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Friday
Apr292016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Darryl Worley hosts a tournament at Nashville's Hermitage Golf Course May 6 to benefit the nonprofit Christmas 4 Kids.

The 4th Annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam will donate $2 from every ticket sold to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Eric ChurchBrad Paisley and Jake Owen headline the festival that takes place September 2-4 in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride will celebrate 50 years of recording by launching his 2016 tour April 30 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

You can check out Keith Urban's new video for "Wasted Time" on YouTube now.

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Friday
Apr292016

Tori Kelly's Favorite Part of Touring? When She's Unconscious 

ABC/Randy HolmesTori Kelly is currently out on a headlining tour of the U.S. -- tonight she plays the second of two evenings at New York City's Beacon Theatre.  While visiting great cities like New York is definitely one exciting thing about being on tour, Tori says her favorite part of being on the road is the part where she's unconscious.

"I actually really like sleeping on the bus!" she laughs. "I’ve talked to different artists. Some people just hate it, they can’t fall asleep. But I absolutely love it. I think some of the best sleep I’ve ever gotten was in those bunks, even though they’re really tiny."

In fact, criss-crossing the country on a tour bus with her band is Tori's idea of a fantastic time.

"The bus life is so fun to me." she tells ABC Radio. "It’s like, you’re with a bunch of really close friends and it feels like family at the end of the tour.  And we just get so close, literally, ‘cause you’re living so close. And it’s just fun. It feels like a big giant road trip."

While some artists go nuts when it comes to their tour riders -- the list of backstage demands for food, drinks and all kinds of nutty stuff -- Tori says her needs are pretty simple.

"I’m, like, a water snob," she laughs. "So when I get water it has to have, like, the little sport cap on it. So it’s like, the Smart Water with the sport cap...I guess that’s like the weirdest thing I can think of on [my rider]."

While Tori is on tour, a new single with her name on it is being released today. Twenty-five years ago this month, Amy Grant became the first ever Christian pop artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 with her song "Baby Baby."  Amy's now marking the milestone by releasing a remix of the song featuring vocals from Tori, who wasn't even born when the song first came out. 

"I definitely wanted to stay true to the melody and, you know, how the original was made," Tori explains. "But it wasn’t hard to stick to it ‘cause it made me realize just what a great song it always was, and it just felt so classic and timeless."

Amy and Tori are on the same record label, and Amy says that Tori has what it takes to be a big star.  She should know: she has six Grammys.

Tori's tour will wrap up May 21 at the Greek Theatre in L.A.

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Friday
Apr292016

Chris Stapleton Puts Miranda Lambert on the Spot

ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert showed the world she’s definitely Anderson East’s “girl” this week in Los Angeles. The six-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year had been waiting in the wings while Anderson played his sold-out show opening for Chris Stapleton at L.A.’s Greek Theatre on Wednesday -- until the Traveller hitmaker spilled the beans, that is.  

“She’s gonna kill me,” he apologized, after calling Miranda onstage to join Anderson for their duet on The Temptations' “My Girl.” All was apparently forgiven, though, as Miranda jumped in, adding background vocals and impromptu choreography wiith Chris’s wife Morgane. You can check out the superstar couple’s collaboration in a video now posted to YouTube.

This isn’t Miranda’s first time to join her boyfriend onstage, having dueted on Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” during his Valentine’s Day show, according to Billboard.

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Friday
Apr292016

Neil Young Celebrates the Earth on Upcoming Live Album

Reprise RecordsNeil Young will release a new live album titled Earth on June 17 that features a variety of tunes the folk-rock legend performed recently with his current backing group Promise of the Real.

In a statement, Young reveals that Earth is 98 minutes long, and explains that the album "flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together." He adds, "Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well and the animals, insects, birds and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times."

The track list includes four songs that appear on Young's most recent studio album, 2015's The Monsanto Years, his classic "After the Gold Rush," a variety of lesser-known gems from his back catalog and a previously unreleased tune called "Seed Justice."

Young also posted a message about Earth on his official Facebook page, noting that the album is too long to "fit on iTunes." He adds, "It breaks all their rules (and couldn't all really be heard that way anyway). No one who was there will ever forget the love, wonder and beautiful madness of EARTH. I know I won't."

