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Tuesday
Aug012017

R. Kelly tour dates canceled amid cult allegation controversy

Randee St. Nicholas/ RCA RecordsFour dates from R. Kelly's After Party tour have been canceled in the wake of the recent allegations that the singer's harboring several young women at various residences and controlling their lives, like a cult.  

Two of his Louisiana shows and his Dallas concert have been nixed, according to Ticketmaster.  

In addition, his gig at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles this October was also canceled.  

Several of Kelly's other scheduled tour stops, including Detroit for this Saturday, are still on.  

As previously reported, the allegations regarding Kelly stem from a BuzzFeed report that claims the R&B singer, who has homes near Chicago and Atlanta, is keeping up to six women at his various properties and controlling every aspect of their everyday lives, from what they eat and wear to their sexual encounters with him.   

Kelly denied these claims and tweeted a brief video announcement last week, telling fans that his forthcoming After Party Tour would go on, regardless of the report, which he called "a bunch of crap" in the clip. 

One of Kelly's alleged captives has denied that she's being held against her will, and has insisted she's fine. 

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Kesha announces dates for first solo tour in four years

Olivia BeeKesha is taking her “Rainbow” on the road.

Following the release of her new album on August 11, the singer will be kicking off her first solo tour since 2013.

The Rainbow Tour 2017 will begin September 26 in Birmingham, Alabama and conclude in Hollywood, California on November 1. Tickets are available for pre-sale now and officially go on sale August 5 on KeshaOfficial.com

Kesha has released three tracks from her new album so far, including “Praying,” “Woman,” and “Learn to Let Go.”

Here are the dates:

9/26 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
9/27 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
9/29 -- Atlanta, GA, Coca-Cola Roxy
9/30 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte
10/2 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
10/4 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
10/6 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore Silver Spring
10/7 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore Philadelphia
10/9 -- New York, NY, Hammerstein Ballroom
10/13 -- Lakewood, OH, Lakewood Civic Auditorium
10/15 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore Detroit
10/16 -- Toronto, ON, Rebel
10/18 -- Chicago, IL, Aragon Ballroom
10/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, Eagles Ballroom
10/23 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theatre
10/24 -- Denver, CO, Fillmore Auditorium
10/25 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
10/27 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox SoDo
10/28 -- Portland, OR, Roseland Theatre (Daze of the Dead)
10/31 -- San Francisco, CA, Masonic Auditorium
11/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Palladium

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Joy to the World: Sia prepping Christmas album for later this year

ABC/Fred LeeIt’s still summer, but Sia already has Christmas on the brain.

According to Variety, the singer/songwriter will be releasing a holiday album later this year, featuring a collection of original songs written by Sia and longtime songwriting partner, Greg Kurstin.

Sia has also made the jump from RCA Records to Atlantic Records. The Christmas album will mark her first release on that label.

“Sia is a once-in-a-generation artist. Her extraordinary gifts as a singer and songwriter, her revolutionary approach to the art of performing, her groundbreaking videos -- everything she does comes from a deep wellspring of inspiration and imagination,” Atlantic Records Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman and Atlantic Records Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald say in a statement.

They add, “Sia is that rare artist who has formed her own singular, boundless musical universe. We are so happy to welcome her into the Atlantic family and to be joining Sia on her amazing musical journey.”

Sia's also currently directing her first feature film, starring Kate Hudson.

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Tuesday
Aug012017

AXS TV to celebrate Cher's career with three-day programming event this month

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCAXS TV will salute Cher this month with a three-day celebration of the legendary singer and actress's career. The event kicks off on August 10 with a screening of Moonstruck, the 1987 romantic comedy for which Cher won the Oscar for Best Actress.

The film featured Cher as an Italian-American widow who falls for her fiancé's passionate younger brother, portrayed by Nicolas Cage. The movie, which also stars Olympia Dukakis and Danny Aiello, will air at 9 p.m. ET.

The Cher salute continues on August 23 at 8 p.m. ET with a screening of an episode of the 2016 docuseries Rock Legends that focuses on the entertainer. The show follows Cher from her teen years, when she dropped out of high school and began a romantic and artistic partnership with her first husband, Sonny Bono, to her rise a multi-talented Hollywood icon. Check out a preview clip of the program at Vimeo.com.

