Friday, September 26, 2014

Torrpedo Launches AWARE BitTorrent Campaign In Support Of Chinese Rockers' #UselessRockUSA Tour

Beijing-based Second Hand Rose, one of mainland China's biggest rock bands, announced the launch of a Torrpedo 'AWARE' BitTorrent campaign in support of their upcoming #UselessRockUSA Tour next month. The 2-week Northeast tour will follow their performance at the Modern Sky Festival in Central Park on October 5th and include shows in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and New York, The Torrpedo's AWARE Campaign will place the #UselessRockUSA tour in front of the worlds most insatiable media consumers: mediavores with a ravenous appetite for engagement; sensationalists with an inherent desire to discover, experience and procure what's next, now.

#UselessRockUSA Torrpedo 'AWARE' Page -

* Tuesday, October 7 at Cafe 939, Boston, MA
* Wednesday, October 8 Useless Rock Press Conference
310 East 44th Street, New York, NY
* Thursday, October 9 "Useless Rock: Youth Culture in the PRC" lecture
China Institute, 125 East 65th Street, New York, NY
* Friday, October 10 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
* Sunday, October 12 Red&Green Fashion/Film Screening, Ran Tea House, New York, NY
* Wednesday, October 15 at Hard Rock Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
* Sunday, October 19 at Webster Hall (Marlin Room)
125 East 11th St, New York, NY

The AWARE campaign will drive awareness by offering an exclusive torrent download bundle of high-quality media assets, including live video footage, music and photographs, while engaging these 'mediavores' with #UselessRockUSA ticketing as well as PledgeMusic crowdfunding campaign. Torrpedo will also geo-target city-specific banners through their network of online properties that reach 160 million users, helping to drive ticket sales for the tour.

"We're so pleased to have Torrpedo on board supporting the tour," said tour organizers Eric de Fontenay, President of MusicDish. "It's not just a matter of reaching this highly prized demographic of young music lovers, but we were particularly attracted by the ability to target users living within the tour itinerary."

About Second Hand Rose
Back in 2000, singer Liang Long and suona (a wind instrument) player Wu Zekun burst onto Beijing's underground music scene with a performance style that's part cabaret, part Chinese theater, and part rock 'n' roll dance party. The band eventually filled out to a six-piece and set itself apart from its peers with live shows that have something in common with the tongue-in-cheek provocation of bands like the New York Dolls and the Japanese style of Visual Kei. The shows feature elements of Peking Opera, folk tunes, and especially a stage tradition from China's northeast called Two Taking Turns, a playful, sexually charged form of verbal sparring between a male jester and female beauty. After more than a decade of winning over new fans around the country, earlier this year, Second Hand Rose played for a crowd of over 30,000 at the Strawberry Music Festival in Beijing, and last year they headlined a concert in Beijing's state-owned Workers' Gymnasium, one of the most prestigious venues in the country.

About Torrpedo
Torrpedo reaches more than 160 million mediavores across a multitude of relevant online properties in key markets around the globe. Our advanced targeting ensures your brand engages with the audience you seek. Our intuitive placement means your campaign connects with the people most receptive to it. Torrpedo's audience is across-generational melting pot of tech-savvy, trendsetting individuals that consume digital media voraciously and spend their disposable income freely, on everything from music to movies, fashion to food, games, cars, travel and more.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

LA-based Hip-Hip Producer Joseph Dancsak Releases New And-1 EP

And-1 is the first official artistic release from Los Angeles-based music producer Joseph Dancsak, exclusively on iTunes today.

Dancsak has made waves in the Trap music world, being featured as one of the Top 5 Producers for Power 106FM's "Who's Next" Competition this year. He was also selected as a featured Producer for the 2014 ASCAP EXPO's Producer Showcase. He continues to place in the top 30 in regular Beatportmix competitions, includingplacing 3rd for the Ralph Myerz & Snoop Dogg's "Do the Damn Thang", 20th for Flosstradamus' "Mosh Pit", and 33rd for Tegan & Sara's, "Closer" remixes, respectively.

This is Dancsak's first official release working under the artist moniker, JDVisionquest3000. Dancsak chose to feature 23-year-old Los Angeles rapper, L-1, throughout the entire six track EP that features a variety of hip hop and electronic styles.

