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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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Book – Avril Lavigne – Artist Management

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Avril Ramona Lavigne, born 27 September 1984 is a Canadian singer-songwriter, fashion designer, actress and philanthropist. She was born in Belleville, Ontario, but spent the majority of her youth in the small town, Napanee, Ontario. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain, and by 16, Lavigne had signed a recording contract with Arista, now RCA Records. Record executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid offered her a two-album deal worth more than $2 million. When she was 17 years old, Lavigne broke onto the music scene with her debut album, Let Go, released in 2002.

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Let Go made Lavigne the youngest female soloist to reach #1 in the UK, and the album was certified four-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. As of 2009, over 16 million copies had been sold worldwide, more than 6 million of which were sold in the United States. Her breakthrough single, “Complicated”, peaked at #1 in many countries around the world, as did the album Let Go. Her second album, Under My Skin, was released in 2004 and was her first album to peak at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 , eventually selling more than 10 million copies worldwide. The Best Damn Thing, Lavigne’s third album, was released in 2007. This album gave Lavigne her third #1 album in the UK Albums Chart and featured her first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 single, “Girlfriend”. Lavigne has scored a total of five #1 singles worldwide, including “Complicated”, “Sk8er Boi”, “I’m With You”, “My Happy Ending” and “Girlfriend”. Lavigne has sold more than 30 million copies of her albums worldwide and is currently one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the U.S., with over 10.25 million copies certified by the RIAA. Billboard named Lavigne the #10 pop artist in the “Best of the 2000s” chart, and she was listed as the 28th overall best act of the decade based on album sales, chart success, and cultural relativity in the U.S. Her fourth studio album, Goodbye Lullaby, will be released in March 2011, with the first single to be released in January.

Lavigne branched out from recording music, pursuing careers in feature film acting and designing clothes and perfumes. She voiced a character in the animated film, Over the Hedge, in 2006. That same year, she made her on-screen feature film debut in Fast Food Nation. In 2008, Lavigne introduced her clothing line, Abbey Dawn; and in 2009, she released her first perfume, Black Star, which was followed by her second perfume, Forbidden Rose, in 2010. Her third fragrance is due out in August 2011. In July 2006, Lavigne married her boyfriend of two years, Deryck Whibley, lead singer and guitarist for Sum 41. The marriage lasted a little over three years, and in October 2009, Lavigne filed for divorce. Whibley and Lavigne have continued to work together after the divorce, with Whibley producing her upcoming fourth album, as well as Lavigne’s single, “Alice”, written for Tim Burton’s film Alice in Wonderland.

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Book – Wiz Khalifa – Artist Management

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At the ripe age of 19, Wiz Khalifa distinguished himself as Pittsburgh’s most noteworthy rapper. Born Cameron Thomaz in 1987, the rap star moved from various countries and states, as both his parents served in the military. Faced with unique experiences, Wiz Khalifa used his talents with wordplay and wit.

Rolling Stone Magazine first saw the potential in Wiz Khalifa in the mainstream, as the music expert dubbed him an “Artist to Watch” in 2006. Shortly after, he began to make a name for himself as unique and lyrically talented in the hip-hop and rap community. While still in high school, Wiz Khalifa began to get attention not only from local Pittsburgh producers, but famed artists and music moguls across the country.

Book Wiz Khalifa for a rare blend of rap, hip-hop and dance. His first major-label single, “Young ‘n on His Grind” was released followed by international hit “Say Yeah,” which was rare for its combination of euro-dance beats and Wiz Khalifa’s signature lyrical ability. Book Wiz Khalifa, who continued to grow in fame from multiple released Mixtapes.

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In 2010, Wiz Khalifa exploded with a sold-out 50-city tour. His latest and most notorious single, “Black and Yellow” is in honor of Pittsburgh, the city that he proudly represents. Book Wiz Khalifa, the rising young rapper with mainstream success and underground appeal. If you are interested in booking Wiz Khalifa for your next concert, private party, or corporate event, please fill out the form below.

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Book – Waka Flocka Flame – Artist Management

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Depite being born in New York City as Juaquin Malphurs, the rising star came to be a notorious Southern rapper known as Waka Flocka Flame. Waka Flocka Flame relocated to Atlanta with his family, and music and rap came easy, as Gucci Mane’s manager, Debra Antney is his mother. To no surprise, Waka Flocka Flame began making music with Gucci Mane.

The 24-year-old rose to stardom beginning in 2009 with his breakout hit “O Let’s Do This.” His union with So Icey Entertainment and fellow Atlanta rappers brought him to higher levels of fame. Book Waka Flocka Flame for a fusion of self-described crunk meets west-coast lyrics and feel. A member of the 1017 Brick Squad, Waka Flocka Flame began to climb on the Billboard Hot 100.

