On the evening of October 27th, multi-platinum rock band, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, will give a global, 3D/360-degree, live-streamed virtual reality performance in partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, Capitol Records and VRLIVE. Fans around the world will be able to view the live stream on UMG’s newly released VRTGO VR platform, powered by VRLIVE’s advanced technology, and experience Avenged Sevenfold’s electrifying set as if they were there for this first-of-its-kind immersive event. VRTGO is freely available on iOS and Android.
“We are constantly working to create opportunities for our artists to connect with their fans in new and exciting ways,” says Michelle Jubelirer, COO, Capitol Records. “We’re thrilled to work with Avenged Sevenfold and VRLIVE to bring this unique experience to Avenged Sevenfold fans around the world.”
VRLIVE will also be streaming the event to 50 Samsung Gear VR headsets on the ground level at the event for the guests to virtually transport themselves to the stage. The event will be shot using the Nokia OZO camera, the first purpose-built VR camera with immersive spatial audio to deliver the best in VR music experiences.
“VRTGO is a truly immersive and creative platform for our artists to tell their stories and invite their fans around the world to experience live performances and music videos like never before,” says Deborah Hyacinth, SVP Digital Marketing Innovation, UMG. “We’ve employed state of the art technology to make VRTGO a cross-device platform and home to some of the world’s best VR content.”
“We are excited about our partnership with Universal Music Group as it gives us the opportunity to provide the viewing audience with unprecedented levels of access,” stated VRLIVE Founder and CEO Heiner Lippman. “Virtual Reality is destined to change the media landscape, which will enable users to not just view entertainment, rather, it allows them to experience it, and VRLIVE will continue to transform how people view and interact with the world around them.”
Avenged Sevenfold made headlines with last week’s release of “The Stage,” a much-anticipated new track co-produced by the band and Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool) and a companion video directed by Chris Hopewell (Radiohead, The Killers). The latter has already amassed well over six million YouTube views – click HERE to watch. “The Stage,” which is the band’s first release on Capitol Records, is available for purchase by clicking HERE.
Spotify has released a 25 Under 25 list featuring the most played under the age of 25 based on stats from the music streamer. Eighteen-year-old Shawn Mendes tops the list followed by Ariana Grande, Chance the Rapper, Martin Garrix and Justin Bieber.
25 Under 25
- Shawn Mendes: Shawn Mendes started out posting six-second Vine clips of himself singing covers, and now, at 18, the singer-songwriter from Toronto fills major venues and attracts an impressive 25 million Spotify listeners each month. Mendes’ sophomore album, Illuminate, dropped in September and multiple tracks are popping on Spotify, with notable standout, “Treat You Better,” on track to give Mendes’ breakout smash “Stitches” (500 million plus streams) a run for its money.
- Ariana Grande: Ariana Grande might not be a dangerous woman in the criminal sense, but her music slays. Multiple tracks from the 23-year-old singer’s latest album became instant hits; “Dangerous Woman” and “Into You” have both clocked more than 200 million streams each, and “Side to Side” (with Nicki Minaj), is a top 10 song on Spotify’s global chart. Did we also mention Grande has 27 million monthly listeners? Ok, maybe she isdangerous.
- Chance the Rapper: Chance the Rapper’s gospel-inflected mixtape Coloring Book is lauded as one of the strongest releases of 2016 and features assists from fellow Chicago rapper Kanye West, as well as Justin Bieber and Future. Chance (real name Chancellor Johnathan Bennett) has more than 6 million monthly listeners who are really getting behind the 23-year-old’s track “No Problem” (feat. Lil Wayne and 2Chainz). With more than 60 million streams, it’s making serious noise on our global chart as well as on our popular “Rap Caviar” playlist.
- Martin Garrix: Having reached EDM stardom at the age of 17 thanks to several bombastic remixes, Dutch artist Martin Garrix, now 20, is at the top of his game. Garrix’ banger, “In The Name of Love,” is tearing it up on Spotify’s “Today’s Top Hits” playlist. With 21 million monthly listeners, Garrix is comfortable hanging out as one of Spotify’s top twenty most popular artists of all time. Garrix just released a new single, “Make Up Your Mind,” on October 21st.
- Justin Bieber: Justin Bieber has been on a hot streak since his comeback Diplo/Skrillex collaboration “Where Are Ü Now” dropped in early 2015. With follow-up monster solo hits that just keep coming at us, like “Love Yourself,” “What Do You Mean?” and “Sorry” – which have all passed the 700 million streams mark – there’s just no stopping the Biebs. Bieber’s collaboration with Major Lazer and MØ, “Cold Water” is currently streaming more than 2.5 million times a day.
