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Cardi B Wins $1.25 Million In Defamation Lawsuit Against YouTuber

Cardi B Wins $1.25 Million In Defamation Lawsuit Against YouTuber

Cardi B has been awarded $1.25 million in damages after the rapper won a defamation lawsuit against celebrity blogger Latasha Kebe.

The jurors also awarded Cardi the expenses and attorneys fees she requested, which will take total damages to up to $4 million.

"After almost four years of repeated libel and slander against me, being able to walk away from this victorious brings me great happiness," Cardi said in a statement.

"During this trial, all of you have learned about the darkest time in my life. That moment in time was fueled by the vile, disgusting, and completely false narratives that were repeatedly and relentlessly being shared online," she added. "I thought I would never be heard or vindicated and I felt completely helpless and vulnerable."

The "Bodak Yellow" rapper had sued Kebe for spreading "false" rumors about Cardi having herpes and HPV in 2018 and early 2019. The blogger had also claimed that Cardi worked as a prostitute, used cocaine, and cheated on her husband Offset.

Meanwhile, Kebe's lawyer Sadeer Sabbak said in a statement, "We disagree with the verdict, and we will be filing an appeal."

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Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation Commits $15 Million To Climate Justice

Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation Commits $15 Million To Climate Justice

Rihanna's nonprofit organization The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) has committed $15 million to the climate justice movement in the U.S. and Caribbean.

CLF is offering this round of funding in partnership with #StartSmall, Jack Dorsey's philanthropic initiative.

Through CLF's justice pillar, the foundation supports organizations on the frontlines fighting for new, equitable systems and policy change.

These grants are focused on and led by women, youth, Black, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+ and people of color to accelerate climate justice for those at greatest risk.

"At the Clara Lionel Foundation, much of the work is rooted in the understanding that climate disasters, which are growing in frequency and intensity, do not impact all communities equally, with communities of color and island nations facing the brunt of climate change. This is why CLF prioritizes both climate resilience and climate justice work across the U.S. and Caribbean," said Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty, Founder of the Clara Lionel Foundation.

"CLF believes strongly that funders must build partnerships with organizations and acknowledge their deep understanding of what is necessary to achieve climate justice in their own communities," said Justine Lucas, Executive Director of the Clara Lionel Foundation.

The Clara Lionel Foundation was founded in 2012 by the Barbadian music superstar in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. CLF supports and funds climate resilience and justice initiatives in the Caribbean and the United States.

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Pharrell Williams Teams With Groot Hospitality To Open New Resort In The Bahamas

Pharrell Williams Teams With Groot Hospitality To Open New Resort In The Bahamas

Pharrell Williams, in partnership with Groot Hospitality, has launched a project to build a 400-room resort in the Bahamas.

The Somewhere Else resort will be part of Atlantis Paradise Island and is slated to open in January, 2024.

Groot Hospitality founder David Grutman said Somewhere Else is going to be a "one-of-a-kind resort."

"Not only will it offer a major extension of the unforgettable and high energy experiences we deliver with Groot Hospitality, but also, a clear focus on nature and restorative elements," added the Miami-based hospitality and nightlife entrepreneur. "We'll have something for everyone, yet Pharrell and I are making sure Somewhere Else is unlike anywhere else."

"Teaming up with David Grutman and Pharrell to further evolve the resort is an endeavor we are incredibly proud to be embarking upon this year," said Atlantis Paradise Island President and Managing Director Audrey Oswell.

Shawn Sullivan, a partner at Rockwell Group, is designing the project.

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Interscope To Release Iconic Albums On Vinyl For 30th Anniversary

Interscope To Release Iconic Albums On Vinyl For 30th Anniversary

Interscope Records have announced a new museum exhibit, Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined, and a limited-edition vinyl series featuring the new artwork on classic albums from its iconic artists as part of the label's 30th anniversary celebration.

Artists whose works are featured in the vinyl series include Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Eminem, U2, Nine Inch Nails, 2Pac, Mary J. Blige and Lana Del Rey.

"While this groundbreaking art exhibit will be on view at LACMA only for a limited time, we thought launching a series of limited-edition vinyl to honor both our recording artists and the extraordinary visual artists who contributed pieces to this effort, would be a great way for this celebration to live on for years, and at the same time was a cool way to invite music fans into the Interscope's 30th celebration," said Steve Berman, vice chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M.

Berman added, "NTWRK, who specializes in highly curated cultural artifacts from art and music, are a perfect retail partner as we celebrate the legacy of all of the artists who have made Interscope Records a success for the past 30 years. The fact that the sales of these albums will help fund Jimmy and Dre's high school makes it an even more special endeavor."

The Interscope 30th anniversary museum exhibit runs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from Jan. 30 to Feb. 13, 2022.

"We're honored to work with Interscope to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the iconic record label alongside some of the most culturally significant musicians and artists on this amazing project that raises money for a great cause helping support Jimmy and Dre's high school," said NTWRK CEO Aaron Levant.

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Lizzo To Headline IHeartRadio's 'Living Black!' Event

Lizzo To Headline IHeartRadio's 'Living Black!' Event

Lizzo is set headline at iHeartRadio's month-long "Living Black!" event.

The hip-hop superstar will celebrate Black History Month with a special performance at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles on February 23.

This year's celebration will also feature performances by Big Sean, H.E.R., Moneybagg Yo and Ari Lennox.

