As some of you know, the all new Compound Nightclub reopens with a bang this weekend. The Grand Reopening party is hosted by rapper Nelly and producer Polow Da Don. But the question on everyone's mind is, will Tameka Foster stalk Nelly at Compound this saturday?

I hear that Tameka Foster has the hawts for Nelly and she's been calling his cell phone like his child support check is late. As Usher would say, she's got it bad! You already know she's getting her weave and press on nails did for this special occasion. So we'll see if she shows up! I'll have my spies all up in the club on Saturday night!

Not to be outdone by rappers T.I. (who is currently serving time in an Arkansas prison) and Ludacris who each donated $10,000 cash out of their own wallets for flood relief, rappers JD and Nelly plan to get other celebs to donate to flood victims.

Jermaine Dupri, Nelly, & V-103 join forces for a charity celebrity bowling tournament entitled, Atlanta Stand-Up. JD and Nelly have invited all their celebrity friends to come out and bowl (and hopefully open their wallets) tomorrow night (10/1) at Red Carpet Lanes located at 4500 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, GA 30096.

Expected celebrity guests include: Big Boi, Bryan-Michael Cox, Zaytoven, Devyne Stephens, Polow Da Don, Lil’ Ronnie, Nitti, Mike Bigga (formerly Killer Mike), Sammie, Rozelle, NBA superstar Derric Anderson, Grand Hustle Records and many more celebrities, athletes and entertainment professionals.

Doors open at 8PM, and of course the Red Carpet begins at 9PM.

Source: Tamiko Hope | Word Ink

Here's the music video for Whitney's single "I Look To You" off her #1 album by the same title. Whitney will appear on Oprah's show on Monday and Tuesday. I hope she kills this song. She needs a strong performance to dead all the rumors that she's a has-been whose voice is shot.

Michael Jackson's older brother Jermaine is busy trying to salvage his Michael Jackson Tribute concert in Vienna after online media floated rumors that the two biggest names on the lineup won't appear.

According to to Reuters, Jermaine, 54, confirms that Mary J. Blige will be busy at a fashion event in Italy that same day. But he claims she will fly in to perform the second half of the concert, which is scheduled for Sept. 26.

We already know that Chris Brown is a convicted felon who probably can't leave the country without permission from his probation officer. But Jermaine says, "He wants to be here. It's just up to what he's going through with his court case right now. "He's definitely going to be here."

Jackson also denied rumors that his family refuse to throw their full support behind the tribute concert.

"I invited my mother, I invited my brothers and sisters as well," he said during a news conference in London. "I am not happy with the talk being said in the press about the support isn't there. My mother from the very start supported this."

Of course he's referring to TMZ's report that his mother, Katherine Jackson, and brothers question why Jermaine is holding a tribute concert in a city that has no connection to Michael.

Aren't you excited?!

TLC, the record-breaking, four-time R&B Grammy winners who were a mainstay on the Billboard charts in the 1990s, are set to play a show on U.S. soil for the first time in seven years – as part of a benefit concert hosted by Justin Timberlake.

Playing the "Justin Timberlake and Friends" concert, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, the two remaining members of TLC – Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was killed in a 2002 car accident – will play Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay Events Center on Oct. 17. Read more...

Propaganda video from the racists at who are vehemently opposed to the new Vision Nightclub opening in midtown. The racists who own the website have started an online petition that implies that a hip, urban crowd is synonymous with high crime and violence.

What they are really opposed to is the sight of young, hip black professionals who actually have jobs and can afford to drop a couple of hundred dollars in a black establishment every night. The Atlanta City Council should slam this opposition as race based and without merit!

The racists compiled footage of scenes that took place outside other Atlanta nightspots that cater to the younger crowd, but they attributed the scenes to the Velvet Room which is run by the same owners of the new Vision.

Where is the video footage from outside Opera nightclub, which is around the corner from the new Vision Nightclub but caters to a rowdy, non urban, college crowd? Opera stands to lose business if Vision reopens. So I wouldn't be surprised if the owner themselves were behind the effort to keep the new Vision from opening.

