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Fashion Rock Star John Varvatos Launches His Own Record Label

Fashion Rock Star John Varvatos Launches His Own Record Label

Sure, renowned fashion designer John Varvatos can rock your wardrobe, but what he really wants to do is rock your ears. In conjunction with Republic Records, Varvatos now serves as the curator and president of his own record label—John Varvatos Records—where he’ll spearhead the signing of new acts, guide the release of high-profile reissues and compilations, and, we can only hope, act as sartorial stylist for a stable of fashion-forward music artists.

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This new music platform is a somewhat revolutionary collaboration, co-mingling two distinct mediums and brands under one banner. "Music has always been my big passion and an energy force in my life,” says Varvatos, a life-long rock fanatic who hosts a Sirius/XM radio show and authored his first book, Rock in Fashion ($495 limited edition) and released the $1,500 The Guitar Collection Book, packaged in a leather-bound guitar case. “As a result, my brand is deeply rooted in it as well. The connection between fashion and music is undeniable and symbiotic."

Republic Records label founder, chairman, and chief executive officer Monte Lipman explains why the mix-and-match pairing makes sense. "John Varvatos is one of the most iconic and important brands in fashion. I felt it instantly exemplified the ethos our company was founded upon. We look forward to embarking on a new journey with one of fashion's foremost figures."

The partnership was Republic EVP Charlie Walk’s idea. "John is the only fashion icon I know who has music imbedded into his brand. His appreciation for music along with his incredible taste and texture makes him the perfect partner where music and fashion collide in the truest sense."

The John Varvatos Records label is the newest boutique label of Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group, and home to such artists as Amy Winehouse, Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine, James Blake, Of Monsters and Men and Owl City. Who will be the label’s first artists? No one’s dropping names yet, but his personal taste clearly runs toward classic rock. The John Varvatos brand has launched high-profile fashion campaigns featuring Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Chris Cornell, Joe Perry, Velvet Revolver, Green Day, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, and others from Willie Nelson to Dave Matthews. Rock legends KISS even serve as the face of the company's Spring 2014 campaign. And in a retail business where location, location, location is key, it’s worth noting that Varvatos took over the famous location of the iconic New York City rock club CBGB's in 2008, where his 315 Bowery Store now stands and continues to rock on with free concerts by name artists.


Jessica Simpson Hot Pics and Videos

Sexy Jessica Simpson is a dancer and pop singer. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, beginning her performing career as a member of her church choir at 12, she also auditioned unsuccessfully for The Mickey Mouse Club. While attending church camp the following summer, Simpson was discovered by the head of a tiny CCM label and spent the next three years recording her debut album. The label, however, folded before the record could be released, although a small pressing was eventually funded by her grandmother. Nevertheless, the teen became a hit on the Christian Youth Conference circuit, also sharing bills with Kirk Franklin, God&aposs Property, and CeCe Winans.

Seeking to expand her popularity in the secular market, Simpson later signed to Sony and toured in support of boy band sensations 98°. Her 1999 major-label debut, Sweet Kisses, launched the smash "I Wanna Love You Forever." A second studio effort, Irresistible, appeared in spring 2001. Despite the MTV coverage of the album&aposs title track, Simpson&aposs sophomore effort didn&apost fare as well as her first album. The following year, Simpson married her longtime boyfriend, 98° crooner Nick Lachey. She also went on to appear in several episodes of That &apos70s Show, but it took Simpson until summer 2003 to become a bona fide celebrity. She and Lachey&aposs MTV-produced reality show, Newlyweds, captured countless moments of the couple&aposs first year of marriage.

"I want to be a diva. like people-totally-respect-my-music diva, not diva like carry-my-Diet-Coke-around."

-Jessica Simpson

Simpson&aposs third album, the much more mature In This Skin, appeared in July. First single "Sweetest Sin" was a moderate chart hit, but thanks to the success of Newlyweds, Simpson&aposs teetering career got a second chance. A second single, "With You," was a favorite among the MTV crowd, and by spring 2004, In This Skin was re-released. It included reworked versions of Berlin&aposs "Take My Breath Away" and Robbie Williams&apos "Angels" as well as additional footage from the first season of Newlyweds. Simpson spent the rest of 2004 and early 2005 working on the second season of Newlyweds, as well as on her role as Daisy Duke in the Dukes of Hazard movie. Late that year, she and Lachey separated. Soon after, Simpson got to work on her fourth album and also started shooting the movie Employee of the Month. A Public Affair arrived in summer 2006 and was influenced by everything from &apos80s new wave to contemporary country.


