Sunggyu “wishing to buy a house for his parents more than getting a girlfriend”



Sunggyu, the leader of ‘Trend-dols’ Infinite starts his intensive work at dawn. Even on the day of the interview, he had to change is schedule several times. In the end, the interview was set at 3PM and could start only after sundown. Sunggyu looked obviously exhausted but he kept on saying “I’m ok” while smiling. He joked saying that when they first debuted “It was our wish to be tired because we have a lot of schedules” remembering for a moment about Infinite’s old image.

This year, Sunggyu had great results personally. He got to debut not as Infinite’s leader but as a solo singer. Through the title track ‘60 Seconds’ with modern rock beats, he could show his rocker spirit as much as he wanted. Sunggyu said “It feels like I’m showing myself only now”. Aside from ‘60 Seconds’ in this album, there are a lot of various songs. Including ‘41 Days’, the song he personally wrote, there’s the acoustic version of ‘Only Tears’ that garnered interest during Infinite’s concert, ‘Shine’ that is a gift from Nell’s Kim Jongwan, etc, by showing music with various colors, he tried to transform. As if he was leaving on a trip to find his other self, the name of the album is also ‘Another Me’.

When asked about the solo singer’s title song, Sunggyu commented “It was a work where I could enjoy my freedom”. “I felt more freedom than when I’m working as Infinite. When I was promoting in Infinite, I also tried to show a new image but this challenge was different than before. Should I say it was freedom through rock? It was a refreshing challenge.”

As soon as we asked him to choose the best song of this album, he chose ‘41 Days’. Sunggyu said “It’s the song where I tried writing lyrics for the first time and the melody matches me well. It’s the best song to me”.

Sunggyu is the first Infinite member to go solo. When we asked him which member was the most envious, he chose his roommate, Woohyun. “I think that Woohyun who’s in chage of the vocals in the team is envious. Since he’s my roommate we talk often but I’m coming home late because of the solo activities these days, so I think it’s even more like that” and after saying that while laughing, he counted on his fingers “Since he’s my roommate since before we debuted, he’s also a friend-like dongsaeng (T/N: Friend as in friend with the same age). He’s a roommate worth 100 points who supports me no matter what I do”.

These days, collaborations are the trend in the K-Pop industry. We also asked to Sunggyu if there was a singer he wanted to sing with. “I always wanted to sing with Nell seniors but since they gave me a song as a gift I was really happy. Next time, if I get the opportunity, I want to collaborate with the band Pia.

Infinite has the nickname of ‘Trend-dols’. But it’s not a group that got popular as soon as they debuted. In 2010, they released their debut album ‘First Invasion’ but they didn’t get significant results. They released another single but the reactions weren’t really good. When promoting for their second mini-album ‘Evolution’ with the title song ‘BTD’, they set their color as ‘Choreography-dols’, their single ‘Nothing’s Over’ exploded and they quickly rose as Idols we have to focus on. With the song ‘Be Mine’ they settled as top idols, and Infinite were very active. Their song ‘The Chaser’ even got 1st place in this year’s K-Pop chart selected by the American Billboard. As the leader who must’ve been more frustrated than anyone else, it can only be a result to be proud of for Sunggyu.

“When we first debuted I was very frustrated. Then we had the song ‘BTD’ and I thought ‘That’s it’. I thought it would do really well. But it didn’t get as known as I thought it would. The greed slowly disappeared and we released the single ‘Nothing’s Over’ without any expectations and it did well so I got hope. Truthfully, a group like Infinite sings a lot of songs that are melody centered so it could look old. Luckily, there were a lot of good songs this year, the concert, the dance, the styling, etc everything matched us well.”

They got popular but the rumors also grew. “Infinite lost their original goal” “After getting popular they have no manners” a lot of rumors like these spread around them. “It’s true that we got busier than when we debuted. The feeling we had before, thinking ‘We have to work hard’, didn’t disappear but after getting popular, there were a few rumors saying so. The 7 of us lived together for 3 years and we still talk to each other a lot. We do our best to be polite toward juniors, seniors, everyone. But when I hear that we lost our original goal, it makes me very upset. There’s no way I can explain it to each one of them, right? I’m actually the type to be very shy so when I wait by myself in the waiting room with many groups, I get shy and I can’t greet them well. But I think that people could misunderstand it as me being arrogant. I have to do my best to change more actively, of course (laughs).”