Stars like J. Cole, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Saweetie and Bas are also scheduled to make special appearances.

Throughout the month of February, artists, influencers and thought leaders will create a series of original audio content that will honor Black History Month's impact.

"iHeartRadio Living Black is a bold celebration of Black culture and showcases the beauty and influence of the Black experience. We're thrilled to build upon the Living Black! foundation in our second year and excited to once again work with Magic Lemonade on this wonderful celebration," iHeartMedia's Executive Vice President Thea Mitchem said in a statement.

iHeartRadio Living Black! Empowered By AT&T will broadcast live on TikTok and across iHeartMedia's various Hip-Hop and R&B radio stations and the iHeartRadio app. The full show will be streamed on iHeartRadio's YouTube channel until March 6.

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Megan Thee Stallion Featured On New Shenseea Single 'Lick'

Megan Thee Stallion Featured On New Shenseea Single 'Lick'

Shenseea recently released a new song, "Lick," featuring hip-hop superstar Megan Thee Stallion. The song is the first single from Shenseea's upcoming debut album, Alpha, which is due to arrive on March 11 via Rich Immigrants/Interscope.

The track, produced by Murda Beatz, contains a snippet from Pupa Nas T and Densie Belfon's "Work."

"Lick," Shenseea's first official single of 2022, was accompanied by a racy video co-directed by James Larese and Shenseea,

Shenseea, who shot to fame through her viral single "Loodi," featuring Vybez Kartel, is among the most sought-after rap artists in Jamaica's dancehalls.

Shenseea signed with Interscope Records (under Rick Immigrants Records) in 2019 and released her first label single, "Blessed," featuring Tyga.

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New Orleans Jazz Fest Reveals Star-Studded Lineup

New Orleans Jazz Fest Reveals Star-Studded Lineup

The New Orleans Jazz Fest has unveiled a star-studded lineup for this year's event, with The Who, Stevie Nicks and Foo Fighters among the headliners.

The yearly music festival, which was canceled in both 2020 and 2021 due to pandemic, is now returning in the hopes of making up for lost time, with the lineup having been populated by a majority of the same artists from the canceled years.

Other artists scheduled to perform on the April 29 through May 8 weekends include Jimmy Buffett, Luke Combs, Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Randy Newman, Norah Jones, Ludacris, Death Cab for Cutie, Melissa Etheridge and Terence Blanchard, to name a few.

Among the short list of artists unable to play at the make-up show are the Rolling Stones, Demi Lovato, Lizzo, and Dead & Company.

Ticket-holders for the canceled shows have been advised to expect word from the ticket company so that they may exchange their tickets for one weekend of their choosing.

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Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, Liam Gallagher & More To Perform At 2022 BRIT Awards

Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, Liam Gallagher & More To Perform At 2022 BRIT Awards

Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, Liam Gallagher and many more are set to perform during the 2022 BRIT Awards.

The awards show is set to take place at London's O2 Arena on February 8 and will be broadcast live on ITV and ITV Hub and streamed for non-U.K. viewers via the Brits' YouTube channel.

"With Omicron continuing to present many challenges in terms of planning, organizers are working around the clock to pull together the best possible show and The BRITs will continue to lead the way in terms of putting on a live music event safely as the UK navigates the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic," the organizers announced in a statement. .

They added, "Artists, Nominees and all guests will be asked to show a negative LFT test on arrival to the venue, and fans will this year be offered to purchase stall seats on the arena floor, where nominated artists will also take their seat in an exclusive area."

Other artists announced to perform during the show include British rappers Dave and Simbiatu Ajikawo, aka Little Simz, and Holly Humberstone.

Among the performers, Dave and Little Simz and Sheeran have four nominations each. Meanwhile, Doja Cat has two Brit nominations this year.

Little Simz said, "Thank you BRITs. It's an honour to be nominated for 4 BRIT Awards and I can't wait to be performing on the night too. I'm so happy and grateful the music has connected and resonated. Congratulations to everyone nominated."

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Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky & Playboi Carti To Headline Smoker's Club Fest

Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky & Playboi Carti To Headline Smoker's Club Fest

The Smoker's Club have confirmed Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti as the headliners for its this year's festival.

The Smoker's Club Fest is set to take place at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino on April 30.

The hip-hop festival will also feature Schoolboy Q, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Ferg, Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, Dom Kennedy, Yung Lean, Lupe Fiasco, Rico Nasty, Wale, and more.

"WE'RE BACK," the music festival tweeted along with its tour poster.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Monday, January 24 and start at $223.

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Fugees Cancel 25th Anniversary Tour Due To Covid-19

Fugees Cancel 25th Anniversary Tour Due To Covid-19

The Fugees have canceled their 25th anniversary tour due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Fugees, the hip-hop group comprised of Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel, announced on social media, "We anticipate and understand disappointment but our anniversary tour will not be able to happen."

"The continued Covid pandemic has made touring conditions difficult, and we want to make sure we keep our fans and ourselves healthy and safe," the statement read. "An idea sparked to honor and celebrate this 25th anniversary of 'The Score' but we see now it may not currently be our time for revisiting this past work."

"We're grateful for the special night we did get to share with some of you in New York, with that rare live moment. If opportunity, public safety, and scheduling allow, we hope to be able to revisit this again sometime soon," the statement continued. "Thank you for all of your love and support throughout the years."

