Monthly Archives: April 2017

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 25, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Shawn Mendes illuminates the Most Added leaderboard, Noah Cyrus achy breaks at the format and Paramore proves it’s easy to be “Hard”, even without a Hair-raising musical. This is the dawning of the new Tuesday adds report, new Tuesday adds repooooort… so, let the sunshine in already! Here’s what shining this week:

“NOTHING” BEATS MENDES: After quickly reaching the top 50 on last Sunday’s published update, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes continues to leave the CHR/Top 40 panel shook by its slayage (that’s what the kids tell me) on both sales and streaming platforms. So, it’s no wonder that the single impacts with 76 adds in its first frame, the Most Added record this week. That notable total matches the 76 adds that “Treat You Better” received on impact in June 2016, which reached a peak of #2 in October. The teenager’s Illuminate album, which features both tracks, was recently reissued digitally. Co-writer Teddy Geiger is up to his fourth chart song with Mendes, which is two times the amount of top 40 singles he had as an artist in 2006. (No tea, no shade to Mr. Geiger, by the way; I still enjoy a listen to “These Walls” now and again.)

DO YOU WANT TO NOAH SECRET?: She’s not crying anymore! 17-year-old Noah Cyrus is looking for her second chart hit with “Stay Together”, which stays around in the fourth Most Added spot this week, taking in 31 stations. (It is tied with “Attention” by Charlie Puth for the position; more on that one next week when it impacts!) Father Billy Ray Cyrus, brother Trace Cyrus (a member of Metro Station) and sister Miley Cyrus have all hit the top 40 at least once, with the latter Cyrus leading at eight hits since 2007. Of course, the newest musical member of the family made her top 40 debut three months ago with “Make Me (Cry)”, a song that features Labrinth. It peaked at #19 for two weeks. Does she noah way to the #1 spot this time? “Stay” tuned, chart fans.

LESS IS (PARA)MORE: After three years away from the Top 40 chart, and almost a decade after their first pop hit, Paramore is still serving up more hits. The trio returns with “Hard Times”, an easy sell for both Alternative and Top 40 fans. It tops the Most Added list at the former, while it’s tied for sixth Most Added at the latter, pulling in 29 stations on impact. The act’s After Laughter is due on May 12, and it features the group’s original drummer Zac Farro, who parted ways in 2010. While their sound is definitely a bit different from the Riot! days, when they first made the top 40 at the format with “Misery Business”, you shouldn’t riot or feel miserable about it. After all, the majority of our favorite bands adapt; it’s just a part of one’s musical career. (Just, you know, leave the Hot Topic obsession in 2007, if you would.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (Island/Republic)
2. LADY GAGA
, “The Cure” (Streamline/Interscope)
3. DNCE featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Kissing Strangers” (Republic)
4-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
4-T. NOAH CYRUS, “Stay Together” (RECORDS/Sony RED)
6-T. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
6-T. PARAMORE, “Hard Times” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
8. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
9. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “Despacito” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
10-T. HALSEY, “Now Or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
10-T. JON BELLION, “Overwhelming” (Capitol)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 23, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Yesterday was Record Store Day, and I certainly got a lot of great singles from artists like Deee-Lite, Madonna and Prince. Hey, it’s always best to have more wax in your hands than in your ears, even with a Q-Tip in my RSD collection. So, listen up as we rewind the week, then hit play and slay through the latest stats from the pop radio survey:

CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY ED: …and here we are again, folks. For the tenth week in a row, Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You” stays at that top spot on the CHR/Top 40 chart. It’s the third ten-week #1 so far this decade, and the only one that isn’t a collaboration. (In 2008, Leona Lewis‘s “Bleeding Love” was the last double-digit leader by a sole performer, also spending ten weeks at the top.) The song in second place for the fourth week, Bruno Mars‘s “That’s What I Like”, should finally get its first frame at #1 next week. Will I be rejoicing? No tea, no shade, but that’s an affirmative. Sheeran’s “Castle On The Hill” makes a notable jump from 30-22 on the list, while also rising 22-18 at the Hot AC format. At this rate, I’d expect that “Castle” will likely be in the top ten by the end of May, due to a number of summer single premieres (you know they’re all coming!) over the next few weeks.

“Shape” is still in the top five on at least four radio formats this week (beyond the aforementioned charts, AC and Rhythmic), while it also maintains a top 20 placing on, believe it or not, the Spanish chart. How’s it doing so well there? Well, thanks to a remix featuring reggae duo Zion & Lennox, the mass appeal hit continues to be, well, even more mass appeal. Will it ever stop? Ay, Dios mío…

EVEN “STRANGERS” NEED A “CURE”: Two of the most talked about tracks on the pop radio chart this week really know how to make an entrance, shooting straight into the top 40. The higher of the twosome is “Kissing Strangers” by DNCE, bowing in at #36 on the chart. It’s the group’s fifth top 40 hit since 2015, while featured artist Nicki Minaj scores her 34th top 40 entry at the format since 2010. Needless to say, neither act is a stranger to the top 40, though DNCE is a stranger when it comes to #1 songs, as “Cake By The Ocean” (#2, 4/10-17/16 MB) could only nibble at the pop pastry supreme at the top of the bakery… erm, could only knock on the door to the top of the chart, but were turned away by a pair of performers who only cared about themselves.

