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Thursday
Apr282016

John Mellencamp's Granddaughter Steals the Show on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Mike Coppola/Getty ImageOn his show Wednesday night, Jimmy Kimmel welcomed John Mellencamp ahead of his being presented with ASCAP's prestigious Founders Award at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday evening.

The singer-songwriter brought a special guest to Kimmel's stage -- his cute granddaughter.

Sitting and swaying in the chair next to Mellencamp -- so much so that he eventually told her to sit with him in his seat -- the little girl couldn't name any of her granddad's songs, but sang along with the audience on the chorus to "Jack & Diane," which grandpa (or Old Man, as she calls him) sang to close out the show. Incidentally, Mellencamp admitted beforehand that the fan favorite was one of those he no longer likes playing in concert, but made an exception for the Kimmel appearance. 

Mellencamp also reminisced about working and hanging out with Bob Dylan, who is a prior ASCAP Founders Award winner. "He's the funniest guy I ever met," Mellencamp said of the music legend. "He's got a great sense of humor...He teases -- that's what he and I do: we smoke together and tease each other."

Mellencamp's Plain Spoken tour resumes October 11 in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

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Thursday
Apr282016

Charlie Puth's Latest Hit Is Bringing Fans to Their Knees

Catie LaffoonCharlie Puth has followed up his smash hit "See You Again" with "One Call Away."  Charlie says the success of the song has really surprised him, and he's even more surprised that it's literally bringing his fans to their knees.

"I’m floored by it and I’m happy that everyone’s playing it and listening to it," he tells ABC Radio. "Y'know, I was performing it and a guy got down on one knee the other day and proposed to his girlfriend right in front of me. I’ve never been so, like, overwhelmed with emotions in my life!" And yes, the girl said yes.

Charlie just wrapped up a sold-out headlining tour of the U.S. and is about to head overseas.  He says the tour was exciting because he could literally see night by night how many fans he was winning over with his live shows.

"After every show I would get offstage and, like, my Twitter account would go up a thousand followers," he tells ABC Radio, noting that it's the best kind of instant feedback.  "[When] your songs go on the radio, there's a bit of lag time for people to find out who you are," he explains. "But when you're on stage and you get offstage people just like follow you immediately. So it's a really cool thing to experience."

Charlie's live show made a big impact on his fans because, on the suggestion of his manager, he started showing off his impressive piano-playing skills onstage.

"He was like, 'Yo, you should just, like, solo for 10 minutes at times. Really just wail on the piano keys,'"  Charlie reveals. "So I did, and I was really surprised: the audience of 16-year-olds and up, sometimes 12-year-olds, they loved it. They ate it up. That's something I'm going to do more on this European leg of the tour."   He says he'll also be showing off his keyboard skills this summer, when he opens up a couple dates for one of his musical idols, Billy Joel.

Meanwhile, "One Call Away" continues to dominate the airwaves.  One of the lyrics of the song goes, "Superman's got nothing on me."  But where does Charlie come down in the whole Batman vs. Superman argument?  That's easy, he says.

"Well, of course I have to be on team Superman, because Superman helped get my first  #1 radio song," he laughs, adding, "I also want to fly, too."  

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Thursday
Apr282016

Beyonce Kicks Off World Tour in Miami, Dedicates Song to Jay Z

Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup for Parkwood EnterainmentBeyonce launched her Formation World Tour in Miami on Wednesday evening with a nod to her husband, Jay Z, the subject of infidelity rumors thanks to her new album, Lemonade.

She closed her set at Marlins Park by dedicating a performance of "Halo" to the rapper, who was in the audience.

"I want to dedicate this song to my beautiful husband," she said. "Boo boo, I love you so much."

Earlier in the night, Bey sang the Lemonade track that's spurred much speculation about the state of her marriage, "Sorry" -- which includes the now-famous lyric, "He better call Becky with the good hair."

Beyonce took time in front of the Miami crowd to acknowledge the death of Prince last week. "Prince, thank you for your beautiful music," she said. "God, thank you for speaking through a beautiful artist that inspired all of us."

At one point, "Purple Rain" was played during a costume change break, with a screen on stage displaying the color purple.

The Formation World Tour continues Friday in Tampa.

