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Thursday 13 March 2014

TODAY'S TOP STORY: Two people have died after a car ploughed into a crowd of people at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas late last night. According to local media reports, the driver of the vehicle was fleeing arrest for DUI at about 12.30am when his car hit one of the temporary barricades erected for the SXSW festival on the intersection of Austin's Red River Street and East 10th Street. The pursued man then... [READ MORE]
TODAY'S APPROVED: Although she's been around as a solo artist for several years now, Jenny Wilson had only ever been on the very periphery of my musical radar. That is, until I wandered into her performance at last month's by:Larm festival. Performing songs from her 2013 Nordic Music Prize nominated album 'Demand The Impossible', it was a slick and completely captivating show, with Wilson dominating the... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Two die as car crashes into SXSW crowd
UK movie industry secures more web-blocks
LEGAL Pharrell and have come to some sort of agreement about ownership of the words "I am"
DEALS Pictish Trail signs to Moshi Moshi
LABELS & PUBLISHERS Sony UK may still be looking for an A&R overseer to replace Gatfield
ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL Subscription services now account for quarter of entertainment retail
LIVE BUSINESS Glastonbury granted new capacity-boosting licence, Emerging Talent Competition finalists announced
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Pledge announces alliance with CD Baby and Disc Makers
ARTIST NEWS SoKo soundtracks First Kiss film
RELEASES First official clip of 'lost' Johnny Cash LP now online
The Kooks down, but not out
GIGS & FESTIVALS Chase & Status to headline Global Gathering spin-off, M*A*D*E Birmingham
Festival Line-Up Update: Pink Pop, Forbidden Fruit, Chester Rocks and more
AWARDS Artist And Manager Awards to name Scott Rodger as Manager Of The Year
AND FINALLY... Ocean responds to Chipotle lawsuit with an FU cheque
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Two die as car crashes into SXSW crowd
Two people have died after a car ploughed into a crowd of people at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas late last night.

According to local media reports, the driver of the vehicle was fleeing arrest for DUI at about 12.30am when his car hit one of the temporary barricades erected for the SXSW festival on the intersection of Austin's Red River Street and East 10th Street. The pursued man then reportedly carried on driving after the initial crash despite the area being busy with pedestrians.

The two fatalities were caused when the car hit a moped that was carrying two people. Up to 21 more pedestrians also sustained injuries as the vehicle reportedly drove into a crowd of SXSW festival-goers, most likely queuing for the Mohawk bar, which hosts showcases during South By and was last night due to headlined by Tyler, The Creator (the show was cancelled after the incident).

The driver then seemingly crashed with a taxi before trying to escape on foot. At this point police managed to arrest the man. A spokesman for the Austin Police Department told Rolling Stone: "This is extremely unusual. There have been some very rare instances of vehicles striking pedestrians in the entertainment area, but this is the first time it's ever affected a SXSW event".

Organisers of the SXSW festival and conference are yet to formally comment on the incident, though have encouraged any eye-witnesses to contact the Austin police.


UK movie industry secures more web-blocks
Four more copyright infringing websites have been added to the UK's web-blocking list following legal action by the British movie industry.

As previously reported, it was the film industry's trade body the Motion Picture Association that first tested whether web-block injunctions were possible under UK law, even though parliament didn't specifically provide such a system in the 2010 Digital Economy Act (despite it being proposed by the copyright lobby).

It was the MPA's successful litigation against file-sharing site Newzbin in 2011 that set the precedent that the English courts could indeed issue injunctions ordering internet service providers to block access to sites which judges deem are liable for prolific copyright infringement (whether said site is directly infringing or assisting others who infringe).

The UK music industry has since run with that precedent, securing injunctions against a number of file-sharing sites, perhaps most notably The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents. The MPA's latest web-block application was against four sites specifically distributing movies, with Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie now all set to be blocked.

Confirming the latest injunctions, the Federation Against Copyright Theft, which worked with the MPA on securing the court orders, told Torrentfreak: "FACT and the Motion Picture Association wrote to four websites asking them to stop infringing creative content. Collectively, these sites provide access to an enormous collection of films with no permission from the copyright owners. FACT, supported by the MPA, therefore took this court action".

