CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 23rd January
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In today's CMU Daily:
- European groups add support to pro-interoperability campaign
- Promoters sue over cancelled Lil Wayne concert
- James Brown body moved
- No Mills Macca settlement, OK?
- Maximo Park, words
- Mumm-ra single
- MySpace host full album previews
- Snow Patrol drummer breaks arm
- Crowded House reform
- More bands reform: Coachella line up
- James reform
- Towers Of London tour
- Sunday Best instore
- Hal gig
- Shock Rock tour
- Bertelsmann announce new CEO
- Live Nation chief quits to launch own company
- William Morris reveal details of their London music team
- EMI Publishing launch pan-European licensing scheme
- Warner announce another video sharing agreement
- Warner acquire Zebralution
- More CBB nonsense
- College radio alumni reunion planned
- Billie Piper charts after Moyles download campaign
- Mogwai and Rat:Att:Agg exchange words


More logistics for you. CMU will be stepping up its coverage of live music in the next few months via a partnership with our new sister website ThisWeek In London (about which we have dedicated Top Bit time before). We are currently putting together a London based student review team who will be reviewing live events in London as part of our College Media Network student development programme. Their coverage will appear on a new ThisWeek In London website and, when it's music their reviewing, here in the CMU Daily.

Why am I telling you this now? Well, we'll be starting review scheduling next week, so anyone out there with upcoming gigs or clubs that you're looking to get review coverage for, email the very basic details (dates, venue info, very short blurb) to and we'll see if we can get one of our new review team along. Reviewing will start as soon as next week. Any info much appreciated.

ThisWeek In London will cover all aspects of arts, culture and entertainment in the capital, so if any of you are involved in any other kinds of events, in particular film, theatre or comedy, then let us know. Email in the first instance, and we'll send you details of how to stay in touch on a more regular basis.

And look out for more info (ie blatant plugging) on ThisWeek In London right here very soon.

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This is one for those of you who are partial to a bit of folky, psychedelic indie. The Little Ones are from California, and are probably most comparable to Guillemots or The Shins. Currently touring with The Boy Least Likely To, they're playing at the London Scala on the 25 Jan, but they've also got shows coming up with the Magic Numbers and Tilly & The Wall. Their MySpace page has all the dates, along with some fine songs and a the video for their forthcoming single 'Oh, MJ!' which may or may not be about Michael Jackson. Or perhaps Michael Jordan. Or maybe even Mink Juggling. No, probably not that last one.


More consumer groups in Europe are joining a campaign led by agencies in Scandinavia to persuade or force Apple to unlock its DRM so to allow other manufacturers to make iTunes compatible music players and to allow other download platforms to sell DRM protected music that can be played on the market leader iPod.

Consumer groups have, of course, long argued that digital music business models adopted by Apple and most of its major competitors in the computer and electronics space are unfair because they lock consumers in - so that iPod owners can only buy major label music from iTunes, and iTunes users can only play their music on an iPod. As previously reported, last year groups in France nearly pushed through new laws that would have banned such business models, but in the end watered down legislation was voted in which essentially allows Apple et al to continue as before.

However, opposition to incompatibility in the digital music space has continued to grow in Norway, Denmark and Sweden where consumer agencies last year declared Apple's model violated local contract and copyright laws. Those agencies now say their counterparts in Finland, France and Germany - Kuluttajavirasto, UFC-Que Choisir and Ferbraucherzentralen respectively - are joining their alliance against Apple.

Bjoern Erik Thon, a Norwegian consumer ombudsman, confirmed the growing support for his campaign last week, telling reporters: "This is important because Germany and France are European giants. Germany, in particular, is a big market for digital music. It cannot be good for the music industry for them [Apple] to lock music into one system".

Thon says Norwegian officials have already met with Apple and given them to next September to change their business model on the threat of legal action if they fail to do so. It is unclear whether the other European agencies who have expressed support for the Nordic consumer groups will go so far as to make similar ultimatums (or whether they are confident Apple are actually breaching any laws in their countries).

However, Apple seem to remain hopeful they can placate the consumer groups without having to make radical changes to their business model. A spokesman for the company said this week: "Apple is aware of the concerns we've heard from several agencies in Europe and we're looking forward to resolving these issues as quickly as possible. Apple hopes that European governments will encourage a competitive environment that lets innovation thrive, protects intellectual property and allows consumers to decide which products are successful".