Here’s the set list for Bey’s Formation tour:

"Formation"
"Sorry"
"Flawless"
"Run the World"
"Mine"
"Baby Boy"/"Standing on the Sun"
"Hold Up"
"Countdown"
"Me, Myself and I"
"Running (Naughty Boy)"
"All Night" -- her favorite track from album
"Don’t Hurt Yourself"
"Ring the Alarm"
"Naughty Girl"/"Independent Woman"/"Diva"
"Flawless Remix"
"Feeling Myself"
"Yonce"
"7/11"
"Drunk in Love"
"Rocket"
"Daddy Lessons"
"Single Ladies"
"Purple Rain" (Prince cover)
"Crazy in Love"/"Bootylicious"
"Naughty Girl"
"Party"
"Blow"/"Nasty Girl"
"Sweet Dreams" (Eurhythmics cover)
"Freedom"
"Survivor"
"End of Time/Grown Woman"
"Halo"


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Thursday
Apr282016

Sources: Prescription Drugs Found in Prince's Possession, Home 

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesABC News has learned prescription drugs were found in Prince's possession and at his home the day he died.

It's still too early to know if the drugs had anything to do with his death. However, the Carver County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota has contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration about helping with the investigation, if needed.

If the drugs are found to be a factor, the DEA would then get involved. The DEA routinely assists local authorities in investigations involving prescription drugs.

Prince died last Thursday at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at the age of 57. An autopsy was completed Friday, but a cause of death has not yet been revealed. The results of toxicology tests might take weeks.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Kesha Appears on Zedd Song Set for Friday Release

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for CoachellaAfter Kesha joined Zedd on stage at Coachella earlier this month for a surprise performance of his song, "True Colors," the two have collaborated on a proper release.

Zedd tweeted Wednesday that a version of "True Colors" featuring Kesha will be released Friday. The announcement comes after both artists posted photos of themselves working together in the studio.

 

 

Kesha has been embroiled in a legal battle in which she is asking to be released from her recording contract with producer Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records, owned by Sony. She has accused him of "sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally" abusing her for years. Dr. Luke has emphatically denied the allegations.

In February, a judge denied a preliminary injunction that would have allowed Kesha to terminate her contract with Sony.  So how's Kesha able to release "True Colors?"  Ask Zedd: he tweeted, "Just to clarify: We didn't use any loop holes. Kemosabe / RCA gave us permission to release this song!"  In return, Dr. Luke tweeted, "Thanks for the clarification @Zedd ..."

As part of the messy legal battle, Dr. Luke sued Kesha's mother, Pebe Sebert, claiming defamation and tortious interference. Sebert filed counterclaims, alleging intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, but she dropped the counterclaims Tuesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The litigation with Dr. Luke has been a nightmare for Mrs. Sebert and her family," Alex Little, Sebert's attorney, said, according to the publication. "She has decided to move on and find peace and forgiveness in her heart rather than dwelling in the cancerous past of an ongoing lawsuit with no end in sight."  

An attorney for Dr. Luke argues that Sebert's withdrawal of the claims is an "acknowledgement that her claims are meritless."

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Thursday
Apr282016

New Rihanna/Calvin Harris Song Coming This Friday

Rihanna and Calvin Harris in January, 2014; Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesRihanna and DJ/producer Calvin Harris have teamed up for a new single, and you won't have to wait long to download it.

Calvin announced Wednesday on Twitter that his new collaboration with RiRi, "This Is What You Came For," is due out Friday.

Of course, the two have worked together before, scoring a hit in 2011 with "We Found Love."  Rihanna joined Taylor Swift's boyfriend on stage at Coachella this month for a performance of the song.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Check Out the "Views from the 6": Drake Releases Track List for New Album

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CoachellaDrake on Wednesday gave his fans a view of the track list for his new album.

The rapper tweeted a list of songs that will appear on Views from the 6, which drops on Friday. There are 20 songs in all, including the singles "One Dance" featuring Wizkid & Kyla; "Pop Style" featuring The Throne, better known as Jay Z and Kanye West; and the hit "Hotline Bling," which is featured as a bonus track.

Earlier this week, Drake and Future announced dates for their Summer Sixteen Tour, which launches July 20 in Austin, Texas. Additional dates were revealed Wednesday.

Here's the track list for Views from the 6:

"Keep the Family Close"
"9"
"U With Me?"
"Feel No Ways"
"Hype"
"Weston Road Flows"
"Redemption"
"With You"
"Faithful"
"Still Here"
"Controlla"
"One Dance"
"Grammys"
"Childs Play"
"Pop Style"
"Too Good"
"Summers Over Interlude"
"Fire & Desire"
"Views"
"Hotline Bling" (Bonus)

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Thursday
Apr282016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Watch for Kelsea Ballerini on Thursday’s edition of the syndicated Access Hollywood Live.