While we were at it, we asked. Does the leader of an idol group have a girlfried? “I’m an adult as well, I want to have a girlfriend (laughs). But rather than that, I want to give a house to my parents living in Jeonju. I said I was going to sing, I didn’t go to the university at 20 and went to Seoul thoughtlessly, so it made them very upset. My wish is to buy a house where my parents can live comfortably.

Sunggyu said 2012 was an unforgettable year. He said it was because he released a solo album and held Infinite solo concerts in Korea and Japan. He said while smiling that he was happy he could improve as Infinite’s leader and as the solo singer Kim Sunggyu. From now on, which singer will he want to develop?

“‘As a singer, what do I have to become?’ ‘Where do I have to get 1st place?’ I don’t have special nor definite goals like these. I just want to become a singer who will be active steadily and for a long time. I want to let a lot of people listen to my voice through songs.”

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Infinite’s Christmas Message

Sunggyu: Good luck! Happy New Year!!!

Dongwoo: Always peace!

Woohyun: Let’s be together on Christmas forever, pirit pirit Inspirits~ Promise ^v^~!

Hoya: Spend Christmas well and have a good day ^-^

Sungyeol: Merry Christmas, Happy New Year

L: Spend a cheerful holiday and wrap up your 2012 well!

Sungjong: Happy~ ♥ Christmas >v<

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Infinite’s Interview

Seven boys with strong personalities gathered together in 2010 to form a team. Without realizing it, it’s been already 3 years since their debut, since they entered the music industry as Infinite. On November 11th, 2012, it was their 900th day since their debut. They showed their slowly maturing image and accomplished the splendid achievement that is the ‘Arena Tour’ a year only after their Japanese debut. Infinite are dreaming to be, not ‘flash’ idols [T/N: Idols disappearing quickly] but idols who are in constant evolution and development. We’re looking forward to their radiant future that will show their infinite possibilities. //Main editor

◆ “The moment I shine the most, Infinite”…Sunggyu

We already reached our 900th day. I don’t realize it well but. I’m really thankful to the dongsaengs who worked hard silently at their position. While preparing this solo album, I felt it even more, the members are really important to me

A picture of the filming with all of the 7 Infinite members!

No matter where we go, when we gather together we’re so talkative that we receive remarks saying ‘You’re noisy’^^ We live in the same dorm and see each other everyday but we still have a lot of things to tell each other. It was to the extent that the band hyungs were confused and shocked when preparing the concert. Haha.

At some point it became my daily life to end the day by talking with the members. We also go all together when we go eat nearby! If there’s a member missing, we call him to come over saying ‘Come quickly! Let’s eat!’ ^^

It might be the same for the other groups as well but, we give advices to each other, and we spend time talking about our performances. Of course we also pull all sort of pranks. I’m the hyung but they’re dongsaengs who have many good traits to take on so I’m always learning. It’s also stimulating me^^

It’s not only me, because all of the members are like that, I think that that’s how Infinite is able to mature little by little.

Even for my solo album, the members were reassuringly by my side so it felt less lonely. Especially the day where we filmed the music video, the members all stayed with me till dawn. I couldn’t express it but they don’t know how much I was thankful.


I’m always thankful! During these last 4 years, seeing how we gathered together without knowing each other and matched each other like puzzle pieces to form a perfect picture, I’m really touched

The 6 dongsaengs naturally have kind personalities so there are a lot of times where I feel like we’re matching each other like puzzle pieces

The dongsaengs make me feel like this ‘Ah we’re always 7 members’, rather than thinking that as the leader I’m the first in the team called Infinite,

I feel like I’m here thanks to the dongsaengs instead, who fulfill their own duties well and more silently than me. I have a lot of lacking points but thanks for always following me and trusting me, let’s always be together. As always ^^

The shiniest moment! Sunggyu going on stage as Infinite. ‘I am Infinite’s leader!’

‘Infinite’ who are the shiniest moment to me. Let’s work hard to shine even more! Let’s not forget that feeling we had at first and let’s continue to improve!! Fighting!!