- Alessia Cara: Alessia Cara might have made a name for herself with a song about her disdain for teen parties, but the party has definitely arrived for this talented 20-year-old from Ontario, Canada. Since the success of “Here,” Spotify’s most viral song in the U.S. last year (and #5 globally), the R&B singer has attracted more than 13 million monthly listeners. Cara’s track, “Scars to Your Beautiful,” is a favorite in our “Today’s Top Hits” playlist at the moment.
- Charlie Puth: With a whopping 20 million monthly listeners on Spotify, singer-songwriter Charlie Puth is one of the top players in pop music today. He gained worldwide recognition for the Wiz Khalifa song “See You Again” which Puth wrote, produced and sang on. His duets with leading ladies like Meghan Trainor (“Marvin Gaye”) and Selena Gomez (“We Don’t Talk Anymore”) turned to pop gold, with the latter seeming to have taken up permanent residency on our global charts.
- Fifth Harmony: This all-girl R&B group needs no introduction; more than 16 million Spotify listeners stream Fifth Harmony’s infectious tracks each month. The fun, flirty jam “Work From Home” has racked up more than half a billion listens and was a playlist staple over the summer in the U.S. and UK (much like “Worth It” from the year before), and current favorite “All In My Head (Flex)” (featuring Fetty Wap) has flexed some serious muscle on our charts.
- Hailee Steinfeld: Hailee Steinfeld’s latest track, “Starving,” is taking off, with more than 160 million streams and a confident sojourn up Spotify’s global chart. It’s safe to say the track solidifies the 19-year-old oscar-nominated actress as a top pop artist, following on from last year’s breakout single “Love Myself” (210 million streams). Steinfeld, who also starred as one of the Bardon Bellas in the accapella-celebrating movie “Pitch Perfect 2,” has 17 million monthly listeners which, I think we can all agree, is aca-astounding.
- Flume: Australian deejay/producer Flume just picked up 11 nominations for Australia’s Grammy-equivalent awards show, the ARIA’s, and is touring Europe and the U.S. to support his excellent sophomore album, Skin. Currently, Spotify listeners can’t get enough of Flume’s latest hits “Say It” (feat. Tove Lo) and “Never Be Like You” (feat. Kai). With 13 million monthly listeners, Flume (real name Harley Edward Streten), is one of the top EDM artists on the scene.
- Zara Larsson: After winning a TV talent show in her native Sweden at age ten, Zara Larsson disappeared for a while, grew up a bit, honed her singing chops, then made it her mission to tear up the world stage of pop music. Mission accomplished: monster tracks “Never Forget You” (385 million streams) and “Lush Life” (485 million streams) feature Larsson, now 18, as a genre-bending artist, blending pop, EDM and even a little hip-hop. Larsson attracts a whopping 18 million monthly listeners and her current track, “Aint My Fault,” is killing it on our “Today’s Top Hits” playlist.
- Maluma: We’d like to think we got the jump on Colombian singer Maluma’s career; he was one of the first artists featured on Spotify’s now-popular “Baila Reggaeton” playlist when it debuted three years ago, a move which helped bring his edgy-yet-also-romantic music to a wider audience. And due to popular demand, Maluma’s hit song, “Borro Casette,” has been featured in “Baila Reggaeton” for a solid year. With more than 6 million monthly listeners, as well as collaborations with Ricky Martin and Shakira, Maluma (real name: Juan Luis Londoño Arias) has earned bragging rights as the world’s top urban Latin artist.
- Tory Lanez: Tory Lanez transitions between rap and R&B as seamlessly and confidently as he “crowd walks” at live shows. Our listeners took to the Toronto-born artist’s smooth track, “Say It,” when it dropped last year, and in August, his debut album, I Told You, received almost 10 million streams in its first week of release. Lanez has 12 million monthly listeners and his track “LUV” is currently crushing it in popular playlist “Are & Be.”
- Kelsea Ballerini: One of the brightest stars to emerge from Tennessee in recent years, country singer Kelsea Ballerini has sent three tracks from her debut album, The First Time, to the top of the Billboard country music charts. Spotify listeners are particularly fond of tracks “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Dibs” and “Peter Pan,” which collectively have clocked more than 75 million streams. Listeners stream Ballerini’s music consistently and many have discovered her music in popular playlist “Hot Country,” where her song “Yeah Boy” is kicking up dust right now.
