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Saturday
Apr302016

Bros Jerrod Neimann and Lee Brice Team Up to Give Fans "A Little More Love"

Curb RecordsJerrod Neimann is teaming up with his pal Lee Brice for his brand new single. Though they’ve partied, written, and toured together during their nearly-fifteen-year friendship, this is the first time they’ve put out a song together. Now that they’re both on the same label, the timing seems right.  

“Lee and I have always talked about recording some music together,” Jerrod says. “We hope this tune will have our fans smiling and singing along with their windows down and the radio up all summer long!”

“A Little More Love” is the lead single from Jerrod’s debut project for Curb Records.

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Saturday
Apr302016

Watch 2016 Rock Hall Ceremony Honoring Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller, Cheap Trick Saturday on HBO

Kevin Mazur; Kevin Kane/Courtesy of HBOThe HBO special featuring highlights from the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony premieres this Saturday at 8 p.m., just over three weeks after the event was held in Brooklyn, New York. This year's class of inductees included four classic-rock acts that many music fans felt had been long overlooked -- Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller and Cheap Trick -- along with the influential rap act N.W.A.

In the weeks leading up the ceremony, conflicts over the post-induction performances led to key original members of Deep Purple and Chicago -- guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and singer/bassist Peter Cetera, respectively -- boycott the event. But the artists who did take part in the event delivered plenty of heartfelt and humorous speeches and performances.

Here are just some of the memorable moments to look out for if you watch the show:

-- Deep Purple was inducted by longtime superfan Lars Ulrich of Metallica, who gave a speech in which he wondered why it took so long for Purple to be inducted, since they've been eligible since 1993.

-- Deep Purple's current lineup performed "Highway Star," "Hush" and, of course, "Smoke on the Water."

-- Miller was inducted by The Black Keys, and he gave a speech in which he called for the Rock Hall's induction process to become more transparent, and for more women to be inducted.

-- Steve and his current band played "Fly Like an Eagle," "Rock 'n Me" and "The Joker," a song he claimed saved his career.

-- N.W.A. was inducted by acclaimed rapper and fellow Compton, California, native Kendrick Lamar.

-- Chicago was welcomed into the Rock Hall by Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas.

-- While Cetera was a no-show, original Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine, who left the band in 1990, took part in the induction and the performance. Thomas joined Chicago to sing "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" and the band also played "Saturday in the Park" and "25 or 6 to 4."

-- Cheap Trick were ushered into the Hall of Fame by Kid Rock.

-- Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos reunited with his fellow founding members for the first time since 2010 to play "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender" and "Dream Police."

-- The all-star jam at the end of the night featured a rendition of Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame," which Cheap Trick had covered in 1979.

-- Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne teamed up with indie-pop singer Kimbra and The Roots to pay tribute to the late David Bowie with a performance of "Fame."

-- Sheryl Crow and Grace Potter collaborated on a version of The Eagles' "New Kid in Town" in honor of the late Glenn Frey.

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airs Saturday on HBO at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Saturday
Apr302016

Watch Lars Ulrich, The Black Keys and Kid Rock Induct This Year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

ABC News RadioThe HBO special featuring highlights from the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony premieres tonight at 8 p.m., just over three weeks after the event was held in Brooklyn, New York. This year's class of inductees included Deep Purple, Steve Miller and Cheap Trick, who were introduced by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, The Black Keys and Kid Rock, respectively.

In his speech, Ulrich compared Deep Purple to the likes of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, and said every hard rock band for the last 40 years, including his own, have been influenced by Zeppelin, Sabbath and Purple. Deep Purple's current lineup then performed "Highway Star," "Hush" and, of course, "Smoke on the Water."

The Black Keys introduced Steve Miller as "The Space Cowboy, the Gangster of Love," and, finally, a "Hall of Famer." In his acceptance speech, Miller called for the Hall of Fame's induction process to become more transparent, and for more women to be inducted. The Black Keys later said they "regret" inducting Miller after the "Fly Like an Eagle" singer went off on a backstage rant against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Kid Rock inducted power-pop legends Cheap Trick, who then performed three of their classics: "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," and "Dream Police."

