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Sylvia Rhone and Celine Joshua – Billboard Women in Music’s 100 Most Powerful Executives!!!

You wouldn’t think an album no one bought would place high on a list of year-end accomplishments, but the Epic […]

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Sylvia Rhone and Celine Joshua – Billboard Women in Music’s 100 Most Powerful Executives!!!

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You wouldn’t think an album no one bought would place high on a list of year-end accomplishments, but the Epic Records compilation Epic AF isn’t just any album. In fact, it’s not an album in the traditional sense, but more of a playlist solution to a music-packaging problem. The problem, as Epic’s Joshua saw it, was that the Billboard 200 album chart now tallies 1,500 streams, or 10 purchased downloads of a song, as one album sold — but if an online single isn’t tied to a larger project, those streams don’t count on the chart. So Joshua proposed to label chief Antonio “L.A.” Reid that Epic take its artists’ hugely popular one-off tracks — like DJ Khaled’s Jay Z and Future collaboration “I Got the Keys,” the Snapchat star’s lead single to his then-unreleased LP Major Key — bundle them as one streaming-only playlist and call the compilation an album. It worked: Released July 17, Epic AF debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200, spent four weeks in the top 10 and peaked at No. 5.

“I wanted to create a product meant to behave the way consumers do,” says Joshua, a Beverly Hills resident who was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in Los Angeles. “Epic AF was the first of its kind: a playlist, product and consumption [tool] rolled into one.” The concept also worked as a kind of promotional tool, helping the label score Billboard 200 No. 1s by Future, Travis Scott and Khaled.

Also in 2016, under the auspices of Rhone — who served as Universal Motown Records president before joining Epic in 2013 — Epic’s bragging rights include the Billboard 200 No. 1 debut of A Tribe Called Quest’s swan song We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, two Billboard 200 top five sophomore albums (Meghan Trainor’s Thank You and Fifth Harmony’s 7/27, which included the girl group’s Hot 100 No. 4 hit “Work From Home”), four No. 1s on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (LPs from Future, Scott, Khaled and Yo Gotti) and a Top Rock Albums No. 1 from Chevelle. In addition, Epic estimates its streaming business to be up more than 130 percent in 2016 versus 2015.

As Epic settles into it new Culver City digs on the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot, Joshua and a now bicoastal Rhone are focusing on 2017. One major push will be the debut album from Swedish artist Zara Larsson, named best new act at the recent MTV Europe Music Awards. The other will be maintaining Epic’s hot streak. As Joshua says, “Innovation is important.”

Biggest Splurge: Joshua: “Quality, well-designed, handmade watches. Looking down and seeing them always keeps me on time.”

First Female Artist With Whom She Identified: Rhone: “Dinah Washington. My parents played her music all the time — and I can still sing ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’ after all these years.”

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RICK ROSS PREMIERES CINEMATIC MUSIC VIDEO FOR “BUY BACK THE BLOCK” FEATURING GUCCI MANE & 2 CHAINZ

(December 2, 2016 – New York, NY) – Today, 21st century hip-hop icon Rick Ross premieres the music video for […]

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RICK ROSS PREMIERES CINEMATIC MUSIC VIDEO FOR “BUY BACK THE BLOCK” FEATURING GUCCI MANE & 2 CHAINZ

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(December 2, 2016 – New York, NY) – Today, 21st century hip-hop icon Rick Ross premieres the music video for his new single “Buy Back The Block” [feat. Gucci Mane & 2 Chainz] on VEVO. Watch it HERE. It’s the first release from his ninth full-length album, Epic Records debut, and one of 2017’s most anticipated hip-hop events, Rather You Than Me [MMG/Epic]—arriving early next year.

Once again, the multiplatinum four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated rap juggernaut and Maybach Music Group visionary delivers a larger-than-life visual worthy of his legendary wordplay with “Buy Back The Block.” Helmed by frequent collaborator director Ryan Snyder [Diddy, Yo Gotti], the clip begins with a sharp and slick dialogue exchange between Ross and Gucci Mane, while washing a car. They get the idea to “Buy Back The Block” as “the move,” and the action kicks into high gear. These rap luminaries intensely deliver their verses at locations throughout Atlanta, energizing their surroundings as cash flies everywhere in the process. It’s a raw and real return to form for one of this generation’s preeminent rappers.

Since its November release, “Buy Back The Block” has already generated over 1.4 million Spotify streams and counting. Complex proclaimed it, “one more gift from the Maybach Music Group,” while HotNewHipHop praised his “strong performance on the closing verse.”

Ross recently made headlines when he creatively announced the album title Rather You Than Me by brandishing it across his sweatshirt on the red carpet at the American Music Awards—a move applauded by Forbes. Later that night, he joined DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj, Future, Chris Brown, August Alsina, and Jeremih for a powerhouse performance of the Major Key smash “Do You Mind.”

2016 has been a knockout year for Ross. He teamed up with Skrillex for the gold-certified “Purple Lamborghini” from the year’s biggest soundtrack album, the platinum Suicide Squad Official Soundtrack. He also celebrated the tenth anniversary of his full-length debut, Port of Miami, which received a platinum plaque.

However, 2017 is gearing up to be even bigger with Rick Ross’s next chapter underway…

“Untouchable” is the best way to describe Rick Ross’s decade-plus run at the top of rap. Along the way, he achieved five Billboard Top 200 #1 debuts and three #2 debuts, received four Grammy Award® nominations, graced the cover of Rolling Stone twice, and made history more than once. His debut single “Hustlin’” became the “first mastertone ever certified RIAA platinum before the associated album had been released.” He sold millions of singles and albums and cemented his status as one of rap’s biggest and brashest voices. Moreover, he founded Maybach Music Group home to Meek Mill, Wale, and more. Signing to Epic Records in 2016, his “untouchable” streak continues with the impending release of his ninth full-length Rather You Than Me.

BUY BACK THE BLOCK FEAT. 2 CHAINZ & GUCCI MANE
AVAILABLE NOW FOR DOWNLOAD AND STREAMING!
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KODIE SHANE DROPS DEBUT 5 SONG EP, ZERO GRAVITY, TODAY ON EPIC RECORDS!

(Dec. 2, 2016 – New York, NY) After breaking out nationwide on record and on tour with Lil Yachty’s Sailing […]

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KODIE SHANE DROPS DEBUT 5 SONG EP, ZERO GRAVITY, TODAY ON EPIC RECORDS!

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(Dec. 2, 2016 – New York, NY) After breaking out nationwide on record and on tour with Lil Yachty’s Sailing Team crew (“All In”), fellow Atlanta rapper Kodie Shane has graduated to Epic Records, which has released her debut 5-song EP ZERO GRAVITY today.

Centerpiece of the EP is “Sad” (featuring Lil Yachty) whose video premiered today at 10:00 a.m. (EST) on Noisey, coinciding with the EP’s arrival. Listen to “Sad” HERE. “Sad” has exploded across the web – after being featured on Spotify’s Most Necessary Playlist. The track list for ZERO GRAVITY comprises: 1. Drip In My Walk * 2. Sad featuring Lil Yachty * 3. Can You Handle It * 4. Losing Service * 5. A Ok.

Tastemakers unanimously declared Kodie was the breakout discovery on the track and video of Lil Yachty’s six and a half-minute “All In,” from his July mixtape Summer Songs 2. “All In” was described by i.D (Vice) as “a Ruff Ryders meets Rugrats squad anthem… The song’s standout star, Kodie Shane, the Sailing Team’s lone female member whose grandpa named her after a cowboy.” FADER applauded Kodie’s “show-stealing verse” on “All In.”

