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Tuesday
Jun102014

T.I.’s Mother Pleads with Tiny to Have a "Serious Talk" with Her Son

Grand Hustle/AtlanticT.I. and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, have been the subject of separation rumors for months and they continue to post cryptic messages about their marital status on social media. Now, the rapper's mom, Violeta Morgan, has stepped in to get the pair back on speaking terms.

Over the weekend, Tiny shared an Instagram picture from her girls' night out with Tamar Braxton and Toya Wright inside Atlanta’s Buckhead Bottle Bar. Shortly after, Tip's mom commented on the image and suggested that she call her husband.

"Tameka you look happy with your friends, but nothing, absolutely nothing can replace the feeling of being happy with your man! Please have a serious talk with Tip?" she wrote.

Violeta also commented on another picture that sees Tiny without her wedding ring. "Just because you don't see a ring doesn't mean that there is no commitment!" she added.

Tiny recently appeared on The Wendy Williams Show and claimed she wasn't wearing it because she jammed her finger.


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Bruno Mars to Help Mark 40th Anniversary of Famed Muhammad Ali/George Foreman Fight 

Ray Mickshaw/FOXBruno Mars wasn't even alive in 1974 for the "Rumble in the Jungle," a legendary heavyweight boxing match that took place Africa and pitted Muhammad Ali against then-undefeated world heavyweight champ George Foreman.  Even so, the singer's been tapped to help mark the 40th anniversary of that historic fight.

Bruno is the first artist announced for the celebration, called CONGO 14, which will take place simultaneously in Africa and the U.S. and include Congolese, African and international stars performing.  It's being organized by the Muhammad Ali Center.

In a statement, the boxing great said, "Forty years later, even though I now have a quieter rumble, I still have great passion for what the fight and its build-up meant to the world. I am proud to have the Muhammad Ali Center be involved in CONGO14 in ways that support growth and harmony for the Congolese people."

Interestingly, a music festival called "Zaire '74" was also held at the same time as the original fight 40 years ago.  That event included stars like the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown, "Lean on Me" singer Bill Withers, and the top '70s soul group The Spinners.


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Metallica Posts Video from Norway Performance; in No Hurry to Play "Frayed" Again?

Ross HalfinThere's a new video posted on Metallica's official YouTube channel, featuring two songs from the band's recent show in Oslo, Norway. Included in the clip is some killer footage of "Fade to Black" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls."

Perhaps more interesting for fans, though, is a snippet of behind-the-scenes footage from Metallica's backstage tuning room.  Frequent watchers of Metallica's official rehearsals know that the band members are all business when they run down a song -- playing is tight and professional, right down to note-for-note solos.  At the Oslo rehearsal, drummer Lars Ulrich asked someone off-camera to choose a song for rehearsal but when that person asked for "Frayed Ends" -- a song that Metallica played recently for the first time in 26 years -- Ulrich laughed and said, "'Frayed?'  We have to wait another 26 years for that.  You're...too late."  After a little tussling, the band members settled on "Ride the Lightning."

The video is available for immediate viewing on the MetallicaTV channel of YouTube.


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Jermaine Dupri Pens Open Letter to Angry Mariah Carey Fans

Def Jam RecordingsFollowing the disappointing album sales for Mariah Carey's Me. I Am Mariah…the Elusive Chanteuse, the singer's manager, Jermaine Dupri, has bore the brunt of growing criticism from Mi Mi's die hard fans.  Now, the producer has penned an open letter to address the constant complaints.

"LETTER TO THE LAMBS: WHAT MY TIMELINE LOOKS LIKE EVERY MORNING WHEN I WAKE UP," JD began in a Twitter post. He posted a screenshot of fans voicing their concerns about Mariah promoting her new flavored beverage instead of focusing on her latest album.

"Okay enough is enough!! I can’t continue to let you think, what you see or don’t see is a result of me not knowing what I’m doing, this is bigger than me and in the music business things don’t go as fast as you would always like them to, if you know my history, you know I want to go down as one of the greatest produce[r]s of all times," he wrote.

JD continued, "I want to be mentioned with the greats like Berry Gordy and Clive Davis...so for me, allowing you to believe I don’t care about the promotion of the Mariah record and I don’t see you screaming at me, that this song and that song needs to be a single, goes against everything that I’m about, believe me! everything that you question Will be answered ASAP!!!!"

