Lionel Richie
American musician
Lionel Richie
Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor. From 1968, he was a member of the musical group Commodores signed to Motown Records. Richie made his solo debut in 1982 with the album Lionel Richie and number-one hit "Truly".
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Dear Beyhive: Stop Whining. Beyonce Still Hasn't Earned Her Album Of The Year Grammy
Huffington Post - 8 days
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Start Your Day with a 'classic' experience--The Met's 'Museum Workout'
Huffington Post - about 1 month
By Miles Harter, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, January 23, 2017 Who wouldn't want to start their day frolicking around the Metropolitan Museum of Art before opening hours to such lively standards as "Staying Alive" and "Dance to the Music," all the while taking in the Met's beautiful spaces and magnificent works of art? The MetLiveArts has commissioned a new work entitled, The Museum Workout, whereby participants are able to exercise within the confines of the museum while also experiencing all the splendid art throughout. The routine is both physical and interactive, and is led by two enthusiastic and athletic dancers, choreographer Monica Bill Barnes and dance partner Anna Bass, both wearing elegant brown and gold sequined dresses with matching New Balance workout shoes. At the session I attended, the engaging dancers introduced themselves, told us about the program, and instructed everyone to follow their moves closely. Leading the group of about twenty through a workout ...
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Sons and Daughters of Stars Are Fashion's New Royalty
Yahoo News - about 1 month
From Lily-Rose Depp and Will Smith's daughter Willow -- the faces of Chanel -- to the Beckham boys and Sylvester Stallone's two daughters modelling for Dolce & Gabbana, celebrity offspring are luxury labels' new not-so-secret weapon. With their huge followings on social media and instant name-recognition, these millennials born in the limelight have become the perfect avatars for advertising campaigns. British actor Jude Law's daughter Iris is the new face of Burberry having followed her brother Rafferty in modelling, while the daughters of singer Lionel Richie, Cindy Crawford and even Bob Dylan's grandson have all embarked on catwalk careers.
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Stevie Wonder and friends like Lionel Richie, John Legend raise more than $500,000 at House Full of Toys concert
LATimes - 2 months
Today in Entertainment: Marvel unveils 'Spider-Man' trailer, Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik duet Dec. 11, 2016, 5:07 p.m. Here's what's new and interesting in the world of entertainment and the arts today:Marvel drops 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' trailerTaylor Swift and Zayn Malik release surprise duetTrump...
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Lionel Richie snubs duet with Lewis Hamilton
CNN - 3 months
CNN's Amanda Davies speaks with the music legend about his family, incredible career and friendship with President-elect Donald Trump.
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Hear the Album That Made HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines Fall in Love All Over Again
Huffington Post - 4 months
Johnnyswim's Georgica Pond makes marriage sound wonderful - just ask TV's hottest couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines. "The album has been playing on repeat in our car since it came out in October," Chip says. The Gaineses' HGTV show, Fixer Upper, made ceramic farm sinks and "shiplap" paneling en vogue. Now they're promoting their favorite duo Johnnyswim as headliners at "Silobration" (the annual fan festival held at their company headquarters in Waco, Texas). Joanna says she and Chip can't get enough of the singers' new album. "Johnnyswim's music speaks to us on so many different levels," she says. "We fall in love all over again while listening to Georgica Pond." [Click here to listen to Georgica Pond on Spotify.] The second full-length release from Johnnyswim captures the days and nights of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez, two songwriters married to music (and each other). Recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville with collaborators such as Vince Gill ("Lonely Nig ...
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Sofia Richie stars in new Michael Kors campaign
Yahoo News - 4 months
Sofia Richie has scored some serious modeling career points with the news that she is starring in the latest instalment of Michael Kors' campaign 'The Walk'. The budding fashion star and daughter of singer Lionel Richie is sharing the campaign with three other 'It' girls -- model Ming Xi and streetstyle stars and DJs Simi and Haze Khadra. The trendsetters were snapped in various locations across New York City by streetstyle chronicler Tommy Ton, sporting pieces from the label's Holiday 2016 ready-to-wear collection and a curated selection of key Michael Kors handbags from the season.