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MTV gave him a nod of approval on their “Hottest MC” list before his fame began to skyrocket in 2010. Collaborations with Lil’ Jon and Gucci Mane helped bring easy fame to the young rapper. He released Flockaveli, his debut album.

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Book – Ke$sha – Artist Management

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Ke$sha Biography:

At age eighteen, Kesha was signed to Luke’s label and music publishing company. Six months after hosting Paris Hilton at her house, Luke gave Kesha the opportunity to sing background vocals for Hilton’s single, “Nothing in This World”. In 2006, Kesha signed with David Sonenberg’s management company, DAS Communications Inc., hardly interacting with Luke after that. DAS was tasked with obtaining a major label record deal for her in a year’s time in exchange for 20 percent of her music income, with her having the option of ending the relationship if they failed. She worked with several top writers and producers while at the company and credits the creation of her beat-driven sound to a co-writing session with Greg Wells. She also co-wrote The Veronicas’ single, “This Love” with Toby Gad.

While her songs were used on television programs, Kesha moonlighted as a waitress to make ends meet. Two years after arriving in Los Angeles, she decided that she wanted Prince to produce her music and located his home. After she trespassed and was discovered, she was thrown out, but not before she left her demo with him. She appeared in the video for Katy Perry’s single, “I Kissed a Girl” and sang background vocals for Britney Spears’ song “Lace and Leather” in 2008. DAS soon attracted the attention of Kara DioGuardi, who wanted to sign Kesha to Warner. The deal fell through due to conflicts with her existing contract with Dr. Luke’s label. She terminated her contract with DAS in September and reunited with Luke.

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Kesha gained exposure in the mainstream media in early 2009 after appearing on Flo Rida’s number one single, “Right Round.” The collaboration was called “an accident” by Kesha; she had walked into a recording session with Flo Rida and Luke. Flo Rida wanted a female voice for the song; Luke then suggested Kesha for the part. Flo Rida liked the end result so much that they did two more tracks. However, she is not credited for her feature on the US release of “Right Round” and did not collect any money for the part. She also refused to appear in the video; she explained in an interview that, “if you want to be a legitimate artist, it’s more important what you say no to. I knew he would want me to be some sexpot, shake my booty, and whatever.”

Soon after, Kesha signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records through Luke’s imprint, after being sought after by Lava Records and Flo Rida’s record label, Atlantic Records as well. RCA had noticed her strong following on social media when negotiating her contract and thus relied on viral marketing to build a following for her debut single, “Tik Tok”, offering the song for free in July. It was released digitally in the US in August and sent to radio two months later. She made her official stage debut at Lollapalooza and was on the cover of Women’s Wear Daily in the same month as the single’s release. By then, Kesha had also co-written the title track for Miley Cyrus’ The Time of Our Lives EP and made an appearance on Pitbull’s album.

Kesha’s debut album, Animal, was released in January 2010 to mixed reviews from music critics. Rolling Stone summed the album up as “repulsive, obnoxious and ridiculously catchy.”It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Album track “Blah Blah Blah” debuted in the top ten in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in the same week as the album due to strong digital sales. “Tik Tok”, had already topped the charts in eleven countries and set numerous records in the US. “Your Love is My Drug” and “Take it Off” would follow with top ten finishes on the Billboard Hot 100 as well. By March, Animal had sold a million copies worldwide with the songs racking up an additional eight million downloads. She would go on to sell another million albums in the next six months. Kesha was featured on two top ten singles by Taio Cruz and 3OH!3 in May. Both opportunities came through recommendations by Dr. Luke.

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Later that month, Kesha’s former managers from DAS Communications Inc. filed a lawsuit, seeking $14 million from Kesha and $12 million from Luke for commissions on her RCA Records deal, alleging that she had extended the deadline for them to get her a major record label contract and squeezed them out of her career under pressure from Luke. Kesha launched her own lawsuit in August, motioning to dismiss the case on the grounds that it was her right to fire the management when they did not perform. She cited the Talent Agencies Act in an October suit, asking the California Labor Comissioner to declare her contract with DAS void because it had acted as an unlicensed talent agent while “procuring” work for her in California, where only licensed agents can “procure” work for their clients.

Kesha held a benefit concert on June 16, 2010 where all proceeds went to aid victims of the May 2010 Tennessee floods from her hometown Nashville. She raised close to $70,000 from the event. She also donated 1,000 pounds of dog food to a local animal shelter for pets abandoned in the flood. She was a supporting act on the summer North American leg of Rihanna’s Last Girl on Earth tour. Animal will be re-released under the title Animal + Cannibal on November 22 with the new songs available as a separate extended play, Cannibal, as well. Lead single, “We R Who We R” became only the 17th song to debut at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 three weeks before the album’s release.