If the midtown residents are so opposed to the new Vision why don't they move out to the quiet suburbs? Don't they know they live in the city traffic and noise are inevitable?

While construction workers removed the boards that had covered the exterior of the new and improved Vision nightclub yesterday, about two dozen disgruntled neighborhood residents voiced their opposition to the club at a neighborhood planning meeting.

At the meeting, the club owners and attorneys outlined their plans for the new Vision nightclub and Lounge, which is about 95% completed. The residents, all white, were opposed to the new club that draws a mostly hip, urban crowd.

Much time and money has gone into making the new Vision the jewel of the South in terms of nightlife. The interior of the old Cotton Club and several storefronts were gutted a year and a half ago to make way for the new club. Those who have seen the inside (including myself) agree that it was worth the wait!

So if all goes well, the new Vision Nightclub and Lounge will open as planned on Labor Day at its new location at the corner of Peachtree and 11th streets.

Attorney DeWayne Martin, who represents the club's owners, said the new club will abide by all noise ordinances. “We will do everything we can to be a good neighbor,” he said.

Martin called the opposition to the club "curious," while noting that there are other clubs -- such as Opera -- which operates in the same area, and no one seems to have a problem with the unruly crowds that those clubs draw.


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You are invited to attend the celebrity birthday bash of actress Vivica A. Fox and NBA star Derek Anderson of the Charlotte Bobcats TONIGHT at Primal Nightclub!

Last week's Grand Opening of Primal Fridays was off the chain! The line stretched around the building and the crowd was even larger than expected! So you know tonight will be even bigger and better now that word has spread.

Ladies in attendance said they've never seen so many fine men in one spot, and the men said the ladies were hawt!

Experience Primal Fridays for yourself tonight! But remember to get there early. The line will be cut off once the club reaches capacity.

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INTRODUCING PRIMAL FRIDAYS! 3 ROOMS, 3 Djs spinning Hip hop and R&B in the main room, Reggae & Old School rooms. MaNN this is somethin' the city never had B4! The Patio is Lush, the upstairs & the rooftop is official. The Damn Club Is HOT!

A new beginning in Atlanta night life has arrived. Primal Atlanta is a premiere nightclub located in the heart of midtown Atlanta. The Vegas-Style nightclub offers a full-range of amenities and entertainment. The sophisticated, sexy design and decor extends throughout the nightclub in each of our themed rooms; SkyBar upstairs offers gorgeous city views from the outdoor patio.

If you're wondering where the biggest 4th of July extravaganza will be this weekend, look no further!

This Saturday, July 4th, AG Entertainment present Viva Las Vegas at LIFE! The official GRAND OPENING of Life Nightclub (formerly Keith Sweat's Fever Nightclub for you old heads).

You must RSVP to party inside with the industry elite! This is an invitation-only affair! NO CAMERAS ALLOWED. In the spirit of Las Vegas, what happens at Life, stays at Life!

Early arrival is strongly suggested. Doors close promptly at capacity! Sexy attire is a MUST!

Life Nightclub is located at 1728 Cheshire Bridge Road.


T.I., Grand Hustle and MusicBusinessPolitics cordially invites you to attend T.I.'s Grand Going Away "Fete to the Future" party in Miami, Florida on Friday, May 15. And to ensure that one lucky SR member gets to taste the full experience of this once-in-a lifetime event, Grand Hustle is giving away one All Access pass** for you plus a guest to attend the event in Miami!

To win the pass, either leave a comment in this post or send an email to info @ (remove the spaces) explaining why you feel you are T.I's biggest fan!

**Travel, hotel, and ground transportation not included in this offer**

For more info, click the invite below!


Congrats to brwnsugga4you who guessed Keri's one-day sales would be 75-90K. According to, Keri's sales are estimated at 80-90K.

This is the invite for Keri Hilson's private album release party this Thursday in Atlanta. The details of the party are being kept tightly under wraps. But if you've ever been to one of MusicBusinessPolitic's parties, you know how they do it.