Kodie Shane released her debut indie mixtape 2060 in early 2016, which grabbed over a million-plus streams at SoundCloud in one week. She issued her first indie EP in June 2016, the 5-song Little Rocket, featuring original versions of “Can You Handle It” and “Losing Service.” The EP arrived in tandem with Lil Yachty’s 20-city Boat Show Summer 2016 Tour, which prominently featured Kodie as a member of the Sailing team (in keeping with Yachty’s “love for all things maritime” (i.D reported). As the first member of the Sailing Team “to make some big moves” (Complex), Kodie enlisted Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert for a fresh new track later on, “Hold Up.”

Kodie is one of eight up-and-coming hip-hop artists showcasing their talent in an online comp­eti­tion called “Fresh on Deck.” The influencer campaign is sponsored by Fresh Empire and Complex. The winner will receive a headlining spot on the June 2017 Fresh Empire Tour with a major hip-hop artist.

Most recently, on Thanksgiving Sunday, Kodie hosted an intimate 100-plus person listening event for ZERO GRAVITY at Bowlmar Lanes in Atlanta, attended by Lil Yachty and the Sailing Team, local radio, press, and close friends showing their love and support.

FOLLOW KODIE SHANE:
Twitter: @kodieshane
Instagram: @kodieshane
Snapchat: @kodiebe
Facebook: @kodieshane
YouTube: www.Youtube.com/kodieshane

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Google Play: http://smarturl.it/ZeroGravity_GP
Amazon Digital: http://smarturl.it/ZeroGravity_Dig
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Soundcloud: http://smarturl.it/ZeroGravity_SC
Tidal: http://smarturl.it/ZeroGravity_Tidal

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DIVINE COUNCIL PARTNER WITH COMPLEX TO PREMIERE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “DECEMBA” REMIX

(December 1, 2016 – New York, NY) Critically buzzing Richmond-based rap crew DIVINE COUNCIL unleash the music video for their […]

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DIVINE COUNCIL PARTNER WITH COMPLEX TO PREMIERE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “DECEMBA” REMIX

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(December 1, 2016 – New York, NY) Critically buzzing Richmond-based rap crew DIVINE COUNCIL unleash the music video for their latest track “DECEMBA” (Remix) [Feat. $ilk Money & André Benjamin] on Complex today.

Get the song HERE via Epic Records.

Directed by legendary music and cultural trailblazer André Benjamin and also featuring a downright fiery verse from the OutKast rhymer, the clip explodes as equally crazed and captivating. DIVINE COUNCIL’s $ilk Money stands on trial in front of a packed courthouse with his collaborators Cyrax Bathbwoy, Lord Linco, and Chicago-based rapper/producer ICYTW*T. Through an unexpected turn of events and after some downright impressive rapping, $ilk Money escapes with his cohorts into the arms of a beautiful young lady before all hell breaks loose—quite literally reflecting the music’s twisted lyrical narrative.

The video is as unique, unpredictable, and undeniable as the hip-hop collective itself is.

Right now, DIVINE COUNCIL is tearing up stages across the country on the HIHORSE’D TOUR supporting Young Thug and special guest 21 Savage. See a photo-recap HERE. Check out remaining dates below.

Meanwhile, since its debut on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, “Decemba” (Remix) is already over 500,000 plays on Spotify.

DIVINE COUNCIL continue attracting critical acclaim. Rolling Stone exalted them among “10 Artists You Need To Know.” Noisey called them, “funny and ironic at times, dark and somber at others—but thoroughly fresh and unusual throughout,” while Complex sums them up best, “The bounce is undeniable.”

DIVINE COUNCIL was born in Richmond, VA far away from any major music metropolis. This creative vacuum encouraged them to cook up a distinct sound informed by everything from inventive hip-hop and slick R&B/soul to reggae, nodding to two members’ Jamaican descent. With an aesthetic reflecting the internet zeitgeist, the boys sent shockwaves throughout hip-hop, signing to Epic Records and receiving the blessing of Erykah Badu and André Benjamin. Their viral hit “P. Sherman (PS42WW$)” cracked 1 million Spotify streams and introduced their EP Council World. Simultaneously, DIVINE COUNCIL’s ICYTW*T, 18 and from Chicago, has cemented himself as an in-demand producer the likes of Madeintyo, Father, and ASAP Mob’s Playboi Carti.

TOUR DATES w/Young Thug & 21 Savage

12.7 Showbox SODO Seattle, WA– Buy tickets HERE
12.8 Roseland Theater Portland, OR– Buy tickets HERE
12.9 The Warfield San Francisco, CA– Buy tickets HERE
12.11 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO– Buy tickets HERE
12.13 Revention Music Center Houston, TX– Buy tickets HERE
12.14 Bomb Factory Dallas, TX– Buy tickets HERE
12.16 Venue 578 Orlando, FL– Buy tickets HERE
12.18 Terminal 5 New York, NY – Buy tickets HERE

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Get “DECEMBA” HERE:
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Decemba
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/Decemba_AM
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/Decemba_Sptfy
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/Decemba_GP
Amazon Digital: http://smarturl.it/Decemba_Dig
Deezer: http://smarturl.it/Decemba_Dzr

To learn more about Divine Council, please visit:
http://council-world.com/
https://twitter.com/divine_council
https://www.facebook.com/councilworld
https://www.instagram.com/divinecouncil/

For more information about Divine Council, please contact:
Courtney Lowery
Epic Records
212-833-5296
[email protected]

For more information about Andre Benjamin, please contact:
Tiffany Shipp
Sunshine Sachs
[email protected]

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MARIAH to perform Live in Times Square on New Year’s Eve!

GLOBAL ICON MARIAH CAREY TO PERFORM FOR OVER 1 MILLION PEOPLE MOMENTS BEFORE THE BALL DROPS LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE […]

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MARIAH to perform Live in Times Square on New Year’s Eve!

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GLOBAL ICON MARIAH CAREY TO PERFORM FOR OVER 1 MILLION PEOPLE MOMENTS BEFORE THE BALL DROPS LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE ON “DICK CLARK’S NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2017”

CAREY WILL BE JOINED IN TIMES SQUARE BY MUSIC SUPERSTARS DNCE, THOMAS RHETT AND GLORIA ESTEFAN WITH THE CAST OF HER HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL
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FERGIE RETURNS TO HOST THE BILLBOARD HOLLYWOOD PARTY WHILE JENNY MCCARTHY REPORTS LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017”
Begins Live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC from New York’s Times Square

Los Angeles, CA (December 1, 2016) – Fourteen-time Billboard Music Award winner and ten-time American Music Award winner Mariah Carey will give the last big performance of 2016 when she performs live for over one million people in Times Square moments before the ball drops on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017.” Multi-platinum selling band DNCE, international superstar Gloria Estefan with the cast of her smash hit Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET! and chart-topping country artist Thomas Rhett are set to join Carey for performances in the hours leading up to the 2017 countdown on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 on the ABC Television Network. Carey was the first artist to perform live from Times Square on the program in 2005 and will return to perform her greatest hits during the 45th anniversary of America’s biggest celebration of the year.

“I am so excited to return to ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest’ and feel blessed to be a part of this year’s magical celebration,” said Mariah Carey. “I can’t wait to perform once again for my incredible fans as we ring in the New Year together live from Times Square.”

“Mariah was the first live performance from Times Square in 2005 when I joined Dick Clark as co-host,” said host and executive producer Ryan Seacrest. “After nearly a decade, I’m excited to join her again in Times Square, along with all our incredible performances, to ring in 2017.”

In addition to these performances, actress and comedian Jenny McCarthy will report live from Times Square while Superstar Fergie returns to host the Billboard Hollywood Party.

America’s biggest celebration of the year will include 5 ½ hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, and Ryan Seacrest will lead the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City as he has for the last 11 years.

