Beastie Boys

  1. Beastie Boys' Defense Says 'Paul's Boutique'-Suing Label Doesn't Actually Own Copyrights

    June 11, 2014 8:28 PM EDT The Beastie Boys might be finished producing new music, but the hip-hop group isn't done with copyright law. Amazingly, Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz and the late Adam Yauch appear poised to score their third big legal win this year. Just la ...

  2. Beastie Boys v. Monster: Ad-Rock Testifies, Position Against Product Endorsements

    May 28, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Beastie Boys rapper Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz had an easy answer Wednesday for a lawyer asking why the hip-hop group refuses to endorse products but licensed its music for a watch company's snowboarding video. "We like sports,&qu ...

  3. Morning Fix: Billboard Launches Twitter Chart; UMG Demands End to Class Action; Beasties in Court

    May 28, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BILLBOARD TWITTER REAL-TIME CHARTS GO LIVE Today, Billboard and Twitter officially launch the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts. These new, interactive charts redefine how fans interact with, and i ...

  4. The Beat: MusicCares Honors Ozzy Osbourne, Craig Ferguson as Industry Looks On

    May 13, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Good comedians have a knack for saying what an audience is already thinking. Dax Shepherd summed things up at Monday night's MusiCares MAP Fund event with the appropriate amount of inappropriateness when he noted "Ozzy Osbourne" an ...

  5. Robin Thicke, Fair Use, Jackson v. AEG: Entertainment's Top Legal Disputes of 2013

    December 27, 2013 2:56 PM EST Harvey Weinstein, Michael Jackson and Tom Cruise made the list. But none of the three was No. 1. It's hard to top the final season of AMC's Breaking Bad for edge-of-your-seat thrills, but overall, there's a good argument to be made ...

  6. Petition Launched to Name Manhattan Corner 'Beastie Boys Square'

    December 18, 2013 5:10 AM EST A petition has been launched in Manhattan to honor the Beastie Boys by naming a Lower East Side corner after the rap trio. LeRoy McCarthy, the same man who unsuccessfully petitioned a community board earlier this year to name a Brooklyn corner for ...

  7. Beastie Boys vs. GoldieBlox: New Countersuit As Universal Music Watches Closely

    December 11, 2013 2:46 PM EST The dispute isn't over -- after pulling the Beastie Boys' "Girls" from one viral advertisement, the toy company could also find itself facing claims over music from Daft Punk and others in more ads. Late last month, GoldieBlox ...

  8. GoldieBlox Pulls Beastie Boys' Song, Attempts to Make Amends

    November 27, 2013 11:08 AM EST Fair use or not, Goldieblox has stopped the music. The toy company has replaced the Beastie Boys' song, "Girls," from the soundtrack to its controversial viral advertisement which shows three girls playing with a Rube Goldberg-type ...

  9. Chart Moves: Bastille's 'Bad Blood' Debuts, Fleetwood Mac's 'Opus' Opens, Little Big Town's 'Tornado' Celebrates Anniversary

    September 13, 2013 9:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, budding pop princess Ariana Grande claimed her first No. 1. Her debut album, "Yours Truly," has sold 138,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Behind Grande at No. 2, ...

  10. Morning Fix: WMG-Clear Channel's 'Groundbreaking' Deal; Twitter Files for IPO; E. Zoo Deaths Ruled Overdoses; Ray Dolby Dies

    September 13, 2013 8:01 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE WARNER MUSIC'S DEAL WITH CLEAR CHANNEL COULD BE GROUNDBREAKING FOR THE U.S. MUSIC BIZ (ANALYSIS) There's been a lot of confusion online about a groundbreaking new partnership between Cle ...

  11. Beastie Boys’ 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling Lawsuit: The Fine Print

    September 13, 2013 5:45 AM EDT A New York judge won't let the Beastie Boys off the hook in an illegal sampling lawsuit brought by TufAmerica, which owns rights to the musical compositions of Trouble Funk, an R&B group from the '80s. The copyright infringement la ...

