Tour Review | BACKSTREET BOYS: DNA WORLD TOUR 2019 | Sunrise, FL – 8/23/19

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Hello there, music lovers!

I’m a bit late in getting this review posted, but we had a week of preparing for Hurricane Dorian, who decided at the last minute to avoid Miami completely. (Side Note: My thoughts are with everyone in the Bahamas, or those with family in the Bahamas.)

d8faa574-a234-4149-bfb7-3f883e943c8fNow shhhhhhh . . . don’t tell anyone that I willingly went to the Backstreet Boys concert here in Sunrise, Florida! As an *NSYNC lover, I felt like a traitor the entire time, but I hate to admit . . . it was a great show!

The besties wanted to wear matching shirts with BSB lyrics on them, but I opted for a general boy band shirt instead haha. Mine said, “All I want is a 90s boy band kinda love.” I had to maintain some sort of loyalty! I was flanked by my two die-hard BSB-loving best friends and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. In all seriousness, I’ve always enjoyed BSB’s music. Especially now because it brings you back to a time when our only responsibility was turning in homework on time. The nostalgia is real and the music is still classic.

Brian’s son, Baylee Littrell opened for the guys and you could tell he was a natural. His music is a sort of cross between country and rock, but it still had a young vibe to it. He really knew how to keep the crowd engaged, which is difficult to do sometimes as an opening act. I’m sure people will be hearing more from him in the future!

The guys came out at about 9 pm and played non-stop for about 2 hours. Believe it or not, they managed to squeeze 33 songs onto the set list! Granted, some songs were little snippets and solo distractions while the rest of the guys handled their quick changes lol, but everything worked really well. It was non-stop energy the entire time. I was a bit surprised at the lack of pyro on stage, but the set up was low key and allowed the guys to shine and connect with the people who have supported them for so long. It was actually really nice. There’s also a HUGE HD screen above the stage, giving fans a great view no matter where their seats were.

At one point, the guys came out and sang an a cappella version of “Breathe” off of their latest DNA album. When I tell you, these guys sounded incredible! They definitely still got it! The vocals and dancing throughout the entire show were really impressive.

Here’s a look at the set list for our show:

Everyone Show Intro
Everyone (Remix, First verse only)
I Wanna Be With You
The Call
Don’t Want You Back
Nobody Else (Brian solo; Chorus only)
New Love
Get Down (You’re the One for Me)
Chateau (Howie solo; First verse and chorus only)
Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely
Incomplete
Undone
More Than That
The Way It Was (Nick solos; First verse and chorus only)
Chances
Shape of My Heart (No second verse)
Drowning (No second verse)
Passionate (Starts with Kevin and AJ solo)
Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
As Long As You Love Me
No Place
Breathe (a cappella – on elevated platform)
Don’t Wanna Lose You Now (On elevated platform)
I’ll Never Break Your Heart (On elevated platform)
All I Have to Give (Conversation Mix)
All I Have to Give
Backstreet Boys DNA Tour Remix
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – (Remix)
We’ve Got It Goin’ On (No second chorus or bridge)
It’s Gotta Be You (No second chorus, bridge or ending)
That’s the Way I Like It (No second chorus or bridge)
Get Another Boyfriend (No bridge)
The One
I Want It That Way

Encore:

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Larger Than Life

 

I’m so glad I was able to make it out to this show with the girls. You all know how much I love a great concert, and this was no exception. BSB still knows how to put on a great show! I hope, if you’re reading this, you realize the sarcasm about me feeling like a traitor haha. It’s okay to like BOTH bands, people! Now if we could only get the guys to talk to their friends over in *NSYNC about putting together a joint tour, all would be right in the world. Can you imagine???? A BSB/NSYNC (with ALL members) tour??? They’d have to play two shows in every city!

If you’re still thinking about buying yourself a ticket to the DNA World Tour, please exit out of this page and do it!! You won’t regret it! Your wallet might, but you won’t!

