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Apr212017

Twenty One Pilots' "Blurryface" notches 100th consecutive week on "Billboard" 200

Image Group LA/ABCMy name's Blurryface and I'm still on the Billboard 200.

Twenty One Pilots' breakthrough album has now spent 100 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200. The title reached the milestone this week, charting at number 27 on the tally

During its run, which began when it debuted at number one in June of 2015, Blurryface has never fallen out of the top 40 on the Billboard 200. The lowest it's ever gotten was number 36. The album, which spawned the hit singles "Stressed Out" and "Ride," has since been certified three times platinum.

Last month, Twenty One Pilots wrapped their North American Emotional Roadshow arena tour in support of Blurryface. They'll play a five-show run in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio, dubbed the Tour de Columbus, this June.

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Friday
Apr212017

Faith Evans remembers her "Legacy" with late husband The Notorious B.I.G. in new video

Eric JohnsonFaith Evans reflects on her relationship with late husband The Notorious B.I.G. in the music video for their latest release, "Legacy."  

The song comes from the duo's highly-anticipated duets album The King & I, which arrives May 19. 

The visual features vocals from Faith and Biggie, and there are shots of many people lip-syncing the rapper's lyrics from his 1999 song "Would You Die for Me" in different locations around New York City. 

"And I'm so happy to say that I know you/My whole life was changed instantly/And I was willing to play my position, yeah/When you made me your wife-to-be," sings Faith on the track. 

The King & I is set to drop two days before Biggie's birthday -- May 19 -- and is available to pre-order now. The disc will include rare and unreleased vocals by the legendary rapper, along with guest appearances from Busta RhymesLil' Cease112Lil' KimSheek LouchJadakissSnoop Dogg, and Styles P.

Others on the album include actor Jamal Woolard, who portrayed The Notorious B.I.G. in Notorious, the biopic based on the rapper's life and career, and Biggie's mother, Voletta Wallace, known as "Mama Wallace." 

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Friday
Apr212017

Kelly Clarkson freaks out after being surprised with birthday "girls trip"

Weiss EubanksMonday is Kelly Clarkson's birthday, but she got her present early...and she was so excited about it, she almost cried.

On Twitter Friday afternoon, Kelly posted a video of herself, with no makeup, hair up in a ponytail, in sweats, working out a puzzle with Scrabble letters.  "Woke up this morning to a birthday scavenger hunt that ended with an anagram!! Best surprise ever!" she captioned the video.

In the video, she spells out, "Pack your bags" and "A girls trip."  Then she looks confused and says, "Wait...what?"

The woman filming the video says, "We're going on a girls trip! We're not tellin' you where yet."  Off camera a man -- possibly Kelly's husband -- says, "We're sending you on a girls trip with all the ladies."  The woman adds, "We're leaving tonight!"

Kelly yells "Whaat!" and starts jumping up and down.  "And your sister and your mom are coming..." adds the woman.

"I'm totally gonna cry," says an amazed Kelly, clasping her hands to her chest with joy.  "That was the goal!" the woman laughs.

It's no surprise Kelly's excited about her trip: she has four kids in her house, including her baby son Remy, who just turned one, her daughter River, and her two stepchildren.  Sometimes mama just needs to get away.

 

 

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Friday
Apr212017

Kacey Musgraves wishes Zac Brown Band "All the Best" on new album

ABC/Image Group LAKacey Musgraves makes a cameo appearance on the new album from the Zac Brown Band.

The Pageant Material singer and the Georgia music-makers duet on “All the Best,” written by renowned Nashville singer/songerwriter John Prine. He originally recorded the track on his Grammy-winning 1991 album, The Missing Years.

“I had so much fun singin’ on one of my favorite old John Prine songs on the new ZBB record,” Kacey shared on social media, along with a video of herself in the studio with ZBB. “Zac -- Thanks for always being so kind and supportive to me,” she added.

You can hear the full version of “All the Best” via Zac Brown Band’s new lyric video on YouTube. Their new album, Welcome Home, is due May 12.

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Friday
Apr212017

Danzig meets the "Devil on Hwy 9" with new single

Gary Miller/WireImageDanzig has premiered the first single from their upcoming new album, Black Laden Crown. The track is called "Devil on Hwy 9," and it's streaming now on YouTube.

Black Laden Crown will be released May 26. It's the first album of original material from Danzig since 2010's Deth Red Sabaoth.