The tour was announced in celebration of the 25th anniversary of The Score. The tour was initially set to run between November and December last year but was postponed three days before it was to begin.

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Disclosure Announce 2022 U.S. Tour Dates

Disclosure Announce 2022 U.S. Tour Dates

English electronic music duo Disclosure have revealed a string of U.S. tour dates this spring along with several previously announced festival appearances.

The "You've Got To Let Go If You Want To Be Free" tour is set to kick off on April 9 in Seattle and features stops in San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. The trek wraps up with a two-night stand at New York City's Brooklyn Mirage on May 10 and 13.

Disclosure, which consists of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence, are also set to perform at U.S. festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Electric Forest.

Tickets for the newly announced tour dates go on sale on January 28 at 10 am local time.

Disclosure's last full album Energy was released in August 2020, while the duo released the five-track EP Never Enough in August 2021.

Disclosure 2022 Tour Dates:

04/09 - Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theatre04/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium04/16 - Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival04/20 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl04/23 - Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival04/27 - Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland04/29 - Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre04/30 - Chicago, IL @ Radius05/01 - Chicago, IL @ Radius05/06 - Boston, MA @ Roadrunner05/07 - Washington, DC @ The Anthem05/10 - Columbus, OH @ KEMBA Live!05/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Brooklyn Mirage05/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Brooklyn Mirage06/17 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival06/23 - Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest

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Silk Sonic Announce 2022 Las Vegas Residency

Silk Sonic Announce 2022 Las Vegas Residency

Silk Sonic, the supergroup comprised of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, have announced a Las Vegas residency for 2022.

The pair will perform 13 shows at the 5,200-capacity Dolby Live theatre between February 25 and April 2. Dubbed "An Evening With Silk Sonic," .Paak and Mars will perform songs from their debut album of the same name.

"The terms is locked and Vegas might not ever be the same Jack!!" .Paak wrote to announce the shows on social media. "You're invited to the hottest show in sin city!"

Mars added, "Its happening! [sic] The sexiest party of the year! Them Silk Sonic Boyz are performing Live in Las Vegas!"

An Evening with Silk Sonic had debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard's all-genre chart 200.

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New Air Date & Location Announced For 2022 Grammys

New Air Date & Location Announced For 2022 Grammys

The 64th annual Grammy Awards have been rescheduled to April 3.

The 2022 Grammys, which were postponed due to the pandemic, will now be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, the Recording Academy announced.

The television broadcast comes through the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Trevor Noah, the Emmy Award-winning host of "The Daily Show," will return as master of ceremonies for music's biggest night.

This is for the first time that the Grammys have been moving out of Los Angeles or New York since 1973.

The Academy decided earlier this month to delay the event considering health and safety concerns caused by the Covid surge.

Additional details about the dates and locations of other official GRAMMY Week events, including the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, MusiCares' Person of the Year and the Pre-GRAMMY Gala, will be announced soon.

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Summer Walker Announces Return To Atlanta For First Live Performance Of The Year

Summer Walker Announces Return To Atlanta For First Live Performance Of The Year

Summer Walker is set to return to her hometown of Atlanta to perform her first live concert of the year.

"Atlanta I'm home!!! 1st live show of the New Year!!!" Walker wrote on Instagram.

The R&B star is scheduled to perform at the 3,600-capacity Coca-Cola Roxy venue on February 18, in support of her sophomore album Still Over It. Tickets for the show are available for purchase via Walker's official website.

Still Over It had debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in November, earning Walker her first No. 1 on the chart. The album, a follow-up to her 2019 debut album Over It, earned 166,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending November 11, according to MRC Data.

Last week, Walker had joined Usher for a performance at his Las Vegas residency to deliver a live rendition of their fan-favorite duet "Come Thru."

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Chris Brown, Drake Respond To 'No Guidance' Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Chris Brown, Drake Respond To 'No Guidance' Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Chris Brown and Drake's lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against the pair, which alleges that they ripped off a 2016 song called "I Love Your Dress" for their 2019 hit "No Guidance."

Last year, Brandon Cooper, also known by his stage name Mr. Cooper, and Timothy Valentine, aka Drum'n Skillz, filed a lawsuit against Brown and Drake claiming that "No Guidance" was a copy of their work on "I Love Your Dress."

The lawsuit had claimed that an analysis of the beat, lyrics, hook and rhythmic structure demonstrates that "No Guidance" was copied or, at the very least, principally derived from "I Love Your Dress."

Specifically, they claimed their track has the lyrics "She got it; she got it" repeated 16 times, while CB's and Drake's has "You got it, girl; you got it" at least 11 times.

However, the attorney representing Drake and Brown, James Sammataro, rejected the allegations, saying the phrase is too prevalent to be within the realm of copyright law.

"Plaintiffs' suit is premised upon the alleged similarity [to a] wholly generic lyrical phrase," Sammataro wrote. "No one, including plaintiffs, can own or monopolize the non-copyrightable phrase 'you got it,' and it should come as no surprise that this phrase appears in countless other works."

"The Court can hear for itself that the total concept and feel of the songs is vastly different," Sammataro added. "Plaintiffs' song is a slow, R&B love ballad about the writer's wife featuring one vocalist and relatively few lyrics. In sharp contrast, 'No Guidance' is a faster, longer, and sexually explicit rap and R&B song about a new romantic interest."

