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Beastie Boys album sales surge in wake of Adam Yauch's death as fans and famous friends pay tribute

Since the sad news broke last Friday, people have spent their weekends (and Mondays) mourning Adam “MCA” Yauch in their own ways.

Unsurprisingly, most people are remembering the fallen Beastie Boy by going back to the group’s music: Licensed to Ill, the Beasties’ breakthrough 1986 debut, shot up to No. 3 on the iTunes albums chart. Of course, it wasn’t the only piece of the band’s catalog to rise on the chart, but it did place the highest. While the album contains some of the band’s best-known work, including “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!),” “Girls,” “Brass Monkey,” and “Paul Revere” (whew!), it’s also the only Beasties studio album not available on Spotify, which may partly explain its ascendance.

Needless to say, the rest of the Beastie catalog also saw a spike: 1989′s Paul’s Boutique rose to No. 13; 1994′s Ill Communication went to No. 27; 1992′s Check Your Head placed at No. 38; and their most recent, last year’s Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, took No. 42.

And the outpouring of love from fans (famous and not) continued over the weekend: On Friday, Coldplay covered “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” during their performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Watch the video below:

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Beastie Boy Ad-Rock remembers Adam Yauch on Tumblr

Beastie Boys founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch is gone but not forgotten. Soon after his death on Friday, dozens of celebrities mourned their fallen comrade on Twitter. And last night, Yauch’s bandmate Adam Horovitz — a.k.a. Ad-Rock — posted his own MCA remembrance on the hip-hop group’s official Tumblr page.

“as you can imagine, sh-t is just fkd up right now,” the post begins. “but i wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support.

“i’m glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him,” it continues. Horovitz’s words are accompanied by a photo of a fist that bears a Sharpie-drawn tribute to Yauch. READ FULL STORY

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch's musical legacy: Changing all games, all the time

Adam “MCA” Yauch’s death today leaves a Beastie-size hole in pop music. Though the trio were not the most prolific legends on the landscape (over the course of 25 years, they released only seven proper albums), their impact has been gigantic. Starting with 1986′s Licensed to Ill, the Beastie Boys rewrote the rules for commercial hip-hop, the mainstreaming of hardcore punk, the state of sampling, and the treatment of the old school.

Licensed to Ill, one of the early full-lengths released by influential hip-hop label Def Jam Records, is often referred to as the first rap album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart. That title is a little unfair, as those sales were powered by the wildfire success of “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)” — a track that many at the time considered more rock than rap.

The remainder of Licensed to Ill is pure mid-’80s hip-hop: grimy, tricky, and funny. The rhyme trading on “Fight for Your Right” was child’s play compared to the exchanges on “Hold It, Now Hit It,” “She’s Crafty,” and “Paul Revere.”  Though it is hard to believe now, the Beastie Boys’ race rarely came up — in part because hip-hop was a new genre, but also because they had the legitimate skills to counter criticism.

It helped that they kept pushing the form forward on subsequent releases. READ FULL STORY

Adam Yauch, founding member of the Beastie Boys, has died

Adam Yauch, a member of the seminal hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys, has died. He was 47 years old.

The Brooklyn-born musician known to fans as MCA was first treated for cancerous growths in his parotid gland and a lymph node in 2009 and subsequently underwent surgery and radiation therapy, which forced the delay of the Beastie Boys’ most recent album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. His illness has also kept the group off the road, and Yauch missed the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two weeks ago.

Yauch first met his musical comrade-in-arms Michael Diamond (a.k.a. Mike D) when he was still in high school; inspired by the manic punk energy of bands like Black Flag, the pair conceived the Beastie Boys as a noisy hardcore band. The group originally featured friends John Berry and Kate Schellenbach (the latter of whom later formed Luscious Jackson). The Polly Wog Stew EP gained them some attention, as did gigs opening for the likes of Bad Brains and the Misfits.

Berry departed the band and was replaced by Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock). Around the same time, the crew put together a song called “Cookie Puss,” which was based around a recorded prank phone call to Carvel. The song became an accidental sensation in New York’s underground dance scene, and the Beastie Boys began to build a reputation for blending humor and hip-hop in their sound. READ FULL STORY

Guns N' Roses, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers inducted to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

On their way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guns N’ Roses got together for one more gig.

Axl Rose missed it.

The hedonistic hard rockers, who became the world’s top music act amid endless dysfunction, members of Guns N’ Roses reunited for three songs on Saturday night before 6,000 fans, many of whom were thrilled to see at least most of the band’s original lineup jam on classic hits like “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City.”

Rose, the band’s frontman and ringmaster of the G N’ R traveling sex, drugs and rock and roll circus, declined to attend the induction, saying he didn’t want to be part of the ceremony because it “doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.”

He was hardly missed. READ FULL STORY

Beastie Boy Mike D disses 'NYT' puzzlemaster Will Shortz on 'Colbert Report' -- VIDEO

As far as hip-hop beefs go, it’s no Drake vs. Common, but it’s certainly more fun.

First, some background: New York Times puzzle guru Will Shortz was called out this week by freelance writer Julieanne Smolinski for misusing the word “illin” in a recent crossword, leading the two to cross swords via e-mail.