  12. Beastie Boys Sign Deal for ‘Multidimensional’ Biography

    April 29, 2013 11:05 AM EDT A year out from losing one their three founders, the Beastie Boys are ready to tell their story. The surviving Beastie Boys are penning a book -- but it won't be your formulaic memoir. Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Ro ...

  13. Tim Carr’s Family Addresses Unclear Circumstances Surrounding His Death

    April 13, 2013 6:39 PM EDT The family of Tim Carr, the former Capitol, Warner Bros. and Dreamworks A&R exec who died under unclear circumstances in Thailand earlier this week, has written about his death and granted Billboard.biz permission to publish it here. They ...

  14. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees: Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer

    December 11, 2012 2:25 PM EST After more than a decade of irate rants and enthusiastic lobbying from fans, Rush is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Canadian trio will be inducted into the hall on April 18 along with Heart, singer-songwriter-pianist Randy Newman, ...

  15. Beastie Boys Seek to Dismiss 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling Lawsuit

    November 28, 2012 4:43 PM EST The Beastie Boys have finally responded to a lawsuit that alleges the group illegally sampled material on the 1986 album License to Ill and the 1989 album "Paul's Boutique." TufAmerica, a record label, filed its complaint the day be ...

  16. Cara Lewis, Caroline Kinzel and the Women of CAA

    November 28, 2012 10:45 AM EST (L-R): Jenna Adler, Caroline Kinzel, and Marlene Tsuchii at CAA's Los Angeles offices. (Photo: Austin Hargrave) Rob Light, managing partner and head of music at Creative Artists Agency, had a change of heart this year regarding Billboard' ...

  17. Bad Brains: Licensed To Ill After 35 Years

    November 19, 2012 12:46 PM EST Influential hardcore punk band Bad Brains, which formed in Washington, D.C., in 1977 and reunited its original lineup in 1994, have experienced quite a few incarnations and lived on several record labels (including Epic and Maverick). But the fo ...

  18. Kanye West Sued Over Song Sampling

    September 28, 2012 4:00 PM EDT A record label is suing Kanye West for what it claims are illegal song samples on the rapper's latest album. TufAmerica says two tracks on West's 2010 disc "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" include a bit from of "Hook an ...

  19. Pussy Riot Sentenced to Two Years By Russian Court (Updated)

    August 17, 2012 8:45 AM EDT UPDATE 11:00 a.m.: A Moscow judge sentenced three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison each on hooliganism charges on Friday following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia's int ...

  20. Adam 'MCA' Yauch's Will Forbids Use of Beastie Boys' Music In Advertising

    August 10, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Don't expect to hear MCA rapping in a commercial anytime soon. The late Beastie Boys musician's will prohibits the use of his music and "artistic property" in advertisements, according to Rolling Stone . "Notwithstanding a ...

  21. Updated: UMG-EMI Divestment Package Revealed: Universal to Keep the Beatles

    July 27, 2012 1:09 PM EDT A source close to the situation told Billboard.biz the contents of the divestment package submitted today by Universal Music Group for its proposed acquisition of EMI' s recorded-music division to the European Commission. If accepted, it will ...

  22. Backbeat: KCRW, Portugal. The Man Team Up For T. Rex Tribute Album, Release Party

    July 25, 2012 3:59 PM EDT Portugal. The Man with manager Rich Holtzman and their youngest fan Frances Gourley, the daughter of lead singer John Gourley. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Los Angeles celebrated the legacy of T. Rex with the release of T. Rex vs. KCRW Soundclash , a fi ...

  23. Green Day: How the Year's Most Ambitious Project Came Together

    July 11, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Two hundred fifty people packed into the Tiki Bar in the Orange County city of Costa Mesa, Calif., on Aug. 11, 2011, paying $20 a head the day before to see one of the world's biggest rock bands after an eight-month hiatus. That audience - al ...

  24. Inaudible Frequencies, InConcert Amp'd, And More -- 5 Apps That Are Changing Live Music

    June 26, 2012 2:09 PM EDT The Flaming Lips hacked FM radio as part of their boombox experiments, which started in the '90s. Smartphones are better than FM radios. The Flaming Lips blew us away in the '90s, when they invited the crowd onto the stage as part of the ...

