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Tuesday
Aug132013

Lady Gaga to Debut New Video Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America"; Releases Bizarre Album Teaser

Facebook.com/LadyGagaLady Gaga promised fans that the video for her new single, "Applause," would come out the same day as the single.  But since she was forced to rush-release the single after it leaked online, she can be forgiven for taking a bit more time.

Gaga will premiere the video for "Applause" Monday on ABC's Good Morning America, and will be live in studio to discuss it. That's the day the single was originally supposed to be released, so she's actually on schedule. 

Not much is known about the video, other than the fact that she collaborated on it with Inez & Vinoodh, the team who shot her "You and I" fashion films back in 2011, and who designed the artwork for the "Applause" single.

Meanwhile, Gaga is delighted by the strong response to "Applause."  She wrote on her Facebook page, in all caps, "IM ON THE RADIO I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! IT FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR *APPLAUSE,* WE ARE SO HAPPY YOU LOVE IT!...I LOVE BEING A POP STAR!"

At the same time, Gaga has released a bizarre film clip that appears to address a lot of the criticism that she's heard over the past couple of years.  Titled Lady Gaga Is Over, it features Gaga, naked from the shoulders up, standing in front of a white background, wearing a plastic headpiece/visor combination over her slicked-back hair.  As she stares into the camera, lights flash, we hear a chorus of boos, and we see the following words appear on the screen:

"If you don't like pop music, you should turn this off.  Lady Gaga is no longer relevant.  Ever since Born This Way, she's a flop.  DO NOT buy her new single 'Applause' on iTunes. Give her no A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E.  DON'T dance to the song at all. Do NOT buy ARTPOP on November 11.  She's over."

Then, Gaga grasps two tabs that are sticking out of the sides of the visor thing and pulls, stretching them out, while grinning maniacally.  The screen fades to black, "Applause" starts playing and we see the words "Stop the drama. Start the music."

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Donna Summer Remix Album Due Out in October

PRNewsFoto/Verve Music GroupA new album boasting remixed versions of Donna Summer's classic hits is set to arrive in stores this fall.  Love to Love You Donna will feature tracks reworked by a dozen acclaimed DJs and producers, who have put their distinctive mark on the late dance diva's tunes.

The lead single from the collection is a remix of Summer's 1982 hit "Love Is In Control (Finger on the Trigger)." A follow-up single also is planned -- a version of Donna's 1975 smash "Love to Love You Baby" reworked by the song's original producer, Giorgio Moroder.  According to Billboard.com, among the other tracks on the album will be remixes of "Hot Stuff" and "Sunset People."

Love to Love You Donna will hit stores on October 22.  Summer died in May 2012 at age 63 after a battle with cancer.  This past April, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Track List Announced for Nirvana's "In Utero" Super Deluxe Reissue

Universal Music EnterprisesNirvana fans will be excited to learn that the forthcoming 20th anniversary release of the Super Deluxe version of the band's In Utero album will include more than 40 previously unreleased demos, rehearsal tracks, B-sides and live performances spread out over three CDs and a DVD.

According to Rolling Stone, the set includes the rare B-sides "Marigold," "Moist Vagina," "Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip" and "I Hate Myself and Want to Die," the latter of which appeared on 1993's The Beavis and Butt-head Experience compilation.  It also features "Sappy," a hidden track that was included on the 1993 AIDS-benefit compilation album No Alternative, and a previously unreleased instrumental titled "Forgotten Tune."

In addition, the Super Deluxe edition includes Nirvana's complete "Live and Loud" concert recorded on December 13, 1993, at Pier 48 in Seattle, which is being released both as audio-only and on video.  The DVD version of the concert features 12 additional performances that were culled from the group's European concerts and TV appearances.

The Super Deluxe 20th anniversary edition of In Utero will be available in stores and online at digital retailers on September 24.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Track List Announced for Nirvana's "In Utero" Super Deluxe Reissue

Facebook.com/NirvanaNirvana fans will be excited to learn that the forthcoming 20th anniversary release of the Super Deluxe version of the band’s In Utero album will include more than 40 previously unreleased demos, rehearsal tracks, B-sides and live performances spread out over three CDs and a DVD.

According to Rolling Stone, the set includes the rare B-sides “Marigold,” “Moist Vagina,” “Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip,” and “I Hate Myself and Want to Die,” the latter of which appeared on 1993’s The Beavis and Butt-head Experience compilation. It also features “Sappy,” a hidden track which was included on the 1993 AIDS-benefit compilation album No Alternative, and a previously unreleased instrumental titled “Forgotten Tune.”

