Category: Pop Booking

Book – Capital Cities – Artist Management

Capital Cities – Management

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Capital Cities is an American indie pop duo from Los Angeles, California, formed by Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian. Its debut EP was released on June 7, 2011, with lead single “Safe And Sound.” A subsequent single, “Kangaroo Court,” was released on May 1, 2012. The band was featured on the Pop Up #1 compilation curated by Perez Hilton that was released on August 7, 2012. The band’s song “Safe and Sound” charted at #1 on the US Alternative Songs chart. The song was also used in a German Vodafone commercial. The song “Center Stage” was featured on ESPN’s First Take where they played a short segment of the retro sounding track before going to commercial breaks.

The band’s debut album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery was released June 4, 2013, via Capitol Records in partnership with Lazy Hooks. It was the first release of new material on Capitol with a Universal Music Group catalog number. It debuted at #66 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

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Book – Icona Pop – Artist Management

Icona Pop – Management

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Icona Pop are a Swedish DJ duo who were formed in 2009, with electro house, punk and indie pop music influences.The two members Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo who grew up in Stockholm, create music “which you can both laugh and cry with at the same time”. They signed to TEN Music Group in 2009. Their biggest hit has been “I Love It”, written by Patrik Berger, Linus Eklöw and Charlotte Aitchison.

The duo received international attention following their debut single “Manners”, which was released by Neon Gold on French Kitsuné Music, and the extended-play album Nights Like This on English Mercury Records. Since September 2012, the duo have been based out of Los Angeles and New York City in the United States.

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Book – Ariana Grande – Artist Management

Ariana Grande – Management

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Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993), known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American actress and pop singer. She made her performance debut in 2008 in the role of Charlotte in 13 on Broadway. She played Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and is reprising the role on the spinoff Sam & Cat. In March, 2013, Grande released her first song “The Way” from her debut studio album Yours Truly (2013). It became a Top 40 hit.
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Book – Maroon 5 – Artist Management

Maroon 5 – Management

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Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originates from Los Angeles, California. The group was originally formed in 1994 as Kara’s Flowers while they were still attending high school. With a line-up of Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, they signed to Reprise Records and released an album, The Fourth World, in 1997. After a tepid response to the album, the band parted with their record label and attended college. In 2001, the band regrouped and added James Valentine to the lineup, and pursued a new direction under the name Maroon 5.

Maroon 5 signed with Octone Records and released their debut under the title Songs About Jane in June 2002. The album’s lead single – “Harder to Breathe” – received heavy airplay, which helped the album to debut at number six on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album’s second and third singles, “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved”, became worldwide hits reaching the top-five on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The band won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2005. For the next few years, the band toured extensively worldwide in support of Songs About Jane and issued two live recordings: 2004’s 1.22.03.Acoustic and 2005’s Live – Friday the 13th.[5] In 2006, drummer, percussionist and backing vocalist Ryan Dusick departed the band and subsequently replaced by Matt Flynn. The revised band recorded their second album It Won’t Be Soon Before Long in early 2007 and released it in May the same year. The album peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, while its lead single, “Makes Me Wonder”, became the band’s first number-one song on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Hands All Over, the band’s third studio album, was released in September 2010 and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2011, the album was reissued and supported by their single “Moves like Jagger” which features American singer Christina Aguilera. The song became the band’s second single to reach number one on the Hot 100 chart; it has sold over 8.5 million copies worldwide making it one of the best-selling singles worldwide. Maroon 5 released their fourth studio album Overexposed in June 2012. The album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. Its first two singles, “Payphone” and “One More Night”, were both international hits and peaked at two and one on the Hot 100 chart respectively. Since its debuting in 2002, the band has sold over 10 million albums in the United States, and over 27 million albums worldwide.

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Book – Selena Gomez – Artist Management

Selena Gomez – Management

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Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992) is an American singer and actress. Gomez first made her debut appearing as Gianna in Barney & Friends, lasting from 2002 to 2004. Following this, Gomez had cameo roles in films such as Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire (2005). In 2006, Gomez appeared as a guest star on an episode of the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, as well as Hannah Montana. Following this, Gomez starred in the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place. The series was a critical and commercial success, earning Gomez numerous awards and nominations. Gomez later appeared in numerous Disney Channel series and films including Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream (2008) and Disney Channel Games (2008). In 2009, Gomez appeared in the films Princess Protection Program and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie before releasing her first studio album as Selena Gomez & the Scene, titled Kiss & Tell. The album was a commercial success, peaking inside the Top 10 of the Billboard 200.