Two Florida based promoters have launched legal proceedings against rapper Lil Wayne alleging he missed a concert date he was booked for, and then refused to reschedule it.

Tampa based Nunoise Entertainment and Jahfari Promotions say Wayne was booked to play a gig at a Tampa Nightclub last October, having signed a contract the previous month, but that he pulled out at the last minute. Although the rapper returned a $15,000 deposit after the no show, promoters say that contractually he owes them an additional $45,000 in damages, plus is also obligated to commit to a new date in the Tampa Bay area.

An attorney representing the promoters said this week: "He did miss a date, he admitted he missed a date, and he was supposed to make it up. It's a simple breach of contract type of matter".

The lawsuit also alleges that in addition to the $45,000 in actual damages, the promoters lost in the region on $200,000 in profits because of the cancellation.


James Brown's body has been moved to a secret location while his family continue to consider where he should be permanently laid to rest. Buddy Dallas, Brown's estate trustee and longtime counsel, confirmed that the late singer's body had been moved from the climate controlled room at the star's Beech Island home in Augusta where it has lay since the various memorial events that followed his death - however there was no word on where it had gone. Word has it Brown has not been buried yet because his family are considering building a mausoleum in the grounds of the Beech Island estate, which would then be turned into a visitor attraction akin to Gracelands - in fact Brown's family are reportedly talking to the Presley estate about how they went about creating the ultimate Elvis tribute.

Elsewhere in James Brown news, there is growing contention in Augusta over the future of the James Brown Arena, named in his honour last year, and host of that celeb filled memorial event that followed his death at Christmas. There has been talk for some time about restoration work on the venue (which was built in 1979), but city officials currently seem to favour demolishing the current arena and building a brand new facility. Although the new venue would keep James Brown's name, some of the late singer's fans are saying the current arena should stay as is, in memory of the aforementioned memorial event. Which seems a bit excessive to me, but such is the way with dedicated fans. If I was a venue owner, I'd think carefully before naming my building in an iconic artist's name, so as to not become subject to the opinions of obsessive fans.


Lawyers for Heather Mills have denied reports in the News Of The World at the weekend that she has reached a divorce settlement with Paul McCartney. The tabloid said a $63 million deal had been reached between the estranged couple, but Mills' lawyers yesterday said that wasn't true. In a statement they told reporters: "With regard to the article in yesterday's News of the World, we would like to state that there has been no offer made whatsoever at any time to our client and therefore no settlement has been agreed".


This just in, Maximo Park have given their second album a name. Big news. It will be called 'Our Earthly Pleasures' and will be released on 2 Apr, with single 'Our Velocity' due on 19 Mar. On the new long player, frontman Paul Smith told reporters: "Thanks to two years of touring the world and with the contribution of [producer] Gil Norton, 'Our Earthly Pleasures' is a heavy, eye-opening record. It's rock music without the clichés, dealing with the world on an emotional level. Ultimately we want to reach as many people as possible because we feel this record has the ability to inspire and affect people".

Hey, not only do you get an album title out of this story, you're getting a full tracklisting too. Result.

Girls Who Play Guitars
Our Velocity
Books From Boxes
Russian Literature
Karaoke Plays
Your Urge
The Unshockable
By The Monument
A Fortnight's Time
Sandblasted And Set Free
Parisian Skies


Someone told me Mumm-Ra were great. I can't remember who, though it wasn't the NME, though I understand they're championing these guys (well, they are on the NME Awards Indie Rock Tour). Anyway, the band have confirmed their next single, 'What Would Steve Do?', will be unleashed via Columbia on 19 Feb.


That MySpace thing will be hosting "exclusive" pre-release previews of upcoming albums from The View, Bloc Party and the rather fabulous Jamie T, via the respective artists' MySpace pages. Not sure quite how this will work (the Jamie T preview goes live today, but doesn't seem to be up there yet), but may well be similar to the way The Fratellis made their entire album available for preview last year with a kind of enhanced MySpace player thingimy.

