THURSDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2014
TODAY'S TOP STORY: MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom should find out tomorrow whether he is heading back to prison after a long hearing earlier today on allegations that the often controversial digital entrepreneur broke bail conditions. As much previously reported, Dotcom is accused by the US government of money laundering and copyright crimes in relation to his time running his file-transfer company... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Best known as one quarter of the Elysian Quartet, cellist Laura Moody released her debut solo album, 'Acrobats', earlier this month. Her stated aim when first setting out on her own was to see how far she can stretch songs performed with only a cello and her voice. It's an approach the extremes of which are perhaps best demonstrated with this now nearly four year old but still brilliant... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES "Broke" Kim Dotcom to find out about bail status tomorrow
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LEGAL PRS "strongly denies" Power's comments on Hop Farm licence dispute
AC/DC's Phil Rudd makes hectic court appearance
Liam Gallagher spotted in London pub, after claiming to be too ill to give child support deposition in New York
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Cooking Vinyl Group launches new royalty management business
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ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL UK vinyl sales top a million this year
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Take That partner with Google for month long streaming exclusive on new album
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ARTIST NEWS 'Official' Kurt Cobain doc Montage Of Heck gets US air date
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RELEASES The Vamps capitalise on Christmas with festive LP re-release
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Elton John announces UK stadium tour
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AWARDS BRITs Critics Choice shortlist announced
MTV reveals Brand New 2015 nominations
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ONE LINERS Essential, PPL, Rihanna, Coldplay and some other shizzle
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AND FINALLY... McFly and Busted release 'Air Guitar' separately
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"Broke" Kim Dotcom to find out about bail status tomorrow
MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom should find out tomorrow whether he is heading back to prison after a long hearing earlier today on allegations that the often controversial digital entrepreneur broke bail conditions.

As much previously reported, Dotcom is accused by the US government of money laundering and copyright crimes in relation to his time running his file-transfer company, and the States have been trying for three years now to get him extradited to America to face the charges against him. Hollywood and the major labels, meanwhile, have launched civil copyright infringement proceedings.

When the US authorities swooped in January 2012, shutting down MegaUpload and seizing its assets, they also had the New Zealand police arrest Dotcom and some of his also NZ-based colleagues, though all the men were subsequently released on bail. But earlier this month it emerged that Dotcom was accused of breaching the conditions of his bail, resulting in new restrictions being put into place.

And earlier today, according to Torrentfreak, a slightly delayed hearing took place to consider in more detail the bail break accusations that have been made by the New Zealand authorities - some of which seemingly date back to 2012 - amidst reports prosecutors have requested Dotcom be put back behind bars. Reporting of the hearing has been restricted so the specifics of the discussions are not known, though no decision was made regarding Dotcom's bail moving forward and all parties are now due to regroup tomorrow.

Earlier this week, at the unBound Digital conference in London, Dotcom, speaking via video link, revealed that the reason he recently lost his legal reps in New Zealand was because of his finances, he simply can't afford to pay his attorneys' legal fees anymore having, he said, run up legal costs of $10 million already.

"I'm officially broke right now", Dotcom said, a message perhaps partly aimed at the movie studios and record companies who have questioned the sources of the Mega founder's perceived wealth, given all his MegaUpload assets were meant to have been frozen in 2012. Dotcom also claimed that it's no coincidence that the bail break claims were being made by prosecutors now that he was without legal representation in New Zealand, even though some of the allegations date back over two years.

Said Dotcom, according to The Register, "My legal team has recently resigned because I ran out of money after spending $10 million to try and defend myself. [The US government] have certainly managed to drain my resources... and without lawyers I'm defenceless so they use that opportunity to try to get my bail revoked".