The event's finale will take place on August 24, when AXS TV will show the 1990 comedy-drama Mermaids. The film, which airs at 9 p.m. ET, stars Cher as a single mother to two daughters -- played by Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci -- who begins a relationship with a local shop owner played by Bob Hoskins.

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Remembering Trevor Wilson, star of Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" video, on clip's 25th anniversary

Pearl Jam at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards; Trevor Wilson, center; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicOn August 1, 1992, Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" video debuted on MTV. The instantly iconic clip followed a troubled teenager, played by a 12-year-old named Trevor Wilson, who kills himself in front of his classmates.

The video turned out to be Wilson's only starring role -- he left acting and remained out of the spotlight up to his tragic, accidental death in July 2016. In honor of the video's 25th anniversary, and in remembrance of Wilson, Billboard caught up with director Mark Pellington

When Pellington was looking to cast "Jeremy," he found that many of the kids auditioning for the role felt too much like the "cliche" junior high outcast. Then he found Wilson's tape, which Trevor filmed while he was sick.

"He was sick on his tape, and he didn’t play it like, 'Oh, I’m all angsty,'" Pellington remembers. "He was sitting there and I was looking at [his audition tape], and he was kind of dazed and numb and f***** up. I found out later that he was sick. But he was so expressive, in a non-histrionic way."

The "Jeremy" video immediately became huge, and Wilson started to shrink from the spotlight just as quickly. His last public appearance came during the 1993 MTV VMAs, during which "Jeremy" won Video of the Year.

With acting behind him, Wilson pursued his interest in international politics, leading to an internship in Egypt with the United Nations. He bounced around a few other jobs before setting his sights on a U.N. post in Myanmar. Leading up to that job, Wilson took a trip to Puerto Rico in July 2016. He drowned while swimming at the Ocean Park beach.

You can read the entire piece, which also features an interview with Trevor's mom, Diane, on Billboard.com.

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Dive in! as Old Dominion counts down the days to "Happy Endings"

John Shearer for Getty ImagesOld Dominion will count down the days to the release of their sophomore album with a series of Dive Bar Shows. 

Just as they did last week in Nashville, they plan to play Happy Endings in its entirety. The album’s lead single, “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” is currently in country’s top ten, ahead of the project’s August 25 release.

The six-city tour kicks off August 15 in Los Angeles, with details on how to score free tickets at OldDominionDiveBarTour.com. Here’s the complete itinerary:

8/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, Harvard & Stone
8/22 -- Chicago, IL, Bub City
8/23 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Backforty Saloon
8/28 -- Cleveland, OH, McCarthy’s Downtown 
8/29 -- Cincinnati, OH, The Drinkery
8/30 -- New York, NY, Arlene’s Grocery

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Are you ready for some football? Carrie Underwood is good to go

Paul Drinkwater/NBC SportsWe’ll get a sneak peek at Carrie Underwood’s new open for Sunday Night Football during the pre-season game August 27.  

This is the fifth season Carrie’s sung the theme for the most-watched show in prime time TV. She shot the new version of “Oh, Sunday Night,” along with ten of the NFL’s finest, back in June at Universal Studios Hollywood. “Oh Sunday Night,” of course, is a variation on “Somethin’ Bad,” her #1 duet with Miranda Lambert from 2014.

You can get your first look at the new open Sunday, August 27 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, as the 49ers take on the Vikings. The full version airs for the first time on September 10, as the New York Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys.

This week, Carrie tops the Mediabase country chart with her duet with Keith Urban, “The Fighter.”

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Green Day continues "favorite tour we've ever done" tonight

ABC/Heidi GutmanGreen Day will kick off the summer leg of its North American tour tonight, August 1, in Auburn, Washington. The punk trio will be touring in support of its new album, Revolution Radio, and frontman Billie Joe Armstrong could not be happier about the response to the new material.

"We play [singles] 'Bang Bang' or...'Still Breathing,' but we also have been able to kinda get into more deeper cuts on the record, like a song like 'Forever Now,'" Armstrong tells ABC Radio. "So we're playing seven to eight new songs."