Anyway, as I say, the Jamie T preview is due to start today, with his debut album 'Panic Prevention' out next Monday. Bloc Party's new long player 'Silent Alarm', out 5 Feb, will preview from 30 Jan. And the debut long player from those hotel wreckers The View is already previewing. Oh, hang then, I suppose I could check their page to see how it works then. Ah, just done it. Yes, it is like The Fratellis. So there you go.

Respective MySpace address as follows, The View's is the one that doesn't quite make sense name wise.


Another drummer pulling out of a tour because of a non-functioning arm - these drummers really need to take more care. This time it's Snow Patrol's Jonny Quinn. He's broken his arm snowboarding and won't be able to drum his drums for quite a while, meaning he has had to pull out of the band's upcoming European and Australia tour which kicks off in early March. Former Therapy drummer and Cranberries collaborator Graham Hopkins will fill in until he's back in action.


Hurrah, Crowded House have announced they'll reform after a ten year break, with a tour and new album planned. The webmaster of the Neil Finn website, Peter Green, has confirmed rumours in the Aussie press about the reunion, while organisers of the Coachella Festival have announced the band will appear at this year's event.

Finn, of course, had pledged never to reform the band after the suicide of fellow founding member Paul Hester back in 2005, but has since had a change of heart. On the prospect of new Crowded House without Hester, Green has written on "It's an instant knee-jerk reaction, 'no Paul no Crowded House' for some, and, you know, that's actually okay. Simply don't see them or play the new record. But there is a good chance you might be missing out on something special. Sometimes it's worth taking a leap of faith and giving something a chance. Neil has had a hankering to play in a band again and what better band to do this in but the one he had the most joy with?"

The new Crowded House album is seemingly a development of what began as a Neil Finn solo album. Billboard had already reported that the third Crowded House co-founder Nick Seymour was involved in that project, which no doubt explains why it has morphed into a full Crowded House release. Former member Mark Hart will also be involved in the reunited band, though Neil's brother Tim will not. It is not yet clear who will replace Hester on drums.


Crowded House won't be the only band reforming for this year's Coachella Festival - nope, you'll be getting a reunited Rage Against The Machine too, which is also pretty damn exciting. Apparently frontman Zack de la Rocha is back on good terms with the rest of the band (his falling out with his bandmates led to the band's collapse back in 2000 of course), and they too may tour in addition to their Coachella date. Not sure what that means for Audioslave, the new home for the other three RATM members of course, although the solo projects of their frontman (and non former RATM member) Chris Cornell were hampering tour plans anyway. Though should there be new Audioslave projects in the pipeline, that Tom Morello is going to be busy - given he also has a solo album planned, now on top of the RATM reunion. Still, I'm sure if anyone can fit all that in, Morello can.

And if you think that that's it for 'exciting Coachella reunion news', well think again, because The Jesus And Mary Chain are reforming too - hurrah! Yep, the Glaswegian shoegazers will return, though the exact line up of the reunion is still tbc (so whether you'll find Bobby Gillespie on drums I don't know).

And those three reunions are just the start for the really rather exciting Coachella 2007 line up - if only Indio, California was somewhere on the Central line (which always seems to go further West than you think) then life would be that bit closer to perfect. Those of you planning on being in Indio on 27-29 Apr can look forward to Bjork, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Air, The Roots, Willie Nelson, Interpol, Manu Chao, Ghostface Killah, Fountains Of Wayne, Jarvis Cocker, The Good, The Bad And The Queen, Hot Chip, Peeping Tom, The Decemberists, The Happy Mondays, Arctic Monkeys, Tiesto, Kings Of Leon, Travis, Placebo, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Lily Allen, Paul Van Dyk, Gotan Project, Kaiser Chiefs, Silversun Pickups, Faithless, LCD Soundsystem, DJ Shadow, Satellite Party, Stephen Marley featuring Jr Gong, Konono No 1, Nickel Creek, The Black Keys, The New Pornographers, Rufus Wainwright, The Rapture, !!!, Richie Hawtin, Explosions In The Sky, Junior Boys, Sparklehorse, Soulwax, The Kooks, Felix Da Housecat, Blonde Redhead, Damien Rice, Lupe Fiasco, Jose Gonzales, Brazilian Girls, Regina Spektor, Ozomatli, Peaches, Cornelius, We Are Scientists, Amy Winehouse, The Comedians Of Comedy, Spank Rock, Tapes 'n Tapes, Klaxons, Girl Talk, CSS, The Coup, Andrew Bird and Peter, Bjorn and John. Phew.


