An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Thursday 8 May 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: As you read this, The Great Escape is getting underway in Brighton for another year, with 3000 music industry professionals in the city to check out some of the 400 great new bands playing, and to listen, learn, discuss and debate with over 150 innovators and experts who appearing on stage as part of the CMU Insights-programmed TGE Convention this year. There are... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Hey, The Great Escape kicks off today. We might have mentioned it once or twice. Of course, our focus has been largely on the convention side of things, that being the bit we've programmed. However, there are also over 400 bands playing the festival, and you should spend the next three days trying to see as many of them as possible. But how do you choose who to see? 400 is a lot. Who even... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Great Escape is go
Music-tech start-up Digital Pitch Party returns to TGE
CMU and Roundhouse Rising announce live music industry podcast series
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LEGAL The-Dream arrested over alleged assault on girlfriend
Rick Ross sued over unlicensed photo use
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Warner Music Group announces new board members
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ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL HMV to downsize flagship Glasgow store
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LIVE BUSINESS Live Nation announces bumper Q1 financial results
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Shazam adds Deezer to streaming partners
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ARTIST NEWS Miley Cyrus doesn't do drugs
Cher and Wu-Tang collaborate at last
Biffy Clyro have beatboxing, 'weird stoner reggae shit' going on
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Jarvis Cocker, Bryce Dessner and Philip Glass to honour Kronos Quartet
Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Paul Weller, The Antlers and Babymetal
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AND FINALLY... Sensual Sun Ra fragrances now available
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DHP FAMILY - DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER
Based in Nottingham, we are looking for a creative individual who has a love for the opportunities that digital media presents. Primarily working on concerts and festivals, you will be responsible for our social media channels, e-mailouts, websites and online advertisements. We expect you to be able to deliver reach, growth and engagement with our online community, and be able to lead the development of our online marketing strategy going forward.

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TICKETMASTER - CLIENT SERVICES MANAGER - MUSIC
Reporting to the Head of Client Account Management, the Client Services Manager – Music, will be responsible for the management of all aspects of Ticketmaster’s client relationships (Music) whilst working closely with Directorial and Regional ‘stakeholders’ in the development, and execution, of current and future business strategies.

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ACADEMY MUSIC GROUP - WEBSITE PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Responsible as part of the digital team for the front-end maintenance of the website and email templates, producing HTML/CSS web pages and graphics to reflect key promotional activities and online communications.

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DOMINO - PARALEGAL / BUSINESS AFFAIRS ASSISTANT
Domino seeks a Paralegal / Business Affairs Assistant to join record label and publishing company assisting the Business Affairs department. Reporting to the Business Affairs Manager and Company Directors, the role will provide every opportunity for the successful candidate to develop their commercial and legal skills in the music industry.

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SOUND ADVICE - MUSIC LAWYER
Sound Advice is a London based law firm specialising in the music industry, focusing mainly on the representation of artists and managers. We have a client roster to be proud of, from home and abroad. We are looking for an experienced lawyer to join us.

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FUGA - SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE
FUGA are looking to expand our London-based team with a Sales & Business Development Representative to develop the market, drive revenue and manage client relations in the UK.

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AEI MEDIA - ROYALTIES ASSISTANT
AEI Media Ltd are seeking an experienced and passionate Royalties Administrator to join their team; the role will sit within a dynamic accounting function and report directly into the Finance Manager.

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AEI MEDIA - FINANCE ASSISTANT
AEI Media Ltd are seeking an articulate and ambitious Finance Assistant; the role will sit within a dynamic accounting function and report directly into the Finance Manager.

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DEEZER - OFFICE INTERN (PAID)
This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience working for a fast-growing company in the music and technology sector. During the internship you will assist the UK office manager and other departments when called upon. This would be an ideal opportunity for someone looking for their first steps into the music industry.

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BIGBOX - ASSISTANT BOOKER
BIGBOX is looking for an exceptional individual to work within our culture team as an Assistant Booker. You will be required to source, book and manage the operations / logistics across a variety of events which fall within the realms of music, culture, fashion and beyond.

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MAMA NEW MUSIC - JUNIOR BOOKER AND EVENTS ASSISTANT
MAMA New Music are looking for a Junior Booker and Events Assistant to work at our head office in Shoreditch. This is an entry level position and will give the successful applicant an opportunity to become a concert booker in a highly efficient team of live concert and event organisers.

