October 20th, 2013
05:00 AM ET

CNN exclusive: Chris Tomlin's new music video

By the CNN Belief Blog Editors
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(CNN)– One of the most popular artists on the planet, Chris Tomlin, is about to release a new music video, and CNN's Belief Blog has an exclusive first look.

Next week Tomlin is releasing a deluxe CD/DVD edition of his chart-topping album "Burning Lights."

The CNN Belief Blog is the only place you can see Tomlin's new video, "God's Great Dance Floor," filmed live at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.

In March, we profiled the popular Christian singer, whose songs are sung by as many as 30 million people each week at churches across the country.

CNN Belief – Chris Tomlin, king of the sing-along

As lively as (Tomlin's) shows are, the point is not to get you inside the doors. The point is to get you singing in church.

“I strive for trying to write something that people can sing, that people want to sing, and that people need to sing,” Tomlin explained before the show.

Tomlin is the undisputed king of worship music, a genre of Christian music sung on Sunday mornings all across the world and increasingly played on Christian radio stations. The music is simple, devotional and easy on the ears.

“We would say that Chris is the most prolific songwriter in the United States now, in this past decade,” said Howard Rachinski, CEO of Christian Copyright Licensing International, the company that tracks what music is used in churches around the world.

In 2012, CCLI paid out $40 million to artists and musicians, and Tomlin got a healthy slice of that pie. Churches around the world used 128 songs he wrote or co-wrote last year, Rachinski said.

CCLI estimates that every Sunday in the United States, between 60,000 and 120,000 churches are singing Tomlin’s songs. By extrapolating that data, Rachinski says, “our best guess would be in the United States on any given Sunday, 20 to 30 million people would be singing Chris Tomlin's songs.”

Chris Tomlin's "God's Great Dance Floor" video from "Burning Lights" Deluxe Edition CD/DVD appears here courtesy of Capitol Christian music group.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Scott Lehman

    Sweet Spot! Another solid God-honoring song by Chris Tomlin...well done Chris!!!

    October 20, 2013 at 7:56 am |
    • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson - The Perimeter of Ignorance

      The music sounds a bit like a cross between U2 and Cold Play.

      October 20, 2013 at 8:23 am |
  2. gordon

    I don't understand why the Atheist have to spend all their time hating on Christians. The Bible says, "Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord". Until then, I will pray for you and threat you with respect. And if I am wrong in the end, I have lost nothing. If you are wrong,
    you have lost everything.

    October 20, 2013 at 7:51 am |
    • Reality # 2

      Au Contraire!!

      Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

      Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Many contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospel being mostly fiction.

      Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah/Argentine white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

      So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher/magic man or Paul, his self-appointed PR manager, would do or say?

      October 20, 2013 at 7:59 am |
      • Rett

        At least you are honest. Jesus either was who He said he was or he was a liar or he was "touched". At least you do not go the route of he was a "good man" I don't think a "good man" is an option to describe Jesus unless what he said about himself is true.

        October 20, 2013 at 8:03 am |
        • Elliott Carlin

          You make a terrific point about Christ–he's either a lunatic or everything He said he was-there is no in-between. On another note, atheists must be the biggest conspiracy folks out there-I mean, for 2,000 years now our Western Culture has been 'touched' and influenced by this Man in so many ways-and yet, it's all a fallacy.

          These are the same folks who won't acknowledge God is mentioned 4 times in the Declaration of Independence--you can't expect them to have a reasoned and level view of Christ.

          October 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          JC's life is not all fallacy. Only 70+% is.

          To wit:

          Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

          The 30 or less % of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.


          For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

          Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

          October 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
        • G to the T

          Dragging out the old C.S Lewis again? Here's another option – "Legend". The bible is not an accurate representation of the life, teachings or sayings of the actual historical Jesus of Nazereth.

          October 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
    • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson - The Perimeter of Ignorance

      So, we should believe so we won't lose out? That sounds a bit self-centered. I do good deeds just because they are good to do, and it feels great. Knowing that I have helped someone breathe a bit easier helps lift my day.

      October 20, 2013 at 8:00 am |
      • Elliott Carlin

        That sounds terrific. While we're counting beans, here in my part of the world, the Methodists and Baptists run some of the largest hospital networks and mercy missions around. I haven't seen an atheist group even work up an Urgent Care. Can you spread some of those good works you talk about?