  25. 2012 Billboard Music Awards to Feature Tributes to Donna Summer and Beastie Boys' Adam 'MCA' Yauch

    May 18, 2012 6:52 PM EDT Billboard Music Awards co-executive producer Richard Beckman on the show's set in Las Vegas (Photo: Taylor Jones) Rihanna and Britney. Lil Wayne and Mary J. An eye-popping performance from an army of Beyonces. Last year, the return of the Bil ...

  26. Rock Hall Blames Voters for Donna Summer Snub, Calls Omission an 'Error'

    May 18, 2012 12:04 PM EDT It's a topic that's tough to avoid when discussing the accomplishments of Donna Summer, who died Thursday of cancer: Why is the legendary singer not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Donna Summer, 'Queen of Disco,' Dead at 63 ...

  27. Justin Bieber, Shakira's New Videos Stir Big Chart Moves

    May 11, 2012 6:24 PM EDT Superstar Shakira makes the biggest jump on Billboard's Social 50 chart, thanks to the debut of her new video for "Addicted to You." The clip's arrival spurs a big 15-6 rise for the diva, who also saw an overall 34% rise in onl ...

  28. Backbeat: Silversun Pickups Celebrate 'Neck of The Woods' Release at Red Bull Sound Space

    May 10, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Silversun Pickups at their album release party for the upcoming Neck of the Woods . (Photo: Catie Laffoon) A crowd of radio station winners, industry types and friends of the band cheered on Silversun Pickups at Red Bull Sound Space Tuesday night ...

  29. MTV's Van Toffler on How the Beastie Boys Revolutionized Music Videos

    May 09, 2012 12:49 PM EDT Much was said and written about Adam Yauch last week. The Beastie Boys member's death came as a huge shock to fans and even music industry veterans, who've seen more than their share of premature exits in the last 20 years, among them Ku ...

  30. Beastie Boys' Album Sales Surge 1,235%, 'Licensed to Ill' Returns to Top 20

    May 09, 2012 11:02 AM EDT The first rap album ever to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart returns to the top 20 this week. Following the death of Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch on May 4, the band's 1986 album "Licensed to Ill" reenters the tally at ...

  31. Adam Yauch Sued Over Beastie Boys Sampling the Day Before He Died

    May 08, 2012 7:24 PM EDT Talk about ill timing: Just one day before Adam Yauch died, he and other members of Beastie Boys were sued for illegally sampling music. Beastie Boys' Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz On Adam Yauch's Death The claims are made in a feder ...

  32. Beastie Boys' Mike D on Adam Yauch's Passing: 'World Is In Need of Many More Like Him'

    May 08, 2012 7:41 AM EDT The third pillar of the Beastie Boys rap triumvirate Mike Diamond, AKA Mike D, posted a statement (below) on the Beastie Boys Facebook page on the passing of Adam "MCA" Yauch, who died on Friday, May 4 . Diamond referred to Yauch as his ...

  33. Beastie Boys' Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz On Adam Yauch's Death

    May 06, 2012 10:25 PM EDT Adam Yauch's Beastie Boys band member Adam Horovitz, aka Ad-Rock (originally King Ad-Rock), has taken to the band's blog to thank fans for their support in the wake of Yauch's death on Friday. Tributes For Beastie Boys' Adam &# ...

  34. More Tributes To Beastie Boy Adam Yauch: Eminem, Chuck D, Jay-Z, Madonna, Others

    May 06, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Beastie Boys (from left): Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock "Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it's obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and ...

  35. Analysis: The Beastie Boys' Trailblazing Billboard Chart History

    May 05, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Beastie Boys' Billboard chart history is as eclectic as the group itself. The trio's (Mike Diamond, Adam Horovitz and the late Adam Yauch) "Licensed to Ill" album made history in 1987 as the first rap album to hit No. 1 on the ...

  36. Rock Hall of Fame Broadcast to Be Dedicated to Beasties' Adam 'MCA' Yauch

    May 04, 2012 6:07 PM EDT HBO's broadcast of the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which debuts at 9 p.m. ET Saturday will be dedicated to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who were inducted on April 14 in Cleveland. Yauch died Friday m ...