Following this, Gomez appeared in the film Ramona and Beezus, one of her first roles outside of Disney. Gomez & the Scene released their second studio album, A Year Without Rain, later that year. The album entered the Top 5 of the Billboard 200, and spawned two Top 40 hits. In 2011, Gomez gained much publicity when it was confirmed that she was in a relationship with teenage pop star Justin Bieber. The couple was dubbed “Jelena” by the media, and were noted as being a teen power couple. Gomez began appearing in more films such as Monte Carlo (2011) and The Muppets (2011). Gomez, along with her band, later released their third studio album When the Sun Goes Down in 2011. The album spawned the hit single “Love You Like a Love Song”, which was certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA. Following the release of the album, Gomez confirmed she would be taking a musical hiatus to focus on her acting career. She then went on to appear in the films Hotel Transylvania (2012) and Spring Breakers (2013), the latter of which saw Gomez portraying a more adult role.

Despite her early comments of a musical hiatus, Gomez confirmed in October 2012 that she was working on her solo debut album. The lead single, “Come & Get It”, was released in April 2013. It became her first Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 chart, and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The album’s second single, “Slow Down”, was released in June. Gomez has since announced plans of a second musical hiatus following the release of Stars Dance in July. Outside of her work in the entertainment industry, Gomez is involved in philanthropic activities through charity work and various social and environmental causes.

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Book – Anna Kendrick – Artist Management

Anna Kendrick – Management

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Anna Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She rose to international fame after her performance as Natalie Keener in Up in the Air (2009), for which she received Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Her other notable roles include Dinah Lord in the Broadway musical High Society (1998), for which she was nominated for a Tony Award; Fritzi Wagner in Camp (2003), Ginny Ryerson in Rocket Science (2007), Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga (2008–11), Stacey Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Katherine McKay in 50/50 (2011), Rosie Brennan in What To Expect When You’re Expecting (2012), and Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect (2012).

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Book – Miley Cyrus – Artist Management

Miley Cyrus – Management

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Miley Ray Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American actress and recording artist. The daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, she held minor roles in the television series Doc and the film Big Fish in her childhood. In 2006, Cyrus rose to prominence as a teen idol after being cast in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana, in which she portrayed the starring character Miley Stewart. After signing a recording contract with Hollywood Records in 2007, she released Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus, which served as the series’ soundtrack and Cyrus’ debut studio album. It sold three million copies in the United States, and additionally produced the Billboard Hot 100 top-ten single “See You Again”. Later that year, her Best of Both Worlds Tour was adapted into the film Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert.

Cyrus’ second album Breakout (2008) was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales exceeding one million copies. It also featured the successful tracks “7 Things” and “Fly on the Wall”. That same year, she launched her film career as the voice actress for Penny in the animated film Bolt. She earned a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for her performance of its theme song “I Thought I Lost You”. In 2009, Cyrus starred in the feature film Hannah Montana: The Movie, the soundtrack of which introduced her to country and adult contemporary markets. Its lead single “The Climb” remains among Cyrus’ most successful singles to date.

Cyrus began to cultivate an adult image and mainstream pop sound with her extended play The Time of Our Lives (2009). Peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, its track “Party in the U.S.A.” became Cyrus’ highest-peaking single on the chart thus far. Her increasingly maturing image progressed with the release of the film The Last Song and her third album Can’t Be Tamed in 2010. The latter project featured more prominent dance elements than her earlier releases, and was promoted through sexually-themed performances. In 2011, Cyrus was featured as a teenage rebellion in the drama film LOL, though its limited release failed to make back its budget. She also appeared in the direct-to-video film So Undercover. In 2013, Cyrus signed a recording contract with RCA Records, and announced plans to release her fourth album later that year. Its lead single “We Can’t Stop” was noted for developing an increasingly provocative image, particularly through its accompanying music video.

Since her debut, Cyrus has become one of the most successful artists to originate from Disney. Cyrus ranked number thirteen on Forbes’ 2010 Celebrity 100. For the 2011 Guinness World Records, she was named the “Most Charted Teenager” following her 29th US Billboard Hot 100 chart entry on November 7, 2009 with “Party in the USA”. She has attained a total of six Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and had five RIAA certified albums by the age of 18.

