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Thursday
May052016

Call Her a Glamazon: Kelsea Ballerini Plays Dress-Up for Macy's

BusinessWireThis summer, Kelsea Ballerini joins other major stars like American Idol alum Adam Lambert as one of the faces of Macy’s American Icons campaign. In Kelsea’s ad, she sports fashion-forward looks from Rachel Roy, Maison Jules and Ray-Ban. The “Dibs” songstress admits playing dress-up is right in her wheelhouse.  

“Well I just have always been such a girly girl. Like I love clothes and I think clothes kind of just like reflect your mood, so I just kind of do whatever, I just kinda dress however. But I think it's fun to, like especially in videos, to kinda push limits and dress up, be glam!”

You can check out Kelsea’s latest glam looks in the video for her new single, “Peter Pan.” You should start seeing her Macy’s ads next week.

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Thursday
May052016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Chris Young and Cassadee Pope's "Think of You" is the latest duet to go #1 on the country charts. Can you name the two male/female collaborations that reached the top spot in 2015? ANSWER: Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe's "Lonely Tonight" & Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter's "Wild Child." 

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Thursday
May052016

Amber Rose Explains Why She Went After Kanye West 

ABC/Randy HolmesAmber Rose wants you to know she's not one to mess with -- especially when it comes to her children.

In a new interview with People Rose explains her now-infamous Twitter attack on ex, Kanye West, earlier this year was sparked by a Twitter reference the rapper made to her son with Wiz Khalifa, Sebastian.

“You better not come for Sebastian. Not my baby. I will protect him,” she tells the magazine.

The salacious Twitter exchange, which culminated in Rose' explicit allegation about West's sexual preferences began with Kanye attacking Khalifa.

“You let a stripper trap you,” West had tweeted at Wiz in January, referring to Amber Rose's previous occupation. “I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years,” he added.

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Thursday
May052016

Vince Neil to Make Cameo in "Sharknado: The 4th Awakens"

Brian Rasic/WireImageThe fourth installment of Syfy's Sharknado series, titled Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, has a lot of the same elements as its three predecessors: sharks, tornadoes and a whole lot of celebrity cameos. This time around Vince Neil of Motley Crue will be making an appearance, playing himself.

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, which will star returning leads Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, will premiere on Syfy July 31 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Thursday
May052016

Stevie Wonder's Last Conversation with Prince: "We Talked About How We Needed to Fix This World"

M. Caulfield/WireImageDuring his lifetime, Prince cited Stevie Wonder as a influence and role model, and now the Motown legend is recalling is final conversation with the late singer.

"We talked about how we needed to fix this world," Wonder tells Rolling Stone. "All this bullcrap about getting our country back and ‘Make America Great Again’ -- it’s always been great. We just have to stop people filling their minds with lies and prejudice and open them up to the possibilities.”

He continues, "Prince was so inspired, and so inspiring. He was kind, he was disciplined and he knew where he wanted to go. He was able to make big transitions. If Michael [Jackson] was the King of Pop, Prince should be the Emperor."

And showing that even in this saddest of times his humor remains, the blind from birth Wonder adds, "Prince's music was so picturesque that even I could see it.

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Thursday
May052016

Corey Taylor to Cameo in "Sharknado: The 4th Awakens" 

The Asylum/SyfyThe fourth installment of Syfy's Sharknado series, titled Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, has a lot of the same elements as its three predecessors: sharks, tornadoes and a whole lot of celebrity cameos. This time around, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor and be making an appearance.

Taylor will be playing a "Shark World hotel security guard" in The 4th Awakens. Additionally, Vince Neil of Motley Crue will be making a cameo as himself.

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, which will star returning leads Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, will premiere on Syfy July 31 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Thursday
May052016

Jordan Smith’s First Headlining Tour Will Be “Something Beautiful”

Courtesy of Republic RecordsJordan Smith is embarking on his first headlining North American tour this summer. The Voice season nine champ announced dates for the Something Beautiful tour, set to launch May 31 in San Francisco.

He’ll hit cities including New York, Los Angeles and Boston, before finishing up at Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 19. Tickets go on sale May 6 -- the same day Jordan is scheduled to perform the national anthem at the Kentucky Derby.

The singer has also released a video of his live performance of Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody,” filmed at the YouTube Performance Space in Los Angeles.

