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Wednesday
Oct182017

Joe Walsh, Eddie Money to perform at Vets Rock charity concert next month

Andrew Macpherson; Marc Flores/Getty ImagesOn September 20, Joe Walsh headlined a special benefit concert in Fairfax, Virginia, for his recently launched charity VetsAid, which supports various organizations that aid veterans and their families. Now, the Eagles guitarist will take part in another show helping military veterans called Vets Rock 2017 that's scheduled for November 3 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Eddie Money will be Walsh's special guest at the concert, which will benefit the USO Connecticut. Veteran entertainer and pop singer Tony Orlando will serve as the event's MC. In conjunction with the show, a daylong Veterans Expo will be held in different areas of the Mohegan Sun Casino that will offer a variety of activities and services for veterans and their families. These include a career fair and workshop helping vets find employment opportunities, a veteran-owned vendor village, free flu shots and more.

Tickets for Vets Rock 2017 are available now at Ticketmaster.com via phone by calling the toll-free number 800-745-3000 and at the Mohegan Sun box office.

Walsh's Vets Rock performance takes place after Joe finishes up his five-show run of fall dates with The Eagles, which kicked off Tuesday in Greensboro, North Carolina, and wraps up October 27 in Detroit. The trek also includes an October 20-21 stand in Atlanta and an October 24 performance in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition, Walsh has a three-date solo engagement lined up at the House of Blues Las Vegas, on November 16, 18 and 19.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Mary J. Blige talks about gaining newfound confidence in "Mudbound" character 

Dennis Leupold/EssenceBelieve it or not, Mary J. Blige found confidence while taking on the role of Florence Jackson in Dee Rees' drama, Mudbound. 

She tells Essence, "Shedding Mary J. Blige for Florence gave Mary J. Blige some confidence...like, a lot of it."  

She adds, "[On set] I could hear people whispering, 'She's so beautiful.' And I was like, 'Who the hell are they talking about?"

The "Love Yourself" singer also talks about the difficulty in taking on the character of Florence while dealing with the dissolution of her 14-year marriage to Kendu Isaacs, along with her already busy schedule. 

"I had just come back from performing on the Bad Boy Family Reunion tour with all the nails and the wigs, and I wasn't trying to depart from that." 

"So when it came time to get into character, I was like, 'Can I wear a lace-front wig? Can I get some lashes?'"  

However, Mary J found a way to get the job done and portray Florence: "If I didn't let go and give into the character, the movie probably wouldn't be what it is right now. It was the one thing that needed to be done, and I couldn't let Dee down."   

You can watch Mudbound on Netflix November 17, and read the rest of Mary's interview in the November issue of Essence, which hits newsstands this week.  

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Wednesday
Oct182017

No Doubt's 1992 debut album being reissued on vinyl in honor of 25th anniversary

UMeNo Doubt's 1992 self-titled debut album celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and to celebrate the milestone, the band is reissuing the record on vinyl for the first time on November 10.

Arriving during the height of the angst-ridden grunge era, No Doubt was an upbeat album that combined elements of new wave, ska and pop. While it was considered a commercial failure at the time of its release, the album helped No Doubt cultivate a following in the local Southern California scene and lay the groundwork for their eventual break-out with 1995's Tragic Kingdom.

No Doubt has released a total of six studio albums, the most recent of which is 2012's Push and Shove. Earlier this year, bassist Tony Kanal told ABC Radio that the band is on "indefinite hiatus."

In the meantime, Gwen Stefani continues to release music as a solo artist, while the rest of No Doubt -- Kanal, guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young -- teamed up with AFI's Davey Havok to form the band Dreamcar.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Watch Apocalyptica rock Metallica with cellos in video for "Sad but True" cover

Frank Hoensch/RedfernsApocalyptica has released the video for their take on Metallica's "Sad but True." The clip, which is streaming now on YouTube, features live footage of the Finnish cello rockers filmed during a recent show in Berlin.

The band originally recorded the "Sad but True" cover, along with seven other Metallica songs, for their 1996 debut album Plays Metallica by Four Cellos. The record was reissued last year with three more cello-ized Metallica tracks.