A true trailblazer, Mariah Carey has earned acclaim in all facets of her career as a singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. As the best-selling female artist of all time, with more than 220 million records sold and eighteen #1 singles – the most for any solo artist in history – Carey is a luminous and enduring talent who has enthralled audiences for a quarter-century. Carey has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, 10 American Music Awards, 14 Billboard Music Awards and BMI’s coveted Icon Award, among myriad others, and was named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade and the World Music Awards’ World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium. Referred to as the “songbird supreme” by the Guinness World Records, she is famed for her five-octave vocal range, power, melismatic style and signature use of the whistle register. She is equally distinguished as a songwriter, penning all but one of her #1 singles, including “Fantasy,” “Always Be My Baby,” “Hero,” “Touch My Body,” “One Sweet Day” and “We Belong Together,” to name a few. Carey has also gained acclaim as an actress and was awarded the “Breakthrough Performance Award” at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for her performance in Precious (2009). Beyond industry honors, her popularity is evident across social media, with 21 million Facebook fans and 16 million Twitter followers. Mariah Carey is on Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO FIFTH HARMONY ON THEIR AMA AWARD!!!! Collaboration of the year: “Work From Home” Featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Fifth Harmony wins at the AMA’s! The ladies also performed their latest single “That’s My Girl” at the 2016 American […]

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CONGRATULATIONS TO FIFTH HARMONY ON THEIR AMA AWARD!!!! Collaboration of the year: “Work From Home” Featuring Ty Dolla $ign

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Fifth Harmony wins at the AMA’s! The ladies also performed their latest single “That’s My Girl” at the 2016 American Music Awards on Sunday (Nov. 20) night.

The five-member girl group brought the stylish post-apocalyptic vibes to the AMAs with a detailed set that brought to mind Mad Max relocated to a New York City back alley. “That’s My Girl,” whose honking horns recall “Worth It,” is an immediately likable R&B dance banger, and the group’s complicated choreography is a treat in an era when most pop stars aren’t particularly impressive dancers.

Watch it via Billboard HERE

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L.A. Reid Confirmed as Keynote Speaker for Midem 2017

Antonio “L.A.” Reid has been tapped as a keynote speaker for the 2017 edition of the Midem trade fair in […]

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L.A. Reid Confirmed as Keynote Speaker for Midem 2017

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Antonio “L.A.” Reid has been tapped as a keynote speaker for the 2017 edition of the Midem trade fair in Cannes, France. The 2017 conference will take place June 6-9 with an overriding theme, “A new golden age for the music industry? Get ready to embrace it.”

Reid, the co-founder of Atlanta’s LaFace Records (with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds) and one-time Arista Records chief and X Factor judge, is one of the most recognizable faces in the U.S. record biz. He’s guided the careers of some of the world’s biggest stars, from Usher to Pink, Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor and Mariah Carey, plus many more.

The Epic Records chairman and CEO this year recounted some of his tales in his memoir, Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next. There’s more stories to share with delegates in the south of France, he says.

“I’m thrilled to be back at Midem after being a member of the Midem Artist Accelerator artistic committee in 2015, and I’m excited at the prospect of sharing the experience of more than 25 years in the music business with the Midem audience,” Reid says in a statement.

“It’s also a chance to look to the future,” he adds, “as Midem highlights this year the immense opportunities brought by the development of streaming in today’s global music marketplace, thus creating a New Golden Era for the music industry to thrive.”

Read the FULL story via Billboard HERE.

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A Tribe Called Quest Returns to a Changed World With Joy and Grief – The New York Times

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A Tribe Called Quest Returns to a Changed World With Joy and Grief – The New York Times

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In the music business, when you disappear for a long stretch of time, you abandon your right to grouse about how things have changed in your absence. Nostalgia is a cheap crutch and a lame weapon. When the whole world is changing, though, disappearing and then re-emerging in different circumstances can be more deeply destabilizing. The things you held dear might be missing, or under attack. Adjusting is a full-time job.

Last week, the members of A Tribe Called Quest, one of the essential groups of the 1990s, came back after nearly two decades into a hip-hop world that had iterated a dozen or more times; they didn’t flinch. And they returned in a moment when America’s racial tensions were at an outrageous level; they stepped into action.

It’s been 18 years since A Tribe Called Quest released an album — enough time for eight years of George W. Bush and almost eight years of Barack Obama, for Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar, Sept. 11 and Black Lives Matter, Drake and Young Thug, the rise of streaming and the fall of the record store.

In its day, the group was at the vanguard of hip-hop’s progressive wing, an exquisite balance of philosophical and attitudinal, melodic inventiveness and subwoofer thump. Its internal politics were sometimes rancorous, though, which meant that last year’s reunion was a pleasant surprise.

The members were recording the often stunning new album, “We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service,” when Phife Dawg, one of the group’s rappers, died in March. The record reckons with shifting sands, both internal and external, personal and political. But strikingly, not musical. The group’s commitment to its history and sonic signatures is intact, and impressive, and rewarding.

In truth, it’s hard to tell if the version of A Tribe Called Quest captured on this album — the core members Q-Tip, Phife and Ali Shaheed Muhammad; the sometime member Jarobi White, here back on equal footing; and the longtime associates/de facto affiliates Consequence and Busta Rhymes — is even paying much mind to the surrounding music world. The musicians’ giddiness at working together, at being in the same room, is palpable. They trade lines with a bubbly verve, the sort of eager overlap that comes from working in close quarters with old friends.

It all makes for an album that interweaves social and political truth-telling with extreme personal joy, all under a cloud of heartache. The range of grief and grievance Q-Tip spans on this album is dizzying. His voice is still piercingly nasal, his lyrics full of tightly condensed abstractions: “Used to see the TV screen as the place to land my dream in.” On songs like “Kids…” and “Ego,” he raps with wisdom earned over years while still acknowledging the knuckleheaded power of the version of himself that once was young.

Q-Tip’s production on the album manages to thicken the group’s traditional sumptuous warmth for the modern ear — its old sound amplified, not rebuilt — without tinkering too intensely with the old component parts: a therapeutic low end, stinging drums, unlikely samples, a rich understanding of how genres bleed into one another.

Phife was as sharp as ever here, full of his slick sports metaphors, and also serious about structural social inequality, as on “Whateva Will Be”:

So am I ’posed to be dead or doing life in prison?
Just another dummy caught up in the system
Unruly hooligan who belongs in Spofford
Versus getting that degree at Stanford or Harvard
Threatened by my work ethic, the way I speak, yo
Should I be mentally weak versus being Malik, though?
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A cavalcade of guests show up to pay respect: André 3000 delivers a characteristically mercurial verse on “Kids…,” Elton John plays relaxed piano on the strolling “Solid Wall of Sound,” Jack White peels off a caustic guitar solo at the end of “Lost Somebody,” Kendrick Lamar delivers angry grit on “Conrad Tokyo” and Kanye West bellows a hook on “The Killing Season.”

And the verses from Jarobi White, long the group’s lost member, suggest a great hip-hop career that never was. On “The Killing Season,” he’s scathing, invoking and updating “Strange Fruit”: “These fruitful trees are rooted in bloody soil and torment/ Things haven’t really changed or they’re dormant for the moment.”

While this reunion-cum-tribute album was born of personal need, it ends up rising to meet a social and political moment it couldn’t have wholly anticipated (though on “Conrad Tokyo,” Phife does refer to Donald J. Trump hosting “Saturday Night Live” last year: “Troublesome times, kid/ no time for comedy”).

On Saturday night, the group was the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” for the first episode after the contentious election. Dave Chappelle was the host, and the episode tried hard to grapple with the country’s new political uncertainty.