The anti-piracy group added: "The growth of the legal online market is held back by illegitimate sites. We want an internet that works for everyone, where the creative property of artists and creators is protected along with the privacy and security of all users. The internet must be a place for investment, innovation and creativity and today's verdict represents a step towards realising this".

Of course web-blocking isn't without controversy, and isn't a perfect solution for rights owners, in that proxies are easily found via search engines that help web-users circumvent the blockades. That fact has led to the music and movie industries putting pressure on Google et al - something outlined in this CMU trends report.

Pharrell and have come to some sort of agreement about ownership of the words "I am"
Pharrell Williams and have reached a settlement in their legal battle over which one of them owns the words "I am".

As previously reported, objected to Pharrell's application to register the name of his company I Am Other as a trademark, saying that doing so would "likely dilute" his existing I Am and marks. I Am being's clothing brand.

Though the one-time Black Eyed Pea quickly pointed out that, despite reports to the contrary, he wasn't actually suing Williams in the name battle, adding that it was "silly" to even suggest he would ever do such a thing. Rather, he was contesting Pharrell's trademark application. Though when Williams did then go properly legal in relation to the trademark dispute, followed with a countersuit. Not so silly a suggestion after all then.

Anyway, I think that brings us all up to speed. Or just confuses everything. Basically, two popstars with similar company names got in a bit of a flap and some lawyers made a load of money. But now it's all over. It seems that after Pharrell pointed out that the words "I am" are used by lots of people, including various bands and the Dr Seuss character Sam I Am, has backed down. Well, maybe anyway.

Exactly what has been agreed isn't yet clear, but The Hollywood Reporter says that both parties have informed a judge that there will be no need for a trial after all, saying that they have reached an agreement "in principle". They are now drafting the exact terms of the settlement. Which means, unless that process is just writing "let's all stopping being so silly" on a piece of paper and stapling it to a wall, those lawyers are going to get a whole load more money. Yay lawyers!

Pictish Trail signs to Moshi Moshi
Hey, The Pictish Trail, aka Scottish artist and Lost Map label boss Johnny Lynch, has signed to Moshi Moshi. MM and Lynch's first collaborative move will be to re-release his 2008 LP 'Secret Soundz Vol 1' and its follow-on, 2013's 'Secret Soundz Vol 2', on double CD and vinyl.

Appearing understandably pleased with the deal in a recent tête-à-tête with The Quietus, Lynch said: "I've just signed to Moshi Moshi, so Pictish Trail is now a Moshi Moshi act, which I'm over the moon about. I'm totally in love with that label. We released a record with them under the name Silver Columns with my friend Adem (ex-Fridge) a few years ago. I've been in touch with Moshi since, they got in touch recently and said they want to release my music".

And that's the story of that. Another topic of Lynch's tQ chat was Howlin Fling, his and Lost Map's first ever festival, which is taking place on Scotland's Isle Of Eigg from 18-20 Jul. Though it's sold out, you can win tickets to go watch the likes of Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Beth Orton, Jens Lekman, Luke Abbott, Oliver Coates, RM Hubbert, Steve Mason, Tuff Love and Adult Jazz by filling in this online form.

Sony UK may still be looking for an A&R overseer to replace Gatfield
US industry website HitsDailyDouble has been speculating that Sony Music UK is still on the look out for a replacement for Nick Gatfield, the former CEO of the major's British division who departed somewhat suddenly last month.

As previously reported, Sony has already confirmed that Nicola Tuer will lead the firm's UK division with the job title of Chief Operating Officer. A long-term Sony exec, Tuer already oversaw much of the record company's British operations, and having her reporting straight into Sony Music International chief Edgar Berger perhaps suggests that the top guard at the major no longer feel that they need an exec with an A&R background to lead the division, leaving creative matters in the UK to the bosses of each frontline label.

But HDD reckons that Sony Music UK is still planning on bringing in a senior player with A&R credentials to sit above its constituent labels, though maybe alongside rather than above Tuer in the hierarchy. And with that in mind, the usual suspects have been tipped for that job - most notably recently departed Warner UK chief Christian Tattersfield and Miles Leonard, who is now leading the revamped Parlophone label within Warner Music.