Earlier this month, Apocalyptica wrapped up a U.S. tour, during which they performed Plays Metallica by Four Cellos in full. They're currently doing the same thing in Europe, and they'll embark on a Latin American tour in November.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

ZZ Top postpones remaining fall tour dates because of bassist Dusty Hill's "tummy ailment"

Credit: Ross HalfinZZ Top has been forced to postpone most of the remaining dates of their 2017 Tonnage Tour as bassist Dusty Hill deals with a health issue.

According to a statement from the band, Hill "is addressing a tummy ailment and is following a directive to lay low for the next few weeks."

The band has postponed a total of 18 dates on its 2017 itinerary, spanning from a show this past Sunday, October 15, in Baltimore through a November 12 concert in New Orleans.

The Texas blues-rock trio is planning to return to the stage for a previously announced December 29 concert at Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.  ZZ Top is hoping to reschedule the postponed dates sometime in 2018. In addition, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers reveal that they're plotting to "blow it out in 2019 as they celebrate a big '50'!"

Here's a list of all of ZZ Top's postponed gigs:

10/15 -- Baltimore, MD, Hippodrome Theatre
10/18 -- Columbia, SC, South Carolina State Fair
10/20 -- Fayetteville, NC, Crown Theatre
10/21 -- Richmond, VA, Altria Theater
10/22 -- Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theater
10/24 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
10/25 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
10/27 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
10/28 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
10/29 -- Reading, PA, Santander Performing Arts
10/31 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
11/1 -- Greensburg, PA, Palace Theatre
11/4 -- Norfolk, VA, Constant Convocation Center
11/5 -- Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
11/7 -- Savannah, GA, Johnny Mercer Theater
11/8 -- Tallahassee, FL, The Pavilion at the Centre of Tallahassee
11/9 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
11/12 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Listen to an early demo of Metallica's "Master of Puppets"

Blackened RecordingsMetallica has shared an early demo of the title track of Master of Puppets, which will be included on the band's forthcoming deluxe box set reissue of its iconic 1986 album. You can download the track now via digital outlets.

Recorded in June 1985, the "Master of Puppets" demo is a rawer version of the song, and feels more like a track from Metallica's first two albums, Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning.

The deluxe Master of Puppets album reissue will be released on November 10. Metallica also is working on reissues of the next two albums in their discography: 1988's ...And Justice for All and 1991's self-titled record, a.k.a. The Black Album.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

"High School" bound: Kelsea Ballerini returns to her alma mater for free concert next week

Black River Entertainment“High School” is more than just a track on Kelsea Ballerini’s new Unapologetically album -- it’s where she’s headed.

Fresh off playing shows in Amsterdam, Ireland, and the United Kingdom on Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour, the Tennessee native is traveling back to her alma mater to play a free concert. She’ll take the stage at Knoxville’s Central High School on October 28 through a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

For a chance to win tickets, all you need to do is follow “Tennessee” on Snapchat.

Kelsea’s sophomore album arrives November 3. You can download the title track, “Unapologetically,” the first single “Legends,” and “High School” now, with the track “Miss Me More” coming Friday.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Rihanna talks about dealing with her "fluctuating body type" 

Getty Images via ABCShe looks fabulous all the time, but Rihanna recently detailed "the pleasure of [having] a fluctuating body type" to fashion and culture websiteThe Cut

She said, "One day I can literally fit into something that is bodycon, and then the next day  -- the next week -- I need something oversized; I need a little crop here and a high waist there to hide that part, you know?"

"I really pay attention every day when I go into the closet about what's working for my body that morning," she adds. 

"I feel like that's how everyone should go after fashion, because it's an individual thing."

"And then, if you take it further, it's like: What week are you having? You having a skinny week? You having a fat week? Are we doing arms this week? We doing legs this week? We doing oversized?" 

The "Pour It Up" singer also gave her two cents on what she finds most sexy in a man's closet: "Black!"

"This is new for me; this is recent. I love a man in black," she says. 

"It's so sexy and mysterious; confident and secure -- all the things I love about a man. So, I'm into that."  

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Tuesday
Oct172017

All these money moves: Cardi B scores music publishing deal 

Raven VaronaCardi B just made another money move. The "Bodak Yellow" star signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.  

"Thank you THANK YOU @sonyatvmusicpub...when eater be poppin s*** under my comments like ooo 'she don't write her s*** sooo how I got a publishing deal then?" Cardi B writes

Cardi adds, "Too much muf***** done doubted me that's why I have to prove it."