Jessica Simpson Hot Pics and Videos

Sexy Jessica Simpson is a dancer and pop singer. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, beginning her performing career as a member of her church choir at 12, she also auditioned unsuccessfully for The Mickey Mouse Club. While attending church camp the following summer, Simpson was discovered by the head of a tiny CCM label and spent the next three years recording her debut album. The label, however, folded before the record could be released, although a small pressing was eventually funded by her grandmother. Nevertheless, the teen became a hit on the Christian Youth Conference circuit, also sharing bills with Kirk Franklin, God&aposs Property, and CeCe Winans.

Seeking to expand her popularity in the secular market, Simpson later signed to Sony and toured in support of boy band sensations 98°. Her 1999 major-label debut, Sweet Kisses, launched the smash "I Wanna Love You Forever." A second studio effort, Irresistible, appeared in spring 2001. Despite the MTV coverage of the album&aposs title track, Simpson&aposs sophomore effort didn&apost fare as well as her first album. The following year, Simpson married her longtime boyfriend, 98° crooner Nick Lachey. She also went on to appear in several episodes of That &apos70s Show, but it took Simpson until summer 2003 to become a bona fide celebrity. She and Lachey&aposs MTV-produced reality show, Newlyweds, captured countless moments of the couple&aposs first year of marriage.

"I want to be a diva. like people-totally-respect-my-music diva, not diva like carry-my-Diet-Coke-around."

-Jessica Simpson

Simpson&aposs third album, the much more mature In This Skin, appeared in July. First single "Sweetest Sin" was a moderate chart hit, but thanks to the success of Newlyweds, Simpson&aposs teetering career got a second chance. A second single, "With You," was a favorite among the MTV crowd, and by spring 2004, In This Skin was re-released. It included reworked versions of Berlin&aposs "Take My Breath Away" and Robbie Williams&apos "Angels" as well as additional footage from the first season of Newlyweds. Simpson spent the rest of 2004 and early 2005 working on the second season of Newlyweds, as well as on her role as Daisy Duke in the Dukes of Hazard movie. Late that year, she and Lachey separated. Soon after, Simpson got to work on her fourth album and also started shooting the movie Employee of the Month. A Public Affair arrived in summer 2006 and was influenced by everything from &apos80s new wave to contemporary country.


Jessica Simpson Hot Pics and Videos

Sexy Jessica Simpson is a dancer and pop singer. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, beginning her performing career as a member of her church choir at 12, she also auditioned unsuccessfully for The Mickey Mouse Club. While attending church camp the following summer, Simpson was discovered by the head of a tiny CCM label and spent the next three years recording her debut album. The label, however, folded before the record could be released, although a small pressing was eventually funded by her grandmother. Nevertheless, the teen became a hit on the Christian Youth Conference circuit, also sharing bills with Kirk Franklin, God&aposs Property, and CeCe Winans.

Seeking to expand her popularity in the secular market, Simpson later signed to Sony and toured in support of boy band sensations 98°. Her 1999 major-label debut, Sweet Kisses, launched the smash "I Wanna Love You Forever." A second studio effort, Irresistible, appeared in spring 2001. Despite the MTV coverage of the album&aposs title track, Simpson&aposs sophomore effort didn&apost fare as well as her first album. The following year, Simpson married her longtime boyfriend, 98° crooner Nick Lachey. She also went on to appear in several episodes of That &apos70s Show, but it took Simpson until summer 2003 to become a bona fide celebrity. She and Lachey&aposs MTV-produced reality show, Newlyweds, captured countless moments of the couple&aposs first year of marriage.

"I want to be a diva. like people-totally-respect-my-music diva, not diva like carry-my-Diet-Coke-around."

