Big Bang &2NE1:Light The Torch for 2012

With this new world tour and album T.O.P isn't the only one who will be needing oxygen

I’m not the biggest Big Bang fan but when news broke out that YG and Live Nation was teaming up for a world tour. I almost crap my pants for a second. With Girls Generation on Late Night With Litterman and Live With Kelly in the U.S. Plus the Wonder Girls TeenNick movie Wonder Girls At The Apollo . K-pop in the west is no longer a hidden little secret but not necessarily a huge success. While other groups like Beast(B2ST) is on their own world tour this method seems to work best for groups who plan to expand.

Touring is the best way for an artist or group to promote their music. Giving them the ability to show case their talents and develop a theatrical performance of an epic size. Going beyond the music video and truly giving a song the artistic justice it needs. Those lucky fans get the full treatment from their favorite bias. Something K-pop lacks experience in but in recent years of expansion has the golden opportunity to capitalize.

Big Bang in 2011 started off the year so right but things turn for the worse. Despite a successful solo comeback for member Seungri and the group’s mini album Tonight. Half way through the year Daesung car accident and G-Dragon marijuana scandal end 2011 on a bad note. Due to the amount of controversy YG stock prices went down and fans began to wonder if Big Bang was coming to an end.  Although some fans and critics were being overly dramatic YG allow Big Bang to reflect and regroup.

Thus allowing for a new album and a resume of solo activities. But nobody suspect the group would return with a possible 24 countries 16 cities world-wide tour. Invading Asia; Europe; North and South America. Starting on March 2nd-4th at Seoul Olympic Park Gymnastic these shows are already sold out. Those awaiting shows on foreign soil have not yet been confirm with official dates,venues and purchasing.

Like YG promise Big Bang will be working with the best in order to put on a memorable show that usher them into global pop hood. Teaming up with Laurieann Gibson (director) who work with Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour 2011  and Leroy Bennett (stage/lighting)  who work with Eminem and Linkin Park. YG is living up to their name of ‘going big’ but will they maintain hype with this being a ‘world tour?’

The promotional hype wheel is already spinning as YG-Life blog release Big Bang new album. Disclosing a new title track “Fantastic Boys” compose by Teddy Park and G-Dragon. Also another featuring Daesung solo song “Wings.” Schedule drop February 29th but don’t hold your breath. yG is infamous for using delays build up anticipation.

All things put aside there is also another major idol machine in YG that is making a comeback 2ne1. According to YG in March 2ne1 will return back to Japan. This new album include original material. Details on the album haven’t been reveled but some fans began to wonder if 2ne1 truly has a chance. With their first official Japanese album Nolza selling 26,000 units wasn’t what fans suspect. Although it was solid enough for 2ne1 to create some sort of ground in Japan. Here is something YG should consider the possibility of 2ne1 being an opening act for Big Bang Alive 2012 World Tour.

This can help 2ne1 in their expansion into the west and continuous in Japan. Many major acts have collaborated together by touring not just always by a song. With 2ne1 still being the new gals on the block and Big Bang the veteran mega super stars. This will give 2ne1 the pedestal not only conquering Asia but developing a more hardcore fan base in the west. I feel 2ne1 should release a Japanese album with original material. After that release an English one (if desire) than travel with Big Bang on tour. This will not only give YG a stronger front for both band globally but also the ability for 2ne1 western debut left unnoticed of a higher possibility of a bigger turn out.

In the end this new world tour will open new doors for YG and also explore unfamiliar territory. This can strength Big Bang presence on a much larger scale and live up to the Best World Act. For 2ne1 this could possibly be the golden ticket to be the leaders or top runners for K-pop going to the west. YG can’t lose what hasn’t been measure. Both acts can only grow from this experience and overall this benefits both fans and K-pop genre as a whole. Like most  when the hype dies down, the speculation no longer the voice of reason and  popularity is put to the test we’ll know if Big Bang/2ne1 will be the ones to light the torch.

Source: YG-Life Photos: Soompi

Do International Fans Support Asian Pop?


There is a heated debate among Asian pop fans who are non-native or international. In recent efforts SM Town hold their first ever concert in France. Featuring  Girls Generation (SNSD), Super Junior, TVXQ, Boa Kwon,SHINee and F(x). To connect with fans all over the world SM open a Facebook account and shared their performances via Youtube. The two biggest social networking catalyst sites that have catapulted K-pop to a much wider diverse audience. For years Japanese artist tour Europe and America to further expand beyond  Asia and enter neighboring music markets.

