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Interesting Facts And Records Set On Shazam As It Turns 20 Years

Shazam turned 20 yesterday, and as of this week, it has officially surpassed 70 billion song recognitions.

A mainstay in popular culture, the platform has changed the way people engage with music by making song identification accessible to everyone. For more than 225 million global monthly users, to “Shazam” is to discover something new.

To mark the occasion, Shazam invites fans to take a trip down memory lane with a special playlist comprised of the most Shazamed song of each calendar year for the past 20 years. Featuring everything from Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” to Sia’s “Cheap Thrills,” the playlist is a true reflection of the music fans across the globe actively searched for over the past two decades. Listen now exclusively on Apple Music.

Over the years, Shazam’s global charts have played a crucial role in helping to identify breaking new talent like Masked Wolf, who was one of Shazam’s 5 Artists to Watch in 2021 and ended up having the most Shazamed track globally that year with “Astronaut In The Ocean.”

“The fact that people all over the world took time out of their day to pull out their phone and Shazam my songs is a huge honour for me as an artist,” said Masked Wolf. “You know you’ve got something special if you see the Shazam stats moving.”

Shazam’s charts have also become a barometer for unexpected pop culture moments. Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill” being featured in “Stranger Things” led to an all-time peak in Shazams of the singer, and the track took No. 1 on the Shazam Global Top 200 for 10 days. It ended up reaching the top of 25 national charts — more than any other song in 2022.


Keeping its finger on the pulse of music, Shazam has also played a key role in bringing local artists to a global audience. The longest-running global No. 1 song of 2021 was “Love Nwantiti [Remix]” by Nigerian artist CKay, which became the second song to ever surpass one million Shazams in a week.

“Shazam has played an impactful role in my career,” said CKay. “It allowed millions of people all over the world to discover me and my unique Nigerian sound. It made me a global sensation even before I started to perform all over the world. The story of CKay cannot be told without Shazam connecting me to the world.” 

With its continued commitment to innovation over the past two decades, Shazam is pioneering new ways to bring fans closer to the music and artists they love with new tools like the concert discovery feature, which spotlights concert information and tickets on sale for shows nearby, simply by Shazaming a song, or by searching for it in the Shazam app or website.

While Shazam remains focused on the future of music discovery, today’s anniversary offers an opportunity to look back at the notable moments and milestones that make up its two-decade history.

Important Dates

  • August 2002: Shazam launches as a text message service based in the UK. At the time, users could identify songs by dialing “2580” on their phone and holding it up as a song played. They were then sent an SMS message telling them the song title and the name of the artist.
  • July 2008: Shazam launches on the brand-new App Store. Shazam later launched its Android version in October 2008.
  • April 2015: Shazam becomes available on the first Apple Watch.
  • September 2018: Shazam joins the Apple family.
  • June 2021: Shazam surpasses 1 billion Shazams per month.
  • May 2022: Shazam surpasses 2 billion lifetime installs.
  • August 2022: Shazam celebrates 20 years of music discovery and hits 70 billion all-time Shazams.

Notable Firsts

  • First-ever Shazamed song: “Jeepster” by T. Rex (April 19, 2002)1
  • First Shazamed song on the iOS app: “How Am I Different” by Aimee Mann (July 10, 2008)
  • First track to reach 1,000 Shazams: “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” by Eminem (September 2002)
  • First track to reach one million Shazams: “TiK ToK” by Ke$ha (February 2010)
  • First track to reach 10 million Shazams: “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye feat. Kimbra (December 2012)
  • First track to reach 20 million Shazams: “Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)” by Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz (October 2015)
  • First artist to hit 1 million Shazams: Lil Wayne (February 2009)
  • First artist to hit 10 million Shazams: Lil Wayne (June 2011)
  • First artist to hit 100 million Shazams: David Guetta (May 2015)

Fastest Tracks to Accumulate Shazams

  • Fastest track to reach 1 million Shazams: “Butter” by BTS (nine days)
  • Fastest track to reach 10 million Shazams: “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (87 days)
  • Fastest track to reach 20 million Shazams: “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I (219 days)

Most Shazamed of All Time

  • Drake is the most Shazamed artist of all time with over 350 million Shazams across songs the artist has led or featured on. “One Dance” is Drake’s most popular track at over 17 million Shazams.
  • “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I is the most Shazamed song ever with over 41 million Shazams.
  • “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley was the most Shazamed song using the “2580” text service.