This year's class of inductees also included horn-loving classic rockers Chicago and influential rap group N.W.A. The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airs Saturday on HBO at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Saturday
Apr302016

Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn Has a Crisis of Faith in Solo Video Debut

Meredith TruaxNeon TreesTyler Glenn takes aim at the Mormon church in the video for his solo debut, “Trash.” The visuals, which premiered on Rolling Stone Friday, reflect the openly gay singer’s conflicted relationship with the religion and its stance on the LGBT community.

"One man's trash is another man's treasure," Tyler sings, while surrounded by references to his former faith. He even spits at a modified portrait of the church’s founder, Joseph Smith.

"I needed to make this statement to artfully show the pain of a faith crisis and the darkness of doubt,” Tyler says in a statement. “But also that there are ways to reclaim what is yours -- I'm beginning to reclaim what is mine now with this song, with this video and with this record."

Tyler came out to Rolling Stone back in 2014, and at the time he was also a practicing Mormon. But he says his views changed after the church confirmed last year that they would ban gay members.

His first solo album is set to be released this fall.

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Saturday
Apr302016

Tune In: Kendrick Lamar Inducts N.W.A. into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday

ABC RadioCompton's own Kendrick Lamar inducting his hometown's own N.W.A. will be one of the many highlights of HBO's telecast of this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, airing this Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET.

The "Poetic Justice" rapper offered a thoughtful introduction to his hip-hop predecessors, acknowledging that they paved the way for him and hip-hop by representing an image that was real and accurate.

"The fact that a famous group can be, look just like one of us, can dress like one of us, talk like one of us, proved to every single kid in the ghetto that you can be successful and still have your voice while doing it!" he said passionately.

Ice Cube, who was more reflective about his journey as an artist, expressed that the group's founder, his late band mate Eazy E, would have been proud of their achievements.

"This is his vision.  He wanted us to be honest, he wanted us to be truthful, say what we feel, he didn't care if we got any record play, he didn't even care if we got signed to a major label, all he cared about was for our story to be recognized and heard," he said.

While each surviving member of N.W.A. -- Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella and Dr. Dre -- offered their thoughts on the legacy of the group, Cube made sure to leave a lasting impression for those who questioned if hip-hop could transcend a specific music genre, saying "The question is, are we rock and roll? And I say, "You G**-damn right we rock and roll!"

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Saturday
Apr302016

Now You Can Watch Rob Thomas Pay Tribute to Both Prince and Chicago

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameYou now have two opportunities to see Rob Thomas pay tribute to two acts he enjoyed in the '80s: Prince and Chicago.

First, Prince. Rob is a huge fan of the late music legend, who died last week at age 57 -- so much so that he's risked becoming the butt of endless jokes by posting a video of himself singing the Prince song "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" with one of his first bands, Tidal Wave

The video features a young Rob rocking 1980s shorts, an oversized t-shirt and a haircut reminiscent of George Michael in WHAM!'s heyday while singing the song onstage to a seemingly empty room.  Rob captioned the video, "The hair. The moves. So so much."

As for Chicago, earlier this month, Rob inducted the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and spoke backstage about how all he needed to get laid in high school was to put on one of the band's romantic 1980s hits, like "Hard to Say I'm Sorry."  

During the ceremony, he argued against Chicago's image as a soft rock band by saying, "When Jimi Hendrix met them for the first time, he told them that their guitar player Terry [Kath] was better than him. That, kids, is bad-a**.  So if you think Chicago is your mom's band, then man... I wanna party with your mom!"

You can watch his induction speech Saturday night when HBO airs the Hall of Fame ceremony, and you'll also see him join the band onstage for a version of "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is."   Cheap Trick, Steve Miller, Deep Purple and rap pioneers N.W.A. were also inducted. Tune in at 8 p.m. ET.

And to bring things full circle, Newsday reports that the telecast ends with a tribute to Prince, who was inducted in 2004.

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Friday
Apr292016

Lionel Richie Explains Why Prince Declined "We Are the World"

Credit: Alan SilfenAs the music world mourns the loss of pop icon Prince, celebrities and artists who had the opportunity to work with the eccentric musician provide anecdotal stories of the singer -- including Lionel Richie, who says that the "Purple Rain" artist refused to do the "We Are the World" collaboration simply because he didn't want to.

According to Richie, who co-wrote the 1985 charity song with Michael Jackson, Prince was invited to participate in the A-list collaborative effort, but declined last minute.

"I mean, I sat on the phone with him for the longest time," Richie told Access Hollywood. "I said, 'Prince, we're all down [here] waiting on you.' He says, 'Can I do it in a separate room?' 'Okay, I'll call you back later.'"