        October 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          Actually, the biggest supporters of hospitals and charities are the US taxpayers, a mix of believers and non-believers. And note that Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are atheists. Their billions support the largest charity in the world, The Gates Foundation.

          October 21, 2013 at 12:04 am |
    • JWT

      There is nothing to fear from your silly proxy threats, And until christians stop trying to legislate how other people live they need to be fought against.

      October 20, 2013 at 8:00 am |
      • Al

        At what point do we simply accept that everybody needs to stop forcing their will on other people? When will this happen? I don't care what's on my money and I don't care what Christians believe about their god. I don't care if a church is built next to me. I might even go over and help them. As a society we need to stop being a bunch of bigoted and closed minded creeps.

        October 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Colin

      Gordon, you said, And if I am wrong in the end, I have lost nothing. If you are wrong, you have lost everything."

      The logic of the choice you posit is called "Pascal's Wager."

      This is why it is a fallacy:

      a) Pascal's Wager assumes that there are only two options – believe in the Judeo-Christian god or nothing.

      b) Pascal's Wager assumes the Christian god doesn't care whether someone actually believes, or simply goes through the motions;

      c) Pascal's Wager vastly overestimates the likelihood of the risk times the gravity of the risk.

      a. Positing only two options is ridiculous and a Christian prejudice to value the likelihood of the existence of the Christian god over all others. There are, of course, thousands of possibilities when it comes to gods. A non-exhaustive list of gods that various human societies have believed in at one time or another includes Azura Mazda, Angus, Belenos, Brigid, Dana, Lugh, Dagda, Epona, Allah Aphrodite, Apollo, Ares, Artemis, Atehna, Demeter, Dionysus, Eris, Eos, Gaia, God, Hades, Hekate, Helios, Hephaestus, Hera, Hermes, Hestia, Pan, Poseidon, Selene, Uranus, Zeus, Mathilde, Elves, Eostre, Frigg, Ganesh, Hretha, Saxnot, Shef, Shiva Thuno, Tir, Vishnu, Weyland, Woden, Yahweh, Alfar, Balder, Beyla, Bil, Bragi, Byggvir, Dagr, Disir, Eir, Forseti, Freya, Freyr, Frigga, Heimdall, Hel, Hoenir, Idunn, Jord, Lofn, Loki, Mon, Njord, Norns, Nott, Odin, Ran, Saga, Sif, Siofn, Skadi, Snotra, Sol, Syn, Ull, Thor, Tyr, Var, Vali, Vidar, Vor, Herne, Holda, Nehalennia, Nerthus, Endovelicus, Ataegina, Runesocesius, Apollo, Bacchus, Ceres, Cupid, Diana, Janus, Juno, Jupiter, Maia, Mars, Mercury, Minerva, Neptune, Pluto, Plutus, Proserpina, Venus, Vesta, Vulcan, Attis, Cybele, El-Gabal, Isis, Mithras, Sol Invictus, Endovelicus, Anubis, Aten, Atum, Bast, Bes, Geb, Hapi, Hathor, Heget, Horus, Imhotep, Isis, Khepry, Khnum, Maahes, Ma’at, Menhit, Mont, Naunet, Neith, Nephthys, Nut, Osiris, Ptah, Ra, Sekhmnet, Sobek, Set, Tefnut, Thoth, An, Anshar, Anu, Apsu, Ashur, Damkina, Ea, Enki, Enlil, Ereshkigal, Nunurta, Hadad, Inanna, Ishtar, Kingu, Kishar, Marduk, Mummu, Nabu, Nammu, Nanna, Nergal, Ninhursag, Ninlil, Nintu, Shamash, Sin, Tiamat, Utu, Mitra, Amaterasu, Susanoo, Tsukiyomi, Inari, Tengu, Izanami, Izanagi, Daikoku, Ebisu, Benzaiten, Bishamonten, Fukurokuju, Jurojin, Hotei, Quetzalcoatl, Tlaloc, Inti, Kon, Mama Cocha, Mama Quilla, Manco Capac, Pachacamac and Zaramama

      To increase the odds of a positive outcome of Pascal’s Wager to the point where it is even plausible, the believer would have to believe in many, many gods, including the ones that haven't been invented yet. This is obviously impossible – particularly as most of them require(d) monotheistic devotion!!