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Book – Nicki Minaj – Artist Management

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Nicki Minaj Biography:

Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality. Born in Saint James, Port of Spain and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, she enrolled in performing art schools as a child. After success with three mixtapes released between 2007 and 2009, Minaj signed to Young Money Entertainment.

Minaj’s debut studio album Pink Friday (2010) peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Its most successful single “Super Bass” was certified quadruple-platinum and has sold over four million copies, becoming one of the best-selling singles in the United States. During this time, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the Billboard Hot 100. Her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012) topped the Billboard 200 and became one of the best-selling albums of that year. Its lead single “Starships” peaked at number 5 in the United States and became one of the best-selling singles of 2012. As of 2013, Minaj has sold over 5 million albums globally. That same year, Minaj served as a judge during the twelfth season of American Idol.

Minaj is the first female artist included on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List, with The New York Times suggesting that some consider her “the most influential female rapper of all time.”Her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow, use of alter egos and accents, notably British cockney. Her outlandish and colorful costumes, wigs and clothing have given her recognition as a fashion icon. In April 2013, Minaj became the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, with over forty-four appearances. She has endorsed Adidas, MAC Cosmetics, and Pepsi. Revisiting her roots in drama, Minaj has ventured into work as a voice actress in Ice Age: Continental Drift and is making her acting debut in the 2014 film The Other Woman. She has earned seven BET Awards, four American Music Awards, two MTV Music Awards, an MTV Europe Music Award, five Billboard Music Awards and Billboard’s 2011 Rising Star.

 

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Cee – Lo Green Biography:
Cee Lo was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended Benjamin E. Mays High School in southwest Atlanta. Both of Cee Lo’s parents were ordained ministers and he started his music career in his church. His father died when he was 2 years old. His mother Sheila J. Tyler-Callaway was involved in a car crash, leaving her quadriplegic. She died 2 years after the accident, when Cee Lo was 18 years old and his career with Goodie Mob had just begun taking off. His mother’s death led him into depression, as is reflected in various songs throughout his career, including “Free” by Goodie Mob, songs on St. Elsewhere, and on The Odd Couple (“She Knows”, “A Little Better”). Cee Lo also expresses his love for his mother in the song “Guess Who” from Goodie Mob’s Soul Food album.

Cee Lo has described himself as being a “goon” in his youth. By the age of 10, he made a hobby of torturing stray animals. He also spent his high school years assaulting homeless people and mugging passers-by, admitting “I was just plain maniac.” He has two daughters, Sierra and Kalah, the daughters of his former wife Christina Johnson, and a son, Kingston. Sierra was on an episode of MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 in season 1. She was also featured on the follow-up MTV television series, Exiled. Kingston is featured on the intro of Cee-Lo Green… is the Soul Machine.

Along with Big Gipp, T-Mo, and Khujo, Cee Lo was an original member of the Atlanta hip hop group Goodie Mob. He is the youngest of the four. During the making of the album World Party, Cee Lo left the group to pursue a solo career under Arista and the remaining members continued to perform together under the Goodie Mob name with Koch Records. They did however collaborate in combinations in the Dungeon Family album Even in Darkness. Although the next Goodie Mob album seemed to mock Cee Lo with its title, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show, the group expressed that it was more of a jab at Arista and the music industry as a whole.

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In 2005, Cee Lo and Big Gipp were both noted in interviews as saying the entire group is back on good terms and that they have been in the studio working on a new Goodie Mob album. No title or release date have been given for the new project. The song “Hold On” from Big Boi of OutKast’s Got Purp? Vol 2 album was the first newly recorded Goodie Mob song with all four members since World Party. Khujo later revealed to fans at an album signing for his new album “Mercury”, that the song “Hold On” was originally recorded in 1995 before Soul Food was released.

Cee Lo’s Brown Arista career was short-lived, as he was dropped after only two albums due to low record sales. His first album, Cee Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections, was heavily in the vein of various other Dungeon Family releases, with southern soul/funk/jazz backings produced solely by himself and boasting appearances by fellow Dungeon Fam members Big Gipp and Backbone.

The album explored his departure from Goodie Mob and his solo growth in the song “El Dorado Sunrise (Super Chicken)”, as well as socio-political issues, and showcased his singing. The album did not sell very well, but Cee Lo achieved some airplay with the single “Closet Freak”.

His second Arista album, Cee-Lo Green… Is the Soul Machine brought a more branched-out sound and more deeply explored southern rap music. This is evidenced by collaborations with Ludacris, T.I., and Pharrell and production from Timbaland, The Neptunes, and Jazze Pha among others. The only other Dungeon Family member that appeared on his second release was Big Rube.

