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Monday
Aug142017

Wiz Khalifa debuts "something new" with Ty Dolla $ign for fans

David Becker/Getty Images via ABCWiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign are enjoying their summer with a flock of beautiful, bikini-clad ladies in Wiz's music video for "Something New." 

The visual also features celebrity cameos from the likes of Demi LovatoJuicy JG-EazyJamie FoxxJason DeruloLil DickyO.T. Genasis, retired MMA fighter Chuck Liddell, and LA Rams running back Todd Gurley.  

"Something New" is Wiz's first major release since 2014's "Blacc Hollywood" and is the first single from his forthcoming studio album, Rolling Papers 2, set to debut this fall.  

The "Black and Yellow" artist is also currently on the road with several festival appearances planned around the world, including the Frequency Festival in St. Pölten, Austria on August 17 and Krakow Live Festival in Krakow, Poland August 19.  

You can buy or stream Wiz's newest track from the usual digital platforms.  

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Monday
Aug142017

Louis Tomlinson says next single will “sound the most like me lyrically”

Frank Micelotta/FOXLouis Tomlinson is enjoying the success of his single “Back to You” with Bebe Rexha. The two performed the tune at the Teen Choice Awards last night.

But Louis tells Billboard he’s already plotting his next single. He says his next release will “sound the most like me lyrically.”

“I suppose I'm constantly looking at the results of the [current] single, but for me I am really excited to release that one because it feels the more like me lyrically,” he says. “I think we do have the next single, it's just working out when the best time to release that is and that's depending on how this single goes.”

Louis says we can expect one or two more singles before he puts out an album. That album, he says, will be “very honest and conversational.”

“In the early sessions I've had, a lot of songwriters love to write about fairy tales and situations that just don't really feel like the bands that I grew up listening to,” says Louis. “They speak very matter-of-fact and honest, and I think that's cool and that's interesting. Although the fans know loads about me, they'll definitely learn a bit more after the album.”

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Monday
Aug142017

The Eagles fly again: Band confirms new fall headlining tour days

Credit: Myriam SantosFollowing the death of founding singer Glenn Frey in January 2016, The Eagles expressed doubt that they'd ever play again. However, after re-forming with Frey's son Deacon and country star Vince Gill filling in for Glenn to play last month's Classic West and Classic East festivals and the upcoming Classic Northwest event in September, the band apparently has decided to continue on and has lined up its first official headlining dates with the new lineup.

The newly announced shows, dubbed "An Evening with The Eagles," are scheduled for October 17 in Greensboro, North Carolina; October 20 in Atlanta; October 24 in Louisville, Kentucky; and October 27 in Detroit.

Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public this Saturday beginning Saturday, August 19, at 10 a.m. ET via LiveNation.com. American Express card holders can purchase pre-sale tickets starting this Tuesday, August 15, at 10 a.m. A limited number of VIP packages also will be available. Visit Eagles.com for more information.

As previously reported, The Eagles -- Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, along with Deacon Frey and Gill -- played alongside Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers at The Classic West on July 15 in Los Angeles and The Classic East in New York City on July 29. The upcoming Classic Northwest show, taking place September 30 in Seattle, will just feature The Eagles and The Doobies.

Here are all of The Eagles upcoming concerts:

9/30 -- Seattle, WA, Safeco Field - The Classic Northwest*
10/17 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
10/20 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
10/24 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
10/27 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena

* = with The Doobie Brothers.

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Monday
Aug142017

Jury now has Taylor Swift groping case

iStock/ThinkstockA jury will now decide if former deejay David Mueller deserves damages after he was terminated following accusations that he groped Taylor Swift, which he denies he ever did.  The same jury will decide whether or not Mueller did, in fact, grab Taylor's butt during a backstage meet-and-greet in 2013.

In his closing statements, Taylor's attorney, Doug Baldridge, asked the jury, "Will aggressors like David Mueller be allowed to victimize their victims? Taylor Swift says no."  He also asked, "Is the victimization going to result in the plaintiff having a payday?"

Baldridge also said the evidence that Mueller assaulted Taylor is 'beyond overwhelming," and that Taylor is "absolutely certain about what happened and was certain about who did it."   The attorney also claimed Mueller accused his former boss of doing the assaulting, and deliberately destroyed recordings of the meeting with his former bosses, after which he was terminated.

