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Beastie Boys Awarded $1.7 Million

Ad-Rock and Mike DBeastie Boys have been awarded $1.7 million in a copyright lawsuit.

The surviving members of the hip-hop group - Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz - have been handed the payout after winning their legal case against Monster Beverage Corporation, which they sued for the unauthorized use of their music in a video advert.

The commercial featured five of the "Fight For Your Right" hitmakers' songs in a "Beastie Boys Megamix" and a message which read, "RIP MCA" to promote a show in 2012.

The groups' final member Adam "MCA" Yauch, who passed away in the same year after a three-year battle with salivary gland cancer, stated in his will that his likeness or art - which includes the music he made with Beastie Boys - was not to be used in any promotional material. "In no event may my image or name or any music or artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes," the document read.

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Advertisements Inspire Paul McCartney

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Pop, Rock

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney used to be inspired by cinema adverts. The Beatles star says his early influences included anything that would make him laugh, and remembers he and bandmate George Harrison were particularly amused by a particular furniture commercial.

"There were millions of things. Information we'd had from very early childhood and from teenagehood, when you're going down the cinema, seeing something funny and making a song out of it. George and I really loved cinema adverts, for instance, which we used to take the p**s out of. There was one for furniture called Link, showing this couple eyeing stuff up, where the catchphrase was, 'Thinking of Linking?' And me and George were like, 'You know what? That's a good title.' So one of my earliest songs went, 'Thinking of linking my love with you, thinking and linking can only be done by two.' Terrible! We never did anything with it, of course."

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Beastie Boys Songs Banned From Adverts

Beastie BoysAdam Yauch's will prevents his music being used in adverts.

The Beastie Boys rapper - known as MCA - passed away from cancer in May aged 47, and his will lists a clause preventing his music or art being used in adverts or promotions. "Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes," it reads. Rolling Stone noted the last part of the line was added in handwriting.

The will also leaves his fortune of $6.4 million to Yauch's wife, Dechen Yauch, and their 13-year-old daughter. Dechen also has the right to sell and manage her husband's artistic property.

It is not clear how the will's wording affects the potential use of Beastie Boys' music in adverts in future, as the band also comprises Adam "Ad Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond.


American Idol: Top 11 Ford Music Video

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music Videos, Pop

American Idol’s Top 11 performed “All This Beauty” while paying homage to driving and recycling in this week’s Ford Music Video.

As always, you can get all the recaps from the current season of the show when you read all our American Idol 10 posts.

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