-Jessica Simpson

Simpson&aposs third album, the much more mature In This Skin, appeared in July. First single "Sweetest Sin" was a moderate chart hit, but thanks to the success of Newlyweds, Simpson&aposs teetering career got a second chance. A second single, "With You," was a favorite among the MTV crowd, and by spring 2004, In This Skin was re-released. It included reworked versions of Berlin&aposs "Take My Breath Away" and Robbie Williams&apos "Angels" as well as additional footage from the first season of Newlyweds. Simpson spent the rest of 2004 and early 2005 working on the second season of Newlyweds, as well as on her role as Daisy Duke in the Dukes of Hazard movie. Late that year, she and Lachey separated. Soon after, Simpson got to work on her fourth album and also started shooting the movie Employee of the Month. A Public Affair arrived in summer 2006 and was influenced by everything from &apos80s new wave to contemporary country.


Jessica Simpson Hot Pics and Videos

Sexy Jessica Simpson is a dancer and pop singer. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, beginning her performing career as a member of her church choir at 12, she also auditioned unsuccessfully for The Mickey Mouse Club. While attending church camp the following summer, Simpson was discovered by the head of a tiny CCM label and spent the next three years recording her debut album. The label, however, folded before the record could be released, although a small pressing was eventually funded by her grandmother. Nevertheless, the teen became a hit on the Christian Youth Conference circuit, also sharing bills with Kirk Franklin, God&aposs Property, and CeCe Winans.

Seeking to expand her popularity in the secular market, Simpson later signed to Sony and toured in support of boy band sensations 98°. Her 1999 major-label debut, Sweet Kisses, launched the smash "I Wanna Love You Forever." A second studio effort, Irresistible, appeared in spring 2001. Despite the MTV coverage of the album&aposs title track, Simpson&aposs sophomore effort didn&apost fare as well as her first album. The following year, Simpson married her longtime boyfriend, 98° crooner Nick Lachey. She also went on to appear in several episodes of That &apos70s Show, but it took Simpson until summer 2003 to become a bona fide celebrity. She and Lachey&aposs MTV-produced reality show, Newlyweds, captured countless moments of the couple&aposs first year of marriage.

"I want to be a diva. like people-totally-respect-my-music diva, not diva like carry-my-Diet-Coke-around."

-Jessica Simpson

Simpson&aposs third album, the much more mature In This Skin, appeared in July. First single "Sweetest Sin" was a moderate chart hit, but thanks to the success of Newlyweds, Simpson&aposs teetering career got a second chance. A second single, "With You," was a favorite among the MTV crowd, and by spring 2004, In This Skin was re-released. It included reworked versions of Berlin&aposs "Take My Breath Away" and Robbie Williams&apos "Angels" as well as additional footage from the first season of Newlyweds. Simpson spent the rest of 2004 and early 2005 working on the second season of Newlyweds, as well as on her role as Daisy Duke in the Dukes of Hazard movie. Late that year, she and Lachey separated. Soon after, Simpson got to work on her fourth album and also started shooting the movie Employee of the Month. A Public Affair arrived in summer 2006 and was influenced by everything from &apos80s new wave to contemporary country.


Jessica Simpson Hot Pics and Videos

Sexy Jessica Simpson is a dancer and pop singer. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, beginning her performing career as a member of her church choir at 12, she also auditioned unsuccessfully for The Mickey Mouse Club. While attending church camp the following summer, Simpson was discovered by the head of a tiny CCM label and spent the next three years recording her debut album. The label, however, folded before the record could be released, although a small pressing was eventually funded by her grandmother. Nevertheless, the teen became a hit on the Christian Youth Conference circuit, also sharing bills with Kirk Franklin, God&aposs Property, and CeCe Winans.

Seeking to expand her popularity in the secular market, Simpson later signed to Sony and toured in support of boy band sensations 98°. Her 1999 major-label debut, Sweet Kisses, launched the smash "I Wanna Love You Forever." A second studio effort, Irresistible, appeared in spring 2001. Despite the MTV coverage of the album&aposs title track, Simpson&aposs sophomore effort didn&apost fare as well as her first album. The following year, Simpson married her longtime boyfriend, 98° crooner Nick Lachey. She also went on to appear in several episodes of That &apos70s Show, but it took Simpson until summer 2003 to become a bona fide celebrity. She and Lachey&aposs MTV-produced reality show, Newlyweds, captured countless moments of the couple&aposs first year of marriage.