The EP is available exclusively on iTunes beginning September 23, 2014 and everywhere digital music is sold on October 7, 2014.

About the "And-1" EP

The first track, "Flow So Cold", is a mix of hip hop, trap and frenetic dance elements that enigmatically races to a climax before the drop at each chorus. Riney raps about looking for the party and reminds us that "...the condition here is a cardiac."

"Obnoxious", the second track, is a song inspired equally by both Lloyd Banks and Paul's Boutique era Beastie Boys. Dancsak's production has the beat swimming in a pool of hypnotic trap.

Featuring backwards tape machine sounds and a kick drum inspired by the rash of earthquakes Los Angeles has been having lately, "Digital Smoke" is a banging rap record with a futuristic nod to smoking out.

"Murder, Murder, Murder." is a boombap, Cypress Hill-styled organic hip hop jam where Riney raps about the murderous tale of Buddy Hutchins, a man out to get his revenge with a bottle of Jack Daniels and a chainsaw. This track explores a unique use of horns, pianos, funk guitars and live bass, all of which are performed by Dancsak.

Inspired by a group of Midwestern women who smoke too much weed, "Chopped" is a club style rap song with a big bottom end. Riney raps about about rolling up blunts and getting dumbdideedumb.

Finally, "Everybody Rock The Party" sees Dancsak and Riney taking the record full circle back to electro dance and eventually, all out EDM. Dancsak mixes Swedish and Dutch sounds, giving Riney a poetic forum for praising the ladies at the club, and turns Riney's vocal into something akin to a party-hopping alien robot during the chorus.

The And-1 EP will be available through Symphonic Distribution exclusively on iTunes starting September 23, 2014 and everywhere music is available online starting October 7th.

Track Listing:

1. Flow So Cold
2. Obnoxious
3. Digital Smoke
4. Murder, Murder, Murder.
5. Chopped
6. Everybody Rock The Party

All songs were mixed and mastered by Joseph Dancsak with the exception of "Chopped", which was mixed by Edgar Olivares and JD at 508 Studios, Los Angeles, CA.

Get more from JDVisionquest3000 on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, YouTube): @jdvisionquest, or get more information on Joseph Dancsak at

For interviews, copies of the EP for review, and other media requests, contact Christina Anderson at Plastick Media

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Former Rock and Roll Journeymen Turn Their Sights Towards the Past as they Blend the Raucous Nature of Country with the Melody of Classic Rock with the Release of their Latest Single "Fine Wine

(Midwest U.S.A. - September 2014) – The New Black Seven are the Heartland: loud, honest, pure and full of energy but also tempered by a heavy sense of melody and introspection. Their firebrand country is saddled in the roots of the 60’s and 70’s longhaired country revolution as well as the tunefulness of today’s modern dynamic. From top-down highway songs to tailgate love affairs, The New Black Seven deliver country rock juju that contemporary acts like Blackberry Smoke and Eric Church are using to help spread the gospel, that country is ready to be country once again. And to fan the flames of this resurgence, the band drops their latest single, “Fine Wine”, an homage to the grace and beauty of mature women. The track arrived September 23rd via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon and comes from their upcoming third album God Willin’ And The Creek Don’t Rise (Route 3 Records) due for a Fall 2014 release. An EPK for the track can be located here:

Formed initially in 2010 by guitarist/vocalist Tory Stoffregen and drummer Brentt Arcement, they released the Ep The Old Becomes The New, a blend of roots country, blues, rock and fireside ballads. Soon thereafter guitarist Jason K. Herman joined the ranks helping to solidify the band’s centerpiece and give their dueling guitar harmonies a rock-oriented approach. Already a seasoned live band as all three players had logged in the years with touring rock acts, and it was time to put that experience into a new set of tracks for their debut album Hangovers & Heartbreak (Vanity Music, 2013). Produced by Stoffregen and mixed by noted engineer Cedrick Courtois (Beyonce, Destiny’s Child), The New Black Seven took their modern approach to country testimonials to another level led by the raucous single, “Crazy All Over Me”, a tale of love gone way, way wrong. Filled with big guitars and big choruses, the track caught the attention of regional radio leading the way for other tracks like “That Don’t Sound Country”, homage to the deep musical roots that Jason Aldean could cut his teeth on. Not ones to just look for the good times, “Fly Me To Freedom” found the band utilizing slide, piano and violins to anchor themselves to Stoffregen’s tender baritone ballad about time passing and letting go. The band’s evident rock side came shining thru on “Outlaw” a dirty road number custom made for pool halls and arenas alike, while the straight between the eyes “Can’t Go Home” is pure Lynyrd Skynrd, tough soul with a heart of gold. In addition, the band turned the Motley Crue classic “Kickstart My Heart” on its head, giving it some major country horsepower. Guitarist Jason K.Herman explains, “The H&H sessions were a real pivotal point in the New Black Seven. Especially for me being the new man in the song-writing circle. It was so easy to write with these two guys and the musicianship of being able to play multiple-instruments made us expand on so many ideas, it was a great launching point for where we¹re at today”

Continuous gigging in support of Hangovers & Heartbreak ensued as well as showcases at NAMM and shared bills with everyone from Rick Springfield and Tesla to Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood proving that they can take the stage with any act that shares in their love for big melodies and timeless sounds.

The band currently finds itself in the studio preparing their 3rd release God Willin’ And The Creek Don’t Rise on their own Route 3 Records at the Shell Rock, Iowa studios of co-producer Wade Goeke (owner of Chandler Limited) with tracking near completion and the band setting up for 4th quarter release. The album will be a continuation of the band’s sounds thus far: rowdy country, melodic rock influence and open-hearted moments that will help solidify the band’s commitment to deliver a record that will have something for everyone while allowing them to share the stage with a broad cross-section of acts. “Fine Wine” is an indication of their classic rock meets modern country melding. A video for the track will begin pre-production the week of September 15th with Luminary Creative taking the reins.

“Our live show continues to evolve with every show. We spent a lot of the year writing, and peppering in shows where they fit. Now with 3 albums in the bucket, we¹re ready to go out and give people one hell of a show” remarks Herman. I think our songs fit into every spectrum. The New Black Seven are also committed to dates during this time as well and will be re-releasing the debut Hangovers & Heartbreak, in addition fans will be able to download “Kickstart My Heart” from the band’s website upcoming setting up fans for the God’ Willin’ Tour. NB7 EPK “Crazy Over All Over Me” “Fly Me To Freedom”

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rock Science - The Rock Game Of The Century - Debuts Mike Portnoy Trivia Booster Pack For iPhone

Available Now in the iTunes App Store, Download the Rock Science Mobile App and Challenge Fans Around the Globe to See Who is the Biggest Mike Portnoy Fan in the World!

(9/19/14 – Date) Are you the ultimate Mike Portnoy fan? Download the free Rock Science Mobile App from the iTunes App Store and grab the Mike Portnoy Trivia Booster Pack to find out! Available now as an in-game, add-on to the Rock Science Mobile App for iPhone, the Mike Portnoy Booster Pack from Nuday Games features questions about Mike Portnoy, Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs, Transatlantic, Flying Colors and much more. Compete with your friends, or with other Mike Portnoy fans around the globe to reach the top of the leaderboard and prove for once and for all that you are the biggest Mike Portnoy fan in the world!

Rock Science is social gaming and rock trivia combined. The two-player mobile app game allows you to hook up with your friends and challenge them in head-to-head rock and metal trivia battles. Download your favorite booster pack of questions that focus on a specific artist, style of music, or musical era and start playing! There are three levels of question difficulty ranging from “Poser” (easy question, worth one point) -- to “Fan” (medium difficulty, worth two points) and the most challenging of all, “Scientist” (difficult, worth three points). By collecting points for correct answers, players journey through a vast number of levels earning awesome titles and awards. Each booster pack also has it’s own leaderboard, where the top gamers are displayed for the world to see!