He adds, "I think for a band that's been around since 1987, we're in a really great position to be able to just play new music. We're not just sorta living on a legacy."

Of course, Green Day also will be playing its classic material, like the 1994 single "Basket Case," which, more than 20 years later, remains a staple of the band's set list.

"I feel like that song has been like the outsider, weirdo-kid anthem," says Armstrong.

No matter what Green Day has been playing, though, the Revolution Radio tour has been a career highlight for the group.

"It's been our favorite tour we've ever done, which is really exciting, especially at this juncture of our career," says bassist Mike Dirnt. "If it keeps going the way it has been, it's gonna be the best tour we've ever done in the States." 

Green Day's North American tour will conclude September 16 in Los Angeles.

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Hall & Oates reschedules three postponed shows with Tears for Fears

Mick Rock; Zoren GoldDaryl Hall & John Oates have rescheduled three California concerts with support act Tears for Fears that originally were slated to take place last week, but were postponed because a "family emergency" involving that the latter group.

The shows, which had been scheduled for July 25 at SAP Center in San Jose, California, and July 28 and 29 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, now will be held September 17, 14 and 15, respectively, at those venues. Soul singer-songwriter Allen Stone will open all three shows with an acoustic set.

The concerts with Tears for Fears will take place between Hall & Oates' previously announced September 1 performance at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass festival in Aspen, Colorado, and a series of late-September headlining gigs, most of which will feature support from St. Paul & The Broken Bones.

Meanwhile, Tears for Fears' postponed July 26 headlining concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, California, has been rescheduled for September 18.

Here are all of Hall & Oates' confirmed upcoming U.S. dates:

9/1 -- Aspen, CO, Jazz Aspen Snowmass
9/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center*
9/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center*
9/17 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center*
9/22 -- Cedar Park, TX, H-E-B Center at Cedar Park**
9/24 -- Sugarland, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land**
9/26 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater**
9/28 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena**
9/30 -- Charleston, SC, North Charleston Coliseum

* with Tears For Fears and Allen Stone
** with St. Paul & The Broken Bones

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Report: Macklemore OK after head-on collision with alleged drunk driver

ABC/Lou RoccoMacklemore reportedly walked away unharmed after being involved in a head-on collision Friday night.

According to TMZ, the rapper’s Mercedes was hit by an alleged drunk driver in a pickup truck in Langley, Washington. Police reportedly said the pickup driver was rounding a bend when he drifted into oncoming traffic.

Macklemore and his two passengers were able to walk away from the accident, but one of the passengers was treated for a minor cut to the head.

The driver of pickup truck was reportedly knocked unconscious in the crash. TMZ says he later admitted to having a drink “a while back.”

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Foo Fighters schedule intimate one-off Chicago show

ABC/Travis BellFoo Fighters will headline an intimate one-off show at the Metro in Chicago. It'll be held this Friday, August 4, with tickets going on sale today at 11 a.m. CT.

If you're lucky enough to grab a ticket, you'll likely hear songs from the upcoming Foos album Concrete and Gold, which will be released September 15.

Foo Fighters will launch a full-length North American tour in support of Concrete and Gold with their Cal Jam 17 festival, held October 7 in San Bernardino, California.

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Barry Manilow performing at New York City benefit for Italian-American organization this fall

Courtesy of STILETTO EntertainmentBarry Manilow has signed on to perform at the Columbus Citizens Foundation's 73rd annual gala, scheduled for October 7 at the New York Hilton in New York City. The fundraising event will honor Barnes & Noble founder and chairman Leonard Riggio, while benefiting the foundation's Italian-American Student Scholarship Fund.

The gala is traditionally held in advance of New York's Columbus Day Parade, which this year will feature the theme of "A Celebration of Italian-American Authors." Riggio, who will serve as the parade's Grand Marshal this year, chose the theme, which also will be incorporated into the gala.

"It is an honor to have renowned performer Barry Manilow as this year's Gala entertainment,” says Columbus Citizens Foundation president Angelo Vivolo. "The Gala holds high significance in the celebration leading up to the Columbus Day Parade, and to have legendary singer Barry Manilow perform shows the importance of the Foundation and its goals."

