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Beastie Boy Who Named the Band Dies at Age 52

John Berry left the group shortly after first 7-inch EP was released

(Newser) - One of the original Beastie Boys—and the one said to have coined the hip-hop band's name—has died at the age of 52, Rolling Stone reports. Guitarist John Berry died at a Danvers, Mass., hospice Thursday, his stepmother, Louise Berry, tells the AP , noting that he had suffered... More »

Beastie Boys Score $1.7M Over Copyright

Band gets another court victory, this time over Monster Beverage

(Newser) - It's not the $2.5 million they wanted, but it's darn close. The Beastie Boys have been awarded $1.7 million in court after Monster Beverage used the band's music in a 2012 promotional ad without permission, E! reports. The money will be divided among Michael "... More »

This Is What Happens When Beastie Boys Go to Court

'Dope' has to be explained, sailor suit pictures are seriously examined

(Newser) - The Beastie Boys are suing Monster Beverage Corp. over using their music in a promotional video posted just days after the death of member Adam Yauch, who specified in his will that his music was never to be used in ads . The case went to trial in New York yesterday,... More »

Beastie Boys Settle Lawsuit Over Viral Toy Ad

GoldieBlox will apologize, donate money to an educational charity

(Newser) - The legal fight between the Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox, the toy company that used the band's song "Girls" without permission in its inspiring viral ad , is over. The band settled with the toy company, a Beastie Boys rep tells Rolling Stone . GoldieBlox will apologize for using the song,... More »

Beastie Boys Threaten Suit Over Inspiring Viral Video

GoldieBlox ad uses a parody of 'Girls'

(Newser) - You've probably seen it on your Facebook feed this week: the latest inspiring ad from GoldieBlox, the toy company aiming to break gender stereotypes by releasing toys focused on engineering and science (as opposed to the color pink). In this ad, as a parody of the Beastie Boys hit... More »

Brooklyn Honors Beastie Boy With a Park

Adam Yauch gets honor a year after his death

(Newser) - Beastie Boy Adam Yauch died almost exactly a year ago of cancer, and today he got a nice tribute from his hometown of Brooklyn. The parks department renamed a small park in his honor, reports USA Today . "This is real! And it is awesome," declares Daily Intel . (Here'... More »

Beastie Boy's Will: Don't Put My Music in Ads

Adam Yauch doesn't want to sell out in death

(Newser) - Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, who died in May , wanted to make sure his music was never used to shill corporate products after his death—so he wrote just such a directive into his will. Yauch, also known as MCA, dictated that no music or art he created can be... More »

Adam Yauch Taught a Generation How to Grow Up

The once-wild Beastie Boy matured into a citizen of the world

(Newser) - The effusive tributes to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch continue, and one of his lyrics in particular is being frequently quoted. From "Sure Shot" in 1994:
  • “I want to say a little something that’s long overdue/The disrespect to women has got to be through/ To all the mothers
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RIP Beastie Boy Adam Yauch

'MCA' will be missed

(Newser) - The tributes are rolling in for Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who died at 47 after a three-year fight with cancer.
  • Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon : For Gen-Xers, Kurt Cobain's death "represented the darkness of rock 'n' roll," but years later, Yauch's "
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Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Dead at 47

Rapper known as MCA had been fighting cancer

(Newser) - One of the Beastie Boys has died: Adam "MCA" Yauch, who had been fighting cancer, is dead at age 47, report TMZ and GlobalGrind . Yauch and fellow Beasties Adam "Ad-rock" Horovitz and "Mike D" Diamond were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month,... More »

Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers Headed to Hall of Fame

Beastie Boys also among 2012 inductees

(Newser) - Guns N' Roses' new paradise city is Cleveland: The Axl Rose-fronted rockers are among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2012 inductees, along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys, and late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro, who wrote such classics as "Wedding Bell Blues." Also... More »

40 Most Glaring Rock Hall of Fame Omissions

But the Beastie Boys should get in soon; Alice Cooper not so much

(Newser) - Five artists enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight—the Hollies, the Stooges, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, and, no kidding, ABBA—but as always "it seems like whoever gets anointed, or shunned, generates more controversy than the abortion debate and the death penalty combined," writes Jim Farber... More »

Jackson Tributes Steal Video Awards

If it weren't for a certain rapper, Michael would have stolen the show

(Newser) - With the exception of Kanye West's inebriated attack on Taylor Swift, last night’s MTV Video Music Awards were all about Michael Jackson, with longtime friend Madonna and sister Janet delivering moving tributes, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Material Girl introduced the tribute, while Janet performed her half of... More »

Beastie Boy Yauch Has Successful Cancer Surgery

(Newser) - Beastie Boy Adam Yauch has had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland and is recovering at home, Rolling Stone reports. The rapper says he had the procedure a week and a half ago, and spent just one night in the hospital. Though his recovery is going... More »

Beastie Boy Yauch Has Cancer; Group Cancels Dates

(Newser) - Beastie Boy Adam Yauch has been diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland and will undergo treatment, Billboard reports. The surgery and radiation forced the group to cancel summer tour dates and postpone the release of a new album. The outlook, though, is good. “It’s a pain in... More »

Phish Comes Back Strong at Bonnaroo

(Newser) - Phish, the Beastie Boys, Animal Collective, and Public Enemy highlighted a gorgeous day for Bonnaroo yesterday, write Troy Carpenter and Jeff Vrable in Billboard, after a sadly sodden opening on Thursday. In the first of their two days as festival headliners, Phish announced their comeback after a 5-year hiatus with... More »

Rage Frontman's New Band Sounds Familiar

One Day As A Lion's new track doesn't fall far from the tree

(Newser) - Rage Against the Machine fans probably won’t be disappointed with One Day As A Lion, the new project from frontman Zach de la Rocha: It sounds, well, "pretty much kinda-sorta exactly like Rage Against the Machine,"  writes Gary Moskowitz in Mother Jones. The first song, online... More »

Gunnin' Sure to Score With Hoop Fans

Beastie Boy produces shallow but pleasing documentary

(Newser) - Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot, the second documentary from Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, is no Hoop Dreams, but critics predict a slam-dunk with roundball and hip-hop aficionados. The film follows eight high school phenoms through a high-profile Harlem pick-up game and “offers a snapshot of the kind of top... More »

Beasties' Yauch Finds a Groove With Hoops Doc

Rapper/director's Gunnin' For That #1 Spot opens tomorrow

(Newser) - Though by his own admission, he's "just terrible at watching basketball on television," Beastie Boy Adam Yauch—aka MCA—has directed a documentary about the nation's top prep players. Gunnin' for That #1 Spot opens tomorrow, and Radar catches up with Yauch, whose fight for his right to... More »

Beastie Directs Film, Reilly Does Double Header

Esquire picks 5 performances to watch next month

(Newser) - Who will reign in pop culture next month? A dead drug addict and rapper-turned-filmmaker are on Esquire's list of predictions:
  1. Actor John C. Reilly will compete with Will Farrell for jokes in the upcoming laffer, Step Brothers.
  2. Beastie Boy Adam Yauch has directed Gunnin' for that #1 Spot, a doc
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