- DNCE: Electric-rock outfit DNCE took off earlier this year thanks to their bouncy hit, “Cake by the Ocean,” now at 440 million streams. Their song, “Toothbrush,” is also a smash with about 100 million streams. Formed in 2015 and led by Joe Jonas, the U.S.-based group has an ardent following with Spotify listeners in Mexico City, and all told, boasts about 12 million monthly listeners. Let them eat cake!
- Joel Adams: Singer-songwriter Joel Adams is 19, hails from Brisbane, Australia, and has only ever released one song on Spotify. His sole ballad, “Please Don’t Go,” has received so much attention — to date it has around 210 million streams — that we couldn’t look away. Neither could the biz; Adams recently signed to independent record label Will Walker records. Now with 10 million monthly listeners and a coveted spot on Charlie Puth’s North America tour, Adams is the man of the moment.
- Desiigner: When his track “Panda” took off earlier this year, hip-hop artist Desiigner established himself as the breakout star of 2016. That song is now approaching half a billion streams. Signed to Kanye West’s record label G.O.O.D. Music, the 19-year-old from Brooklyn, is now scaling our charts with the track, “Timmy Turner,” and all told, Desiigner (whose real name is Sidney Royel Selby III), attracts more than 13 million monthly listeners on Spotify.
- Selena Gomez: Selena Gomez shed the last remnants of her children’s TV star past with the release of her sultry, coming-of-age album, Revival. With multiple songs surpassing 200 million streams like “Hands to Myself,” “Same Old Love” and “Good For You” (currently at about 330 million streams), Gomez, 24, is now one of the leading ladies of pop music. She averages 2.5 million streams a day and listeners are besotted with her current collaboration with Charlie Puth, “We Don’t Talk Anymore.”
- Glass Animals: Hailing from Oxford, England, indie-pop four-piece Glass Animals has a solid history with Spotify listeners; “Gooey” was the world’s second most viral track in 2014. The band released its album, How To Be A Human Being, to stellar reviews in August and generous streams for its energetic lead single, “Life Itself.” Glass Animals’ psychedelic jams appear regularly on Spotify’s much-loved “Rock This” playlist, and attract 2.5 million monthly listeners.
- Halsey: Many Spotify listeners have followed pop singer Halsey’s career with great interest over the last couple of years, streaming her awesome track, “New Americana,” some 130 million times. But it’s her guest spot on the world’s biggest hit of the moment, The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” that brought Halsey’s stunning voice to the masses. Her solo music now averages 1.5 million streams a day, yet it feels like the 22-year-old from New Jersey is only just getting started.
- Nothing But Thieves: Nothing But Thieves is an alt-rock ensemble from Essex, England that’s toured with Muse, beautifully blends influences like Jeff Buckley and Radiohead, and lights up Spotify’s “Rock This” playlist like a Christmas tree. All songs featured by the band enjoy a low skip rate – a clear signal that listeners approve – and tracks “Trip Switch” and “Wake Up Call”—with a combined total of nearly 28 million streams — are getting considerable attention with our U.S. listeners. Stay tuned, because with about 1 million monthly listeners, Nothing But Thieves have nothing but staying power.
- Demi Lovato: Demi Lovato commanded everyone’s attention with her assertive, no holds-barred album,Confident, which produced the mega title track as well as last year’s summer standout, “Cool for The Summer” (180M streams). Listeners are also embracing Lovato’s sultry track, “Body Say,” in a big way. Overall, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter attracts 10 million monthly listeners.
- Rae Sremmurd: This is the third time hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd has made it onto Spotify’s 25 Under 25 list. Brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi impressed listeners with their 2015 album, Sremmlife, and now the track “Black Beatles” (featuring Gucci Mane) off the duo’s sophomore release SremmLife 2, is getting its day in the sun. “Black Beatles” is currently excelling on our global chart and in the popular playlist “Rap Caviar.” Overall Rae Sremmurd attracts 7 million monthly listeners.
- Cheat Codes: When Los Angeles electronic trio Cheat Codes released the song “Sex” earlier this year, it resonated in a big way with listeners in Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. The track borrows from Salt N Peppa’s 1990 hit “Let’s Talk About Sex” and has amassed more than 320 million streams. Cheat Codes averages 15 million monthly users and right now listeners are into the track “Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)” featuring Dante Klein.