In addition, the Super Deluxe edition includes Nirvana's complete “Live and Loud” concert recorded on December 13, 1993 at Pier 48 in Seattle, which is being released both as audio-only and on video. The DVD version of the concert features 12 additional performances that were culled from the group’s European concerts and TV appearances.

The Super Deluxe 20th anniversary edition of In Utero will be available in stores and online at digital retailers on September 24.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Charlatans Drummer Jon Brookes Dead at 44

Ollie Millington/RedfernsJon Brookes, drummer for The Charlatans UK, has died. He was 44. According to a joint statement on the band's website, the drummer passed away on Tuesday morning in a hospital in England while receiving treatment for a brain tumor.

"Jon was a brilliant drummer, an inspiration, a founding member of the Charlatans, part of our family and a friend to everyone in and around the band," writes the group. "Losing someone who was always so full of life is a tragedy that will be shared by so many. Our thoughts are with Debbie and all of Jon's family."

Brookes was a founding member of The Charlatans UK and played on all 11 of the group’s albums, including their latest, 2010’s Who We Touch. The drummer had been working on new material with the band while undergoing several surgeries for a brain tumor, which was discovered after he collapsed onstage while performing with the band in Philadelphia in 2010.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Tribute Concert for Ex-Jefferson Airplane Drummer Joey Covington Scheduled for Later This Month

JeffersonAirplane.comA variety of musicians are set to participate in an August 31 concert paying homage to former Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington, who was killed in a June 4 car crash in Palm Springs, California.  The show, which will be held at The Hood in Palm Desert, California, will feature performances by founding Big Brother and the Holding Company members Sam Andrews and Peter Albin, ex-Bad Company bass player Lynn Sorensen and one-time Gregg Allman Band guitarist Steve Beckmeier, among many others.

Fans who can't make it to the event will be able to watch it live online at QLiveStreaming.com for a fee of six dollars.  A portion of the proceeds brought in by the concert will go toward the Well in the Desert charity, which provides meals to impoverished people in California's Coachella Valley area.  Some of the money raised also will go toward Covington's widow, Lauren Taines, and to longtime Jefferson Starship guitarist Mark "Slick" Aguilar, who is recovering from a recent liver transplant.

Covington was a member of the Jefferson Airplane from 1970 to 1972.  He also played with the Jefferson Airplane spinoff group Hot Tuna; contributed to founding Airplane singer/guitarist Paul Kantner's star-studded 1970 solo effort, Blows Against the Empire; and co-wrote Jefferson Starship's 1976 hit "With Your Love."  Covington was 67 at the time of his death.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Jennifer Hudson Joins Lineup For MegaFest 

Kevin Mazur/WireImageJennifer Hudson is among the additional entertainers who have been added to the official line-up for this year's MegaFest, taking place later this month.

Joining headliners Mary Mary and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, J-Hud is scheduled to perform at the Woman of Purpose Concert during the the three-day family festival, hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes.

"MegaFest is about coming together to strengthen each other and our families, and leaving refreshed and ready to help our communities," Jakes said in a statement. "There's no better way to get inspired than by having fun, creating memories and laughing together."

Hudson will also attend Megafest's International Faith & Family Film Festivals, where she'll screen her next film, Winnie Mandela, before it hits theaters on September 6.  She'll also conduct a Q&A session for her fans.

Tamar Braxton, Brandy, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Harvey, Cedric the EntertainerVickie Winans, Holly Robinson Peete, Tisha Campbell Martin, Boris Kojoe and more are all confirmed to attend MegaFest, which begins Thursday, August 29, and continues through Saturday, August 31 in Dallas.  Visit Mega-Fest.com to learn more.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Adam Levine's Clothing Line Debuting September 15

Facebook.com/AdamLevineMaroon 5's tour with Kelly Clarkson won't wrap up until the beginning of October, but singer Adam Levine has plenty of stuff going on as he performs all around the country.  Not only does the new season of The Voice start September 23, but his first-ever clothing line will launch in mid-September.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the exclusive-to-Kmart collection, simply called Adam Levine, will arrive September 15 at Shopyourway.com, followed by a rollout to Kmart stores on October 1.  The collection features denim, outerwear, knits and wovens priced from $14.99 to $69.99, as well as accessories priced from 10 bucks to 17 bucks apiece.