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Lil Durk Announces 7220 Tour Dates

Lil Durk Announces 7220 Tour Dates

Lil Durk has announced dates for his U.S. headlining tour, dubbed the "7220 Tour."

Lil Durk, who recently toured the U.S. last fall with Lil Baby, will kick of his solo trek on April 6 at Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, and conclude the 17-date trek on May 2 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

"Back on road. The 7220 Tour" Durk wrote on Instagram along with the full list of tour dates.

The 7220 Tour is named after the street number of Lil Durk's grandmother's house where he lived with 15 of his family members.

Tickets for the tour are on sale now.

The 7220 Tour Dates:

April 8 @ Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, ArizonaApril 9 @ YouTube Theater in Inglewood, CaliforniaApril 10 @ House of Blues in San Diego, CaliforniaApril 13 @ Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TexasApril 15 @ Bayou Music Center in Houston, TexasApril 16 @ Fillmore in New Orleans, LouisianaApril 18 @ Bayfront Park in Miami, FloridaApril 19 @ Daily's Place Amphitheater in Jacksonville, FloridaApril 20 @ Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre in Atlanta, GeorgiaApril 21 @ Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, North CarolinaApril 23 @ Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater in Bridgeport, ConnecticutApril 24 @ Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, New YorkApril 26 @ UPMC Events Center in Moon, PennsylvaniaApril 27 @ Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center in Cincinnati, OhioApril 29 @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, MissouriApril 30 @ TCU Amphitheater in Indianapolis, IndianaMay 2 @ United Center in Chicago, Illinois

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Kid Cudi Stars In Trailer For Upcoming Horror Film 'X'

Kid Cudi Stars In Trailer For Upcoming Horror Film 'X'

A trailer for the new A24-distributed horror movie X, starring Scott Mescudi, better known as Kid Cudi, has been released.

The film, directed by Ti West, also stars Mia Goth, Brittany Snow, Jenna Ortega, Martin Henderson, Owen Campbell, and Stephen Ure.

The plot synopsis of the movie reads: "In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast soon finds themselves in a desperate fight for their lives."

Kid Cudi recently featured in an Amazon Prime Video documentary of his own life and career, A Man Named Scott. He was also seen with Ariana Grande in Don't Look Up and in the third film in the Bill & Ted franchise.

According to sources, Kid Cudi is set to release two new albums in 2022.

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Interscope Records Launching Exhibition Of Artwork Inspired By Dr. Dre, Billie Eilish & More

Interscope Records Launching Exhibition Of Artwork Inspired By Dr. Dre, Billie Eilish & More

As part of Interscope Records' 30th anniversary celebration, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will display over 50 artworks in an exhibition called "Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined," beginning January 30.

This exhibition will feature new works by a diverse group of visual artists inspired by songs from iconic Interscope musicians 2Pac, Billie Eilish, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Gwen Stefani, Juice WRLD, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, MGK, Nine Inch Nails, No Doubt, Olivia Rodrigo, Selena Gomez, Snoop Dogg and U2.

Three artist images were revealed on Thursday. Kehinde Wiley has created a work inspired by Dr. Dre's The Chronic 2001. Cecily Brown has created a work inspired by Billie Eilish's EP dont smile at me, and Rashid Johnson has created a work inspired by Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid M.A.A.D. City album.

The exhibition will last through February 13 in LACMA's Resnick Pavilion. The installation foregrounds the creative pairings, visually reflecting on a history of musical innovation and powerful performances across genres.

Timed-entry general admission tickets will be released on January 20 at 10 am on the museum's website and will include access to Interscope Reimagined. Visit lacma.org/gettickets.

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The Weeknd Teams Up With Swedish House Mafia For 'Sacrifice' Remix

The Weeknd Teams Up With Swedish House Mafia For 'Sacrifice' Remix

The Weeknd has teamed up with Swedish House Mafia to release a remix of "Sacrifice" from his most recent album Dawn FM.

The revamped version of "Sacrifice" dropped on January 12 along with a new music video, which transports the Weeknd from the dark dance floor in the original video to a high school gym, where he watches a colorful dance battle.

The original "Sacrifice" was released as the second official single in tandem with Dawn FM on January 7, 2022. Its music video was released on the same day and was directed by Cliqua. "Sacrifice" was produced by Swedish House Mafia and Max Martin.

Meanwhile, the "Blinding Lights" singer also dropped a remix version of "Take My Breath" in collaboration with Italian EDM trio Agents of Time, which consist of Andrea Di Ceglie, Fedele Ladisa, Luigi Tutolo.

Dawn FM dropped on January 7 and features Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, Quincy Jones, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Jim Carrey.

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Rihanna's 'Stay' Video Surpasses One Billion Views On YouTube

Rihanna's 'Stay' Video Surpasses One Billion Views On YouTube

Rihanna's "Stay" video has earned a membership in YouTube's billion-views club.

According to Billboard, "Stay" is RiRi's eighth music video to cross one billion streams on YouTube, extending her record for solo female artists.

Rihanna recorded "Stay" for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic. It features guest vocals by Mikky Ekko and was co-written by Ekko and Justin Parker. The song's lyrics speak of temptation and the inability to resist true love.

Upon the release of Unapologetic, "Stay" charted on multiple charts worldwide. It peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The track was also nominated for the best pop duo/group performance at the Grammys. It also won the song of the year award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

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Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' Certified Diamond

Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' Certified Diamond

Whitney Houston's rendition of Dolly Parton 's "I Will Always Love You" has been certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA.

