If you gather a day, it will become a week, a month and a year. Just like the expensive today that has gathered brilliant futures, these boys are always gaining more and more confidence by the day for a better tomorrow.
Debuted with ‘Insane’ in 2012, followed with ‘WOW’, ‘Second Confession’, ‘Thriller’, they are idol group BTOB that has shown various spectrum of colors through different concepts. To them, it’s like attempting many attempts to find the right outfit that suits them the best. And recently, they have released title track ‘Beep Beep’ and was nominated as #1 candidate on various major broadcast stations. BTOB who has tried outfits seemed to have found the very one that suits the public’s taste, proving their hot popularity.
Their innocence when they expressed that it was unexpected to see ‘Beep Beep’ entering into top spots on music charts, their humility when they said that now they’re at the starting line despite debuted for two years, as well as their strong friendship and trust among each member that can be seen through joking conversations. The more you listen to BTOB’s stories, the more you’ll see that they will continue to be at a place higher than they are today.
Q. There’s a question I wanted to ask when I meet BTOB. We’ve seen you debuted with ‘Insane’ and then, ‘Wow’, ‘Second Confession’ and even ‘Thriller’. You have done various concepts since debut, what is your reason for continuing giving such changes?
MinHyuk: We have many reasons for doing various concepts. All members likes new attempts and we want to try out variety of music. So far, we have talked a lot about it. (Laughs) That said, if one of them gets popularity, probably we will go with that. But since there isn’t much success, so we tried to go with different colors.
Peniel: We will work hard to look for it.
Q. If that’s the case, so did you find BTOB’s colors in ‘Beep Beep’?
MinHyuk: Ah, ‘Beep Beep’ is a little different. After concluding ‘Thriller’, we are already certain about it. To us, the most suitable outfit was the song that allows us to have fun on stage, which is ‘WOW’. With that in mind, we have come out with ‘Beep Beep’.
Q. So ‘Beep Beep’ is an extension of ‘WOW’.
MinHyuk: Therefore, ‘Beep Beep’ was the most suitable concept to us. We heard many people saying that we did well.
Eunkwang: After concluding our promotions, it seems like we have now captured our very own colors. To BTOB, it was a success.
Q. What do you think are your own colors?
IlHoon, Hyunsik: Cute rascals!
Changseob: (Meaningfully) Picasso-like feel.
Q. What do you mean when you say ‘Picasso-like feel?
Changseob: It means having a unique color. A free-willed soul!
Hyunsik: And (it means) having some distance from knife dances (T/N: it means precise dances).
MinHyuk: Without a frame.
Q. That’s true, it’s hard to imagine…. BTOB with knife dances.
Minhyuk: That’s right. First of all, we are bad with knife dance. (Laughs) (Eunkwang: That’s not it, we just don’t do it. What do you mean we can’t?~) Even if we can do knife dances, each of our colors are too strong, so we won’t do it either. Rather than finding precision in dances, we hope to show a different charms, therefore we invest more in live skills or gestures, such things.
Hyunsik: Each of our personality are so strong, so it would seemed different even if it’s the same moves. (Laughs)
Sungjae: For now, we try to save those (bad points) with our advantages. Knife dance is impossible. That’s because IlHoon-hyung always get the dances wrong!
Q. There is such video called, ”Beep Beep’ Jung IlHoon mistakes compilation’.
Eunkwang: Wow, this time IlHoon you’re really… (Laughs)
MinHyuk: IlHoon makes lots of mistakes, and if Eunkwang learns the dances by himself, he would dance them differently.
IlHoon: (towards members) That’s our different colors! I’m originally a person that wants to show my own side, so I’m always forgetting, (laughs) Eunkwang-hyung danced with his own feels. Looking at it objectively, we could look different too.
Eunkwang: You don’t have to say that…
Q. IlHoon seems to be an expert in ‘packaging’. He said it really prettily!
IlHoon: I am an expert in ‘packaging’ (T/N: situation control)
Q. Before I’ve seen that video, I never know that IlHoon was wrong in his dances.
IlHoon: I’m really good in ‘packaging’ that’s why. (Laughs) Since we have various colors mixed together, it looks like we didn’t make mistakes. This is because other members did very well.
Q. You guys do well as a team. If look individually, you guys are interesting too.
Everyone: Thank you!