Her hit track, "Bodak Yellow" is nominated for a 2017 Soul Train Award in the newly-dubbed Rhythm & Bars Award category, which was formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year. 

"Bodak Yellow" dropped from the number-one spot to number two this week on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, thanks to Post Malone's "Rockstar."   

At three weeks at number-one, Cardi became the first solo female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 in 19 years, and the first female solo artist overall to reach #1 on the Hot 100 with a debut single since Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" in 2014.   

She's also the solo female rapper with the longest-running Hot 100 number one.   

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Report: Azealia Banks wants RZA to stop talking about her in the media, and "drop dead" 

Brad Barket/Getty ImagesAzealia Banks wants RZA to leave her name out of his mouth. 

Entertainment website Baller Alert captured a number of now-deleted messages from Azealia, in which she gives the Wu-Tang Clan member a stern warning.

"RZA has to stop talking about me in the media. Until he is ready to apologize to me publicly he can go back to sucking Russell Crowes [sic] d*** for invites to Hollywood parties," she writes.  

She continues, "Nobody understands how badly I wanted to die the moment rza LIED and told the world I deserved to be spat. People laughed at me and said I lied. @RZA I HOPE YOU DROP DEAD." 

RZA is currently promoting his latest movie, which he directed, called Love Beats Rhymes.  

The upcoming film stars Azealia as an aspiring rapper named Coco seeking her big break, so it's going to be hard RZA to mention the movie without referring to its leading lady.  

You may remember, RZA and Azealia had a falling out last year after RZA brought Azealia as his guest to actor Russell Crowe's Beverly Hills Hotel party. 

Azealia and Russell allegedly got involved in a spat in which the rapper claimed the Gladiator star spit on her, choked her and called her the n-word. 

What isn't in doubt is that she was ejected from the party.

As previously reported, following that incident, Azealia blamed RZA for her alleged tiff with Russell, while RZA said that he regretted having no knowledge of Azealia's alleged mental issues.  

Love Beats Rhymes arrives in select theaters and on demand December 1. 

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Tuesday
Oct172017

2017 Record Store Day Black Friday vinyl releases include discs from Chris Cornell, Dan Auerbach, Death from Above & more 

Courtesy of Record Store DayThanksgiving is approaching and so is the 2017 edition of Record Store Day's Black Friday event, held this year on November 24. As usual, a wide variety of cool limited-edition vinyl discs will be available in independent record stores, including releases from Chris Cornell, Dan Auerbach and Death from Above.

The late Cornell's release will be a 12-inch EP titled Poncier, named after Matt Dillon's character in the 1992 grunge rom-com Singles. The five-song collection, featuring the track "Seasons," will be available on vinyl and cassette -- with artwork by Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament--  for the first time on Record Store Day Black Friday.

Auerbach's contribution is a seven-inch single with a new song called "Cellophane Angel," as well as tracks from two of his collaborators: Sonny Smith and Robert Finley.

Death from Above is releasing a seven-inch clear vinyl single featuring the song "Freeze Me"-- the lead single from the band's new album Outrage! Is Now -- plus a new track called "Keep It Real Dumb."

Other artists releasing vinyl for Record Store Day Black Friday include Anthrax, Cold War Kids, Gorillaz, Gary Clark Jr., Iggy Pop, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Black Label Society, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Gone Is Gone, The Kills, At the Drive-In, Fleet Foxes and Sublime.

Check out the full list at RecordStoreDay.com.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Prepare for KillThrax II: Killswitch Engage and Anthrax reunite for co-headlining tour 

Credit: Travis ShinnEarlier this year, Killswitch Engage and Anthrax joined forces for the awesomely titled KillThrax co-headlining tour. But if you missed out on the metal fury, or need a second go-round, the two bands will reunite early next year for the KillThrax II tour.

"Evil Dead II. Dawn of the Dead. The Godfather: Part 2. The Empire Strikes Back. All sequels that are better than the original. Add 'KillThrax II' to that list," says Anthrax's Scott Ian in a statement. "Back by popular demand, KillThrax is coming at ya again my friends." 

The newly announced trek begins January 25 in Montreal, and will conclude March 4 in Portland, Maine. For ticket info, visit KillswitchEngage.com.

Killswitch Engage is currently working on new music, the follow-up to 2016's Incarnate. Anthrax's most recent album is 2016's For All Kings.