Everyone from Miyavi, Utada Hikaru, Dir En Grey,X-Japan, to former Kat-Tun member Akanishi Jin have toured or performed state side. Unlike their Korean cousins the ambitious spirit to place on America music charts whether via iTunes or on Billboards is becoming the primary focus for K-pop idols/soloist. From Se7en to Boa Kwon most recent Wonder Girls, K-pop is the most determine to usher in Asian pop wave to the west.

The admiration for Asian pop stars debuting state side is a mutual feeling for industry heads in America. Producer Teddy Riley team up with Raina for “Mr.Feel Good.” While Black Eyed Peas Will.I.Am producing tracks for 2ne1 for a possible state side debut. Wonder Girls currently working with Claude Kelly on a new American single. A follow up to their mini tour back in 2010 for “Two Different Tears.” Even JYJ team up with Rodney “Darkchild” Jenkins and Kanye West for their first English album The Beginning release last year.

Despite big name producers showing interest in Korean base artist native fans doubt international ones will support. Already available on iTunes anyone from Epik High to Big Bang have place top 10 on charts but not Billboard . Only Boa, Wonder Girls and former YG artists Stony Skunk have successful place on Billboards genre base charts and/or TOP100/200. Regardless if it was briefly or the TOP 100 of the year. The potential is their but will international fans make sure it happens?

V-blogger diskea disclosed the same excitement but concerns that maybe lingering over international fans on making K-pop successful on foreign soil.

Although K-pop has found success via Youtube outside it seem very concentrated. In America areas like Washington,New York, Los Angles and Seattle have warm up to the recent Asian pop wave. Other neighboring nations Valenzuela and Brazil have shown fan support and request for their favorite K-pop star to perform in their nation. On iTunes (America) the increase of K-pop is becoming more evident. Everyone from Beast(B2st), MBLAQ,2pm,etc… have released Korean singles via iTunes for state side fans to download.

The level of fandom differs for international fans verse native. While South Korea is the spic center of K-pop. Fan clubs of major K-pop idol groups have made it their goal to make sure their bias is #1 on something. Doesn’t matter if its on Melon,Bugs,Navar,Monkey3,Mnet,Gaon, Hanteo or music shows like Inkigayo,Music Core,M!Countdown to Music Bank. Making them a popular topic trend on Twitter and top view videos on Youtube. The level of commitment is far more important to Korean native fans verse international in some aspects.

For Koreans they have the option to view their favorite bias idol perform live on TV. Enabling them to be #1 creating this competing spirit among fan clubs. For international the only connection is through Youtbe and other social networking sites. The only other way international fans can show support is by buying music available  in their nation. Youtube has spark popularity with some K-pop MVs with 20 million hits but sale wise K-pop falls miserably flat.

Earning less then what normally a K-pop idol can create staying on native soil. Far less than on Japanese making the Americas and Europe risky business that may cost greatly. Only time will tell if international fans are ‘all in’ or just fascinated by a trend.  The only way K-pop will have any pedestal to stand on from international fans is by supporting them beyond the web. Radio request, downloads and free publicity has proven to be essential for an idol group/soloist success in Asia. Fans on the western side need to realize they must work harder to create some type of foundation and media notoriety for their favorite Asian idol or group.

At the end of the day if music is the universal language of the world, us international fans need to show it more greatly verse Asian native. I feel international fans are caught up on ‘who would have the most success‘ verse ‘wanting to support those who do debut.‘ Only time will tell if a group is destine or not but this power is created by the fans and not always determine by the media.

Will Jay Park Dominate K-pop?

For the past year Jay Park has become a house hold name for K-pop fans and enthusiast. With his controversial departure from 2pm and public termination from JYP entertainment. A cloud of doubt hovers on Jay Park’s head. Instead of accepting defeat or crying like a baby. Jay has been on the path road  to success one step at a time. Whether its being part of a B-boy dance crew. Becoming a YouTube sensation. Featuring on other Korean underground artists’ songs. Kicking off a solo acting career and possible first major motion picture Hype Nation. All possible under the cautious guidance  of Sidus HQ. Jay is climbing out of the dark,on to the top and ready for domination.