One last reunion for you ladies and gentleman. And as sad as it might sound to some of you out there, I think I'm most excited about this one (possibly because this one doesn't involve a trip to California, and partly because I was always a huge fan of these guys). Yep, James are reuniting after a six year gap. They will play the following dates later this year, and say they have some new material to premiere at the gigs (though no word just yet on whether that material will be getting released).

21 Apr: Glasgow Carling Academy
23 Apr: Newcastle Carling Academy
24 Apr: Birmingham Carling Academy
27 Apr: London Brixton Carling Academy
29 Apr: Manchester MEN Arena


Towers Of London will be finding out if 48 hours in the Celeb Big Brother house (for frontman Donny Tourette) is sufficient to boost interest in your band, by going on tour. The following dates will follow the 12 Feb release of new single 'I'm A Rat'.

2 Mar: Cardiff Barfly
3 Mar: Bristol Academy
5 Mar: Cambridge Junction
6 Mar: Nottingham Rock City
7 Mar: Stoke Sugarmill
8 Mar: Liverpool Barfly
9 Mar: Newcastle Academy 2
11 Mar: Glasgow Cathouse
12 Mar: Manchester Academy 3
13 Mar: Hull Welly Club
14 Mar: Sheffield Plug
16 Mar: Birmingham Academy 2
17 Mar: Northampton Soundhaus
18 Mar: Oxford Zodiac
19 Mar: Brighton Concorde 2
20 Mar: London Islington Academy 2


Sunday Best are staging are rather fine instore event thingy at the Tottenham Court Road, London branch of Fopp this upcoming Thursday - 25 Jan of course. The Hat and Sportsday Megaphone will play live, while Rob da Bank and that Sombrero Sound System will DJ. And admission is free. All kicks off at 6.30pm.


You all remember how much we like Hal right? Well, they are playing the Luminaire in North London on 7 Feb. I thought I should tell you, that's all.


Now, this Shock Rock compilation that Wall Of Sound are releasing on 19 Feb, have I mentioned how flippin marvelous it is? And I'm not just saying that because two of my favourite bands in the world (Infadels and Soulwax) are on there, although they are. Anyway, bands that feature on the compo will be taking part in a Shock Rock tour next month, dates and line ups as follows:

15 Feb: Faversham, Leeds - Shy Child, Metronomy & A Human.

16 Feb: Fabric, London (launch party, not all these bands are on the compo itself): Felix Da Housecat, Agoria, Shy Child, Mekon & A Human. Plus Mogwai DJs.

17 Feb: Plug, Sheffield - Shy Child, Metronomy, Friendly Fires & A Human. Paul Epworth and Infadels DJs.

18 Feb: Medicine Bar, Birmingham - Shy Child, Metronomy, Lo Fi Fnk & A Human plus Infadels DJs. 19 Feb: Roadhouse, Manchester - Shy Child, Metronomy & A Human plus Infadels DJs.

20 Feb: Arches, Glasgow - Shy Child, Metronomy & A Human plus Infadels DJs.

21 Feb: Thekla, Bristol - Shy Child, Metronomy & A Human plus Infadels DJs.

22 Feb: Stealth, Nottingham - Shy Child, Metronomy & A Human plus Infadels DJs.

23 Feb: Charlotte, Leicester - Shy Child, Metronomy, Lo Fi Fnk & A Human plus Infadels DJs.

24 Feb: Audio, Brighton - Shy Child, Metronomy & A Human plus Infadels DJs.


Parent company news anyone? As expected, SonyBMG co-parent Bertelsmann has announced that Hartmut Ostrowki will be promoted from head of the group's Arvato division to become CEO of the whole group, taking over at the start of next year from current top man Gunter Thielen, who will become head of the group's supervisory board. Ostrowki is reportedly popular with the Mohn family who own most of the Bertelsmann empire.