Kanye West's voice can be heard upon opening the invite. Which leads me to believe that Kanye, who is one of the album's producers, is co-hosting the party. I could be wrong though -- as I so often am.

Keri's debut album "In a Perfect World" is in stores today.

If you and a guest would like to attend Keri Hilson's album release party on Thursday at a secret location, simply guess the first-day sales range of Keri's album. Example: 1500-3000 copies.

The registered member who comes closest to guessing Keri's estimated first-day sales will win a pass for two to Keri's party!

The winner will be announced tomorrow. Good luck!

Special thanks to Laura Giles and H. of MusicBusinessPolitics for the invite!

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I saw this story earlier this morning on another blog, but I didn't read the post. So I didn't know that Barack Hussein Obama was being given an award by a black press organization. The headline read "Obama White House bars press from press award ceremony" and now it all makes sense.

You know if Barack cut the fool on Jay Leno, he damn sure will forget his manners at an all-black dinner. So he doesn't want any white press around to capture all his gaffes on tape.

Thanks to loyal reader Ebony H. for the tip!

Last week I stumbled across a bogus AKOO site and posted it on my blogroll. But then it came to my attention that the site was not affiliated with the AKOO clothing line.

Now T.I. has launched his official AKOO website. How come I had to stumble across it myself by accident? You'd think H. would have emailed me to tell me about it as much as I throw support behind T.I.?

Anyway, I LOVE the new site. Check it out here.

Oh, and don't tell them I told you, but T.I. will be in the house when Botchey, Certified Ent. and MusicBusinessPolitics celebrates their 1 year anniversary tonight at Luckie Lounge. H. promised me my own booth and bottles, so I'll be there too.

According to online reports, rapper T.I. will kick off a farewell tour in the coming weeks.

The reality is T.I. has been out on the road performing night after night for the last few months. There is no shortage of takers for his high fees which range from $100K to $150K for a single appearance.

One promoter, who shall remain nameless, even offered T.I. $100K per night for 3 straight nights at his venue!

There is no doubt that T.I.'s family (and employees) will eat well while he's on lock down.

The Live Your Life hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., will headline a handful of dates across the U.S. in the coming weeks before he begins his year-long prison stint in March (09).

His sentence relates to his 2007 arrest, in which he was caught trying to buy an arsenal of guns from an undercover FBI agent.
And the hip-hop superstar is determined to go out with a bang - he will be joined by Busta Rhymes and The Way I Are singer Keri Hilson on the 28 February (09) gig in Tampa, Florida, while Young Jeezy, Plies, Rick Ross and Yung L.A. will support him in Detroit, Michigan on 7 March (09).

The Farewell Tour will wrap in Corpus Christi, Texas on 15 March (09). [LINK]

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According to Life & Style, Beyonce is out as Hugh Jackman's singing-and-dancing partner during the opening number of the Academy Awards this Sunday.

The honors will go to actress Anne Hathaway instead.

Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway will star in a singing-and-dancing number with host Hugh Jackman at the opening of the Academy Awards ceremony this Sunday!

An insider tells Life & Style, "Anne is rehearsing at the Kodak Theatre [site of the Oscars] in Hollywood today!" [LINK]

We wonder if the producers suddenly realized they would lose half their audience if Beyonce performed that opening number With Jackman?

The Oscars air on Feb. 22 on ABC.

Beyonce is never one to let something like NO Academy Award nominations come between her and the spotlight.

Rumor has it that Beyonce will perform with host Hugh Jackman at the Oscars on Feb. 22nd. According to, the two will perform a song-and-dance number together.

How nauseating.

Taraji P. Henson is a shoe-in to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Brad Pitt's adopted mom in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

But BeYaki plans to ruin Taraji's big night by stealing her thunder just as she stole the spotlight from Jennifer Hudson, who refused to attend the Inauguration because she was there.

No wonder Michelle Obama hates Beyonce with a passion.

Next week NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire will welcome all to Phoenix for his All Star Week festivities.