Here are his summer tour dates:

5/31 -- San Francisco, CA, The Chapel
6/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Lyric Theatre
6/4 -- Houston, TX, Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center
6/6 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
6/7 -- New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
6/8 -- Wilmington, DE, World Café Live
6/11 -- Boston, MA, Red Room @ Café 939
6/12 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
6/14 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
6/16 -- Lexington, KY, The Lyric Theatre
6/18 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre
6/19 -- Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre

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Thursday
May052016

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce New Album, "The Getaway"; Hear New Single Now

Warner Bros. Records Red Hot Chili Peppers have officially announced the details of their 11th studio album. The record will be called The Getaway, and it will be released June 17. You can listen to the funky lead single, called "Dark Necessities," now on YouTube.

The Getaway, RHCP's first release since 2011's I'm With You, was produced by Danger Mouse and was mixed by frequent Radiohead-collaborator Nigel Godrich. The album is now available for pre-order, and includes an instant download of "Dark Necessities."

The Chili Peppers will be hitting the festival circuit this summer in support of The Getaway, including headlining performances at Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Rock on the Range.

Here is The Getaway track list:

"The Getaway"
"Dark Necessities"
"We Turn Red"
"The Longest Wave"
"Goodbye Angels"
"Sick Love"
"Go Robot"
"Feasting on the Flowers"
"Detroit"
"This Ticonderoga"
"Encore"
"The Hunter"
"Dreams of a Samurai"

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Thursday
May052016

Train to Release "Led Zeppelin II" Album June 3; Sets Club Tour, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Appearance 

Crush MusicA while back, Train announced they'd recorded one of their favorite albums -- the rock classic Led Zeppelin II -- in its entirety, and they'd be performing it in June at the Mountain Jam Festival in Hunter Mountain, NY.  Now a lot more people will be able to hear it, and see them play it live.

The band will release their recording of Led Zeppelin II June 3, with all of the proceeds going to their favorite charity, San Francisco's Family House.  You can pre-order it now on iTunes and Amazon and get a download of "What Is and What Should Never Be" instantly. Vinyl copies -- the first 100 of which will be signed -- will be available in the band's Web store. You can also stream the songs on a variety of platforms now, just in case you need convincing that Train can actually pull this off.

In addition, Train has announced a brief club tour during which they'll perform the album live, starting in New York City June 1.  They'll also perform in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco.  Tickets go on sale May 13 at 10 a.m. local time.  On June 10, the band will play a Zeppelin tune on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

In a statement, frontman Pat Monahan said, "I’ve been singing Zeppelin songs in every band I’ve been in since I was a young kid, Train included. It only made sense to record a Zeppelin album for all of you...When we perform Zeppelin songs it brings people a different perspective of our band and brings us closer to people because their work is a common love for so many."

He adds, "We’re just fans of the greatest rock band ever. We work really hard to be the best band we can be and playing Zeppelin's music gives us a great feeling of accomplishment."

Here are the tour dates:

6/1 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
6/2 -- Hunter Mountain, NY, Mountain Jam Festival (tickets already on sale)
6/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
6/8 -- Seattle, WA, Neumos
6/14 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American

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Thursday
May052016

Kendrick Lamar to Headline Austin City Limits 15th Anniversary Fest

ACL Music FestivalIf you’re a fan of fine, fine music – and of course you are – you need to get yourself to Austin, Texas this fall for the 15th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, which this year celebrates their milestone anniversary with a talent lineup that’s even more impressive than the fest’s usual A-list roster.

Grammy-winner Kendrick Lamar will headline the diverse bill, sharing top billing with rockers Radiohead and Mumford & Sons, and country music stars Chris Stapleton and Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves

The festival takes place across two consecutive weekends – September 30-October 2, and October 7-9 – at Austin’s Zilker Park.  More than 130 bands will play on a total of eight stages during the the festival . 

In anticipatation of the crowds and in response to feedback from past attendees, organizers say they’ve taken numerous steps to make this year’s festival a better experience for all, including more water stations and improved concessions and shopping, a family entrance and shaded “Austin Kiddle Limits”area, and adjusted stage placement for better sound and crowd control.

Tickets for the Austin City Limits Festival are on sale now via ACLFestival.com in a variety of packages, including a three-day general admission pass that’ll cost you $225.  If you can’t make it, no worries – the festival will stream live on Red Bull TV as well as on the festival website, where you can also check out the festival lineup so far, as well as sign up for email updates.