- Daya: Singer-songwriter Daya can be heard all over The Chainsmokers’ massive summer ‘16 hit, “Don’t Let Me Down,” but in the summer of ‘15, her own track, “Hide Away,” (215 million streams) was already setting her stage for superstardom. The 18-year-old talent from Pittsburgh, whose real name is Martine Tandon, just dropped her full-length debut album Sit Still, Look Pretty and the title track has had an impressive run in Spotify’s “Today’s Top Hits” playlist.
The Canadian Folk Music Awards, now in its 12th year, are coming to Toronto, Ontario from December 2-3, 2016. The 72 talented artist nominees for the 2016 CFMA were recently announced at Toronto City Hall and hail from Canadian provinces and territories from coast-to-coast-to-coast. This year’s gala event is taking place at the Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St West in downtown Toronto on Saturday, December 3, 2016.
The gala is hosted, in both official languages, by award-winning musicians Jean Hewson and Benoit Bourque (La Bottine Souriante) and is open to the public. Tickets for the gala are $45 (plus a $2 processing fee) and are available here. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the event.
The Canadian Folk Music Awards are pleased to announce the 2016 gala line-up, which includes prolific Canadian songwriter Bruce Cockburn. His achievements and decorations include being an Officer of the Order of Canada, an inductee of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, 13 Juno Awards, 24 Gold and Platinum records, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, numerous honorary doctorates, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Award-winning guitarist, producer and singer Colin Linden also graces the CFMA performer line-up. The founding member of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings has had an exceptional career, releasing numerous albums with the band, as well as several solo albums. He has also produced and shepherded many upcoming musical talents. Since 2012, the iconic man in the black hat has been the Music Director on the hit TV show Nashville.
Juno Award-winning trio and CCMA nominated sisters from Newfoundland, The Ennis Sisters, bring their beautiful vocal harmonies to the line-up. Past CFMA winners and 2016 nominees The Sultans of String join the gala line-up, adding a view of worldly folk; their music merges Celtic and Cuban, flamenco and Gypsy-jazz, Arabic and South Asian in one delirious musical swell. Winnipeg folk trio Red Moon Road return from a rigorous European tour to join the gala line-up, adding some forward-thinking folk live performance to the proceedings. Quebec folk multi-instrumentalist Klô Pelgag adds some quirky excitement to the gala line-up (and possibly large scale fruit costumes.)
Along with the gala awards event, the weekend features two open-to-the-public musical showcase concerts. On Friday, December 2, 2016 from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. at Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto) the evening features CFMA 2016 nominees Jocelyn Pettit, The Small Glories, Hillsburn, Beppe Gambetta & Tony McManus, Old Man Luedecke and Élage Diouf. A brunch showcase concert happens Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto) and features 2016 CFMA nominees Rosie & the Riveters, The Andrew Collins Trio, Keltie Monaghan, William Prince, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin. Both showcases at Hugh’s Room are $29 in advance via hughsroom.com and $32.50 at the door.
The CFMA will hand out twenty awards throughout the gala evening. Nominations for the CFMA were announced this September at Toronto City Hall during the second annual #NationalStrum, celebrating folk music across Canada. Born from a pool of volunteers deeply invested in the wealth and breadth of folk talent in Canada, the CFMA celebrate all genres of folk music from across Canada. Well known for having a vibrant culture of folk festivals, folk traditions and folk values, the country comes together for a weekend of celebration.
For a complete list of nominees by category, go here.
Canadian artists and groups whose albums were released in Canada between June 15, 2015 to June 14, 2016 were eligible to submit their work. The CFMA currently boast 19 categories and one special achievement award. For the category awards, five nominees are chosen for each category. A two stage jury process by 95 jurors located across Canada, representing all official provinces, territories and languages determine the official winners in each category. Complete eligibility requirements are listed here: http://folkawards.ca/eligibility/
For the Psychocandy 33 ⅓ book, Trevor Dann, a broadcaster and writer, was newly minted as a program producer for the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test and told 33 ⅓’s author Paula Mejia about his experience booking acts for the show, and what happened when he booked the Mary Chain and they thrashed through one of their noisiest cuts, “In a Hole.” Here’s what he had to say.
“I thought my job as the producer was to try and make it a bit more modern. The previous producer had a rule that you couldn’t on Whistle Test if you hadn’t made an album. And of course, punk music wasn’t really about making an album. And The Jesus and Mary Chain were at a point where nobody, no more than a hundred or so people had heard them play. And they were capable of being the latest horror story in the tabloid press. So it just seemed to me, ‘Well, we should have them on!’ Not because we’re saying they’re good, or no good. But we’re a music program and people would think, at the very least, it would be interesting to see what they’re like.”