Lady Gaga‘s surprise single “The Cure” enters one spot below “Kissing”, rushing into the top 40 at #37. This means that the Joanne era is likely over after two radio singles, but we’ll always remember that pink hat in our hearts, though probably not in our closets. At 18 top 40 singles since 2008, including seven chart-toppers, the Lady continues to get her fill of pop success. Her next project? A new spin on the classic film A Star Is Born. No, I’m not expecting her to take on “Evergreen” anytime soon; let’s save that in 1977, please.

WHO’S YOUR DADDY?: Fathering a new top 50 song this week is a collaboration featuring 40-year-old rapper Daddy Yankee, a bilingual performer from Puerto Rico who last appeared on the chart with “Rompe” (#19, 5/19-26/06 R&R) off his Barrio Fino En Directo album. This week, he and fellow Puerto Rican Luis Fonsi take a Spanglish mix of their international hit “Despacito” into the top 50 at #47. Of course, Canadian singer Justin Bieber is also on that version, singing in both English and Spanish. By the way, for all of you chart buffs out there, the first bilingual rapper to ever reach the pop chart was Cuba-born Mellow Man Ace, who charted with “Mentirosa” (#34, 7/6/90 R&R) in his only top 40 appearance.

Though “Despacito” is the first chart entry to use that word in its title, it’s not the first to use it in the lyrics of a top 40 song. In fact, it was just a few months ago that “Bailar” (#35, 11/13/16 MB) by DJ Deorro and featured artist Elvis Crespo opened on that word. A remix featuring Pitbull aided its performance at the pop format, because I’m sure he had zero other hits to ruin at that time. I mean, who else could have done it? Gerardo?

SHAWN’S GOT YOUR “BACK”: After “Mercy” peaked at #6 six weeks ago, 18-year-old singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes gets off to a good start with his latest single, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”. It enters at #49 on this week’s CHR chart, ranking after a little over three days of airplay. Now, in anticipation of this song dropping a few days ago, yours truly dipped into the archives of pop perfection and through the undervalued “holding back” category, stopping at huge songs like “Holding Back The Years” (#3, 6/27/86 R&R) by Simply Red, “I Can’t Hold Back” (#10, 11/30/84 R&R) by Survivor and “I Won’t Hold You Back” (#4, 4/22-5/6/83 R&R) by Toto. So, if you weren’t holding back something in the 80’s, I’m not sure what you were doing. Hey, where’d my Jane Fonda tapes go?

Mendes first entered the top 50 in November 2014 with “Something Big”, which peaked at #44 by the second week of January. It was the follow-up to “Life Of The Party”, which couldn’t break the top 50 in either of its two radio runs, along with a reissue of “Big”, with a slightly altered mix, in the spring of 2015. Of course, with four consecutive top ten releases since those days, it’s safe to say that he’s doing alright for himself now and not looking “back”. Can he make it five? I sure hope so.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 4/16 – 4/22/17

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…
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BIYO – “Moments” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Nashville musician Grayson Proctor got a brief mention on the Rewind back in February with the release of “Focus”, and now we’re focused on his latest tune. Proctor blends dramatic pop and raw R&B elements into a cool song that’s sure to please the blog world.

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SARAH SOLOVAY – “Trick Me” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Singer/songwriter Solovay had us jamming out to her previous single, “Rough Draft”, back in February, and her new track is just as awesome. Matching an edgier and sensual lyric with some good production, Solovay proves that she’s versatile and ready for more.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Anya Marina – “Cut You Loose” (SoundCloud)
Northern National – “MoneyBlind” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 23, 2017

My sweet Lorde.

DEBUTS
40. Shawn Hook featuring Vanessa Hudgens – Reminding Me
39. Serena Ryder – Electric Love
34. Paramore – Hard Times
30. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
28. DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj – Kissing Strangers (37)
11. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (21) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
05. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (12)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. John Mayer – Still Feel Like Your Man (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (06) | PEAK: #02
08. Noah Kahan – Young Blood (08) | PEAK: #08
07. James TW – Ex (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Michael Bublé – I Believe In You (05) | PEAK: #05
05. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (12) | PEAK: #05
04. Imagine Dragons – Believer (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Julia Michaels – Issues (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1
02. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (02) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
01. Lorde – Green Light (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Bobby Bazini – Never Let Go (1)
2. Jukebox The Ghost – Stay The Night (2)
3. The 1975 – A Change Of Heart (4)
4. New Kids On The Block – One More Night (3)
5. LANY – ILYSB (5)
6. Tom Walker – Just You And I (10)
7. Ruth B. – If This Is Love (9)
8. TLC – Way Back (-)
9. FRANKIE featuring Marc E. Bassy – Problems Problems (-)
10. Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie – In My World (-)