Top Shazamed Songs by Genre

  • Top Hip-Hop/Rap: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton
  • Top Dance: “Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)” by Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz
  • Top R&B/Soul: “All of Me” by John Legend
  • Top Latin: “Mi Gente” by J Balvin and Willy William
  • Top Pop: “Let Her Go” by Passenger
  • Top Alternative: “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I
  • Top Singer/Songwriter: “Take Me to Church” by Hozier


Davido Announces March 31 For Release Of New Album ‘Timeless’

Afrobeats star Davido on Tuesday returned to social media for the first time in more than three months to announce a new album titled ‘Timeless’.


Although very little is known about the project, TIMELESS is set to be released on March 31, 2023.


Davido made the announcement in a post on Instagram saying;


“There is a time for everything. A time to Grieve and a time to Heal.
A time to Laugh and a time to Dance. A time to Speak and A time for Silence.”

He thanked the world for the support all through his silence.

“Thank you to everyone out there for your love and support that has held me down. All the love and messages while I was away, the gifts sent, the concerts you all threw! I appreciate it all.”

He went ahead to announce the new album saying;

“Today, I want to remind you all that what is now Timeless, was once new. It’s time for new. My next album TIMELESS is here, March 31st.”




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Ludacris Arrives In Ghana As He Commences Work On An Afrobeats Album

American rap star and actor Ludacris is in Ghana.


The musician who last visited the West African country in 2019 during the activities marking the Year of Return returns this time with a different purpose.


According to the reliable information available, Ludacris is in the country to work with a number of producers and musicians as part of an Afrobeats album he is currently working on.


He has already established contact with Sarkodie.


In a video posted to the multiple award-winning artist’s Instagram story, Ludacris is seen enjoying Sarkodie’s signature jollof rice.




Ahead of his travel to Ghana, Ludacris was seen in a video with Ghanaian Billboard charting producer and musician Nektunez.



The musician will visit other African countries including Nigeria where he is expected to work with other musicians and producers.

Over the past few years, Afrobeats has become a toast of the West with a number of African artists including Wizkid, Burna Boy, Asake, KiDi, and many others dominating charts all over the world.



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Fans Angry After Dj Azonto’s Fa No Fom Snubbed From VGMA

Music fans of musician Mark Kwesi Arthur popularly known as DJ Azonto are up in arms after their favorite artist hit song “Fa No Fom” was snubbed from the “Most Popular Song” category at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).

Undoubtedly, DJ Azonto is a rising star and has been making waves in the Ghanaian music industry for the some months now. He has released several critically acclaimed hit songs including “Fa No Fom”, and has been praised for his unique sound and style.

The Amapiano king has also been featured in several major music festivals and has been nominated for several awards

However, despite his music success, DJ Azonto’s “Fa No Fom” was not nominated for any awards at the VGMA. This has caused a huge uproar among his fans, who have taken to social media to express their outrage. Many of them have accused the VGMA of being biased and unfair, and have called for the artist to be recognized for his talent and creativity.

It remains to be seen if the VGMA will take notice of the outcry from the artist’s fans and reconsider their decision which is highly
Impossible. In the meantime, DJ Azonto’s fans will continue to show their support and make their voices heard.


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Dj Azonto Nominated At Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 24

The music industry is full of emerging artists who are continuously pushing the boundaries of creativity.

As many as they are, there are always selected few who manage to stand out among the rest and among the Best New Artist of the year category at this years Vodafone Ghana Music Awards include Mark Kwesi Arthur popularly known as DJ Azonto and it’s not hard to see why.

