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

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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

 

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.

 

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International Recording Artist PAULINA RUBIO Returns To The U.S. This Coming September With Her #DeseoTour2019

In Support of Her Latest Studio Album “Deseo,” the Tour Will Open on September 12 in San Jose, CA and Visit 10 Cities Across the Country

The Pre-Sale for #DeseoTour2019 Begins Today at 12pm Local Time, and the General On Sale Starts This Coming Friday, June 21 at 10am Local Time

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In celebration of her birthday today, Latin superstar Paulina Rubio announces she will return to the stage in the United States this coming September with her #DeseoTour2019.

In support of her most recent studio album, DESEO, the 10-city trek across the country kicks off in San Jose, CA on September 12, also hitting New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, among others, before concluding in Washington, DC on September 29.

During the course of this year, Paulina released the deluxe version of DESEO, the most recent album of her successful artistic career, which includes the international hits “Desire (Me Tienes Loquita)” and “Suave y Sutil,” as well as the new single “Ya No Me Engañas.” Additionally, the Golden Girl recently completed a stint as a Coach on “La Voz” Spain, and is a Coach on “La Voz Senior” currently airing in Spain.

Better known as the Queen of Latin Pop, Paulina recently performed to a sold out crowd in Santiago, Chile, will be the first pop artist to perform in Monterrey’s Showcenter Complex in Monterrey, Mexico, this Saturday, June 22.

Following are the dates for #DeseoTour2019

Sep 12 San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic Auditorium
Sep 13 Alpine, CA @ Viejas Casino
Sep 14 Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
Sep 16 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
Sep 19 Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
Sep 21 McAllen, TX @ McAllen Performing Arts Center
Sep 22 San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
Sep 25 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Sep 27 Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
Sep 29 Washington, DC @ Warner Theater


About Paulina Rubio

There are few stars in the Latin pop scene that have shined as brightly, and for as long, as Paulina Rubio. The Mexican singer, actress, model and entrepreneur has been putting out hits that have taken the world by storm. After a stint with the group Timbiriche, one of the most long-lasting pop phenomena in Mexico, Paulina embarked on her solo career in 1992 releasing “La Chica Dorada.” The title of her debut album became her professional nickname, The Golden Girl, and opened the doors to the US market.

From then on, her popularity grew both in the US and in Latin America, and rocketed when she signed with Universal Music, cementing her international status in the new millennium. “Paulina” (2000) and particularly “Border Girl” (2002) created an extraordinary crossover effect that rippled throughout the whole of the planet. As a global pop icon, Rubio was the top-selling Latin artist during the early stages of the new century, thanks to songs like “Y Yo Sigo Aquí”, “Yo No Soy Esa Mujer” and “The One You Love.” In 2004, “Pau-Latina” saw Paulina return to Spanish and spawning a set of sold hits, “Te Quise Tanto,” “Algo Tienes” and “Dame Otro Tequila,” which ruled the Latin Billboard charts and consolidated her success.

Paulina continued to climb up the ladder of creativity with the release of “Ananda” in 2006. Fueled by hit singles including “Ni Una Sola Palabra,” the album topped the US Latin Pop Chart and was certified 2x Platinum in Spain. “Ananda” picked up Album of the Year at the Latin Billboard Awards and the Spanish edition of GQ Magazine named Rubio as Woman of the Year in 2007.

Increasingly involved in the songwriting and production of her albums, in 2009 the queen of Latin pop returned with “Gran City Pop,” an album that featured trademark hits “Causa y Efecto” and “Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes” and ruled the airwaves in Spain, Mexico and Puerto Rico, taking up residence at the top of the US Latin charts in mid-2009.

On “Brava!” (2011), Rubio skillfully combined songs in English and in Spanish, contributing to Rubio’s amazing portfolio of hits with tracks “Me Gustas Tanto” and the spectacular dance beats of “Heat of the Night” and “All Around the World”.

Over the years, Paulina has continued to release hit records, including songs “Mi Nuevo Vicio” in 2015, a collaboration with Colombian artist Morat, an absolute hit in Spain that was certified 2x Platinum and topped the Promusicae chart, and “Si Te Vas” in 2016. The latter rose to the top of the Latin Billboard Charts, adding to Paulina’s impressive collection of hits.

Over the course of 2019, Paulina released the deluxe version of her long-awaited latest studio album “Deseo,” the first to feature new songs since “Brava!” First single “Desire (Me Tienes Loquita),” featuring her old friend Nacho, was an incredibly appealing and totally contemporary song, with a catchy chorus and solid urban vibes, marking the awaited return of the diva of Latin pop. “Suave y Sutil” followed as a second single, leading up to the release of new single “Ya No Me Engañas.”

Dark Pop Artist VIANA Releases Debut Single “Wine & Roses,” Out NOW

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New dark pop artist Viana has released her debut single, “Wine & Roses,” out on all digital music platforms 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. A lead in to an array of new music in 2019, “Wine & Roses” will follow with a music video later this month. Although just her first solo release as Viana, she has a clear-cut identity. 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.

 

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