Tour Review | JONAS BROTHERS: HAPPINESS BEGINS TOUR 2019 | American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL – 8/7/19

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First things first . . . HOLY SHIT the Jonas Brothers still know how to put on an incredible show. The whole thing was high energy from the moment they took the stage!!

I just want to give a little backstory to my attending this show. 10 years ago, I took my niece to her first concert here in South Florida. She was 5 and she was decked out in a Jonas Brothers t-shirt, Jonas Brothers press-on nails and Jonas Brothers sandals. You guessed correctly, her first concert ever (at 5 because I’m the coolest aunt ever) was the Jonas Brothers. When the guys announced that they were getting back together, I knew I was going to have to sell a kidney to get tickets for the niece to see them again, almost exactly 10 years later! & that’s what I did (minus the selling of my kidney on the black market lol).

I also want to state that the marketing team for the Jonas Brothers deserve a raise! Their cryptic posts leading up to the show had fans going nuts trying to figure out the set list and what surprises would be coming next. The intrigue for all things Jonas has been heavy for months now and that is extremely good for the brand. 😉

The show started at about 7:45 with Jordan McGraw, who played a pretty short set. Bebe Rexha came out next and played her hits, which got the crowd pumped up even more for the guys.

While the crew was setting up the main stage, the crowd started SCREAMING and everyone was turned towards the back of the arena. The Jonas fam all walked in and grabbed seats in the VIP Section, but you would’ve thought the guys had walked out! It was really nice to see a packed arena mostly comprised of young girls all cheering for the guy’s wives, daughters, family and friends rather than hating on them for changing their relationship status haha. Kevin’s daughters must’ve thought it was the coolest thing ever!

Anyway, the guys came on at about 9:30pm and it was absolutely insane. They had the perfect mix of old hits sprinkled with new songs off of their Happiness Begins album. There was a mini stage set up in the back of the arena, in the VIP section, so every seat in the arena was a good one. Whether you were in the back sections or the front, you got a chance to see the guys just a little bit closer than you would with just a regular end-stage setup. The music was loud, the vocals were on-point and the whole production was very well thought out and put together. You can tell that a lot of preparation went into this tour and everything was executed perfectly. My only wish is that is was being filmed! Who knows, with all the surprises they’ve had for everyone lately, maybe it was. The show ended at about 11:20pm.

At one point towards the end of the show, the guys brought out Sebastian Yatra, Natti Natasha and surprised everyone by bringing out Daddy Yankee for a special performance of “Runaway”. Between special guests, confetti canons, pyro, fireworks and those silly inflatable dancing creatures, the show was just a party from start to finish. Even outside of the arena was decorated with balloons and made it feel like a party despite the heat and humidity haha. There were also little photo op areas throughout the hallways of the arena.

I also want to point out that I’ve been to A LOT of concerts, and this one might be at the top as far as high-energy is concerned. I mean that sincerely. The crowd was jumping and screaming and singing the words back to the guys the entire time and all I kept thinking about was their documentary, where Kevin asked if anyone would care that they were getting the band back together. After seeing the first show of the Happiness Begins Tour last night here in Miami, I hope that question has been answered for him and erased any doubts they might’ve had.  It’s obvious that the fans are here to stay!

I HIGHLY recommend checking this show out if you get the chance. The tickets are a big pricey, but they’re honestly worth it. A huge congratulations goes out to the guys on the success of their first show back and well wishes for the rest of the tour!

 

Check out the set list for our show below:

We are the Jonas Brothers (video intro)
Rollercoaster
S.O.S.
Cool
Only Human
Strangers
That’s Just the Way We Roll
Fly With Me
Used to Be
Hesitate
Can’t Have You
Jealous
Cake by the Ocean
Comeback
When You Look Me in the Eyes
I Believe
Mandy / Paranoid / Got Me Going Crazy / Play My Music (medley)
Hold On / World War III / Tonight (medley)
Runaway (with Sebastian Yatra, Daddy Yankee and Natti Natasha)
Lovebug
Year 3000

ENCORE

Burnin’ Up
Sucker

Emotive Singer ARCHIE FAULKS Releases Beautiful New Song ‘Willing To Learn’

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‘WILLING TO LEARN’
NEW SONG RELEASED
LISTEN HERE

HEADLINE TOUR ANNOUNCED
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019

Archie Faulks has released his beautiful new song ‘Willing To Learn’. Intertwined with stunning strings and stark keys among Archie’s alluring vocals, the new track is about being led astray and living in the now.