"I want to be a diva. like people-totally-respect-my-music diva, not diva like carry-my-Diet-Coke-around."

-Jessica Simpson

Simpson&aposs third album, the much more mature In This Skin, appeared in July. First single "Sweetest Sin" was a moderate chart hit, but thanks to the success of Newlyweds, Simpson&aposs teetering career got a second chance. A second single, "With You," was a favorite among the MTV crowd, and by spring 2004, In This Skin was re-released. It included reworked versions of Berlin&aposs "Take My Breath Away" and Robbie Williams&apos "Angels" as well as additional footage from the first season of Newlyweds. Simpson spent the rest of 2004 and early 2005 working on the second season of Newlyweds, as well as on her role as Daisy Duke in the Dukes of Hazard movie. Late that year, she and Lachey separated. Soon after, Simpson got to work on her fourth album and also started shooting the movie Employee of the Month. A Public Affair arrived in summer 2006 and was influenced by everything from &apos80s new wave to contemporary country.


Jessica Simpson Hot Pics and Videos

Sexy Jessica Simpson is a dancer and pop singer. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, beginning her performing career as a member of her church choir at 12, she also auditioned unsuccessfully for The Mickey Mouse Club. While attending church camp the following summer, Simpson was discovered by the head of a tiny CCM label and spent the next three years recording her debut album. The label, however, folded before the record could be released, although a small pressing was eventually funded by her grandmother. Nevertheless, the teen became a hit on the Christian Youth Conference circuit, also sharing bills with Kirk Franklin, God&aposs Property, and CeCe Winans.

Seeking to expand her popularity in the secular market, Simpson later signed to Sony and toured in support of boy band sensations 98°. Her 1999 major-label debut, Sweet Kisses, launched the smash "I Wanna Love You Forever." A second studio effort, Irresistible, appeared in spring 2001. Despite the MTV coverage of the album&aposs title track, Simpson&aposs sophomore effort didn&apost fare as well as her first album. The following year, Simpson married her longtime boyfriend, 98° crooner Nick Lachey. She also went on to appear in several episodes of That &apos70s Show, but it took Simpson until summer 2003 to become a bona fide celebrity. She and Lachey&aposs MTV-produced reality show, Newlyweds, captured countless moments of the couple&aposs first year of marriage.

"I want to be a diva. like people-totally-respect-my-music diva, not diva like carry-my-Diet-Coke-around."

-Jessica Simpson

Simpson&aposs third album, the much more mature In This Skin, appeared in July. First single "Sweetest Sin" was a moderate chart hit, but thanks to the success of Newlyweds, Simpson&aposs teetering career got a second chance. A second single, "With You," was a favorite among the MTV crowd, and by spring 2004, In This Skin was re-released. It included reworked versions of Berlin&aposs "Take My Breath Away" and Robbie Williams&apos "Angels" as well as additional footage from the first season of Newlyweds. Simpson spent the rest of 2004 and early 2005 working on the second season of Newlyweds, as well as on her role as Daisy Duke in the Dukes of Hazard movie. Late that year, she and Lachey separated. Soon after, Simpson got to work on her fourth album and also started shooting the movie Employee of the Month. A Public Affair arrived in summer 2006 and was influenced by everything from &apos80s new wave to contemporary country.


Jessica Simpson Hot Pics and Videos

Sexy Jessica Simpson is a dancer and pop singer. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, beginning her performing career as a member of her church choir at 12, she also auditioned unsuccessfully for The Mickey Mouse Club. While attending church camp the following summer, Simpson was discovered by the head of a tiny CCM label and spent the next three years recording her debut album. The label, however, folded before the record could be released, although a small pressing was eventually funded by her grandmother. Nevertheless, the teen became a hit on the Christian Youth Conference circuit, also sharing bills with Kirk Franklin, God&aposs Property, and CeCe Winans.