But only one golden "Key to His City" will unlock the door to all the exclusive private and public events during Amar'e Stoudemire's All Star Weekend in Phoenix, AZ, Feb. 12-to-15.

I don't have to tell you that this key is worth at least a couple grand. If a party is sold out, the holder of this key gets in. If a line is wrapped around the building, the bearer of this key bypasses the line.

Don't have an invite to the private party at an exclusive mansion? No problem. You have the key!

One of you will win this key next week. So stay tuned for details!

The List of Events

-- Thursday - Feb. 12th - "Welcome to Phoenix / Hypocalypto Records Launch" @ Stoudemire's Downtown, 9pm

-- Thursday - Feb, 12th - "The Breakfast Club" @ Private Residence, 2am - 6am

-- Friday - Feb. 13th - "Red Hot VIP Cocktail Reception " to benefit the Amar'e Stoudemire Foundation" hosted by Amar'e Stoudemire, T.I. & Keri Hilson @ Private Location, 7:30p

-- Friday - Feb. 13th - "Check Out Our Stats" @ Stoudemire's Down, 9:00p

-- Friday - Feb. 13th - "The Breakfast Club" @ Private Residence, 2am - 6am

-- Saturday - Feb. 14th - "The Grand Hustle Takeover" @ Chase Towers hosted by Stoudemire, T.I., Keri Hilson, 9:00pm

-- Saturday - Feb. 14th - "The Breakfast Club" @ Private Residence, 2am - 6am

-- Sunday - Feb, 15th - "The Finale - Three Suns" @ Stoudemire's Downtown hosted by Amar'e Stoudemire, Jason Richardson, Matt Barnes

Source: Nicole Garner | The Garner Circle PR

* Bumped*

Yesterday I received an invite to Amar'e Stoudemire/Grand Hustle's Private Dinner at a secret location on Saturday night (1/24).

Normally I politely decline invites, but yesterday I thought to myself, why not give my readers an opportunity to see how the other half lives?

By "other half", I mean that glitteratti of industry professionals who stay in the background and shape the careers of big time celebrities.

This is that type of private industry event that takes place, and the next day people ask, "why wasn't I invited?"

Well, Saturday night you and your man will get the chance to have dinner with Phoenix Suns center Amar'e Stoudemire, his celebrity friends, and the industry elite.

Following the dinner, Amar'e will host The Union Party at Dreamz nightclub. It's all brought to you by MusicBusinessPolitics, Grand Hustle, Botchey & Zae, Above Currency Management, The Investment Club, and Certified Crunkness.

Here's what you have to do to win: since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, leave a comment detailing why you feel your boo deserves to accompany you to this private dinner.

At 12 Noon I'll post a poll for my readers to vote on the best comment. The winner will be notified by email later today.

Good luck!

I know I promised I would be less negative in the '09, but I have to say this.

According to online reports, Beyoncé will sing for the Obama's first dance atop the presidential seal at the Inauguration -- similar to the pic above of Obama's predecessor and his wife.

Obviously the head of the inauguration committee is a Beyonce Stan.

What is Beyoncé going to sing? Put a Ring On It? Crazy in Love? To the left to the left? Will her husband Jay Z rap too?

Talk about no class. The Obama's have set the tone for the first ghetto inauguration in history.

By the way, this inauguration will also be the most expensive in history with a price tag of $150 million for a swearing-in ceremony that only lasts 20 seconds.

Singer Jennifer Hudson, who took a hiatus after her family members were killed in a home invasion in October, will return to the spotlight when she sings the National Anthem at the Super Bowl next month.

Hudson will sing before the big game in Tampa on February 1. Which brings up a question. If she can sing at the Super Bowl on Feb 1, why can't she perform at Barack Obama's Inauguration which is less than two weeks earlier?

What's more important?

Well, my well-placed source tells me that Hudson and Obama fell out because Beyoncé was invited to sing at the Inauguration. And as you know, Jennifer isn't feeling Bey right now.

But you didn't hear any of this from me.

Loyal reader Natasha has a few choice words for my client Botchey of Botchey Entertainment for Photoshopping her picture into his promotional ad for tonight's Investment Club party at Luckie's!

