was born in Florida to Haitian parents, but he says it took quite a while for the whole family to settle in the U.S.  "I think my life is the American Dream, honestly," he tells ABC Radio. " My uncle was the first to come from Haiti and slowly, through working hard, he was able to bring one sister in at a time -- my grandma had 15 kids, so he had 14 brothers and sisters.  And slowly everybody got to come to America...and look at my family now!"

So how will Jason celebrate the 4th of July, which is a rare day off for him?

"Hopefully a big party," he tells ABC Radio.  No word on whether his huge extended family will be with him, or where the bash will be held, however.

He tells ABC Radio, "I don’t know whether it’s gonna be at my house, ‘cause I’m never at my house, but it’ll be nice to be home for the Fourth of July and, you know, throw a huge spectacle."

After the holiday, Jason will travel overseas to perform in Belgium and Hungary.  In August and September, he'll perform at several state fairs, and right now, he's got more European and U.K. shows scheduled, starting in January.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Breaking Benjamin Frontman Benjamin Burnley Discusses Mystery Illness and Pushing Through "Horrendous Pain"

Credit: Nicole NapierSince 2007, Breaking Benjamin frontman Benjamin Burnley has been suffering from a mysterious illness that causes dizziness and severe joint and muscle pain. His condition forced the band to cancel part of their 2010 tour and led to a five-year hiatus. While Breaking Benjamin has returned with Dark Before Dawn, their first new album in six years, Burnley's illness has stuck with him.

"I'm still extremely sick after getting the same answers from some 300 doctors: 'We don't know what's wrong with you,'" Burnley tells Rolling Stone. "The last time I was in a doctor's office, I slammed down my medical records, which are as thick as a phone book, and walked out. I'm tired of being a guinea pig. Now I push through the horrendous pain and do my thing."

Burnley even feels the pain when he's on stage performing, but he's found a way to use that to his advantage.

"The muscle and joint pain is so horrendous it distracts me from my other symptoms, so it's relieving in a sick way," he explains. "Basically, my only relief is intense pain."

Burnely even wrote some of the lyrics and riffs to Dark Before Dawn, the band's first number-one album on the Billboard 200, while visiting doctors' offices.

"I am pushing through all this bulls**t and the music is getting a great response," says Burnley. "It makes me really optimistic that things can be pleasant through darkness. You can still have a great time while you're suffering as long as you're strong enough to endure your pain."

Breaking Benjamin will be touring in support of Dark Before Dawn with a series of acoustic shows starting July 1, in Asheville, North Carolina, followed by a proper electric tour beginning July 14 in Big Flats, New York.

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