Seeking to expand her popularity in the secular market, Simpson later signed to Sony and toured in support of boy band sensations 98°. Her 1999 major-label debut, Sweet Kisses, launched the smash "I Wanna Love You Forever." A second studio effort, Irresistible, appeared in spring 2001. Despite the MTV coverage of the album&aposs title track, Simpson&aposs sophomore effort didn&apost fare as well as her first album. The following year, Simpson married her longtime boyfriend, 98° crooner Nick Lachey. She also went on to appear in several episodes of That &apos70s Show, but it took Simpson until summer 2003 to become a bona fide celebrity. She and Lachey&aposs MTV-produced reality show, Newlyweds, captured countless moments of the couple&aposs first year of marriage.

"I want to be a diva. like people-totally-respect-my-music diva, not diva like carry-my-Diet-Coke-around."

-Jessica Simpson

Simpson&aposs third album, the much more mature In This Skin, appeared in July. First single "Sweetest Sin" was a moderate chart hit, but thanks to the success of Newlyweds, Simpson&aposs teetering career got a second chance. A second single, "With You," was a favorite among the MTV crowd, and by spring 2004, In This Skin was re-released. It included reworked versions of Berlin&aposs "Take My Breath Away" and Robbie Williams&apos "Angels" as well as additional footage from the first season of Newlyweds. Simpson spent the rest of 2004 and early 2005 working on the second season of Newlyweds, as well as on her role as Daisy Duke in the Dukes of Hazard movie. Late that year, she and Lachey separated. Soon after, Simpson got to work on her fourth album and also started shooting the movie Employee of the Month. A Public Affair arrived in summer 2006 and was influenced by everything from &apos80s new wave to contemporary country.


Jessica Simpson Hot Pics and Videos

Sexy Jessica Simpson is a dancer and pop singer. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, beginning her performing career as a member of her church choir at 12, she also auditioned unsuccessfully for The Mickey Mouse Club. While attending church camp the following summer, Simpson was discovered by the head of a tiny CCM label and spent the next three years recording her debut album. The label, however, folded before the record could be released, although a small pressing was eventually funded by her grandmother. Nevertheless, the teen became a hit on the Christian Youth Conference circuit, also sharing bills with Kirk Franklin, God&aposs Property, and CeCe Winans.

Seeking to expand her popularity in the secular market, Simpson later signed to Sony and toured in support of boy band sensations 98°. Her 1999 major-label debut, Sweet Kisses, launched the smash "I Wanna Love You Forever." A second studio effort, Irresistible, appeared in spring 2001. Despite the MTV coverage of the album&aposs title track, Simpson&aposs sophomore effort didn&apost fare as well as her first album. The following year, Simpson married her longtime boyfriend, 98° crooner Nick Lachey. She also went on to appear in several episodes of That &apos70s Show, but it took Simpson until summer 2003 to become a bona fide celebrity. She and Lachey&aposs MTV-produced reality show, Newlyweds, captured countless moments of the couple&aposs first year of marriage.

"I want to be a diva. like people-totally-respect-my-music diva, not diva like carry-my-Diet-Coke-around."

-Jessica Simpson

Simpson&aposs third album, the much more mature In This Skin, appeared in July. First single "Sweetest Sin" was a moderate chart hit, but thanks to the success of Newlyweds, Simpson&aposs teetering career got a second chance. A second single, "With You," was a favorite among the MTV crowd, and by spring 2004, In This Skin was re-released. It included reworked versions of Berlin&aposs "Take My Breath Away" and Robbie Williams&apos "Angels" as well as additional footage from the first season of Newlyweds. Simpson spent the rest of 2004 and early 2005 working on the second season of Newlyweds, as well as on her role as Daisy Duke in the Dukes of Hazard movie. Late that year, she and Lachey separated. Soon after, Simpson got to work on her fourth album and also started shooting the movie Employee of the Month. A Public Affair arrived in summer 2006 and was influenced by everything from &apos80s new wave to contemporary country.


Jessica Simpson Hot Pics and Videos

Sexy Jessica Simpson is a dancer and pop singer. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, beginning her performing career as a member of her church choir at 12, she also auditioned unsuccessfully for The Mickey Mouse Club. While attending church camp the following summer, Simpson was discovered by the head of a tiny CCM label and spent the next three years recording her debut album. The label, however, folded before the record could be released, although a small pressing was eventually funded by her grandmother. Nevertheless, the teen became a hit on the Christian Youth Conference circuit, also sharing bills with Kirk Franklin, God&aposs Property, and CeCe Winans.