The group performed “We the People…” and “The Space Program,” two of the more bluntly political songs on the new album. At the end of “The Space Program,” the group was joined onstage by Consequence and Busta Rhymes. All of them chanted “Let’s make something happen,” then gathered for a deep embrace, heads down. That gesture was a security blanket and a balm — a healing of a still-fresh wound, and a model for gathering love in the face of unpredictable trauma.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/arts/music/a-tribe-called-quest.html?_r=0

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MARIAH CAREY JOINS AN INCREDIBLE LIST OF MUSICAL ARTISTS ON ‘THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY: MAGICAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION’ AND ‘THE DISNEY PARKS’ MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION’

Global superstar Mariah Carey joins the holiday event of the season as Disney and ABC celebrate the most wonderful time […]

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MARIAH CAREY JOINS AN INCREDIBLE LIST OF MUSICAL ARTISTS ON ‘THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY: MAGICAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION’ AND ‘THE DISNEY PARKS’ MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION’

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Global superstar Mariah Carey joins the holiday event of the season as Disney and ABC celebrate the most wonderful time of year. Carey will captivate audiences from outside It’s a Small World at Disneyland Park, performing her unforgettable holiday hit, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” one of the biggest Christmas songs of all time. “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” will air THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network and “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” willair SUNDAY DECEMBER 25 (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

The best-selling female artist of all time, with more than 220 million records sold and eighteen #1 singles – the most for any solo artist in history – Mariah Carey is a luminous and enduring talent who has enthralled audiences for a quarter-century. Known for her distinct five-octave vocal range, she is equally distinguished as a songwriter, penning all but one of her #1 singles, including “Fantasy,” “Always Be My Baby,” “Hero,” “Touch My Body,” “One Sweet Day” and “We Belong Together,” more than any other solo artist.

As a singer, songwriter and producer, Carey has been recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, 14 Billboard Music Awards and BMI’s coveted Icon Award, among myriad others, and was named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade and the World Music Awards’ World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium. Beyond industry honors, her popularity is evident across social media, with 21 million Facebook fans and 16 million Twitter followers.

Disney kicks off the holidays with three musical specials originating from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. The shows will be presented on Disney|ABC Television Group platforms, including ABC Television Network, Disney Channel, the ABC and Disney Channel apps and VOD, among other branded digital platforms. The holiday specials will include performances by some of the world’s most popular recording artists, celebrity hosts, Disney character appearances and heartwarming wish-come-true moments for three lucky families from across the country.

Previously announced performers include and Boyz II Men, Garth Brooks, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Gavin DeGraw, Jordan Fisher, Flo Rida, JoJo, OneRepublic and Trisha Yearwood.

The holiday specials are a collaboration by Disney Parks, Disney|ABC Television Group and IMG.

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A TRIBE CALLED QUEST REUNITE ON WE GOT IT FROM HERE… THANK YOU 4 YOUR SERVICE, THEIR FIRST – AND LAST – NEW STUDIO ALBUM TOGETHER IN 18 YEARS, ARRIVING NOV. 11th ON EPIC RECORDS

(NOV. 4, 2016 – New York, NY) A Tribe Called Quest – Q-Tip, Phife Dawg (who passed away on March […]

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A TRIBE CALLED QUEST REUNITE ON WE GOT IT FROM HERE… THANK YOU 4 YOUR SERVICE, THEIR FIRST – AND LAST – NEW STUDIO ALBUM TOGETHER IN 18 YEARS, ARRIVING NOV. 11th ON EPIC RECORDS

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(NOV. 4, 2016 – New York, NY) A Tribe Called Quest – Q-Tip, Phife Dawg (who passed away on March 22nd), Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White – the groundbreaking ’90s group that forever transformed the urban music landscape, detonates new shock waves on their first – and last – new studio album together in 18 years, WE GOT IT FROM HERE… THANK YOU 4 YOUR SERVICE, arriving November 11th on Epic Records.

WE GOT IT FROM HERE… represents the first new music from A Tribe Called Quest since they disbanded in 1998, after recording The Love Movement, their final album together. Renowned painter/photographer Richard Prince has been commissioned to create what promises to be show-stopping cover art for WE GOT IT FROM HERE…

“The extraordinary times in which we now find ourselves desperately call out for a new message from A Tribe Called Quest, and WE GOT IT FROM HERE… is that message,” said LA Reid, Chairman and CEO, Epic Records. “For nearly two decades, it has been my deepest personal wish to add one more chapter to their incredible legacy. I am deeply honored that Tribe entrusted us with this historic and final album.”

Last year marked the 25th anniversary of People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm, the 1990 debut album of A Tribe Called Quest, and one of the foundational pillars in the contemporary hip-hop pantheon, and the one that established ATCQ as a force to be reckoned with in the worlds of hip-hop and popular music. The album’s trio of Rap chart singles and iconic videos, “I Left My Wallet In El Segundo,” “Bonita Applebum,” and “Can I Kick It?” continue to resound today.

A Tribe Called Quest would go on to record three RIAA platinum hip-hop masterpieces, The Low End Theory (1991, including the #1 “Check the Rhime”); Midnight Marauders (1993, with “Award Tour,” “Electric Relaxation,” and “Oh My God” featuring Busta Rhymes); and the #1 Soundscan Beats, Rhymes and Life (1996, with “Stressed Out” featuring Faith Evans); before calling it a day on The Love Movement (with “Find A Way”) in 1998.

Consistently ranked at the very top tier of rap’s all-time most important groups, ATCQ has regrouped at various times over the past decade or so for live performances, including summer festivals and concert dates, even a couple of New York shows during Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour of 2013. Most recently in November 2015, they were seen performing on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, is support of the People’s Instinctive Travels 25th anniversary release. ATCQ has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors (2007), and the Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Awards (2014’s Special Achievement Award). They are also the subject of a critically acclaimed documentary film directed by lifelong hip-hop follower Michael Rapaport, entitled Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011).

Order limited edition vinyl and exclusive merchandise HERE!
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST:

Queens, New York natives Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of Brooklyn, formed A Tribe Called Quest in 1985. The group is one of hip-hop’s most legendary, beloved and revered groups of all time. Easily recognized for their unique approach to rap music by employing jazz infused soundscapes to Afro centric rhymes, ATCQ was largely responsible for the popularity of a new genre that dominated the East Coast sound of the early 1990s. Sonically, ATCQ was a decisive and welcomed tangent of jazz, bass-heavy rhythmic vibes and eclectic sampling when compared to the mundane recycling of soul loops, breaks and vocals of their contemporaries. Lyrically, emcees Q-Tip and Phife Dawg addressed social issues relevant to young blacks such as use of the n word and its relevance, date rape and other interpersonal relationships, industry politics and consumerism with infectious energy and fun and having a good time while still promoting positivity. ATCQ composed a number of successful singles and albums with their creative approach to rap music. In 1990, the group released Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. Their sophomore effort, The Low End Theory, considered one of the greatest albums in hip-hop history that would solidify them as legends. In recent years, the anticipation for another ATCQ album has been building. Today, the power of the Abstract Poetic, Five Foot Assassin, and Mr. Muhammad is still evident in their dynamic stage shows and in the reception of their adoring fans.

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FUTURE PREMIERES NEW TRACK “USED TO THIS” FEATURING DRAKE | MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES ON VEVO

(November 4, 2016 – New York, NY) Today, multiplatinum, record-setting Atlanta hip-hop trendsetter FUTURE uncovers his brand new surprise track […]

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FUTURE PREMIERES NEW TRACK “USED TO THIS” FEATURING DRAKE | MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES ON VEVO

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(November 4, 2016 – New York, NY) Today, multiplatinum, record-setting Atlanta hip-hop trendsetter FUTURE uncovers his brand new surprise track “Used To This” [feat. Drake] at all digital retailers via Epic Records/A1/Freebandz. Get it HERE. As soon as the song went live on iTunes, it vaulted into the Top 10 of the Hip-Hop/Rap Top Songs chart where it’s rapidly climbing.