HDD also mentions the possibility of increased cross-company influence at Sony for Syco chief Sonny Takhar (which seems the most credible of the rumours, Syco being particularly important within Sony's UK business), before even throwing in a couple of old-timers as possible new senior A&R execs in the form of one-time EMI UK chief and current BPI Chairman Tony Wadsworth and Warner-UK-boss-from-back-in-the-day Roger Ames. Happy speculating people.

Subscription services now account for quarter of entertainment retail
Subscription streaming services accounted for a quarter of entertainment retail income last year, or so says the Entertainment Retailer's Association, which published its annual stats pack yesterday.

The trade group includes video-on-demand platforms like Netflix, the music-streaming set ups and in-app purchases for gaming within its 'access services' category, which together accounted for 26% of entertainment retail income in 2013. Though that still means that nearly three-quarters of UK entertainment retail revenue stems from either 'ownership' digital services like the MP3 download stores or physical product sales, whether by mail order or on the high street.

And, while embracing the newcomers and subscription service players within its membership, ERA was perhaps unsurprisingly also keen to stress yesterday that some of its more traditional members were doing pretty well too, despite 2013 being a year dominated by the collapse and subsequent downsizing of HMV. Overall the number of outlets stocking music and video products was at an all-time high, ERA reckoned, and some independent retailers in particular had enjoyed a good year.

Though with 60% of monies now coming through online platforms - whether subscription, download or mail-order - the sector is definitely still in an era of flux. Said ERA chief Kim Bayley: "The fact that 60p in the entertainment pound is now spent online and 26p in the pound is for access to content rather than ownership is a testament to the huge investment and technological ingenuity of retailers in providing consumers with new ways to enjoy the music, video and games they love".

This shift, Bayley was keen to add, is being embraced and indeed led by the entertainment retail sector itself (assuming you're willing, as ERA is, to include the digital start-ups in that community). She went on: "The transformation of the entertainment market is often misrepresented either as some kind of force of nature beyond human control or as a far-sighted initiative of record and video and games companies. It is neither".

She went on: "The entertainment revolution has been driven by new and existing retailers taking huge gambles and investing in technology and new delivery mechanisms. The striking thing, however, is that ten years after the launch of iTunes and then the rise of mobile entertainment, physical formats still account for a clear majority of entertainment market sales".

So there you go. Yay entertainment retailers. And you record, video and gaming companies can shut up. You can tell us the resurgence is all your doing when you release your figures next week.

Glastonbury granted new capacity-boosting licence, Emerging Talent Competition finalists announced
Glastonbury Festival has been granted a new ten year licence by Mendip District Council. As previously reported, not only will this allow the event to continue to run until 2024, it will increase the capacity for staff members and allow live music to be played (acoustically and only on certain stages) on the Wednesday before the festival officially begins.

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said of the decision: "This is fantastic news. It's so good to have a plan that will help everything at Worthy Farm move forward. I'd just like to say a huge thank you to all the people who have contributed so much to Glastonbury Festival over the last 44 years, I really do believe that the best is yet to come".

Meanwhile, Eavis also commented on the previously reported shortlist of finalists in the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, saying: "We're so proud of this shortlist. It was really hard to get it down to just eight acts - the standard this year was incredible - but I think we've whittled it down to a really strong final eight. I'd like to say a big thanks to everyone who entered, and to our team of judges for narrowing it down to 120 acts. Now bring on the live final!"

You can listen to the eight acts - Gibson Bull, Hero-Fisher, Only Girl, M+A, FURS, The Black Tambourines, Pandr Eyez and Izzy Bizu - in this here playlist.

Pledge announces alliance with CD Baby and Disc Makers
The recently refreshed direct-to-fan platform PledgeMusic has announced an alliance with digital distributor CD Baby and its sister CD manufacturing company Disc Makers.