◆ “2013 powerfully!”…Dongwoo

Me who is clumsy to express emotions. During those times I even think ‘I look like a fool’. But I’d like you to know my sincere feelings…^^ I can’t show my feelings well to my family and to the fans either. I might look indifferent about it but you know that it’s not how I feel right? Haha.

It was recently my birthday, I was eating with my family and cried so much at the meaningful gift my parents gave me and my big sisters’ letters. But since I cried tears of joy, my mood was the best! I absolutely want to tell my family too thanks and that I love them ^^

Also, the ones I can’t forget! All the fans who love Infinite! Time doesn’t wait. This year went by very quickly as well, I think there were people who were overwhelmed by it. Next year too, let’s go together powerfully!! Thank you ^^

My weapon is that I think positively about every situation! I think that if you’re bright and always think positively, everything will go well. It was like that until now but I will work hard and I will keep on using this ‘positivity’ that is my strength to reach an even higher goal!

When I first debuted as a singer, I only moved thinking about singing on that stage I always dreamt of. But now, I got to hear what the many fans and the people around me say

It might be the special adaptability humans have to get a new ability when losing one^^ The first thing I think is ‘Now rather than being popular just once, am I a person who can do something at the right place?’! May it be through singing, dancing, laughing or just being myself…

Dongwoo on stage singing passionately!

In 2012, may it be for the Infinite members or personally, I think that we really matured. It was a year where we mentally got stronger and where we could unite even more between the members.

It’s Christmas soon. How would it be if we tried to make our own rap with the members? Ah, and since it’s Christmas, meaningfully please… the dorm’s big cleanup!!!

Thanks for loving us during the long period that are 900 days, let’s try to stay together for an even longer time, so long that big numbers become meaningless!!!

Oh? It’s our 1000th day soon ㅋㅋㅋ

We want it. A beautiful 1000th night! Inspirits!!!

◆ “The future me…?”…Sungyeol

2012, the year where we accomplished a lot of things and the year that seemed to be successful.

Us who came running since 2010. There were hard times but I think that we overcame it all because we were together. I got a lot more confident when I met the members. If I didn’t have my reassuring hyungs and dongsaengs, the present ‘Infinite’s Sungyeol’ wouldn’t even exist.

Sungyeol during a photoshoot. Showing a different charm with horn-rimmed glasses!

Infinite! Let’s continue to work hard! Take good care of me!!

Sometimes I get asked this question ‘If you came back in the past?’, but I’m absolutely not going to go back!

If I could go, I’d go in the future because I want to see how I’m going to live. It’d be nice if I was still doing cool performances as Infinite.

I will become Sungyeollie who keeps on showing you an improved image without disappointing you! Keep on watching over me like now^^

I hope the future Infinite will be just like now, the same image of the 7 members without changing and I hope we will receive a lot of love from the public. I hope we will go not only till 900 days but till 900000 days ^^

◆ “Thank you”…Woohyun

Woohyun, showing a cool pose in a neat suit!

After ending with the members the big run that was the Arena Tour, it’s our 900th day. I think that 2012 was a year with a deep meaning in many ways to Infinite, and to me. For the Arena Tou of course, and we also had the new experience to release our concert in a 3D movie.

It seems that everything is getting accomplished one by one, it feels really great. To maintain this good mood, I have to keep the exact same feeling from the first time! The same passion! Until I’ll be confident about myself!

And we’re still at 900 days but let’s be together for 9000 days, 90000 days. I wish we could become a small hope for all of you. I love you! Inspirits!

Infinite is one.

As simple as 1+1=2, it feels like each additional members allows us to keep on doing more! Just like our name Infinite means infinity. I think that we will keep on doing more. And Infinite are idols. Even if we still have a lot of lacking points, watch us grow bigger as each day passes by. We will become really great singers who will go beyond the idols’ boundaries. That’s why Infinite is one.

I think that in 10 years, we will still be doing our best singing on stage just like now, without changing.

In 10 years, how big should be the hearts I’ll give you ^^

◆ ”Evolving INFINITE”… Hoya

Ever since the first days after our debut, my original intention has always been the same. If you say I’ve changed, then I can say that I got a little bit more free than I was at that time? I used to be narrow-minded but I’ve changed and opened myself, from negative to positive!