On the eve of his first solo mini album Take A Deeper Look,Jay deleted his old Youtube account. In fact he deleted many older accounts to accommodated his new status in K-pop. A lesson well learn back in 2009 when old Myspace comments were leaked. Without his permission or knowledge which lead to his final dismissal. Sidus HQ is making sure Jay Park’s good name isn’t going to be drag through the mud. As all precautions  are taking  effect to make sure this comeback runs smoothly. Months ahead his solo debut, Jay publicly apologize to JYP and former band mates.

A proper gesture to bring some type of closure to fans who felt betrayed. Seems Jay can start this comeback with a clean slate. No longer hold down by the mistakes of the past. In order to make this comeback unique he once again teams up with Dok2. Also Korean hip hop producer The Quiett and Davinchi’s  Kang Min Kyung. Composing with western producer and song writer Einztein. The first single “Abandoned” is a  an r&b/dance song. Showing off Jay’s vocal ability but also charismatic charm. While the lyrics focus on the sadness of  a break-up. Some fans believe this is a hidden message to 2pm and JYP.

Regardless of what fans may speculate this single is quite strong. For a K-pop song it doesn’t fit the bill. While its r&b influence is more westernized gives Jay some edge. The MV is professional done with no low-grade quality appeal. The primary focus of the MV is Jay’s memorizing dance style. Truly unique to him and no one else at the moment. I feel Jay Park  is a brand not just a stage name. That should no longer be associated with 2pm. Who Jay was in 2pm is completely differs from who he is now. Jay has grown in the short 2 years and suffer harsh media backlash. More focus and determine, he could possibility be ushering a new bread of Korean pop star. While hallyu base groups focus on domination in Japan. Jay seems to be more focus on becoming a true international pop star. The future for Jay Park  isn’t quite clear but its free from the chains of the past. Although he still isn’t free from harsh criticism and cyber trolls. I just hope people will respect him for his passion and unbreakable will to be a top artist.

Abandoned Full MV

Jay Park Take A Deeper Look is available on -Limited Edition-(CD+ Diary) Also available on iTunes 



01. Touch the Sky (ft. The Quiett)

02. Abandoned (ft. dok2) *Title

03. 오늘밤 (ft. 강민경 of DAVICHI)

04. 너 없이 안돼

05. Don’t let go

06. Level 1000 (with dok2)

07. Bestie

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Did 2ne1 flop In Japan?

There is a heated debate among K-poppers starting to brew on the web. 2ne1 being the epic center of this debate and noted for their massive popularity. Haters, industry enthusiast, Blackjacks and semi fans are beginning to wonder. Why did 2ne1’s Japanese debut flop?

Heaters are having a field day while loyal Blackjacks are reduced to defend their precious group to the death. As fans consider the recent earthquake and  cancellations of televised performances on TV Ashai and Music Station are to blame. These factors are consider minor when you look at the whole picture. This will only set back the opportunity to expose 2ne1 into Japanese media but not discourage fans. What I notice that fans seem to have gravely over look  Avex entertainment poorly executed promotion tactics.

In theory marketing an artist and their music material must always correlate. In the case of 2ne1 this didn’t happen. To explain what I mean this is the typical promotion strategy most record companies universally use.

-Record label artist/group announce comeback or debut

-Artist/group work on comeback or debut

-Record label announce date of release

-In between official release date or production an artist or group may release a digital single,teaser, or preview of up in coming material. Even if its new,repackage or remix.

-In America (sometimes Japan) an artist can release several different digital singles before the primary album. In K-pop you have this but usually its several days or a week prior.

-Artist or group release primary album containing material previous tease, preview,or available on digital downloads.

-Fans buy music material that have been promoted by their artist or group feature on the album

-Record label makes a profit

-Artist or group starts promotions via TV and/or a promotional tour

In the case of 2ne1 this wasn’t follow. Some factors have prevented them and some were extremely confusing to follow. In fact what 2ne1 was promoting verse made available for music purchase were two different things. In the beginning Avex was following traditional ways but soon turn misleading.

