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Beastie Boys Want Sampling Lawsuit Dismissed

The Beastie Boys want the lawsuit laid at their doorstep by Trouble Funk dropped. The go-go band claims that the group illegally utilized samples from their music on 'Licensed to Ill' and 'Paul's Boutique,' which were the Beasties' first two records. The Beasties, on the other hand, think Trouble Funk are full of it and grasping at straws. 

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GWAR’s Oderus Urungus Joins Cancer Bats Onstage for Beastie Boys Cover!

It still doesn't seem real that Beastie Boys member Adam 'MCA' Yauch passed away earlier this year. As a part of one of modern music's most definitive group, the man was an innovator of the highest order. There has been countless tributes paid to MCA since his death, and the latest homage was delivered with style by GWAR front-thing Oderus Urungus and current tourmates Cancer Bats, as they came together for a performance of the Beastie Boys classic 'Sabotage.'

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Beastie Boys Sue Monster Energy Drink for Copyright Infringement

That didn’t take long. Yesterday (Aug. 9), late Beastie Boys rapper Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch‘s last will and testiment was publicly revealed to contain a clause banning his music being used in any advertisements, and now E! reports that Mike D, Ad-Rock and the estate of the late Yauch sued Monster Energy Corp. on Tuesday for copyright infringement.

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Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s Will Forbids Use of His Music in Ads

The advertising industry is known for using music to its advantage, but Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch has prohibited the use of his creative material in such a way. The will of the Beastie Boys member – who passed away on May 4 of cancer – was filed earlier this week (on Aug. 7) in the Manhattan Surrogate Court, and it conveys his firm wishes on the matter.

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Beastie Boys Sue Monster Energy for Unlicensed Use of Songs; Adam Yauch’s Will Forbids His Music in Ads

The surviving Beastie Boys and the estate of late member Adam Yauch have filed a lawsuit against Monster Energy for the unauthorized use of their music in a new promotional campaign — and as the recently filed will of Yauch makes clear, the group will never agree to license its songs for ads.

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Guns N’ Roses, Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys Among 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class will feature three bands that have helped shape rock music over the past 25 years — Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beastie Boys were all announced as inductees today (Dec. 7). The ceremony will take place April 14 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland.

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Joan Jett, Guns N’ Roses and Beastie Boys Among Rock Hall of Fame Nominees [PICTURES]

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has mailed out the ballots for its 27th annual list of potential inductees, leaving it to the organization’s 500 voters to pick the winners from an eclectic group that includes first-time nominees as well as returning contenders.

Newly eligible artists who made this year’s cut include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Guns N’ Roses, Heart, and Eric B. & Rakim, while the Beastie Boys, Donna Summer, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are among the veteran hopefuls.

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Beastie Boys’ Action Figure Sales to Benefit Charities

Move over, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Nelly: the Beastie Boys have also been immortalized as commercially available action figures. And, in a rather superhero-like gesture, Mike “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Adam “MCA” Yauch are donating the proceeds from sales of their limited-edition figures to charity.

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Beastie Boys Release Remix EP for ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win’ [AUDIO]

The Beastie Boys’ new single, ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win,’ already had a nifty, Spike Jonze-directed video to its name — but the Beasties aren’t stopping there.

The venerable rap trio has just released an EP that backs the song’s single edit (featuring an appearance by Santigold) with five remixes and an a cappella version that invites fans to add their own spin to the track.

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‘Sesame Street’ Puppets Rap Along to the Beastie Boys [VIDEO]

‘Sesame Street’ is known for its musical numbers but generally the lyrics lean a little more optimistic (“Sunny day / Sweeping the clouds away”) than the rhymes in the Beastie Boys single ‘Sure Shot’ (“I’ve got the brand new doo-doo / guaranteed like Yoo-Hoo”).

Still, there’s something about this Sesame/Beastie rap mashup that just seems so right. It’s nostalgic, flute heavy and hey, there’s even some counting! That’s got to be worth something, right?

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Watch the Beastie Boys’ New Video for ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win,’ Directed by Spike Jonze

The Beastie Boys’ new music video for ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win,’ the group’s single with Santigold, reunites the group director Spike Jonze (the man behind the lens of their acclaimed ‘Sabotage’ video) and features the Boys as action figures in stop-motion animation.

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Beastie Boys Premiere 30-Minute “Make Some Noise” Video

 

 The Beastie Boys are premiering their 30-minute video for "Make Some Noise" -- also known as "Fight For Your Right Revisited" -- beginning today on MTV networks.

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