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Thursday
May052016

Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves to Headline Austin City Limits 15th Anniversary Fest

ACL Music FestivalIf you’re a fan of fine, fine music – and of course you are – you need to get yourself to Austin, Texas this fall for the 15th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, which this year celebrates their milestone anniversary with a talent lineup that’s even more impressive than the fest’s usual A-list roster.

Grammy, ACM and CMA winner Chris Stapleton tops the bill, along with Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves.  Rockers Radiohead and Mumford & Sons, as well as rapper Kendrick Lamar, will also top the diverse bill for the festival, which takes place across two consecutive weekends – September 30-October 2, and October 7-9 – at Austin’s Zilker Park.  More than 130 bands will play on a total of eight stages during the the festival . 

In anticipatation of the crowds and in response to feedback from past attendees, organizers say they’ve taken numerous steps to make this year’s festival a better experience for all, including more water stations and improved concessions and shopping, a family entrance and shaded “Austin Kiddle Limits”area, and adjusted stage placement for better sound and crowd control.

Tickets for the Austin City Limits Festival are on sale now via ACLFestival.com in a variety of packages, including a three-day general admission pass that’ll cost you $225.  If you can’t make it, no worries – the festival will stream live on Red Bull TV as well as on the festival website, where you can also check out the festival lineup so far, as well as sign up for email updates.

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Thursday
May052016

Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons to Headline Austin City Limits 15th Anniversary Fest

ACL Music FestivalIf you’re a fan of fine, fine music – and of course you are – you need to get yourself to Austin, Texas this fall for the 15th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, which this year celebrates their milestone anniversary with a talent lineup that’s even more impressive than the fest’s usual A-list roster.

Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and Mumford & Sons top the diverse bill, which also includes the recently-reunited LCD Soundsystem, current country music gorilla Chris Stapleton, country music legend Willie Nelson, the ladies of HAIM, electronica collective Major Lazer, and more.

It’s the first appearance for Mumford & Sons and Radiohead at the festival, which takes place across two consecutive weekends – September 30-October 2, and October 7-9 – at Austin’s Zilker Park.  More than 130 bands will play on a total of eight stages during the the festival . 

In anticipatation of the crowds and in response to feedback from past attendees, organizers say they’ve taken numerous steps to make this year’s festival a better experience for all, including more water stations and improved concessions and shopping, a family entrance and shaded “Austin Kiddle Limits”area, and adjusted stage placement for better sound and crowd control.

Tickets for the Austin City Limits Festival are on sale now via ACLFestival.com in a variety of packages, including a three-day general admission pass that’ll cost you $225.  If you can’t make it, no worries – the festival will stream live on Red Bull TV as well as on the festival website, where you can also check out the festival lineup so far, as well as sign up for email updates.

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Thursday
May052016

Britney Spears' Letter to Her Sons Will Tug at Your Heart

Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers via Getty ImagesIn the lead-up to Mother's Day, Britney Spears has written a stirring tribute to her two sons, Sean Preston, 10, and Jayden James, 9.

"You are my masterpieces," the pop star writes to her boys in a letter posted on TIME magazine's website. "From the day I saw the most precious eyes, I believed in miracles to the core."

Britney says she prays her sons find their dreams and understand the true meaning behind following their inner voices.

"Always believe in yourself and know anything is possible," she continues. "I pray dreaming awakens your soul to limitless possibilities. I hope the most precious mysteries of life stay with you always and you are never ashamed of how bright your light truly is."

Telling her sons that God is always with them, she concludes, "I pray you laugh, love and soar through your journey of life."

Sean Preston and Jayden James are Britney's two children with ex-husband Kevin Federline.

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Thursday
May052016

Madonna Defends Risqué Met Gala Outfit as "Political Statement"

Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.comMadonna's butt- and breast-baring Givenchy dress she wore at Monday's Met Gala in New York City didn't go over well with critics, and the Material Girl fired back on Wednesday, explaining that the outfit wasn't just a fashion statement, but also a political statement in support of gender equality.

"We have fought and continue to fight for civil rights and gay rights around the world. When it comes to Women's rights we are still in the dark ages," Madonna began a lengthy Instagram post. "My dress at the Met Ball was a political statement as well as a fashion statement."