Lionel continued, "I would love to tell you that that's different from anything else he's ever done. That's just Prince. Of course he's not going to be at a group of singers at the time when we want him to show up."

Richie also revealed that he had to try real hard to get the singer to attend the American Music Awards that year, which Lionel hosted, but according to the "All Night Long" singer, it was difficult "to talk him into showing up."

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Friday
Apr292016

Elton John Asked to Boycott Portuguese Music Festival Over Environmental Concerns

ABC/Randy HolmesEnvironmentalists want Elton John to reconsider his decision to headline a Portuguese music festival over concerns it will damage a nearby nature preserve, U.K.’s The Guardian reports.

Local campaigners have reportedly written an open letter to Elton, asking him to boycott the Marés Vivas festival. The event is set to take place in July on an area of land close to the Duoro River Estuary, which is home to more than 220 species of birds.  

“More than your business and your art, please consider the environmental importance of the area,” the letter reads. “…Elton John, we strongly believe that if anyone is able to change the stubborn minds of the festival managers it is you.”

Campaigners say “damaging” preparations for the festival have already begun, including bulldozing and cutting down trees. They’re worried that the crowds, noise and lights from the festival will further impact the preserve.

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Friday
Apr292016

New Beatles Exhibit at Michigan Museum to Take Fans on a Magical History Tour

Courtesy of Exhibit Development GroupStarting Saturday, Beatles fans in the U.S. won't have to travel all the way to Liverpool, England, to take an up-close look at the band's history.

That day, an expansive new Fab Four-themed exhibit titled "The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition" will open at The Henry Ford museum in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan.

Billed as "the most comprehensive Beatles exhibition ever assembled," the display includes more than 150 artifacts from the collection of Peter Miniaci & Associates, a firm that specializes in items related to the legendary band. The exhibit takes visitors on a journey through the Beatles members' lives and careers, from their days prior to the group's formation through their heyday as international sensations to the music icons' post-breakup years.

Among the memorabilia featured in "The Magical History Tour" are some instruments belonging to the band members, rare photos and posters, letters and documents, Beatles merchandise and much more. The display includes a drum kit from the pre-Beatles group The Quarrymen, an infamous document dissolving the Fab Four's partnership and the copy of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album that Lennon signed for his murderer, Mark David Chapman, the day Chapman shot him to death.

The exhibition isn't officially sanctioned by The Beatles, but a representative for Exhibits Development Group, which produced the attraction, says the band gave it their blessing.

"They basically, for all intents and purposes, said, 'Good luck,'" EDG's Will Peterson tells Billboard. "So we picked up what they were putting down and went ahead and planned an exhibition that is sensitive to their copyrights, and we're certainly not trying to be at conflict with anything that the Beatles are doing. We're just trying to tell the story in a unique and different way."

Visit TheHenryFord.org for pricing details.The exhibit will run through September 18, and then -- according to Billboard --  reopen in March 2017 at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa.

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Friday
Apr292016

The Chainsmokers Get a Hydraulic Boost in “Don’t Let Me Down” Video, Featuring Daya

Disruptor Records/Columbia RecordsThe Chainsmokers run into car trouble in the official music video for “Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Daya.

In the clip, the electronic duo encounters Daya and a group of female dancers while driving through the woods. During their face-off, The Chainsmokers’ vintage lowrider starts to bounce out of control.

The duo, joined by Daya, recently performed the song at Coachella. The Chainsmokers previously released a lyric video for the tune, which follows a couple dealing with the ups and downs of their relationship.

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Friday
Apr292016

Kaleo Announces Debut US Album, "A/B"

Elektra/Atlantic Icelandic rockers Kaleo will be making their U.S. debut with A/B. The album, which includes the singles "Way Down We Go" and "No Good," will be released June 10.

"Way Down We Go" currently sits in the top 15 at Alternative radio, while "No Good" has reached the top 25 of Active Rock radio.  The song and the band were helped by "No Good's" inclusion on the soundtrack to the HBO series Vinyl.

In other Kaleo news, the band has released the video for the A/B song "Vor í Vaglaskógi," a folky song performed in Icelandic. You can watch the video now on YouTube.

Kaleo will be touring North America this summer in support of A/B, including sets at the Hangout, Sasquatch! and Firefly festivals.