The “Fa No Fom” hitmaker has been relentless at churning out bangers over the past few months, dropping some hits including Fa No Fom, “Enfa Bi Da,” “Kaba Ne Skirt,” “Add Wale,” “Ampe,” Wagaashi, and “VGMA,” WKHKYD among others.

DJ Azonto made a name for himself as one of the most promising young artists and there’s no doubt he will continue to entertain music lovers with his style

His nomination as Best New Artist of the year at the #VGMA’s is only the beginning of what is expected to be a very successful career for the young man.

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Bisa Kdei’s Father Calls Him The “King Of Highlife” In Heartfelt Birthday Message

Highlife king Bisa Kdei has been making waves on the Highlife scene for years, but recently he received high praise from someone who has known and supported him for his enter life. In a birthday message he posted on social media, Bisa Kdei’s father called his son the king of Highlife music.

It’s clear that music runs in the family. Bisa Kdei whose real name Ronald Kweku Dei Appiah was born in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Both his mother and father were into authentic Highlife music, and that upbringing made him fall in love with the music genre

Bisa K’deis father has been his biggest supporter from the start as evidenced by the heart felt message he posted on social media. In his birthday message, Mr Appiah praised his songs talent and hardwork and said that Bisa Kdei is the current musician keeping the genre alive

Over the years Bisa Kdei has released multiple successful albums and singles and has won several awards for his work

Bisa K’deis fathers message is a testament yo the impact his son has made in the music and society as a whole. With his impressive blend of Highlife music, activism and hardwork, Bisa Kdei is well on his way to living up to his fathers claim – that he is the king of Highlife music

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2023 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards: Complete List Of Nominees

Ahead of the 24th edition of the prestigious Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, a list of nominees has been announced.

The list includes categories such as Best Hiplife Song, Best Highlife Song, Best Gospel Song, Best Hiphop Song and Unsung Artists.

Among the nominees are Kweku Flick, Amerado, Black Sherif, Piesie Esther, Sarkodie and many others.

Below is the complete list of nominees.

Artist Of The Year

  • Black Sherif
  • Stonebwoy
  • Sarkodie
  • King Promise
  • Camidoh
  • KiDi
  • Piesie Esther
  • Joe Mettle

Most Popular Song Of The Year

  • Camidoh – Sugarcane Remix
  • Sarkodie – Countryside ft Black Sherif
  • Black Sherif – Kweku The Traveller
  • Lasmid – Friday Night
  • Kelvynboy – DownFlat
  • Gyakie – Something
  • Wendy Shay – Survivor
  • KiDi – Blessed ft Mavado
  • Stonebwoy – Therapy
  • Piesie Esther – Waye Me Yie

Best New Artist

  • Lasmid
  • Djay
  • Malcolm Nuna
  • JayBhad
  • EwuraBena
  • Dj Azonto
  • Chief One

Album Of The Year

  • Black Sherif – The Villian I Never Was
  • Sarkodie – Jamz
  • Gyakie – My Diary
  • King Promise – 5 Star
  • Kwesi Arthur – Son Of Jacob
  • Joe Mettle – The Kadosh

Record Of The Year

  • King Promise – Yaa Asnatewaa ft Frenna
  • Adomaa – Beginnning Again
  • Perez Muzik – Hewalelala
  • Stonebwoy – Therapy
  • Sarkodie – Countryside ft Black Sherif
  • Gyakie – Far Away

Best African Artist

  • Ayra Starr
  • Burna Boy
  • Asake
  • Kizz Daniel
  • Libianca
  • The Therapist

International Collabo Of The Year

  • Camidoh – Sugarcane Remix ft King Promise x Mayorkun
  • KiDi – Touch It Remix ft Tyga
  • King Promise – Ten Toes ft Omah Lay
  • KiDi – Blessed ft Mavado
  • Mzvee – Dumedi ft Yemi Alade
  • King Promise – Run To You ft Chance The Rapper x Vic Mensa
  • Sarkodie – Better Days ft Buju