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Book – Diplo – Artist Management

Diplo Booking Agent

Thomas Wesley Pentz (born November 10, 1978 (1978-11-10) (age 32),[1] better known by his stage name Diplo, is a Philadelphia-based American DJ, producer, and songwriter. Together with DJ Low Budget, he runs Hollertronix, a club and music collective. He also founded and manages record company Mad Decent, as well as the not for profit organization Heaps Decent. Among other jobs, Pentz has worked as a school teacher in Philadelphia.

During his rise to notability, Diplo worked with and dated British musician M.I.A., an artist who is credited with helping expose him in his early career. Later, Pentz and fellow M.I.A. producer Switch created a Jamaican dancehall project titled Major Lazer. Since then, Diplo has worked on production and mixtape projects with many other notable pop artists.[2][3][4][5][6] Pentz’s alias, short for Diplodocus, derives from his childhood fascination with dinosaurs.[7]
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Born in Tupelo, Mississippi and raised in various regions across Southern United States, Diplo developed an interest in much of the local culture.[8] He began attending the University of Central Florida in 1997, and then moved to Philadelphia to continue his studies at Temple University, where he first gained notoriety as a DJ.[9] After frequently running into fellow DJ Low Budget, the two began throwing parties under the Hollertronix moniker in 2003 as a way of maintaining control of what they were able to play during DJ gigs in Philadelphia.[3] The success of these parties allowed the two to release mixtapes, both separate and together, gathering acclaim across the country.[10] One such mixtape, Never Scared, was named one of the New York Times’ top ten albums of 2003,[11] and the Hollertronix name became synonymous with parties featuring guests like Bun B, Spank Rock, M.I.A., among others.[12] Hollertronix’s sound has been described as “disparate genres to be smashed together for maximum attention-grabbing impact” an aesthetic which takes from the “organic, cohesive, whole” aesthetic of acts such as Bun B, Lil Jon, Drama, M.I.A., Björk, Busta Rhymes, and others.[5][13]
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Diplo honed in the club aesthetic of his Hollertronix music for a more reflective sound on his solo debut, Florida, which was released on the Big Dada Records imprint Ninja Tune.[14] The album Florida was pressed twice, first with a CD and the second with a CD and DVD. The DVD was created by System D-128, another artist who has collaborated with Diplo on some audio and video projects. Before Florida’s DVD accompaniment, another DVD surfaced called Diplo: “Banned in Libya” which was released by Money Studies, the first label to have release a solo project by Diplo under his original DJ name Diplodocus. It was a 45 rpm record called “Thingamajawn” for which there is also a music video System D-128 directed. Similar to the Florida DVD, “Banned in Libya” is an experimental audio and video mix of some of Diplo’s original music blended with a number of other unidentified sources.

His particular affinity for one genre of music called Baile Funk (or Favela Funk) would spawn a series of mixtapes (Favela on Blast, Favela Strikes Back), which served to bring the Brazilian dance music of the ghettos to the United States.[10]

Although Diplo spent time as a school teacher, and a Subway employee,[9] it wasn’t long before his Hollertronix parties would provide him the success necessary to move to the next logical step and build a studio where music would become his full-time focus. With this goal in mind, Diplo built “The Mausoleum,” a video studio, recording studio, record label office, gallery, and event space in Philadelphia.[15] Since its inception, The Mosoleum has become the home to recordings by artists like Christina Aguilera, Shakira, M.I.A., Santigold, Spank Rock, Plastic Little, Blaqstarr, Paper Route Gangstaz, and hosted concerts by Glass Candy, Skream, Boys Noize, and more.[15]
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After hearing one of his songs in 2004, M.I.A. approached Diplo when he was DJ’ing one night at the Fabric Club in London. Regarding their first meeting, M.I.A. said “It had that same homelessness about it. It didn’t have a particular genre, which is what people always say to me: Your song doesn’t fit anywhere. So I went on a mad mission to find other people like that, because then we could make a home.”[16][17] Coincidentally, Diplo was playing her songs “Galang” and “Fire Fire” as she entered the club, which he got from a worker at i-D magazine.[17][18] Diplo added, “She came through and she wanted to meet me ’cause she’d heard my single and the funk mix from one of her A&Rs and she just thought I was right up her alley. Besides me being a white dude from Florida and her being a Sri Lankan girl in England, everything else was the same: [We were both] film graduates, [listened to] all the same music when we were kids, were going in the same direction right now in music, it was amazing… I always wanted to make a beat with her, but all my beats were really shitty at the time.”[18][19] The two eventually collaborated on a mixtape, Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1., where Arular track acapellas were mashed with other artists’ songs and was mentioned as ‘Albums of the Year’ from the New York Times and Pitchfork Media.[18][20] At this time it is rumored the two became romantically involved and continued to worked together after the release and he toured as a DJ on her 2005 Arular Tour.