Q: Furthermore, you guys have been nominated as #1 for ‘Beep Beep’.
MinHyuk: ‘Beep Beep’ was in third place for four times. It’s really amazing that we are able to stand on stage as a nominated candidate.
Hyunsik: At that time, we were nervous within. When it was time to announce the #1 winner, we would always stand behind. This time, we stood in front and they even gave us mics. (Laughs)
Sungjae: IlHoon-hyung or I like to be caught by the camera a lot, so we often stand in front even when we’re not nominees! When it’s time for us to go up for the ending, everyone was nervous, and I was like, ‘Where are all the hyungs…?’ while looking to find them.
Q: ‘Beep Beep’ has recorded good results, it really does suit the free-spirited look of BTOB. So far, which promoted song do you think suits yourselves the most?
Eunkwang: Not long ago, MinHyuk showed us our ‘WOW’ comeback stage. And it felt, ‘Oh, it’s quite good.’ (Laughs)
MinHyuk: It felt like we have to promote with ‘WOW’ again. The response was better given our recognition then. Looking at what we’ve done after such a long time, it (the song ‘WOW’) was amazing. If we’re doing it now, we could do it even better!
Q. What if you were to release that song, will it gain good results?
Minhyuk: If we have released ‘WOW’ now, it would be #1.
Peniel: There won’t be any dance mistakes too! (Laughs)
Q.During the early days of your debut, when ‘WOW’ was climbing on the charts, Eunkwang and MinHyuk said such words before. MinHyuk said, “Regardless if it’s #30 or #80, as long as it has risen by a spot, we would still be happy” while Eunkwang, “Even if it’s small, we have to be thankful.”
MinHyuk: Ah. Thank you for remembering those words that we’ve said.
Hyunsik: It’s the same for ‘Beep Beep’ promotions as well. Even if it rose by a few spots, we were happy.
Sungjae: (Seems rebellious) No, ‘Beep Beep’ entered top 10 of the music charts!
Q. All of you must have been happy. BTOB members even captured screen shots of its debut spot and uploaded them on SNS.
Sungjae: That day felt like we had the whole world.
Eunkwang: ‘Beep Beep’ entered #10, and the album songs even charted within #50.
Minhyuk: This may not be something for other people, but we are already thankful even if it’s within top 10. And because of this, having enter with such spot was something we couldn’t imagine at all. We were like, ‘What in this world’ ‘What is happening’.
Hyunsik: On the day when we confirm our spot, all the members and manager-hyungs were in the office, all of us were screaming.
MinHyuk: Like what we’ve said in reality, our heart remains the same. Although we have recorded good results this time round, honestly, we’re a little unease too. We have thoughts like, ‘what if it won’t work the next time’. And this has helped us to work even harder.
Q. You will do well in the future!
Q: It has been two years since your debut 21st March. You are in your 3rd year, where do you think BTOB is at now?
MinHyuk: We are now at the starting line. We have gone through much hard training and now our training has ended. Whether win or lose, we are at the starting line where we will win fair and square.
Eunkwang: Up till now, we were choosing the most suitable shoes and even raised our stamina.
Hyunsik: We are ready to run, we have the confidence to win.
Q. You are already in your third year, but I could understand if you said that BTOB is at the starting line, since there was almost a year of hiatus between ‘WOW’ and ‘Thriller’. Although there was ‘Second Confession’ in the middle, but the promotions were short. So what were your motivation to get through that period?
IlHoon: That’s of course thanks to our Melody. They are our commitment. They’ve waited for us, loved us and we don’t want to disappoint them. Moreover, each of us are greedy when it comes to self-development. Be it acting, music productions, we are always gaining strength in preparing for ‘Beep Beep’.
MinHyuk: We might not realize it as we have passed through it, but there were much difficulties then. The blank period was long and seeing other groups promoting readily makes us jealous too. At such times, we would rely on our loved ones such as members, families, giving motivation to each other. While doing so, we continued practice.
Q: During such times, you will know who loves you sincerely.
MinHyuk: That’s true. ‘Second Confession’ was two-weeks long. At that time, we have debuted for a year but we didn’t seem to do anything for it. It was a situation where we couldn’t do anything. It was somehow vague then. We wanted to promote but we couldn’t. In that complicated situation, we know in ourselves, who really love us sincerely.