Through the partnership, artists and labels staging pre-order campaigns through Pledge will enjoy preferential rates if they also opt to use CD Baby and Disc Makers' services, while CD Baby clients will be offered guidance in how to utilise the Pledge platform. Disc Makers will also help Pledge users to meet any physical product deadlines in their pre-order campaigns.

Pledge President Benji Rogers told CMU: "Having worked with both CD Baby and Disc Makers previously on many occasions as an artist and now through PledgeMusic I can truly say that their team and technology is best in class. We are excited indeed to bring our combined services to our amazing artists".

Meanwhile Disc Makers CEO Tony Van Veen added: "We're a company full of musicians, so we know how important it is to reliably hit release dates. By working directly with PledgeMusic and coordinating closely with artists, we'll make the disc manufacturing process much simpler, and take away any worries of a missed release date".

  Approved: Jenny Wilson
Although she's been around as a solo artist for several years now, Jenny Wilson had only ever been on the very periphery of my musical radar. That is, until I wandered into her performance at last month's by:Larm festival.

Performing songs from her 2013 Nordic Music Prize nominated album 'Demand The Impossible', it was a slick and completely captivating show, with Wilson dominating the stage and creating a dark atmosphere that spread right up to the back walls of the venue.

Wilson has just released the video for album track 'Pyramids (Rose Out Of Our Pain)', part of an ongoing collaboration with director Daniel Wirtberg, which has also spawned videos for her tracks 'Autobiography' and 'The Future' from 'Demand The Impossible'.

Watch the video for 'Pyramids (Rose Out Of Our Pain)' here, and enjoy the excellent penny whistle use.
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SoKo soundtracks First Kiss film
I don't know if you've watched Tatia Plleva's 'First Kiss' short, in which ten pairs of implausibly attractive strangers are asked to kiss for the first time, and be filmed doing it, because I'm not you.

But if by chance you are one of the million-billion humans to have watched it since its first posting on Monday, you might also know that the song playing over the clip, 'We Might Me Dead By Tomorrow', is by none other than Stéphanie Sokolinski aka SoKo, popstar nonpareil of Bordeaux, France.

SoKo is also 'in' the clip, as one of the kissers who have now officially gone 'viral'. And I mean that in the 'Gangnam Style' 'viewing stats' way, not as in a kissing disease of any kind. At least, I hope that's the case.

Anyway, speaking of disease, here is the sweet n sexy clip, which despite its cute appearance is in reality a cynical, subliminal advertising ploy by the LA style brand Wren.

First official clip of 'lost' Johnny Cash LP now online
Following the announcement that a 'lost' Johnny Cash album dating back to 1981-1984 was found stashed in the Sony vaults, the first video from the LP, which is titled 'Out Among The Stars', has gone live.

The clip backs 'She Used To Love Me A Lot', Cash's cover of country artist David Allan Coe's single of 1984. This is the first time Cash's take, which will be released as part of the LP on 31 Mar, has been heard.

The video's creator, filmmaker John Hillcoat says this of the song, and of his vision for its vid: "The lyrics seemed to speak to America as it is now, to the nation that loved him and to the great divide he fought so hard against. This divide has only grown exponentially since he died, so we wanted to show America under this stark light and as a homage to the very reason Cash always wore black: to the shameful increase of the disenfranchised and outsiders".

He goes on: "At the same time, we wanted to reference the great man's own struggle and journey from the love of his life to the burnt out ruins of his infamous lake house home, personal photographs, the cave where he tried to take his life but then turned it all around, the place he last recorded in and his last photo before his passing".


The Kooks down, but not out
Ooh la, The Kooks have come back, with an in-your-face hip-hop track titled 'Down'. It's quite, um, 'funky'. Kind of like Paolo Nutini in a particularly dirty and obnoxious mood. And it starts with Luke Kook howling, loudly, so listen out for that. You can't miss it. And also of note, it has "looped hooks and crazy percussion" c/o hip hop producer Inflo.

"With this record we didn't do any rehearsing beforehand. I'd write a song with Inflo or on my own, put it up and we'd all play over it. There was a real freedom to the process", shrugs Luke.

'Down' is out on 20 Apr. It sounds like this.

