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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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Beastie Boys Legal Threats Dropped

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Gossip, Hip-Hop & Rap

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Beastie Boys have received a letter from a toy company which has backed down after threatening to sue them.

The two surviving members of the group - Mike Diamond, aka Mike D and Adam Horovitz, aka Ad-Rock - asked GoldieBlox why they hadn't got permission to use their song "Girls" in an advert. But soon after the company contacted their lawyers and tried to sue the band.

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Eminem Samples Beastie Boys

EminemEminem samples Beastie Boys on his new single, "Berzerk." The rapper has unveiled the Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin produced track as the first proper single from his upcoming The Marshall Mathers LP II.

The upbeat song has a number of musical references to old school 80s hip-hop, including the pounding drumbeats and crunchy guitars which are Rick's signature style. The song samples both Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right To Party" and Billy Squier's "The Stroke."

In the track Eminem references his alter ego, Slim Shady, and older hip-hop artists rapping, "Let's bring it back to that vintage Slim, bitch / The art of the MCing mixed with da Vinci and MC Ren / And I don't mean Stimpy's friend, bitch / Been Public Enemy since you thought PE was gym, bitch."

The Marshall Mathers LP II is the sequel to Eminem's third album, released in 2000, which is his most successful to date. Eminem - whose real name is Marshall Mathers - had previously been quiet about his comeback, which his friend and Slaughterhouse collaborator, Royce Da 5' 9'', suggested was to retain an air of mystery.


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.


Adam Horovitz Pays Tribute to Beastie Boys Bandmate Adam Yauch

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Beastie BoysBeastie Boys musician Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz has paid tribute to his late bandmate Adam Yauch following his death.

The 45-year-old star praised the hip-hop group's fans, family and friends for all the "love and support" they have shown to the 47-year-old rapper, also known as MCA, since he passed away on Friday after battling cancer in his parotid gland and a lymph node since 2009.

"as you can imagine, s**t is just fkd up right now. but i wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support. i'm glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him. thank you. (sic)" Ad-Rock wrote in a post on the band's blog last night.

A number of stars have paid tribute to MCA - who founded the group with Kate Schellenbach, John Berry, and Michael Diamond (Mike D) in 1979 with Berry leaving in 1983 to be replaced by Ad-Rock - including Madonna, who took to her Facebook page to express her sadness about his passing: "The Beastie Boys were one of a kind! And so was Adam! They were all an important part of my musical history and integral to the musical revolution that was happening at the time. I'm very sad to hear about Adam's passing. God bless him and his family."


Celebrities Rush to Pay Tribute to Adam Yauch

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Adam YauchA number of celebrities have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Adam Yauch.

The Beastie Boys co-founder - also known as MCA - passed away this morning after battling cancer in his parotid gland and a lymph node since 2009, and Justin Timberlake is just one of a number of celebrities who took to twitter to pay tribute to him. "Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch's passing. A true pioneer of art. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.#RIPMCA (sic)" he wrote.

The Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am wrote, "1 of my favorite hiphop groups...hiphop raised a lot of us & now we have to wake up because are hero's are dying too young (sic)."

Run DMC'S Reverend Run was equally distraught, writing, "R I P Adam... I'm devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch's family from the legendary Beastie Boys. Youll be missed!" while Snoop Dogg Tweeted, "RIP MCA U are a Legend and a pioneer. #BeastieBoys4life (sic)."

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Beastie Boys Co-founder Adam Yauch Has Died

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Adam YauchBeastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch has died. The 47-year-old rapper - who was diagnosed with a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node in 2009 for which he underwent surgery and radiation therapy -passed away this morning.

Adam - who was also known by his stage name MCA - founded the group with Kate Schellenbach, John Berry, and Michael Diamond (Mike D) in 1979 with Berry leaving in 1983 to be replaced by Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock). The Beastie Boys have not performed live since the summer of 2009, and the rapper's illness prevented the group from appearing in music videos for their album "Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2."

MCA didn't attend the Beastie Boys' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two weeks ago where Ad-Rock and Mike D accepted the accolade but they read out a letter he had written. "I'd like to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike," he wrote. "They walked the globe with me. It's also for anyone who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as much ours as it is yours."

Adam is survived by his wife, Dechen Wengdu, and their daughter, Losel.


Beastie Boys Announce Spring Release for New Album

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A medical setback for Adam Yauch won’t keep the from producing new music.

Next spring, the trio will release Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 -- a pseudo-replacement for Hot Sauce Committee Part 1.

Before Yauch’s cancer diagnosis last year, the rap group had planned on debuting Part 1 in Sept. 2009. Now, that album will be issued under an entirely new name.

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VIDEO: Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon Collaborate on Rap Medley


Although we normally see Justin Timberlake doing musical collaborations with Andy Samberg, that doesn’t mean he can’t pair up with other SNL vets.

On yesterday’s broadcast of , Timberlake and Fallon—with assistance from house band The Roots—celebrated ‘A History of Rap’ with an impressive medley. (Artists highlighted in the performance include Jay-Z, The Sugarhill Gang, Beastie Boys, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott, Digital Underground and Kanye West.)

Seriously—is there anything Timberlake can’t do?

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VIDEO: Cancer Diagnosis Ends Beastie Boys Tour


In a video message posted on his group’s website, Adam “MCA” Yauch regretfully announced the end of the ’ summer tour. The cancellation and a delay of their next album are results of a recent cancer diagnosis.

It was determined approximately two weeks ago that Yauch was suffering from more than just swollen glands. He will now receive surgery and radiation for cancer found in his left parotid gland and a lymph node in that area.

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