Hyunsik: Members have became a motivation. Even if I talk to my family, honestly, they have no idea about it.
Q: After all, you guys have worked together and spent time together. There is emphaty and motivation grown among the members.
Changseob: This is a different thing. I, too, relies on our members. Somehow, I am one of the trouble maker who always create troubles among BTOB. (Laughs) If I were to be the oldest Hyung, I would start (with an angry voice) “Wuuaaahh” but everyone cared for me with love. I’m originally a person who doesn’t admit my wrong and won’t be understanding if I don’t trust someone. But somehow, whenever I’m wrong, I would admit it and apologize. Looking at that, I think I’m quite dependent on my members.
Q. Wait, how has it become like that? (Laughs)
Changseob: The entire process is gorgeous. It was built unconsciously during our times as trainees.
MinHyuk: But that seems like Changseob. Just cute. Our members love each other a lot, so we could understand each other.
IlHoon: It wasn’t any big accidents, just small mistakes.
Q. The relationship among members seemed really good. Spending such moments with such members, it is possible that BTOB will become a ‘capable’ idol group.
Changseob: (Gathered both hands and with a cute voice) Thank you~
Sungjae: Hyung, what was that… Out of a sudden.
Changseob: Just wanted to do it suddenly. There’s this messenger emotican, right? The one with love in its eyes!
Q. In particular, BTOB has gained strong impression for their strong vocals, especially for vocal line. Of course, rapper line have overflowing talents as well.
Eunkwang: People are more familiar with songs than raps, so we wanted to appeal to them with that. We have practiced hard among vocal line.
IlHoon: Still, lately, it’s Hip Hop trend again. (Laughs)
Eunkwang: Our Rapper line too are really good in raps. Now it’s time for you to shine, isn’t it?
MinHyuk: (looking at Eunkwang) Let’s appeal together. (laughs)
Q. So, if vocal line were to evaluate among yourselves?
MinHyuk: A cool evaluation!
Eunkwang: They know about it themselves. We often say this to each other.
MinHyuk: Actually, we have been together for so long, they would know themselves well. Just say it straightforwardly! (Laughs)
Eunkwang: Eyy, then I would say all the good things.
IlHoon: I’m a rapper, but objectively speaking… It’s okay (if I were to say it)?
Q: Oh, you’ve said it quite well. IlHoon, let’s hear your evaluation.
IlHoon: (clears throat) I’ll sort out our this question! Eunkwang-hyung… Ah, I’ll talk about Eunkwang-hyung later. First of all, Hyunsik-hyung has a solid charm in his voice. And it’s sexy. I’m not sure if it’s because his own ‘Sunbae’ image, but the person who listens to him would become a hoobae to him. Changseon-hyung’s neutral voice has its sexiness as well. Something ‘Sya’ kinda feel. His voice suits gentle and various types of songs. It’s a chameleon type of voice. Sungjae has a mellow voice. It touches your heart when you listen to it. Although he’s the youngest in the team, he loves old songs and his preference is quite old too, so he has that depth somehow. Lastly, Eunkwang-hyung’s good point is that he has a stable unshaking singing skills.
Hyunsik: But lately, it has been shaking!
IlHoon: That’s why I’m talking about his at the last. In terms of technique, Eunkwang is the best in the team. Regardless in high or low tone, he would still have a stable voice.
Sungjae: Eunkwang-hyung practiced very hard. In order to understand a song, he would keep thinking of it and listen to it at all times.
Eunkwang: Why… I can’t get used to this. (Laughs)
IlHoon: Eunkwang-hyung would research and study songs extensively. His emotions are really good. His emotions are within the song, lately he has been worrying, therefore his voice shakes…
Q. IlHoon, you kept on saying that he’s shaking. Are you trying to say that the reason is because of gaming? Isn’t Eunkwang famous for his love for ‘LOL’.
Eunkwang: I would do my best regardless in whatever things…
MinHyuk: It would take half a year to talk about ‘LOL’.
IlHoon: Hyunsik-hyung said he missed the old Eunkwang-hyung, and was sincerely worried about him.
Peniel: He thinks ‘LOL’ as his girlfriend. Whenever I ask, “Hyung, aren’t you lonely?”, he would say, “Ah, ‘LOL is my girlfriend.