Nashville’s Charles Esten and Clare Bowen have joined the lineup for Country Cruising, which sails from Tampa, Florida, to Cozumel, Mexico, next January 14-19.

Newcomers Levi HummonJordan Rager, and Runaway June are just a few of the artists who’ll play the Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Café during 2016’s CMA Music Festival.

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Thursday
Apr282016

"Nashville" Recap: "Baby Come Home"

ABCOn Wednesday night’s NashvilleRayna Jaymes was prepared to move heaven and earth to get her daughter Maddie to drop her fight to become an emancipated minor. When her attempts to get through to the teen’s friend Cash failed, she managed to sneak up on Maddie and have a heart-to-heart talk -- but her eldest daughter remained unconvinced. Meanwhile, younger sister Daphne worried her big sister wouldn’t make it for a planned performance at the Opry.

Juliette Barnes relished her time on the Luke Wheeler tour, taking advantage of the chance to get closer to her ex, Avery Barkley, and her baby Cadence. But while Juliette pleaded with him to give her another chance, Avery was growing ever closer to his new employer Layla Grant, even sharing a kiss at one point.

Meanwhile, Luke himself was busy making amends for having dropped Will Lexington from his label when he found out he’s gay, taking the re-signed singer on Good Morning America to chastise country radio for not playing his records because of his sexuality. While he agreed the exposure would be good for Will’s career, Luke’s manager feared it would hurt his.

A non-working elevator proved to be the catalyst to finally get Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott to rediscover their true feelings for each other. The two passed the time by reminiscing over first meetings and singing old songs, and by episode’s end, it appeared The Exes might not be exes anymore.

Maddie thrilled Daphne by showing up to sing with her sister on the Opry, assuring her that cutting ties with her parents didn’t mean she was abandoning her sibling and musical partner. While the performance led Rayna to believe that all was forgiven, Maddie assured her mother it most certainly was not.

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

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Thursday
Apr282016

How Newcomer Chris Lane Turned a Career-Ending Baseball Injury into a Top-Twenty Hit

Big Loud RecordsWhen newcomer Chris Lane was growing up in North Carolina, the “Fix” hitmaker didn’t dream of taking the stage -- he dreamed of hitting home runs.

“I really thought my whole life -- I grew up playing football and baseball and got a scholarship to play college baseball, and always assumed that that would be what I do after college. I mean that was truly my dream. I had several ACL reconstructions that really hurt my chances at that, and my twin brother, he got drafted to go play but decided not to do that,” he says of his brother Cory, who now plays drums in his band.

While his knee injury may’ve closed the door on one career, it turns out it laid the groundwork for another.

“As bummed out as I was, like looking back now, it was all for the best because it led me to where I'm at now. During my downtime from my surgeries when I couldn't really do a whole lot other than rehab, it gave me a chance to start learning how to play the guitar. Seriously, I can't believe what's happening now from all that. So I guess, had those knee surgeries not have happened, then I would've got drafted to go play baseball. It'd be a total different story right now. Who knows what would be happening?”  

Right now, Chris is enjoying his first top twenty hit with the song that also happens to be the title track of his digital EP, Fix, which is also available exclusively at Target on CD. This summer, he heads out on the Rhythm & Roots Tour with Rascal Flatts and Kelsea Ballerini.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Who Cares? The Who, Joan Jett and Eddie Vedder Do!

Courtesy of MSO PRThe Who will continue its tradition of raising money for charity with special concert events by headlining an intimate private show on May 31 in Los Angeles to raise funds for UCLA Health Autism Treatment Program and Teen Cancer America.

The concert, dubbed "Who Cares About the Next Generation," also will feature performances by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder.

In addition, the event will include a live auction hosted by celebrity auctioneer Howie Mandel, and will feature a number of special guests, including KISS singer Paul Stanley and comic actor David Spade.

In advance of the fundraiser, an online silent auction has been launched that offers a variety of VIP experiences, luxury vacation packages and autographed rock memorabilia. Among the items up for bid are guitars signed by The Who, Cream, The Eagles, Jett, Slash, Joe Walsh, Richie Sambora and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen.