PRS "strongly denies" Power's comments on Hop Farm licence dispute
The music publishing sector's collecting society PRS says it "strongly denies" some of the allegations made by Vince Power this week in relation to their ongoing legal dispute over the alleged lack of song licensing at the Hop Farm Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

As previously reported, PRS alleges that the then Power-led event operated without a licence from the collecting society, meaning it failed to pay royalties for the songs performed controlled by publishers and songwriters allied with the organisation. When Power failed to respond to PRS's lawsuit the courts found against him by default, issuing an injunction ordering the veteran promoter to pay the rights body's legal fees and to settle the claim against him before staging any more music events.

But Power said that he had never been made aware of PRS's legal claim which was why he failed to respond to the court action. Then earlier this week he issued a statement saying that the injunction had now been set aside, on the grounds he'd not been alerted to the legal action in the first place. He also claimed that PRS's original description of the injunction, specifically that he was banned from staging any future festivals in the UK until the dispute was resolved, was misleading.

PRS, however, has hit back itself, confirming that their legal action against Power is ongoing, and disputing some of the things the promoter said this week (though without going into specifics regarding what). A spokesperson for the society told CMU: "While the legal action continues, we are unable to comment in detail however we strongly deny the allegations made recently by Vince Power relating to the High Court action against him in respect of Hop Farm Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2011".

As previously noted, if the case got properly to court with both sides represented, it could test the PRS's argument that Power should be held personally liable for the Hop Farm event's failure to secure a song rights licence even though the corporate entity that operated the festival at that time no longer exists.

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AC/DC's Phil Rudd makes hectic court appearance
AC/DC's some-time (or as the case may be, one-time) drummer Phil Rudd has appeared in court on charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs.

The 'rocker' didn't exactly maintain a low profile at yesterday's hearing at the High Court in Tauranga, New Zealand, arriving so late that a warrant with a half-hour time limit was issued for his arrest, though this was quickly withdrawn when Rudd showed up minutes later.

With the hearing underway, the presiding judge informed him that his case was being transferred back to the District Court, a more serious charge against Rudd of attempting to hire a 'hitman' having been dropped shortly after it was brought against him earlier this month. Rudd, who is still to enter a plea, was bailed until 2 Dec.

On leaving the court, the musician was pictured giving the middle finger to photographers, and also jumping on his security guard's back. He is also said to have backed his Porsche into the path of an oncoming lorry, which was forced to brake so as not to collide with Rudd's car.

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Liam Gallagher spotted in London pub, after claiming to be too ill to give child support deposition in New York
The child support dispute between Liam Gallagher and Liza Ghorbani continues, with both sides attempting to reach a settlement. Or at least they will be when Gallagher is well enough to travel to New York to give a deposition.

As previously reported, Ghorbani sued Gallagher for $3 million last year. The pair met after Ghorbani interviewed the singer for The New York Times in 2012, beginning an affair which resulted in the birth of the child and, more recently, Gallagher's divorce from Nicole Appleton. Court proceedings were then adjourned in May this year to allow for settlement negotiations to continue.

Gallagher was due to appear in New York to give a deposition to Ghorbani's lawyer Ira Garr last week, but called off the visit claiming that he was too ill to fly. Though the New York Post has since pulled a photograph off Facebook seemingly showing the former Oasis frontman sitting in a pub "watching what appeared to be a football match" on Saturday. "The following day he was seen scowling under a hat as he went to pick up groceries", the paper notes.

Whether or not this proves that Gallagher was, in fact, well enough to fly to New York is debatable, not least because we don't know when he was meant to be flying (it could have been earlier in the week when he may well have been under the weather). Either way, the singer's lawyer has confirmed that the deposition will now take place on Monday. Though regardless, it's a PR win for Ghorbani.

Garr told the New York Post: "Gallagher was supposed to be deposed last Friday, but his attorney filed an emergency application to the court because he was too ill to travel. It appears he has no great desire to be deposed".

Further putting the boot in, he added: "The fact that he hasn't even seen the child is a great source of disappointment to the mother".