If Natasha looks familiar to you, that's because, besides seeing her on that flyer, she was also featured in BET's Hell Date Season 2.

Sandra: FIRST, LOVES THE SITE!!! I'm emailing you cause I see my picture on an advertisement you had sent to you for this Wednesday's event: Investment club Hawks vs Magic. Why I'd be lying to say I wasn't tickled pink to see myself on the flyer that whomever snatched from my myspace or online and Photoshopped an Atlanta Hawks shirt on..

I gotta say they COULDA ASKED!! Truth be told I got my shine on as everyone who knows where to get the latest visits your site and numerous people hit me up for "landing an advertising" spot on your blog which I had to reply I had no dealing with creating-- I had to get around to figuring out how to access you at work - so I've been a little late on the latest :-)

What really irks me is that people will snatch a picture of you- throw you on a flyer and then have you stand in a line for 1 1/2 to get in to an event they "used" you for marketing purposes to get people to come to... Some people say you should be "grateful" they gave you some exposure, while others say sue them they didn't have the right to plaster my pic (It's not that serious and I definitely ain't no one important to be doing all that) However it does bring me to the point of recognizes how the Atlanta industry market doesn't pay!

They find all types of ways to exploit models or aspiring models (with or without their consent) using the "you should be lucky I'm acknowledging you" and not pay... I will not be attending the event tonight as I hear Luckies is crazy on Wednesday - I don't do lines and I'm not that important to be able to skip or rich enough to pay someone extra!

Anyways loves the site... and as far as less negativity (forget that goal!) Life ain't pretty and sometimes the truth is ugly - Keep reporting as you see it or at least how you'd like to (wink) it's entertaining - And that's what I come for!!! Best wishes in 09'

Natasha's Myspace page

Well, we now know who won't be singing at one of 10 "official" inauguration balls in D.C. come Jan. 20:

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson won't sing at Barack Obama's inauguration, according to her rep who says the actress is still grieving the loss of her mother, brother and nephew.

American actress/singer Jennifer Hudson will not be singing at U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, says her representative.

Rumours that the 27-year-old Hudson would be singing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at Obama's inauguration have been dispelled by her representative.

"There is no truth to this," Contactmusic quoted Hudson's rep as saying. (LINK)

Stars who did receive an invite to perform at one of the special events in D.C. the week of the 20th include Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, and Bruce Springsteen.

Other celebs who haven't yet received invites are said to be unhappy. We still don't know exactly which inauguration event Barack Obama will be attending. But we're guessing it's the one Rihanna will be performing at. (LINK)

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Barack Hussein Obama's camp has already refused to allow babies, toddlers or old ladies with umbrellas to attend his inauguration ceremonies in D.C. on Jan. 20.

Damon Weaver, 10, a reporter for KEC TV news in Palm Beach, Florida was disappointed to learn his media credential application was denied.

With about $8,000 in donations, Damon, his K.E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary School teacher Brian Zimmerman, a student cameraman and two parents will travel to D.C. Jan. 18 to prepare for a KEC-TV special inauguration broadcast.

Zimmerman said Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings of Miramar has agreed to give Damon three of the 197 tickets he was allotted, which will put the group in front of the Capitol for the ceremony. (LINK)

But the fifth grader will not be allowed to cover the inauguration up close and personal.

And, before you say, "everybody can't get a credential" -- this kid is not just anybody.

He became a national sensation and a YouTube favorite after landing a coveted interview with Obama's sidekick Sen. Joe Biden during the presidential campaign.

At the end of the interview, Weaver quipped: "Senator Biden is now my homeboy."

I've been sitting in the cut chuckling at the furious reaction to Barack Hussein Obama's selection of Pastor Rick Warren to deliver his invocation at his inaugural address (LINK).

Some of you emailed me asking for my opinion on the matter. But I have no opinion because I really don't care who Obama chooses to deliver his invocation. An invocation speech is the least of our worries with Obama soon to be in power.