Collaboration Of The Year

  • FBS – Jo ft Mr Drew
  • Sarkodie – Countryside ft Black Sherif
  • Epixode – Atiaa ft Kwabena Kwabena
  • Amerado – Grace ft Lasmid
  • DJ Breezy – Abonten ft Kwesi Arthur, Mugueez, Stonebwoy, Black Sherif & Smallgod
  • Bethel Revival Choir – Tegbe Tegbe ft Edwin Dadson
  • Sarkodie – Labadi ft King Promise
  • Dj Vyrusky – Body 2 Body ft KiDi x Camidoh

Songwriter Of The Year

  • Piesie Esther – Waye Me Yie
  • Black Sherif – Oh Paradise
  • Perez Muzik – Hewalelala
  • Fameye – Thank You
  • Diana Hamilton – My Meditation
  • Ewurabena – This Far

Best Highlife Artist

  • Kofi Kinaata
  • Akwaboah
  • Kuami Eugene
  • Abiana

Best Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste

  • Black Sherif
  • Sarkodie
  • Kwesi Arthur
  • Medikal
  • Amerado
  • Stonrgman

Best Afrobeats/Afropop Artiste

  • Camidoh
  • King Promise
  • Gyakie
  • KiDi
  • Wendy Shay
  • Kelvynboy

Best Reggae/Dancehall Artiste

  • Ras Kuuku
  • Epixode
  • Rocky Dawuni
  • Stonebwoy
  • Samini

Best Rap Performance

  • Medikal – Scarface
  • Strongman – Goated
  • Amerado – Obiaa Boa
  • Lyrical Joe – 5th August’s
  • Teephlow – 6 Feet

Best Gospel Artiste

  • Piesie Esther
  • Joe Mettle
  • Perez Muzik
  • Diana Hamilton
  • Celestine Donkor
  • MoG Music

Best Female Vocal Performance

  • Piesie Esther – Waye Me Yie
  • Niella – Nothing Is Too Hard
  • Enuonyam – God Of Wonders
  • Cian Soul – Waithing
  • Abiana – Shika
  • Adomaa – Beginning Again

Best Male Vocal Performance

  • Camidoh – Waiting
  • Kyei Mensah – Nothing Is Too Hard
  • Perez Muzik – Hewalelala
  • Stonebwoy – Therapy
  • King Promise – Run To You

Best Music Video

  • King Promise – Konongo Zongo (Babs Direction)
  • Stonebwoy – Therapy (JWILLZ)
  • Piesie Esther – Waye Me Yie (SKYWEB VIDEOS)
  • Stonebwoy – Gidigba (LABI)
  • Sarkodie – Labadi ft King Promise (Capone)
  • KiDi – Touch It remix ft Tyga (REX)
  • Scott Evans – Best Side (REX)
  • Kwabena Kwabena – Afraid To Lose Ypou (Andrew Kumi)

Producer Of The Year

  • MOGBeatz
  • ATown
  • Phantom
  • Shadrach Yawson
  • Guilty Beatz
  • KillBeatz
  • LiquidBeatz
  • Samnsey

Audio Engineer Of the Year

  • Chopz – Yaa Asantewaa
  • Qube – Beginning Again
  • Perez Muzik – Helewalala
  • Supa Dups – Therapy
  • Possigee – Countryside
  • Altra Nova – Far Away

Best Reggae/Dancehall Song

  • Konkara Jahvybez – A Go Dey ft Kelvynboy
  • Ras Kuuku – 33N1
  • Epixode – Atiaa
  • Black Sherif – Don’t Forget Me
  • Rocky Dawuni – Never Bow Down ft BLVK H3RO
  • Maccasio – Eyes On You ft Stonebwoy

Best Afropop Song Nominees

  • Stonebwoy – Therapy
  • Wendy Shay – Survivor
  • Black Sherif – Oil In My Head
  • DopeNation – Gboza
  • Kinfg Promise – Ten Toes ft Omah Lay
  • Kuami Eugene – Take Away
  • KiDi – Blessed ft Mavado
  • Fameye – Thank You