Gallagher's lawyer Raoul Felder said that despite the delay, all was moving ahead in the proper manner, saying: "We have exchanged financial information with Liza's attorneys. It was vetted by accountants and was perfectly appropriate".

Last month Gallagher announced that his post-Oasis band Beady Eye is "no more", making way for him to focus on this case and for guitarist Andy Bell to reform Ride.

Cooking Vinyl Group launches new royalty management business
The Cooking Vinyl Group is backing a new music royalties company called, well, the Music Royalty Co. So that's nice and simple. Which music royalties rarely are, something the company aims to help with.

A joint venture with Ray Bush, who has been Head Of Finance for the CV Group's Essential Music & Marketing business for the last four years, the new company says it will help "labels and publishers cope with the exponential growth in data associated with music streaming" adding that its team's "accountancy nous enables MRC to look beyond just auditing to understand whether the data received in the first place is correct - a valuable insight given the number of accounting errors originating earlier in the supply chain.

Run by Bush with a team including former CVers Tegan Sims and Sam Difford, plus Gerri Geraghty, Cooking Vinyl MD Martin Goldschmidt and Essential MD Mike Chadwick will also serve as directors of the new firm. The company will provide royalty and related services to the various businesses in the CV Group, and to third parties including R&S Records at launch.

Confirming all this, Bush told reporters: "The explosion in data analysis caused by streaming means there's never been a more important time for companies to get their royalty processes straight. We believe that there's a real gap in the market for a company like MRC, which truly understands how those work, and we're excited to show people what we can do".

UK vinyl sales top a million this year
You know how back in October everyone was predicting that vinyl sales this year would top a million? Well, the big news today is that vinyl sales this year have topped a million. The record industry should learn from the politicians, make a pessimistic prediction one month so the good news sounds even better the next.

So yes, over a million vinyl records have been sold in the UK this year, with the format's sales figures now up at 1996 levels. And with Oasis, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin amongst the best selling vinyl releases, I think people are buying pretty much the same records now as they did back then too. Though Royal Blood have been shifting some proper records as well. Good old Royal Blood.

And now a quote from Official Charts boss Martin Talbot: "In scoring the biggest opening week for a vinyl album this millennium, Pink Floyd's 'The Endless River' illustrates the British public's renewed love for this format, which is on course to become a £20 million business this year - an incredible turnaround from barely £3 million just five years ago. This resurgence also underlines music fans' continuing fascination with the album".

Of course overall the format accounts for about 2% of the recorded music market, so don't be thinking everyone's now a vinyl junkie. But still, it's nice the product is still experiencing growth, and the fact vinyl records are now seen as a premium product means that, with the right fanbase, artists can generate some nice extra revenue this way.

Take That partner with Google for month long streaming exclusive on new album
Take That's first album as a trio, 'III', will be available for streaming (as opposed to downloading) exclusively on Google Play Music (and therefore also to those experimenting with the YouTube Music Key beta) for the first month after its release on 1 Dec, it has been announced. The Google version of the album that streams will also feature three bonus tracks unavailable elsewhere, and will also be sold through the Google Play download store.

Google Play Music will also host a launch party for the album in London on 1 Dec, where fans who win a place at the event will be able to listen to the new record along with the remaining members of Take That. Which I imagine will be an awkward experience for all involved.

Take That said of their partnership with Google: "We would like to thank Google Play for coming up with such a great, creative campaign around the release of an album we're extremely proud of. We also wanted to do something different for this release and are looking forward to seeing it come to life, kicking off with a very special album launch party on Monday for a small number of some of our biggest supporters".

VP of Google Play Music Zahavah Levine added: "We're thrilled to partner with Take That, and to offer Google Play Music fans an exclusive opportunity to stream this incredible album. Both download sales and streaming are growing on our service, so we're delighted to see Gary, Mark and Howard embracing Play Music to bring their fans a unique experience".

Promotion for 'III' under the partnership will also extend to a Google Play Music TV ad, so that's something for us all to look forward to.