      b. One cannot “choose to believe” something. That has to be an honest conclusion drawn from the facts. I could not “choose” to believe in the Hindu god Shiva or Leprechauns, for example, as that would make no sense. What I can do is SAY I believe or PRETEND to believe. But going through the motions and pretending to believe may fool your community, but it can't fool an all-knowing god. It is very unlikely that anyone would gain the ultimate reward for simply faking belief.

      c. In estimating whether the cost of any given action is worth it, an evaluation the likelihood of a negative outcome and the gravity of that negative outcome must be performed. Here is where proponents of the wager say they have a leg up, as an eternity of perdition must be valued very highly. However, if the concomitant likelihood is close to infinitely low, it balances out to close enough to zero to be ignored. Given that the evidence for the existence of the Judeo-Christian god is zero, much less for the vindictive personality you posit he has, the likelihood must be valued close to zero. If one were to take the believer’s approach, one should live about a mile down an abandoned coal mine to avoid a very, very unlikely, but fatal meteor impact.

      When extrapolated to the extreme of a god, the math becomes meaningless. For e.g., if I posited a god a billion times more vengeful and gruesome than yours, would you drop your belief in God and run over to my super-god based on your Pascal’s Wager logic?

      October 20, 2013 at 8:04 am |
    • saggyroy

      We don't hate Christians. We "Hate the belief, not the believer"

      October 20, 2013 at 8:18 am |
      • Al

        Why hate anything?

        October 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
        • Elliott Carlin

          Because when your identification as an individual hinges on being against something....you have to hate it to your core. Its an unfortunate truth about being anti-God as it permeates EVERY part of your thinking and doing.

          October 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
        • G to the T

          Because those beliefs have been used to hinder the lives of others in their pursuit of happiness by trying to get speciifc religious views incorporated into our legislation. The only way to truly gaurantee religious freedom is to have a completely secular system of government/law. That way everyone is protected and not subject to the whims of the "tyranny of the majority".

          October 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
  3. Jonathan

    This HAS to be a paid advertisement because I have never heard of this guy. Come on now CNN.

    October 20, 2013 at 7:50 am |
    • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson - The Perimeter of Ignorance

      I think I heard about him on the radio or read about him in an article – it makes sense if people are singing your songs on Sundays in service and they're also being played on the radio.

      October 20, 2013 at 8:02 am |
  4. beerndrums

    Who the hell is this guy?

    October 20, 2013 at 7:44 am |
    • Alex

      My thoughts exactly. Never heard of him.

      October 20, 2013 at 7:52 am |
    • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson - The Perimeter of Ignorance

      It's a very catchy tune. I've never been much of one to catch be able to the lyrics of songs, and I can't tell you what he's saying, but it does sound good.

      October 20, 2013 at 8:10 am |
  5. Crom

    Just another paid advertisment people. Nothing to see here. I have never heard of this guy, either.

    October 20, 2013 at 7:41 am |
  6. Sunday


    Worship Him!!!

    October 20, 2013 at 7:27 am |
    • Phil

      A psalm of praise.

      1 I will exalt you, my God the King;
      I will praise your name for ever and ever.
      2 Every day I will praise you
      and extol your name for ever and ever.

      3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
      his greatness no one can fathom.
      4 One generation commends your works to another;
      they tell of your mighty acts.
      5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
      and I will meditate on your wonderful works.[b]
      6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—
      and I will proclaim your great deeds.
      7 They celebrate your abundant goodness
      and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

      8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
      slow to anger and rich in love.

      9 The Lord is good to all;
      he has compassion on all he has made.
      10 All your works praise you, Lord;
      your faithful people extol you.
      11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
      and speak of your might,
      12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
      and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
      13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
      and your dominion endures through all generations.

      The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
      and faithful in all he does.[c]
      14 The Lord upholds all who fall
      and lifts up all who are bowed down.
      15 The eyes of all look to you,
      and you give them their food at the proper time.
      16 You open your hand
      and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

      17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
      and faithful in all he does.
      18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
      to all who call on him in truth.
      19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
      he hears their cry and saves them.
      20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
      but all the wicked he will destroy.

      21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
      Let every creature praise his holy name
      for ever and ever.

      October 20, 2013 at 7:29 am |
      • Sunday

        All praise belongs to Almighty God, great psalm of Praise!