A series of promotional online videos shows Adam choosing designs and patterns for specific items in the collection.  The message: he's hands-on, intimately involved with the process, and didn't just let them slap his name on it.  In another video, he calls getting the opportunity to do a clothing line "weird and cool and amazing and fun," adding that he wants to make something "universal and basic and classic enough so that anybody can like it, regardless of who you are."

Clothing is in Adam's genes, no pun intended.  His dad, Fred Levine, owns a string of clothing stores in California.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Kelly Clarkson May Lose Jane Austen's Ring to Museum

Facebook.com/KellyClarksonKelly Clarkson purchased a ring that once belonged to legendary Pride & Prejudice author Jane Austen at a British auction, but the British government won't let her take it out of the country, due to its status as a "national treasure."  Now, she may end up losing the ring altogether, to a museum dedicated to the author.

As previously reported, the government put what's called an "export bar" on the gold and turquoise ring, and has set a deadline of September 30 for any interested parties who can match Kelly's original bid of more than $230,000 to purchase the ring from her.  According to the BBC, Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire, England is now trying to raise the money to do so. 

The museum, which actually is the house where Austen lived and worked, already owns two pieces of the author's jewelry, a turquoise bracelet and a topaz cross.  It attempted to buy the ring at auction last year, but it couldn't come up with the cash.  The museum says that it has until the deadline to show "a serious expression of interest to buy the ring," but hopes to actually raise the money by December.

In addition, the museum has invited Kelly to visit the house, where Austen wrote all six of her novels.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Linkin Park Selling Limited-Edition T-Shirt to Raise Money for Power the World Campaign

HardRock.comLinkin Park has teamed up with the folks at Hard Rock International to sell a new t-shirt that will help families in need gain access to sustainable energy solutions.

The exclusive line of Linkin Park Signature Series: Edition 31 t-shirts, designed by LP multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda, features an updated version of the group's logo accompanied by some animated designs. In addition, the signatures of each band member are printed on the back of the shirt, along with a Hard Rock logo.

A portion of proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to benefit Linkin Park's non-profit organization Music for Relief, and its Power the World campaign.

"There are people in the world who cook dinner over fires and people who have to perform emergency surgery at night via candlelight,” says Shinoda in a statement. “The proceeds of this shirt will buy clean-energy cook stoves for families…[and] it will buy 'solar suitcases' to power things like hospital lights and medical devices in remote areas of the world without energy access.”

The shirts will run you $26 each and are available now for both men and women. You can buy them at the official Hard Rock website and at Hard Rock outlets worldwide.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Katy Perry & Rihanna Together Again at Album Release Party

Image Courtesy Rihanna via InstagramReunited, and it feels so good.  BFF's Katy Perry and Rihanna reconnected Monday night at Katy's pre-album release party in New York City, and both women proudly posted the evidence.

Rihanna Instagrammed a black-and-white photo of her and Katy at the party with the caption, "She. X She. ."  Katy retweeted it to her followers.

The photo should quash any rumors that the two stars had some sort of falling out over Katy's recent comments to ELLE UK Directly after gushing about the "light" that Rihanna has, Katy added, "I know a lot of people out there with the most detrimental entourages -- they are the root of their demise. It's really unfortunate but you can't save these people. My days of celebrity saving are over." 

Many believed that Katy was referring to Rihanna with that comment, and there were rumors that Rih was angry about it, but it appears that all is well.

As for the party, Katy was celebrating the fact that her new single "Roar" instantly zoomed to the top of the iTunes charts after it was released on Monday. "Having a much deserved cheers after a long day. I'm lifting my glass to ALL of you, couldn't have done it without you. CHEERS TO YOU

Tuesday
Aug132013

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O Writes New Track for Upcoming Spike Jonze Film, "Her"

Dan MartensenYeah Yeah Yeah frontwoman Karen O has written a new song for Her, an upcoming film by director Spike Jonze. The band posted the good news via their Facebook page, noting that the track is titled “The Moon Song.” The song is featured in the current trailer for the flick, and also will be included in the film’s soundtrack.

According to IMDb.com, Her is about “a lonely writer [who] develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.” The film’s cast includes Joaquin Phoenix, Chris Pratt, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and the voice of Scarlett Johansson.