“The clue for 28 down reads ‘Wack, in hip-hop,’ and the answer provided is ‘ILLIN,’” Smolinski wrote. “These are not the same things, at all!”

Shortz fired back with this defense: “According to the Dictionary of American Slang, edited by Robert L. Chapman,’illin” means ‘stupid, insane.’ ‘Wack’ is defined as ‘worthless, stupid.’ The Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, by Tony Thorne, defines “illin’” as ‘bad, uncool,’ and says it is a buzzword in the rap and hip-hop cultures. It seems to me that’s roughly the same as ‘wack’ in the sense of worthless or stupid.”

Added the Timesman, “So it seems to me the clue is fine.”

But it doesn’t seem fine to Mike D of the Beastie Boys, who took to The Colbert Report to settle the score on rap’s nerdiest feud once and for all.

How does it all end? Let’s just say Shortz might need to check himself. Watch the tweedy Beastie work out the finer points of hip-hop grammar in the clip below: READ FULL STORY

The 10 top music-video directors of 2011: Watch their best clips here

Looking back at the best music videos of 2011, one thing leaped out: All of the best clips were made by the same six or seven people.

So rather than call out individual entries for their greatness, we’re going to reward the directors who put together the best portfolios this year. Anybody can make one excellent video, but it takes serious jiujitsu to knock out three great ones. That left a lot of awesome videos on the table (all apologies to excellent entries like Foo Fighters’ “Walk,” Beyoncé’s “Countdown,” and Ke$ha’s “Blow”), but this is a pretty good sum-up of the year in music videos.

1) Spike Jonze
Jonze only stood behind the camera for two videos this year, but they were both game-changers. Beastie Boys’ “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” was a sandbox revelation that was way better than the actual feature film based on GI Joe, while Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis” turned that pair’s obsession with commercialism into a bombastic brand of Americana. Pour one out for the fallen Maybach, and raise your glass to Jonze, who proved that no amount of directing polarizing adaptations of beloved books for children can take away his four-minute spark. READ FULL STORY

The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Deserving music legends or just a bunch of old white dudes?

The Music Mix’s dream that Axl Rose’s cornrows be permanently retired to a museum in Cleveland came one step closer to realization today with the news that Guns N’ Roses will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next April.

The band’s fellow Hall of Fame newbies are the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Small Faces/The Faces, the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, and hippie troubadour Donovan. The list of nominees who didn’t get the electoral nod this year is made up of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, the Cure, Heart, Eric B. and Rakim, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, War, Freddie King, and the Spinners, at least some of whom may now be available for birthdays and bar mitzvahs on April 14.

Taken on a case-by-case basis, it’s difficult to argue with many of the choices. Guns N’ Roses, the Beasties, and the Chili Peppers are all hugely popular and have enjoyed many-chaptered careers, even if the most recent parts of the Roses’ tale have resembled chapters in a book about horrific car accidents.

And Nyro and Donovan certainly added their own hues to rock’s rich tapestry, although I know my colleague Rob Brunner would have preferred the Cure or Erik B. and Rakim get inducted over the latter. You could reasonably argue that Faces members — and previous Hall of Fame inductees — Ron Wood and Rod Stewart don’t really need another gong on their mantelpiece. But had the pair only ever recorded “Stay With Me,” they would have gotten my vote (if I had one): READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'Up All Night,' 'Sons of Anarchy' feature our favorite songs on TV this week

It was a week of dynamic duos for music on TV. There was a couple just getting started (Bored To Death), one reviving a relationship (Up All Night), and another for whom “’til death do us part” looks likely to come sooner than expected (Sons of Anarchy). Enemies forged unlikely bonds (The Vampire Diaries, Community), and lovers played with fire (How To Make It in America). For sheer spectacle, though, the most dazzling duo of all was a pair of Michael Jackson hits that provided a bit of closure and a chance to look back fondly amid a sad week for fans of the King of Pop. Read on to see which show honored Jackson and where our other favorite “show tunes” fit in this week! READ FULL STORY

Our take on this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees: Should the Beastie Boys, Guns 'N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others get in?

This year’s crop of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have just been announced, and it’s the usual weird assortment of mega-band veterans and less-known innovators. So who will actually get inducted come April? I have no idea. But here’s my personal take on who I think deserves to get in. Disagree? Weigh in below!

BEASTIE BOYS
Should they get in?
Definitely. When Licensed To Ill came out in 1986, nobody could have predicted all that brat-rap bravado marked the launch of one of the next two decades’ major artists. But the album was a blockbuster (the first rap album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200), and the followup, Paul’s Boutique, remains one of hip-hop’s greatest achievements. They’ve been pumping out consistently innovative and entertaining albums ever since.

THE CURE
Should they get in? Yes. Dock points for the hair-spray-attack fashion crimes (is there a bad-hair Hall of Fame?), but this is one of the best bands of the past 30 years, from perky hits like “Close To Me” to moody masterpiece Disintegration.

DONOVAN
Should he get in?
Probably not. I like “Catch the Wind” and some other tunes just fine, but there’s a reason he’s never made the cut before: Donovan’s dippy sunshine folk just hasn’t aged well. READ FULL STORY

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