  Approved: Laura Moody
Best known as one quarter of the Elysian Quartet, cellist Laura Moody released her debut solo album, 'Acrobats', earlier this month.

Her stated aim when first setting out on her own was to see how far she can stretch songs performed with only a cello and her voice. It's an approach the extremes of which are perhaps best demonstrated with this now nearly four year old but still brilliant shed-based live performance of her song 'Oh Mother'.

Of course, the trick with pushing boundaries is to know when not to, and so it's a more restrained Moody we find on 'Acrobats'. Not that she doesn't push herself and the listener, but the album's opening track, 'We Are Waiting' (seen performed at London's Wilton's Music Hall here), is a beautifully stripped back, folk song. This sets the mood for the following songs, which slowly slip more of the quirks of her performance in around you. The result is an album that's both welcoming and challenging.

Check out the video for album track 'Call Time On This Love' here.
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'Official' Kurt Cobain doc Montage Of Heck gets US air date
The previously reported Brett Morgen directed documentary on Kurt Cobain is to be aired on US TV next year, it has been announced. And although, Courtney Love declared herself 'out' of the project two years ago, it has emerged that the late Nirvana frontman's daughter, visual artist Frances Bean Cobain, is acting as executive producer on the project, gaining it 'authorised' status.

The film, which shares its title with the 'Montage Of Heck' mixtape Cobain made back in 1988, will air first on HBO on a TBA date next year. It will feature, says its press release, "dozens of Nirvana songs and performances as well as previously unheard Cobain originals", and will give "no-holds-barred access to Kurt Cobain's archives, home to his never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives, family archives and songbooks".

Morgen says of the project: "I started work on this project eight years ago. Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth. However, once I stepped into Kurt's archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media".

Frances Bean, meanwhile, tweeted earlier this week that she is "really excited for you guys to see 'Montage Of Heck'", adding: "Brett Morgen created an intense yet wonderful examination of Kurt's life and art".

The Vamps capitalise on Christmas with festive LP re-release
Australian pop-rock boyband The Vamps (not to be confused with Vamps) have gift-wrapped a 'Christmas edition' of their 'Meet The Vamps' LP, because apparently that's a thing that goes on nowadays.

The special edition is a bit like a Christmas tree in form, in that the album's original tracklisting is the tree bit, and then a set of eight 'festive' extra tracks are the tacky baubles and tinsel plonked on top. Plonk.

Of those eight tracks, six are covers and two are the band's own original work - 'Sleighing In The Snow' and 'Hoping For Snow' - the latter of which the band might be doing for a while this Christmas, since they live in Australia and all. Hahahaha ahaha haha ha. Ha.

'Meet The Vamps: Christmas Edition' will be revealed (and released), like an advent calendar treat, on 1 Dec. This is a big fat shiny index of all the tracks on it:

Jingle Bell Rock
Sleighing In The Snow
Hoping For Snow
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Well I Wish It Could Be Christmas
Hallelujah
Jingle Bells
Silent Night
Wild Heart
Last Night
Somebody To You (feat Demi Lovato)
Can We Dance
Girls On TV
Risk It All
Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)
Another World
Move My Way
Shout About It
High Hopes
She Was The One
Dangerous
Lovestruck
Smile
Somebody To You

Elton John announces UK stadium tour
Elton John has announced a tour of some of the UK's stadiums next year, which will see him take in the sights of Gloucester, Walsall, Glasgow and Aberdeen. All the cities you'd first think of when stadiums are mentioned, basically.

I am contractually obliged to point out that the final date on the tour takes place a few days before Glastonbury weekend.

For stat fans, the EJ website notes: "These will be Elton's first concerts in Gloucester and Walsall. His show in Glasgow will be his 25th concert there, and he returns to Aberdeen for the first time since 2004".