About the Mike Portnoy Booster Pack
Progressive rock/metal drummer Mike Portnoy first impacted the music world in the early '90's as a founding member of the critically acclaimed and wildly successful progressive rock band Dream Theater. Throughout his 25-year career with Dream Theater, the band enjoyed massive, worldwide commercial success selling more than 12 million albums. Mike Portnoy has won 29 Readers Poll awards from Modern Drummer magazine and is the youngest person in their Hall of Fame. Throughout his career, Mike Portnoy's musical diversity and artistic passion have influenced legions of young drummers, and his performances with numerous other acts such as Avenged Sevenfold, The Winery Dogs and Flying Colors among others, constantly excite and engage new legions of Portnoy fans. This killer in-game booster pack is dedicated to all things Mike Portnoy -- arguably one of the most exciting and influential drummers of his generation. The free Rock Science app is available for download in the iTunes App Store, and the Mike Portnoy Booster pack is on sale now as an in-game, add-on.

About Nuday Games and Rock Science
Rock Science is the main title of game studio Nuday Games. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Nuday Games is a producer of digital and physical music-branded trivia games. Founded in 2010 by rockers and gamers, the company debuted it’s flagship trivia board game Rock Science, available at, which has been translated into English, German, Swedish and Finnish. The company also produced the 50th Anniversary Marshall Amplification game, the Motörhead board game and the Drum Channel Game. Nuday Games are now going digital together with the heaviest rock bands in the world.

Download the Rock Science App for free today:

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Bongo Boy Records Releases The Long Anticipated Solo Album By Gar Francis

Bongo Boy Records announces today the long anticipated release of a 12-track album from multi talented recording artist Gar Francis. We know Gar Francis as the award winning lyricist and guitarist that helped propel the legendary 60's garage rock band, the Doughboys, to their current national fame. He also co wrote and co produced the latest album of Mark Lindsay former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders. Discover Gar’s solo work as an Americana songwriter. The album titled "The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same" is well said. It was first released in Europe, where it received great reviews in print music magazines. FOLK WORLD (Germany) wrote: “Immediately with the first song "Midnight in Rome", it succeeds to animate and draw the listener to his voice”. That track was also placed in Red Bull's Rampage, a complete sport DVD/Blue-Ray that captured the world's best pushing the limits of what is possible on a bike.
The album continued to receive radio play and interest from the public when it arrived in the USA as a promo for selected radio stations. One of the many cleverly arranged tracks and an all-purpose geniality showpiece “Palaces” was nominated for “Best Song” in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and the Dutch mechanical street organ The Violanta commissioned the song for their play list. The “The Bank of the River” was placed in the motion picture FAIRHAVEN. The whole album is an enveloping mix of melody, mood and texture that speaks from Gar's triple-threat virtues as songwriter, vocalist and guitarist. As Francis once said: “the melody of song, like a beautiful woman, is what initially draws you in, but it's her soul, like the lyrics of a song that grabs you by the heart”. This album has no weak moments and actually ends too soon.
Produced and arranged by Gar with multi-instrumentalist Dan Caruso, who also recorded, mixed and mastered the album. If you are a Doughboys, Mark Lindsay or Plainfield Slim fan be prepared for another side of the Garage Guru of New Jersey Gar Francis.CD in memory of Ton Van Der Heyden.

Look for this album at selected retail stores, iTunes, Amazon and other music outlets. The album is now for sale through the record label direct Artist Web Site
Canada review Germany FOLKWORLD review
Download link

Promo Clip

Contact Bongo Boy Records
Monique Grimme
Phone 908-455-1576

Paper + Plastick Records And Red Hot Rebellion Release Digital Comic And Song

Everybody remain calm.
Nobody make any sudden moves.

It appears - and we don’t wanna judge before all the facts are in - that Dayton, Ohio-based party garage-punk-metal monsters Red Hot Rebellion have teamed up with Gainesville, Florida’s legendary records-comics-and-toys imprint Paper + Plastick to present “Black Magic Dynamite” as part of P+P’s Story/Song series.

Story/Song is a new comic book series from Paper + Plastick Records. It combines one song from a band and a comic book inspired by that song.

"We wanted to explore a new way to add visuals to songs," says Paper + Plastick Records owner Vinnie Fiorello. "The visuals aren’t limited to literal interpretations of the song’s lyrics, but are more inspired by the feeling and attitude of the track."