Critics have been divided on his early work, with some expressing acclaim for the mixtape, while others expressing relief that M.I.A.’s aesthetic and her debut album didn’t have a lot of input from the DJ.[5] In 2007, Arulpragasam confronted the public media, specifically music blog Pitchforkmedia about some journalists’ motives behind misinformation regarding Diplo and her work. Pitchforkmedia author Paul Thomson responded by stating Diplo “seemed to think he had a bit to do with both of her records.”[21] Diplo has worked on two tracks on each M.I.A. album. In 2009, he admitted that aside from loaning a baile funk beat to the song “Bucky Done Gun” he lied to people that he produced M.I.A.’s first album “to get them to know who I was.”[22] He described the songs he did not work on on M.I.A.’s third album as being “a turd” in 2010.[23] He stated that he worked at a studio in Santa Monica rather than at M.I.A.’s home studio on the album, because “her boyfriend really hates me”.[24] Later he mentioned his distaste for the album stemmed from not “feeling the vibe with some of the new producers.”[25]

Diplo would continue to work with M.I.A. and through her meet London DJ Switch; together they created the Grammy nominated track ‘Paper Planes’. Peaking at #4 on the Billboard US Hot 100.[26] Diplo would go on to release a slew of similarly styled mixtapes with Downtown Records’ Santigold and Polydor Records’ La Roux, as well as mixtapes with Paper Route Gangstaz, Das Racist, and Gucci Mane.

From this, Diplo went from an unknown DJ to taking off as a producer, landing him collaborations with artists like Shakira, Robyn, Kid Cudi, Bruno Mars and Snoop Dogg, as well as work with Maluca, Kid Sister, Die Antwoord, Alex Clare, Rolo Tomassi, Amanda Blank, Dark Meat. After taking a trip to Brazil to investigate the Favela music scene,[3] and fascinated with the energy the scene had to offer, Diplo decided to import a dance-funk group Bonde do Role from Brazil for release on his Mad Decent record label (also housed within in ‘The Mausoleum’).[27] This group would serve to define Baile Funk in the United States, spawning a host of others to join the movement. Diplo also spent some time documenting the music, and the favelas of Brazil[28] with a film he produced and directed called Favela on Blast.[29]

Although Favela Funk remained an interest (the Favela on Blast documentary just saw release in 2009), his Mad Decent imprint would serve as a blank palette for Diplo to showcase the myriad different sounds he’d come across while touring around the world.[9] Diplo quickly developed a reputation for his extensive touring. In the April, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine Diplo was touted as one of ’40 Reasons to be Excited About Music’.[30] This kind of jet setting pushed his label far beyond the Favela Funk genre with which it initially began. Since founding it in 2005[31] Diplo’s Mad Decent label has released music by Santogold, Lil’ Jon, Gucci Mane, Peter Bjorn and John, Bosco Delrey, Rusko, Buraka Som Systema, Savage Skulls, Oliver Twizt, Jamie Fanatic, Douster, Boy 8bit, and Popo[32][33] Beyond the scope of their own releases, there is Mad Decent Worldwide Radio, a mixtape/podcast series showcasing artists who have seen release on Mad Decent, but also many more who may have caught the attention of the label.[34] Additionally, Diplo and Mad Decent have put together an annual block party showcasing talent from the label. While the first three years of the festival only occurred in the label hometown of Philadelphia, 2010 saw the party spread to include Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.[35]

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Book – Plain White T’s – Artist Management