The RIAA certifies both albums and singles diamond once they have sold and streamed 10 million equivalent units in the United States.

Houston's The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album was certified 18-times platinum. "I Will Always Love You" is part of that album and marks her first diamond single.

The late pop music icon's 1985 album Whitney Houston and 1987 album Whitney were certified 13-times platinum and 10-times platinum, respectively.

Houston recorded the cover of Parton's 1974 song for The Bodyguard, a 1992 film in which she made her cinematic debut. The song remained on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 14 weeks, and sold 3.1 million copies to become the year's top-selling single.

"I Will Always Love You" was played during Houston's funeral in 2012.

Houston is the third female artist to get a diamond certification for an album and single after Mariah Carey and Taylor Swift.

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Janet Jackson Opens Up About Journey To Self-Love In New Interview

Janet Jackson Opens Up About Journey To Self-Love In New Interview

R&B icon Janet Jackson revealed her own journey to finding self-love in a recent Allure cover story.

During the interview, Jackson shared her story and talked about how she has grown to love who she is through her career.

Talking about the era of her 1986 album Control, Janet said, "I was never a girly girl. I was always a tomboy. So it was always about pants, suits, even as an early teenager. I remember when my brothers got their star on the Walk of Fame and other awards they got, and I look back on pictures and I always had on a suit with a tie, a bow tie, or suspenders. Always loving black and never wanting to expose any part of my body, I felt most comfortable to cover it up to here."

And then, during the era of her 1993 album, Janet, she said how she was trying to embrace herself by being on the cover, which implies her to be topless.

"Trying to feel comfortable in embracing that. Throwing myself in the lion's den. Just going for it, wanting to do something different," she added.

Janet added that her journey of accepting herself has been a conscious effort on her part.

"It took a lot of work, a lot of work," she continued. "It was something very tough, very difficult. But I'm glad I walked through it. I'm really glad I got in. It was a way of accepting and loving, accepting yourself and your body."

A documentary on Jackson is going to premiere on Lifetime and A&E on January 28.

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Trey Songz Accused Of Rape By Former UNLV Basketball Player Dylan Gonzalez

Trey Songz Accused Of Rape By Former UNLV Basketball Player Dylan Gonzalez

Another sexual assault claim was recorded against Trey Songz, as Dylan Gonzalez, an artist and former basketball star at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has claimed that the singer had raped her at a "well-known Las Vegas Hotel."

Gonzalez did not specify any details of the incident but has confirmed that she is taking legal action against the singer.

In an Instagram post, she wrote, "With what seems like endlessly reoccurring news of the alleged sexual assaults committed by Trey Songz, I am forced to repeatedly relive in my mind, and suffer anew, the long-suppressed horror and unbearable PTSD of my rape by his very hands at a well known Las Vegas Hotel."

Gonzalez also asked other sexually abused individuals to come forward to fight for justice, adding, "Suppression of our voices only emboldens our oppressors, and you cannot heal what you do not reveal."

However, she has not answered questions about the details of the incident she was alluding to.

Gonzalez had already dropped hints about the lawsuit on New Year's Eve, when she tweeted, "Trey Songz is a rapist. Lord forgive me I Couldn't hold that in another year."

This is not the first allegation of sexual assault against Songz. In November 2021, Songz was involved in another investigation of a similar gravity after his 37th birthday party at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Famous actress and television star Keke Palmer had also claimed back in 2017 that she was filmed without consent by the singer and his friends. Model Celina Powell and her friend Aliza had already exposed the singer in 2020, calling him "weird" after he allegedly threatened them and urinated on them.

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The Weeknd Fights Older Version Of Himself In Dark 'Gasoline' Video

The Weeknd Fights Older Version Of Himself In Dark 'Gasoline' Video

The Weeknd recently shared the official video for "Gasoline" from his latest album Dawn FM, which was released on Friday, January 7.

Directed by Matilda Finn, the video sees the singer crashing his car into a "DO NOT ENTER" signpost while driving on a foggy highway. Fast forward a few moments and we find an aged-up version of The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, engaged in a violent fight with the present-day version of himself in a club packed with creepy hedonists.

In a Tweet by the "The Blinding Lights" singer, dated December 10, that read, "I wonder. did you know you're experiencing a new trilogy?" Tesfaye seemingly hinted that his album Dawn FM was a part of "a new trilogy" which was preceded by the 2020 blockbuster After Hours.

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Coachella 2022 Officially Reveals Full Lineup

Coachella 2022 Officially Reveals Full Lineup

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has revealed the full lineup of this year's edition, with Billie Eilish, Harry Styles and Kanye West confirmed as headliners.

West had previously headlined the Coachella festival in 2011, while Eilish performed at the festival in 2019. Meanwhile, it will be the first performance at the festival by Styles, who is reportedly set to release new music before the performance. Swedish House Mafia are also expected to perform.

The festival is scheduled to take place over the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24, 2022, at the Empire Polo Ground in Indio, California.

Other artists on the lineup include Daniel Caeser, Phoebe Bridgers, Big Sean, Lil Baby, Grupo Firme, Louis the Child, Baby Keem, Flume, Megan Thee Stallion, Disclosure, 21 Savage, Danny Elfman, Stromae, Giveon, Anitta, Brockhampton, Doja Cat, Joji, Jamie xx, Run the Jewels, Karol G, Maggie Rogers, Ari Lennox, Banda MS, and many more.