Regarding the song Archie says, “‘Willing To Learn’ is a song about sleeping with someone you know is trouble and there is something about them being trouble that keeps drawing you back in. They are more experienced than you are, in many ways, and you want to learn from them; namely how to relinquish worry of the future and just occupy the present moment. It’s a song that when I play it live evokes very vivid memories and emotions – I see it as a bit of a coming of age anthem. Thinking that you are getting to grips with what you are and what you like then meeting someone who changes all of that – an ode to the endless possibilities in life.”

‘Willing To Learn’ follows a string of singles released since Archie emerged last year including ‘Wonderful’, ‘Hung Up’, ‘Blackout’ and ‘It Rains’. The singles have proved radio hits with support coming from Radio 1 and Radio X and they have also clocked up over 2 million streams across Apple Music and Spotify.

Archie has been making a strong statement on the live scene this year, completing his first ever headline tour, while also going down a storm at festivals including The Great Escape and Live At Leeds. He has also been touring the UK and Europe with the likes of Isaac Gracie, Rue Royal, Luke Sital-Singh and Delilah Montagu.

Archie is hitting the round again this autumn for a short headline tour where he will play shows in Brighton, Leeds and Cardiff. Tickets are on sale now via Music Glue and full dates can be found below:

ARCHIE FAULKS HEADLINE TOUR DATES
29/09 – Brighton, Latest Music Bar
03/10 – Leeds, Northern Guitars
04/10 – Bristol, Rough Trade
05/10 – Cardiff, Club Ilfor Bach

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Out Now!! The Acclaimed New Album From JUDAH & THE LION ‘Pep Talks’

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THE ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM
PEP TALKS
ON CD & VINYL IN THE UK
VIA CAROLINE INTERNATIONAL / CLETUS THE VAN

STREAM IT HERE

UK HEADLINE TOUR KICKED OFF ON JULY 16TH 
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JULY 20TH

Nashville’s award winning, genre-bending trio Judah & The Lion release their acclaimed new album Pep Talks physically in the UK tomorrow via Caroline / Cletus The Van.

Pep Talks has already received high acclaim in the US from the likes of Flood Magazine, Rolling Stone, DuJour, NPR and more and has already clocked up streams in their millions, globally across Spotify alone.

Pulling together the twang of folk, the beat of hip-hop, the drive of rock & roll and the punch of pop this album is a brilliantly eclectic, musical journey shaped around vocalist Judah Akers’ experience of life when, during the time the band were sharing stages with heroes, touring the world and hitting new chart highs, behind the scenes his family was falling apart in a hail of alcoholism and affairs, death and divorce.

There’s mandolins and banjos mixed with modern electronics and personal lyrics and it features hit tracks including the Top 10 US Alternative Radio chart hit ‘Over My Head’, the critically-acclaimed single ‘Pictures’, featuring country star Kacey Musgraves as well as fan-favourites ‘Why Did You Run?’, ‘Quarter-Life Crisis’ and ’Alright (Frick It)’.

First rising to prominence with their US Alternative Radio No.1 hit ‘Take It All Back’ from their second album Folk Hop N Roll in 2016, Judah & The Lion have taken the US and beyond  by storm and have appeared on Good Morning America, CONAN, Jimmy Kimmel and The Late Late Show with James Corden, as well as played various festivals and toured across the globe with the likes of Twenty One Pilots, Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, and more.

With a non-stop schedule, they are set to return to the UK as part of their headline Pep Talks World tour this summer, where they will be playing in Glasgow, Ireland and London before performing at Latitude Festival.

UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
16th July – Glasgow, King Tuts
17th July – Dublin, Ireland
19th July – London, Oslo
20th July – Latitude Festival, Suffolk
21st July – Lollapalooza, Paris
24th July – Paradiso (upstairs), Amsterdam
25th July – Knust, Hamburg
26th July – Lido, Berlin
26th September – Kollektivet Hvitan, Falkenberg
27th September – Fåfängan, Stockholm

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PEP TALKS ACCLAIM

“…building, storming, banjos flying… the key ingredient is just – pep! There’s so much energy and velocity to these songs…” – NPR

“Over an arena-sized arrangement of acoustic strums, processed vocal samples and booming electronics, frontman Judah Akers reflects on family crises and feeling like a ‘lost kid looking for a home.’” – Rolling Stone

“Relatable and beautifully performed, the evocative release has no shortage of crossover appeal.” – Idolator

“Who thought adding some synth and a banjo would sound so good?” – Alternative Press

“…their most optimistic and hopeful record to date…” – Substream Magazine

“…a pop-folk foray into yearning, loss and the pain of moving on, distilled perfectly…” – Consequence of Sound

“The ability to narrate the human experience so sincerely is one few artists have mastered, but Judah hits on this state of mind, and in doing so, he breaks his own heart as well as ours.”– Ones to Watch

“…couldn’t be better.” – FLOOD

“Ripe with emotions and vulnerability… the song offers a more textured sound than we’ve heard from Judah & the Lion before… but with the sound of the mandolin in the background, you never lose sight of the band’s beloved roots.” – Du Jour Magazine

LARKINS Release Dreamy New Song ‘Wallflower’

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‘WALLFLOWER’
NEW SONG RELEASED
LISTEN HERE

B-SIDE OF NEW SINGLE
‘SUGAR SWEET’
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

AUTUMN UK HEADLINE TOUR
OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2019

Larkins have released the dreamy new song ‘Wallflower’ as the B-side to their latest single ‘Sugar Sweet’ out now via Good Soldier Records.

‘Wallflower’ plays as if George Fitzgerald laid down production touches for Foals, with airy electronics and hazy samples paired with indie guitars and alluring hushed vocals.

Regarding the song frontman Josh Noble says, “I had the beginnings of ‘Wallflower’ sat on my laptop for what seems like forever. It has a Tame Impala meets Bon Iver vibe which I love. After working with Dom on some cool guitar additions, and a friend/musician we know called Sam Manville (FTSE) on the structure, it finally came together. Then as always it was just a case of sitting with the beast Chris Zane and nailing the sounds. I loved our time in the studio making this one.”

‘Wallflower’ is the B-side to Larkins’ latest single ‘Sugar Sweet’, a bright love song featuring exquisite harmonies, soaring synths and a massive inescapable chorus. It was released earlier this month, premiering as Zane Lowe’s ‘World First’ on Beats 1. It’s since gone on to gain great support from the likes of BBC Introducing and The Independent, while also clocking up over half a million streams.

‘Sugar Sweet’ follows the release of Larkins’ debut single ‘TV Dream’ on Good Solider Records earlier this year. The song received an immense response from both fans and media, quickly clocking up over a million streams. ‘TV Dream’ proved a radio hit and featured on the playlists of Radio 1, BBC Introducing and Radio X, while the band again received significant support from Zane Lowe on Beats 1.

The release led the band to sell out a landmark hometown show to 2000 rapturous fans at Manchester’s Albert Hall. Capturing the moment perfectly, Larkins release the live album Larkins: Live At The Albert Hall, Manchester. It is available to stream now and can be purchased physically from July 5th on CD, cassette and vinyl.

As an undeniable proven live force, Larkins have sold out headline shows across the UK and Europe. They played their first US shows this year at SXSW Festival, while this month they played their largest London show yet to an ecstatic sold out crowd at Dingwalls.