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THE MOST RADICALIST BLACK SHEEP MUSIC - MUSIC RESEARCHER
The Most Radicalist Black Sheep Music is looking for a full time music researcher, based at our office in Kingly Street, London. With a minimum two years experience within a music supervision company, sync department or music production company you'll have extensive knowledge of all genres of music and be a savvy internet user with in depth knowledge of music blogs/online music magazines in the UK and worldwide.

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OUTPOST - ONLINE PR ACCOUNT MANAGER / FREELANCER
Music PR agency Outpost is looking for a sharp online PR account manager who loves the web and takes pride in doing a superstar job. You will require significant music online experience, with a proven track record of working across artist PR, events and social media campaigns.

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Great Escape is go
As you read this, The Great Escape is getting underway in Brighton for another year, with 3000 music industry professionals in the city to check out some of the 400 great new bands playing, and to listen, learn, discuss and debate with over 150 innovators and experts who appearing on stage as part of the CMU Insights-programmed TGE Convention this year.

There are two insight-strands as part of the convention today, the first - Building A Fan Business - looking at how artists and their business partners can and should capitalise on the direct-to-fan relationship, which now drives the business. Fan engagement, marketing and data experts will all contribute, before a closing debate on just how record labels fit into the fan-centric music industry. As a taster, check this interview with one of the speakers, Adam Biddle from theAudience.

Kicking off at 2pm, Maximising Music Rights will throw the spotlight on all the key issues in the music rights domain, with a focus on artists, labels and publishers can get the most from their content. Neighbouring rights will be debated, the takedown issuing processes that have become to norm in the music rights sector will be explained, and David Cameron's IP Advisor Mike Weatherley will be interviewed. Plus reps from strand supporters PRS For Music and PPL will be on hand too. Check out our interview with one of the speakers in this one, Ann Tausis, here.

In addition to that lot, the Great Escape conversations programme kicks off at 1.45pm with an exciting session looking at the role pirate radio has had in shaping music and media cultures in the UK, with Kiss founder Gordon Mac plus former pirate radio people Daniel Nathan, now chief of totallyradio.com and Chairman of Juice 107.2, Stephen Taverner, now with East City Management, and Uncle Dugs from Rinse FM. For more on that and the rest of today's conversations, click here.

Delegate passes for this year's TGE have now sold out, though tickets are still available for the Saturday strands Blueprint and DIY. Look out for CMU's coverage of all things TGE here.

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Music-tech start-up Digital Pitch Party returns to TGE
The first of the digital pitch parties to take place at The Great Escape this year will take over the Dome Studio Bar this evening at 5.30pm, with music tech start ups the order of the day.

Presented by Music Tech Meetup and sponsored by Pitmans, a great selection of music tech entrepreneurs will each pitch their businesses to TGE delegates, followed by networking and drinking. On the platform will be all of the following...

James Auton, AudioSplitter
Tom Gillet, Metable
Rob Aherne, Gignite
Tom Nield, LANDR/MixGenius
Makoto Inoue, StepUp
Anthony Grocott, CrowdBass
Phil Carr, MusicGateway
Francis Gane, Chartburst
Joao Afonso, Musikki

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CMU and Roundhouse Rising announce live music industry podcast series
As The Great Escape goes live, here's some more CMU-related excitement for you. CMU and Roundhouse Rising are partnering on 'The CMU Podcast: Live', a new series of monthly live podcast recordings, which will take place over the summer in The Roundhouse's Studio Theatre.

Hosted by CMU Editor Andy Malt, each month we will assemble a panel of music business professionals - plus regular guest CMU's Chris Cooke - to talk through the biggest (and the funniest) news stories, trends and developments in the industry. The highlights of the live discussion will be then made available as a free podcast.

Malt explains: "It's fantastic to be able to bring back The CMU Podcast, and to step it up to a whole new level with these live recordings. Like those old episodes Chris and I used to record in our meeting room every month, we want this to be informative, opinionated and fun. We've got some really great guests already lined up for these three events, who I think will ensure we fulfil all of those aims".

He adds: "We're so pleased to be partnering with Roundhouse Rising on this, having worked with them on music industry panels at the last two Roundhouse Rising Festivals. They not only provide us with a brilliant venue, but also a great team to ensure that the whole event is the best it possibly can be. I'm really excited".

Tickets for each event will cost £10 plus booking fees, while a number of tickets will be made available to CMU Digest subscribers and Roundhouse Get In members for £5 plus booking fees. A discount code will be published in this Friday's edition of the CMU Digest - subscribe here to get it.