In addition, he debuts the music video on VEVO. You can watch it at this LINK.

Directed by Eif Rivera [DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj, French Montana], the clip begins with a behind-the-scenes vignette of the year’s biggest tour Summer Sixteen—co-headlined by Drake and FUTURE. The visual sees both of these rap titans meet on a soccer field surrounded by a female Mexican team. The action unfolds as the piano production resounds, and Future carries another unique, unshakable, and undeniable chant punctuated by Drake’s deft delivery. It continues what’s become an inimitable streak of bangers between the two genre leaders that traces back four years now. A stunning victory lap, it’s about to heat up the remainder of 2016 to a boiling point too.

FUTURE caps off yet another landmark year with “Used To This.” In February, EVOL became his third consecutive release to bow at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 in less than a year. The project achieved an RIAA Gold certification, while spawning the platinum smash “Low Life” [feat. The Weeknd]. He followed that up with the gold single “Wicked” as he sold out dates across the country on his headliner The Purple Reign Tour. Along the way, he appeared on Saturday Night Live, solidifying his place as a cultural icon. He spent the summer packing arenas coast-to-coast on the Summer Sixteen Tour alongside Drake. Now, he’s got more surprises up his sleeve…

Be on the lookout as FUTURE’s reign continues. 2017 is primed to be his biggest yet.

Get “Used To This” feat. Drake here:
iTunes

Apple Music

Spotify

Google Play

Amazon Digital

Deezer

Soundcloud

Tidal

Watch “Used To This” feat. Drake HERE!

For up to date information regarding FUTURE, please visit:
http://www.futurefreebandz.com/
www.twitter.com/1future
www.facebook.com/futureofficial
www.instagram.com/future
https://www.youtube.com/user/FutureVEVO

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MARIAH CAREY KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON on VH1 DIVAS HOLIDAY !

(NEW YORK, NY – November 3, 2016) – VH1 announced today that global superstar and Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey […]

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MARIAH CAREY KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON on VH1 DIVAS HOLIDAY !

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(NEW YORK, NY – November 3, 2016) – VH1 announced today that global superstar and Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey will perform at VH1 DIVAS HOLIDAY: UNSILENT NIGHT. The highly anticipated holiday event will tape Friday, December 2nd at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn to air Monday, December 5th at 9:00pm ET on VH1.

Additional A-list performers will be announced shortly.

“I’m thrilled VH1 asked me to return to the DIVAS stage this year,” Carey said. “The DIVAS special offers a wonderful opportunity to perform for my fans over the holidays, which is my favorite and most festive time of year.”

It is undeniable that Carey is the quintessential Christmas songstress. Since its 1993 release, her smash hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has become a holiday soundtrack staple: it has sold over 14 million copies globally, boasts the title of 11th best-selling single of all time, and has consistently returned to claim a spot on the holiday season charts for over two decades. This iconic track appeared on her debut Christmas album “Merry Christmas” (1994), along with a slew of other holiday season classics and Carey-crafted originals. The follow-up Christmas album – “Merry Christmas II You” (2010) – debuted at #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

The 2016 event will be the third time that Carey has graced the DIVAS stage with her magnetic presence and dynamic vocals. After the incredible success of the original installment in 1998, which featured a legendary “Chain of Fools” duet with Aretha Franklin, Carey returned to wow audiences in 2000 with a show-stopping tribute to the legendary Diana Ross.

The DIVAS event is one of many upcoming appearances for Carey: this month, after playing sold-out venues across Europe, her Sweet Sweet Fantasy tour continues on to both Mexico and Hawaii, and during December, for the third consecutive holiday season, Carey will take the stage at the Beacon Theatre in New York for her perennial Christmas performances. Additionally, her global docu-series, “Mariah’s World,” will premiere December 4th on E! in the United States.

A true trailblazer, Carey has earned acclaim in all facets of her career as an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. As the best-selling female artist of all time, with more than 220 million records sold and eighteen #1 singles – the most for any solo artist in history – Carey is a luminous and enduring talent who has enthralled audiences for a quarter-century. Carey has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, 14 Billboard Music Awards and BMI’s coveted Icon Award, among myriad others, and was named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade and the World Music Awards’ World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium. Referred to as the “songbird supreme” by the Guinness World Records, she is famed for her five-octave vocal range, power, melismatic style and signature use of the whistle register. She is equally distinguished as a songwriter, penning all but one of her #1 singles, including “Fantasy,” “Always Be My Baby,” “Hero,” “Touch My Body,” “One Sweet Day” and “We Belong Together,” more than any other solo artist. Carey has also gained acclaim as an actress and was awarded the “Breakthrough Performance Award” at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for her performance in Precious (2009). Beyond industry honors, her popularity is evident across social media, with 21 million Facebook fans and 16 million Twitter followers. Mariah Carey is on Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

Join the conversation on Twitter with @VH1 using #VH1Divas. For additional updates, ‘LIKE’ VH1 on Facebook, or go to Divas.VH1.com

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Meghan Trainor and Zara Larsson announced as performers on CMT Artist Of The Year Special!!

GRAMMY-WINNING POP ICON MEGHAN TRAINOR, MULTIPLE GRAMMY-WINNER JILL SCOTT, POP STAR ZARA LARSSON AND LITTLE BIG TOWN’S KAREN FAIRCHILD TO […]

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Meghan Trainor and Zara Larsson announced as performers on CMT Artist Of The Year Special!!

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GRAMMY-WINNING POP ICON MEGHAN TRAINOR,
MULTIPLE GRAMMY-WINNER JILL SCOTT,
POP STAR ZARA LARSSON
AND LITTLE BIG TOWN’S KAREN FAIRCHILD
TO PERFORM AT “2016 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR” SPECIAL
PREMIERING THURDAY, OCTOBER 20 AT 9PM ET/PT

NASHVILLE – XX – CMT announced that Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott, pop star Zara Larsson and Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild will join the lineup of performers set to pay tribute to the “2016 CMT Artists of the Year” honorees when the special premieres Thursday, October 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. After taking the world by storm at the 2016 Olympic Games, gold medalist gymnasts Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian will join talk show host and comedic star Arsenio Hall and Little Big Town as presenters.

Mega-superstar Meghan Trainor will lend her girl power prowess alongside powerhouse vocalist Jill Scott in paying tribute to the one and only Shania Twain, who will be honored with the third-annual “Artist of a Lifetime” award, while Swedish rising sensation Zara Larsson will join honoree Thomas Rhett in a can’t-miss mashup of Rhett’s CMA Song of the Year, “Die a Happy Man,” and Larsson’s Billboard Hot 100 smash hit “Never Forget You.” Karen Fairchild will join honoree Luke Bryan for a performance of their No. 1 duet “Home Alone Tonight.”

Taped live at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the seventh -annual 90-minute special “CMT Artists of the Year” will feature once-in-a-lifetime performances, unexpected tributes and unforgettable toasts as the biggest stars of music, film and television gather to celebrate the five artists selected by CMT as the top artists of the year: Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett. These artists collectively dominated the last 12 months ruling CMT’s platforms and country radio, scoring chart-topping album and singles, and selling out arenas around the country. Additionally, CMT will honor rising star, Kelsea Ballerini, with the second annual Artists of the Year “Breakout” Award and country music legend, Shania Twain, with the third-annual “Artist of a Lifetime” award. Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced at a later date.