Best Afrobeats Song

  • Sugarcane Remix
  • Gyakie – Something
  • KiDi – Champagne
  • Djay – Balance It
  • King Promise – Ginger
  • FBS – Jo ft Mr Drew

Best Hip Hop Song

  • Black Sherif – Kweku The Traveller
  • Amerado – Obia Boa
  • Sarkodie – Countryside ft Black Sherif
  • Malcolm Nunu – Benzo
  • Kwesi Athur- Drama
  • Medikal – Scarface

Best Gospel Song

  • Celstine Donkor – Final Say
  • Piesei Esther – Waye Me Yie
  • Dian Hamilton – My Meditation
  • Joe Mettle – Kadosh
  • Perez Muzik – Hewalelala
  • Bethel Revival Choicr – Tegbe Tegbe ft Edwin Dadson
  • Ewurabena – This Far
  • MOGMusic – Mala

Best Highlife Song

  • Epixode – Atiaa ft Kwabena Kwabena
  • AK Songstress – My Proposal
  • Adina – Adi Dede
  • Kwesi Arhtu – Adom
  • Kelvynboy – Downflat
  • Kofi Kinaata – Have Mercy

Best Hiplife Song

  • Lasmid – Friday Night
  • Medikal – Stubborn Academy
  • JayBhad – Anadwo
  • DJ Breezzy – Abonten
  • Amerado – Grace ft Lasmid
  • Kweku Flick – Ewiase

Unsung Artistes Of The Year

  • Ni Ashun
  • Aya Ramzyb
  • DSL
  • Tsa Qa
  • Maya Blu
  • Boi Jake

2023 Edition of VGMA is slated for May 13

The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards date for this year has been confirmed by Charterhouse Productions (VGMAs).

The 24th edition of the yearly event, according to a statement released by the event’s organizers on Thursday, March 2, will take place on Saturday, May 13, at the Grand Arena of the Accra International Convention Center (AICC).

The event will air live across Ghana on TV3, and across Africa and the world via affiliate media platforms.

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Lance Reddick, Star Of ‘The Wire’ And ‘John Wick,’ Dies At 60

American actor Lance Reddick – known for his roles on The Wire and the John Wick franchise – has died aged 60.

It is immediately unknown the cause of death but law enforcement sources tell TMZ that it appears to be ‘natural.’

According to the report, the actor’s body was discovered at his home in Studio City, California Friday morning around 9:30 am.

The actor had been doing a press tour for the fourth instalment of the ‘John Wick’ franchise and had a guest appearance scheduled for next week on Kelly Clarkson‘s show.

Lance posted a selfie video on social media Wednesday morning, appearing to be at home with his dogs instead of attending the ‘Wick 4’ premiere in New York City … though he never mentioned why he wasn’t going to the premiere.



Reddick’s first major TV role came on Season 4 of HBO’s prison drama “Oz” in 2000. He played Detective Johnny Basil, an undercover officer who tries to shut down the drug trade but soon becomes an addict himself and murders a corrupt cop by pushing him down an elevator shaft. After being sent to Oz, Basil gets stabbed to death by Seth Gilliam’s character Clayton Hughes.


HBO kept Reddick around and later cast him as Baltimore police lieutenant Cedric Daniels, one of the leads, on “The Wire” in 2002. He was in charge of the narcotics division and slowly rose through its ranks during the show’s five-season run, butting heads frequently with his superiors. In the show’s finale, he resigned from his post as commissioner and became a criminal defense lawyer.

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Lyrical Joe Finally Drops Photo Album

Ghanaian rap artist, Lyrical Joe has released his debut studio album titled ‘Photo Album’.


In the highly anticipated, Lyrical Joe flips through a collection of photographic memories brought to life by lyrics from his pen.

The 2022 VGMA ‘Best Rap Performance’ winner succinctly chronicles his journey so far.


According to Lyrical Joe, “Photo Album paints a vivid image of everywhere he has been and everything he has been through including the bad, the worse, the good, and the best of his life”.