"Use your common sense," Baldridge told the jury. "If that information helped them, it wouldn't be gone."  

The attorney also said that Taylor's mom, Andrea Swift, and manager Frank Bell reported the incident to Mueller's bosses at the radio station because they "felt a responsibility that this not happen to another young woman," and stressed that they did not tell the station to fire Mueller.

"They decided what they saw. They decided what to do," he added.  "He lost his job because he grabbed her butt and got caught. The guy did it."

If they don't reach a verdict by 7 p.m. ET, the jury will return at 8:30 a.m. Denver time tomorrow.

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Monday
Aug142017

Evanescence announces Synthesis Live North American tour

Credit: P.R. BrownEvanescence will hit the road this fall on their Synthesis Live tour in support of their forthcoming album, Synthesis, which re-imagines songs from the band's discography with electronics and a full orchestra.

The outing begins October 14 in Las Vegas, and will conclude December 19 in Portland, Oregon. Pre-sales begin this Tuesday, August 15, while tickets will be available to the general public starting Friday, August 18. For all ticket info, visit Evanescence.com.

"This is a total passion project for me. There are so many layers in our music, underneath the huge drums and guitars," says frontwoman Amy Lee. "This will be our first time touring with orchestra and I'm so excited to perform this way -- really focus on the vocals, and the emotion and the story we've built over the years."

The Synthesis album is due out in the fall, and will feature two brand-new songs along with the reworked tracks. As a preview, Evanescence will release the Synthesis version of their breakthrough hit "Bring Me to Life" on Friday.

Here are the Synthesis Live tour dates:

10/14 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theater
10/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
10/17 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
10/20 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center
10/22 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
10/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
10/25 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/27 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre
10/28 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
10/30 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
10/31 -- Oxon Hill, MD, MGM National Harbor
11/2 -- Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theater
11/3 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
11/5 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
11/7 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
11/8 -- Baltimore, MD, Hippodrome Theatre
11/10 -- Brooklyn, NY, Kings Theatre
11/30 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
12/2 -- Carmel, IN, The Palladium
12/5 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
12/6 -- Madison, WI, Orpheum Theatre
12/8 -- Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for Performing Arts
12/9 -- Windsor, ON, Caesar’s Windsor
12/11 -- Kansas City, MO, Kansas City Music Hall
12/13 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
12/15 -- Reno, NV, Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort
12/16 -- San Francisco, CA, Masonic Auditorium
12/19 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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Monday
Aug142017

Watch Lorde and Jack Antonoff cover Paul Simon together at Outside Lands festival

Credits: Brendan Walter; ABC/Randy HolmesLorde performed at the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on Sunday, and received an assist from her Melodrama producer Jack Antonoff.

During the set, the Bleachers frontman joined the New Zealand singer for a stripped-down cover of the Paul Simon song "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard."

The pair sat together at the edge of the stage for the performance, with Lorde handling lead vocals while Antonoff strummed an acoustic guitar. For the last line of the song, Antonoff made a reference to Lorde's birth name, singing, "Me and Ella in Golden Gate Park." You can watch footage from the duet now on YouTube.

Lorde has a few more festival dates lined up for the fall, including Bumbershoot in Seattle and Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas. She'll kick off a North American headlining tour next year in March.

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Monday
Aug142017

They're just ordinary people: John Legend & family stay in for movie night 

ABC/Tyler GoldenIt looks like John Legend and family took a break from their busy schedule of jet-setting around the world to stay in for a movie night over the weekend. 

Wife Chrissy Teigen took several Snapchat photos, captured by Elle.com, of her hubby, daughter Luna, and their dog, Puddy, as they enjoyed several movies.

"saturday," wrote Chrissy for her Instagram picture of John and Luna staring at the TV screen.

Luna, John and Chrissy have been enjoying a family vacation in Italy, chronicled by their recent Instagram pictures

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Monday
Aug142017

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom reunite at Ed Sheeran concert 

Dave M. Benett/VF17/WireImageAre Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom back together? The old flames were spotted getting cozy at an Ed Sheeran concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles Saturday.

Fans snapped photos of them in crowd.  Two of them that have since been removed showed Katy learning back against Orlando.

"They definitely seemed like they're back together," an eyewitness tells E! News. "They cuddled most of the night. She sat on his lap most of the night and shared kisses."

