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Wednesday
Apr192017

Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockShania Twain scored her first #1 on the U.S. country chart with this 1995 hit from her breakthrough The Woman in Me album. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Any Man of Mine."

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Wednesday
Apr192017

The Killers to headline inaugural Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix 

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Killers will headline the inaugural Lost Lake Festival, a new event founded by the creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands. The festival will be held October 20-22 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Joining Brandon Flowers and company on the Lost Lake lineup are Highly Suspect, Kongos, JR JR, Pixies and Broods, among others.

For the full lineup and ticket info, visit LostLakeFestival.com.

The Killers are currently working on their fifth studio album. They'll headline Lollapalooza this summer.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

"All the Best": Zac Brown Band says "Welcome Home" with major preview of new album

ABC/Image Group LAThe release of Zac Brown Band’s new album, Welcome Home, is still a little more than three weeks away, but Zac and company are continuing to give their fans a little taste of what they can expect from the new project.

This Friday, ZBB will roll out the new track, “All the Best.” You can sample a snippet via a new video the band shared on social media.

The Georgia-based musicians have already created three full-fledged lyric videos for the cuts they’ve unveiled so far. You can check out the clips for “Family Table,” “Real Thing,” and the top-20 hit “My Old Man” on YouTube.

Welcome Home is due in stores and online May 12.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and more sign guitar being raffled off for Planned Parenthood

Olivia BeeKaty Perry, Lady Gaga and John Legend are among over 100 artists teaming up for a good cause:  they’ve all put their signatures on an acoustic guitar being raffled off for Planned Parenthood.

The Gibson guitar, donated by L.A.’s Old Style Guitar Shop, also features the autographs of Sia, Mark Ronson, Charlie Puth, Sam Smith and dozens more.  It took five months for the shop's owner to collect all the artists' autographs.

When you donate $10 to Planned Parenthood, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win the the instrument. You can enter at PlannedParenthoodPromo.com.

The sweepstakes is in partnership with “7-inches for Planned Parenthood,” an upcoming series of 7-inch vinyl records being sold to benefit the organization.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Age to headline 2017 Riot Fest

Rob Loud/WireImageNine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age will headline the 2017 Riot Fest, held September 15-17 in Chicago.

The lineup also includes Prophets of Rage, Paramore, A Day to Remember, TV on the Radio, Death From Above 1979, Dirty Heads, Nothing More, New Order, Andrew W.K., Bad Brains, Ministry, reunited punk band Jawbreaker, and a DJ set from Beastie Boys' Mike D.

Tickets will go on sale today at noon CT. For all your Riot Fest needs, visit RiotFest.org.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

Paramore returns with new album, "After Laughter"; hear new single "Hard Times" now

Fueled by Ramen/AtlanticMore Paramore is on the way...finally.

The group will release their fifth album, After Laughter, on May 12.  It's their first disc in four years, and it marks the return of original member Zac Farro to the band, also comprised of frontwoman Hayley Williams, and Taylor York.

The album, recorded in the band's hometown of Nashville, is available for pre-order today and comes with an instant download of a new single, "Hard Times."  The colorful video for the song is now on YouTube and shows off the band's poppier sound, as well as the fact that Hayley's famously red hair is now blonde. 

Paramore will tour Europe this June.

Here's the track listing for After Laughter:

1. "Hard Times"
2. "Rose-Colored Boy"
3. "Told You So"
4. "Forgiveness"
5. "Fake Happy"
6. "26"
7. "Pool"
8. "Grudges"
9. "Caught In The Middle"
10. "Idle Worship"
11. "No Friend"
12. "Tell Me How"

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Wednesday
Apr192017

Previously unreleased Prince music coming Friday on new EP, or is it?

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Prince died a year ago this Friday, and to mark the anniversary a new, six-song EP of previously unreleased Prince material is planned, but will it see the light of day?

Deliverance features six studio recording the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer made between 2006 and 2008.  The material is co-credited to Prince and engineer Ian Boxill who spent the past year completing the unfinished material and mixing the tracks.

But ABC affiliate KSTP in ST. Paul, Minnesota reports that Paisley Park and Prince's estate have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the release of the material and have the masters turned over to them.  According to the suit, Boxill agreed not to use the recordings and to return them to Prince on request. 

