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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 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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Tour Notes: Bob Dylan, Snoop Dogg, Aerosmith and More

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A number of acts will be hitting the road this year. Here’s hoping one of them comes your way:

  • Aerosmith: The band will rock it out with ZZ Top later this summer. The tour begins June 10 in St. Louis.
  • Austin City Limits: You can expect a number of big names at this October festival. Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, Lily Allen, the Dave Matthews Band and the Beastie Boys represent just a sampling.
  • Blazed and Confused Tour: Snoop Dogg, Slightly Stoopid and Stephen Marley will be trekking the country together starting on July 10.
  • Bob Dylan: Beginning July 2, Willie Nelson and John Mellancamp will join the legendary folk singer during a 22-city tour of minor league baseball parks.
  • Green Day: After a three-year hiatus, the group will resume touring this year. The 38-city journey starts July 3 in Seattle.

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