The "Who Cares About the Next Generation" event takes place just after The Who winds down the current North American leg of its 50th anniversary tour. The latest series of dates kicked off last night in Toronto, and wraps up May 29 in Las Vegas. Check out the group's full itinerary at TheWho.com.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Halestorm's Tour with Lita Ford Is a "Celebration of Women in Music," Says Lzzy Hale

Credit: Jake Giles NetterHalestorm is currently on tour with Lita Ford, the former guitarist for The Runaways. When the trek was first announced, Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale said in a statement that it was "not just a package with every band featuring a girl...this tour is a different breed, showcasing loud, powerful female voices." As Hale tells ABC Radio, the package of Halestorm, Ford and openers Dorothy, a female-fronted rock band out of Los Angeles, has been "a long time coming."

"It's something that I wanted to do as kind of, I guess in a selfish way, a celebration of women in music, but my kind of women in music," Hale laughs. "No matter what you do, there's always gonna be a stigma attached to it, so it had to be the right fit."

She found that fit with Dorothy and Ford, who Hale refers to as a "living legend" who "kicked the door open" for bands like Halestorm.

"I didn't realize how important it was for all of us to be on tour together until, like, the second show of this tour," Hale says. "We're all talking about similar things, kind of this passing of the torch type tour."

By "showcasing loud, powerful female voices," Hale has seen a response from the audience.

"It's really neat, because then you see so many girls coming to this particular tour, this particular package, and you can see it really resonating with them, like, 'Hey, we're all literally living proof that you can do absolutely anything that you wanna [do] in life,'" she explains. "So it's been very, very empowering, I guess."

Halestorm's tour with Ford and Dorothy wraps up April 30 in Indianapolis, but in case you missed out this time around, Hale says they might be bringing it back again.

"It's funny, we've actually been talking about doing the exact same tour later on in the year anyway, with the same people, maybe even adding one or two," Hale tells ABC Radio. "Been talking to Miss Taylor Momsen [of The Pretty Reckless] about that too, just, 'Hey, wanna join? It'd be cool.'"

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Thursday
Apr282016

Imagine Dragons Share Preview of New Song, "Not Today"

ABC/Richard HarbaughImagine Dragons is teaming up with the Mother of Dragons for a new song. The track is called "Not Today," and it's featured in the new movie Me Before You, which stars Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke. On their Twitter, Imagine Dragons shared a 15-second clip of the acoustic-based song set to scenes from the film.

Me Before You, which is based on the best-selling book by Jojo Moyes, stars Clarke as a young woman who begins taking care of a quadriplegic, played by Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games series.

"Not Today" will be released in full on the Me Before You soundtrack, which also features The 1975's single "The Sound" and an orchestral remix of X Ambassadors' "Unsteady." The album will be released on June 3, the same day the film will hit theaters.

June 3 will be a big day for Imagine Dragons, as the band will also release their live concert film Smoke + Mirrors Live on Blu-ray/DVD and CD that date.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Drake Announces Global Listening Party for New Album 

Photo credit: Dan MartensenToronto rapper Drake is allowing the world to preview his new album, Views from the 6, on Thursday night. The OVO rapper has announced a world-wide listening party that will air as part of the OVOSOUND radio program on Beats 1.

Drake shared the news online via his Twitter account, saying, "Tune into OVOSOUND Radio on Beats 1 this Thursday at 7PM PST / 10PM EST / 3AM GMT @applemusic. #VIEWS."

The singles “Summer Sixteen,” “One Dance,” and “Pop Style” are expected to be on the LP and it is reported to feature 20 tracks.

Views From The 6 is scheduled to be officially released on April 29.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Find Out Why Adam Levine Won’t Be Pulling a Beyonce Any Time Soon

ABC/Craig SjodinIn between his coaching gig on The Voice and prepping for impending fatherhood, Adam Levine hints he’s working on some new music with Maroon 5. The singer tells Entertainment Tonight the band might be releasing a fresh tune in the near future.

"Not an album right now, but maybe a song,” he says. “Gotta keep the kids interested. We have something going on right now. Soon, it's coming...It's on the way. It's in the incubator."

But while he’s a fan of Beyonce’s deeply personal approach to songwriting -- showcased on her much-discussed new album, Lemonade -- don’t expect his new music to be quite as autobiographical. Adam says he likes to keep his songwriting a bit more guarded.

"I am a fan of heavily shrouded metaphor, so I don't like to do that," he says of Queen Bey’s pointed lyrics. "I used to like to do that a long time ago, but I like to keep it to myself and let people interpret it for what you want. I think it's more fun that way because then I can kinda exist behind it and it's like, a little more mysterious."

Meanwhile, Adam’s band mates are keeping busy, too. James Valentine and Jesse Carmichael have participated in a documentary about illegal wood, which is set to debut at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles next month.