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Amy Schumer Lost Weight So She Wouldn't 'Hurt People's Eyes' When They Watched 'Trainwreck'
Huffington Post - 5 months
Amy Schumer has never been one to shy away from talking about personal things like dealing with trolls or discussing her sex life.  In an upcoming episode of the U.K.’s “Jonathan Ross Show,” which airs Saturday on ITV, the actress opens up about being told to lose weight for her movie, “Trainwreck.”  “The only change was that it was explained to me before I did that movie [”Trainwreck”] that if you weigh over 140 pounds as a woman in Hollywood, if you’re on the screen it will hurt people’s eyes,” the 35-year-old said. “I didn’t know that, so I lost some weight to do that, but never again.” Luckily, that terrible advice doesn’t seem to have much affect on Schumer, who has posted about how her body makes her feel both “strong and happy.” The admission is a little surprising coming from Schumer, who famously accepted Glamour magazine’s Trailblazer of the Year award in 2015, telling the crowd, ““I’m, like, 160 pounds right now, and I can catch a dick whenever I want, and th ...
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Sofia Richie Says She and Justin Bieber Have a "Special Relationship" - E! Online
Google News - 6 months
E! Online Sofia Richie Says She and Justin Bieber Have a "Special Relationship" E! Online Between modeling, music and having some personal time to herself, Sofia has a very packed schedule. But that doesn't mean she doesn't have a little time for fun. Lionel Richie's daughter recently took off to Mexico with Justin Bieber to celebrate her ... Sofia Richie Explains Her 'Special' Relationship With Justin BieberUs Weekly Sofia Richie Talks About Her 'Special Relationship' With Justin Bieber! Sofia Richie Flashes Underboob for 'Billboard,' Dishes on Her 'Special Relationship' With Justin BieberEntertainment Tonight People Magazine -Hollywood Life -Bustle -International Business Times all 89 news articles »
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Ciara, Lionel Richie and More Bring Harlem’s Sound to the Hamptons
NYTimes - 6 months
Musical artists performed at a benefit for the Apollo Theater, which has helped black culture thrive in New York since 1934.
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Justin Bieber And Lionel Richie's 17-Year-Old Daughter Are Now Instagram Official
Huffington Post - 6 months
”Hello! Is it me you’re looking for?” is a question Lionel Richie would probably answer in the negative, if Justin Bieber ever asked for the singer’s permission to date his 17-year-old daughter. And yet, Orlando Bloom’s arch-nemesis has been linked to Sofia Richie over the past couple weeks, with the two going on hikes together, taking in ocean views, almost holding hands and flying to Japan for Bieber’s world tour. On Friday the duo finally made things Instagram official with a series of posts, indicating that they might have an “Endless Love” cuddle sesh in their future.  Bieber was the first to fuel the relationship rumors with a photo of himself smiling next to Richie in the back seat of a car. Of course, to keep it extra mysterious, he left the Instagram sans caption. A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Aug 12, 2016 at 7:33pm PDT Bieber later shared a more intimate image of the two in a hotel room, with the pop star appearing ...
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10 Reasons Why We Keep Going Back To Outside Lands
Huffington Post - 7 months
Roughly 200,000 music fans flocked to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park last weekend for the 9th annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, headlined by LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead and Lionel Richie. Festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo may get more attention, but there’s a lot to love about Outside Lands: the diverse slate of musicians, the unbelievable food options, the magical forest-like setting. Here are some of the reasons why we keep going back year after year:  Incredible headliners like LCD Soundsystem and Radiohead Two of indie rock’s biggest icons headlined this year’s festival, both coming off multi-year hiatuses ― LCD Soundsystem split in 2011 before reuniting earlier this year, and Radiohead’s last live show before this tour was in 2012. Both bands made triumphant returns with their headlining sets. LCD’s Friday set was a nonstop dance party, kicking off with “Us v. Them” and winding through fan-favorites before closing out with the anthemic “All My Friends ...
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One Direction, Lionel Richie winners at Silver Clef Awards - 8 months
LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) - Boy band One Direction, singer Lionel Richie and violinist Andre Rieu were among the winners at the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London on Friday, an annual event raising money for a British musical therapy charity.
