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Dwight Yoakam

With his stripped-down approach to traditional honky tonk and Bakersfield country, Dwight Yoakam helped return country music to its roots in the late '80s. Like his idols Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams, Yoakam never played by Nashville's rules; consequently, he never dominated the charts like his contemporary Randy Travis. Then again, Travis never played around with the sound and style of country music like Yoakam. On each of his records, he twists around the form enough to make it seem like he doesn't respect all of country's traditions. Appropriately, his core audience was composed mainly of roots rock and rock & roll fans, not the mainstream country audience. Nevertheless, he was frequently able to chart in the country Top Ten, and he remained one of the most respected and adventurous recording country artists well into the '90s.

Born in Kentucky but raised in Ohio, Yoakam learned how to play guitar at the age of six. As a child, he listened to his mother's record collection, honing in on the traditional country of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, as well as the Bakersfield honky tonk of Buck Owens. When he was in high school, Yoakam played with a variety of bands, playing everything from country to rock & roll. After completing high school, Yoakam briefly attended Ohio State University, but he dropped out and moved to Nashville in the late '70s with the intent of becoming a recording artist.

At the time he moved to Nashville, the town was in the throes of the pop-oriented urban cowboy movement and had no interest in his updated honky tonk. While in Nashville, he met guitarist Pete Anderson, who shared a similar taste in music. The pair moved out to Los Angeles, where they found a more appreciative audience than they did in Nashville. In L.A., Yoakam and Anderson didn't just play country clubs, they played the same nightclubs that punk and post-punk rock bands like X, the Dead Kennedys, Los Lobos, the Blasters, and the Butthole Surfers did. What Yoakam had in common with rock bands like X, the Blasters, and Los Angeles was similar musical influences; they all drew from '50s rock & roll and country. In comparison to the polished music coming out of Nashville, Yoakam's stripped-down, direct revivalism seemed radical. The cowpunks, as they were called, that attended Yoakam's shows provided an invaluable support for his fledgling career.

Yoakam released an independent EP, A Town South of Bakersfield, in 1984, which received substantial airplay on Los Angeles college and alternative radio stations. The EP also helped him land a record contract with Reprise Records. Dwight's full-length debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., was released in 1986 and was an instant sensation. Rock and country critics praised it and it earned airplay on college stations across America. More importantly, it was a hit on the country charts, as its first single, a cover of Johnny Horton's "Honky Tonk Man," climbed to number three in the spring, followed by the number four "Guitars, Cadillacs" in the summer. The album would eventually go platinum.

Hillbilly Deluxe, Dwight's 1987 follow-up, was equally successful, spawning four Top Ten hits: "Little Sister," "Little Ways," "Please, Please Baby," and "Always Late with Your Kisses." In 1988, Yoakam had his first number one hit with "Streets of Bakersfield," a cover of a Buck Owens song recorded with Owens himself. It was the first single off his third album, Buenos Noches from a Lonely Room, which continued his streak of Top Ten hits. "I Sang Dixie," the album's second single, went to number one, and "I Got You" reached number five. In 1989, Yoakam released a compilation album, Just Lookin' for a Hit, which went gold. "Long White Cadillac," taken from the collection, stalled at number 35 in the fall of 1989.

Although his 1990 album If There Was a Way didn't have as many Top Ten hits, it was a major success; it was his first album since his debut to go platinum. This Time, released in the spring of 1993, was an even bigger hit, spawning three number two singles -- "Ain't That Lonely Yet," "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere," and "Fast as You" -- and going platinum. After its release, Yoakam was silent for two years, returning in the summer of 1995 with Dwight Live, which didn't set the charts on fire. In the fall of that year, he released his sixth album, Gone, which went gold by the spring of 1996, although it didn't produce any major country hits. After 1997's Under the Covers, a collection of cover songs, Yoakam returned with the all-new A Long Way Home in 1998. Another compilation, Last Chance for a Thousand Years: Greatest Hits from the '90s, was released in 1999; its newly recorded version of Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" became Yoakam's biggest hit in six years, even hitting the lower reaches of the pop charts thanks to its exposure in a khakis commercial. Two albums followed in 2000: dwightyoakamacoustic.net, a bare-bones, all-acoustic revisitation of Yoakam's back catalog; and the more standard studio project Tomorrow's Sounds Today, which featured further collaborations with Buck Owens and a cover of Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me."