The Foundation's scholarship fund helps support outstanding students of Italian descent that are seeking a quality education and are in need of financial assistance.

Tickets to the gala can be purchased by emailing gala@columbuscitizens.org.

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock The late actor Sam Shephard played Dolly Parton's husband in this 1989 movie. Can you name it? ANSWER: Steel Magnolias.

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Sam Hunt "Cruise-s" past Florida Georgia Line to claim a chart record

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCSam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” just won’t quit. This week, the lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album notches its 25th week atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs tally.

That’s enough to lock in the record for the most weeks atop the chart, cruising past Florida Georgia Line’s 2012-2013 feat, when the duo spent 24 weeks at #1 with -- you guessed it -- “Cruise.”

“Body Like a Back Road” has already gone triple-platinum, becoming the third most-downloaded song in any genre in 2017. So far, there’s no word on when the follow-up single from Sam -- or his full album -- may be coming.

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Tuesday
Aug012017

AXS TV to celebrate Cher's career with three-day programming event this month

GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC ImagesAXS TV will salute Cher this month with a three-day celebration of the legendary singer and actress's career. The event kicks off on August 10 with a screening of Moonstruck, the 1987 romantic comedy for which Cher won the Oscar for Best Actress.

The film featured Cher as an Italian-American widow who falls for her fiancé's passionate younger brother, portrayed by Nicolas Cage. The movie, which also stars Olympia Dukakis and Danny Aiello, will air at 9 p.m. ET.

The Cher salute continues on August 23 at 8 p.m. ET with a screening of an episode of the 2016 docuseries Rock Legends that focuses on the entertainer. The show follows Cher from her teen years, when she dropped out of high school and began a romantic and artistic partnership with her first husband, Sonny Bono, to her rise a multi-talented Hollywood icon. Check out a preview clip of the program at Vimeo.com.

The event's finale will take place on August 24, when AXS TV will show the 1990 comedy-drama Mermaids. The film, which airs at 9 p.m. ET, stars Cher as a single mother to two daughters -- played by Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci -- who begins a relationship with a local shop owner played by Bob Hoskins.

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Star-studded hard-rock group Black Country Communion releasing reunion, "BCCIV," in September

Credit: Neil ZlozowerBlack Country Communion, the star-studded rock band fronted by ex-Deep Purple bassist/singer Glenn Hughes, will return with its first studio album in almost five years, BCCIV, on September 22.

The group, which also features one-time Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham, blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa and former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian, reassembled in January to start work on the new record after going on indefinite hiatus in 2013 following the release of their third studio effort, 2012's Afterglow.

"I just felt the time was right for Black Country Communion to go back into the studio and write and record a new album," explains Bonamassa, who also has a prolific solo career. "When I contacted Glenn, Derek and Jason, they immediately agreed to give it shot. The timing was right."

Hughes says of BCCIV, "A lot has happened since we last recorded the Afterglow album…so, in many ways, the new album shows BCC with a much harder, riffier and bigger and bolder sound. If you're looking for a folk album, this ain't the one."

The new record was produced by renowned rock producer Kevin Shirley, who has worked on all four Black Country Communion albums and is considered the band's fifth member.

BCCIV is available on CD, vinyl and digitally, and can be pre-ordered now at BCCommunion.com. The band, whose members are also busy with various other music projects, currently only have three confirmed concerts lined up in support of the album. They'll be performing exclusive U.K. shows on January 2 in Wolverhampton Civic and January 4 in London, and also will make a special appearance at Bonamassa's 2018 Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise, running from February 26 to March 2.

Here's the track list of BCCIV:

"Collide"
"Over My Head"
"The Last Song for My Resting Place"
"Sway"
"The Cove"
"The Crow"
"Wanderlust"
"Love Remains"
"Awake"
"When the Morning Comes"

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Otherwise shares two new songs from upcoming album, "Sleeping Lions" 

Century MediaOtherwise is sharing a double preview of their forthcoming album, Sleeping Lions. The band has released two new songs from the record: "Angry Heart" and "Close to the Gods." Both tracks are available for digital download.

Sleeping Lions is the fourth studio effort from Otherwise, and the band's first since 2014's Peace at All Costs. The new album will be released September 22.