Special limited-edition Earth bundles are available for pre-order now at Young's official online store that feature either a two-CD or a three-LP vinyl set packaged with a poster and a high-res digital version of the album compatible with Neil's Pono music player. The CD collection will be available on June 17, while the vinyl set won't be released until August 12.

Also, Young will be attending a listening party for Earth that will be held on Friday, May 6, at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in L.A. The entire album will be played on a Pono system at the event.

Here is the track list of Earth:

"Mother Earth"
"Seed Justice"
"My Country Home"
"The Monsanto Years"
"Western Hero"
"Vampire Blues"
"Hippie Dream"
"After the Gold Rush"
"Human Highway"
"Big Box"
"People Want to Hear About Love"
"Wolf Moon"
"Love & Only Love"

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Friday
Apr292016

Iggy Pop's "Post Pop Depression" Is "Not Supposed to Sound Like the God**** Stooges," Says Josh Homme 

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Pop's new album, Post Pop Depression, gave the Godfather of Punk his highest charting album ever.  Recorded in collaboration with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the album allowed Pop to try some different sounds from the music he made with his band The Stooges.

"It's not supposed to sound like the god**** Stooges," Homme said at a live interview in Los Angeles Wednesday night, according to Rolling Stone.

Instead, the pair took inspiration from Pop's work with David Bowie, particularly the albums Lust for Life and The Idiot.

"Those records were clearly made at the speed of inspiration," Homme said. "They sound like that, don't they? They're trying to stand on their own. It seems like this joyous, wonderful, effortless thing, and we tried to make a record we would enjoy too. They cared about those records and we cared about ours."

As for the lyrical content of Post Pop Depression, some of it came from a series of essays Pop wrote about his sex life and sent to Homme.

"I was having a dry spell in my life. It happens to everybody," Pop said. "I thought, how much of my life am I going to have to wreck to get my sex life back? Let's write about what it was to make sure it was worth it."

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Friday
Apr292016

Ooh, "Baby Baby"! Amy Grant Marks 25th Anniversary of Her #1 Hit with New Remix

Capitol CMGTwenty-five years ago this month, a Christian pop singer found herself on top of the Billboard Hot 100 -- the first ever to accomplish that feat as a solo artist.  The artist was Amy Grant, the song was "Baby Baby," and now Amy's re-released her smash in a new version with an up-and-coming young pop star.

While Amy had previously topped the pop chart in 1986 with "Next Time I Fall," a duet with Chicago frontman Peter Cetera, it was "Baby Baby" that turned her into a mainstream pop star herself.  When her manager reminded her last year that 2016 would mark the 25th anniversary of the song, they decided to create a new version that mixes her original vocals with another artist's: Grammy-nominated singer Tori Kelly, who was born the year after "Baby Baby" hit #1.

"Tori Kelly was up and coming and had such a huge internet presence and was signed to the same record label," Amy tells ABC Radio. "Tori was on my radar because of my daughter, Corrina.  This year, the high school she goes to actually has several musical courses and she joined Rock Band and was assigned a Tori Kelly song to perform...[so] Tori singing my song and my kid singing Tori’s song -- it was just, like, this great synergy."

Tori's known for her powerful voice, and Amy says that's why she sounded so good on the track.

"I feel like what made 'Baby Baby' charming is that I do have a very straightforward voice...it was almost like a folk singer singing an R&B song," she tells ABC Radio. "And so to include my original first verse and then throw the rocket engine on with Tori’s, like 'Wow!' It’s a great combo. It’s great that we’re different kinds of singers and I just couldn’t be more pleased."

Tori says that "Baby Baby" is a "timeless, classic song," while Amy praises Tori's "killer voice" and "energy," noting that she's got "what it takes" to become a star.  Amy knows what she's talking about: she's got six Grammys, and she's married to country star Vince Gill, who has 20!

While "Baby Baby" sounds like a romantic tune sung to a lover, it was actually inspired by Amy's daughter Millie, who was about six weeks old when the song was written and is now 26.  When Millie was two, she even joined her mom onstage at the Grammy Awards as she performed "Baby Baby." But that doesn't mean that it's her  favorite song or anything.  Quite the opposite, in fact.

"She came back from a trip one time traveling with friends and they were in France," Amy tells ABC Radio. "And she’d gone into a karaoke bar and when she came home she said, 'Well guess who was mortified to find that I didn’t know the song well enough to sing it?'” 