Charlie Walker has stood down as President Of Music at the US division of live music conglom Live Nation. Walker, who rose to his current role when Live Nation was spun off from the rest of the Clear Channel group in 2005, has announced he is setting up a new live events company with Charlie Jones and Charles Attal, co-producers of Lollapalooza and the Austin City Limits music festival.

Walker's new business partners are expected to role their existing companies into the new venture - from Attal's side that's Charles Attal Presents and Fourth Floor Management, while Jones will bring the music division from Capital Sports And Entertainment with him. While the name of the combined business is still tbc (I'm proposing Lots Of Charlie Promotions), the new business partners have announced they will be launching a new country music festival in Texas later this year.

Asked about his new venture, Walker told Billboard yesterday: "We have all been close friends for 10-plus years. We believe this is a great opportunity for all three of us, and there is no better time than now".

Live Nation are expected to announce a significant restructure of its US top team following Walker's departure.


Talent agency the William Morris Agency has revealed more details about its global expansion which, as I think we may have mentioned previously, includes the opening of a music function in London. Ed Bicknell, former manager of the likes of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Bryan Ferry, Gerry Rafferty and The Blue Nile, will become the worldwide head of the Ageny's international music division, while, according to Billboard, the following agents will join the WMA London music team: David Levy, from ITB; Adele Slater and Russell Warby from the Agency Group; Nick Cave, Steve Hogan, and Solomon Parker from Concorde International Artists; and Diana Richardson from Sensible Events. Hamish Crombie, already with William Morris, will also be a member of the London music team.


Everyone wants to offer us pan-European licensing systems it seems. Following the news that the MPA and MCPS-PRS have announced a new template to simplify the process for song owners to use MCPS-PRS to manage their pan-European digital and mobile rights, now EMI Music Publishing has announced a partnership with MCPS-PRS and their German counterparts GEMA which will allow online and mobile music services to clear the European publishing rights to EMI's entire Anglo-American catalogue in one go, via one or the other of the collecting societies. Previously digital music operators would need different deals in each European territory.

Announcing the new partnership at MIDEM, EMI Music Publishing co-CEO Roger Faxon told reporters: "It is a very exciting day for EMI Music Publishing and our songwriters. We are extremely pleased to be joining with GEMA and the [MCPS-PRS] Alliance in this initiative. It represents a major step forward in the licensing of music rights in Europe that will benefit both those who wish to use music and those who create music".


More MIDEM announcements, and Warner Music have announced an ad revenue sharing agreement with a French user-generated video site called - which is a bit like YouTube though without the tedious time limits or rules against explicit content. All of which means that Warner pop promos can now be legitimately streamed via the service (however long or explicit they may be - hurrah!). Specifics of the deal are not known.


Elsewhere in Warner Music deals announced at MIDEM news, the major has announced it has acquired German based digital music distribution company Zebralution, one of the first players in the digital distribution market place, and a key service provider to the indie sector. One hopes the takeover doesn't effect Zebralution's commitment to the independent music sector.


Channel 4 bosses have expressed "profound regret" for offending anyone through the airing of the latest series of Celeb Big Brother, though they did not go as far as apologising for their (or their team's) decision to keep airing the show even when the in house bullying took a racial dimension, or for their somewhat incompetent handling of the PR dimension once the shit hit the fan, which means those angry with the TV network are still pretty angry (though, realistically, only a senior resignation was going to satisfy the angry ones, which was probably unlikely to happen).

The channel's chairman, Luke Johnson, who shied away from saying anything about the debacle as it went global last week, said after a meeting of the company's board: "Clearly many people were worried and offended by what they saw. I want to reassure them that we take the views of our audience very seriously and profoundly regret any offence that may have been caused".

Johnson added that a review of the "editorial and compliance processes" of Big Brother would be undertaken, and that the network would review any concerns passed on by OfCom just as soon as they hear from the media regulator (who have reportedly now received over 40,000 complaints about the show, which will probably take a year just to process). The chairman concluded: "All board members of Channel 4 abhor racism. We are also committed to ensuring that the channel continues to fulfil its remit to explore important social issues".

Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission For Equality And Human Rights, who has been very vocal in his criticism of Channel 4 over the CBB thing, said he was "disappointed" about the way the board had responded, and that he would be pushing for Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell to formally assess whether the Channel 4 board had fulfilled their duties responsibly in their handling of CBB (because Channel 4 is a state owned broadcaster, Jowell ultimately appoints its board, albeit via OfCom).