Otherwise has a number of tour dates lineup up for the next month, including a set at the Moonstock Music Festival, which also features Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach and Black Stone Cherry. The festival will be held August 18-21 in Carterville, Illinois.

Here is the Sleeping Lions track list:

"Angry Heart"
"Sleeping Lions"
"Suffer"
"Nothing to Me"
"Weapons"
"Crocodile Tears"
"Close to the Gods"
"Dead in the Air"
"Beautiful Monster"
"Blame"
"Bloodline Lullaby"
"Won't Stop"

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Primus announces new, goblin-themed album, "The Desaturating Seven"; plans fall tour dates

ATO RecordsPrimus has announced a new album called The Desaturating Seven, which will be released September 29. The album was inspired by a 1970s children's book called The Rainbow Goblins, which frontman Les Claypool used to read to his children when they were growing up.

"Many years ago when my children were little kidlets scurrying around the place wreaking havoc and whatnot till it was time for bed and book time, my wife turned them on to a book called The Rainbow Goblins by Ul De Rico," says Claypool. "The dark imagery and beauty of the art struck me immediately and I thought, 'this would make good fodder for a piece of music.'"

"The use of color and darkness both in the paintings and the writing was compelling and now, near two decades later, the metaphor of greed, gluttony and deceit vs unity of the masses is eerily relevant," Les continues. "I brought the notion to the Primus guys and they were all for it. Plus, I figured it's about time someone brought Goblin Rock back to the fold."

The Desaturating Seven is the first original Primus album featuring the band's "classic" lineup -- Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander -- since 1995's Tales From the Punchbowl. For your first preview of The Desaturating Seven, you can listen to a new track called "The Seven" now on YouTube.

Along with the album announcement, Primus, currently on the road with Clutch, has scheduled a fall headlining tour in support of The Desaturating Seven. The trek begins October 20 in San Antonio and will conclude with a two-night stand in Los Angeles held December 29-30. Visit PrimusVille.com for ticket info.

Here is the The Desaturating Seven track list:

"The Valley"
"The Seven"
"The Trek"
"The Scheme"
"The Dream"
"The Storm"
"The Ends?"

And here are Primus' fall tour dates:

10/20 -- San Antonio, TX, Sunken Gardens
10/21 -- Houston, TX, White Oak Lawn
10/22 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live
10/24 -- Nashville, TN, War Memorial
10/27 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theater
10/28 -- Washington DC, The Anthem w/ Clutch
10/29 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theater
10/31 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel
11/2 -- Akron, OH, Goodyear Theater
11/3 -- Cincinnati, OH, The Taft Theater
11/4 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theater
11/5 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Theater
11/7 -- Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theater
11/9 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
11/10 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Hotel
11/11 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/13 -- New Orleans, LA, Civic Theatre
12/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
12/30 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern

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Tuesday
Aug012017

LeToya Luckett holds on "In the Name of Love" in final "Back 2 Life" video installment 

Photo Courtesy of eOneAfter several months of waiting, LeToya Luckett's third and final installment of her Back 2 Life music video series is here.   

The 12 minute clip is set to the artist's track "In the Name of Love," and stars actor Thomas Q. Jones, who plays LeToya's former flame, Omar.  

In the first two installments of the series, we saw LeToya and Omar break up, and in the new visual, everyone will finally discover if the former couple will make up.

The singer's dramatic acting chops are also on full display, proving the entertainer to be a formidable triple-threat.  

"In the Name of Love" can be heard on LeToya's third studio album, Back 2 Life, which was released in May.  

As for upcoming acting roles, LeToya's set to star as legendary singer-actress Dionne Warwick in the forthcoming biopic titled Dionne.  

She will also record several of Warwick's songs for the film's soundtrack. 

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Justin Timberlake and Ricky Martin headlining Dominican Republic music fest

ABC/Eddy ChenJustin Timberlake and Ricky Martin are heading to the Dominican Republic.

Billboard reports the two are among the headliners for this year’s Festival Presidente, which takes place from November 3 to November 5 at Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium in Santo Domingo.

The festival, which started back in 1997, has always been known to feature big Latin acts, but in 2014, it began incorporating more high-profile international acts as well, such as Bruno Mars.

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