Exciting stuff. Tickets went on sale this morning, and the dates are here:

7 Jun: Gloucester, Kingsholm Stadium
13 Jun: Walsall, Banks Stadium
19 Jun: Glasgow, SEE Hydro
20 Jun: Aberdeen, AECC

BRITs Critics Choice shortlist announced
Music critics hey, what are we to do with them all? Wildly choosing things as they do. Like which buzzy new artists are sufficiently buzzy and new and artist-like to justify being given a BRIT Award before they've even departed Buzzville.

Those crazy critics. They should get themselves proper jobs. And quickly. Every magazine and newspaper in the world is due to crash into oblivion next March. Apart from Vice. They've got all that venture capital money. They'll be haemorrhaging their way through that mountain of cash for a good while yet.

Anyway, the music critics of Britain have rallied together in a Band Aid style fashion, though without any bid to save the world (or rile their colleagues on the op-ed pages), and have selected the three buzzy new artists that deserve the Brits Critics' Choice Award 2015.

Though only one of the three can actually have the big prize. I'm not sure how they pick the final winner. Though it possibly involves a fist fight between the nominees in a basement car park. Refereed by Mike Williams and John Doran. With Alexis Petridis doing refreshments and Simon Price looking out for the cops.

But until the Mastercard Fist Fight decides the winner, all three nominees can enjoy the warm glow of being 'chosen' by the critics. Imagine the honour. Second guess the privilege. Would you ever believe it? Here are some quotes from the shortlisted artists...

James Bay: "I still can't believe it. As much as I hoped, being nominated for the BRITs Critics' Choice Award is not something I ever imagined would actually happen. What a huge honour".

George The Poet: "I feel privileged to have been shortlisted for the BRITs Critics' Choice Award. I always dreamed of reaching people and this nomination shows me that I'm on track".

Years & Years: "Having grown up watching the BRITs we're unbelievably honoured and to be honest quite overwhelmed to be included in the Critics' Choice Award. We're so grateful to be making music and having this sort of recognition is crazy and ridiculous and nuts in a really good way. Thanks BRITs!"

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MTV reveals Brand New 2015 nominations
More hotly tipped new artists you say? Well, do you know what? MTV has only gone and released the shortlist of ten acts vying to win its BBC Sound Of-style Brand New poll in 2015.

Singer Becky Hill off of 'The Voice' is on it, as are hip hop wordsmith George The Poet, alt-pop band Years & Years, rap pairing Krept & Konan, and six others. This is a photo of all the artists posing casually, some on chairs covered in sacks, in some kind of crumbling old basement. Voting starts on 1 Dec via mtv.co.uk/brandnew, and the name of victor will be revealed on 30 Jan.

Taking time to consider the significance of the poll, MTV Brand New 2014 winners The Vamps say: "This year has been crazy - we have had the chance to travel to so many places and play to the best fans in the world. Releasing our album was something that we never thought we'd be able to do, and, as songwriters, it was a big moment for us. We hope this year has helped us pave a way into having an even better 2015. We would like to thank MTV for all their support and the love they have shown us!"

Okay, so that mostly wasn't about the poll at all, my bad. Anyway here's the list of the ten Vamps-in-waiting:

Becky Hill
George The Poet
James Bay
Krept & Konan
Melissa Steel
Nothing But Thieves
Saint Raymond
Sinead Harnett
Sunset Sons
Years & Years

Hey, so three of those also feature on the BRITs Critics Choice shortlist. Exciting times.

Oh, and one other thing. Having confirmed earlier this year that, for the first time in all of time, Brand New were also accepting entries from acts sans record deals, via Instagram, the winner of 2015's MTV Brand New Unsigned has been chosen already, and it is/they are.... Of Empires!

"The four-piece rock n roll band evoke vintage tones and attitudes of the late 1960s but with their own modern twist", state the folks from MTV, and I believe them.

Essential, PPL, Rihanna Coldplay and some other shizzle

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Essential Music & Marketing has signed up some new clients, Full Time Hobby, Peacefrog and that there Paul Hartnoll, the latter of which will work with the company on his new '8:58' project.