The 57-year-old singer, known for her risqué fashion statements, continues, "The fact that people actually believe a woman is not allowed to express her sexuality and be adventurous past a certain age is proof that we still live in an age-ist and sexist society. I have never thought in a limited way and I'm not going to start. We cannot effect change unless we are willing to take risks By being fearless and By taking the road leas traveled by. Thats how we change history."

"If you have a problem with the way I dress," concludes Madonna, "it is simply a reflection of your prejudice. I'm not afraid to pave the way for all the girls behind me?? As Nina Simone once said, the definition of freedom is being fearless. I remain Unapologetic and a Rebel in this life and all the others. Join my fight for Gender. Equality!"

Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci also defended Madge's red carpet outfit on Wednesday, in an Instagram post that declared, "BEST RED CARPET EVER NOT ONLY WITH M THE ICON, BUT ALSO M THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HUMAN AND FRIEND."

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Thursday
May052016

Drake Hosting Next-to-Last "Saturday Night Live" Show of the Season

Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BETDrake is returning to Saturday Night Live this month.

The rapper, who released his new album Views last Friday, will serve as host and musical guest of the NBC sketch-comedy series May 14. This will be the second time he's pulled double duty on the show, following his previous appearance in 2014.

The following week, former SNL cast member and current Portlandia star and Late Night bandleader Fred Armisen will host the season finale, with musical guest Courtney Barnett.

As previously announced, Oscar-winning Room star Brie Larson will host this Saturday's edition of SNL, with musical guest Alicia Keys.

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Thursday
May052016

Justin Timberlake to Release "Can't Stop the Feeling" Friday

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for JTJustin Timberlake made a surprise announcement on Wednesday that was music to fans' ears.

The "Suit & Tie" singer confirmed via Twitter that we can expect a new song in "2 more days." When a fan asked what the new track would be called, Timberlake tweeted, "#CantStopTheFeeling."

When another follower wanted to know if we could get a preview of the new song a little early, he didn't make any promises, but didn't rule out the possibility either, replying with a thinking emoji.

In March, Timberlake, 35, teased fans with an Instagram photo with members of the country group Little Big Town. "NBD…Just writing with @LittleBigTown," he captioned the photo. "This band is the truth!! So good!!!!"

That same month, J.T. posted a snapshot of himself in the studio with singer, rapper and record producer Pharrell Williams.

In the meantime, Justin will voice a character and write and perform original songs for the upcoming animated comedy Trolls, set to hit theaters in November.

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Thursday
May052016

Feds Join the Investigation into Prince's Death; Percocet Found in System?

Neil Lupin/RedfernFederal authorities are now investigating Prince's death.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office told ABC News in a statement Wednesday that the organization, along with the DEA, will work in conjunction with the local sheriff's office to investigate the singer's death.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and DEA are joining the Carver County Sheriff’s investigation. The DEA and U.S. Attorney’s Office are able to augment this local investigation with federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion," the statement read. "While this remains an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment.”

Local authorities told ABC News that the feds' involvement is largely due to the fact that they need to be able to investigate what happened involving Prince in other states. Of particular interest: the emergency landing his plane made in Illinois the week before his death.

Late last month, the music legend was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. That morning, Prince was scheduled to meet with Andrew Kornfeld, the son of opioid addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld, according to the Kornfelds' lawyer, Bill Mauzy. Mauzy added that Dr. Kornfeld had been contacted by Prince's reps to discuss how to help the singer, who may have struggled with prescription drug addiction.

ABC News has confirmed that authorities are looking into the possibility that the singer died of an overdose. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. ABC affiliate KSTP-TV reports the painkiller Percocet was found in Prince's system.

According to his longtime friend, bassist Larry Graham, Prince, who did not discuss his health openly, seemed "pretty normal" before his death.

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Thursday
May052016

Gwen Stefani Gets Help from George Clooney & Julia Roberts in Latest "Carpool Karaoke"

Darren Michaels/CBSGwen Stefani was James Corden's latest passenger on Wednesday night's edition of "Carpool Karaoke" on The Late Late Show, and they got a little help from surprise guests George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

The segment began with Stefani and Corden singing "Don't Speak" -- the 1995 hit she recorded with the band No Doubt. That was followed by her solo hits "The Sweet Escape," "Rich Girl," and her more recent single "Used to Love You," from her latest album This Is What the Truth Feels Like. Corden and Stefani then took a break from the music to discuss how she maintains her youthful appearance, which she attributes to falling in love with country singer Blake Shelton. "That's what the facelift is, I think," she guesses.