The full line-up for the first event will be revealed next month. Click here to book tickets now.

The-Dream arrested over alleged assault on girlfriend
R&B man The-Dream, aka Terius Nash, was arrested earlier this week over an incident involving his then-pregnant ex-girlfriend, Lydia Nam.

According to TMZ, Nash, who was wanted by police on multiple following the alleged assault in April 2013, turned himself into NYPD officers yesterday. He faces felonies of assault and strangulation, and misdemeanours for assault, reckless endangerment, and child endangerment.

Nam, who filed a police report in November, claims he "punched, kicked, and strangled her while she was pregnant with his son".

Nash is reportedly still in custody.

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Rick Ross sued over unlicensed photo use
Rick Ross is being sued by photographer Armen Djerrahian over unlicensed use of a photographs he took of the rapper and artists signed to the rapper's Maybach Music Group label.

According to TMZ, the photographs in question - in particular this one of Ross - were taken for an XXL magazine article, but have subsequently turned up on promotional materials and merchandising.

This is not the first time in recent weeks such a complaint has come to light. Last month, American rock band The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus came in for criticism over their response from a photographer to take a photo off their Facebook page after using it without permission.

Ross, meanwhile, is suing LMFAO for possibly appropriating some of his lyrics without permission.

Warner Music Group announces new board members
Warner Music Group has announced the election of three new directors to its board. Axel Springer SE CEO Mathias Döpfner, economist Noreena Hertz, and Perform Group co-CEO Oliver Slipper increase the number of board members from eight to eleven.

Announcing the news, Chairman of WMG owner Access Industries Len Blavatnik said: "Mathias, Noreena, and Oliver are all noted business innovators with unique global perspectives. They are strong additions to the board team and their guidance will help chart our course as the most nimble and artist-friendly music company".

WMG CEO Steve Cooper added: "I am very pleased to welcome these three highly accomplished and knowledgeable leaders to our board of directors. With their combined rich backgrounds in media, entertainment, and economics, they bring us a wealth of expertise and a range of insight that will be invaluable as we continue to grow WMG and nurture the careers of songwriters and artists".

Warner Music is due to announce its financial results for the year ending 31 Mar on Thursday.

HMV to downsize flagship Glasgow store
HMV's Scottish flagship store in Glasgow is to close and relocate to an as-yet-unannounced smaller site.

Announcing the news via Twitter, a spokesperson for the Buchanan Street shop said: "Sad news to announce for all our customers and staff: our store is closing. Good news: we are relocating in the future, more info soon".

The exact date of closure and new site have not yet been confirmed - though the store has confirmed on its Twitter feed that it is hoping to move into the nearby Buchanan Galleries shopping centre and that the new location will be smaller. This follows the move of HMV's flagship store on Oxford Street in London to its original, smaller site last year.

HMV was, of course, bought by Hilco just over a year ago. A number of other stores have already been closed where the company was unable to negotiate lower rents (in some cases, it has been claimed, Hilco was demanding to pay no rent at all).

Live Nation announces bumper Q1 financial results
Live Nation Entertainment has announced that its revenues for the first quarter of 2014 were up 22% year-on-year to $1.1 billion (£590 million). The company also reported an 11% increase in concert attendance, with more than nine million people attending 4800 Live Nation-promoted events.

Other areas of the company also helped drive the increase in revenues, with artist management firm Artist Nation increasing its revenues by 44% year-on-year to $73 million (£43 million). Ticketing revenue came in at $355 million (£209 million), up 9%, and sponsorship and advertising income came in at $45 million (£26.5 million) for the first quarter of the year, an increase of 13%.

These increased results follow Live Nation's also very good 2013 results, which CEO Michael Rapino described to Billboard as "epic".

Shazam adds Deezer to streaming partners
Shazam has announced the addition of Deezer to its list of streaming partners as part of the latest redesign of it mobile app.

Now the French streaming service's users will join Spotify and Rdio customers in being able to play back songs they identify using the music ID app the very moment they do so. Or even after the song has finished playing wherever they heard it in the first place.

The new redesign also includes the addition of more social network sharing options, instant access to lyrics, and updated biogs, discographies and review pages. The update will come to iOS users first, with Android following in the coming weeks.