The source adds, "They looked like they were having the time of their lives. People didn't really bug her. I don't really think people knew it was them because they had hats on and stuff."

And it seems Katy hitched a ride with Orlando to the concert. TMZ has photos of the singer on the back of Orlando’s motorcycle.

Katy and Orlando dated for about 10 months before calling it quits in February.

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Monday
Aug142017

Cole Swindell makes it a record seven number-ones in a row with "Flatliner"

ABC/Image Group LA Cole Swindell becomes the only artist ever to hit #1 with his first seven singles, as “Flatliner” ascends to the top of the country chart this week.

For Cole, his latest chart-topper stands out because it’s a duet with his tour mate, Dierks Bentley.

“Every #1 is special for so many reasons,” Cole says. “This one is really special because it’s a song I wrote with my mentor in mind, never dreaming it would turn out like this for me! Dierks is not only my mentor but my friend and now I have a #1 song I was blessed to get to record with him. He has been so gracious and supportive of me from the beginning. This feels amazing.”

Dierks and Cole wrap up the What the Hell Tour September 2 in Greenwood Village, Colorado. You can check out their performance of “Flatliner” Wednesday night on ABC’s CMA Fest special, which starts at  8 p.m. ET.

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Monday
Aug142017

Justin Bieber wants to be “Friends” again with new single 

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCIf you’re still sad that Justin Bieber cancelled the rest of his tour, this news should cheer you up.

The singer announced on Twitter Monday that he’s releasing a new song Thursday, called “Friends.”

“New music. Thursday noon,” he tweeted, along with the cover art for the single featuring two birds sharing a worm.

Justin seemingly teased the song yesterday by tweeting, “Can we still be friends.”

The song is a collaboration with producer BloodPop, with whom Justin previously worked on several Purpose tracks, including “Sorry.”

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Monday
Aug142017

Kesha shows support for Taylor Swift during groping trial

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCKesha is showing support for Taylor Swift following her testimony in her court battle with radio deejay David Mueller.

Kesha, who’s been embroiled in her own sexual assault accusations against producer Dr. Luke, tweeted to Taylor Monday morning: “I support you always, and especially right now and admire your strength and fearlessness.”

She added, “Truth is always the answer.”

Taylor alleges Mueller groped her during a Denver meet-and-greet in 2013, and told is radio station boss, who fired Mueller.  Mueller then sued Taylor, claiming she'd ruined his career with the allegations.  Taylor counter-sued for assault and battery.

Last week, a judge threw out Mueller’s case against Taylor, citing insufficient evidence. His suit against Taylor’s mother, Andrea, and another involved party is going forward, as is Taylor’s suit against Mueller.

If you’ll remember, Taylor supported Kesha in her own legal battle by donating $250,000 to help pay her legal bills.

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Monday
Aug142017

Ex-Members of Journey, GN'R and Dream Theater form new band, Sons of Apollo

Credit: Hristo ShindovA new hard-rock project called Sons of Apollo, featuring former members of Journey, Guns N' Roses and Dream Theater, will release their debut album, Psychotic Symphony, on October 20.

The band is made up of one-time Journey singer Jeff Scott Soto, ex-GN'R guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Mr. Big bassist Billy Sheehan and two Dream Theater alumni: founding drummer Mike Portnoy and former keyboardist Derek Sherinian.

Sons of Apollo are giving fans a preview of their upcoming album by posting one of the tracks, "Signs of the Time," on YouTube. The hard-driving track features ominous lyrics reflecting the troubles facing our world today, along with mind-bending guitar riffs from Bumblefoot, and Portnoy's thunderous drumming.

"This song has a little bit of everything that makes Sons of Apollo so special...great heavy riffs, amazing solos with individual instrumental virtuosity and a big, catchy chorus with more hooks than a tackle box!!" declares Portnoy in a statement. "I figured this would be a great 'first taste' to introduce the world to this amazing new supergroup."

Psychotic Symphony will be available as a single CD, a deluxe two-CD package featuring an extra disc of instrumental mixes, a two-LP set and a digital download.

Sons of Apollo came together after Portnoy and Sherinian teamed up with Sheehan and guitarist Tony MacAlpine under the moniker PSMS to tour in 2012 and 2013. Sherinian then suggested that he and Portnoy form a new original band, which led them to recruit Bumblefoot and Soto.