Here are the KillThrax II tour dates:

1/25 -- Montreal, QC, Metropolis
1/26 -- London, ON, London Music Hall
1/27 -- Stroudsburg, PA, Sherman Theater
1/28 -- Richmond, VA, The National
1/30 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Landing
1/31 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore
2/2 -- Milwaukee, WI, Eagles Ballroom
2/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room
2/5 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
2/6 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City Music Hall
2/8 -- Corpus Christi, TX, Concrete Street Music Hall
2/9 -- Lubbock, TX, Lonestar Pavillion
2/10 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Criterion
2/11 -- Albuquerque, NM, El Rey Theater
2/13 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
2/14 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
2/16 -- Garden City, ID, Revolution
2/17 -- Spokane, WA, Knitting Factory
2/19 -- Edmonton, AB, The Ranch
2/20 -- Grand Prairie, AB, Revolution Place Casino
2/21 -- Calgary, AB, Mac Hall
2/23 -- Winnipeg, MB, Burton Cummings Theater
2/24 -- Minneapolis, MN, Skyway Theater
2/25 -- Sioux City, IA, Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
2/27 -- Joliet, IL, The Forge
3/1 -- Baltimore, MD, Ram's Head Live
3/2 -- Rochester, NY, The Dome
3/3 -- Worcester, MA, Palladium
3/4 -- Portland, ME, State Theater

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Garth Brooks recommends you take "This Ride" with Jerrod Niemann

CurbAs Jerrod Niemann prepares to release his new single “I Got This,” from his latest album This Ride, he’s getting a pretty impressive shout-out from five-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks.   

“This is one of the greatest talents I’ve ever got to run into, just a humble kid from Kansas,” Garth said recently on Facebook Live, while holding Jerrod’s album. “I would write with this guy every day. I think his well is infinite and I think he’s a great writer, great kid, great singer.”

Jerrod co-wrote both Garth’s #1 “Good Ride Cowboy” and the cut “That Girl Is a Cowboy.” He quickly responded back to Garth's praise, saying he’d be “ready to write any day… or night.”

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Camila Cabello stars in new holiday campaign for GUESS

Getty Images via ABCCamila Cabello is getting ready to debut her holiday campaign for GUESS.

JustJared.com has a sneak peek at the photos, which were shot at the famous Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles. One features Camila in a red dress and fishnet tights, looking seductive while holding a pink flower -- in another she poses with model Alex Dellisola in a maroon-colored jacket and leopard print skirt.

In other photos from the campaign, she models a black embellished turtleneck mini-dress and a form-fitting off-the-shoulder dress adorned with embroidered red flowers.

“Excited for this new holiday campaign with GUESS,” Camila says in a statement provided to JustJared. “I love this aesthetic and can’t wait for everyone to see it.”

Camila previously starred in the brand’s fall campaign.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Can't Stop the Sequel: Justin Timberlake returns as Branch in "Trolls Holiday"

Darren BradeLast year, when Justin Timberlake starred in the animated movie Trolls, he ended up with a box office smash and an Oscar nomination for the song "Can't Stop the Feeling!"  It's no wonder he and his character, Branch, are back, just in time for the holidays.

While the full-fledged Trolls sequel won't arrive in theaters until 2020, a half-hour animated musical special called DreamWorks Trolls Holiday will air November 24 on NBC.  In addition to Justin, the special will also feature Anna Kendrick returning as Poppy and Zooey Deschanel returning as Bridget.

In the special, Kendrick's Poppy finds out that the Bergens -- the Trolls' enemies-turned-friends -- don't have any holidays, and sets out to fix that, with the help of Branch and the Snack Pack. 

After the special premieres on NBC, it'll be available on with bonus features on DVD and digital on November 28, and on Netflix December 6.

The most exciting news, though, is that there will also be a soundtrack to go along with the special.  Called Trolls Holiday, the seven-track collection will arrive on October 27 and will feature music from Justin, as well as the rest of the cast.

Still want more Trolls?  A new animated series called DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On premieres on Netflix January 19.  Poppy and Branch are also part of that series, but it's not clear if they'll continue to be voiced by Justin and Anna Kendrick.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Calvin Harris donates fee from Vegas performance to victims of the mass shooting

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCCalvin Harris is doing his part to help the victims and families of those affected by the Las Vegas mass shooting earlier this month.