Former “CMT Artists of the Year” honorees include Jason Aldean (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Kenny Chesney (2011, 2012), Eric Church (2012), Hunter Hayes (2013), Toby Keith (2012), Lady Antebellum (2010, 2011), Little Big Town (2015), Miranda Lambert (2012, 2014), Tim McGraw (2013), Brad Paisley (2011), Blake Shelton (2015), Taylor Swift (2010, 2011), Keith Urban (2014), Sam Hunt (2015) and Zac Brown Band (2010).

Previous “CMT Artist of the Year” performances have included Adele and Darius Rucker performing Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis paying tribute to Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush”, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan’s mashup of “Oh No” and “All Night Long,” and Maroon 5 covering Taylor Swift’s “Mine.” The show has featured appearances by EllenDeGeneres, Matthew McConaughey, Selena Gomez, Billy Bob Thornton, Roger Clemens, Morgan Freeman, the cast of “Nashville” and more.

CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT, CMT.com and CMT Radio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

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MULTI-PLATINUM SONGWRITING AND PRODUCTION TEAM CAPTAIN CUTS RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE “LOVE LIKE WE USED TO” FEATURING NATEUR

(Oct. 13, 2016 – New York, NY) – Multi-platinum songwriting, production, and remix team Captain Cuts release their debut single […]

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MULTI-PLATINUM SONGWRITING AND PRODUCTION TEAM CAPTAIN CUTS RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE “LOVE LIKE WE USED TO” FEATURING NATEUR

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(Oct. 13, 2016 – New York, NY) – Multi-platinum songwriting, production, and remix team Captain Cuts release their debut single “Love Like We Used To” [feat. Nateur] today via Epic Records. Listen to it HERE.

Today, the group—Ben Berger, Ryan McMahon, and Ryan Rabin (drummer & producer, Grouplove)—exclusively debuted the song on Neon Gold.

After penning and/or producing major smashes such as Walk The Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance,” Grouplove’s “Tongue Tied,” and more, the song represents the trio’s bold transition from behind-the-scenes into the spotlight. An upbeat and undeniable anthem, “Love Like We Used To” merges energetic production with a show-stopping vocal feature from fellow songwriter and frequent collaborator Nateur aka Nate Cyphert. It’s also the perfect introduction to Captain Cuts as artists.

The single’s music video premieres on VEVO later this month, while it begins impacting Pop radio on October 31.

Known for their explosive monthly Emo Nite sets, Captain Cuts return to the stage of the Echoplex in Silverlake, Los Angeles on Tuesday November 1.

Be on the lookout for more from Captain Cuts soon.

It’s very possible you’ve already sung along to a Captain Cuts song. Since their 2010 formation, the award-winning multiplatinum-certified songwriting, production, and remix team has left an indelible mark on pop music. The lifelong friends and Los Angeles natives co-wrote the inescapable triple-platinum “Shut Up and Dance” with Walk The Moon and wrote and produced Grouplove’s platinum “Tongue Tied,” Halsey’s “Roman Holiday,” Tove Lo’s “Crave,” and more as well as songs for Bebe Rexha, Jennifer Lopez, Tegan and Sara, and many others. They’ve also done official remixes for the likes of Britney Spears, Imagine Dragons, and Ellie Goulding, to name a few. The trio broke genre barriers, mashing up turn-of-the-century emo and rock staples from Blink-182, Paramore, and Say Anything with current pop hits from Fetty Wap, Selena Gomez, and Drake on the 2015 mixtape If You’re Listening It’s Never Too Late and earning praise from Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, Billboard, and Alternative Press, along the way. After a meeting with the Epic Records A&R team, L.A. Reid heard “Love Like We Used To” and personally signed them as artists, kicking off their next evolution.

Find “Love Like We Used To” at:
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/LLWUT_Sptfy
ITunes: http://smarturl.it/LLWUT
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/LLWUT_AM
Amazon music: http://smarturl.it/LLWUT_Dig
Google play: http://smarturl.it/LLWUT_GP

Find Captain Cuts online at:
website: www.CaptainCutsMusic.com
Facebook: Captain_Cuts
Twitter: [email protected]
Instagram: @CaptainCuts
Soundcloud: @CaptainCuts

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Nominations For The 2016 American Music Awards Are Announced: Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, & Future

The nominees for the 2016 American Music Awards were announced on Monday, September 10. The lucky roster of recording artists […]

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Nominations For The 2016 American Music Awards Are Announced: Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, & Future

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The nominees for the 2016 American Music Awards were announced on Monday, September 10. The lucky roster of recording artists were announced live on Good Morning America by singers Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten. Epic Records has three artists nominated this year: Meghan Trainor and Future with two nominations each and Fifth Harmony with one nomination.

The American Music Awards — which will take place at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater — will air on ABC Sunday, November 20, at 8 p.m. ET.

Favorite Artist — Rap/Hip-Hop

Drake

Fetty Wap

Future

Favorite Album — Rap/Hip-Hop

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Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive

Fetty Wap, Fetty Wap

Favorite Artist — Adult Contemporary

Adele

Rachel Platten

Meghan Trainor

Collaboration of the Year

The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla, “One Dance”

Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, “Work From Home”

Rihanna Featuring Drake, “Work”

Meghan Trainor Featuring John Legend, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”

Click HERE for a FULL list of nominees!

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Zipper Club Announce US Tour With The Sounds

Fast-rising LA-based band Zipper Club, comprised of Mason James (Cerebral Ballzy), Lissy Trullie and Damar Davis whose impressive debut single […]

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Zipper Club Announce US Tour With The Sounds

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Fast-rising LA-based band Zipper Club, comprised of Mason James (Cerebral Ballzy), Lissy Trullie and Damar Davis whose impressive debut single “Going The Distance” has found widespread radio support across the country, have announced a tour with Swedish indie rock band The Sounds which will see them play NYC, DC, Seattle, LA and more. See below for a full run down of dates.

“Going The Distance,” released on June 24th on Epic Records, claimed the #1 Most Added title at Alternative this summer. The band recently completed work on their debut album with producer James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins, A Perfect Circle) and played a run of dates with Tears For Fears.

WATCH Zipper Club’s “GOING THE DISTANCE”, directed by Mason James and Jason Hogg on Vevo.

Zipper Club is at its core a union of like-minded musicians who share a musical story
and, through their respective former bands, have each navigated the rocky waters of the
music industry. The result is a blissful head rush of a band now coming to the fore, armed with buzzing guitars, spacey synths and magnetic melodies. Don’t miss a chance to see them!

See Zipper Club live:
10.7.16 – The Comerica Theater – Phoenix, AZ #
10.10.16 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN *
10.12.16 – Higher Ground Showcase – Burlington, VT *
10.13.16 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY *
10.14.16 – Cafe 939 – Boston, MA *
11.15.16 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT ^
11.16.16 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO ^
11.18.16 – Fine Line Music Cafe – Minneapolis, MN ^
11.19.16 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI ^
11.20.16 – Metro – Chicago, IL ^
11.22.16 – Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY ^
11.23.16 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY ^
11.25.16 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA ^
11.26.16 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC ^
11.27.16 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA ^
11.28.16 – The 9:30 Club – Washington, DC ^
11.29.16 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON ^
12.1.16 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony ^
12.3.16 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA ^
12.4.16 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA ^
12.6.16 – Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX ^
12.7.16 – Emo’s – Austin, TX ^
12.9.16 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX ^
12.10.16 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ ^
12.11.16 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA ^
12.12.16 – Mayan Theatre – Los Angeles, CA ^
12.13.16 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA ^
12.15.16 – The Observatory OC – Santa Ana, CA
12.16.16 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV ^
12.18.16 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA ^
12.19.16 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR ^
12.20.16 – Showbox – Seattle, WA ^