Seeking to expand her popularity in the secular market, Simpson later signed to Sony and toured in support of boy band sensations 98°. Her 1999 major-label debut, Sweet Kisses, launched the smash "I Wanna Love You Forever." A second studio effort, Irresistible, appeared in spring 2001. Despite the MTV coverage of the album&aposs title track, Simpson&aposs sophomore effort didn&apost fare as well as her first album. The following year, Simpson married her longtime boyfriend, 98° crooner Nick Lachey. She also went on to appear in several episodes of That &apos70s Show, but it took Simpson until summer 2003 to become a bona fide celebrity. She and Lachey&aposs MTV-produced reality show, Newlyweds, captured countless moments of the couple&aposs first year of marriage.

"I want to be a diva. like people-totally-respect-my-music diva, not diva like carry-my-Diet-Coke-around."

-Jessica Simpson

Simpson&aposs third album, the much more mature In This Skin, appeared in July. First single "Sweetest Sin" was a moderate chart hit, but thanks to the success of Newlyweds, Simpson&aposs teetering career got a second chance. A second single, "With You," was a favorite among the MTV crowd, and by spring 2004, In This Skin was re-released. It included reworked versions of Berlin&aposs "Take My Breath Away" and Robbie Williams&apos "Angels" as well as additional footage from the first season of Newlyweds. Simpson spent the rest of 2004 and early 2005 working on the second season of Newlyweds, as well as on her role as Daisy Duke in the Dukes of Hazard movie. Late that year, she and Lachey separated. Soon after, Simpson got to work on her fourth album and also started shooting the movie Employee of the Month. A Public Affair arrived in summer 2006 and was influenced by everything from &apos80s new wave to contemporary country.


Jessica Simpson Hot Pics and Videos

Sexy Jessica Simpson is a dancer and pop singer. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, beginning her performing career as a member of her church choir at 12, she also auditioned unsuccessfully for The Mickey Mouse Club. While attending church camp the following summer, Simpson was discovered by the head of a tiny CCM label and spent the next three years recording her debut album. The label, however, folded before the record could be released, although a small pressing was eventually funded by her grandmother. Nevertheless, the teen became a hit on the Christian Youth Conference circuit, also sharing bills with Kirk Franklin, God&aposs Property, and CeCe Winans.

Seeking to expand her popularity in the secular market, Simpson later signed to Sony and toured in support of boy band sensations 98°. Her 1999 major-label debut, Sweet Kisses, launched the smash "I Wanna Love You Forever." A second studio effort, Irresistible, appeared in spring 2001. Despite the MTV coverage of the album&aposs title track, Simpson&aposs sophomore effort didn&apost fare as well as her first album. The following year, Simpson married her longtime boyfriend, 98° crooner Nick Lachey. She also went on to appear in several episodes of That &apos70s Show, but it took Simpson until summer 2003 to become a bona fide celebrity. She and Lachey&aposs MTV-produced reality show, Newlyweds, captured countless moments of the couple&aposs first year of marriage.

"I want to be a diva. like people-totally-respect-my-music diva, not diva like carry-my-Diet-Coke-around."

-Jessica Simpson

Simpson&aposs third album, the much more mature In This Skin, appeared in July. First single "Sweetest Sin" was a moderate chart hit, but thanks to the success of Newlyweds, Simpson&aposs teetering career got a second chance. A second single, "With You," was a favorite among the MTV crowd, and by spring 2004, In This Skin was re-released. It included reworked versions of Berlin&aposs "Take My Breath Away" and Robbie Williams&apos "Angels" as well as additional footage from the first season of Newlyweds. Simpson spent the rest of 2004 and early 2005 working on the second season of Newlyweds, as well as on her role as Daisy Duke in the Dukes of Hazard movie. Late that year, she and Lachey separated. Soon after, Simpson got to work on her fourth album and also started shooting the movie Employee of the Month. A Public Affair arrived in summer 2006 and was influenced by everything from &apos80s new wave to contemporary country.


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