"Black Magic Dynamite" is taken from Red Hot Rebellion’s forthcoming full-lengthThe Mission. Due out in 2015, The Mission is a high-concept, no-holds-barred tale of intergalactic rock ‘n’ roll, with accompanying full-length comic book. If you like your Motorhead with a side of Shout at the Devil, don’t sleep on Red Hot Rebellion!

Get the FREE digital webcomic and MP3 (and check out the lyric video for “Black Magic Dynamite”) at Paper + Plastick’s website

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The Cure For Indie Music Obscurity: Nuhuru

Longsuffering indie music artists, 10 million strong, may finally have the solution to their number one issue: obscurity. Nuhuru, a fan-centric artist development platform, founded by long time indie music artist and producer, Eric Todd is positioned to be the epicenter of a reimagined music business. What started as an idea to create a marketing co-op of like-minded artists to cross-pollinate fans, while working out of his living room, is now poised to be a global brand with the potential to upend the crippled industry.

Todd successfully attracted a veteran team that includes Chairman, Jimmy O’Mahony, one of the world’s leading branding gurus and former CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, and Chief Creative Officer, Bob Cutarella, music producer and publisher with over 160 platinum albums from A-List artists from Michael Jackson to Madonna and former A&R head of Warner-Chappell Music, one of the world’s largest music publishers.

Nuhuru focuses solely on supporting indie artists and labels. The cloud-based platform was built to identify, develop, and break new artists. Most importantly, it’s fun and free for both artists and fans. It’s all about fan engagement. In fact, the Nuhuru charting system is based on social sharing and fan voting, as it is truly the arbiter of success in today’s world.

Reaching the Top 20 chart triggers a review by the Nuhuru A&R panel. Top artists are rewarded with a support system designed to bolster their careers whether they are inked to an indie label or want to remain label-free. Opportunities include co-publishing deals, song placements in film and TV, management, brand sponsorships, supporting act deals on major tours, and more. Nuhuru is working with indie labels to further develop and exploit their artists in a world where indie labels are being squeezed out of the marketplace by music and data conglomerates.

Opt-in features are in development with technology partner JWT, a WPP company, a world leader is marketing communications. These features will offer leading-edge artist branding tools to be released later this year and will also include the Nuhuru mobile app.

Several artists have already been identified for development and are being signed to deals from the beta test earlier this year. This includes “Quentel the Cryptid”, an obscure wunderkind, experimental pop artist with a non-existent fan base whose music will be featured in an upcoming film, “Welcome to the Bubs”. KinnaraX, another unknown EDM act recently signed to a publishing deal with NOMA Music in LA.

Artists and fans can sign up directly in a few minutes on the site absolutely free. To learn more, please visit:

Contact: Khari Siegfried, Marketing Manager, Nuhuru Media, Inc
email: Ph: 484-522-9665 Web:

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Atlanta's Peachtree Village Int'l Film Fest To Screen Semifinalist Nez Erok Award Winning Music Video "Beautiful"

Australia artist Nez Erok hits Atlanta, GA for Peachtree Village Int'l Film Festival; screening of her music video "Beautiful", taking place on Friday September 26, 2014. Beautiful is the title of the uplifting song based on Nez's personal prevails over oppression and domestic violence. Initially produced as a dance track but release as an acoustic version to speak to a wider audience.

"Beautiful" is also a semifinalist in the Silent River Film Festival held in California, the track was produced by Nik Felippe. The single highlights the singer's impressive song writing skills of emotion from a real life situation and her diverse take on arrange of musical lyrics.

Nez Erok is not only a singer and performer, she's also an advocate against women violence and supports causes like Xoticar International Women's Day Luncheon.

For more information, on song "Beautiful" or Nez Erok please or or follow on Twitter: @NezErok

For media inquiries about Nez Erok, please contact Pashae Williams at: (404)635-6041 or email:

Born in Perth Western Australia in 1977, yet raised within a Turkish culture at home, Nez's natural talent for music was nurtured by a deep desire to not only find a voice, but to be heard.

In a journey which took her from the school choir to the recording studio, Nez's natural flair for electronica saw her redefine what was thought possible of the genre, creating house tracks that capture the raw emotion usually only exposed in ballads.