As previously reported, Carey's album entered the Billboard 200 chart at #3, with first-week sales of 58,000 copies. That's the lowest first-week sales for a non-holiday album by Mariah since SoundScan was instituted in 1991.


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Tamar Braxton Covers "Upscale" Magazine, Says Her Mouth Gets Her in Trouble

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Tamar Braxton rocks blonde curls for the cover of the July 2014 issue of Upscale magazine. In the accompanying article, the singer speaks candidly about her rants often getting her in trouble.

"Watching yourself on television it’s like, wait a minute! I didn’t mean it like that!" she tells the mag, "It took me a long time to understand that just because somebody is talking about something around me or to me does not mean that they want me to always talk or have something to say or want my opinion…”

The singer also opened up about her relationship with husband Vince Herbert, which she says has changed for the better.

"I don’t think the level of exposure changed my relationship with Vince, I think the work that we do together changed our relationship. It went from me supporting Vince and all the things that he was doing to it switching around. He supports me and everything that I’m doing. It’s like our relationship has taken a turn," she says. "We have to get along or else we couldn’t get anything done. The level of respect for each other has increased and also, we’ve grown up because of it. The maturity of the relationship has matured. I know I’ve matured. Now he’s a father, I’m a mother. We don’t have time for that."

Tamar also touched on social media getting involved in her relationship. "Everything I post is not personal for me," she says, "One of my posts I call 'Instagram psychics,' everybody thinks they know what the hell you’re talking about."

The issue is available on newsstands now.


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Sheryl Crow to Perform, Black Eyed Peas Members to Be Honored at Benefit Marking 10 Years Since Indian Tsunami 

Warner Music NashvilleIt's been a decade since an Indian Ocean tsunami killed nearly 280,000 people in 11 different countries.  A gala to raise funds for the ongoing rebuilding efforts will take place in New York City on June 19, with Sheryl Crow the headlining performer, reports Rolling Stone.

In addition, Black Eyed Peas members Apl.de.ap and Will.i.am will be honored for their efforts in helping the victims.  Former President Bill Clinton is also among the evening's honorees.

The gala is organized by the Happy Hearts Fund, a non-profit started by model and tsunami survivor Petra Nemcova, who lost her boyfriend in the disaster.  The organization's goal is to rebuild schools in the disaster-stricken areas around the globe and restore hope to children.  In the past ten years, 85 schools and kindergartens have been rebuilt, and the organization says its programs have benefited 46,000 children.


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Eminem Sets Record: First Artist to Score Two 10-Million-Selling Singles

Credit: Jeremy DeputatIn his career, Eminem has made his share of recording history, and now he's just set another record:  he's the first artist ever to have two singles that have each sold more than 10 million copies.  That's according to the Recording Industry Association of America, which has awarded the rapper two Digital Single Diamond Awards.

On Tuesday, Em's hit "Not Afraid" reached Diamond status, which represents 10 million in song sales and streams. The track joins his eleven-times-platinum smash "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna.

"We are delighted to recognize Eminem as the first artist to earn two RIAA Digital Diamond Awards," said Cary Sherman, the RIAA's chairman and CEO.  "This singular achievement -- earning a Diamond Award on two separate digital songs -- is unparalleled, and we congratulate him on forever etching a mark in Gold & Platinum Program history."

The rapper has also had two of his albums certified Diamond for ten million copies or more sold: The Marshall Mathers LP and 2002's The Eminem Show.

To date, Eminem has sold more than 37 million albums and 31 million singles in the United States, according to the RIAA.

The rapper kicks off his Monster Tour with Rhianna in Los Angeles on August 7.


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Kip Moore and Frankie Ballard Help Raise $17,000 for Musicians on Call

MCA NashvilleKip Moore and Frankie Ballard helped raise $17,000 for Musicians on Call by performing at the Country Weekly Kick-Off Party last week in Nashville. The event took place at Mercy Lounge in Music City, with proceeds going to Musicians on Call's efforts to bring live and recorded music to patients in healthcare facilities. Chuck Wicks hosted the event.

The fundraising continues through next month with the eighth annual Summer of Music auction benefiting Musicians on Call. Concert ticket packages, meet-and-greet experiences and memorabilia from Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and more are on the auction block. Go to MusiciansonCall.org to bid.