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Plain White T’s is an American pop rock band, originally from Lombard, Illinois. Formed in 1997 by high school friends Tom Higgenson and Ken Fletcher, the group had a mostly underground following in Chicago basements, clubs, and bars in its early years, and underwent numerous personnel changes.[1][2] The band is best known for the songs “Hey There Delilah”, which charted highly in many countries, and “1, 2, 3, 4”. In 2008, they received a Grammy nomination for “Hey There Delilah”.[3] The band broke into the mainstream following the success of “Hey There Delilah” and the well-received “Hate (I Really Don’t Like You)” from the album Every Second Counts. In 2008, the group released Big Bad World. The group’s latest album is The Wonders Of The Younger.[1]

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The Plain White T’s formed in Lombard, Illinois USA, in 1997. Vocalist and guitarist Tom Higgenson and bass player Ken Fletcher had been in a band together. They decided to move on and asked friend Dave Tirio to play drums for a power-pop trio. Lead singer Tom Higgenson was originally interested with the drums, having served as the percussionist for various rock bands during high school. One such band was Harvey’s Daughter, whose lineup also featured bass player Ken Fletcher. Although the group ultimately disbanded, the two remained friends and quickly launched an additional band, with Higgenson taking over lead duties as songwriter and singer. Drummer Dave Tirio subsequently joined the new lineup, bringing Plain White T’s to fruition during the fall of 1997. [4][5]

In early 2006, the band teamed with Motion City Soundtrack for a Winter/Spring tour. “Hey There Delilah” was first released on their third album All That We Needed in 2005. The same year the band was featured for a month as a “Hip Clipz” artist on the website of Curly Grrlz Skateboards. In 2006, “the release of a single from their 2008 album Big Bad World. The album had two hit singles: “1, 2, 3, 4” and “Natural Disaster”. Both were on the AT40 at numbers 1 and 2 for three consecutive weeks. By late 2008, the band had joined the Rock Band Live tour with Panic! At The Disco, Dashboard Confessional and The Cab. Later that year, the band played at the Give It a Name festival in the UK

The band’s new single “Rhythm of Love” went live on alternativeaddiction.com in July 2010. The track is the first from their 2010 album The Wonders of the Younger. The record has the band leaving their previous sound behind and adopting a “live-in-the room acoustic California-pop feel”, and is the first to feature some songs without lead singer Tom Higgenson, instead with guitarist Tim Lopez taking the lead vocal duties on several tracks.

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Book – Mike Posner – Artist Management

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Michael Posner (born February 12, 1988) is an American singer, songwriter, and producer. Posner released his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, on August 10, 2010. The album includes the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 single “Cooler Than Me”, as well as his second single, “Please Don’t Go”.

Working with Don Cannon and DJ Benzi, Posner released his second mixtape, A Matter of Time (the first mixtape being Reflections of a Lost Teen), from his dorm room at Duke University in March 2009. In July 2009, Posner signed a deal with J Records (RCA/Sony). 8 He chose to return to Duke after signing his record deal, and toured on the weekends while at the same time recording for his debut album. Posner’s second mixtape One Foot Out the Door, hosted by Clinton Sparks, was released on October 27, 2009. The mixtape was accompanied by a web series also entitled One Foot Out the Door which aired bi-weekly from September 30, 2009 until December 2009. During this time, he hired his manager, Daniel Weisman of Elitaste Inc., who also manages Wale.

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31 Minutes to Takeoff, his debut album was released on August 10, 2010. The first single from the album, “Cooler Than Me”, produced by Gigamesh, climbed the Billboard Hot 100 to reach No. 6 before going on to attain global success. He performed at Bonnaroo and the 2010 Warped Tour in the summer. A second single, “Please Don’t Go”, was issued on July 20, 2010.

Posner performed on national television for the first time on the talk show Last Call with Carson Daly on Tuesday, 27 October 2009. He also performed his song “Cooler Than Me” on America’s Got Talent on July 28, 2010. He also performed at John Barleycorn in Schaumburg, Illinois, on July 31, on Live with Regis and Kelly on August 3, and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on August 4. He performed “Cooler Than Me” on The Wendy Williams Show on August 5, 2010, and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 9, 2010. Mike Posner has collaborated with artists like Kid Cudi, Wale, Big Sean, Bun B, One Be Lo, Eric Holljes, and 3OH! 3.

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