Karen O isn’t the only rocker to contribute music to Her: Arcade Fire has signed on to write the film's score. This isn't the first time Spike Jonze has tapped the musicians to soundtrack his films.  Arcade Fire provided a still-unreleased new take of their song "Wake Up" that was used in the trailer for Jonze's 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are.  Karen O provided original music for the film, under the name Karen O and the Kids.

Her is expected to hit theaters on November 20.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Honorees Announced for Ne-Yo's 2nd Annual Fostering a Legacy Benefit 

Photo by Simon Russell/WireImage for Malibu Red

Ne-Yo's charity, the Compound Foundation, has spent five years celebrating the creativity of youth in foster care through various events, including the Giving Tour, which donates thousands of toys to kids across the country as well as providing studios and recording equipment to group homes through its Group Home Studio project.

However, there's one event in particular that shines a light on exemplary individuals for their leadership in the adoption community -- the Compound Foundation's annual Foster a Legacy event.

During the second annual Fostering a Legacy benefit this year, Ne-Yo will honor Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., who is an adoptive father, and celebrity photographer Johnny Nunez, who grew up in the foster care system, for their efforts in the adoption and community work.

"I truly admire Louis Gossett Jr. for his bold initiative to adopt his son when he was in need," Ne-Yo said in a statement.  "Johnny Nunez, who has been an advocate of our cause for years and Stuart Snyder, an active supporter of the foundation, are both well-respected individuals who we cannot thank enough.  It is only right we honor these extraordinary men at this year's benefit."

Taking place Saturday, August 17, in East Hampton, New York, the event will be hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, and will include a special musical performance by Estelle.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

The Rascals' Reunion Show Kicks Off Series of Toronto Performances Tonight

The Hartman GroupThe Rascals' reunion show Once upon a Dream begins an 11-performance stint tonight at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto.  The multimedia event features the group's four original members playing dozens of their classic songs, along with archival film footage, photographs, narration and dramatic interludes that tell the band's story.

The show was written by E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, a rabid Rascals fan who also serves as co-producer and co-director of the production.  Little Steven tells the Canadian Press that he had his work cut out for him trying to convince the band's members -- who'd long had a contentious relationship -- to come together for the project.

"Too much time had gone by, they're very idealistic individuals, they're very artistically sensitive, they're very sort of protective of their legacy, with good reason," explains Van Zandt.

The Rascals rarely played together between their breakup in the early 1970s until the first Once upon a Dream performances took place last December.  Van Zandt explains that his involvement during the 1980s in South Africa's anti-apartheid movement helped when it came to convincing the 1960s legends to put aside their differences and take part in the production.

"Somewhere along the line, I don't know why or how, I found there's a part of my brain that's really good at conflict resolution," he declares, adding, "I used what I learned in those political years with the Rascals."

After the Toronto run, The Rascals: Once upon a Dream will visit a few more U.S. cities, ending with an October 10-11 stand at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre.

Here are all of the upcoming performances of The Rascals: Once upon a Dream, according to RascalsDream.com:

8/13-18, 20-21, 23-25 -- Toronto, Canada, Royal Alexandra Theatre
8/30 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
10/10 -- Los Ange­les, CA, The Greek Theatre
10/11-12 -- San Francisco, CA, The Warfield Theatre

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Sammy Hagar Shoots Down Chance of Collaboration with David Lee Roth

Facebook.com/SammyHagarFor some Van Halen fans, a collaboration between founding frontman David Lee Roth and former lead singer Sammy Hagar likely would be a dream come true.  However, Hagar -- who mounted a co-headlining tour with Diamond Dave back in 2002 -- says he doesn't expect that ever to happen.

Hagar tells Rolling Stone that he'd probably sing with Roth if he asked him, but admits, "I don't think Dave wants to be in the same room with me, to be honest with you."

Adds the Red Rocker, "I don't know if I intimidate him or if I piss him off or if he just flat don't like me, or if he's afraid of me. I don't know what it is, but he and I do not get together."

Recalling his less-than-happy experience hitting the road with Roth, Hagar points out, "We tried.  I gave it every shot I had on that tour.  And I could care less.  I mean, I'm totally over the guy."

Hagar's next studio album, Sammy Hagar & Friends, comes out on September 24.  The release features collaborations with a variety of well-known rockers, including Heart's Nancy Wilson, The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Hagar's Chickenfoot band mates Michael Anthony, Chad Smith and Joe Satriani.

The Red Rocker, who has plans to tour in support of the record, reports that fans can expect to hear quite a few Van Halen covers on the outing, including "When It's Love."