In August, Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett, during an interview with the Los Angeles Times, had revealed that Travis Scott and Rage Against the Machine would be headliners for 2022, as they were set to headline the 2020 festival, which was canceled due to the pandemic. Tollett also said Frank Ocean would headline 2023's Coachella.

However, Scott was removed from the Coachella lineup due to the tragedy at his Astroworld festival in November, while Rage Against the Machine recently pulled out.

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Roddy Ricch To Be Replaced By Bleachers On 'SNL' Due To Covid Exposure

Roddy Ricch To Be Replaced By Bleachers On 'SNL' Due To Covid Exposure

Roddy Ricch will not make an appearance as musical guest on this week's "Saturday Night Live" due to Covid-19 exposure.

Ricch will be replaced by the indie pop band Bleachers, who will be making their "SNL" debut this weekend.

West Side Story's Ariana DeBose hosts the first "SNL" episode of 2022, scheduled to be broadcast on NBC at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT.

"Due to recent COVID-19 exposure on my team and to keep everyone safe I won't be able to perform on SNL this weekend," Ricch wrote on his Instagram Story on Wednesday.

He added, "I'm working with the SNL team to lock in a new date though! LOVE, STAY SAFE."

Bleachers, fronted by Grammy winning singer-songwriter Jack Antonoff, shared the flyer to their Instagram page, poking fun at the title of their latest album, Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night.

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Bonnaroo Unveils Star-Studded 2022 Lineup

Bonnaroo Unveils Star-Studded 2022 Lineup

A star-studded lineup for this year's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has been announced.

Scheduled to be held from June 16-19 on Bonnaroo Farm, in Manchester, Tennessee, the festival will see a wide array of artists performing on more than ten unique stages.

The Bonnaroo headliners include J. Cole, The Chicks, Illenium, Tool, Flume, 21 Savage, Stevie Nicks, Machine Gun Kelly and Roddy Ricch.

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Disclosure, Billy Strings, $uicideboy$, Porter Robinson, Chvrches, Ludacris and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are also set to perform.

The festival will also feature Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff, hosting this year's all-star "Superjam" dubbed "Jack Antonoff's 1984."

Bonnaroo is making a comeback after two years, as Bonnaroo 2020 was initially postponed and later canceled due to the pandemic, while the '21 edition was not held due to flood-related issues following Hurricane Ida.

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Mariah Carey Announce Children's Book 'The Christmas Princess'

Mariah Carey Announce Children's Book 'The Christmas Princess'

Christmas is over, but Mariah Carey is extending the holiday season by teasing her new children's book, titled "The Christmas Princess."

The "All I Want for Christmas Is You" singer recently unveiled the book's cover art on Instagram and provided a short synopsis.

"The Christmas Princess is a fairytale for holiday lovers of all ages! Little Mariah represents my inner child believing in her own vision, she represents all children, especially those who feel like outsiders or 'others', striving to believe in themselves," Carey said. "It was empowering to transform my childhood turmoil into a modern classic fairytale full of wonder and boundless hope."

The story follows a young Mariah, "who doesn't have much and doesn't want a lot" and feels "outcast and alone," so she embarks on a journey that lets her discover "the healing power of her voice to spread the spirit of Christmas at home and all around the world."

The picture book, co-written by Carey and Michaela Angela Davis, will be published by Henry Holt Books in fall 2022. Fuuji Takashi illustrated the book.

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Lil Wayne's 'Sorry 4 The Wait' Mixtape Coming To Streaming Services

Lil Wayne's 'Sorry 4 The Wait' Mixtape Coming To Streaming Services

Lil Wayne's mixtape Sorry 4 The Wait will be available on streaming services for the first time since its release in 2011.

Wayne shared a short teaser video on his Instagram page, captioning the post, "On all platforms Soon!!!"

The clip featured audio of "Rollin'" accompanied by an animated video. The rapper, however, didn't reveal a release date, but fans can now pre-save the mixtape on Spotify and Apple Music.

Sorry 4 The Wait featured guest appearances by Gunna, Lil B, Thugga, Raw Dizzy, Flow and T@.

The 12-track record was dropped as an attempt to apologize for the continued delay of his ninth album, Tha Carter IV. It was released for digital download on July 13, 2011, and received generally positive reviews from music critics.

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New Cordae Album To Feature Stevie Wonder, Eminem & More

New Cordae Album To Feature Stevie Wonder, Eminem & More

Cordae has revealed that his sophomore album From a Birds Eye View, will feature guest appearances from Gunna, Lil Wayne, H.E.R., Lil Durk, Freddie Gibbs, Nas, Stevie Wonder, Eminem, and Roddy Ricch.

From A Birds Eye View is due to drop on Friday, January 14, via Atlantic Records and Art@War. The album is Cordae's long-awaited follow-up to his 2019 debut album The Lost Boy.

The 14-track album's second second single, "Sinister," was released on December 3, 2021, and featured a guest appearance from Lil Wayne.

Gunna features on "Today," Eminem on the remix to "Parables," H.E.R. and Lil Durk on "Chronicles," Freddie Gibbs, Nas, and Stevie Wonder on "Champagne Glasses" and Roddy Ricch on "Gifted," which is a bonus track and was released on August 27, 2020 with a Cole Bennett-directed music video.