Here's the track list for A/B:

"No Good"
"Way Down We Go"
"Broken Bones"
"Glass House"
"Hot Blood"
"All the Pretty Girls"
"Automobile"
"Vor í Vaglaskógi"
"Save Yourself"
"I Can't Go On Without You"

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Friday
Apr292016

My Chemical Romance Members Come Together on New Andy Black Track, "Louder than Your Love"

LAVA/Republic RecordsBrothers and former My Chemical Romance band mates Gerard and Mikey Way unite on a new song from Andy Black...sort of. The song, called "Louder than Your Love," was co-written by Gerard and features Mikey on bass. You can listen to a preview of "Louder than Your Love" on the Andy Black Instagram page.

Andy Black is the solo moniker of Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack. "Louder than Your Love" appears on The Shadow Side, Andy Black's debut album which will be released May 6.

Along with a clip of "Louder than Your Love," Biersack has also shared previews of The Shadow Side songs "Beautiful Pain" and "Homecoming King."

Biersack will bring Andy Black on tour through the U.S. this summer starting May 23 in Baltimore.

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Friday
Apr292016

No Bridezilla Here: Mariah Carey Says She’s Being “Normal” About Impending Nuptials

ABC/Randy HolmesSeems like Mariah Carey already said yes to the dress. The singer reveals to Entertainment Tonight that she has her wedding dress all picked out for her impending nuptials to Australian billionaire James Packer.

"I tried my dress last night," she tells ET. "It looks good. They came and brought it...I can't say the people. I can't say their names. The fabulous designer house that's amazing."

Based on Mariah’s massive 35-carat engagement ring, one might assume the couple is going all out with their wedding planning. But Mariah says they’re being “normal” about it. After all, it marks the third marriage for both of them.

"I'm just going with whatever I like," Mariah says.

Mariah’s been on her Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour in Europe, which is being filmed as part of her E! docu-series, Mariah’s World.

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Friday
Apr292016

Eric Church Spins New Video for "Record Year"

ABC/Image Group LAEric Church and his bandmates drag out the classic vinyl for the new music video for his latest single, “Record Year.” Shot at an abandoned schoolhouse outside of Nashville, the clip stars teen McKinley James, who’s also in Eric’s ACM-winning Video of the Year “Mr. Misunderstood” and on his album cover as well.

Throughout the video, Eric plays his new signature edition Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar. The axe Eric has nicknamed Hummingbird Dark goes on sale at authorized Gibson dealers all across the country in May. You can watch the “Record Year” video on YouTube now. 

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Friday
Apr292016

Go "All the Way" with Bob Dylan

Columbia RecordsBob Dylan's new cover version of Frank Sinatra's 1957 hit "All the Way" has premiered online on Dylan's official website and YouTube channel. The track will be featured on the folk-rock legend's upcoming album Fallen Angels, which will be released May 20.

Dylan's rendition of "All the Way" transforms the tune into a laid-back country shuffle, complete with twangy pedal-steel guitar. Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, the song was introduced in the 1957 film The Joker Is Wild. The tune went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

As previously reported, Fallen Angels will be Dylan's second consecutive album dedicated to songs recorded by Sinatra, following 2015's Shadows in the Night. The new record will be available as a CD, a vinyl LP and a digital download. A blue-vinyl version of the album is available exclusively at Barnes & Noble, while Dylan's online store is selling limited-edition bundles packaging the CD or LP with a lithograph and a pack of Fallen Angels playing cards. If you pre-order the digital version of the album, you'll automatically receive a free download of "All the Way" and another track, "Melancholy Mood."

Dylan will support Fallen Angels with a U.S. tour that kicks off June 4 in Woodinville, Washington, and runs through a July 17 concert in Gilford, New Hampshire. Mavis Staples will open all of the shows. Purchase a pair of tickets to certain concerts and you'll receive a free CD copy of the new album.

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Friday
Apr292016

Oh, Snap! Ingrid Michaelson Uses Snapchat to Make Music Video for “Hell No”

Cabin 24Ingrid Michaelson has found another use for those silly Snapchat filters. The singer-songwriter has created an entire music video for her new single, “Hell No,” using the social media app.

The clip features various snaps of Ingrid mouthing along to the song while sporting a series of the app’s face-distorting features -- including one that gives her a dog’s ears and nose and another that makes her shoot rainbows from her mouth.