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Jennifer Lopez Now Says She Will Attend the World Cup in Brazil After All 

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCA few days ago, Jennifer Lopez's rep confirmed to ABC News that the entertainer would not be able to attend this year's World Cup opening ceremonies in Brazil on Thursday due to unspecified "production issues."  That announcement came as a surprise, considering that she sings "We Are One," the official World Cup anthem, along with Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte.  But now, things have changed.

In a statement provided to ABC News, J-Lo's rep said, "Jennifer Lopez has always wanted to participate in the World Cup opening ceremonies.  We have been trying to work out scheduling and logistics.  Any statements to the contrary were premature.  Jennifer would not want to disappoint her fans or fans of futbol.  She will be there."

The World Cup anthem has stirred up some controversy, because neither J-Lo nor Pitbull are Brazilian, and the song is mostly sung in English and Spanish, not the official Brazilian language of Portuguese.


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Beyonce, Jay Z Skipping Kanye West's Wedding "Was the Last Thing on Anyone's Mind," Says Kris Jenner

Cliff Lipson/CBSBeyonce and Jay Z failed to attend Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding last month, but their absence doesn't seem to have had any affect on the couple's big day in Florence.

"There was so much commotion and excitement, I never really gave that a second thought," Kim's mom Kris Jenner told Australian radio station KIIS 106.5 FM Tuesday.

"If you had been there you would have thought that was the last thing on anyone's mind," she added.  "[I] just assumed they were working."

It's unclear whether work was an issue for the Carters, especially since they spent Memorial Day Weekend in the Hamptons with their daughter Blue Ivy. Although they didn't attend, Bey congratulated the newlyweds via her Instagram.  "Wishing you a lifetime of unconditional love," she wrote in the caption. "God bless your beautiful family."

Sources told E News! the pair decided against going to avoid drama with Rachel Roy, the woman who reportedly caused the much-reported elevator fight between Jay and Solange at the Met Gala.


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Eminem First Artist to Have Two 10-Million-Selling Singles

Aftermath/Shady/InterscopeEminem has made history by becoming the first artist to have two singles reach the 10-million-sold threshold. In doing so, he's earned two Digital Single Diamond Awards from the Recording Industry Association of America.

On Tuesday, Slim Shady's "Not Afraid" hit the coveted Diamond status, with 10 million in song sales and streams. The track joins Em's eleven-times-platinum-selling song, "Love the Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna.

The rapper also holds two ten-times-platinum, Diamond certified albums: 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP and 2002's The Eminem Show.

"We are delighted to recognize Eminem as the first artist to earn two RIAA Digital Diamond Awards," said Cary Sherman, the RIAA's chairman & CEO.  "This singular achievement -- earning a Diamond Award on two separate digital songs -- is unparalleled, and we congratulate him on forever etching a mark in Gold & Platinum Program history."

To date, Eminem has sold more than 37 million albums and 31 million singles in the United States, according to the RIAA.

Fans can expect the rapper to kick off his "Monster Tour" with Rhianna in Los Angeles on August 7.


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Adam Levine's "Begin Again" Co-Star Says He Was Great at Playing a "D**khead"

Stefanie Keenan /Getty ImagesIn his upcoming big-screen debut Begin Again, Adam Levine plays a musician named Dave who finds success and then dumps his girlfriend.  In other words, he's not exactly a likeable character -- and his co-star, Keira Knightley, says Adam managed to be quite convincing in the role.

"He did play a d**khead very well," the Oscar-nominated star tells the issue of Glamour magazine for its cover story. "Actually, I admire him being so willing. To play a d**khead is quite a big thing when you are trying to break into film and you want to be likable."

Begin Again arrives in theaters June 27.  As previously reported, Adam's record label, 222, will release the movie's soundtrack, which features him, Keira and Cee Lo Green, among others.


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Pink Calls Daughter a "Maniac," Says She'd Be "Violent" with a Little Sis or Brother 

Bret Hartman/CBSWho knows whether Pink's pregnant again?  There have been rumors about it for a while now, but if she is, she doesn't think her daughter will react to well to having a little brother or sister.

Speaking to Extra about whether Willow, who just turned three, might like a sibling, Pink says, "I don't know that she would, actually. I think she really enjoys being the center of attention… I see siblings that are kind of violent toward their younger ones, and I feel like that might be the way she goes with it.”

The singer describes her daughter as "an absolute maniac," noting that she takes after her father, motocross star Carey Hart. "I am physical, but I’m cautiously physical," Pink explains. "Carey is reckless and Willow is taking after him.  I'm like, 'I'm like, "Oh my God! She fell! She has a splinter!' And Carey's like, 'It was only ten stairs.'”