This autumn the band will embark on an extensive 16-date UK headline tour, running throughout October and November. Tickets for all shows are available now via larkinsband.com

This year has seen Larkins make a huge statement as one of the most exciting and in-demand bands to emerge from Manchester in recent times. The band are currently recording their debut album with producers Dan Nigro (A-Trak, Sky Ferreira, Lewis Capaldi) and Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Fun, Kid Cudi) – a record which is sure to send Larkins even further into the stratosphere.

LARKINS TOUR DATES

OCTOBER
13th – Liverpool, Zanzibar
14th – Stoke, Sugarmill
16th – Derby, The Venue
17th – Tunbridge Wells, The Forum
18th – Bournemouth, The Anvil
21st – Southampton, Joiners
22nd – Bristol, Rough Trade
23rd – Exeter, Cavern
24th – Brighton, The Pipeline
29th – Leeds, Wardrobe
31st – Glasgow, King Tuts

NOVEMBER
1st – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
3rd – Newcastle, Think Tank?
4th – Nottingham, Bodega
6th – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
8th – Leicester, Duffy’s Bar

“Manchester’s next arena act”
Manchester Evening News

Manchester guitar-poppers Larkins make massive tunes with huge choruses made for the indie dancefloor
Dork Magazine

“Trust us – Manchester guitar-pop collective Larkins are fast on their way to becoming your next favourite band.”
Music Crowns

“Straight laced indie pop filled with anthemic choruses and heartfelt lyricisms”
The Line of Best Fit

 

CONOR MAYNARD Shares ‘Hate How Much I Love You’ + UK Headline Shows

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THE POP SENSATION RETURNS AFTER 2 BILLION STREAMS WITH THE NEW SINGLE
‘HATE HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU’

WATCH THE NEW VIDEO HERE

UK & EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR IN OCTOBER
INCLUDING LONDON SHOW AT
O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE

With five Top 10 singles and a #1 album to his credit plus millions of followers at social media, Conor Maynard is one of British music’s biggest success stories. The stats speak for themselves: over 10 million monthly listeners at streaming services and over 2 billion career streams to date.

A multi-faceted musician, director and personality, he scored 225 million streams as featured vocalist on last summer’s smash ‘Whenever’ with Kris Kross Amsterdam and The Boy Next Door. He followed that by teaming up with Hardwell and Snoop Dogg for ‘How You Love Me’ and then Alok on ‘Pray’.  He even took his talents to Broadway, to star as Charlie Price in the Tony Award-winning musical ‘Kinky Boots’ – following in the footsteps of Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie and Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters.

Now Conor Maynard returns with the release of his brand new single ‘Hate How Much I Love You’, which represents his first original new release as a lead solo artist in four years. ‘Hate How Much I Love You’ sets Conor’s smooth vocal tone to a backdrop of laidback, sun-kissed modern pop that’s perfectly primed for the summer. The song was produced by Noah Conrad (BTS) and written by Conor with Andrew Bullimore (Chainsmokers, Galantis) and Josh Record (Dua Lipa, Anne Marie).

“It’s been around five years since I released my last solo original material, and it feels like I’ve been through just about everything to finally get this music out so people can hear it,” says Conor. “I was 19 when I released my first album, and even though I’ll always be proud of that music, this new material feels like it really comes from me. I have written every song you will hear with all of my close friends. So, with that being said, I hope you enjoy.”

Conor directed the track’s light-hearted accompanying video. He stars as an unlucky-in-love hotel bellboy, whose daily work puts him at the mercy of rude guests, elderly admirers and annoying children. He soon falls under the spell of a mysterious woman – but can he win her over?

Conor Maynard first came to prominence when his debut album ‘Contrast’ went straight to #1. It featured numerous hit singles including ‘Can’t Say No’ and ‘Vegas Girl’. He followed that with ‘Covers’, a collection of his takes on modern classics from the likes of Drake, Zayn and Shawn Mendes. Throughout his career, Conor has worked with a host of leading talent including Pharrell Williams, Wiley, Rita Ora and Ne-Yo. He completed an arena tour as guest to The Vamps and has played numerous high profile events including Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball and the Wireless Festival.