  Approved: Aly and Andy's Great Escape must sees
Hey, The Great Escape kicks off today. We might have mentioned it once or twice. Of course, our focus has been largely on the convention side of things, that being the bit we've programmed. However, there are also over 400 bands playing the festival, and you should spend the next three days trying to see as many of them as possible.

But how do you choose who to see? 400 is a lot. Who even knew there were that many bands in the world? Thankfully, CMU's Aly Barchi and Andy Malt have been through the schedule and selected ten acts each who they think are worth checking out. That brings things down to a far more manageable 20. Phew.

What's more, they've organised their choices into two playlists, so you can arrive at each show knowing at least one song by each. You can listen to and read more about Aly's selections here, and do the same for Andy's here.
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Miley Cyrus doesn't do drugs
Clean-living pop saint Miley Cyrus has denied gossip that that her recent hospital stay, which led to her cancelling several dates on her 'Bangerz' world tour, had anything to do with her taking too many 'narcotics'. Because apparently she doesn't actually do that. Just trades off singing about doing it, that's all. And what's wrong with that?

Miley, of course, got back on the 'Bangerz' grind on Tuesday night at The O2 in London, having taken a fortnight off from the tour after she contracted a sinus infection, and following that, had a severe allergic reaction to ("shitty") antibiotics.

Speaking at a press meet on the eve of the O2 show, Miley said (via the BBC): "I didn't have a drugs overdose, I've been laying in a hospital bed connected to IVs. I'm on a bunch of good vitamins and doing lots of yoga trying to get myself back together".

She added: "My immune system was already low because I had a death in my family and was already down. What doesn't make it better is that people were online saying I'd done it with drugs, but it's all good. I'm OK and I'm here. I'm like a star ready to explode. I'm going to go off".

So, in case anyone wasn't clear on the fact that Miley Cyrus does NOT pop molly in real life, only fakes it for art's sake, she had this to say: "I'm probably the only one on this tour who doesn't drink or smoke before a show, as I take this really seriously. It's almost like being an athlete being up here, because if someone was fucked up, they definitely couldn't do my show".

Fair. An extra Miley newsbite is this; that she's been named as the first act on the bill at this year's Capital FM Summertime Ball, which is at Wembley Stadium on 21 Jun. The end.

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Cher and Wu-Tang collaborate at last
A tiny, tiny, tiny bit of rap clique Wu-Tang Clan's forthcoming one-of-a-kind LP, 'The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin', aka the arty one in the priceless silver case, is now online. And heaven's above, it has Cher's voice on it. As in, Cher. 'Mermaids' Cher. 'The' Cher. Now, breathe deeply and let it sink in.

Anyhow. Cher sings "Wu-Tang, baby / They rock the world" in a clip of a mystery track featuring WTC's Ghostface Killah, which was played to a Forbes writer by its producer Tarik Azzourgarh the other day. A rep for Team Cher then confirmed that Cher (THE Cher) features on two 'The Wu' tracks in total, telling Rolling Stone: "She recorded her parts separately, so I don't believe there was direct interaction". And really, all this isn't as shocking as you might think, because lo, Cher's name was on the LP's online blurb (which listed one Bonnie Jo Mason, an early alias of Cher's, as a guest) the whole time.

So, that's a thing. There's no denying it isn't a thing. Once the one and only copy of 'The Wu' is out, it's going 'on tour' to various art galleries all over the world, and finally, being sold off in an auction to the highest bidder.

Wu-Tang are supposed to be following up on 'The Wu' with a plain old 'normal' LP, their long-delayed ensemble piece 'A Better Tomorrow', which is set to have a conventional release later this year. That's semi-pending Raekwon ending his "strike", and making peace with RZA. Though as previously reported, RZA might just push on with the album with or without Raekwon. Who honestly knows?

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Biffy Clyro have beatboxing, 'weird stoner reggae shit' going on
Simon Neil off of Biffy Clyro has said the band have been playing with lots of strange new songwriting ideas, not least beatboxing, "black metal pop" and "cool stoner reggae shit", all of which sound like a wild combo. Still, wild is good. I think.

In an interview in this week's NME, Biffy singer Neil said he'd written in the ballpark of fourteen songs towards a follow-on to 2013's 'Opposites', adding: "I'm really fucking excited about it at the moment. I don't want people to think the whole album sounds like this, but I've written my first ever beatbox song, and I've written a black metal pop song which I can't wait for people to hear. There's also some cool stoner reggae shit going on, believe it or not. It's really exciting".