The 15-track album features notable music icons such as Efya, EL, Medikal, Darkovibes, Sefa and AQ.


From the introductory track; ‘Two Eagles’ to ‘Judas’, ‘ABCD’ and the remaining 12 records, fans will share in the pain and pleasure of the lyricist.


The rapper assembled some of the highly rated producers including Mix Master Garzy, ATown, 2Bars, Konfem, Sosawavegod, SoundIt, Phredxter, & JuiczXxx for the project.


Stream ‘Photo Album’ by the award-winning Lyrical Joe below or via your favourite digital music store HERE


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Rap Fada’s New Single Enjoys Massive Recognition After Release

Rap Fada, real name David Annan, a Ghanaian rapper born and raised in Asafo, was spotted in boxers years ago, which became his trademark. He stated that he wants to be an original and not a copy of any other artist, thus the birth of that brand.


Listen to the song Here:


Rap Fada, after rebranding and taking Ghanaian singer and songwriter, Gladstorm Kwabena Akwaboah Junior’s advice, released ‘Style Biaa Bi’, which became a street anthem and is still the talk of the day.


The rap sensation has released his first single of 2023, titled ‘You Go Slap’, which is receiving massive airplay and amassing impressive numbers shortly after its release.


He is currently on a tour to promote his new single, and he is been warmly welcomed by all media outlets.


Enjoy the official video below


Get in touch with Rap Fada on Youtube @rapfada_music and on social media platforms via

Twitter: @officialrapfada

TikTok: @rapfada

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Travel For Free: Adansi Travels And Enterprise Insurance Reward Customers

Adansi Travels LTD partners with Enterprise Insurance LTD to introduce an industry-first product dubbed “Insure & Travel for Free” under their boss travel club.
The offer seeks to make the travel dreams of many come through as it will give customers who buy their Motor, Home, and Travel Insurance through Adansi Travels the opportunity to accumulate travel points that can be redeemed for discounted or free travel.
Speaking at the launch, the Managing Director of Adansi Travels, Mr. Gideon Asare detailed the need for such an innovation hinging it on the organization’s goal to encourage domestic travel as they create a family but not customers with impeccable services.
“The launch of the Insure & Travel for Free” is an industry-first initiative which Adansi is proud to have pioneered.” He said.
He added that, “this product is targeted at the members of the Boss Travel Club who are regular travelers. As such, it is intended to reward their loyalty by reducing the cost of engaging in both local & international travel & tour activities.”
He was however quick to add that this initiative and many others are open to all Ghanaian lovers of travel, and anyone who dreams of traveling someday but finds it hard to get a budget or forgo other needs to save towards traveling.
The CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, lauded Adansi Travels and Enterprise Insurance for partnering to offer travelers some relief with respect to cost as they encourage people to explore Ghana and promote local tourism. He also stated that “initiatives like the Insure & Travel for Free are key in promoting both foreign and domestic tourism since the travel points accumulated by customers can easily be redeemed for more trips or reduce the travelers cost burden when purchasing travel packages from Adansi Travels.
He ended by entreating industry players within the travel and tour space to create value-added services with the aim of encouraging tourism on all fronts with a focus on local tourism.
The Head of Marketing and Communications at Enterprise Insurance LTD, Mr. Mark Addison on his part said, “As a leading Non-Life Insurer, Enterprise Insurance is happy to partner with Adansi Travels, to offer peace of mind, convenience, and superior insurance services which will consequently improve the quality of local and international travel for customers.”
The launch ceremony was on 15th March 2023 at the Head Office of Adansi Travels at East Legon, Accra with key personalities such as the CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Senior Management teams of both Enterprise Insurance and Adansi Travels as well as customers & partners of both entities in attendance.
Renowned media personalities such as George Quaye and Kwame Sakyiamah (Lexis Bill) testified to the benefits of being members of the Boss Travel Club and encouraged travelers and future travelers to buy their Motor, Home, and Travel insurance from enterprise so they can join the globetrotters.
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