Our members are always positive. Positive energy is a great strength while promoting. When we’re together, you can always hear neverending laughing sounds. I’ve managed to change thanks to the members. From now on, I’ll do my best so INFINITE and also I can change and improve^^

Hoya who’s striking poses, soft atmosphere of a fall man~

2012 was a year during which I could feel I was alive.

I had new challenges with the concerts in Korea and overseas, my solo stage and the INFINITE-H performance. The third mini album for which we tried many things as well as the acting challenge which I couldn’t even imagine. I worked incessantly and it was frustrating but I learned a lot of things in 2012, it was a meaningful year

I’ve especially realized a lot of things while getting ready with Dongwoo hyung for our unit group INFINITE-H. It served as a momentum to promise once again to constantly work hard to show various images and not stay at a standstill.

I’ve gained as much as I’ve promoted. Because a lot of people sent me their love, I think the result was good. The future Hoya will show you different images through INFINITE and the unit group so please look forward to it!! I will show you something that will exceed your expectations !!!

I used to be a kid who liked singing and who was dreaming of becoming a singer, I’ve gone through auditions, became a trainee and now it’s been 900 days since I’ve debuted…

I am so happy that if all the things that happened to me were a dream, I would not want to wake up!! I absolutely want to tell the Inspirits that made me come until here and who give me strength that I thank and love them ^^

◆ ”The members are my strength”… L

L filming for the sitcom ‘What is Mom’

I was really busy. The sitcom had started and I also prepared for the Arena Tour. I lacked time to sleep but I somehow felt proud. I was also thankful to be able to do this. Learning things I ignored was also rewarding.

They were times when I am tired… But at these times the members help me! Even if they’re busy, they are hyungs who support me. They sometimes come to the filming location of the sitcom late at night or when I have things to do early in the morning, when the hyungs send me surprise support texts, I gain strength. I also feel like I have to do even better !

Even as time goes by, I feel like I will remember 2012. Since I’ve promoted vigorously as INFINITE and even alone. From now, more more more ! I hope it’ll be even more active^^ [I would happy] if we could show the INFINITE’s seven members’ individualities and charms to a lot of people…!

Not just for a moment but steadily. I want to hear people telling us ‘You’ve improved a lot’ but I feel like it’s our share since the estimation will change according to how well we do. Keep an eye on us^^

INFINITE who is now my family! I hope we will keep on being together for a long time.

◆ ”2013, my new image”… Sungjong

It doesn’t feel like it’s been a long time since I’ve met with the hyungs for the first time but it’s already been 900 days, it’s been over two years ! It feels new !

Sunggyu hyung was as relaxed as a hyung from my neighborhood^^ Woohyun looked like someone who would play pranks, Hoya hyung looked trustworthy. Sungyeolie hyung felt like a model student, L hyung seemed a bit cold. Even though now they are all my precious hyungs now^^

Since I’m with the hyungs, I don’t feel any loneliness, it’s reassuring! Thank you hyungs~~~^^

Sungjong who finished signing!

Right now the most important thing to me is ‘INFINITE’. I should do my best today again to be able to stand on stage, sing and dance happily in 10 years! In 2013, I will show you the image of the new ‘Sungjong’ I wasn’t able to show until now!!!><

We will become an evolved INFINITE that isn’t an embarrassment to the fans!! I love you!

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Infinite’s Kim Sunggyu “I’m so shy with strangers that it could be misunderstood as me being arrogant”

He’s the first among Infinite. Leader Kim Sunggyu totally upturned the predictions of Infinite H (Hoya Dongwoo) coming out first since they slightly revealed themselves during the concerts last summer and is the first one among Infinite to release a solo album.

Kim Sunggyu appeared at the interview’s location with red hair. Wouldn’t he want to give a strong impression, starting from his outward appearance, since it’s his first solo album? “I really worried a lot. When we chose the concept, everyone worried a lot because of me, but as we tried several things, they thought that red hair fit me well so we did it with this color.”