“So that’s what we did. By the time we booked them, we did know what they sounded like and we did think, ‘Hmm, this isn’t mainstream, isn’t it?’ The rest is history.”
The Downward Spiral.
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It’s been 12 years since Canadian music icon Gordon Lightfoot has delivered a new song to fans but this November 18 the song “Plans Of My Own” will be released to all DSPs and streaming services. The song, recorded in 2001 showcases Lightfoot on his signature 12 string guitar and singing at his best.
The release of this new song is in conjunction with the start of Lightfoot’s upcoming Ontario tour dates including his annual multi-date stand at Toronto’s Massey Hall (November 23 – 26).
In addition to the release of “Plans Of My Own,” Warner Music Canada will also re-release the 1976 Gordon Lightfoot classic album Summertime Dream on 180-gram vinyl for Black Friday (November 25). Summertime Dream has been expanded to include the track “Betty Called Me In” that was left off the original pressing of the album. The song eventually found its way on to the 1999 Greatest Hits collection “Songbook.”
Gordon Lightfoot – 2016 Ontario Fall Tour Dates
November 16 / Chatham, ON / Capitol Theatre
November 17 / Kitchener, ON / Center In The Square
November 18 / Belleville, ON / Empire Theatre
November 19 / Ottawa, ON / National Arts Center
November 23, 24, 25, 26 / Toronto, ON / Massey Hall
Phil Collins performs “In the Air Tonight” for the Tonight Show audience and explains the meaning behind the hit song.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ newly announced North American tour will kick off at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY on May 26, 2017. The 19-date tour will make its way across the continent and will conclude June 29 at Los Angeles’ historic Greek Theatre. Canadian tour dates include Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
The band were last in North America in 2014 with critical response being best described as ‘blown away en masse.
September saw the release of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ 16th studio album ‘Skeleton Tree’ and the companion film ‘One More Time With Feeling’ directed by Andrew Dominik. The theatrical success of the film was such that a second run is now confirmed in Canada in select Canadian cities incuding Montreal and Toronto (and in the US nationwide) starting December 1 (Tickets available for purchase at www.nickcave.com). ‘Skeleton Tree’ topped the chart across the globe and achieved the bands highest chart position to date. Songs from the album will be brought to life for live audiences alongside other Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds classics and deep cuts.
The touring line up is as follows:
Tickets will be on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, October 28, 2016. More info on all tour dates can be found here.
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS 2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Friday, May 26 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
Monday, May 29 – Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
Wednesday, May 31 – Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
Thursday, June 1 – Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
Saturday, June 3 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
Monday, June 5 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Wednesday, June 7 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Thursday, June 8 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Warhol at Carnegie Music Hall
Saturday, June 10 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre
Tuesday, June 13 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Wednesday, June 14 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Friday, June 16 – Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre
Sunday, June 18 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
Monday, June 19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kingsbury Hall
Wednesday, June 21 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Thursday, June 22 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Saturday, June 24 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
Monday, June 26 – San Diego, CA – Civic Theatre
Thursday, June 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
The nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 are:
Electric Light Orchestra
J. Geils Band
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2017 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1991.
Nominees are on the ballot for the first time include Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, and Tupac Shakur. Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur became eligible for nomination this year.
Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning October 18 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 5, 2016, fans can visit rockhall.com to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2017 inductees. Fans will need to login with a Facebook account or email to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017 inductees will be announced in December 2016. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017 Inductions, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in April 2017. HBO will also once again broadcast the ceremony in 2017. Venue and ticket on-sale information will be announced at a later date.
All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the nonprofit organization that tells the story of rock and roll’s global impact via special exhibits, educational programs and its library and archives.
Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota, has announced that it has permanently opened for public tours, following unanimous approval by the Chanhassen City Council on October 24.
Tickets are now on sale for tour dates through December 2016, with tours starting up again this Friday, October 28. Tour dates for 2017 are expected to go on sale by mid November 2016.
Paisley Park is Prince’s extraordinary private estate and production complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Fans will have the unprecedented opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like for Prince to create, produce and perform inside this private sanctuary and remarkable production complex.
Throughout the experience, visitors will see artifacts from Prince’s personal archives, including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, rare music and video recordings and motorcycles.
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