In The Mix:
Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato – No Promises
Oh Wonder – Ultralife
Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin
Saint Motel – Destroyer
The Cranberries – Why
Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris – Craving You
ZZ Ward – Help Me Mama

Chart Notes:

  • There’s a new song at the top this week: “Green Light” by New Zealand-born singer Lorde, which rises from 3-1 in its eighth week in the top 40. It’s the first single from the forthcoming album Melodrama, which is due June 16. The song continues to perform well at Alternative and Triple A radio, where it still resides in the top ten, though it’s been pulled from formats such as CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC, managing to quickly make the top 20 on both charts. “Light” co-writer/producer Jack Antonoff looks to be the one to displace his own song at the top, as “Don’t Take The Money” (Bleachers) soars from 12-5. Check back to see that battle continue in the next couple of weeks…
  • Three of this week’s four entries feature lead vocals by Canadian artists, with the highest being “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (#30) by Toronto’s Shawn Mendes. It’s his fourth top 40 song. Debuting at #39 is another Toronto singer: Serena Ryder and the title track from her EP Electric Love. Finally, at #40, is the new single from Shawn Hook, born in the town of Castlegar in British Columbia. “Reminding Me” features American singer and actress Vanessa Hudgens, who earns her first top 40 hit on my chart since “Come Back To Me”, which reached #13 in December 2006. (American act Paramore gets a #34 debut this week with “Hard Times”.)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 25, 2010

Prepare to enter chart waters…

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back seven years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of April 25, 2010…

Debuts:
40. ROB THOMAS, “Mockingbird”
39. TRAIN, “If It’s Love”

Biggest Mover(s):
MACY GRAY, “Beauty In The World” (30-23, seven spots)

10. CAVO, “Let It Go” (down 2)
Album: Bright Nights Bright Days (2009, Reprise Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

09. BARENAKED LADIES, “You Run Away” (down 3)
Album: All In Good Time (2010, Raisin’/EMI Records)
Peak: #5

08. ERIK HASSLE, “Hurtful” (up 1)
Album: Pieces (2010, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

07. NICKELBACK, “This Afternoon” (up 4)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

06. LA ROUX, “Bulletproof” (up 1)
Album: La Roux (2009, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #6

05. V.V. BROWN, “Shark In The Water” (steady, second week)
Album: Travelling Like The Light (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

04. ADAM LAMBERT, “Whataya Want From Me” (down 2)
Album: For Your Entertainment (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Never Told You” (up 1)
Album: Breakthrough (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #2

02. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now” (up 1)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #1 for eleven weeks

01. DANIEL MERRIWEATHER, “Red” (steady, second week)
Album: Love & War (2010, J Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 21, 2017

Take the good with the Brad.

It may be the end of 420, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some smokin’ releases on this week’s schedule. (I tried, I really did.) If you’re ready for all that new music, let’s check out all the action right here:

BRAD PAISLEY – Love And War (iTunes)
Last month, this Country star’s “Today” topped that radio format, while follow-up single “Last Time For Everything” is set to rise up the charts in the coming weeks. His eleventh studio album features guests like John FogertyMick Jagger and Timbaland, but a duet with Demi Lovato from last year didn’t make the cut. Paisley’s past four studio releases have debuted and peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200, while topping the Country survey.

COIN – How Will You Know If You Never Try (iTunes)
Nashville’s quirky pop/rockers opened their musical mouths and produced a top ten Alternative hit called “Talk Too Much” recently, but will tongues be wagging about their second studio album? Well, I sure hope so! It’s their first set in two years, and there’s a solid buzz headed into their first week. We’ll see if this release can bounce off of the Heatseekers survey and onto the Billboard 200.

INCUBUS – 8 (iTunes)
This California group has been reaching the Active Rock and Alternative charts for nearly two decades now, with their current single,  “Nimble Bastard”, becoming their latest top ten entry on the former. Their past four studio albums have debuted in the top two, but a heavy streaming presence for acts like Drake and Kendrick Lamar will probably deny any chance of that for this set.