        October 20, 2013 at 7:53 am |
      • Sunday

        All praise belongs to Almighty God, great psalm of Praise & worship!

        October 20, 2013 at 7:54 am |
    • JJ

      Worship this singer who no one's heard of outside of the Talibangelical movement? Y'all are nuts.

      October 20, 2013 at 7:49 am |
  7. WhatDidYouSay

    I believe in Christ, but I must admit this is not written very well. It is the level of caliber C-NN is getting. They must have needed a religious article to stir up the pot, and maybe even a paid advertisement for Chris. It is filled with old in "March" and "2012".

    October 20, 2013 at 7:14 am |
  8. WhatDidYouSay

    "Ahh, the business of taking money from the gullible was never easies than when your mark is a religious person." can be replaced with, "Ahh, the business of taking money from the gullible was never easies than when your mark is a sport-junky person."

    October 20, 2013 at 7:10 am |
    • Jon

      Not true. Sports is real. Ever see a hockey game? "Jesus" on the other hand is myth. So your comment is not valid.

      October 20, 2013 at 7:25 am |
      • Svenska2001

        All serious,educated historians accept the fact that Jesus existed. The myth argument is tiresome. Do yourself a favour and do some research. The Jews never accepted him as their Messiah but ask one if they believe he didn't exist.

        October 20, 2013 at 7:41 am |
      • Richard Cranium

        The probability that the man named Jesus existed is high, though no solid evidence. What is myth is all of the supernatural garbage. All of the magic is myth.

        October 20, 2013 at 8:10 am |
    • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson - The Perimeter of Ignorance

      True – zealots of all flavors – religious, political, entertainment – will chase after that which satisfies that need; it's only human.

      October 20, 2013 at 8:05 am |
  9. Jackson B


    October 20, 2013 at 7:09 am |
    • Jon

      My thoughts exactly.

      October 20, 2013 at 7:21 am |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 20, 2013 at 6:59 am |
    • Iggy Magnark

      Prayer changes nothing.

      October 20, 2013 at 7:08 am |
      • nope

        nope you're wrong

        October 20, 2013 at 7:12 am |
        • Jon

          "Prayer...the last refuge of a scoundrel" ~ Lisa Simpson

          October 20, 2013 at 7:22 am |
    • Jon

      When the bible and all other "holy" books were written, people thought the earth was flat and didn't understand where the sun went at night. People were easily fooled back then, and some still are today. Jesus is myth. As are all gods. That's why almost all "gods" have the same modus operandi – born on December 25th to a virgin, died on a cross, resurrected after three days, travel around with 12 disciples, perform miracles, etc. Just look up the "gods" Mithra and Horus and you will see their stories (which are identical to "Jesus") were around 1000's of years before "Christ"...because ALL of the stories are myth, and all are based on the same thing – astrology. I could fill a novel with proof of the myth, but here is one for you to get you thinking (altho I know that's asking a lot of a "religious" person). We celebrate the "birth" of Jesus on December 25th for ONE reason – and that is because 1000's of years before the story of all of these mythological "gods" were invented by MAN, people who were on earth noticed something. They noticed that on December 23rd, the SUN in the SKY would appear to "die"...which was because it reached the lowest point on the horizon. The SUN would then appear to sit "dead" there for THREE DAYS....only to rise up or be "born" on the 25th as that is the day the SUN would move up in the sky by one degree – signaling the BIRTH of the SUN in the SKY. The reason we don't celebrate the so called resurrection of "Jesus" until Easter is because Easter (which means EQUINOX) is around the time of year that the days officially start getting longer and the SUN in the SKY starts bringing enough light and warmth to grwo crops and bring LIFE back to the people of earth. And one more simple fact....when the bible and brain washed religious people talk about heaven and hell like those places are real, what they fail to understand is "heaven" was/is simply the DAY time – when the SUN in the SKY is shining down on us and officially overpowers the "evil" or "dark" of NIGHT TIME. "Hell" is the night time. Come on people. Do some research. The FACTS are out there. You are too old to believe in this myth. It's time for you "believers" to realize "Jesus" is just as "real" as Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. Grow up.

      October 20, 2013 at 7:38 am |
      • Patrick

        Hell is the void of love... You know this.

        God love you,.. For God is love.

        October 20, 2013 at 8:15 am |
        • Elliott Carlin

          Hell is the separation from God
          That is what makes it Hell.