The DJ-producer has announced he's donating his fee from his recent performance at Vegas’ OMNIA nightclub to the official victims’ fund.

Calvin, who has a residency at OMNIA, writes on Instagram, “The city of Las Vegas has given me so much.”

He adds, "Life is so unbelievably precious. Please be the most life loving version of yourself you can be. Go outside. Get off your phone. Engage with the world around you. Love. God bless."

Calvin joins fellow DJs Diplo and Kaskade in donating to the victims of the shooting, which claimed the lives of 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest music festival and injured more than 500.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Kane Brown's "What Ifs" are now a reality: Newcomer sets record with first number-ones

RCAKane Brown not only has the biggest country album and song in America this week, he’s breaking records as well.

For the first time in history, Kane becomes the first artist to top all five Billboard country charts at the same time. His duet with Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs,” is #1 on the Country Airplay, Hot Country Songs, Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Songs rankings. The Deluxe edition of his self-titled debut album is #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums tally as well.

On top of that, Kane Brown Deluxe arrives at #5 on the all-genre Billboard 200 ranking.

While he's currently on Jason Aldean's They Don't Know Tour with Chris Young, he'll continue with Chris after the first of the year on Chris' own Losing Sleep World Tour.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Demi Lovato on her sexuality: "I am open to human connection" 

Dennis LeupoldDemi Lovato is a woman who's true to her word. After teasing that she'd address the topic of her sexuality in her new documentary Simply Complicated, she does just that. 

Demi's sexuality has long been a subject of speculation, following her bi-curious hit "Cool for the Summer" and the fact that she was photographed holding hands with a woman. Towards the end of the documentary, Demi talks about "matching" with someone on the celebrity dating app Raya, and it's implied that this person is a woman. 

She then explains, "I am on the dating app with both guys and girls. I am open to human connection so whether that's through a male or a female, it doesn't matter to me."

Demi also discusses crushes, first-date jitters and sweaty palms, and playing mind games with her dates.  We see her talking about wanting to "close the deal" with one date by wearing a super-sexy dress, and describing how she shut down another one for acting like a jerk at a club.

"There's, like, a certain stigma around a woman having casual sex," she says to the camera. "And for me, I just feel like it's my body and my choice and exciting and it's a connection with somebody and it's fun."

Simply Complicated also covers Demi's struggles with drugs and an eating disorder, as well as anger issues and her breakup with Wilmer Valderrama.  Though the years, she says, "I’ve learned that secrets make you sick, I’m learning how to be a voice and not a victim, I’ve learned sex is natural, I’ve learned that love is necessary, heartbreak is unavoidable and loneliness is brutal."

She adds, "I’ve learned that the key to being happy is to tell your truth, and be okay without all the answers.”


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Tuesday
Oct172017

Lady A's Charles Kelley follows his "Compass" on a South African safari

ABC/Randy HolmesIf things had gone as scheduled, Lady Antebellum would’ve kicked off their first tour of South Africa this past weekend.  But even though the trio had to postpone the trip because Hillary Scott is pregnant with twins, Charles Kelley and his wife Cassie kept their plans to go on safari.

“That’s my tall brother from another mother,” the 6’6” Charles shared on Instagram, along with a video of an impressive giraffe. “#Twins,” he added. He also joked that he was singing Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up,” as he posted a clip of an elephant pawing the ground.

Despite the fun the couple had, they were also missing their toddler Ward, who turned one in February.

“Had the most amazing experience in South Africa with my best friend and wife @CassieKelley!” Charles concluded. “Only once did I think we were about to be eaten by lions and almost peed myself. Now we are almost home and get to squeeze little man.”

Next up, Lady A competes for Vocal Group and Album of the Year for Heart Break at next month’s CMA Awards.

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Tuesday
Oct172017

Morrissey sings from a wheelchair in "Spent the Day in Bed" video

BMGMorrissey has premiered the video for "Spent the Day in Bed," the lead single from his forthcoming album, Low in High School.

The clip stars English pro soccer player Joey Barton, who pushes Morrissey around in a wheelchair as he sings the political tune. You can watch the video now on YouTube.

Low in High School will be released November 17. Morrissey will kick off a North American tour in support of the album October 31 in Portland, Oregon -- provided, of course, that the singer doesn't cancel.

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