This album saw Cee Lo delve into other styles besides traditional rap (see Technique). Timbaland proved to be Cee Lo’s single producer as their song “I’ll Be Around” received mild airplay. They performed the single on an episode in the second season of Chappelle’s Show. “The One” featuring Jazze Pha and T.I. was also released as a single.

On the heels of the success of Gnarls Barkley, Arista released a 17-track “Greatest Hits” collection of Cee Lo songs, Closet Freak: The Best of Cee-Lo Green the Soul Machine. It features predominantly Cee Lo solo tracks and several Goodie Mob songs.

His new song “What Part of Forever” has been included in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.On August 19, 2010, Cee Lo released a single, “Fuck You!”, to YouTube ahead of his planned solo album release, due to its partial leak on April 13, 2010. The Lady Killer. “Fuck You!” was an instant viral smash hit, registering over two million plays in less than a week. Two weeks later on September 1, Cee Lo released to YouTube an official music video of the song. Fuck You! made a debut at #1 on the UK charts, notably beating out Shame (Robbie Williams song) from the recently reunited Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow. The album is set to be released by Elektra Records on November 9, 2010.

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Book – Willow Smith – Artist Management

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Willow Smith Biography:

Willow Camille Reign Smith born October 31, 2000 is an American child actress and singer who is the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. She made her acting debut in 2007 in the film I Am Legend, and was most successful in the film Kit Kittredge An American Girl where she won the Young artist award for Best Performance in a Feature Film.

Apart from her acting she launched a music career in the fall of 2010 with the release of her single “Whip My Hair” and signing to Jay-Z’s record label Roc Nation.

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Book – Shakira – Artist Management

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Shakira Biography

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1977), known professionally as Shakira (pronounced /ʃəˈkɪərə/, Spanish: [tʃaˈkiɾa] or [ʃaˈkiɾa]), is a Colombian singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist who emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira revealed many of her talents in school as a live performer, demonstrating her vocal ability with rock and roll, Latin and Middle Eastern influences with her own original twist on belly dancing. She works out a lot and has weird muscles most people don’t have. Shakira is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks fluent English and Portuguese and is proficient in Italian.

After commercial flops with local producers on her first two albums, and being little-known outside Colombia, Shakira decided to produce her own brand of music. In 1995 she released Pies Descalzos, which brought her great fame in Latin America and Spain, and her 1998 album ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones? was a critical success. Since then she has gained many fans in semi-Hispanophone countries, and many non-Spanish-speaking countries, especially the United States. In 2001, aided by the extreme popularity of the music video for “Whenever, Wherever”, she broke through into the English-speaking world with the release of Laundry Service, which sold over 13 million copies worldwide. Four years later, Shakira released two album projects called Fijación Oral Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation Vol. 2. Both reinforced her success, particularly with what used to be the best selling song of the century, “Hips Don’t Lie”.

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She has won two Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards, twelve Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She is also the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer after Gloria Estefan, having sold over 60 million albums worldwide according to Sony Music. Her U.S. album sales stand at 9.6 million.

Additionally, she is the only artist from South America to reach the number-one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the Australian ARIA chart, and the UK Singles Chart. Shakira is to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well. In the fall of 2009, Shakira released her sixth album She Wolf worldwide.

Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, was chosen as the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, along with its Spanish language version, titled “Waka Waka (Esto es África)”. The song has received generally positive critical reception, and has become a worldwide smash hit, selling more than 4 million copies worldwide, becoming the biggest selling World Cup song of all time. On YouTube, the English version of the music video is the fourth most watched video, and third most watched music video of all time with over 200 million views.Her next studio album, the bilingual Sale el Sol, was releases on October 19, 2010 .

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Book – Taylor Swift – Artist Management

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Taylor Swift Biography:

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American country pop singer-songwriter and actress.
In 2006, she released her debut single “Tim McGraw”, then her self-titled debut album, which was subsequently certified multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and was nominated for the Best New Artist award at 50th Grammy Awards. In November 2008, Swift released her second album, Fearless, and the recording earned Swift four Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Fearless and Taylor Swift finished 2008 at number-three and number-six respectively, with sales of 2.1 and 1.5 million. Fearless has topped the Billboard 200 in 11 non-consecutive weeks; no album has spent more time at No. 1 since 2000. Swift was named Artist of the Year by Billboard Magazine in 2009. Swift is set to release her third album Speak Now on October 25, 2010.

In 2008, her albums sold a combined four million copies, making her the best-selling musician of the year in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Forbes ranked Swift 2009’s 69th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $18 million and 2010’s 12th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $45 million. In January 2010 Nielsen SoundScan listed Swift as the top-selling digital artist in music history with over 28 million digital tracks sold. As of March 2010, she has sold over 13 million albums worldwide.

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