The progressive movement who desired CHANGE at all costs, are now gnashing their teeth and wringing their hands at slippery Obama's predictable flip flopping.

Campaign rhetoric aside, the fact is Obama showed us and told us who he really was long before his supporters lifted him up on their shoulders and carried him to victory.

Everyone turned a blind eye to his decades long associations with shady radicals and extremists. Obama has a proven track record of getting into bed with those around him who share his convoluted socialist ideologies.

Obama promised transparency and Change to the old Washington style of politics. And now Obama has filled out his cabinet with mostly Clinton-era cronies who are the architects of the current economic collapse.

How does your Kool-Aid taste now?

George Bush, the outgoing POTUS, has denied a request by the incoming POTUS to move his family into the official guest house across the street from the White House. [LINK]

In response, Obama aides complained to the media that Bush wouldn't make the historic Blair House available to the Obama's early -- as if that was going to change his mind.

An Obama aide, who isn't authorized to speak on behalf of the family -- but did so anyway, said the Obama's needed to move in early so their daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, could begin classes on January 5 at the prestigious Sidwell Friends School.

But Bush denied the request because there were already previously scheduled events for the historic Blair House. Bush aides say he did not wish to displace his guests so the Obama's could move in early.

A Bush aide said the earliest the government guest house is traditionally made available to the incoming POTUS is January 15. But the Obama's insisted upon moving their family and entourage in two weeks early.

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I got a tip last week from a loyal reader who told me that FOX news cameras were spotted peeking in NeNe's windows (my loyal reader lives in the neighborhood).

I knew it had something to do with NeNe Leake's much-publicized eviction from her rental home. It turns out NeNe and husband Greg Leakes weren't even evicted -- they left on their own. But sadly, that's not juicy enough for gossip mongers.

Anyway, NeNe and the rest of the cast of Atlanta Housewives will join NBA baller LeBron James tomorrow night at the Velvet Room. NeNe will be celebrating her birthday which proves that she's too Grand to be stressed, baby!

Thanks to Zedi over at for the video link!

The ACLU of Southern California will fete Jermaine Dupri with its 2008 Bill of Rights Award next Monday (12/8) at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The IDJ Urban music chief will be honored along with Magic Johnson. Dupri, a long time member of the board of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, has worked to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws, benefit the Hurricane Relief Fund and been a significant voice on the “Rap the Vote” campaign. Past honorees include Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, Rosa Parks, Antonio “LA” Reid, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Harry Belafonte, Ellen Degeneres, Oliver Stone and Sarah Jessica Parker, among others.

Source: Dorma Davis | So So Def Recordings Inc.

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While shopping at Lenox mall this weekend, I ran into rapper Diamond and her friends Jai Jai (left) and J. Marie (right). The ladies were doing a little shopping of their own in preparation for the Dirty Awards going down tonight in Atlanta.

Oh, you didn't know the Dirty Awards were tonight? I didn't either until Diamond told me. In fact, no one I spoke to yesterday knew the Dirty Awards were tonight. That means Hot 107.9 isn't doing such a hot job getting the word out.

They say Tahira Wright isn't in charge of publicity this year. That would explain it. Tahira is really good at what she does and her PR skills are a direct testament to the success of the Dirty Awards over the years.

Anyway, back to the original topic. Diamond told me her man Li'l Scrappy was also in the mall shopping for something to wear tonight. She gave me a copy of her hot new mixtape Ms. Boojhetto Bitch Musik Vol. 2. I begged the girls to take a picture with Santa Claus, and at first they were open to the suggestion -- until they saw the line. So I snapped a pic of the trio with my new Sidekick LX with the help of Jai Jai, who couldn't believe I didn't know how to take a photo with my cell phone (what professional photographer shoots with a cell phone?)

Jai Jai is a celebrity makeup artist who counts Diamond among her celebrity clientèle. She's also rapper Oowee's baby mama (they could pass for sister and brother). J. Marie is a very soft-spoken model who was in town visiting from St. Louis.

Diamond's solo album is due out in the first quarter of '09.

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