The EP Boxill has assembled includes the title track and a four-song suite called "Opera Man" that includes songs titled "I Am," "Touch Me," "Sunrise Sunset" and "No One Else."  The EP is rounded out by an extended version of "I Am."

You can listen to the title track now on the SoundCloud account of Rogue Music Alliance.  A digital version of the EP is scheduled to be released available Friday at the usual outlets with a physical scheduled for June 2.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

Justin Bieber sings in Spanish, sets YouTube record

Peter YangSeems like Justin Bieber is just as popular when he's singing in Spanish.

Justin is featured on a remix of the hit "Depacito" by Puerto Rican singer Lusi Fonsi with original featured guest, reggeaton star Daddy Yankee, and the remix is a smash on YouTube, with 20 million views in the first 24 hours since its release on Sunday.  It's up past 33 million now. That made it the biggest debut for a music video on YouTube so far this year.

Looks like the remix was what Justin was working on when he recently posted Instagram photos of a recording session. The art for the remix is one of the images from that set of pictures, a view over Justin's shoulder in a recording studio at a lyric sheet on a music stand.

"Depacito" was already a big hit before Justin jumped on the track -- the original mix been number one on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart for the last 11 weeks straight.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

Dreamcar makes its network television debut on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Columbia RecordsDreamcar made its network television debut on Tuesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing "Kill for Candy," the lead single from the band's forthcoming, self-titled debut album.

Dreamcar features bassist Tony Kanal and drummer Adrian Young of No Doubt and guitarist Tom Dumont and singer Davey Havok of AFI.

The band finished the song in time to play about half of their latest single, “All of the Dead Girls.”

The group was backed by Scheila Gonzalez on keyboards, with Ijeoma Njaka and Dessy Di Lauro‏ on backing vocals.

Dreamcar will perform at weekend two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, on the Gobi Stage at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

The band's debut album, produced by Tim Pagnotta of Sugarcult, is due out May 12 via Columbia Records

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on ABC

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Wednesday
Apr192017

See Elton John play the blues with Jack White in trailer for "American Epic"

PBS Elton John, Taj Majal, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Willie Nelson and the late Merle Haggard are among the artists who will recreate classic American recording sessions from the 1920s for The American Epic Sessions, a feature-length film companion to an upcoming PBS documentary about the rural recording boom of the 1920s.

Jack White, Alabama Shakes, BeckThe Avett Brothers, rapper Nas and R&B singer Raphael Saadiq also are on board.

For the film, and a companion album produced by White and T Bone Burnett, engineer Nicholas Bergh, rebuilt a 1920s vintage recording system -- a single microphone, a six-foot amplifier rack and a live record cutting lathe powered by a weight-driven pulley system, giving performers three minutes to capture live their versions of classic performances by the founding fathers of country and blues like The Carter Family, Blind Willie Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt.

The American Epic Sessions will debut on PBS stations Tuesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. Columbia Records will release new studio performances from The American Epic Sessions on May 12, with a vinyl edition coming from Jack White's Third Man Records.

The American Epic Sessions is an outgrowth of American Epic, a documentary film series PBS will air Tuesdays May 16, 23 and 30 at 9 p.m. that will explore what producers call the "big bang of modern popular music" -- the explosion of recordings of undiscovered talent from the Appalachians to the Mississippi Delta to Hawaii that first captured on record blues, country and gospel music. Columbia also will release a 100-song companion soundtrack to the series on May 12. 

A preview of the series is streaming now on YouTube, where you can hear Elton John and Jack White playing the blues.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

See Jack White & Elton John play the blues in trailer for "American Epic"

Courtesy of © 2015 Lo-Max Films LtdJack White, Alabama Shakes, BeckThe Avett Brothers, Elton John and more will recreate classic American recording sessions from the 1920 for The American Epic Sessions, a feature-length film companion to an upcoming PBS documentary about the rural recording boom of the 1920s.

For the film, and a companion album produced by White and T Bone Burnett, engineer Nicholas Bergh, rebuilt a 1920s vintage recording system -- a single microphone, a six-foot amplifier rack and a live record cutting lathe powered by a weight-driven pulley system, giving performers three minutes to capture live their versions of classic performances by the founding fathers of country and blues like The Carter Family, Blind Willie Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt.