-YG announces 2ne1 will debut in Japan under mega label Avex entertainment

-Avex launches 2ne1′ s Japanese website

-In January 2ne1 release their first single under Avex English version “Can’t Nobody” available by Chaku-Uta mobile device ringtones and back ringtone. The single ranks on Recochoku.

-In February 2ne1 release the English version MV “Can’t Nobody” for purchasing download on iTunes Japan

-Avex disclose that 2ne1 will promote with the Japanese version of “Go Away”

-On March 9th 2ne1 release ringtone/back ringtone version of “Go Away” on Chaku-Uta ranking on  Recochoku

-March 11 Japan suffer an earthquake delaying 2ne1’s debut. Avex disclosed that 2ne1 televised debut has been cancel.

-March 16 2ne1 releases their first Japanese album. A collaboration of songs mainly from their self title Korean mini album and “I’m Busy” from To Anyone. That was not promoted previously before the primary release. “Go Away” Japanese version and “Can’t Nobody” English version are not present on the CD release of 2ne1 nor CD+DVD combo.

-Fans are confuse

-2ne1 sales struggle

Why didn’t Avex release “Can’t Nobody English version and “Go Away” Japanese version on what is suspected to be their first official Japanese album. It’s common for Japanese artist to release several different formats of the same album.(Example: Normal editions-Type a CD- Type B CD+DVD-Type C CD+DVD with added material  ) My hypothesis is……

-“Can’t Nobody” and “Go Away” was a tester to see if 2ne1 had a core audience in Japan.

-Avex would allow the release of 2ne1’s collection of Korean songs. When 2ne1 started promotions with “Go Away” and “Can’t Nobody” most likely release on a special edition.

-The earthquake threw a massive curve ball in promotions. Between Avex and YG just didn’t have enough material for a completed Japanese debuting album. Instead settle for a composite Korean collection album.That primary contain  2ne1’s first mini album and “I’m Busy” from To Anyone. I think it was YG intention to convert more songs into Japanese or English from To Anyone. Since that was their most recent album but fail or felt uncertain to do so. Creating inconsistency in their Japanese promotion.

-In the end 2ne1 was promoting material not feature on the debuting album. Avex try to make a quick profit of off “Can’t Nobody” ringtone and MV release. Also ringtone version of “Go Away” but fail to deliver on the primary album. Which was extremely important to turn a much more larger profit regardless if televised promotions were carried out or delay.

I don’t blame Japanese fans for not quickly buying this album. If 2ne1 is promoting “Go Away” and “Can’t nobody” then I would suspect it to be feature on the album. Not as separate items that have no correlation. Think of it like this, you go to the grocery store. You buy a bag of sugar it’s even advertise as sugar. When you decided to use it , flour is inside. You feel cheated if not completely ripped off.

That seems to be the case with 2ne1. Fans were hoping for something like “Go Away” and “Can’t Nobody” but instead got something completely different. YG who maybe disorganized when it comes to comeback dates ALWAYS keep their promotions straight. Avex didn’t do this which can result to slow if not pitiful sales. Beast(B2st) Japanese/Korean collection album is doing better in sales and Ryo Shi Won.

Even groups like 4minute, TVXQ(Tohoshinki),Girls Generation (SNSD/Sonyeo Sidae),Kara,etc..have release either translated Japanese version of previous Korean songs and/or release known Korean material included. Those songs have always been feature on Japanese albums regardless if its a collection. Avex did not do that with 2ne1 which is just bad promoting on their behalf.

2ne1’s flop in Japan can be a sad foreshadowing for their American debut. 2ne1 and Wil.I.Am’s joint collaboration album has been set back do to Black Eyed Peas The Beginning. In the meantime YG has rebuttal with another Korean comeback for 2ne1. This just doesn’t seem to follow YG plans but hey when life gives you lemons make lemonade. Then pit some vodka in it cause its gonna be a bumpy ride.

Do You agree Avex screwed up 2ne1’s promotions?

Are you excited for 2ne1’s Korean comeback?

Do you think 2ne1 will succeed in America or will they flop?

Alexander Final Goodbyes

U-kiss member Alexander and Kim Kibum has recent;y departure from the group. Only Kim Kibum has comment via Twitter on why he has left. Alexander is no longer in silence with his final farewell to fans via twitter.

“Good morning everyone, this is Alexander. Long time no see. Thank you for waiting patiently during this difficult time.