In conjunction with the album release, Danzig will headline the Blackest of the Black festival, held May 26-27 in Silverado, California. The festival, created by Glenn Danzig himself, also features performances from Suicidal Tendencies, Ministry and Atreyu, plus an attraction called Castle Danzig, which boasts a "sacrifice alter," a "padded cell" and a "bondage stage."

Here is the Black Laden Crown track list:

"Black Laden Crown"
"Eyes Ripping Fire"
"Devil on Hwy 9"
"Last Ride"
"The Witching Hour"
"But a Nightmare"
"Skulls & Daisies"
"Blackness Falls"
"Pull the Sun"

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Friday
Apr212017

Watch Harry Styles deny insane tabloid stories on The Graham Norton Show 

PA Wire/PA Images/BBC AMERICAAs a member of one of the world's biggest bands, who for a time dated one of the world's most famous women, Harry Styles has been the subject of his fair share of crazy tabloid stories.  He was able to confirm -- and deny -- some of them while taping a new episode of British chat show, The Graham Norton Show.

In a clip from the upcoming episode, Norton reads off a list of insane stories, which Harry then responds to with facial expressions...and sometimes verbal confirmation or denial.  Among the stories he denies: he and Liam Payne got an STD from a koala, he uses sheep placenta to keep his skin looking great, and -- this one is really nuts -- he had sex with Barack Obama.

As the audience laughed at that last one, Harry responded, with a straight face, "I'm legally not allowed to say."

At the end of the bit, Norton asks him about the rumor that he auditioned for the lead role in the upcoming Young Han Solo Star Wars spinoff film.  Harry looks pensive at first, then grins but shakes his head.

"That might be a yes!" Norton teases, as the rest of the guests all insist that it's a "yes" -- but Harry did not respond.

You can watch the entire interview with Harry when The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC America Saturday, April 29 at 11 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Apr212017

Christina Grimmie’s posthumous EP, "Side B," out now 

Republic Records/Yoni GoldbergChristina Grimmie’s music continues to live on. Her posthumous EP, called Side B, was released today.

The EP contains three new songs from the singer, plus a new recording of Christina’s cover of Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up,” which she first performed as a contestant on The Voice.

The new tracks include the lead single “Invisible,” the R&B-tinged ballad “I Only Miss You When I Breathe,” and a song about complicated love called “The Game.” Those three songs will also be included on a 10-song album called All Is Vanity, which is being released on June 2 in conjunction with National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Proceeds from the Side B EP go towards a memorial fund in Christina’s name. The 22-year-old singer was gunned down by a deranged fan following a concert in Orlando, Florida on June 10, 2016.

There will also be a special announcement regarding Christina on NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday, April 25.

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Friday
Apr212017

#BlackGirlMagic: Lupita Nyong'o wants to co-star in a movie with Rihanna

Getty Images via ABCLupita Nyong'o is ready to make some #blackgirlmagic happen on the screen with Rihanna.

Earlier this week a fan commented on a photo of the two stars attending an event together, writing, "Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and Lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scams."

Nyong'o, seemingly enjoying the fan's assessment, responded, and tagged Rih Rih.

"I'm down if you are @rihanna," she wrote.

Fans promptly got all excited about the notion of the two superstars teaming up.

"I'm here for all of this!" one user wrote. Another agreed writing, "Weeeee neeeeeed you to do this, pls."

One fan even offered up Queen Sugar's Ava DurVernay to direct the film.

"Please can @ava get in on this? This would be epic #BlackGirlMagic," the user wrote.

Rihanna has yet to respond to Nyong'o's tweet.  

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Friday
Apr212017

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull extend their joint tour into the fall

PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentEnrique Iglesias and Pitbull are having too much fun to stop now.  They've just added 18 additional dates to their summer joint tour, extending the trek into the fall.

The summer tour kicks off June 1 and wraps up July 6, while the fall leg gets underway September 22 in Houston.  The final date is October 28 in Oakland, CA.  An extra show has also been added to the summer leg: a July 1 show at New York's Madison Square Garden.  Tickets for all the new dates go on sale Friday, April 28.