Also taking part in The American Epic Sessions were the late Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Taj Majal, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, rapper Nas and R&B singer Raphael Saadiq among others.

The American Epic Sessions will debut on PBS stations Tuesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. Columbia Records will release new studio performances from The American Epic Sessions on May 12, with a vinyl edition coming from Jack White's Third Man Records.

The American Epic Sessions is an outgrowth of American Epic, a documentary film series PBS will air Tuesdays May 16, 23 and 30 at 9 p.m. that will explore what producers call the "big bang of modern popular music" -- the explosion of recordings of undiscovered talent from the Appalachians to the Mississippi Delta to Hawaii that first captured on record blues, country and gospel music. Columbia also will release a 100-song companion soundtrack to the series on May 12. 

A preview of the series is streaming now on YouTube, where you can hear Elton John and Jack White playing the blues.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

20 years on, Jewel looks back at her biggest hit: "I thought it was a silly song" 

AtlanticTwenty years ago today -- April 19, 1997 -- Jewel's biggest hit peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts, though she admits that at the time she wrote it, she felt it was "silly," not to mention "terrible."

The song was "You Were Meant for Me," from Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You, which she released in 1995, when she was just 21 years old. But the singer, actress and author admits that she didn't think much of the song when she first came up with it.

"When I wrote it, I thought it was a terrible song," she tells ABC Radio. "I thought it was a little bit of a silly song. It wasn't as deep as, I dunno, I guess, I liked a lot of my writing to be."

Jewel says she wrote the song during the time she was homeless and living in her car.  During that time, she says, she started having panic attacks and anxiety, and came up with her own way of coping.

"I..began to use mindfulness exercises to try to retrain my brain, basically," she tells ABC Radio. "That's what I was writing about...that's why I wrote about habitual thought, which is sort of what [the line in the song] 'Dreams last for so long even after you're gone' [is about]...the love of fantasy versus the actual reality."

When Jewel eventually got a record deal, the song ended up on Pieces of You, which went on to sell 12 million copies.  "You Were Meant for Me" stayed on the charts for an amazing 65 weeks.

Jewel still performs the song when she does concerts, and says she's proud of what the song accomplished.

She tells ABC Radio, "The fact that that record did so well was mind-boggling."  

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Wednesday
Apr192017

Soungarden is "about halfway through" writing next album 

Credit: Michael LavineSoundgarden is currently working on a new album, their first since their 2012 comeback effort King Animal. In an interview with Billboard, frontman Chris Cornell shares an update on the progress of the band's seventh studio record.

"We're about halfway through writing the new album," says Cornell. "We're not on a schedule."

What Soundgarden does have scheduled, though, is a U.S. headlining tour, which kicks off later this month.

"What I look forward to the most -- because I tour so much, especially the last couple of years, by myself -- is the camaraderie," Cornell says of the tour. "It's what we missed when we weren't a band. When I do solo tours, I'm really kind of alone all the time, so that's the best thing about it."

Outside of Soundgarden, Cornell released a new solo song, called "The Promise," last month. He recorded the track for an upcoming film about the Armenian genocide,  also called The Promise.

"I'd love to be able to have the effect of [The Promise] not just represent a century ago, but bring it into now," Cornell tells Billboard. "When people get done watching the film, rather than think, 'Wow, what a horrendous thing that happened a century ago,' realize that it is happening now, realize the film [is] telling a true story and you're seeing how it was created."

Cornell adds that he had "daymares" from the research he did on the Armenian genocide.

"Especially seeing some of the images and some of the documentary footage," he says. "You can't unsee it."

The Promise, which stars Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, opens in theaters this Friday, April 21.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLittle Big Town will sing at the Music Biz 2017 Awards Breakfast & Presentations May 17 at the Renaissance Nashville.

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives will perform “Time Don’t Wait” April 24 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS. The tune is from Marty’s new album, Way Out West.

You can check out the music video for “Never Mine Nevermind” by newcomer Haley Georgia on YouTube. Haley’s signed to EMI Records Nashville.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

Stephen Stills teaming up with old flame Judy Collins for duets album, US tour

Credit: Anna WebberIn 1967, Stephen Stills met Judy Collins and began a two-year romance with the folk legend that inspired him to write the 1969 Crosby, Stills & Nash classic "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." Now, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of their relationship, Stills and Collins are teaming up for a collaborative album as well as a U.S. summer tour.