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Friday
Apr292016

Beyonce Embraces Backlash with "Boycott Beyonce" Merchandise

Parkwood/ColumbiaThe Queen Bey is not letting her "haters" take her off her A-game as she is fighting back with her own "Boycott Beyonce" merchandise.

Beyonce fans were seen sporting the new shirts during the first stop on her Formation Tour on Wednesday in Miami. One fan commented on the new T saying, "Beyoncé is selling a boycott beyoncé shirt LMFAOOOO QUEEN BETTER MAKE MONEY OFF THOSE HATERS. WHAT KIND OF SLAY?!"

The decision to sell the shirts comes in part as a response to the mixed emotions for the political and racially charged "Formation" music video.

According to The Miami New Times,Chief of Miami's police union, Javier Ortiz, had urged officers to boycott Beyoncé's concert in the city, claiming the singer "used this year's Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her anti-police message shows how she does not support law enforcement." However, the boycott was short-lived as a Miami Police Department spokesman confirmed that several cops were scheduled to work the event and the concert was to be "fully staffed."

Beyonce addressed the "Formation" backlash in an ELLE Magazine interview saying, "[But] anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe."

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Thursday
Apr282016

Keith Urban Organizes "Off the Hook Giant Parties" in the Great White North

Capitol NashvilleThe superstar from Down Under is expanding his tour in the Great White North. Keith Urban is adding five new Canadian concerts to his ripCORD World Tour, with Maren Morris and native son Dallas Smith joining him on the new dates.

“Our Canadian shows have always been off the hook giant parties,” Keith recalls. “From the very first shows I ever did, there was a synergy with the audience that’s only grown stronger over the years.”

Keith’s August stop in Edmonton, Alberta is set to be the first concert in the new Rogers Place indoor arena. Look for the album that inspired the tour’s title on May 6.

Here are the new dates just added to Keith Urban’s ripCORD World Tour:

8/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
8/11 -- Kelowna, BC, Prospera Place
8/15 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
8/16 -- Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place
8/17 -- Saskatoon, SK, SaskTel CentreCopyright

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Thursday
Apr282016

Garth Brooks Plans to Spend America's Birthday in Sin City

Mark TuckerGarth Brooks’ Sin City shows are selling so well, he’s sticking around for Independence Day.

The G-man is already set to play the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada the previous weekend and in the days leading up to July 4. Now, he and wife Trisha Yearwood will also do a 7 p.m. show on Sunday, July 3, as well as a 5 p.m. concert on America’s birthday.

Tickets for the new shows go on sale next Friday at 10 a.m. PT, through GarthVegas.com or 1-844-63GARTH.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Katy Perry Performing at A-List amfAR Event at Cannes Next Month

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for amfARKaty Perry will be the headlining performer at the 23rd annual Cinema Against AIDS amfAR event next month, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

The May 19 event will take place during the Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 11 through the 22. Also attending the gala are amfAR global campaign chairs Sharon Stone, Kevin Spacey, Heidi Klum, Milla Jovovich, Adrien Brody, fashion editor Carine Roitfeld and film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Cinema Against AIDS raises money for AIDS research and has collected more than $170 million over the years.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Deftones' Chino Moreno Forms New Band, Saudade 

ABC/Randy HolmesDeftones frontman Chino Moreno has a new band in the works. The group is called Saudade, which is a Portuguese word meaning a feeling of longing.

It also features Moreno's Crosses band mate Chuck Doom, Mackie Jayson of Bad Brains and Cro-Mags, jazz keyboardist John Medeski and Dr. Know of Bad Brains.

Saudade's first single, also called "Saudade," is available now as a free BitTorrent Bundle.

Meanwhile, Moreno will be spending his spring and summer touring with Deftones in support of their latest album, Gore.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Kevin Macdonald To Direct Whitney Houston Documentary 

Whitney HoustonOscar winning director, Kevin Macdonald is set to direct a theatrical feature documentary about the life of Whitney Houston.

The feature, which is the first documentary to be officially authorized by her estate, is said to be a complete story of Whitney's life from the point of view of those who knew her best.

The film, which will be produced by Oscar winner Simon Chinn, will include an interview with Clive Davis, founder and president of Arista Records, who is credited for bringing Houston to super stardom.