Chase & Status to headline Global Gathering spin-off, M*A*D*E Birmingham
The team at Global Gathering HQ have linked with Digbeth-based 'entertainment district' the Rainbow Venues to stage M*A*D*E Birmingham, a new city festival happening between 2-5 May.

Taking place over various indoor and outdoor spots in the Rainbow locale, it'll feature Chase & Status, Sub Focus, Annie Mac and MK as headlining acts, and additional sets by Jaguar Skills, Bondax, Netsky and Redlight.

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Festival Line-Up Update: Pink Pop, Forbidden Fruit, Chester Rocks and more
Ooooooooooh, so. Those Rolling Stones have done the FLUU double, and popped up on not one but (and you can tell where I'm going with this) TWO line-up updates of late: those at Belgian one-dayer TW Classic AND rose-tinted Dutch skirmish Pinkpop. Perhaps Keith will do a live recital of his new true-life kids' book as an encore. Perhaps not.

Following on from that exclusive, we have further such FLUUs from the Cambridge Folk Festival, rockin Chester fest Chester Rocks, Scottish paradise Eden Festival, juicy Irish indie event Forbidden Fruit, Hampton Court Palace's annual courtyard bash, and hot Scots ticket Howlin Fling...

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, Cherry Hinton Hall Grounds, Cambridge, 31 Jul - 3 Aug: Eddi Reader, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, Oysterband, Julie Fowlis, The Fisherman's Friends, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle, Peatbog Faeries, North Mississippi Allstars, Hot 8 Brass Band, Yves Lambert Trio, Belinda O'Hooley & Heidi Tidow, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, Jim Moray's Silent Ceilidh, Brian McNeill, My Darling Clementine, Whapweasel, New Rope String Band, The Rails, Old Swan Band, Megson, The Young'Uns, The Mischa Macpherson Trio.

CHESTER ROCKS, Chester Racecourse, 6-8 Jun: Razorlight, Dizzee Rascal, The Feeling, The Hoosiers, The Fallows, The Suns, The Maydays.

EDEN FESTIVAL, Raehills Meadows, Moffat, Scotland, 13-15 Jun: De La Soul, Artful Dodger, Bez's Acid House, Howard Marks, Heatwave, The Nextmen, JFB, Jus Now, Electric Swing Circus, Prince Fatty feat The Horseman, Gypsy Disco, Will And The People, Mungos Hi Fi, Asbo Disco, Dreadsquad, Beans On Toast, Federation Of The Disco Pimp, Jinx In Dub, Monk3y Logic, The Black Diamond Express, Duncan Disorderly & The Scallywags, Solko, Biggles Wartime Band.

FORBIDDEN FRUIT, Royal Hospital Grounds, Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland, 31 May - 1 Jun: Flaming Lips, Bell X1, Flying Lotus, Fuck Buttons, Nils Frahm, Young Knives, Vann Music.

HAMPTON COURT PALACE FESTIVAL, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, 11-25 Jun: Van Morrison.

HOWLIN FLING FESTIVAL, Isle Of Eigg, Scotland, 18-20 Jul: Adult Jazz, Alexis Taylor, Beth Orton, Damian Helliwell's Metta, eagleowl, Eugene Tombs, GEESE, Golden Teacher, Gulp, Ichi, Insect Heroes, Jens Lekman, Jonnie Common, Kid Canaveral, Luke Abbott, Massacre Cave, Meursault, Miracle Strip, Monoganon, Oliver Coates, Operator, The Phantom Band, The Pictish Trail, Prehistoric Friends, Rachael Dadd, Randolph's Leap, RM Hubbert, Rozi Plain, Sam Amidon, Seamus Fogarty, Steve Mason, Synaesthete, Tuff Love, WOLF.

PINKPOP, Landgraad, Limburg, Netherlands, 7-9 Jun: The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, John Mayer, Haim, Kodaline, Bombay Bicycle Club, Paolo Nutini, Clean Bandit, Rob Zombie, Flogging Molly, Portugal. The Man, Twenty One Pilots, The Kooks, White Lies, Limp Bizkit, John Newman, Jett Rebel, Gogol Bordello, Ghost, Ed Kowalczyk, Bonamassa, Les Djinns.