The solo album he slightly showed he had interest in on a variety program to lead the MCs really came out. Kim Sunggyu said, looking like he still couldn’t believe it, “Doesn’t everyone dream of a solo album? I didn’t know it would really become reality. One thing came after another and I happened to be the first one doing it”.

He is Sunggyu who is assuming the heavy responsibility of being the leader in the team called Infinite but after meeting him as solo Sunggyu, he looks somewhat different. It might be because it’s his first time doing an interview alone but he looked obviously nervous. It was like seeing a similar image as when he appeared for the first time on KBS 2TV ‘Immortal Song 2’. (But he still stuttered less) In the middle of the talk he also giggled and nodded by himself, maybe because the mood was awkward.

We requested an introduction of the solo album. “It’s an album based on modern rock but it also has songs with different colors. Since I worked with Nell, it mainly gives a rock feeling and the title song is ‘60 Seconds’ I made with Sweetune. When you talk about Sweetune, you think about dance songs with a lively feel but the song has a rock style we didn’t hear so far from Sweetune.”

When he was in a rock band during his school days, did he ever imagine that he would release a solo album under his own name? “There are song with a very similar color compared to the music I dreamt of when I was in a band. When I as young I always liked the band Nell but this time Nell hyungs gave me songs. There are a lot of songs with the colors I dreamt of.”

Nell is the group Kim Sunggyu said he as admiring since predebut. From his first solo song ‘Because’ to ‘Shine’ and ‘41 Days’, it was all songs given by the ones he admired. “It was very touching. I thought that I really had to work hard so I gave my best. Actually, the thing I’m sorry about is that I don’t think I was able to express that feeling well. I’m still lacking a lot.”

His title, ‘Another Me’, expresses his wish to show that there’s another side to Kim Sunggyu than Infinite’s Sunggyu. Kim Sunggyu said, ”Infinite’s a dance group as well as being an idol group, so I wanted to show a different side of me than what I have been showing so far.” He quickly and timidly added, “But I feel like it won’t be different…”

Since this is the first solo promotion as his true job of being a singer, and not on a variety show program or in musicals, his face was full of tension even though there are still a few days left till his first stage. “It’s really strange for me to be alone like this. Since things like musicals and ‘Immortal Song 2’ were already done by the other members, I asked them a lot of questions about it, but there isn’t a member I can ask advice from for this. Although I act like I’m confident, this is really strange to me. I think this is a different feeling than when I’m with the guys.”

I listened to the process that went in creating this album and learned that this was a project that was planned out a long time ago, even if the actual recordings were done on quick notice. There was even a strange event where he had to record somewhere that wasn’t the recording studio because it overlapped with their Arena Tour preparations.

“The song, ‘60 Seconds’, was done as a guide when I recorded the ‘Infinitize’ album. After receiving this album from Nell, we quickly worked in a month and we filmed bits and pieces of the music video during the Arena Tour. Because there weren’t a lot of days left till we had to finish mastering, we rented equipment from Japan and I recorded in our hotel room before. Because Infinite’s schedule is busy, everything was done tightly. I did everything urgently because I felt like it would be too late if I took my time.”

Kim Sunggyu is revealing his own composed song for the first time ever. Although there are a couple of songs that he’s composed, he says this is the first time that they are being revealed. As if trying to emphasize it when asked about the storyline, he said, “I didn’t write about my experience.” “There was a topic that fit well to the music’s mood. I really gave you everything and offered you everything, but I didn’t love you, I never loved you, my heart wasn’t truthful, I never felt that it was love. It’s that kind of storyline, but it was a hard topic to work with when I first worked on writing the lyrics. Everyone has that kind of moment. Although you dated this person knowing that you like them, you can end up starting a different love… Although it’s not my own experience, there are situations like that.”

Kim Sunggyu, who said he’s really worried about the solo promotions because he’s very shy, stated, “I don’t have any celebrities that I’m friends with. I’m usually alone when we go to broadcasting studios, so just how lonely will it be when I’m promoting by myself as well.” Adding on, “I’m the type to become a complete friend once you befriend me. They say that I’m introverted, don’t talk much, and look like I don’t play jokes, but don’t I look confused and foolish when I’m on a show? I’m normally that kind of kid, but there are a lot of misunderstandings created. Because I don’t talk and just pass by, I’ve heard that I look arrogant.” Thinking of promoting alone, he gave out a sigh.