In an interview with Variety, Macdonald explains how the documentary will highlight the singer like never before:

“The story that is never told about Whitney is just how brilliant she was as an artist; by many measures she had the greatest voice of the last 50 years. She changed the way pop music was sung — bringing it back full circle to its blues and gospel roots. She was also completely unique in being a black pop star who sold in countries where black artists don’t traditionally sell.”

Macdonald adds, "I want to reveal a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew; and a woman those new to her life and music will never forget."

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Thursday
Apr282016

Calvin Harris Teases New Rihanna Track, “This Is What You Came For”

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCCalvin Harris is hoping lightning strikes twice with Rihanna. The DJ-producer released a snippet of his new tune with the singer, “This Is What You Came For,” today on Twitter.  

“Baby, this is what you came for/Lightning strikes every time she moves/And everybody’s watching her/But she’s looking at you,” Rihanna sings on the track, which officially drops tomorrow.

It’s not the first time the two artists have teamed up. They scored a hit in 2011 with “We Found Love.”

Calvin announced their new collab on Wednesday, but his girlfriend Taylor Swift was dropping hints about it at Coachella a week ago. She posted a photo of herself on Instagram sporting a jacket emblazoned with the single’s lightning bolt artwork.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Imagine Dragons Share New Acoustic Weeper, "Not Today"

ABC/Richard HarbaughImagine Dragons has premiered their new song "Not Today," which appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Me Before You. You can listen to the acoustic-based, string-laden track now on Vevo.

With lyrics like "It's gotta get easier and easier somehow, but not today," the song seems to reflect the plot of Me Before You, which stars as Games of Thrones' Emilia Clarke as a young woman who begins taking care of a quadriplegic, played by Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games series.

The soundtrack for Me Before You, which also includes songs by Ed Sheeran and X Ambassadors, will be released June 3, the same day the film hits theaters.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Say "Hello" to Sweet Dreams: "Lullaby Renditions of Adele" Is Now Streaming

Rockabye Baby MusicReady to soothe your baby with the sounds of Adele? Lullaby Renditions of Adele, the latest entry in the Rockabye Baby! children's music series, is now available to stream on Entertainment Weekly ahead of its release tomorrow.

As previously announced, the album features baby-friendly instrumental versions of Adele’s biggest hits including "Rolling in the Deep," "Hello" and "Someone Like You."

“When we started Rockabye Baby ten years ago, we produced only lullaby renditions of our favorite rock bands,” Lisa Roth, the founder of the album series, tells EW. “…But every genre has its rock stars, and I think it’s fair to say that Adele is a rock star of the highest order. I dare say there are a bazillion fans who would agree. This was a particularly fun one to produce and we’re excited to share it.”

Here is the track list:

"Hello"
"Someone Like You"
"Rolling in the Deep"
"Set Fire to the Rain"
"Rumour Has It"
"Hometown Glory"
"Skyfall"
"Million Years Ago"
"Turning Tables"
"Chasing Pavements"
"Make You Feel My Love"
"When We Were Young"

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Thursday
Apr282016

Dolly Parton Invites You on a Parade Through the Mountains

CTK Mgmt/Dolly Records/WebsterPREvery year, Dolly Parton celebrates the opening of Dollywood with a parade through Pigeon Forge, Tennessee -- and this year, she wants to take you along for the ride.

The entertainment icon's 31st Homecoming Parade will be streamed live on Facebook, in a feed originating from Dolly’s float, which is decorated to commemorate her new Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show. The trek through the gateway city to the Great Smoky Mountains starts Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m. CT.

You can link to the stream through LumberjackAdventure.com or DollyParton.com.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Stephen Stills Fans May Get a "Kick Out of" His Band The Rides' New Tune

Credit: Eleanor StillsThe Rides, Stephen Stills' blues-rock project with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and ex-Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg, return with their second album, Pierced Arrow, next week.

In advance of the record's May 6 release, the band has shared the lead track, "Kick Out of It," online at The Huffington Post.

The mid-tempo rock tune is highlighted by some blazing guitar work from Stills and Shepherd and Stephen's attitude-heavy vocals.

"This song is authentic rock 'n' roll at its best," Shepherd tells The Huffington Post. "This is the first song we wrote together for this record and it really set the tone for the entire album. It's vintage Stephen Stills. The song idea was conceived decades ago and was finished with The Rides."