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Follow your path, Lionel Richie says on winning song award
Yahoo News - 9 months
Lionel Richie, Tom Petty and other top-selling musicians have a message for songwriters who are just starting out -- follow your creative instincts. The artists were honored Thursday night by the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a New York dinner that was full of star performers but, in keeping with the behind-the-scenes role of composers, was lower profile than many other music awards galas with no live television coverage. The Hall of Fame inducted Petty along with disco titan Nile Rodgers and his late counterpart Bernard Edwards, English literary rocker Elvis Costello, slain soul legend Marvin Gaye and Chip Taylor, who performed his signature 50-year-old song "Wild Thing" with his three granddaughters.
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Lionel Richie reflects on his new Vegas gig as a sure bet that he's happy to play
LATimes - 10 months
Lionel Richie remembers the first concert he played as a solo artist after he left the Commodores. The show was in Las Vegas in the early 1980s, and because "the audience wasn't sure who I was going to be," as he recalled recently, people turned up dressed for a variety of occasions. "Some came...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lionel Richie
  • 2015
    Age 65
    On June 28, 2015, Richie played to an appreciative 100,000 – 120,000 audience at the Glastonbury Festival, England.
    More Details Hide Details His show was described as "triumphant" by the BBC and was followed by his return to the top of the UK albums chart with a reissued compilation album of his work as both a solo artist and with the Commodores. In recent years, Richie has become a phenomenon in various Arab states, and has performed in Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Libya. John Berman for ABC News reported in 2006 that "Grown Iraqi men get misty-eyed by the mere mention of his name. 'I love Lionel Richie,' they say. They can sing an entire Lionel Richie song." Berman wrote that Richie said he was told that Iraqi civilians were playing "All Night Long" the night U.S. tanks invaded Baghdad. Richie was against the war, but says he could see a day when he would come and perform in Baghdad.
  • 2013
    Age 63
    Also in June 2013, Richie appeared in a television commercial for the Lion Nathan alcohol company to promote the "Tap King" draught beer product.
    More Details Hide Details Richie reportedly received A$$1.5 million to appear in the promotional campaign that depicts the musician singing "Hello" at a piano, while the device rests on top of the instrument.
    On June 7, 2013, Richie announced on NBC's The Today Show that he will launch "All the Hits All Night Long", his first North American tour in over a decade.
    More Details Hide Details The tour commenced on September 18 in Hollywood, Florida, and will end on October 18 in Los Angeles, California.
  • 2012
    Age 62
    On March 26, 2012, Richie released his tenth studio album, Tuskegee.
    More Details Hide Details It features 13 of his hit songs performed as duets with country stars including Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Little Big Town, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, and Jimmy Buffett. In an interview with American Songwriter magazine, Lionel Richie stated "I'm just gonna stand next to them again with great country artists and hug them." After years of mediocre sales in the U.S., the album returned him to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, his first number one album there for more than 25 years, and achieved Platinum status within six weeks of release.
  • 2011
    Age 61
    Richie returned to Australia in 2011 where he and guest artist Guy Sebastian toured the country and New Zealand with concert dates throughout March and April.
    More Details Hide Details Richie and Guy Sebastian have recorded Richie's 1983 #1 single "All Night Long" together, to raise money for Australian floods and New Zealand earthquake relief. Richie handpicked Sebastian to support him in Australia and the pair will perform the song together at each concert.
  • 2010
    Age 60
    On October 2, 2010, Richie performed at the AFL Grand Final Replay in Australia, both at the pre-game entertainment to a sell-out crowd and also post-match at AAMI Park.
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    On May 30, 2010, Richie performed at the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington D.C., singing "Stuck on You" and "America the Beautiful.
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  • 2009
    Age 59
    On July 7, 2009, Richie performed "Jesus is Love" at Michael Jackson's memorial service.
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    He also performed on the 2009 season finale for American Idol with Danny Gokey.
    More Details Hide Details A new album, Just Go, was released in 2009.
  • 2008
    Age 58
    On December 31, 2008, Richie performed in Times Square for the New Year's Eve celebration and ball drop.
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    On May 2, 2008, Richie was the 21st recipient of the George and Ira Gershwin Lifetime Achievement Award at UCLA's annual Spring Sing.