Here are the new fall dates:

9/22 -- Houston, TX Toyota Center
9/23 -- Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Arena
9/24 -- Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
9/26 -- Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
9/29 -- Orlando, FL Amway Center
9/30 -- Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
10/3 -- Washington, DC Verizon Center
10/6 -- St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
10/7 -- Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
10/10 -- Newark, NJ Prudential Center
10/12 -- Boston, MA TD Garden
10/13 -- Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
10/14 -- Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
10/20 -- Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
10/21 -- Anaheim, CA Honda Center
10/22 -- San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
10/27 -- Los Angeles, CA The Forum
10/28 -- Oakland, CA  Oracle Arena

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Friday
Apr212017

10th anniversary Record Store Day takes place Saturday; check out this year's releases

Courtesy of Record Store DayRecord Store Day will celebrate its 10th anniversary this Saturday in independent record stores across the country, and around the world.

As with the previous nine events, the list of releases for this year's Record Store Day is stuffed with exclusive offerings, mostly on vinyl from a variety of veteran acts, including Paul McCartney, The Doors, The Turtles, Fleetwood Mac and The Kinks.

Paul McCartney will be releasing a limited-edition cassette that day featuring demos of three songs he and Elvis Costello wrote and recorded together during the sessions for Paul's 1989 studio album Flowers in the Dirt

The Doors' Record Store Day offering is Live at The Matrix, an LP that features newly remastered performances from the band's March 7, 1967, show at the San Francisco club.

The Turtles' contribution to the campaign is a reissue of the 1970 compilation More Golden Hits pressed on gold vinyl.

Fleetwood Mac is releasing Altered Mirage, an LP of alternate takes of songs from the 1982 Mirage album that first appeared as part of the deluxe CD reissue, which came out last year.

The Kinks are putting out two Record Store Day releases, a pair of long-out-of-print French EPs.

Other artists releasing limited-edition vinyl discs for RSD this year include The Beatles, Blondie, David Bowie, The Cars, Johnny Cash, Cheap Trick, David Crosby, Def Leppard, The Easybeats, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Marianne Faithfull, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Johnny MathisMungo Jerry, Stevie Nicks, Harry Nilsson, Dolly Parton, Pink Floyd, Prince, Procol Harum, Lou Reed, Todd Rundgren, Leon Russell, Santana, Bob Seger, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Toto, U2, Neil Young, Yes, and The Zombies.

For the full list of releases and participating stores, visit RecordStoreDay.com.

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Friday
Apr212017

10th anniversary Record Store Day takes place Saturday; check out this year's releases

Courtesy of Record Store DayRecord Store Day will celebrate its 10th anniversary this Saturday in independent record stores across the country, and around the world.

As with the previous nine events, the list of releases for this year's Record Store Day is stuffed with exclusive releases, mostly on vinyl, from a variety of classic-rock acts, including The Doors, Paul McCartney, Rush and U2.

The Doors' Record Store Day offering is Live at The Matrix, an LP that features newly remastered performances from the band's March 7, 1967, show at the San Francisco club.

Paul McCartney will be releasing a limited-edition cassette that day featuring demos of three songs he and Elvis Costello wrote and recorded together during the sessions for Paul's 1989 studio album Flowers in the Dirt

Rush will issue a 12-inch EP titled Cygnus X-1, which features "Book I" and "Book II" of the prog-rock trio's extended piece "Cygnus X-1," from the 1977 album A Farewell to Kings.

U2's Record Store Day release is a 12-inch picture disc featuring a new mix of "Red Hill Mining Town" done by producer Steve Lillywhite. The disc celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Irish rockers' classic album The Joshua Tree.

Other artists that are releasing limited-edition vinyl discs for the 2017 Record Store Day promotion include Alice in Chains, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Cars, Cheap Trick, David Crosby, Def Leppard, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Fleetwood Mac, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Motorhead, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, The Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lou Reed, Todd Rundgren, Santana, Bob Seger, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Neil Young, Yes, Frank Zappa and The Zombies.

For the full list of releases and participating stores, visit RecordStoreDay.com.

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Friday
Apr212017

John Fogerty and country star Brad Paisley stick up for America's veterans on "Love and War"

Mark Davis/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACMJohn Fogerty and country star Brad Paisley recently shot the music video for their new collaborative song "Love and War," the title track of Paisley's just-released studio album, aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego.

Entertainment Tonight visited with Fogerty and Paisley while they were making the video, and Brad explained that he wanted to make a statement about how the U.S. treats its servicemen and servicewomen, and thought John's experiences during the Vietnam era made him the perfect collaborator for the song.

"I wasn't shipped to Vietnam, but certainly being the same age and the same and the same end zone, possibly, I had my eye on that all the way through," said Fogerty, who served in the Army Reserves during the 1960s.  He added, "We send people off do this great service for us and possibly die, but when they come home, we don't treat them very well. That's what we wanted to express in the song -- we need to do something about that."