Asked what's next for her, Pink was coy, mentioning neither music nor expanding her family.  She would only admit to working on "a garden," and added that she's a homebody who's "learning how to make homemade popsicles at the moment.”


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Kenny Chesney Celebrates His Fans' Resiliency with New Single, "American Kids"

Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney is back with a brand-new single, "American Kids," hitting the airwaves June 20. The song celebrates the spirit of youth and also speaks to the resiliency of Kenny's fans.

He says, "If there’s one thing I’ve seen over the last ten years, looking out at the faces in the crowd: you can’t keep my fans down. These are people who no matter what are in love with life, and they’re gonna find the good times no matter what."

You can download "American Kids" starting June 23. It's the lead single from Kenny's upcoming studio album, due out this fall.


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson to Release Concert Video and Album from "Thick as a Brick" Tour

Eagle Rock EntertainmentIn 2012, Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson released a sequel to his band's classic 1972 concept album Thick as a Brick that imagines what paths Gerald Bostock, the precocious fictional child whose story was the basis for the original recording, may have taken over the ensuing decades.  Anderson supported the new record, Thick as a Brick 2: Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock?, with a tour that featured full performances of both albums at every stop.

Now, a concert video and album documenting a show that Anderson played last year in Iceland is scheduled to hit stores on August 26.  Thick as a Brick -- Live in Iceland will be available as a DVD, an Standard-Definition Blu-ray, a two-CD set and as a downloadable video and album.

Speaking with ABC News Radio in 2012 about the concept behind Thick as a Brick 2, Anderson said, "It's looking at a snapshot of various aspects of today's culture, society, economy [and] religion.  Taking a look at how things have changed in 40 years, and what a different world we find ourselves in, for the most part due, if [for] no other reason, than the enormous growth of technology."

Anderson again revisited the Bostock character for his latest solo album, Homo Erraticus, a collection of songs with lyrics supposedly penned by Gerald based on the writings of a fictional amateur historian named Ernest T. Parritt who died in 1928.  Ian will be playing the entire new album, as well as a selection of classic Jethro Tull songs, on his next U.S. tour, which kicks off September 12 in Seattle.

Here is the track list of the Thick as a Brick -- Live in Iceland video and album:

CD 1:
"Thick as a Brick"

CD2:
"From a Pebble Thrown"
"Pebbles Instrumental"
"Might-Have-Beens"
"Upper Sixth Loan Shark"
"Banker Bets, Banker Wins"
"Swing It Far"
"Adrift and Dumbfounded"
"Old School Song"
"Wootton Bassett Town"
"Power and Spirit"
"Give Til It Hurts"
"Cosy Corner"
"Shunt and Shuffle"
"A Change of Horses"
"Confessional"
"Kismet in Surburbia"
"What-Ifs, Maybes and Might-Have-Beens"


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Fun.'s Jack Antonoff Announces Tour with Side Project Bleachers, Album Track List

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fun.'s Jack Antonoff is getting set to hit the road with his side project Bleachers.  Antonoff and a backing band take the stage starting June 20 at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware.  The tour concludes October 10 at the ACL Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

The tour comes in support of Bleachers' debut album, Strange Desire, which is available for pre-order now. Those placing a pre-order at iTunes will get an immediate download of the song "Rollercoaster." 

The Bleachers album features several high profile collaborators including Grimes, Yoko Ono and Depeche Mode founding member Vince Clarke, who went on to join two other popular synth-pop groups of the '80s: Yaz and Erasure.

Also available on the Bleachers online store is a "Strange Desire Collector's Vinyl Bundle" which contains an orange vinyl version of the album, a t-shirt, a limited edition print signed by Jack Antonoff and a copy of Strange Desires: The Demos CD.