In 2001, Yoakam debuted as a writer and director, also issuing the soundtrack South of Heaven, West of Hell to accompany it. Two years later, he debuted on a new label (Audium) with Population Me, while Reprise issued the compilation In Others' Words to compete with it. In 2004 he released Dwight's Used Records, a 14-track anthology of duets that appeared on other artists' albums, unreleased covers, and cuts Yoakam contributed to various tribute compilations. An album of all new material, the self-produced Blame the Vain, followed in 2005 along with the live album Live from Austin, TX. An album of Buck Owens covers, Dwight Sings Buck, appeared in 2007. 2012's 3 Pears, Yoakam's first album since returning to Warner Bros. Records after a trio of releases for New West Records, and his first album of original material since 2005's Blame the Vain, featured a pair of Beck productions, "A Heart Like Mine" and "Missing Heart," recorded at Beck's home studio in California. 3 Pears debuted at 18 on the Billboard Top 200, his highest chart position ever. Three years later, Yoakam returned with Second Hand Heart. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Second Hand Heart

1. In Another World

2. She

3. Dreams Of Clay

4. Second Hand Heart

5. Off Your Mind

6. Believe

7. Man Of Constant Sorrow

8. Liar

9. The Big Time

10. V's Of Birds

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Track List: 21st Century Hits: Best Of 2000-2012 (Deluxe Edition)

1. The Sad Side Of Town

2. The Late Great Golden State

3. The Back Of Your Hand

4. If Teardrops Were Diamonds

5. Long Goodbye

6. Intentional Heartache

7. Blame The Vain

8. I Wanna Love Again

9. Just Passin' Time

10. Crazy Little Thing Called Love

11. Close Up The Honky Tonks

12. My Heart Skips A Beat

13. Act Naturally

14. A Heart Like Mine

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Track List: 3 Pears

1. Take Hold Of My Hand

2. Waterfall

3. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke

4. Trying

5. Nothing But Love

6. It's Never Alright

7. A Heart Like Mine

8. Long Way To Go

9. Missing Heart

10. 3 Pears

11. Rock It All Away

12. Long Way To Go (Reprise)

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Track List: Dwight Sings Buck

1. My Heart Skips A Beat

2. Foolin' Around

3. I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)

4. Only You

5. Act Naturally

6. Down On The Corner Of Love

7. Cryin' Time

8. Above And Beyond

9. Love's Gonna Live Here

10. Close Up The Honky Tonks

11. Under Your Spell Again

12. Your Tender Loving Care

13. Excuse Me (I Think I've Got A Heartache)

14. Think Of Me

15. Together Again

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Track List: Live From Austin, TX (Live)

1. Guitars, Cadillacs (Live)

2. Smoke Along The Track (Live)

3. What I Don't Know (Live)

4. Home Of The Blues (Live)

5. 1,000 Miles (Live)

6. Please, Please Baby (Live)

7. Little Ways (Live)

8. Honky Tonk Man (Live)

9. Streets Of Bakersfield (Live)

11. Always Late With Your Kisses (Live)

12. Little Sister (Live)

13. I Sang Dixie (Live)

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Track List: Blame The Vain

1. Blame The Vain

2. Lucky That Way

3. Intentional Heartache

4. Does It Show

5. Three Good Reasons

6. Just Passin' Time

7. I'll Pretend

8. She'll Remember

9. I Wanna Love Again

10. When I First Came Here

11. Watch Out

12. The Last Heart In Line

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Track List: The Very Best Of Dwight Yoakam

1. Honky Tonk Man

2. Guitars, Cadillacs

3. Little Sister

4. Little Ways

5. Please, Please Baby

6. Streets Of Bakersfield (With Buck Owens)

7. I Sang Dixie

8. Long White Cadillac

9. Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose

10. You're The One

11. Suspicious Minds

12. It Only Hurts When I Cry

13. Ain't That Lonely Yet

14. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere

15. Fast As You

16. Crazy Little Thing Called Love

17. I Want You To Want Me

18. Things Change

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Track List: Dwight's Used Records

1. Stop The World

2. Down Where The River Bends

3. Mercury Blues

4. Waiting

5. Some Dark Holler

6. If You Were Me

7. Little Chapel

8. Loco Motion

9. Miner's Prayer

10. Understand Your Man

11. Wheels

12. I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide

13. Paradise

14. "I Said" (Paradise Reprise)

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Track List: In Other's Words