Portnoy, who also plays with Sheehan in the band The Winery Dogs, says that band currently is on hiatus, while Sons of Apollo is expected to be a full-time endeavor. The group is planning a world tour in 2018.

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Monday
Aug142017

Nile Rodgers hospitalized with unidentified health issue; misses Chic's Toronto concert Sunday

Helen Boast/RedfernsNile Rodgers was hospitalized with an unidentified health issue over the weekend, forcing him to miss a concert Sunday in Toronto with his band Chic, Billboard reports.

Rodgers, who's 64, tweeted thanks Sunday to fans who sent him get-well wishes.

"Thank you all so much," he wrote. "I love @EarthWindFire @CHICorg all the #fans and my doctors who are taking great care of me. See you all very soon."

Chic is currently on a joint North American trek with Earth, Wind & Fire called 2054: The Tour. It winds down next week.

In addition, Rodgers tweeted a message to Chic sound engineer John Ryan, revealing, "I've never missed one gig in my life... well, it's been that way till now. The Dr. caught me trying to sneak out." T

Chic's next concert with Earth, Wind & Fire is scheduled for this Tuesday in Indianapolis.  No word if Rodgers will be joining his band at the show.

Nile, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April while receiving the Award for Musical Excellence, was diagnosed with an "extremely aggressive" form of prostate cancer in 2010, although he announced in 2014 that he was cancer-free.

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Monday
Aug142017

"Yes, he is": Taylor Swift defiant as Mueller's attorney presents closing arguments

iStock/ThinkstockIn a Denver court Monday, former deejay David Mueller's attorney insisted there's no way he could've groped Taylor Swift, while the singer silently insisted he did just that.

Mueller is suing Taylor Swift's mother, Andrea Swift, and Taylor's manager for allegedly getting him fired after Taylor accused him of grabbing her butt during a 2013 backstage meet-and-greet, which he denies he did.  He was suing Taylor for the same reason, but the judge threw out that part of the case Friday.  Taylor's counter-suing for assault and battery.

During attorney Gabe McFarland's closing arguments, he insisted Mueller wouldn't have jeopardized his "dream job" at a Denver station by touching the butt of someone as famous as Taylor, noting "That's not the kind of guy who grabs a superstar out of the blue."

McFarland also said that in the photo of Taylor, Mueller and Mueller's then-girlfriend that shows the alleged groping, there's no way Mueller is reaching under Taylor's skirt.  But in the courtroom, Taylor silently mouthed, "Yes, he is."  Taylor also repeatedly rolled her eyes and sighed during McFarland's statements.

McFarland referenced Taylor's face in the photo, saying, "Look at Ms. Swift's face. Is that the face of someone who just had a strange man grab their butt?"   He also said that the photographer who took the picture couldn't have seen anything, but is saying she did because she worked for Taylor. 

In addition, McFarland claimed Taylor's bodyguard took no action during the alleged incident because he didn't see anything amiss.  Taylor shook her head "no" at that assertion.

McFarland said the jury should award Mueller $250,000 in damages, even though the judge ruled last week that he cannot receive damages for future earnings, only for the remainder of his contract at the time he was fired.

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Monday
Aug142017

Miley Cyrus apologizes for last-minute Teen Choice Awards absence; announces new single

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCMiley Cyrus received the Teen Choice Awards’ highest honor last night, but the singer wasn’t there to accept it.

In an Instagram post following the ceremony, Miley explained why she cancelled her appearance at the last minute. She started off by thanking fans for presenting her with The Ultimate Choice Award.

“I am beyond bummed I couldn't make it to the show as I had every intention of being there to accept and celebrate this honor!” she writes. “I created an unrealistic schedule for myself which leads me to this announcement!”

The announcement is that her new single and music video, “Young Now,” will be dropping this Friday.

Miley continues: “I hope to always make people smile and shine light thru my work! I look forward to making music for the rest of my life and I'm thankful everyday for those who listen! I am sending so much love and peace into the world right now because THAT’S what we need most!”

Teen Choice Awards presenter Victoria Justice announced that Miley wouldn’t be attending the show, prompting a shocked and disappointed reaction from the crowd.