    More Details Hide Details In accepting the award, Richie said: "Forget about surviving 30 some odd years in the music business, Lionel Richie survived 27 years of Nicole Richie." In May 2009, he announced that he would like to get The Commodores back together soon, "or in the next 10 years no one will care."
    Richie became a grandfather on January 11, 2008, when Nicole Richie gave birth to a baby girl, Harlow Winter Kate Richie Madden, with the lead singer of Good Charlotte, Joel Madden.
    More Details Hide Details Richie's second grandchild, Sparrow James Midnight Madden, was born to the couple on September 9, 2009. On March 4, 2011, Richie appeared on NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? The program did research into Lionel Richie's genealogy and found out that his maternal great-grandfather (the father of his mother's mother) was the national leader of an early African-American fraternal organization. Richie helped to raise over $3.1 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. He was the featured performer at the Foundation's Soirée Bouquet, the annual spring gala, in 2003. Richie told the crowd that his grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 80s, but survived and lived until she was 103 years old. He stated that she was his enduring symbol of hope and his reason for becoming a breast cancer activist.
  • 2007
    Age 57
    On November 25, 2007, he made a surprise appearance on the Australian Idol grand finale performing "All Night Long (All Night)" at the Sydney Opera House.
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  • 2006
    Age 56
    On December 9, 2006, Richie hosted and performed live on the British television show An Audience with Lionel Richie.
    More Details Hide Details Two months later, he performed "Hello" on the 49th Grammy Awards show.
    The first single of the album was "I Call It Love" and was premiered in July 2006, becoming his biggest hit in the U.S. in ten years.
    More Details Hide Details The album was a big success for Richie in the United States, peaking at #6.
    Richie released his eighth studio album entitled "Coming Home" on September 12, 2006.
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    On May 7, 2006, Richie performed on the main stage (Acura Stage) at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, replacing Antoine "Fats" Domino, who had fallen ill.
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  • 2000
    Age 50
    Richie was the headliner at a 2000 Fourth of July tribute concert with Fantasia Barrino at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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  • 1996
    Age 46
    Since then, his ever-more-relaxed schedule has kept his recording and live work to a minimum. He broke the silence in 1996 with Louder Than Words, on which he resisted any change of style or the musical fashion-hopping of the past decade, sticking instead with his chosen path of well-crafted soul music, which in the intervening years has become known as contemporary R&B.
    More Details Hide Details Richie's albums in the 1990s such as Louder Than Words and Time failed to match the commercial success of his earlier work. Some of his recent albums, such as Renaissance, have returned to his older style and achieved success in Europe but only modest notice in the United States. Since 2004, he has produced a total of six Top 40 singles in the UK.
  • 1995
    Age 45
    Richie married Diane Alexander on December 21, 1995. They have a son, Miles Brockman (born May 27, 1994), and a daughter, Sofia Richie (born August 24, 1998). The marriage ended in 2003.
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  • 1993
    Age 43
    Richie and Harvey divorced on August 9, 1993, after being married nearly 18 years.
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  • 1992
    Age 42
    Richie made his return to recording and performing following the release of his first greatest-hits collection, Back to Front, in 1992.
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  • 1988
    Age 38
    He would later separate from Harvey and, in 1988, she allegedly discovered Richie and Alexander together in a Beverly Hills hotel room by saying she was "room service."
    More Details Hide Details A confrontation ensued and Harvey was arrested.
  • 1987
    Age 37
    By 1987, Richie was exhausted from his work schedule and took time away from his career to take care of his father in Alabama.
    More Details Hide Details His father, Lionel Sr., died in 1990.
  • 1986
    Age 36
    In 1986, while still married to Harvey, Lionel began an adulterous relationship with Diane Alexander.
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    In 1986, Richie released Dancing on the Ceiling, his last widely popular album, which produced a run of US and UK hits including "Say You, Say Me" (U.S. #1), "Dancing on the Ceiling" (U.S. #2), "Ballerina Girl" (U.S. #7), and "Se La" (U.S. #20), Richie's most recent U.S. Pop Top 20 hit.