“I hadn’t seen anyone do it yet,” Ingrid says of why she decided to make a Snapchat music video. “I just thought it would be a lot of fun.”

The song, according to Ingrid, is “about an angry woman who is going to leave this cheating man.” It’s the first single off her forthcoming album, It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense, which is due out later this year.

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Friday
Apr292016

Florida Georgia Line Strikes Out in a New Direction on "H.O.L.Y."

ABC/Image Group LAAs their final single from Anything Goes, “Confession,” sits at the top of the country chart, Florida Georgia Line is unveiling the first taste of their third album, Dig Your Roots-- and Brian Kelley promises “H.O.L.Y.” is worth the wait.

“We really put in the time making sure this song was the strongest it could be,” he says, “and we’re pushing ourselves on all levels:  vocally, lyrically, melodically. I promise the fans, the wait was worth it.”

Musical partner Tyler Hubbard says the new direction in their music flows out of new inspiration in their personal lives.

“As we continue to grow and mature… we really wanted our music to start reflecting those changes,” he says thoughtfully. “‘H.O.L.Y.’ definitely lets the fans see a deeper side to us and we’re excited about this next chapter.”

Tyler and Brian also shot a breathtaking new video for the song on the seaside near Melbourne, Australia, that co-stars both of their wives. You can check it out now on YouTube

Florida Georgia Line’s full Dig Your Roots album is due out later this summer. 

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Friday
Apr292016

Follow "The Bliss" on Volbeat's New Song

Republic RecordsVolbeat has shared "The Bliss," a new song from their forthcoming album, Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie. The track features big riffs, inspirational lyrics, and even a banjo breakdown. "The Bliss" is now streaming on YouTube.

"The Bliss" is the second track to be released from Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie, following lead single "The Devil's Bleeding Crown," which currently sits in the top five on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

Volbeat is currently planning tour dates in support of Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie. In the meantime, the Danish rockers will open for Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold on August 20 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie will be released June 3.

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Friday
Apr292016

Tom DeLonge Responds to Blink-182's Return: "We Do Have a Future Together"

Rebecca Sapp/WireImageThe new era of Blink-182 officially commenced this week with the announcement of their new album, California, and the release of their new single, "Bored to Death." Friday, Blink's former guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge shared a statement commenting on his current relationship with his ex-band mates.

"I met with Mark [Hoppus] yesterday, and Travis [Barker] the week before," DeLonge writes on his Facebook. "I actually talk to Travis almost every day, now. In an odd way I'm almost closer to him more now than ever."

"We DO have a future together if we want it, but for now we are busy doing separate things," DeLonge continues. He mentions that he's directing a movie this summer, and that he's going to continue his work with his Sekret Machines project, in which the musician explores the existence of extraterrestrial life.

DeLonge goes on to say that comparing his music with Angels & Airwaves to the new Blink-182 material is "a failed task."

"I think having a song-writer [producer John Feldmann] that came in on the Blink album was something they desired, and that in itself may be an indicator of some of our current artistic differences that are difficult to overcome," he writes. "I've just always liked the song-writing we did together. But, at the end of the day, I support their desires."

As for what Blink would sound like if DeLonge was still in the band, he points to the song "New World," which appears on his debut solo album, To the Stars...Demos, Odds and Ends.

In conclusion, DeLonge writes, "I look forward to my upcoming film and music adventures, and a hell of a lot more" before adding, "Maybe throw in a bit of Blink-182, if we can build back that 'special something' that was once there."

Blink-182's California, which features Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba in place of DeLonge, will be released July 1.

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Friday
Apr292016

Hallelujah! Justin Bieber Realizes He’s Not God

Image Group LA/ABCTurns out, Justin Bieber isn’t that conceited. The self-professed Christian took to Instagram yesterday to refute reports that he had compared himself to God. It all started with another Instagram post earlier in the week, which featured Justin lying in bed with the biblical caption, “And on the 7th day…”

Justin called out some media outlets for suggesting that he was putting himself on the same level as a supreme being.

“Would love to talk about this because it's another moment to point to God,” he writes. “When I said on the 7th day it was a reference to say that on the 7th day he rested giving us a template and example letting us know how important rest is.”

He adds, “People love to twist what was meant for good and maybe it was my fault by not explaining my thought correctly. You can think the worst about me but never ever want people to think I compare myself to The MOST HIGH.”

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