IlHoon: That hyung has a game girlfriend in the game. (Laughs)
Eunkwang: It’s not till that extent…
IlHoon: Just joking. Anyways, Eunkwang-Hyung’s strength is that he has a stable voice.
Q. Tell more about maknae Sungjae’s singing skills. In early debut, he was the rapper cum vocalist, isn’t it?
Sungjae: (With a lovely voice) I know right? (Laughs) At first when I entered into the company, I was a kid that likes rap and singing. But it seems that I have more interest in singing. Looking at vocal-line hyungs, I followed and somehow my singing skills just improved. I’m bad at raps now.
MinHyuk: In early stage, there were lots of talks about his position. As we promote, everyone seemed to have found their own position.
Q. So, I would like to hear some compliments for the rapper line too.
IlHoon: As a representative, it should be Eunkwang-hyung!
Eunkwang: I like that their rap tones and styles are different. Actually… I have no idea about raps. As long as it is cool, it seems good.
IlHoon: MinHyuk-Hyung has a strong power since last time. He is a person who knows how he wants to be and his skills kept increasing. Both of us have that same point, so we want to develop in that sense. Lately, I am learning too. I’m producing music with Hyunsik Hyung.
Eunkwang: They are at the producing room all day lately.
Changseob: From what I see, both of their strengths are in the lyrics. When you listen to it, MinHyuk-hyung often comes out as strong, but it has his refreshing points in the middle. If you listen to it thoroughly, it’s actually really amazing, there’s this sweetness that only Minhyuk hyung has. Everyone probably noticed this when hearing his raps. Should I say cute? That’s his weapon. And also, IlHoon is expressive in his lyrics. When you listen to it, instead of the ‘ppajik’ lyrics but he will changed it to interesting rap. Both MinHyuk-hyung and IlHoon has their very own taste.
Eunkwang: And also Peniel! I was surprised when Peniel rapped Snoop Dogg’s song.
IlHoon: We have come together for a production, but we can’t reveal just it. In that, Peniel’s raps are really amazing.
Hyunsik: Should we put that in our next album?
MinHyuk: Peniel’s strong points will be shown very soon. Peniel has a child-like sound, which is very different from IlHoon or I. That high tone of his is really good.
IlHoon: Personally, I like Peniel-hyung’s part in ‘Beep Beep’ and ‘Hello Mello’. He’s in charge of the ‘killing part’ of the song.
Q: Peniel, shouldn’t you say something now?
Peniel: Thank You. I will study Korean more diligently!
Q: In BTOB’s case, you guys entered into individual activities such as musical, acting and variety faster than other idol groups. Do you have that sense of duty to raise BTOB’s name when you’re on broadcast?
MinHyuk: Whether if one of us are fixed on broadcast or goes on air often, all of us would be happy.
Sungjae: For me… I’ve been a fixed cast on Mnet ‘Wide Entertainment News’!
Q. Ah, I’ve seen the teaser. Congrats!
Eunkwang: (Looking at Sungjae) His bizzarre expressions was aired in the teaser. (Laughs)
Q. MinHyuk, too have been cast as Park MinYoung’s brother in MBC drama ‘A New Leaf’.
MinHyuk: (Points to his hair) This is JiHyuk’s (the character he plays) hair in the drama. (Hyunsik: It looks good on you!) He’s a guy who wish to be an idol. It’s a cute character where you can’t hate even if he made a mistake. He doesn’t know how to give up and he’s very persistent once he’s committed in something.
Q.Being persistent, does that suit your personality as well?
MinHyuk: Yes. The character and I are quite similar.
Q. Speaking of personalities, I feel that you are good in self-management, since you are good in sports and studies foreign languages. Do you feel stress because of this?
MinHyuk: I’m always diligent in self-management. It’s been a habit for some time, so I don’t really gain stress from that. Just that I have to work harder to fill up places where I’m lacking. I’m the type that would put things that I want to do as my first priority. I’m going to be like this in the future too.
Q. In MSC (Manager Self Camera) revealed in BTOB’s official Youtube channel, leader Eunkwang said before, “We BTOB sells emotion, not albums. For the sake of dreams of these young people!” At first it was funny and sounded crazy, but it’s quite a good statement now that you think of it.