As you all know, my departure from U-KISS has been official, and my contract with NH EMG has been terminated.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank God for all my beloved KISSme fans from all around the world for being my BEST support since my debut in U-KISS.

All of your love & support made me into who I am today, with all my achievements.

I know that my departure from U-KISS might be quite sudden and heart-breaking for most of our KISSme fans…

It is also heart-breaking for me to say goodbye to all of you. But I would say, I respect the decision of my company.

I would like to thank Mr. NH Kim (CEO of NH EMG) for giving me the opportunity to work as a member of U-KISS, and to thank all of my fellow NH EMG staffs for their care.

Nevertheless, I would like to thank my U-KISS members. During these 4 years, we played, we worked, we fought, we laughed, we cried… I have learnt so much from you guys…

Thank you so much for letting me be a big brother all these years… You guys are like real brothers to me… I’m sorry that I could not continue the journey with you guys…

But I will always be supporting you guys! All the best to your comeback. Hopefully one day we could once again stand together on the same stage… Love you all…

Although I have no idea what my next step will be, I will just humbly follow wherever the Lord leads me to.

Meanwhile, I would like to take a rest, do something meaningful, and upgrade myself.

Lastly, it was my honor to work for my beloved KISSme from all around the world.

I won’t say this is a goodbye. Hope to see you all again very soon as a new Xander.

Thank you so so so much & I love y’all always…♥”

at end of his message quoted lyrics from BoysIIMen *”End of the Road

translated Source:Allkpop

I wish Alexander the best of luck on his next journey. In the meantime U-Kiss is gearing up for a new comeback with newbies Hoon and AJ.

*Alexander did not post that video link I did*

Crown J Proclaims His Innocents Over assualt Charges

In recent scandal young rapper Crown J is facing serious assault charges filed by his former manager name Seo former road manager. According to Seo, Crown J attacked him over a disagreement over payback on a loan. Also Seo claim that Crown J was also committing fraud in the purchase of a yacht. Crown J was placed in detainment as the matter unfolds. Crown J had the opportunity to tell his side of the story and this strange situation.

Rapper Crown J sat down for an interview with TV Report and denied all claims made by his former manager in the assault case reported earlier today. In fact, Crown J has emphasized that he himself was the victim of fraud and threats.

He exclaimed, “I will reveal everything I’ve been going through. What I’m about to say is the absolute truth, so please believe me.”

According to Crown J, Seo (31) was his road manager, who had been with him since 2006. The two had known each other before Crown J had even debuted. “He was like a brother to me. In the summer of 2008, I decided that I needed to head back to the States, and it was around then that he began plotting this ‘fraud’.”

Seo convinced him that it’d be possible to get a credit loan of $200,000 USD from a non-monetary institution under his name if Crown J -a celebrity – would act as his surety. For days on end, Seo harassed Crown J, asking for him to follow through with the plan because “nothing would happen to a surety“, and that as long as he “legally existed”, Crown J would not be affected.

Crown J explained, “Since I’ve lived in the U.S. for a long time, I had no information regarding the Korean laws behind this. So like a fool, I agreed to do it because he was like a close brother. Reports, however, claimed that I was attempting to set up my own agency with him, and that the loan was taken out under both of our names, but this is a blatant lie.”

Seo eventually followed Crown J back to the U.S. Months later, he began promising Crown J that he’d get him a deal for a digital song release, and expressed that he’d have to go back to Korea for about a week to get work done. After he left, however, he disappeared from Crown J’s life.

Soon after, the bank that Seo took the loan from began making continuous calls to Crown J because he was Seo’s surety. They pressured him and his mother to begin making payments.

Crown J revealed, “When Seo disappeared, I was still in the U.S., so I really trusted him and thought that he was busy with other things. Every month, I made payments of $4,000 USD, as well as bigger payments of $30,000 USD and $20,000 USD on the side.”

He continued with tears, “Around the end of 2009, the bank came to my house and threatened to put my name all over the newspapers while demanding for my house as collateral. Not wanting to see her son in the papers, my mom agreed.”

Crown J visited Korea three times, with each visit lasting approximately three weeks, in order to try and contact Seo.