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Track List: Population: Me

1. The Late Great Golden State

2. No Such Thing

3. Fair To Midland

4. An Exception To The Rule

5. Population Me

6. Stayin' Up Late (Thinkin' About It)

7. Trains And Boats And Planes

8. If Teardrops Were Diamonds

9. I'd Avoid Me Too

10. The Back Of Your Hand

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Track List: Tomorrow's Sounds Today

1. Love Caught Up To Me

2. What Do You Know About Love

3. Time Spent Missing You

4. Free To Go

5. A Promise You Can't Keep

6. A Place To Cry

7. The Sad Side Of Town

8. Dreams Of Clay

9. For Loves Sake

10. The Heartaches Are Free

11. A World Of Blue

12. I Want You To Want Me

13. Alright, I'm Wrong

14. I Was There

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Track List: Dwightyoakamacoustic.Net

1. Bury Me (Acoustic LP Version)

2. 1,000 Miles (Acoustic LP Version)

3. Little Sister (Acoustic LP Version)

4. Please, Please Baby (Acoustic LP Version)

5. It Won't Hurt (Acoustic LP Version)

6. I'll Be Gone (Acoustic LP Version)

7. Johnson's Love (Acoustic LP Version)

8. Little Ways (Acoustic LP Version)

9. This Drinkin' Will Kill Me (Acoustic LP Version)

10. Nothing's Changed Here (Acoustic LP Version)

11. Throughout All Time (Acoustic LP Version)

12. Sad, Sad Music (Acoustic LP Version)

13. It Only Hurts When I Cry (Acoustic LP Version)

14. Buenes Noches From A Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses) (Acoustic LP Version)

15. The Distance Between You And Me (Acoustic LP Version)

16. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere (Acoustic LP Version)

17. Two Doors Down (Acoustic LP Version)

18. Readin', Rightin', Rt. 23 (Acoustic LP Version)

19. If There Was A Way (Acoustic LP Version)

20. Fast As You (Acoustic LP Version)

21. Home For Sale (Acoustic LP Version)

22. A Long Way Home (Acoustic LP Version)

23. Lonesome Roads (Acoustic LP Version)

24. Things Change (Acoustic LP Version)

25. Guitars, Cadillacs (Acoustic LP Version)

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Track List: Last Chance For A Thousand Years

1. Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose

2. You're The One

3. It Only Hurts When I Cry

4. The Heart That You Own

5. Suspicious Minds

6. Thinking About Leaving

7. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere

8. Ain't That Lonely Yet

9. Fast As You

10. Pocket Of A Clown

11. Sorry You Asked?

12. Nothing

13. I'll Go Back To Her

14. Crazy Little Thing Called Love

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Track List: A Long Way Home

1. Same Fool

2. The Curse

3. Things Change

4. Yet To Succeed

5. I Wouldn't Put It Past Me

6. These Arms

7. That's Okay

8. Only Want You More

9. I'll Just Take These

10. A Long Way Home

11. Listen

12. Traveler's Lantern

13. Maybe You Like It, Maybe You Don't

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Track List: This Time

1. Pocket Of A Clown

2. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere

3. Home For Sale

4. This Time

5. Two Doors Down

6. Ain't That Lonely Yet

7. King Of Fools

8. Fast As You

9. Try Not To Look So Pretty

10. Wild Ride

11. Lonesome Roads

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Track List: If There Was A Way

1. The Distance Between You And Me

2. The Heart That You Own

3. Takes A Lot To Rock You

4. Nothing's Changed Here

5. Sad, Sad Music

6. Since I Started Drinkin' Agian

7. If There Was A Way

8. Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose

9. It Only Hurts When I Cry

10. Send A Message To My Heart

11. I Don't Need It Done

12. You're The One

13. Dangerous Man

14. Let's Work Together

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Track List: Just Lookin' For A Hit

1. Long White Cadillac

2. Little Ways

3. Honky Tonk Man

4. I Got You

5. Little Sister

6. I Sang Dixie

7. Guitars, Cadillacs

8. Sin City

9. Please, Please Baby

10. Streets Of Bakersfield

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Track List: Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room

1. I Got You

2. One More Name

3. What I Don't Know

4. Home Of The Blues

5. Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses)

6. I Hear You Knockin

7. I Sang Dixie

8. Streets Of Bakersfield

9. Floyd County

10. Send Me The Pillow

11. Hold On To God

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Track List: Hillbilly Deluxe

1. Little Ways

2. Smoke Along The Track

3. Johnson's Love

4. Please, Please Baby

5. Readin', Rightin', RT.

6. Always Late With Your Kisses

7. 1,000 Miles

8. Throughout All Time

9. Little Sister

10. This Drinkin' Will Kill Me

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Track List: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc.