Paisley told Entertainment Tonight that he thinks the song's message is, "'We can do better.' We can do a lot better when it comes to taking care of veterans. I don't think there's anyone who would disagree with that…It feels like we should be giving these people the moon! They should be getting anything they need from us."

You can check out the "Love and War video now at Paisley's official Facebook page. Accompanying the clip is a note from Brad that reads, "One of the more important things I've ever said and I'm so honored to say it with John Fogerty."

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Friday
Apr212017

"Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning": Hear Chris Stapleton cover Willie Nelson

Mercury Records Nashville 

Chris Stapleton paid tribute to George Jones on his multi-platinum Traveller album by covering his classic “Tennessee Whiskey,” and now on his sophomore effort, he’s tipping his hat to Willie Nelson.

Willie went to #2 in 1982 with “Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning,” and Stapleton offers his take on the tune on his new album, From A Room:  Volume 1, which comes out May 5.

You can listen to Chris’s version in an audio-only clip on YouTube, or you can instantly download the track if you pre-order the album.

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Friday
Apr212017

50 Cent to executive-produce cop drama series "The Oath"

ABC/Randy Holmes50 Cent is putting on his executive-producer hat for his next project.

According to Billboard, TV streaming service Crackle has picked up 50 Cent's new cop drama, The Oath for a 10-episode series. 

The series, which was created and written by former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Halpin, will explore gangs within the police force, which sometimes take the law into their own hands.

The streaming service is also in the works to develop 50's hour-long drama, RPM. The original film is said to follow a car salesman who "turns to a life of crime in order to help his family's financial struggle."

At this time, there is no official release date for either projects. 

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Friday
Apr212017

Body party time: Ciara and baby bump "drop it low" in new Instagram photo

Image Group LA/ABCA very pregnant Ciara was not afraid to drop it low while wearing platform Gucci sneakers in a candid photo session. 

The "Goodies" singer posted several pictures on her Instagram account, with one showing her and her very pregnant belly crouching down on what looks like a tennis court. That caption reads, "Mamma can still drop it low."  

Another shot shows her standing up teetering in the sky-high platform kicks. She writes, "Truly A Balancing Game In These #Gucci Stacks & This Big Belly!" 

Earlier this month, Ciara's hubby -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson -- told People magazine how excited he was for the arrival of the couple's first child. 

He said, "We have...[a] little one on the way so it's going to be a blessing for sure. To be able to embrace what's coming soon is going to be great."  

Last October, on her 31st birthday, Ciara and Russell announced that they were expecting their first child. Ciara also has a son, Future Zahir, from her previous relationship with rapper Future.  

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Friday
Apr212017

Zayn invites us to sexy, smoky house party in “Still Got Time” video

RCA RecordsWhat’s it like to be invited to a party at Zayn’s house? The video for his song with PARTYNEXTDOOR, “Still Got Time,” gives you some idea.

The clip was filmed home movie-style at the singer’s real-life London home. He invited a bunch of guests for a smoky, seductive bash and had cameras capture the whole thing.

The video’s director, Calmatic, says of the unconventional shoot, “When I got there we met at [Zayn’s] crib and he said he wanted to throw the wildest house party imaginable. So we invited everyone we knew and let the cameras roll. The rest is history."

We even catch a glimpse of Zayn getting his latest tattoo at the party -- he inked “SGT,” the initials for “Still Got Time,” on his arm.

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Friday
Apr212017

Kendrick Lamar says it was "only right" to treat hometown fans to album signing event

Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath Records/Interscope RecordsNo one killed Kendrick Lamar's positive vibes yesterday during the a surprise album signing event at Best Buy in the city where he was born: Compton, California.  

The "HUMBLE." artist told ABC affiliate KABC-TV why it was so important for him to make the special appearance in his hometown for fans.  

"It's inspiring. Period," he explained. "If I seen my favorite artist or someone that I admire, it'd give me so much motivation being a nine-year old, a 10-year-old, a 20-year-old kid."

"I just know what type of fire it'll put inside their hearts to continue to do whatever they're doing, whether it's further their education or playing sports," he added. "A lot of these kids out here are so talented. So, it's only right for me to show face and come back homegrown, where I'm from."

Judging from the thousands of fans who lined up for a chance to meet the rapper, it looks like Kendrick really does have the power to inspire his listeners. 