Meanwhile, Kim Sunggyu will be showing his first stage for his title song, ‘60 Seconds’, through KBS 2TV ‘Music Bank’ on November 23rd.

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Infinite Memebers Wishing Dongwoo Happy Birthday

짱똥 태어나줘서 고마워 ~ 일부러 자고있을때 트윗을남겨.. 아침에 일어나서 감동받아서 울지말그 =_= ㅋㅋ 내일도 열심히하자 ~! 선물은!!!! 내사진!!!!!! 저장해 줘….ㅋㅋㅋ




Jjangddong thank you for being born ~ I waited on purpose to leave a tweet when you’re sleeping.. This morning after waking up, don’t cry because you’re moved =_= ㅋㅋ Tomorrow too let’s work hard ~! My gift is!!!! My picture!!!!!! Save it….ㅋㅋㅋ


@ddww1122 동우야~!!생일너무축하해ㅋㅋ 항상밝은모습너무좋고 앞으로도 기분좋은일들이 많길많길바래~

@ddww1122 Dongwoo-ya~!! A very happy birthday to youㅋㅋ Your image that is always bright is very nice and we hope a lot of happy things keeps on happening to you in the future too~


동우형!!!!!!!!짱똥우형!!!!!! 진심으로 생일축하해~~~><♥ 생일축하합니다~생일축하합니다 사랑하는 동우형~ 생일축하합니다~♡♥♡♥



Dongwoo hyung!!!!!!!! Jjang Ddongwoo hyung!!!!!! I sincerely wish you a happy birthday~~~><♥ Happy birthday to you~Happy birthday dear Dongwoo hyung~ Happy birthday to you~♡♥♡♥


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Infinite Members Message to their Leader

Woohyun’s Twitter Message

성규형솔로앨범 드디어 완전체가 공개됏구나 역시 한달전부터 들었던 그 곡들이 이렇게 멋진 앨범으로 탄생하다니..역시 울림……….. 스릉흔드=_=ㅋㅋ 하나둘셋 김성규 파이팅~

Sunggyu hyung’s solo album has finally been completely revealed. To think that the songs I listened to a month ago could be created into an amazing album like this… As expected of Woollim………… I love you =_= ㅋㅋ 1, 2, 3 Kim Sunggyu fighting~


Sungjong’s Twitter Message

드디어드디어!!!ㅇ-ㅇ 리다규님에 솔로 앨범이 나왔어요!!!!!!!!!!!! 많이많이 싸랑해주세요~~>=<♥♡♥♡




Finally finally!!!ㅇ-ㅇ Leader-Gyu-nim’s solo album came out!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it very very much please~~>=<♥♡♥♡


L’s Twitter Message

60초 좋다




60 Seconds is nice


Hoya’s Twitter Message

@hoya1991: 60초면 충분하네요ㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜ

If it’s 60seconds it’s enoughㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜ

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Infinite, the songs made with Primary “Unit activities? Still undecided”



We’re expecting to see unit activities of the popular male idol group Infinite only next year.

Lately, the news that Infinite and the popular music producer, Primary, finished working on a CD are spreading; the possibility of Infinite’s unit promotions is raised on Infinite’s fansites and on every online community’s boards.

The representant of Infinite’s company, Woollim, stated about it on the 12th, in the afternoon, to OBS Plus “It is true that they worked on songs with the producer Primary”.

But this representant said “We’re not at the state where the recordings are ended nor have we set definite plans about the unit promotions” and“We’re planning to release a CD but the unit promotions are still undecided. If they get to promote it, you might be able to see it next year”.

Lastly, the representant added “We can’t reveal yet who are the two members who will have unit activities but we’re still asking you a continuous interest for Infinite”.

On the other hand, Infinite are focusing on their individual activities as the song ‘Shine’, of the leader Sunggyu’s first solo debut album ‘Another Me’, was released on November 7th and it gained the upper ranks on each music site when it got released, and L is, as expected, showing an enthusiastic acting for the MBC Sunday sitcom ‘What Is Mom’.

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