Eunkwang: It’s one of the lines in the musical I was in, ‘Bachelor’s Vegetable Store’. (Laughs)
Sungjae: I want to say that often, but Eunkwang-hyung forbids me.
IlHoon: He said we should sell albums.
Everyone: (Claps and Laughs)
Eunkwang: No… that’s because… it sounds cheesy.
Q. Since you have revealed that it was a line from the musical, I guess everyone loves situational acting (being dramatic) too!
MinHyuk: We have some parts where we act in SBS MTV ‘Cool Guys’, we are often quite good in that aspect. We often put on situational act so there aren’t any members who feel awkward.
IlHoon: Our life is all about situational acting. When you’re beside Eunkwang-hyung, you will definitely be good in situational act.
Sungjae: Since his life is all about musicals.
Q. It seems like the members are into acting. Do you watch movies often?
Eunkwang: (In amazement) Wow… ‘Captain America’!
Sungjae: When I was filming at Sangamdong, I’ve seen Chris Evans in real life!
Changseob: I like horror movies. ‘Paranormal activity 1’ is one of the good shows lately. It was really scary.(MinHyuk: That’s not quite recent, isn’t it?) To me, it’s still a hot drama.
MinHyuk: I don’t feel scared when watching horror movies. I was frightened once in ‘Lost and Found’, but other than that, I don’t really got scared about it. I watched with friends and they said it was very scary. Ah, Eunkwang always avoid (horror) movies. Even if we tell him that it’s a famous production, he would still insist not to watch it.
Eunkwang: I only watch two types of genre. Fantasy or criminal thriller.
IlHoon: I’m okay with anything, except for romantic comedy.
Peniel: I like all.
Hyunsik: I dont’ avoid any too. I like artistic movies. Lately, I’ve watched ‘Like Father, Like Son’.
Q. Indeed, everyone has different taste when it comes to movies. You guys are famous for your joking sense.
Sungjae: (With a serious tone) I rarely joke. I have a serious side.
Hyunsik: We are like a documentary….
Q. Though you said it like this, how could we believe you!
Sungjae: Actually, our joking senses are the best lately. Everyone is having keen interest in gags and we are always trying to make people happy. In the end, it has gone to Eunkwang-hyung’s head. Because he’s always the Hyung. If he gives a topic such as ‘cup’, we would talk about cups. But when Eunkwang’s talk about it, everyone would become serious.
Eunkwang: That’s not true, not true.
IlHoon: You know, a chef would decorate a dish after he has cooked them. Eunkwang-Hyung has that vibe.
Sungjae: Eunkwang-hyung said he’s into getting ‘bullied’ these days too.
Eunkwang: Ah, that’s because everyone likes it. (Laughs)
Sungjae: Strangely, people who sees Eunkwang for the first time, bullies him too.
Q. Haha, Is it okay to say like this. So I now know I can ‘bully’ Eunkwang too. But, are there times where it’s difficult as a leader? Since you’re always having a gentle side to yours.
Eunkwang: Actually, what everyone thinks of me is different from my natural personality. I’m that type that would follow friends around, so being a leader for the first is indeed hard for me. But, I’ve found a different way. Usually, as a leader, he needs to be strict against his members, but I think rather than that, we should give them love.
MinHyuk: Rather than taking the forefront, he stands on one same line with us.
Eunkwang: I’m the type that would push from behind.
MinHyuk: Ah, it can be like that too. Since it’s always seemed that you’re standing behind!
Q. MinHyuk’s senses are really good, (Laughs) I think Hyunsik or MinHyuk will be good in gags.
Hyunsik: Ah, me? (Laughs)
Eunkwang: Hyunsik is really funny when he’s with us. His senses are really great.
Sungjae: Although it didn’t show much on broadcast.
IlHoon: Hyunsik-hyung will really be popular (with his senses) soon.
Q: Hyunsik was the funniest in the rap battle in MBC ‘Weekly Idol’.
Eunkwang: Ah… (Laughs)
Q. But now, he’s just laughing over there, that ‘Sunbae’!
Hyunsik: Actually, you may not be able to see it, but Sungjae is making strange expressions there. (Laughs)
Q. How about MinHyuk?
Sungjae: MinHyuk-hyung has a strong greed in gag. But we need at least a normal member, isn’t it? Of course, Hyung too often pose funny actions. But rather than being funny, (with a serious expression) ‘Heok’ feel. Every time that happens, I would be say, ‘Hyung.. You’re not that type of person…”
MinHyuk: Why am I the only one that is strange (Laughs). I have a leaf-like existense. I would fly when the wind blows, but stops if it doesnt. It seems like the mood changes according to the situation.