DAMN., which features Rihanna and U2, is projected to top the Billboard 200 chart next week and it may be the biggest album debut of 2017 so far. The first single from the album, "Humble," is Kendrick's first-ever top-10 single as a lead artist and a clean version of the track is the new theme song for the NBA playoffs. 

And if that wasn't enough Kendrick for you, the lyricist has plans to release more music in the near future. He made the announcement on a fan's Instagram Live feed video during yesterday's album signing.  

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Friday
Apr212017

Charlie Puth: Don't pay so much "Attention" to social media

Catie LaffoonCharlie Puth's new single "Attention" is about a girl who wants just that...but when it comes to real life, Charlie says too much of our attention is taken up these days by our phones and social media.

Speaking to People magazine, Charlie says getting a "like" on Facebook or Instagram sends a rush of dopamine to your brain, and it can be addictive.  He cautions, "Social media is important, but we should venture out a little bit and not rely on it for self approval.”

"There is nothing wrong with Instagram,” he adds. “It’s a huge reason for my social presence, but it’s also important to counter that with nature walks. It’s so important to realize your surroundings...You don’t have to always look in your phone. That’s the main thing.”

"Attention" is the first single from Charlie's upcoming sophomore album. As previously reported, it's being used in a new immersive music experience in L.A. called The Attention Room, with visuals designed to replicate the brain's reaction to getting attention.

The "See You Again" singer will hit the road as the opening act on Shawn Mendes' North American tour, which begins July 6 in Portland, OR.

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Friday
Apr212017

Brad Paisley says collaborating with Mick Jagger and John Fogerty on his new album was a "bucket list" experience

Arista NashvilleWith cameos by such music legends as Mick Jagger and John Fogerty, country star Brad Paisley describes making his new album, Love and War, as a "bucket list" experience. But Paisley says he's aware that a stable full of superstars doesn't necessarily guarantee a great album.

"If I'm wasting Mick Jagger's time for three days, it better be something...when he leaves. It wasn't just all for a couple of beers at the bar and a couple of dinners," he tells ABC Radio. "I was bound and determined that...we would have something to show for it."

By the time the Rolling Stones icon left Nashville, he and Paisley had written and recorded the cut "Drive of Shame."

The album's title track, "Love and War," makes a statement about how America treats its veterans, and Brad knew it was a message he needed to deliver with former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman Fogerty.

"I had that idea for him for quite a while, and I knew I wanted to say it with him," Paisley recalls. "Because saying a statement about the mistreatment of veterans in a song, I can do that for my generation, but nobody speaks for his generation better than him."

Love and War hit stores today, April 21.

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Friday
Apr212017

Styx releasing out-of-this-world concept album, "The Mission," in June

Alpha Dog 2T/UMeStyx is inviting fans to come sail away with them on a new musical mission.  The veteran rockers will release their first album of original songs in 14 years, titled The Mission, on June 16.

Following in the tradition of such memorable Styx records as Paradise Theatre and Kilroy Was Here, the new release is a concept album, telling the story of the first manned voyage to the planet Mars in the year 2033.

The fictional sci-fi tale casts Styx's members -- singer/guitarists Tommy Shaw and James "J.Y." Young, singer/keyboardist Lawrence Gowan, drummer Todd Sucherman and bassists Ricky Phillips and Chuck Panozzo -- as the crew of a nuclear-powered spacecraft named the Khedive, and follows their adventures as they try to reach the red planet.

"The planets truly aligned for The Mission, and I couldn't be prouder," says Shaw, who created the album's storyline with his frequent collaborator Will Evankovich. "It's our boldest, most emblematic album since [1978's] Pieces of Eight."

Coinciding with the album's details being announced on Friday, Styx has released the first single, "Gone Gone Gone," a driving, prog-rock-flavored tune reminiscent of the band's late-'70s work, as well as that of Queen.

The track can be purchased as a download and is available via various streaming services. In addition, a video for the song, showing the band performing the tune at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, has premiered online. You can watch the clip at Styx's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The Mission can be pre-ordered now at various online music sellers. It will be available as a CD, a vinyl LP and digitally.

Here is the full track list of the album:

"Overture"
"Gone Gone Gone"
"Hundred Million Miles from Home"
"Trouble at the Big Show"
"Locomotive"
"Radio Silence"
"The Greater Good"
"Time May Bend"
"Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong"
"Red Storm"
"All Systems Stable"
"Khedive"
"The Outpost"
"Mission to Mars"

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