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    The song won an Oscar for his efforts and reached #1 on the U.S. charts, staying there for four weeks, making it the #2 song of 1986 according to Billboards Year-End Hot 100 chart, behind the charity single "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne and Friends.
    More Details Hide Details He also collaborated with Michael Jackson on the charity single "We Are the World" by USA for Africa, another #1 hit.
  • 1985
    Age 35
    Richie has won four Grammy Awards including Song of the Year in 1985 for "We Are the World" which he co-wrote with Michael Jackson, Album of the Year in 1984 for Can't Slow Down, Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) in 1984 and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Truly in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details Richie has been nominated for two Golden Globe awards and won one. In 1982 he was nominated for Best Original Song for the film Endless Love. In 1986 he was nominated and won the award for Best Original Song for the film White Nights. This song also won the Oscar for Best Original Song.
    In 1985, Richie wrote and performed "Say You, Say Me" for the film White Nights.
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  • 1984
    Age 34
    Richie had three more top ten hits in 1984, "Stuck on You" (#3), "Running with the Night" (#7) and "Penny Lover" (#8).
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    In 1984, Richie performed "All Night Long" at the closing ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Several more Top 10 hits followed, the most successful of which was the ballad "Hello" (1984), a sentimental love song that showed how far Richie had moved from his R&B roots.
  • 1983
    Age 33
    His 1983 follow-up album, Can't Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies and won two Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, propelling him into the first rank of international superstars.
    More Details Hide Details The album contained the #1 hit "All Night Long" a Caribbean-flavored dance number that was promoted by a colorful music video produced by former Monkee Michael Nesmith.
  • 1982
    Age 32
    Richie's 1982 solo debut album, Lionel Richie, contained three hit singles: the U.S. #1 song "Truly", which continued the style of his ballads with the Commodores and launched his career as one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s, and the top five hits "You Are" and "My Love".
    More Details Hide Details The album hit #3 on the music charts and sold over 4 million copies.
    Its success encouraged Richie to branch out into a full-fledged solo career in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details He was replaced as lead singer for The Commodores by Skyler Jett in 1983.
  • 1981
    Age 31
    Also in 1981 Richie sang the theme song for the film Endless Love, a duet with Diana Ross.
    More Details Hide Details Issued as a single, the song topped the Canada, Brazil, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and US pop music charts, and became one of Motown's biggest hits (in the US it sold 2 million copies and became a platinum single record).
  • 1980
    Age 30
    He composed "Lady" for Kenny Rogers, which hit #1 in 1980, and produced Rogers's album Share Your Love the following year.
    More Details Hide Details Richie and Rogers maintained a strong friendship in later years. Latin jazz composer and salsa romantica pioneer La Palabra enjoyed international success with his cover of "Lady," which was played at Latin dance clubs.
  • 1975
    Age 25
    On October 18, 1975, Richie married his college sweetheart, Brenda Harvey.
    More Details Hide Details In 1983 the couple informally adopted Nicole Camille Escovedo, the two-year-old daughter of one of the members of Lionel's band. They raised her as their daughter, Nicole Richie, and adopted her legally when she was nine years old.
  • 1968
    Age 18
    In 1968 he became a singer and saxophonist with the Commodores.
    More Details Hide Details They signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one record before moving on to Motown Records initially as a support act to The Jackson 5. The Commodores then became established as a popular soul group. Their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound, as in such tracks as "Machine Gun" and "Brick House." Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as "Easy", "Three Times a Lady", "Still", and the tragic breakup ballad "Sail On". By the late 1970s he had begun to accept songwriting commissions from other artists.
    Beginning in 1968, he was a member of the musical group Commodores.
    More Details Hide Details Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, the son of Alberta R. (Foster) and Lionel Brockman Richie, Sr. He grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute. Richie graduated from Joliet Township High School, East Campus. A star tennis player in Joliet, he accepted a tennis scholarship to attend Tuskegee Institute, and dropped out of Tuskegee Institute after his sophomore year. Richie seriously considered studying divinity to becoming a priest with the Episcopal Church, but ultimately decided he was not "priest material" and decided to continue his musical career. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honor fraternity for marching band members, and an active life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. As a student in Tuskegee, Richie formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-1960s.
  • 1949
    Born on June 20, 1949.
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