# w/ Tears For Fears
* w/ Eliot Sumner
^ w/ The Sounds

“A synth-laced, trench-coat-cinematically-billowing-as-you-run-around-the-city-streets kind indie pop. But isn’t that the sweet spot? The rub between zippy melodies and lyrics that chip away at life’s melancholic little moments.” – Noisey

“..upon hearing the pop-tinged tracks, you begin to make sense of James and Trullie’s shared knack for lyricism and songwriting.” – NYLON

..”Feral, unrelenting rock music with a hardcore glean in its eye, there’s a hint of pop in those synths which helps the medicine go down.” – Clash Magazine (UK)

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DC SUPER HERO GIRLS TEAMS UP WITH POP SENSATION FIFTH HARMONY TO EMPOWER GIRLS

Burbank, Calif. – Sept. 28, 2016 – Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and DC Entertainment (DCE) today announced a partnership […]

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DC SUPER HERO GIRLS TEAMS UP WITH POP SENSATION FIFTH HARMONY TO EMPOWER GIRLS

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Burbank, Calif. – Sept. 28, 2016 – Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and DC Entertainment (DCE) today announced a partnership with the award-winning, pop powerhouse Fifth Harmony to collaborate on the first-ever DC Super Hero Girls music video, showcasing the pop sensation’s new single, “That’s My Girl.” Featuring Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy and Katana, the animated DC Super Hero Girls music video is available for viewing on the official DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel.

“We all grew up with these strong female Super Heroes and it’s amazing to see how they have come together to show girls that anything is possible,” said the ladies of Fifth Harmony. “Our new single ‘That’s My Girl’ is the perfect anthem for DC Super Hero Girls and we are excited to team up with our new squad on this video to inspire young girls everywhere to feel powerful, strong and super.”

“That’s My Girl” is the newest single off Fifth Harmony’s recently released album 7/27, named after the day the group first formed, which has received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The video for “That’s My Girl” can be watched on the official DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel and the song is available to download on all major music services.

“The members of Fifth Harmony are powerful role models for their millions of young fans and their anthem ‘That’s My Girl’ aligns perfectly with the DC Super Hero Girls mission to build character and promote confidence among young girls worldwide,” said Pam Lifford, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Fifth Harmony to celebrate our shared message of girl power.”

DC Super Hero Girls harnesses the power of the world’s most iconic female characters from DC, including Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Batgirl, as they learn to hone their super powers in a high school setting. This all new universe offers young fans the chance to play, watch, read and be inspired to discover their full super power potential.

Join DC Super Hero Girls and Fifth Harmony to show your girl power on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook – #DCSuperHeroGirls #GetYourCapeOn.

The DC Super Hero Girls product assortment that includes everything from toys to costumes, apparel to accessories, publishing to stationery, and more is currently available at retailers and online around the world.

About DC Super Hero Girls
DC Super Hero Girls centers on the female Super Heroes and Super-Villains of the DC universe during their formative high school years—prior to discovering their full super power potential. Featuring a completely new artistic style and aesthetic, DC’s icons such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more, make their unprecedented teenaged introduction. Each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero, including discovering her unique abilities, nurturing her remarkable powers and mastering the fundamentals of being a hero.

DC Super Hero Girls is a fun, immersive world that encourages girls to discover their own super-heroic potential with new animated shorts, TV specials, and made-for-video movies; as well as a merchandise program across all categories, and more. Random House Children’s Books continue to expand on its portfolio of middle-grade novels, with author Lisa Yee; and DC continues to create original graphic novels, with writer Shea Fontana – both publishing programs bringing the DC Super Hero Girls universe to life in all-new stories that expand the world from what is featured in the animated content. Fans can discover more at DCSuperHeroGirls.com and through dedicated social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

Press materials are located at: wbcpmedia.warnerbros.com

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Warner Bros. Consumer Products B/HI on behalf of WBCP
Stephanie Clark Molly Quiring
818.954.7308 310.694.3021
[email protected] [email protected]

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SNAPCHAT, SOCIAL MEDIA GURU AND HIP-HOP MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, AND WE THE BEST CEO AND HITMAKER TO PUBLISH BOOK WITH CROWN ARCHETYPE

Crown Archetype, an imprint of Penguin Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, announced today that it will publish a new book […]

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SNAPCHAT, SOCIAL MEDIA GURU AND HIP-HOP MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, AND WE THE BEST CEO AND HITMAKER TO PUBLISH BOOK WITH CROWN ARCHETYPE

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Crown Archetype, an imprint of Penguin Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, announced today that it will publish a new book by music producer and social media star DJ Khaled. Scheduled for release on November 22, 2016, THE KEYS will be released simultaneously in the United States and Canada, in print and digital formats. Crown Archetype Vice President and Editorial Director, Tricia Boczkowski, made the announcement today. Amanda Patten, Senior Editor, acquired world, electronic book, and first-serial rights from Marc Gerald at United Talent Agency and will edit the book. Khaled’s collaborator on the book will be Mary H. K. Choi.

A major force in the music industry—mogul, executive, megaproducer, and recording artist—Khaled has amassed millions of followers devoted to his inspirational, motivational, and often whimsical quotes on achieving success in life. In his ten-second snap chat self help sermons, he refers to his pieces of uniquely phrased wisdom as “keys,” using the key emoji to signify their importance.

Written in the upbeat and positive tone for which he is known, THE KEYS will offer Khaled’s philosophy for success, featuring stories from his own life as he reveals all of the major keys. Khaled will also discuss the meaning behind some of his famous catchphrases, which have become part of the cultural lexicon despite their enigmatic nature, including “another one,” “securing the bag,” “special cloth alert,” “bless up,” and more. And throughout the book will be “Mogul Talk” sidebars, featuring insight gleaned from famous friends.

Said Khaled, “THEY tried to hide the keys from me when I was coming up. Now I’ve mastered the keys and I want to let everybody know that these are keys from my perspective. This book will help you follow your vision as long as you have passion, dedication, blood, sweat and tears, and especially ignore when THEY try to bring you down. Major Key, I wish I had this book when I was coming up. This my passion pain success, blessing and more wins! We the best!

Said Boczkowski, “As Khaled himself says, ‘The key is to have all the keys.’ We are thrilled to be the book publishing partner for this social media megastar, so everyone can ride with DJ Khaled on their own journey to success.”

DJ Khaled, known as the “Anthem King” and commonly referred to as the “Quincy Jones of R&B and Hip-Hop,” has made dozens of chart-topping hit records, featuring Kanye West, Jay Z, Drake, Chris Brown, Ludacris, T.I., French Montana, Future, Big Sean, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne, among others. Most recently, he dropped his eighth studio album, I Changed a Lot, which featured the singles “They Don’t Love You No More,” “Hold You Down,” “How Many Times,” “Gold Slugs,” and “You Mine.” The album boasts guest appearances from Jay Z, Big Sean, French Montana, and Fetty Wap, among others.

In 2007 he launched innovative label deals and started We the Best Music Group. In 2010 Khaled released the hit song “All I Do Is Win,” which went triple platinum, selling more than three million singles; crossed over all music genres to become a mainstream hit; and solidified him as a force to be reckoned with. Khaled went on to release the hit single “No New Friends,” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross, which sold over 500,000 singles worldwide, reaching gold status. DJ Khaled has sold more than 15 million singles in his career.

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Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony Joins MTV’s “Total Registration Live (TRL)” on 9/27!

MTV BRINGS BACK “TRL” FOR ONE DAY ONLY AS “TOTAL REGISTRATION LIVE” TO ENCOURAGE VOTER REGISTRATION TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 AT […]

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Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony Joins MTV’s “Total Registration Live (TRL)” on 9/27!