More albums out this week: Barry Manilow‘s This Is My Town: Songs Of New York (iTunes), Jessie Reyez‘s Kiddo (iTunes), Sheryl Crow‘s Be Myself (iTunes), Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Amy Shark‘s Night Thinker (iTunes), Christina Grimmie‘s Side B (iTunes), Greta Van Fleet‘s Black Smoke Rising (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All The Best”, Zac Brown Band (iTunes)
“Attention”, Charlie Puth (iTunes)
“BDY ON ME”, Omarion (iTunes)
“Beautiful Ones”, Hurts (iTunes)
“Breathe (Shura Remix)”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Dear Ana”, Matthew Koma featuring Jai Wolf (iTunes)
“Despacito (Remix)”, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber (iTunes)
“Drummer Boy”, MisterWives (iTunes)
“Feel Something”, Jaymes Young (iTunes)
“Hard Times”, Paramore (iTunes)
“I Don’t Know Why (Acoustic)”, Gavin James (iTunes)
“Lost In Your Light”, Dua Lipa featuring Miguel (iTunes)
“Lottery”, Kid Ink (iTunes)
“Lust For Life”, Lana Del Rey featuring The Weeknd (iTunes)
“Monsters”, Youngr (iTunes)
“Murder To The Mind”, Tash Sultana (iTunes)
“New Religion”, The Heydaze (iTunes)
“Nights With You”, (iTunes)
“Oh Man Oh Woman”, London Grammer (iTunes)
“Plot Twist”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Problems Problems”, FRANKIE featuring Marc E. Bassy (iTunes)
“Question”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“Reminding Me”, Shawn Hook featuring Vanessa Hudgens (iTunes)
“The Cure”, Lady Gaga (iTunes)
“There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Together”, Ardyn (iTunes)
“Trick Me”, Sarah Solovay (iTunes)
“Wind Up”, Keke Palmer featuring Quavo (iTunes)
“Wonderland (Intro)”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Gorillaz, Mary J. Blige and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 18, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: DNCE and Nicki Minaj give us a musical mouth-to-mouth message, Ed Sheeran finds the courage to climb that hilly chart terrain, and Lady Gaga prescribes us a hit healing for aches, pains and album eras that it might be best to forget. (Let’s be fair: it wasn’t love, but it was a perfect dissolution.) So, pucker up for this week’s stats, because smooching some singles is all the rage in Chart Land:

“KISSING” TO BE CLEVER: Joining the real time culture club (sorry Boy George) this week is “Kissing Strangers” by DNCE and featured artist Nicki Minaj, which lands atop the Most Added report, scoring 47 adds on impact. It’s one of three singles tied for the title this week, which is a pretty rare achievement. The party pop group is looking for their fifth top 40 single at the format, and their first since “Body Moves”, which peaked at #28 back in November. Their debut single remains their biggest, “Cake By The Ocean”, which spent a pair of weeks at #2 (4/10-17/16) and established the Mediabase era record (but not the PPW era record) for the most top 40 weeks to reach its peak: 27 of them. We’ll see how many strangers discover their song in the coming weeks.

PAINT THE TOWN ED: As of now, Ed Sheeran still has the #1 song on the pop chart with “Shape Of You”, which really needs to go elsewhere at this point. I may as well call it “Shade Of You”, at least based on the number of times I’ve tried to drag it lately. I guess I’ll give Sheeran a break this time, as “Castle On The Hill”, a song that recently reached #2 on my chart, is part of a three-way tie for the Most Added song at Top 40 radio this week, also scoring 47 new stations. Halsey‘s “Now Or Never” is the final member of the Fantastic 47 on the latest report, the first single from hopeless fountain kingdom, which still sounds like a LiveJournal oasis for bad fanfiction. Anyways, look for all three songs to continue to bring the adds next week, though there are several singles from acts like Lady Gaga (see below) and Shawn Mendes that’ll be vying for the Most Added title next time around.

“CURE” AND SIMPLE: “Million Reasons”, the little engine the could, may be headed down the tracks now, but Lady Gaga has a cure for that… literally. Released after her performance at Coachella on Sunday morning, “The Cure” soared to #1 on iTunes in a few hours time. Though it officially impacts next week, the hit lands in the fifth Most Added slot this week, with 23 stations. A little under two years ago, an unrelated single called “The Cure” impacted at the format for an act called Lipstick Gypsy. Promoted by Epic Records, it received some action in smaller markets, but failed to chart. Of course, we have to talk about the band named The Cure as well, who totaled four top 40 entries between 1987 and 1992. Their biggest, “Friday, I’m In Love” (#4, 7/31-8/7/92 R&R), was also their last. (“Mint Car” did chart (#45, 7/12/96 R&R) shortly after the #25/26 week recurrent rule was introduced.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. DNCE featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Kissing Strangers” (Republic)
1-T. ED SHEERAN
, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
1-T. HALSEY, “Now Or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
4. HARRY STYLES, “Sign Of The Times” (Columbiia)
5. LADY GAGA, “The Cure” (Streamline/Interscope)
6. CHEAT CODES featuring DEMI LOVATO, “No Promises” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
7. CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN and MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
8. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
9. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
10-T. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
10-T. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic/Capitol)

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