"I haven't done it in years, but I had to have that song back in the set," he explains.  "And Van Halen doesn't play that stuff anymore, so it's my obligation.  I do a 40-minute Van Halen tribute in the middle of my show."

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was the name of Tim McGraw's character in the Oscar-winning film The Blind Side? ANSWER: Sean Touhy.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Carrie Underwood and Fans Can Relive Blown Away Tour Forever with New Live DVD

Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood had a blast performing for more than a million of her fans on the Blown Away tour, and now those memories can live on forever with Carrie's Blown Away Tour: LIVE DVD, now in stores.

"I'm excited that people that came out to shows can relive it, and that's documented for my sake too," Carrie says. "But also people that never got a chance to make it out can definitely have a good experience by watching the DVD."

Even those fans who saw the show multiple times will learn more about Carrie thanks to the behind-the-scenes extras. In addition to the music videos from Carrie's Blown Away album, the bonus features include footage of Carrie's tour rehearsals and interviews with her and her band members.

She adds, "Just kind of trying to give everybody insight into how much goes into a tour."

Here is the Blown Away Tour: LIVE track listing:

"Good Girl"
"Undo It"
"Wasted"
"I Told You So"
"Two Black Cadillacs"
"Last Name"
"Temporary Home"
"Jesus, Take the Wheel"/"How Great Thou Art"
"Cowboy Casanova"
"Get Out of This Town"
"Nobody Ever Told You"
"All-American Girl"
"One Way Ticket"
"Leave Love Alone"
"Flat on the Floor"
"See You Again"
"Cupid's Got a Shotgun"
"Before He Cheats"
"I Know You Won't"
"Blown Away"

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Katy Perry Says She'll Auction Off "Teenage Dream" Costumes, But Still "Bring the Bling"

Frank Micelotta/PictureGroupNow that Katy Perry has officially moved into the Prism era of her career with the release of her new single "Roar," she's truly left her Teenage Dream days behind...but one day, fans may have a crack at owning some of her iconic candy-coated looks from that time.

Speaking to BBC's Radio 1,  Katy revealed that she keeps all her costumes and wigs in "a warehouse somewhere in L.A.," and plans to do "an Elton John-type auction at some point."  She was referring to Elton John's famed 1988 auction, in which he sold off most of his iconic, over-the-top stage outfits, signaling a new era in his life as an artist.  But Katy noted that, while she may be ditching the outfits, the music from that era and before isn't going anywhere.

"Of course I would never desert all of the stuff that I've made...in the past eras with Teenage Dream or One of the Boys," she told Radio 1. "I'll definitely include them in everything I do, especially the tour next year. I'll remix them. They'll be given a face lift, essentially."

But will Katy's new look be as fun as those blue wigs, cotton candy colors and spinning peppermint bras?  "I'm still gonna be bringing the bling," she insists. "I mean, I'm still gonna be bringing the costumes and everything. I think that you're just seeing maybe just a little bit more grown-up version of me, which does not equal boring. It just means a 28-year-old version of me."

Katy also discussed "Roar," her new single, which she describes as "a bit of a self-empowering type song."  She explained, "I wrote it for myself because I was sick of kind of keeping all these feelings inside and not speaking up for myself, and therefore, it caused a lot of resentment."

She added, laughing, "Obviously, I've been through a lot of therapy since my last record!"

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Usher's Son Out of the Hospital

Image credit: Anthony Mandler

Usher's five-year-old son is recovering nicely after he was hospitalized last week following his pool accident.  A rep for the singer confirms to ABC News Radio that Usher Raymond V was released from the hospital over the weekend. 

Usher Raymond V was hospitalized after getting stuck in a pool drain at the singer's Atlanta home. Usher later released a statement saying his son was "doing well and is recovering."  In the statement, Usher also thanked the two men who saved his son's life, Eugene Stachurski and Ben Crews.

As further evidence that he's doing well, TMZ has posted photos of Usher Raymond V with his grandmother at an indoor play center in Atlanta on Monday.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley Returning as CMA Awards Hosts

CMACarrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are taking another turn as CMA Awards co-hosts later this year on ABC. Little Big Town made the announcement during Monday night's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special. After they opened the envelope revealing the hosts' names, the camera turned to Brad and Carrie suddenly showered in balloons and confetti. You can check the moment out on YouTube.

The 2013 CMA Awards broadcast live from ABC on Wednesday, November 6.

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