Here's the track list for Strange Desire:

"Wild Heart"
"Rollercoaster"
"Shadow"
"I Wanna Get Better"
"Wake Me"
"Reckless Love"
"Take Me Away" Ft. Grimes
"Live a River Runs"
"You're Still a Mystery"
"I'm Ready to Move On/Wild Heart Reprise" Ft. Yoko Ono
"Who I Want You to Love"

Here are the Bleachers tour dates:

6/20 -- Firefly Music Festival, Dover, Delaware
6/26 -- Boulevard Pool-Mophie Stage at the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV
6/27 -- Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
6/29 -- Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, U.K.
7/6 -- Wireless Festival, U.K.
8/1 -- Osheaga Festival, Montreal, QC
8/2 -- Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party, Philadelphia, PA
8/3 -- Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
8/3 -- Lollapalooza  After-Party @ Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
8/8 -- Outside Lands Music Festival, San Francisco, CA
8/9 -- Marymoor Park Concerts, Redmond, WA
8/20 -- Deuxe @ Old National Center, Indianapolis, IN
8/21 -- The Ready Room, St. Louis, MO
8/22 -- Kansas City Power & Light District, Kansas City, MO
8/26 -- St. Andrew Hall, Detroit, MI
8/27 -- Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON
8/31 -- Made In America Festival, Philadelphia, PA
9/4 -- Webster Hall, New York, NY
9/6 -- Boston Calling Music Festival, Boston, MA
10/3 -- ACL Music Festival, Austin, TX
10/10 -- ACL Music Festival, Austin, TX


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Taylor Swift Creates Drake-Inspired Needlepoint for Ed Sheeran

Coutesy: MTVIn advance of tonight's MTV premiere of the documentary 9 Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran, the network is offering a sneak peek of the show by revealing the special handmade gift Ed's good pal, Taylor Swift, made for him.

Most Taylor fans know she enjoys doing things like baking, but it turns out she's a wiz at other old-fashioned home skills as well.  She's created a needlepoint for Ed which shows her and him together, ascending a staircase, which represents fame. Ed's holding a guitar, and in a speech bubble, he's saying the word "Lego," after his song "Lego House," while Taylor's saying the word "Cats." 

Along the staircase are written the words "The struggle is real" -- which is taken from a popular Internet meme -- and the caption on the bottom reads, "Started from the bottom/Now we here," a quote from Drake's hit song, "Started from the Bottom."

Tuesday morning, Taylor tweeted a link to the MTV story in which she expressed surprise that other pop stars don't spend their time creating needlepoint pieces for their friends.   "But I thought everyone does this?" she wrote.  To which Ed replied, "Nah, just you."

9 Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran airs tonight at 11 p.m. ET on MTV. 


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Lady Antebellum Gives Out 800 Cake Pops at CMA Music Festival to Celebrate Webisode Milestone

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum has released a new webisode for their fans almost every week since they first hit the country scene in 2007 with "Love Don't Live Here Anymore." The group recently posted their 300th webisode, so they celebrated the milestone by giving away 800 cake pops to everyone who came by to see them at the CMA Music Festival's Fan Fair X over the weekend.

Band member Dave Haywood says, "That's a lot of calories."

As for their webisode series, Lady A's Hillary Scott adds, "We've had a video camera following us around from the very beginning back to when we were behind the camera, and now having a really amazing professional, [Adam Boatman], putting it all together."

Look for highlights from Lady Antebellum's CMA Music Festival experience in an upcoming installment of their Lady A TV webisodes.


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Madonna to Release "Surprise" Single and Video?

Image credit: Mert & MarcusMadonna has been posting photos on Instagram for the past few months revealing whom she's working with on her new album, such as top DJ/producers Avicii and Diplo.  Now word has it that we may hear some of the Queen of Pop's new music sooner, rather than later.

Showbiz411.com reports that Madonna might release a "surprise" single and video this month, much like Beyonce did late last year.  According to the website, famed photographer Mark Seliger and his video team are overseeing a video shoot Wednesday in New York City for this new single, which is titled "Stranger."  This is the same video team that worked on Avicii's monster hit "Wake Me Up," according to the website.

The casting list for "Stranger" includes roller skaters, bodybuilders, break dancers, a drag queen, and a shirtless "leather boy," reports the site.

Right now, of course, this is all just a rumor. Madonna's new album, when it arrives, will be the follow-up to her 2012 disc, MDNA.


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Tuesday
Jun102014

Michael Jackson Estate Could Release Eight More Albums

Epic RecordsMichael Jackson's legacy continues to live on through his music. Luckily for fans, there could be more new material following the King of Pop's latest posthumous album, Xscape.

According to Rolling Stone, the late singer's estate has revealed that there's enough unreleased songs to create as many as eight posthumous albums.

Famed producer Rodney Jerkins, who contributed to the most recent Jackson project, told the publication, "We got more surprises coming."

There's no word on when the new content will be released.

The Jackson estate has grossed $600 million since the King of Pop's death in 2009, according to Rolling Stone.


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