          October 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
        • G to the T

          That's one interpretation, certainly one of the nicer ones but I sure I could find just as many christians claiming the very horrible, firey kind of separation...

          October 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
  11. Lynn

    Chris Tomlin is a great Christian artist.

    October 20, 2013 at 6:54 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      You'd never know it from his music...bland, formulated.
      Paint by numbers is to art as tomlins songs are to music.

      October 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
  12. Doug

    Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.

    October 20, 2013 at 6:52 am |
  13. Nunya

    "One of the mosy poipular artists on the planet" ?
    Who writes this stuff? Micheal Jackson is popular, Elvis is popular. Nobody ever heard of Chris Whoever..

    October 20, 2013 at 6:50 am |
    • Rett

      Never heard of Chris Tomlin? Look up his music. You might be like it.

      October 20, 2013 at 7:02 am |
      • Jon

        Can't like it unless you've been brainwashed into believing a myth.

        October 20, 2013 at 7:24 am |
    • Mary

      I was thinking the same thing. "Most popular on the planet"....um, yeah, no....never heard of him!!

      October 20, 2013 at 7:09 am |
  14. Daniel

    Once again, Jesus was the greatest snake-oil salesman in human history....so glad I realized it when I was about 10. I could not believe people could fall for such malarkey....

    October 20, 2013 at 6:49 am |
    • Elliott Carlin

      Whew! We certainly need more level-headed 10 year olds like yourself running things.

      October 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
  15. kcjazzy

    "One of the most popular artists on the planet" I live in Germany.. never heard of him. Just becasue he is popular in North America does not make him" One of the most popular artists on the planet". Arrogant.

    October 20, 2013 at 6:48 am |
    • Rett

      Good point.

      October 20, 2013 at 7:03 am |
    • JJ

      80% of people in the US hasn't heard of him either so don't believe everything you read. Especially on CNN.

      October 20, 2013 at 7:58 am |
  16. your cat

    Tomlin who?

    October 20, 2013 at 6:40 am |
  17. Dan

    Just someone else taking advantage of the brain-washed sheep in this country.

    October 20, 2013 at 6:38 am |
    • Daniel

      BINGO...classic idiocy....

      October 20, 2013 at 6:50 am |
    • rick

      isn't that what sheep are for?

      October 20, 2013 at 7:23 am |
    • R. DiBerto

      The real sheep are the ones who do not believe in anything but themselves. And since humanity is full of failure, cruelty, deceit, hate and anger. It makes sense to believe in a God to help us not be like everyone else. You want to be a hater? then you need to start hating yourself instead of those who are trying to live a better life than you.
      Read the BIBLE before you judge anyone that you call sheep.

      October 20, 2013 at 7:54 am |
      • G to the T

        Study the bible, its history and the context/order in which the various books were written. Instead of trying to read it as a continous narrative, read each author for what he is trying to say, not what he is saying blended with what others were saying. There's a reason the 4 gospels have Jesus saying different things on the cross. There's a reason why they have him dying on different days, there's a reason why the curtain in the temple is shown to tear at two different points in the narratives. Understand that the bible was written by humans for very human reasons. If you want to say god somehow inspired the translation you have in front of you, that is a matter of faith. And frankly, is more faith than I am able to muster on its behalf...

        October 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  18. What again

    Why would anyone pay money for that stuff? I ask you.

    October 20, 2013 at 6:26 am |
  19. Colin

    "In 2012, CCLI paid out $40 million to artists and musicians, and Tomlin got a healthy slice of that pie. Churches around the world used 128 songs he wrote or co-wrote last year, Rachinski said"

    In other words, chuches have to pay to sing his songs. And where do the churches get their money?

    Ahh, the business of taking money from the gullible was never easies than when your mark is a religious person. I guess if you still believe in sky fairies in the 21st Century, you kind of advertise yourself as an easy target! .

    October 20, 2013 at 5:43 am |
    • WhatDidYouSay

      "Ahh, the business of taking money from the gullible was never easies than when your mark is a religious person." could be replaced with: "Ahh, the business of taking money from the gullible was never easies than when your mark is a sport-junky person."

      October 20, 2013 at 7:11 am |
      • Elliott Carlin

        Now now, gullibility is only found in Christians...we ALL know that... lol

        October 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
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