The 20-minute film, Instruments of Change: Lessons from the Rainforest, aims to raise awareness about the relationship between instruments and the source of woods used to make them. James and Jesse will be on hand for the May 17 premiere, which will feature a Q&A, musical performances and a cocktail reception.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Is Miley Cyrus Planning a Summer Wedding?

Michael Buckner/Getty Images for AIFAre Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth planning to tie the knot or aren't they?

Sources tell Us Weekly magazine that the 23-year-old "Wrecking Ball" singer "wants a summer wedding," and her mother, Tish, is helping her plan the vows.

Another insider seems to support that claim, noting Cyrus and the Hunger Games actor, 26, "live together and are very serious," adding, "It's possible they'll just run off to Vegas and tie the knot!"

However, despite the fact that Miley has been spotted wearing the ring from the couple's previous engagement, Hemsworth told TV Week Australia earlier this month, "I am not engaged, no."

The on-again, off-again couple, who met in 2009, reportedly reunited in December after a broken engagement in 2013. 

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Thursday
Apr282016

Blink-182 Releases New Single, "Bored to Death"

BMG Rights ManagementBlink-182 unveiled their new single, "Bored to Death," on Wednesday.

It's the California-based rockers' first single with their revamped lineup, which now consists of Travis Barker, Mark Hoppus and Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba, who replaces Tom DeLonge.

"Bored to Death" features Hoppus on lead vocals.

Blink-182's upcoming album California -- the band's first release since 2011's Neighborhoods -- is due out July 1.

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Wednesday
Apr272016

The Band Perry's "Live Forever" Finds New Life at the Summer Olympics

ABC/Eric GebhartThe Band Perry’s song, “Live Forever” is getting a new life. Originally released as a single last summer, it will now be Team USA’s official song for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The sibling trio performed the tune Wednesday morning on NBC’s Today show, and there’s also a new Olympic-themed version of the “Live Forever” music video.

The 2016 Summer Olympics kick off August 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and run through the 21st. The Band Perry is set to sing their song as part of NBC’s coverage of the festivities.

“Live Forever” was originally launched as the lead single from The Band Perry’s third album, which was to be titled Heart + Beat. Since parting ways with their longtime label last month, the trio hasn’t revealed exactly what the status of the album is.

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Wednesday
Apr272016

Elton John & Lady Gaga Team with Macy's for Charity Clothing Line

Courtesy of Business WireElton John and Lady Gaga have collaborated several times musically. Now they're teaming up on the fashion front to raise money for a good cause.

Elton and Gaga are launching Love Bravery, a limited-edition line of clothing and accessories that will be available exclusively at Macy's this spring, and globally later this year. Twenty-five percent of the purchase price benefits both John's AIDS Foundation and Gaga's Born This Way Foundation.

The line includes everything from shirts, sweats and outerwear to backpacks, scarves, key chains, water bottles and skateboards. Some of the motifs include piano keys, guitars, microphones, platform shoes, sunglasses and hearts.

"I love the idea of fusing who you are on the inside -- your passions and dreams -- with what you wear on the outside," says Elton in a statement. "Love Bravery is about the compassion on the inside to understand someone’s fears, and the bravery on the outside to stand up for them, and for yourself: to accept others for who they are and to be who you want to be."

Adds Gaga, "We need to make the world a kinder and braver place where men and women everywhere are empowered to live with compassion. That's what Born This Way Foundation is all about, that’s what the Elton John AIDS Foundation is all about, and that's what Love Bravery is all about."

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Wednesday
Apr272016

Prince Set to Dominate "Billboard" Album Chart Again with Five Albums in Top 10

Rhino; Warner Bros.Prince will continue his reign over the Billboard charts for the second straight week. According to Billboard, industry insiders predict the late music icon could have five albums in the top 10 on next week's Billboard 200 chart.

This week, Prince's 2001 compilation album The Very Best of Prince took the number-one spot on the chart, with the Purple Rain soundtrack ranking second. Those two are also expected to chart high next week, along with two more of his greatest-hits albums -- The Hits/The B-Sides and Ultimate -- and his 1982 album, 1999.

The Very Best of Prince is estimated to sell more than 200,000 copies in week two, with a total equivalent album unit figure of more than 350,000. It's likely to get knocked out of the top spot by Beyonce's Lemonade, which was released on April 23.

The new chart, dated May 14, will reflect the tracking week ending April 28 -- the first full chart week following Prince's death on April 21. It will be revealed on Sunday, May 1.

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