The duo are working on the still-untitled album this month and are hoping to release it sometime this summer. The trek, which features more than 20 dates, kicks off with a July 26 performance at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, and winds down with a September 6 concert in San Diego.

Interestingly, the tour will mark the first time Stills and Collins will perform on stage together. The shows will feature songs from the new album and selections from their back catalogs, while Stephen and Judy also will share stories about their eventful lives and careers and recollections of their time together.

Meanwhile, Stills is winding down a spring tour with his blues-rock band The Rides, which features Kenny Wayne Shepherd and ex-Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg. The group has two dates left on its 2017 itinerary: a pair of California festival appearances, on May 27 in Santa Cruz and May 28 in Avila Beach.

In other news, Stills is in the process of writing a self-penned memoir and his guitar work is featured on a new EP titled Walking in Twos by singer/songwriter Amanda Abizaid.

Here are all of Stills' upcoming tour dates:

With The Rides:
5/27 -- Santa Cruz, CA, Santa Cruz American Music Festival
5/28 -- Avila Beach, CA, Avila Beach Blues Festival

With Judy Collins:
7/26 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
7/28 -- Cleveland Heights, OH, Cain Park
7/30 -- Overland, KS, JCCC Carlsen Center
8/1 -- Denver, CO, Denver Botanic Gardens
8/3 -- Steamboat Springs, CO, Strings Music Pavilion
8/5 -- Salina, KS, Stiefel Theatre
8/7 -- Meridian, MS, MSU - Riley Center
8/9 -- Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall
8/11 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
8/12 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
8/14 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
8/16 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/17 -- New Haven, CT, College Street Music Hall
8/18 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
8/20 -- Lowell, MA, Boarding House Park
8/21 -- Great Barrington, MA, Mahaiwe PAC
8/23 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo PAC
8/25 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
8/26 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre
8/28 -- Binghamton, NY, Anderson Center for the Performing Arts
9/1 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
9/6 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Sea

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Wednesday
Apr192017

Love & Daisies & Dolly: How her new baby is making everything sweeter for Kimberly Schlapman

ABC/Image Group LAWednesday morning, Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman gets up early to launch her new line of Love & Daisies home goods on HSN.

Being an early riser is likely something the bubbly soprano is used to, since she adopted a new baby around the first of the year. Kimberly admits just talking about the little girl she and her husband Stephen named Dolly makes her emotional.

“The things that matter the most are the people that we love, and that has been heightened for me lately, because we've brought little Dolly into our family…” Kimberly says. “She's a part of us, like she just fits right into the puzzle of our family like it was always meant to be. And love has just grown and exploded, and the things that matter have become so much more apparent, even than before. You know, she needed us, but we also needed her."

It turns out no one’s crazier about the new little one than Kimberly’s older daughter, 9-year-old Daisy.

“Daisy is in heaven! She's a little momma,” Kimberly says. “She prayed for this baby every night when she said her prayers. And she loves and adores her. She kisses her all the time.”

You can peek into the Schlapman family kitchen as Kimberly debuts her Love & Daisies products this morning at 8 a.m. ET on HSN. You’ll also be able to catch Kimberly again at 5 p.m.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

Avery*Sunshine recalls getting a phone call from Jennifer Holliday, impromptu performance with Fantasia

Photo Courtesy of Shanachie EntertainmentAvery*Sunshine has received praise from musical icons including Aretha FranklinPatti LaBelleBerry Gordy, and even Culture Club lead vocalist Boy George.  

But the singer remembers one particular moment in her career when she was shaken to the core by a fateful phone call from another legendary superstar. 

She tells ABC Radio, "One of the first industry gigs I got was with Jennifer Holliday. She left a message on my phone. I'd never met her before. I was like "What?" Who does that?"

That chance call from Holliday in 2007 led to Avery scoring a coveted job as the choral director for National Black Arts Festival theater production of Dreamgirls in Atlanta, Georgia.

Another pivotal moment in Avery's career happened in 2013, when she was called to share the stage with American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino

Avery's rendition of the gospel song "Safe in His Arms" brought Fantasia to tears and earned more than two million YouTube views. But she recalls feeling mortified by the possibility of anyone ever witnessing her performance online.