  37. Web Trends: RIP Adam Yauch

    May 04, 2012 4:44 PM EDT Google Trends: 
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  38. More Adam 'MCA' Yauch Tributes: CeeLo Green, Roger Faxon, Chris Lighty, Michael Stipe, More

    May 04, 2012 3:08 PM EDT More artists, executives, and celebrities have taken to social media to express sadness or pay tribute to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who died today at the age of 47 . We've compiled some below, and more can be found here ...

  39. Tributes For Beastie Boys' Adam 'MCA' Yauch Pour In: Russell Simmons, Rev Run, Bill Adler, More

    May 04, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter and other sites in tribute to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who passed away earlier today. We've collected a few below. More Adam 'MCA' Yauch Tributes: CeeLo Green, Roger Fa ...

  40. Adam 'MCA' Yauch of Beastie Boys Dead at 47

    May 04, 2012 1:06 PM EDT Beastie Boys rapper, musician and video director Adam Yauch, known as MCA in the groundbreaking hip hop trio, died early today (May 4) after a lengthy illness. He was 47. An obituary provided by the group's representatives follows: It is with ...

  41. Ronnie Wood Apologizes to Rolling Stones for 'Wrong' Studio Reports

    April 16, 2012 11:23 AM EDT Ronnie Wood recently caused a stir when the music press quoted him as saying the Rolling Stones were preparing to hit the recording studio again later this month, but he tells Billboard those comments were not accurately reported and led to an unf ...

  42. Kid Rock, Alice Cooper, Ron Wood, George Clinton: Behind the Scenes at the Rock Hall of Fame Ceremony

    April 15, 2012 5:24 PM EDT Go behind the scenes of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction , held Saturday in Cleveland, with our roving roundup of chatter with the likes of Ron Wood, Questlove, Chuck D and Alice Cooper. Get our report from the ceremony here. 1. A sober Ro ...

  43. Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    April 15, 2012 10:29 AM EDT (Getty Images) Some of the key figures weren't there, but those who were present at the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night delivered a heartfelt and epic celebration -- much to the delight of both the ...

  44. Exclusive: Tom Whalley's Seven Four Ent. Signs Label Deal With Universal Republic

    April 12, 2012 1:38 PM EDT Capitol: Whalley or won't he? Universal Republic Records today will announce a label deal with former Warner Bros. Records Chairman/CEO Tom Whalley's Seven Four Ent, Billboard.biz can exclusively reveal. The announcement will be made by ...

  45. Rock Hall Presenters Chuck D, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Smokey Robinson, Carole King Announced

    March 20, 2012 7:55 AM EDT (Getty Images) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Carole King, Robbie Robertson and ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons and Dusty Hill will be among the presenters for this year's 27th annual induction ceremony, w ...

  46. CES 2012: 8 Cool Things

    January 13, 2012 4:15 PM EST The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV announcement and Justin Bieber helping Tosy Robotics pitch a new dancing robot ...

  47. 2012's Consumer Electronics Show Biz Blog

    January 09, 2012 7:29 AM EST Jan 13, 2012 | Blog Post CES 2012: 8 Cool Things Andrew Hampp, Las Vegas The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV annou ...

  48. Beastie Boys, Chili Peppers, Guns N' Roses, Small Faces Announced For 2012 Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame

    December 07, 2011 6:27 AM EST Ian MacLagan of the Small Faces and Faces put it best: "There's going to be some rock 'n' roll up on that stage" at the 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions, taking place April 14 in Cleveland. MacLagan's ...

  49. Norah Jones Splits From Macklam Feldman Management, Signs With S.A.M.

    September 02, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Grammy-winning jazz singer Norah Jones has parted ways with her longtime management company Macklam Feldman, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She has joined S.A.M., or Silva Artist Management, which counts Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams, Beastie Bo ...

  50. Amos Lee Nets First No. 1 Album In (Another) Dreary Chart Week

    February 02, 2011 11:00 AM EST It's a take-the-good/take-the-bad sort of week on the Billboard 200. On the one hand, singer/songwriter Amos Lee collects his first No. 1 and a career-high sales week of 40,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, with his new album, "Missio ...

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