1. Honky Tonk Man

2. It Won't Hurt

3. I'll be Gone

4. South of Cincinnati

5. Bury Me

6. Guitars, Cadillacs

7. Twenty Years

8. Ring of Fire

9. Miners Prayer

10. Heartaches by the Number

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Track List: Second Hand Heart (Single)

4. Second Hand Heart

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Track List: Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day (Single)

1. Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day

2. High On A Mountain Of Love

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Track List: Who'll Stop The Rain (Single)

1. Who'll Stop The Rain

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Love his music!!! My favorite is FAST AS YOU
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thomas.panto j a
Named my son after him !
Love his music!
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I love this Kentucky man!!
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Love Dwight's music❤️
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Favorite song ever
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Maybe I'll be as fast as you love it
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now that's country music ; )
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True Country, Rockabilly. The best.
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True country singer. The best
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Best singer and performer ever.
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Go to hell, Darrell.
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its always annoyed me that dwight has never gotten the praise and great reviews that he so richly deserves i have loved him since i heard his music when i was 18 and what a career he has had and still to this day produces great music i rate dwight has highly as george strait
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Hey, mister turn it on & turn me loose!!!!!
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nolimitz652
The narrative/re v i e w saying that he never dominated the country charts" almost seems to imply he wasn't/isn't as good, but the reality is that he's far better than any
of them for having created something
far greater.
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bikeday13
I f**kin hate country music but for some strange reason anything from Dwight Yoakam is kickass. Its what country should be
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What's your favorite DY song?
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Dwight and Billy Bob in "Daddy and them"
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antiokly
I like two kinds of music---Coun t r y - - a n d - - - Western
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Cowpunk, huh?
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Yeeeeeeeeee Haw'rawa✈✈❤� ✈ Si si
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Yeeeeeeeee Haw remix mmm mee yee haw
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Yeeeeeeeeeee e e e e e e e Haw'a ❤
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Hello everyone on Pandora
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Like little real country. Every once in a while!!!!!
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Love Dwight. I can listen to his music all day everyday. It never gets old.
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Just had to reply. SING IT DWIGHT !!!!! Now that's f n country music. & it takes me right back there. U know!!!!! Or ur not country
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Fallout: New Vegas ��
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Dwight my brother is going to see your concert,but the down side is I do not get to go��
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I want U 2 want me.... Please!!!! :-D :-D
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Sing it Dwight
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You are still as hot as it gets!
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Loved your concert in Clovis, NM. hope you had a happy birthday Dwight!
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You were great in Wilfred !
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Play Dwight Yoakam's version of Ring Of Fire. That version of Johnny Cash's is downright awesome!! Swann Elliott 10/30/15
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I love love love love Dwight Yoakam way 2 much! ❤ ❤ ❤
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DWIGHT YOAKAM, TEARDROPS, GREAT SONG. I LIKE WILLIE IN THERE TOO!
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teresa.guerr e r o
I feel the emotion from his songs. I love all his songs and the bass guitar.
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Little Ways is a real good one Dwight..Nita
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Good music Dwight
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You really hang with the big boys, Dwight. I like your voice. You're humble, buy my daddy was humble, I like that.
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Damn good Rockabilly music
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They better have D.Y. music in heaven or im not going when im gone.
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Crazy Little Thing Called Love. You Sing that Song so well, Dwight. Anita
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Like to wear my pants like D.Y. & move just like me. Yum Yum!!!!!
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You're a good Singer Dwight.
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I do love me some Dwight! Yeah boy!!
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Don't forget he played in the movie, SLING BLADE!!!!!
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Good Song. Fine delivery.
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I went into the hospital for three weeks. That's where I was. I have a new number. 713-502-0250 . . .
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I love you. Maybe I shouldn't say that, but it was I felt and my words may not reflect it so I said it in those three. I hope you get some time off and come see me. I am working to get on my own again. I still walk in the neighborhood and go out when daylight or special occasion. I am not flirting and I don't flatter. I lost your number and my new one is 713-502-0250 . It's public. I am a little hopeful not a big super star.
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