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MTV BRINGS BACK “TRL” FOR ONE DAY ONLY AS “TOTAL REGISTRATION LIVE” TO ENCOURAGE VOTER REGISTRATION
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 AT 6:00PM ET/PT

MTV’s “Elect This” Campaign Launches Issue-Driven Virtual Reality Art Show at Hofstra University on Day of First Presidential Debate

To view the Total Registration Live promo, click here .

To download an image of MTV Insights latest research on Millennial turn-out, click here.

New York, NY, September 26, 2016 – On National Voter Registration Day, MTV’s classic franchise “TRL” will return for one day only as “Total Registration Live,” an empowering live special that will rally Millennials to register to vote. The one-hour live show will broadcast from the home of TRL on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and simulcast on MTV.com, the MTV App, MTV’s Facebook and YouTube pages, and ElectThis.com.

The special will include Grammy-nominated R&B superstar and Respect My Vote! Ambassador, Ty Dolla $ign performing “Campaign,” “No Justice” and “Zaddy” from his brand new project “CAMPAIGN,” appearances by model and Rock The Vote spokesperson Kendall Jenner, Director, Producer and Writer Joss Whedon, Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello, rapper Vic Mensa, actress Natalia Dyer, actor and singer Mack Wilds and more, along with MTV’s Nessa who will host. Also on-hand will be MTV News’ Senior Political Correspondent Ana Marie Cox and Senior National Correspondent Jamil Smith.

“Total Registration Live” comes at a time when the Millennial vote will be a key deciding factor in the outcome of the 2016 election. Original research from MTV Insights estimates that if no Millennials vote, Donald Trump will win with 44 percent of the vote vs. 41 percent for Hillary Clinton. If all Millennials vote, Clinton wins 44 percent to Trump’s 39 percent. And if only half of Millennials vote, the race will remain too close to call (43 percent Clinton vs. 41 percent Trump).*

Guests will speak out on the issues at the center of the 2016 election and empower viewers to register to vote via MTV’s long-standing partner Rock The Vote at ElectThis.com, or by texting VOTEMTV to 384387 via a partnership with HelloVote, the first chatbot that allows voters to register over text message or Facebook Messenger in under a minute. In place of the classic “TRL” Top Ten Music Video Countdown, powerful profiles will spotlight what is at stake in the upcoming election through the eyes of three Millennials taking individual action to change their communities, including 24-year old rape survivor and legislative advocate Amanda Nguyen, Yale freshman and undocumented immigrant Larissa Martinez and 22-year old founder of the Georgia Muslim Voter Project Aisha Yaqoob.

MTV’s “Total Registration Live” joins more than 4,000 organizations on National Voter Registration Day, the largest one-day effort to register voters in the US.

The day before “Total Registration Live,” MTV News’ political powerhouse team of Ana Marie Cox and Jamil Smith will be on-the-ground at Hofstra University in the lead-up and immediately following the first 2016 presidential debate. Coverage will range from on-air hits on MTV and multiple Facebook Lives to ongoing editorial and social coverage.

In addition, MTV’s “Elect This,” in collaboration with Viacom NEXT, will debut the “Open Your Eyes” virtual reality art show at Hofstra University, which will be open to debate attendees and Hofstra students. Additional locations will be announced at a later date.

“Open Your Eyes” features 3D immersive visualizations of important issues ranging from gun violence and rape culture to climate change, immigration and more, created by young people and featured artists Dave Persue, Illma Gore, Hayden Zezula, Fabiola Lara, Ada Rajkovic, Shaun O’Connor, Sam Stewart, Grace Miceli, Renda Writer, JCorp, Jon Santos For Freedoms, SacSix, Wane, and ThankYouX. The “Elect This” hub at Art.electthis.com will host the art, viewable in 3D and virtual reality via Sketchfab; interviews with the artists; and key call-to-action for each work of art created in partnership with the artists themselves. The site will also house the “Elect This Generation,” a meme generator that allows users to combine art they create along with a statement about the issue it represents. Art and artist interviews will also be shared across MTV’s social platforms including Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook Live.

Select attendees at “Open Your Eyes” events will receive a viewer so they can view the art in virtual reality at home, in partnership with Sketchfab, and will have the opportunity to take the art home as a limited-edition lenticular print, in partnership with Gifpop.

Over two million actions have been taken via MTV’s Elect This which connects Millennials to the real issues that matter to them in an election season dominated by personalities over policy, and scandal over substance. The Elect This campaign is supported by partners including: American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Defamation League, Define American, Enroll America, Everytown for Gun Safety, FWD.us, GLAAD, NAACP, National Partnership for Women and Families, NextGen Climate, Oxfam America, Planned Parenthood, RAINN, Rock the Vote, Truman National Security Project and Young Invincibles.

About MTV:
MTV is a global youth culture brand driven by the creative spirit of music. For more information, check out http://www.mtvpress.com. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA).

About Viacom NEXT: Viacom NEXT (www.viacomnext.com) explores and reimagines how we will be entertained in the future. Starting with virtual reality, the group prototypes, designs, and commissions new experiences and products in collaboration with brands, creators, artists, and musicians.

About National Voter Registration Day
National Voter Registration Day is celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of every September by thousands of volunteers, celebrities, organizations, businesses and elected officials from all over the country. This single day of coordinated grassroots, digital and media efforts is aimed at creating a pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities – reaching hundreds of thousands of new voters who would not register otherwise. Visit NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org to learn about events in your area or to use the online tools to learn about getting registered in your state.

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JAKUBI’S DEBUT EP, 61 BARKLY,ARRIVES TODAY ON EPIC RECORDS

Today, buzzworthy Melbourne quintet Jakubi release their debut EP, 61Barkly. After also releasing their new single “Nobody Better” earlier this […]

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JAKUBI’S DEBUT EP, 61 BARKLY,ARRIVES TODAY ON EPIC RECORDS

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Today, buzzworthy Melbourne quintet Jakubi release their debut EP, 61Barkly. After also releasing their new single “Nobody Better” earlier this week on VEVO. You can check it out HERE.
The group features two brothers, two cousins, and one really good friend, and they’ve quickly become one of Australia’s latest breakout talents. Perez Hilton celebrated the band “They’ve got a real laid-back, positive vibe that’s infectious.” In the past few years, Jakubitoured across Australia and the United States but wanted to pay homage to the address where they formed as a band for the first time by titling their EP 61 Barkly.
Produced by Eric Hudson (Kanye West, John Legend, DR. Dre), the EP kicks off with “Bank Account” a fun, infectious track with buoyant guitars and resounding keys. A resounding choir of “Whoa’s” introduce “Uptown Lady” before the smooth vocals take hold. Working with Harmony Samuels (Chris Brown, Ne-Yo), “Pillow” is a reggae-tinged ode to everyone’s favorite bedtime accessory, while “Nobody Better” serves up a different kind of love song that’s equally soulful and sweet.
“We’re five individual minds who come from different backgrounds, but all want the same outcome,” says Jesse. “It’s never one style or genre; it’s just, ‘Let’s make the songs as good as we can make them.’”
Jakubi will return to the road later this fall with The Suffers.
Tracklisting:
1) Bank Account
2) Uptown Lady
3) Pillow
4) Nobody Better
Tour Dates
22-Sept: Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA
23-Sept: Pour House – Charleston, SC
24-Sept: Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
27-Sept: Diesel Club – Pittsburgh, PA
29-Sept: Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
30-Sept: World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
1-Oct: Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY *Jakubi only*
2-Oct: The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
4-Oct: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Cleveland, OH
6-Oct: The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
7-Oct: Schuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL
8-Oct: Duck Room at Blueberry Hill – St. Louis, MO

Fore more info on JAKUBI, please visit:
WeAreJakubi.com

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