Drew Hollis, InMusic Brands, To Demo At 2014 Midatlantic Music Conference

The 2014 Midatlantic Music Conference will be hosting a full day of workshops for their 12th annual event in Charlotte, North Carolina. Now in its 12 year, the Mid-Atlantic Music Conference is widely recognized as the premier music industry education and networking event in the market and will feature performances by 100 artists and bands in multiple area venues!

inMusic Brands, Drew Hollis, National Product Specialist will be hosting a workshop during the event which will give the opportunity for DJ’s and Producers to and learn about the EXCITING new products being offer for this fall! Drew Hollis is an American composer, songwriter, musician and audio engineer and known under the artist name ANENEMY. He was previously lead-singer of the rock band Gilt the Lily, who released a debut album, Pollinia in 2002. He is primarily influenced by Hard Rock, Industrial, Trip Hop and Acoustic styles.

He is a National Product Specialist for inMUSIC Brands, home of music instrument manufacturers Akai Professional, Alesis, Numark, M-Audio, and Air Music Tech. With over 17 years of music industry experience, Hollis tours extensively throughout the USA, performing and conducting seminars, artist workshops, and production training throughout the Southeast US. He currently resides in Orlando, FL.

This is the only regional opportunity to check out these new products before they go on sale this fall! Check out the latest from these products and more!

The full workshops and panels will take place in beautiful Uptown Charlotte at the DoubleTree by Hilton, located 895 W. Trade Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202! Nightly performances will be focused in the Uptown Area and the NoDA District. Since 2002, more than 650 music, film and digital media company representatives and executive have participated in interactive panel discussions, workshops and product demonstrations highlighting some of the most creative and well respected professionals in the music industry

Drew will be showcasing the following products:

Akai - MPC
Akai - Rhythm Wolf Analog Drum Machine and Bass (New this Fall)
Ableton - Performance Controller - APC 40
Numark – NS 72 DJ Controller (Numark is calling this The Best DJ Controller Ever Built!)
Numark - NV Controller

For more information about this workshop and others visit the site

Nickfillmusic "Never Let You Down"

Nickfill aka yannick Philippe is a UK based Afrobeat rapper who is already heading to the top of the Afrobeat game, The African heavyweight artist ''Nickfill'' strikes with a new single called ''Never let you down '' produced by Beats by Big H,

He is already going places with this hit banger, Nickfill is here to stay as he is in the studio working day and night to give his fans the best.

If well promoted the song will shake up the Afro-world and cause a damage in the Afrobeat system in the UK. He is expanding the boundaries of creativity with his music and afro style.

Nickfill says in his words "I want to do something that no one in Africa has done in the Afrobeat world by making good music

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Drox Unveils Brand New Electronic House Dance Mix 'Peace Of Mind', Featuring The All-female Rock Band JOANovARC

Drox unveils brand new electronic house dance mix 'Peace of Mind', featuring the all-female rock band JOANovARC

Drox, rapper/DJ and music producer, unveils his brand new electronic house dance mix 'Peace of Mind', featuring the all-female rock band JOANovARC. The remix is released via Helicopta Records is released on the 20th October 2014.

Newcastle based Drox, is the in-house producer at Helicopta Records, and has produced club hits featuring Eva Alordiah, eLDee, Stampie Major, Jasmine and Sojay, and racked up four consecutive weeks in the Music Week top ten urban charts.

JOANovARC is a female rock band from the Midlands, and the first all-female UK rock band to have their songs featured on the multi-platform mega game, Rock Band, for the Xbox 360. The band was also recently supported by the world's premier manufacturer of musical instruments, Gibson.

The collaboration brings together unique influences and yields a fusion of styles from Drox's deep house, early German techno and Arabic textures and themes, to JOANovARC's rock, indie and melodic vibes. The two artists also collaborated on their previous release, 'Falling Star', which received support from dance legend DJ, Annie Nightingale MBE, and was played on her BBC Radio 1 radio show.

The official video for 'Peace of Mind' by Drox ft JOANovARC is available at and it's released on 20th October 2014 via Helicopka Records.

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