Meanwhile there is mixed opinion in the press about Jade Goody, who has been busy doing the 'I'm really really sorry' PR junket since being evicted from the Big Brother house on Friday. While the tabloids remain very anti-Jade, some in the media have expressed concern for Goody's mental stability following the global outrage to her racist remarks. Others, more cynically, believe that Jade's vulnerability is being spun by her publicists in a bid to save her celeb career - with the real cynics suggesting that Big Brother producers engineered Goody's eviction so that, while it appeared they were being tough on her, actually they were providing an early platform for her recovery. Those cynics keep pointing out that Jade Goody and Big Brother host Davina McCall have the same agent (John Noel) and that Endemol are currently developing a Goody chat show, so won't want her reputation permanently destroyed. That said, others say that Channel 4 and Endemol actually have an ethical duty to look after Jade during the backlash, however suspect her comments in the house, given that they benefited in ratings terms from her on air demise.

Anyway, enough of that, it's not really music news is it? Though, of course, the other housemates accused of racism, in particular glamour model Danielle Lloyd and former S-Clubber Jo O'Meara are still to face the outraged - so the story will probably still run, and take on a pop dimension. London club GAY is encouraging its regulars to vote on whether they should allow O'Meara to fulfill a post-CBB booking they have with the singer, or whether they should cancel the booking because of her involvement in Goody-gate.

One last bit to this story. There might be more outrage to come over another Channel 4 reality show, albeit a pre-recorded one, following suspect comments from one of the girls taking part in the new series of Shipwrecked. Although in this case her opinions are challenged by fellow contestants and apparently she changes her views as the show develops. But still, her opening soapbox moment is brilliant (if a bit worrying) in its stupidity: "My mind is completely open to different cultures, but I don't think they [immigrants] should bring them to Britain. I don't like it when foreigners come into this country and they don't take on British culture and British values. I'm for the British Empire and things. I'm for slavery, but that's never going to come back".


Now, I know there are quite a lot of student radio alumni out there in CMU land, so this is for you. If you're not a former student radio person, then move on please, nothing to see here. The Association Of Student Radio Alumni are hosting one of their occasional reunion events on 22 Mar. It will take place at The Royal George in central London, and I quote "the venue has been personally booked by Xfm's weekend breakfast presenter Marsha Shandur, who once had a party there and says it's dead good". Sorted. Anyone interested in attending should email their name, contacts and past student radio credentials to


I can't believe I missed the one newsworthy story that came out of this week's singles chart when writing the Chart Update yesterday, which is that Billie Piper's 1999 pop hit 'Honey To The Bee' reentered at number 17 following a campaign on the Chris Moyles show on Radio 1. He encouraged listeners to buy the track via legit download platforms to prove that it is now possible for back catalogue to chart if enough people download it. Obviously being a genuine fan of both music and comedy I don't listen to the Chris Moyles radio show, so didn't know this, hence I missed the story. Sorry. Still, quite impressive that Moyles now has the power to get any old back catalogue track into the singles chart. If I was you, I wouldn't be dissing his radio show that way, I think you need him on side.


Well, Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite is never afraid to speak his mind, and his latest rantings have caused something of a feud between his band and the new outfit from former Test Icicles member Rory Aggwelt - Rat:Att:Agg.

Braithwaite went onto the band's MySpace and wrote the following (the misplaced lower case 'i's are his): "Guys, seriously what the fuck is going on here? I keep hearing your song on MTV2 at night and i'm confused. is it a JOKE? I know i'm getting old but am i missing something? Is there an existential element that i don't get? I like the guitarists clothes but the singer needs medical help. Is it a pastiche on bob the builder? I think it is but the thought scares me".

Responding, Rat:Att:Agg have posted a bulletin as follows (also lacking certain capital letters): "that's pretty funny, I used to like mogwai, I bought 10 Rapid when I was 15 and saw them play shit loads of times (saw them supporting pavement once which was amazing) it's just a shame they continued to write the same song over and over again for the next 10 years. Cheers Stuart, I'm glad we confused you, I think you need it".

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