From A Bird's Eye View Tracklist:

"Shiloh's Intro""Jean Michel""Super""Momma's Hood"'Want From Me""Today" (featuring Gunna)"Shiloh's Interlude""Coach Carter""Sinister" (featuring Lil Wayne)"Chronicles" (featuring H.E.R. & Lil Durk)"Champagne Glasses" (featuring Freddie Gibbs, Nas & Stevie Wonder)"Westlake High""Parables' (Remix)" (featuring Eminem)"Gifted" (featuring Roddy Ricch) (bonus)

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All-Star Lineup Unveiled For 2022 BottleRock Festival

All-Star Lineup Unveiled For 2022 BottleRock Festival

The BottleRock Festival, California's premiere food, wine and music festival, has confirmed rock legends Metallica, pop star P!ink, musical duo Twenty One Pilots and country star Luke Combs as headliners for this year's edition.

The BottleRock Festival is set to take place on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, at the Napa Valley Expo in Napa, California.

The fest will feature 75 musical acts, including The Black Crowes, Kygo, Pitbull, Greta Van Fleet, Mount Westmore (a super group featuring Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, E-40 and Too $hort), Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Chvrches, Bleachers, Spoon, Banks, Alessia Cara and others.

The Napa Valley festival presented by JaM Cellars will also showcase the region's wine, craft brew and culinary legacy.

Additional performers include Michael Franti & Spearhead, Silversun Pickups, The Wailers featuring Julian Marley, Iration, Greensky Bluegrass, Amos Lee, Yola, Marcus King, The Brothers Comatose, Ron Artis II, Full Moonalice and many others.

"We're happy to be bringing the first taste of summer back to music fans here in the Napa Valley," stated the festival's Dave Graham. "As fans have come to expect, our 2022 lineup has something for everyone, featuring a wide variety of genres that offer legendary performers with some of the most exciting new and emerging artists in the world."

Tickets for BottleRock Napa Valley 2022 are on sale now.

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The Roots, Gregory Porter & More To Play Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival

The Roots, Gregory Porter & More To Play Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival

The initial line up of Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival artists has been revealed, including The Roots, Gregory Porter and Tower of Power.

Terri Lyne Carrington, Femi Kuti, Cory Wong, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, José James, Gerald Clayton, Azar Lawrence, and Gordon Goodwin are also set to perform.

Formerly known as the Playboy Jazz Festival, the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival makes its debut on June 25 and 26 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

While the name is new, longtime fans of the Playboy Jazz Festival can expect an equally stellar two-day celebration driven by top artists in jazz and more, the organizers said.

The complete lineup will be announced in February.

The annual music festival is celebrating its 42nd year in 2022.

Priority ticket order forms for most box and bench seats will be sent in early January.

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Kanye West Debuts New 'Heaven And Hell' Video

Kanye West Debuts New 'Heaven And Hell' Video

Kanye West, or as he recently changed his name to, Ye, recently dropped a new video for another track from his celebrated Donda album.

The video to the song "Heaven and Hell," which will also serve as a Yeezy GAP ad, premiered during the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday.

The visual features obscure figures wearing hoodies roaming the midnight roads of a surreal city. The video moves on to transition into showing Ye as a silhouette in the eye of a storm that flings hooded figures around him. The hoodies used in the video are now available on Yeezy GAP's official website.

Earlier this week, Netflix and Ye announced that Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy will premiere in theatres on February 10.

The series is a three-part documentary of West's life directed by Coodie & Chike. The duo have captured the footage for over two decades. The show will also stream on Netflix beginning February 16.

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John Legend Sells Music Catalog To BMG, KKR

John Legend Sells Music Catalog To BMG, KKR

R&B star John Legend has sold the copyrights and royalty rights to his songs to investment firm KKR & Co. and BMG.

The deal includes songs starting from the early years of the singer back in 2004. The details of the deal, however, were not disclosed.

According to the reports, the deal was closed back in September. The rights will be divided in half between DL Music IP LP, an affiliate of KKR, and BMG Rights Management.

Recently, many of the biggest names in music have taken a similar route.

In December 2020, Bob Dylan sold the rights to his songs to Universal Music Group for $400 million, while in 2021, Bruce Springsteen sold the rights to his songs to Sony Music Entertainment for $550 million

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Juice WRLD Is An Animated Samurai In New 'Already Dead' Video

Juice WRLD Is An Animated Samurai In New 'Already Dead' Video

Juice WRLD has been immortalized in an animated music video for the song "Already Dead" from his posthumous album Fighting Demons, which was released on December 10.

The video, directed by of Steve Cannon, sees an anime version of the late rapper as a samurai, engaged in a sword battle with a ferocious enemy.

"You can see the pain in my laugh/ Demons comin' back from the past/ Feelin' like I'm 'bout to relapse/ Voices in my head/ All I can hear them say/ Is, 'Everyone wants me dead'/ Bi-, I'm already dead/ I've been dead for years," he raps on the track.

The video also features never-seen-before clips from various stage performances and studio recording sessions of the departed rapper with his voiceover telling his fans to never give up on their dreams.

"Even if it seems like it's impossible, it's very, very possible," Juice says. "So don't get nervous if you have a big goal. Just chip away at it until you get to where you need to be."