Currently working on new material, Conor recently announced details of his first UK and European headline tour since 2012, which includes a London show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. The dates are:

OCTOBER
5th – Sweden, Stockholm, Klubben
6th – Norway, Oslo, Vulkan
7th – Denmark, Copenhagen, Lille Vega
9th – Germany, Berlin, Columbia Theater
10th – Germany, Munich, Technikum
12th – Germany, Cologne, Kantine
13th – The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Melkweg Old Hall
15th – Belgium, Antwerp, Zappa
16th – France, Paris, Alhambra
20th – UK, Glasgow, SWG3
21st – UK, Manchester, O2 Ritz
23rd – UK, Birmingham, O2 Institute
24th – UK, London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
26th – Ireland, Dublin, The Academy

Tickets are available from https://listings.ticketweb.co.uk/conormaynard.

 

CONOR MAYNARD | Official Channels

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VIANA Releases Music Video For Debut Single “Wine & Roses”

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New dark pop artist Viana has released a music video for her debut single, “Wine & Roses,” out NOW. Most known as lead vocalist of the recently disbanded funky pop rock band Royal Street, Viana transforms into her own on “Wine & Roses”; it’s fierce, unconventional, and pristine. The music video is a sophisticated, yet sensual, visual – a perfect companion for the sleek track. Although simple, the video’s aesthetic and color palette perfectly align with Viana’s vision on “Wine & Roses”; she has a beautifully developed and seasoned sense of self. A self-described ‘dark alternative-pop’ artist, Viana fashions an eerie, yet riveting sound on “Wine & Roses”. About the track, she states:

Wine & Roses is a song about losing yourself in what used to be. We get hung up on our past, and often times we let it put a negative hold on our future. As we live more and more, we learn more and more, and it shapes us into the person we are meant to be. Even the adverse times in our lives make us who we are in the long run. The song ends with saying “Keep the magic close, if it’s all you know. The wine will always flow.” Meaning keep your passions close to your heart and keep moving, and you’ll get where you need to be. All of the lessons you learn along the way will bring you there. The chorus proclaims, “ I’m stuck with visions of you” meaning that what happened in our past becomes a part of us…we don’t ever forget, but we can move onto better times while carrying the lessons we’ve learned.

Viana has been singing ever since she can remember. She was born in the summer of 1993. Raised on church gospel, classic rock and a touch of jazz , Viana’s vocals have morphed through the years into a sound uniquely hers. A decade of fronting pop-punk bands, starring in local musical productions and dabbling in some moderate witchcraft have been integral in the formation of the ethereal melody-machine that is Viana.

Viana’s sound can best be described as dark alternative-pop. Enchanting beats, flawless vocal runs and syrupy sweet lyrics are enough to wake the dead and get even the saddest bones moving. Her influences include other unique and strong female singer-songwriters such as Maggie Rogers, FKA Twigs, Billie Eilish, Phoebe Bridgers and of course, our lord and savior, Beyoncé. With a style influenced by a combination of being a sucker for a catchy melody, yet still bringing a natural edge brought on by years of fronting rock bands, paired with her giant doe-eyes and freckles, Viana’s presence is one to pay attention to. Her gifts were shared while touring with past bands Sienna and Royal Street, playing to small groups in basements, and to crowds of 2,000+ enthusiastic and captivated show-goers.

Viana’s mission through music is to connect with all people and remember that self expression should be about going with your gut and listening to your own instincts. Growing up in a female fronted band always striving to be the next big thing brings an unnecessary pressure. These days, she creates what she wants and what feels most comfortable for her, and wants to help her listeners do the same. After ten years of collaborative work, Viana’s fierce independence has led to the shedding of her past skin and the incubation of this unapologetically Viana project: new, strange, and no-fucks-given. “Wine & Roses” is available on all digital music platforms NOW.

 

VIANA | Official Channels

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