She adds, "I was so mad when Dana [her husband] said, 'Oh yeah we posted it.' I was like 'You're kidding me. That wasn't my interview. I wasn't supposed to do that.' Turns out now one of the things that I'm most known for is that video. So many people who know nothing about the rest of our music, they know that video." 

Now, Avery is gearing up for the release of her highly-anticipated third album, Twenty Sixty Four, which she hopes will bring her fans great joy. 

"I believe the reason that I am here is to share the music that God has given me," she says.  

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Tuesday
Apr182017

So messy: Beyoncé's legal team asks court to throw out lawsuit against singer 

ABC/Image Group LAA motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Beyonce by the estate of late New Orleans rapper Anthony Barré was filed this past Friday.  

At issue is the allegedly unauthorized use of Barré's voice in Bey's "Formation" video -- a use that her team argues was "minimal."

The Hollywood Reporter explains that it's Barré's voice you hear at the start of Bey's "Formation" visual saying "What happened at the New Orleans...," and then again further into the clip, saying "B****, I'm back by popular demand."

Via the The Hollywood Reporter, the motion states, "Among its many references to New Orleans, the music video used a total of approximately ten seconds of audio from two YouTube videos featuring Anthony Barre -- also known as 'Messy Mya' -- walking through the streets of New Orleans speaking to the camera and interacting with others along the way."  

It then adds, "About six seconds of that same audio was played at Beyonce's performances of the song during the 'Formation World Tour.'" 

The lawsuit, which was filed in February by Barré's sister, Angel Barré, claims that the superstar used her brother's voice, words and performance "without authorization in the extremely popular 'Formation' master recording, composition and video, and in theatrical and other live performances." 

But the motion filed by Beyonce's lawyer claims that the producer of the "Formation" video licensed the YouTube videos before Angel "had herself appointed the administrator" of her brother's estate.

Barré was fatally shot in 2010. 

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Tuesday
Apr182017

It's in his DNA: Kendrick Lamar debuts new music video starring Don Cheadle

Image Group LA/ABCKendrick Lamar and House of Lies actor Don Cheadle go through a brief battle of rap lyrics in Kendrick's new music video for "DNA.".  

The visual starts with a gritty interrogation scene between a handcuffed Kendrick and Don, who is seen questioning the rapper for several moments before being electrocuted by a polygraph machine.  

Don begins to lip sync some of Kendrick's lyrics before the rapper escapes.  

Kendrick's fourth studio album DAMN. is projected to top the Billboard 200 chart next week.  

Kendrick's new disc features Rihanna and U2 on two separate songs, and his first single from the studio project, "Humble," is his first-ever top-10 single as a lead artist.  

A clean version of "Humble" is also the new theme song for the NBA playoffs. 

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Tuesday
Apr182017

Moy Cherie Amour: Stevie Wonder pays tribute to late Motown songwriting partner Sylvia Moy

L. Busacca/WireImage for Songwriter's Hall of FameStevie Wonder has written a heartfelt tribute to his one-time Motown songwriting collaborator Sylvia Moy, who died Saturday at the age of 78. The legendary artist talked to Rolling Stone about Moy, who along with Henry Crosby co-wrote such memorable early Wonder hits as "Uptight (Everything's Alright)," "My Cherie Amour," and "I Was Made to Love Her."

"How do you stop loving the ones you loved for a lifetime -- you don't! Sylvia Moy has made it possible to enrich my world of songs with some of the greatest lyrics," says Wonder in a statement he sent to the magazine. "But, not only that, she, through her participation and our co-writing those songs, helped me become a far better writer of lyrics."

Wonder also laments that he won't have a chance to work again with Moy, whose final co-write with Stevie was "Never Had a Dream Come True," a song on the 1969 album Signed, Sealed & Delivered.

"Even in these later years, I longed for us to collaborate again, yet who am I to fight with the Most High in His decision to making her one of his angels of song for eternity," Wonder maintains. "Maybe someday in eternity, at its given time and space, we will write together again. I love you, Sylvia."

Wonder ends his tribute by singing the wordless lead-in to "My Cherie Amour," "La la la la la la, la la la la la la."

In co-writing the 1965 tune "Uptight," Wonder's second top-five hit, Moy helped convince Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. not to drop a then-teenage Stevie from the label at a time when his voice had begun to change and he had experienced a lull in his successful singles.

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