Pierced Arrow is the follow-up to the band's 2013 debut, Can't Get Enough. The Rides' lineup also features longtime Crosby, Stills & Nash touring bassist Kevin McCormick and drummer Chris Layton, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 as a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.

The Rides will launch a U.S. tour in support of Pierced Arrow this Monday, May 2, in Burnsville, Minnesota. The trek currently is mapped out through a June 5 concert in Riverside, California.

Here of all of the group's confirmed tour dates, according to TheRidesBand.com:

5/2 -- Burnsville, MN, Ames Center
5/3 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
5/5 -- Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium
5/6 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater
5/8 -- Merrillville, IN, Star Plaza Theatre
5/9 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
5/11 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
5/12 -- New York, NY, Town Hall
5/13 -- Kingston, NY, UPAC
5/15 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sand Bethlehem Events Center
5/17 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theater
5/18 -- Providence, RI, Lupo's
5/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Pantages Theatre
6/1 -- San Diego, CA, Balboa Theater
6/2 -- Berkeley, CA, UC Theatre
6/4 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort
6/5 -- Riverside, CA, Fox PAC

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Thursday
Apr282016

Listen to the Band!: The Monkees Share Lyrics Video for New Single, "She Makes Me Laugh"

RhinoHere it comes! You can check out The Monkees' new single, "She Makes Me Laugh," via a lyrics video that premiered Thursday on RollingStone.com. The upbeat, poppy tune was written by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, and is the lead track off of the famed 1960s group's upcoming studio album, Good Times!, which will be released on May 27.

The video appears to bounce around to different frames from a vintage Monkees comic book, as the lyrics appear in speech bubbles alongside the band's members.

While "She Makes Me Laugh" is very reminiscent of classic Monkees tunes, with its jangly 12-string guitar riffs and melodic vocals from Micky Dolenz, Cuomo's contribution is definitely felt in lyrics like "We'll have a dinner date tonight and play some scrabble with the guys, and wear our pink party hats."

"I'm super stoked to be writing a song for the Monkees," says Cuomo in the album's liner notes. "I've always identified with their musical aesthetic -- the chord changes and melodies."

Surviving Monkees members Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith all contributed their musical and songwriting talents to Good Times! The album also includes vintage songs written by Harry Nilsson, Neil Diamond, Carole King & Gerry Goffin and Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, and new tunes penned by Oasis' Noel Gallagher and The Jam's Paul Weller, XTC's Andy Partridge, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Prince's Life and Career Celebrated with "Billboard" Tribute Issue

BillboardAs Prince continues to dominate the Billboard charts a week after his death, Billboard pays tribute to the late musical genius with a special issue dedicated to his memory.

The issue features an extensive look back at his career -- including his defining Dirty Mind album, his iconic Purple Rain style and his many female muses. Billboard also includes some of Prince's quirkiest stories and quotes, plus reactions from his former flame Sheila E., comedian Tracy Morgan and producer Jimmy Jam.

Morgan recounts how Prince's song "Condition of the Heart" helped him cope with his father's death, and he credits Prince's music for teaching him "how to be gentle" with a woman. He also says that after seeing Prince up close, "I turned gay for about five seconds."

Sheila E. reflects that she and Prince "always loved each other" and Jimmy Jam says Prince's "talent was singular, second to nobody."

The musician died last Thursday at the age of 57. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

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Thursday
Apr282016

The Monkees Share Rivers Cuomo-Penned Tune, "She Makes Me Laugh"

ABC/Randy HolmesWeezer frontman Rivers Cuomo wrote a song called "She Makes Me Laugh" for Good Times!, the forthcoming album from The Monkees. Now, you can listen to the upbeat, summery track at RollingStone.com.

While "She Makes Me Laugh" shares more than a few characteristics with a classic '60s Monkees tune, Cuomo's contribution is definitely felt in lyrics like "We'll have a dinner date tonight and play some scrabble with the guys, and wear our pink party hats."

"I'm super stoked to be writing a song for the Monkees," says Cuomo. "I've always identified with their musical aesthetic -- the chord changes and melodies."

Good Times! also features songs written by Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Noel Gallagher. The album will be released May 27.

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