When he was finally able to reach him, Seo made excuses for his disappearance. “My mother and aunt had emergency surgeries that they needed to get on their legs. I had to find money in any way I could, and began following around a few *hyungs I knew, which eventually got me into drug trafficking. I was caught by the police and thrown in jail for a few months, which is why you couldn’t contact me. I didn’t disappear.”

Crown J stated, “Seo promised me that he’d always remain in contact with me since it was money that he took out. He promised that he’d pay me back. I felt sympathetic towards him and decided that I couldn’t throw away our friendship over money, so I tried to be understanding and trusted him. I was betrayed, though. When I went back to the U.S., he disappeared again and I had to continue making payments on his behalf.”

In mid-August of 2010, Crown J returned to Korea and managed to renew contact with Seo. The two agreed to meet at a cafe in Kangnam. Crown J brought with him a different manager who had been helping him with work in Korea. On their way, another hyung (a rapper/producer also embroiled in financial issues with Seo) asked to meet up, rounding the party out to three.

The three met up with Seo and discussed what they planned to do with the situation. “It was around 7 PM one summer. There were a lot of people around us, and the sun hadn’t even gone down yet. Seo kept apologizing and saying that he’d understand if I didn’t trust him anymore. He said that he had a yacht under his name from a yacht company he was the CEO of, and offered to transfer it to me. Since the documents were at his friend’s house, he asked that we go with him to pick them up.”

Crown J emphasized, “I did not lay a hand on Seo. It’d be impossible to commit such an act in a cafe with so many people around us. The situation may have gotten to a severe point, but all I wanted was for the issue to end on a good note through communication and discussion because I still cared for him as an old friend.”

He continued, “The yacht documents that Seo gave me, I had no idea what they were. He drove us there himself in his own car, while I followed with my car. I later found out that those yacht documents he gave me were absolutely useless pieces of papers, and that there was no way I’d be able to resolve all of the debt with them.”

When asked why Seo would go to such lengths to slander him, Crown J revealed that a discovery was made while he and his manager were waiting to relocate. The rapper/producer who had tagged along with Crown J in August got into Seo’s car, and found crumpled pieces of paper which were discovered to be a significant amount of marijuana. The rapper/producer took pictures and video footage of it with his cell phone and immediately reported it to the police.

Crown J concluded, “Seo committed fraud in order to conveniently get out of each predicament he put himself in. The hyung was so angry with Seo that he handed over pictures and footage of what he found in Seo’s car over to the police. During the investigation process, Seo decided to retaliate by slandering me.”

Source: AllKpop

As the story unfolds this seems to be a misunderstanding between Crown J and Seo. Despite their business relationship Seo might have abuse it and took full advantage of his former client. Seo has yet to comment on the issue.

*hyung(s) refers to gangster in romanticized Korean*

Crown J Detain WTF

Crown J isn't a bad boy just misunderstood

Lately Crown J has been making a spectacle out of himself and sadly it’s not for his music. Earlier this year he was busted for possession of an illegal substance. Now he is being accused of assault against his former manager who we will call A. The whole incident and feud was spark when Crown J needed a  co-signer on a loan 200 worth million won (~$179,200 USD). He wanted to start his own entertainment label. A agree with the intention that Crown J would pay him back.

On August 29th A agree to meet with Crown J and discuss on how he would pay back his debt. Crown J didn’t come only and brought 3 of his closet friends along. Things got heated and A was attacked  by Crown J and his confidants allegedly.  A was also force to obtain legal documents for a yacht worth 00 million won (~$89,570 USD) transfer in Crown J name.

Crown J has been arrested by Seoul’s Kyungnam district and proclaim innocents. He stated…

“It’s true that I took him to my car, but I did not assault him, and all documents were signed voluntarily by him.””

No charges are stated nor any fines. Until then its Crown J’s word verses A. The recent drug bust against Crown J isn’t looking to good. In the past couple of years Crown J has center himself in Atlanta, Georgia and  riding on the small success of his album Fly Boy. Which was also released in South Korea. He has worked with Grand Hustle’s Young Dro and Korean producer Kato.  Crown J is one of the few Korean Americanized rappers to integrate southern American hip hop style beats.  His most noted of K-pop duet is with Seo In Young for r&b/hip hop track “To Much” launching his own Youtube channel and performing club circuit concerts in the U.S. Kinda sad to see the media eat him up so quickly when his just getting into the meat of his career.


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