PURBECK FOLK FESTIVAL, Wilkswood, Swanage, Dorset, 21-24 Aug: Lloyd Cole, Eddi Reader, The South, Chris Wood, Emily Barker And The Red Clay Halo, CoCo And The Butterfields, Gren Bartley, John Langan, Caravan Of Thieves, Aimee Mackenzie, Alex Roberts, Odi, Dan Whitehouse.

SUNDOWNER SESSIONS, Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay, full dates TBA: The Feeling.

TW CLASSIC, Festivalpark, Werchter, Belgium, 28 Jun: The Rolling Stones, Simple Minds, Seasick Steve, Triggerfinger, Arno, Admiral Freebee.

WOOD FESTIVAL, Braziers Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, 16-18 May: Sweet Baboo, Alessi's Ark, Jackie Oates, Oliver Wilde, The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, O'Hooley & Tidow, Nick Cope, Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou, Spires, Co-Pilgrim, Rachael Dadd, Edd Keene, Nick Jonah Davis, Jali Fily Cissokho, Paul McClure, Vikesh Kapoor, Trent Miller, Jack Day, Count Drachma, Knights Of Mentis, Juila Meijer, Art Theefe, Jordan O'Shea, Macamu, Oxford Ukuleles.

Artist And Manager Awards to name Scott Rodger as Manager Of The Year
Quest Management's Scott Rodger will receive the Manager Of The Year award at the Artist And Manager Awards next month, it has been announced.

Revealing the news, MMF CEO Jon Webster told CMU: "Scott Rodger had a stellar year working with legend Sir Paul McCartney on his projects, masterminding the Arcade Fire campaign, which produced a number one album in 40 countries, and overseeing a diverse range of managers and artists under the Quest Management brand. We are delighted to honour him in this way".

In addition to this news, the nominees for the Breakthrough Artist and Breakthrough Manager prizes have also been announced, with the overall winners to be revealed at the ceremony on 3 Apr at The Troxy in London.

As previously reported, winners of two other AMA awards have already been announced, with One Fifteen's Paul Loasby taking the Peter Grant Award, and the Pioneer Award going to Unconvention founder Ruth Daniel.

The latest nominees are as follows:

Breakthrough Artist: Bastille, Disclosure, John Newman, London Grammar, Naughty Boy, Passenger, Rudimental, The 1975

Breakthrough Manager: Carina Berthet and Dave Wallace (You Me At Six), Henry Village (Rudimental), Matt Brown (Daughter), Polly Comber and Josh Smith (Bastille), Sam Evitt and Jack Street (Disclosure)

Ocean responds to Chipotle lawsuit with an FU cheque
We don't know how Frank Ocean's lawyers have so far responded to the previously reported legal action he is facing from US-based Mexican grill chain Chipotle, but the man himself doesn't seem to be in an especially conciliatory mood.

Chipotle claims that it paid the singer a $212,500 advance for him to record a version of 'Pure Imagination', a song originally written for the soundtrack of the film 'Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory'. But Ocean subsequently bailed on the project and has yet to repay the upfront monies he received.

For his part, Ocean seems to claim that Chipotle misled him regarding the nature of the project he was working on. He says he thought the track would be used on a video that solely aimed to promote responsible farming, but later learned that there would be more overt promotion of the restaurant chain too. His lawyers are possibly justifying him keeping the money by saying he'd done a chunk of the work before he realised all this.

But Chipotle, which disputes any misrepresentation of the project took place, is suing to get its money back. And as news of the lawsuit spread, Ocean posted to his Tumblr a photo of a cheque for the amount Chipotle claims it's owed, but with the payee's name redacted and, more importantly, the words "fuck off' scribbled in one corner.

A spokesperson for Chipotle told Rolling Stone that the company is yet to receive the tumbled cheque, but if it did turn up and it cleared, despite the "fuck off" note in the corner, then the company gladly fuck off and withdraw the litigation (well, I'm paraphrasing a little, and there might still be the matter of legal fees).

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