The 46-year-old singer also talked about her fondness for emojis, and Corden had her play a game with him where he named several emojis and she had to act them out.

Midway through the segment, they supposedly found themselves in a carpool lane in need of a couple of extra passengers. That's when Ocean's trilogy co-stars Clooney and Roberts -- who reunite in the upcoming film Money Monster -- showed up.

After the foursome sang Stefani's 2006 hit "Hollaback Girl," Clooney offered his explanation of what the song was about. Gwen said he was "pretty close," but didn't elaborate, explaining that she didn't want to "project" what she thought on him. "It would help to know what you thought," replied Clooney.

"The real inspiration for the song I would never say," continued Stefani. "All I'll say is I won."

The group also traded notes as to what their favorite movie lines were -- with Corden choosing Roberts' "I'm just a girl" speech to Hugh Grant in Notting Hill.

"Now I'm not sure I want you to drive," Clooney quipped in mock disgust.

The karaoke session ended with the group singing a cover of the Queen classic, "We Are the Champions."

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Thursday
May052016

Cole Swindell Says "Buyer Beware"-- It's Not 12 Songs Just Like "You Should Be Here"

Warner Music NashvilleEven though Cole Swindell’s sophomore effort takes its title from the multi-week number one he wrote about the loss of his dad, the die-hard Georgia Southern fan warns you shouldn’t expect an album’s worth of songs like “You Should Be Here.”

“I want everybody to know it's not 12 'You Should Be Here' songs," he points out. "They all can't be like that. I think that's what makes that one so special. But there's fun stuff on this album that I think that will remind people of the first album, the fun side of me. But then also, not just dealing with loss, but breakups and heartbreak, stuff like that, like 'Ain't Worth the Whiskey,' there's some more songs like that that are just, I cannot wait to play live!”

Having written eight songs that have already made it to number one -- including five he sang himself -- Cole considers it a point of pride that nearly half of his new album is made up of tunes contributed by other people.

“You know, me being a songwriter, and proud of that, I'm proud of the songs I write. There's five songs on this album that I did not write, that I wish I would've written," he confesses. "You know, you work really hard to be able to say that, that your favorite writers are sending you songs now. Honestly, I know how hard that is to get songs, to write 'em and I think I've put together -- I want to have 12 great songs -- I want 'em to buy the album and not have to switch a song.”

The full You Should Be Here album arrives in stores and online on Friday. It includes Cole’s new single, “Middle of a Memory.”

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Thursday
May052016

"Nashville" Recap: "The Trouble with the Truth"

ABCOn Wednesday night’s Nashville, things got ugly as Rayna Jaymes headed to court to fight her daughter Maddie’s petition to become an emancipated minor. When extensive details of Deacon Claybourne’s violent, alcoholic past came to light, it was clear he’d been betrayed by his AA sponsor and business partner Frankie Gray.

As Juliette Barnes realized Layla Grant now has all the things in life that previously belonged to her, she began to suspect that Layla somehow knew that her late boyfriend Jeff Fordham had died trying to save Juliette. Her Oscar nomination for Shenandoah Girl seemed only a minor comfort, when what she really wanted was to reunite with her ex Avery Barkley and their baby Cadence. Meanwhile, after consummating his new relationship with Layla, Avery became determined to see where it goes. 

While country radio embraced Will Lexington’s new music, a conservative pundit lashed out at Luke Wheeler for promoting the gay country singer now signed to Wheelin’ Dealin’ Records. Though Luke was quick to defend him, in the end Will was left feeling like his label head only made the problem worse.

Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott awoke in the afterglow of their renewed relationship, late for an important interview with Rolling Stone. When the conversation turned into a review of their past romance, they realized they’re likely better off just being The Exes

Real-life country star Kelsea Ballerini stopped by The Beverly to perform her latest hit, “Peter Pan,” just as Deacon decided to pay Frankie a visit. The building animosity between the two finally boiled over, and though Frankie threw the first punch, he ended up in the hospital -- while Deacon ended up in jail. 

An incredulous Rayna couldn’t get past the timing of events to even process her husband’s explanation. Deacon’s latest violent outburst ended up convincing the judge Maddie should be emancipated, leaving a devastated Rayna crying alone in the courtroom. 

The drama of Nashville continues next Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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