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Blondie Fight for Their Right to Cover Beastie Boys

Blondie closed out the NME Awards show in Austin last night with a short but sweet set of hits and at least one surprise: a cover of Beastie Boys' '(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party).' You can watch the performance here.

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15 Years Ago: The Beastie Boys’ ‘Hello Nasty’ Album Released

The Beastie Boys’ legacy may be that they reverse-broke the color barrier in the hip-hop world -- they made it cool to be white and rap long before Vanilla Ice arrived on the scene and set the cause back a decade or so.

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Top 10 Beastie Boys Videos

Most of the time, the Beastie Boys' celebrated music videos had little or nothing to do with the songs they were promoting. And that made them a zillion times better than any performance clip from other artists who came of age during music video's heyday. And even when they played it straight, it was old-

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Beastie Boys Releasing Memoir in 2015

Beastie Boys have signed a deal to release a memoir, the New York Times reports. The still-untitled book celebrates the band’s history and aesthetic, as documented by surviving members Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Mike “Mike D” Diamond.

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Beastie Boy Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch’s Death Named Most Shocking Diffuser.fm Headline of 2012

Last year's death of Beastie Boys rapper Adam 'MCA' Yauch wasn't a complete surprise -- word of his cancer diagnosis and declining health had been circulating for awhile -- but the news nevertheless came as a shock. The pioneering MC's passing on May 4 at the age of 47 still weighs heavy on fans' minds, and it's been voted the Most Shocking Headline in the 2012 Diffuser.fm Music Awards.

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Beastie Boys Rapper Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch Dies of Cancer – Shocking Rock Stories of 2012

It wasn't exactly surprising -- word of Adam "MCA" Yauch's cancer diagnosis and declining health had been circulating for awhile -- but when the news finally broke on May 4 that the founding member of the Beastie Boys had died at the age of 47, there was little room at first to feel anything other than shock. Yauch had been in treatment for cancer since 2009, after the discovery of a tumor in his salivary gland, and outwardly, at least, he mostly tried to remain upbeat about his prognosis until the end.

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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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The Roots’ ?uestlove Releases Beastie Boys Mix

When the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in March, the drummer from the Roots, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, put together a mix tape of his favorite Beastie Boys moments to be used during the ceremony. With the birthday of the late Adam Yauch last week, ?uestlove decided it would be a good time to let the public hear it.

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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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