Q. On April Fool’s day, the members went crazy on SNS. Who started it first? Peniel and ‘Sunbae’ Hyunsik didn’t seem to participate.
Eunkwang: MinHyuk started it first.
Sungjae: It was my idea. I’m an idea bank!
Q. Changseob wrote, ‘I’m Yook Sungjae’ but his name didn’t change at the profile page. It seems that you’re not used to using SNS?
MinHyuk: I was shocked at that time.
Changseob: I really didn’t have any idea. SNS is… difficult.
Q. Even then, you had ‘yejiapsa’ on your SNS.
Changseob: I wanted to express myself better to fans, as I frustrate how to do so, I shortened ‘Love you in the past, present and future’ and so it became ‘yejiapsa’. However, from sometime onwards, fans used them as well. I wanted to ask why are they following, but it seems that fans like it, I’ve been using till today. I’m working hard on it.
Changseob: So, trend words are made up like this. ‘Ojohayo’. It means, ‘Have a good day today’, you have to say it like this, “Oh↗JoHayo↘”
Q: I think there will be interesting answers so I’m asking this. If you have a time machine, would go prefer to go back to the past or into the future?
Changseob: For me, it would be to the past. I want to go back to when I was 17, so to take the national exam and enter into university. I want to be 17 years old in our school (Changseob and Hyunsik are currently on leave absense from Howon university practical music).
Eunkwang: Really? Wow!
Hyunsik: We often talk about it, “Ah, how would it feel like to return to that age?.” But the more important thing is that now we will not regret anything and work for our best.
Sungjae: I want to try to live twice in a day, just like movie ‘About Time’. I want to live a day filled with positivity.
Eunkwang: I want to go back to my childhood times. When I was in junior high school, there weren’t computers so I would play with friends from the neighborhood. I miss that times them ost.
MinHyuk: I agree to what everyone said, but I have another reason. I just want to be young! (Laughs)
Q. Just like Hyunsik said, it’s important to live diligently every day. Still, were there any choices that you have regretted?
IlHoon: There’s nothing. No matter what it was, we think that the past has resulted in uns today. The members are like this too. Till now, we are thinking of it positively.
Hyunsik: I talked a lot with my mother. “Whatever you have chosen, do your best and never regret”, she said. I’ve studied overbroad previously in China. I was given this chance to choose. I went back for audition at the company, and I have not a slightest regret about it.
Q. A year after today, what would BTOB want to do?
Sungjae: Even if a year has passed, we would have the same mindset like now. But I think our positions will change slightly.
MinHyuk: We might release a digital single soon! Or maybe a surprise unit.
Hyunsik: Or even solos too.
Changseob: In fact, it’s hard to imagine a year later. Still, we would do our best, just like now, to reap future results.
Q. What is BTOB’s ultimate goal?
Hyunsik: After realizing goals and having another goal, I don’t have a virtual goal. If there’s an ultimate goal, I think life would be meaningless.
MinHyuk: After achieving our goals, our next target is probably to return to our original mindset?
Changseob: Ah I have a goal! BTOB will exist as singers until the very end. (Eunkwang: Oh, That’s cheesy) When people asks, ‘who are BTOB?’, we want to be heard as singers rather than celebrities. People who sings, raps and dance on stage.
Q: Ah, you have to see that glorious days personally
Changseob: It’s okay. We will be remembered in that generation.
Eunkwang: No, we will live for a long time.
Sungjae: Men die earlier.
Eunkwang: Ah, that’s true, men die earlier (than women).
MinHyuk:When we die, please write us a song! ‘Idol that will be remembered by the nation’ like this!
Changseob: (In Grandmother’s voice) “Brinf the computer here, (types) ‘BTOB who will be remembred by the nation”
MinHyuk: “Singers that will be remembered by the world, BTOB. We too will remember you!”
Q: Oh.. You guys are unstoppable (Laughs) Lastly, what would you like to say to Melody?
MinHyuk: I love you.
Changseob: Thank You.
Sungjae: Don’t go anywhere.
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