• Double bass player Gerald Newson, best known for his time performing with the London Symphony Orchestra, was re-elected to the performer and main boards of record industry collecting society PPL yesterday at the organisation's Annual Performer Meeting. The longest serving elected performer director must stand down at each APM, though is eligible to stand for re-election, which Newson did.

• Rihanna aka @badgalriri has applied her irritating 'ph instead of f' thing (why not go ahead and say fuck already?) to the caption of a clip of an unidentified new track, likely off her TBC eighth (EIGHTH.) solo LP. It sounds like a Drake cast-off.

• Coldplay have released an interactive new video for their new single 'Ink'. The animated clip has myriad potential storylines - over 300 in fact - that viewers can switch between by making 'real-time choices' as they watch. Have a go now via www.coldplay.com/ink

• Tres bon French DJ Etienne De Crécy has detailed a new ten track LP, the third in his 'Super Discount' series, that he'll release on 19 Jan. It features vocalists Madeline Follin, Kilo Kish, Baxter Dury, Alex Gopher and De La Soul's Pos & Dave, and a track titled 'Hashtag My Ass'. Hear Cults lady Follin singing on top single 'You' via this link.

• James Blake-oid is to release a new EP-type thing via his label, 1-800-Dinosaur, at some point. "Made using synthesisers and a computer", it will carry three tracks and one poem, all written by Blake. Hear a short edit of one track, '200 Press', here.

• Conceptual pop artist EMA has released a video to virtual reality-inspired track '3Jane', which she deems the 'lyrical centrepiece' to her latest LP 'The Future's Void'. EMA and director Y2K describe the clip as a "dream-like narrative scenario that touches on the inevitable union of humanity and technology". And here it is.

• US girl group Fifth Harmony have unveiled the video for the debut UK single, 'Sledgehammer', which is due out on 7 Dec. No, it's not a Peter Gabriel cover, the song is actually written by Meghan Trainor, of being-all-about-that-bass fame. Further to their British chart domination plans, the group will perform the song on the semi final of 'X-Factor'. Anyway, that video.

• Rick Ross has gifted to the world the video for 'If They Knew', a track from his newly released album, 'Hood Billionaire'. It features the vocal talents of singer K Michelle. You can hear and see the both of them in the video here.

• Kiesza, whose debut album is out on 1 Dec, will be touring the UK next March. You might like to click here and make a note of the dates. I wouldn't bother though. Unless you enjoy hearing her songs, which I still find it hard to believe anybody does.

• Gorgon City are going to be playing their songs up and down the UK in February. Tickets will be available. Dates are here. Oh, and here's the video for their new single, 'Go All Night', which features Jennifer Hudson and is out on 14 Dec.

• Wolf Alice will be on tour in March and April next year - dates which may or may not coincide with the release of their still being recorded debut album. The shows will include one at the Shepherds Bush Empire. So there. Tickets on sale this Friday, here.

• The judging panel for this year's GIT Award - aka the annual search for Liverpool's best act - has been announced. Amongst the sixteen-strong team are reps from 4AD, Bella Union, Heavenly Recordings, UK Music, Clash Magazine and Xfm. See the full list here.

McFly and Busted release 'Air Guitar' separately
So wait, McFly and Busted have only gone and put out separate versions of 'Air Guitar', the all new single from that ultimate supergroup (for McFly and Busted fans) McBusted. Surely the holy union of pop rock isn't over already?

No, of course not. It's one of those gimmicks that are so popular with the kids these days. Including the 27 year old kids who are into McBusted. And who probably have £2.97 to spare downloading all three versions of the track. Good times.

Though if McBusted do burn out at some point during their sixteen date arena trek next year, don't worry, I'm already working on getting together the next supergroup sensation - Alt Union J. See you all soon for the future good times.

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
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