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Monday
Aug142017

The Eagles fly again: Band confirms new fall headlining tour days

Credit: Myriam Santos

Following the death of founding singer Glenn Frey in January 2016, The Eagles expressed doubt that they'd ever play again. However, after re-forming with Frey's son Deacon and country star Vince Gill filling in for Glenn for last month's Classic West and Classic East festivals, and the upcoming Classic Northwest event in September, the band apparently has decided to continue.

The Eagles have just announced their first official headlining dates with the new lineup.  Dubbed "An Evening with The Eagles," the shows are scheduled for October 17 in Greensboro, North Carolina; October 20 in Atlanta; October 24 in Louisville, Kentucky; and October 27 in Detroit.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, August 19, at 10 a.m. ET via LiveNation.com. American Express card holders can purchase pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, August 15, at 10 a.m. A limited number of VIP packages also will be available. Visit Eagles.com for more information.

The Eagles -- Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, along with Deacon Frey and Gill -- played alongside Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers at The Classic West on July 15 in Los Angeles and The Classic East in New York City on July 29. The upcoming Classic Northwest show, taking place September 30 in Seattle, will just feature The Eagles and The Doobies.

Here are all of The Eagles upcoming concerts:

9/30 -- Seattle, WA, Safeco Field - The Classic Northwest*
10/17 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
10/20 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
10/24 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
10/27 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena

* = with The Doobie Brothers.

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Monday
Aug142017

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong condemns white nationalist violence in Charlottesville

ABC/Heidi GutmanGreen Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong says that his "heart feels heavy" following the violence that erupted during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, which led to three deaths and 19 injuries.

"I feel like what happened in Charlottesville goes beyond the point of anger," he writes in an Instagram post. "It makes me sad and desperate. Shocked. I f****** hate racism more than anything."

Armstrong adds that he feels music and social justice "have always gone hand and hand," and that the "spirit of Green Day has always been about rising above oppression."

"In the words of our punk forefathers...Nazi punks f*** off," he says.

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Monday
Aug142017

Republican superPAC is "actually very interested" in Kid Rock's potential Senate run

Kevin Mazur/WireImageKid Rock's potential Senate run just got a vote of confidence from an ally of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Speaking with C-SPAN, Steven Law, president and CEO of the Senate Leadership Fund superPAC, said he'd "be actually very interested in [Rock's] candidacy."

"The truth of the matter is that he's done a lot in his home state philanthropically, he's a pretty smart guy, he thinks about policy and he's a shrewd businessman," Law said.

"If you're watching, Kid, we hope you run," he added.

Rock, born Robert Ritchie, teased last month that he'd be running for Senate in his home state of Michigan. In his most recent statement, he said that he was still mulling whether or not he'll actually run, but he's planning to use his live shows to promote voter registration.

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Monday
Aug142017

Fifth Harmony members describe their new album in one emoji 

ABC/Heidi GutmanFifth Harmony's self-titled third album will be out August 25, and to say the girls are excited is an understatement. 

"We’re all in an environment where we can creatively open up to each other and not be afraid," Dinah Jane tells the U.K.'s Official Charts Company. "There are no boundaries, and that comes through in the music. We’ve taken risks."

Ally Brooke Hernandez adds, "It’s definitely our most personal album. It comes through in our voices and how connected we sound to the lyrics. We also share our stories about what we’ve been through and what every girl - and human - goes through!" 

Normani Kordei chimes in, "It’s all us baby! It’s literally Fifth Harmony, the album. We’re so excited because we’ve found our sound and we feel it’s strong enough to be just us."

But forget about actual words: which emoji would the girls pick to sum up the new record?

"I’ll have to say the fire one. The flames," says Normani.

Lauren Jaugueri opts for "the little twinkle stars," while Ally says it's "the confetti party blast."

"It’s a celebration of where we are today and a celebration of new music…and a celebration of life," she explains. "Life is amazing!”

As for Dinah, she says, "You know the purple head with the two horns that’s smiling? I feel like it’s that one!"

She explains, "It’s a sweet album, but that we take it to sassy and fierce...it’s not always fun to be nice, is it? Sometimes you have to step up and be a boss."

 
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Monday
Aug142017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Billy Ray Cyrus scored the biggest hit of his career in 1992 with his debut single, "Achy Breaky Heart." Can you name the nine-times-platinum album that included the smash hit? ANSWER:  Some Gave All.

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