Jarvis Cocker, Bryce Dessner and Philip Glass to honour Kronos Quartet
On 13 May, the Barbican in London will host a night of anniversary celebrations in honour of US strings-masters Kronos Quartet, who just turned 40. The evening will see The National's Bryce Dessner, composer Philip Glass, and Jarvis Cocker - all past Kronos collaborators - dedicate new commissions to the four-piece, and will feature the British premiere of Sam Green's film 'Kronos At 40'.

For his course, a multi-instrumental 'dialogue' titled 'Kerf', Cocker will play the organ alongside the Quartet, and David Coulter on the saw. Because 'kerf' is the word for the width of a cut produced by a saw blade. Obviously.

Jarvis bills the piece as "partly an exploration of how wide you can make the gap between 'versions' of the same note before they cease to sound like the same note at all", adding: "I am incredibly honoured to have been asked to contribute to this celebration of the 40 year long existence of the Kronos Quartet. Happy Birthday!"

Happy birthday, indeed. As for Bryce Dessner, he'll join Kronos on stage for the world's first performance of his '40 Canons' suite. Glass, meanwhile, will premiere his 'String Quartet No 6'.

Go here to get all the details and tickets.

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Gigs & Tours Round-Up: Paul Weller, The Antlers and Babymetal
Paul Weller revealed on the Xfm Breakfast Show this morning that he will play a show at the 100 Club on Oxford Street on 20 May. The show will fall between previously announced London at Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush and Dingwall's in Camden on 19 and 21 May respectively.

Discussing the venue, Weller said: "It's like a place that's been frozen in time, but in a good way, in a nice way! But you do get a sense of history. So many different people have played there over the decades. So there's a definite sense of history in that place I think. It's in the walls and the decor".

Host Jon Holmes also asked the former Jam frontman about his next solo album, about which Weller said: "We've done sort of half the record, but we probably won't get a chance to finish it or do any more to it until September/October time because we've got gigs hop until then. I guess [it'll] probably [be released] early next year, spring next year".

And The Antlers have just gone public on a tour also. The autumnal shows, which will go to promote the band's new LP, 'Familiars', start on 22 Oct at the Old Market in Brighton, and wind on till 2 Nov at Leeds' Belgrave Music Hall. They play live at London's Hackney Empire on 24 Oct as part of the tour and as a favour to Transgressive Records, who are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year.

Find full listings for the above via the Transgressive site, and stream 'Hotel', the latest single to run off 'Familiars', here.

Japan-based pop-metal trio Babymetal have set a new live date at the Electric Ballroom on 7 Jul. It's a facet of an international trek featuring an appearance, detailed here, at Sonisphere on 5 Jul.

And for the inexperienced, here's Babymetal's internet mega-hit 'Gimme Chocolate!'

Sensual Sun Ra fragrances now available
Late and great jazz mystic Sun Ra has, like any real celeb does at some point, had some signature 'fragrances' made in his name.

Similar to 1D, Bieber and Gaga-branded perfumes (only cool, spiritual, sensual and not shit) the twin scents link in with the release of 'Prophetika', a trilogy of Sun Ra's unpublished prose and rhymes, which is arriving soon via Kicks, a book-dealing imprint of Norton Records.

Of the two fragrances, one takes its name from the book compilation (and "invokes a mirage of memories and mysteries and incites a call to action with hints of Cairo, Chicago and Casseopia", which is always nice), and the other is titled 'Saturnia', an 'Afrodisiac' created with "the highest quality Neroli distillate of bitter orange blossoms". Mmm, bitter.

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
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Chris provides music business coverage, writing key business news and analysis. Chris also leads the CMU Insights training and consultancy business, and is MD of CMU publisher UnLimited Media.
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ALY BARCHI | Staff Writer
Aly reports on artist news, coordinates the festival, gig and release round up columns, and contributes to the CMU Approved column. She also writes for CMU's sister title ThisWeek London.
Email aly@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
SAM TAYLOR | Commercial Manager & Insights Associate
Sam oversees the commercial side of the CMU media, leading on sales and sponsorship, plus helps manage and deliver the CMU Insights training courses and consultancy services.
Email sam@unlimitedmedia.co.uk or call 020 7099 9060
   
CARO MOSES | Co-Publisher
Caro helps oversee the CMU media, while as a Director of UnLimited Media she heads up the company's other two titles ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, and supports other parts of the business.
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