Talking about his son, who died in December 2019 of an accidental overdose, the rapper's mother, Carmela Wallace said, "He never gave up and his friends and family never gave up on offering their support to him. We encourage all of you who struggle with addiction and mental health to never give up the fight. We continue to extend free support to you via LiveFree999.org created in his honor."

"There was nothing Jarad 'Juice WRLD' Higgins enjoyed more than delivering new music to his millions of fans around the world. He left behind an astonishingly deep catalog of music that will ensure his fans will have new songs to listen to for years to come," she added.

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Netflix Shares New Trailer For Kanye West Documentary 'Jeen-Yuhs'

Netflix Shares New Trailer For Kanye West Documentary 'Jeen-Yuhs'

Netflix recently shared a new trailer for Jeen-Yuhs, a documentary on Kanye West, who recently changed his official name to Ye.

Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy drops on the streaming service on February 16. The online video streaming giant shared a just over one -minute trailer for Jeen-Yuhs.

Jeen-Yuhs, a multi-part doc features never-before-seen home videos and other rare footage of the rapper and fashion mogul.

Jeen-Yuhs was directed by Clarence "Coodie" Simmons and Chike Ozah, more commonly known as Coodie & Chike. The documentary will focus Ye's life and work.

The duo previously directed one of the three versions of the music video for Kanye's hit single's "Jesus Walks." They have also directed music videos for artists like Pitbull, Erykah Badu, and A Kid From Coney Island.

Billboard previously reported that Netflix had acquired the docuseries for upwards of $30 million.

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The Weeknd Shares New Video For 'Sacrifice'

The Weeknd Shares New Video For 'Sacrifice'

The Weeknd recently released a video for "Sacrifice," a new single from his latest album Dawn FM.

The Cliqua-directed video opens with a confused Weeknd in a dark room. He then hears a voice that asks him to "accept your fate with open arms" after being "in the dark for so long." He is later captured by some hooded figures and then tied to a big wheel.

"I don't want to sacrifice / For your love, I try / I don't wanna sacrifice / But I love my time," he sings in the chorus.

"Sacrifice" is a song from the Weeknd's fifth studio album Dawn FM, which dropped on January 7 and features Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, Quincy Jones, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Jim Carrey. "Sacrifice" was produced by Swedish House Mafia and Max Martin.

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Roddy Ricch Announced As First 'SNL' Musical Guest Of 2022

Roddy Ricch Announced As First 'SNL' Musical Guest Of 2022

Roddy Ricch has been confirmed as the first musical guest on the first episode of "Saturday Night Live" of 2022, which will air on January 15.

Ricch will be promoting his sophomore album Live Life Fast, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

The episode will be hosted by West Side Story actress Ariana DeBose. A Golden Globe, Tony Award and Critics Choice Award nominee DeBose, who plays Anita in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the classic movie, will be making her hosting debut on "SNL."

The January 15-dated episode will mark the 10th episode in the 47th season. "SNL" will continue its 47th season with new shows on January 22 and January 29.

The last episode of "SNL" aired on December 18, but due to the rapid rise of the Omicron COVID variant, the episode didn't feature a live audience. The Paul Rudd-hosted episode aired with pre-taped sketches, while musical guest Charli XCX pulled out.

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Kanye West Teams With Balenciaga For New Yeezy Gap Collection

Kanye West Teams With Balenciaga For New Yeezy Gap Collection

Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has announced he will team up with luxury European fashion house Balenciaga for a new line of YZY products to sell in Gap stores.

West posted on Instagram an apparent contract for the agreement, signed by all three parties on December 29, along with the caption "Yeezy x Gap x Balenciaga ??????"

An official press release from Yeezy Gap say, "Ye pioneers a new creative exploration within the Yeezy Gap Universe. Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga. The first of its kind launch sees Ye's peerless vision bring together the most influential designer of his generation, Demna, with iconic American brand, Gap."

The new line will be available globally in 2022 alongside other new Yeezy Gap products.

The first Yeezy Gap-Balenciaga product will be released in June, with another planned for later in the year, according to Vogue.

"I share some of the same sensibilities in my creative language," Demna Gvasalia, the creative director of Balenciaga, told Vogue. "This project allowed me to join forces [with Ye] to create utilitarian fashion for all. there's a certain urban minimalism and poetry in our aesthetics, [and] also a desire to push boundaries."

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Tyler, The Creator, Tame Impala & Jack Harlow To Headline 2022 Forecastle Festival

Tyler, The Creator, Tame Impala & Jack Harlow To Headline 2022 Forecastle Festival

Tyler, the Creator and Tame Impala will each headline a night of the 2022 Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 - 29, with hometown hero Jack Harlow topping the line-up on the opening night.

The three-day event will see more than 50 artists across all genres, including Rüfüs Du Soul, Phoebe Bridgers, Porter Robinson, Clairo, 6Lack and Black Pumas, perform on multiple stages.

The annual three-day music festival is entering into its 20th year since its first time in 2002. Though the show was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, according to a press release, the organizers have promised "a reimagined fan experience," this time, including a reshaped site and fully tented Ocean Stage to increase audience immersion.

Tickets for the festival went on sale Wednesday and have been made available via SMS presale, as well as through the festival's website at forecastlefest.com/tickets, with prices starting at $185 for three-day general admission and one-day tickets starting from $100.

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