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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

Willie Nelson getting a statue in Austin on 4/20 (obviously)

Don’t let anybody tell you the city of Austin, Texas, doesn’t have a sense of humor. Not only will the city erect an eight-foot-tall bronze statue in tribute to the country icon (who grew up in nearby Abbott), but they will also salute the other thing that Nelson is known for by unveiling the monument at 4:20 PM on April 20.

“For many, the Willie they connect with is the Outlaw Willie of the Seventies, or the influential advocate for Farm Aid in the Eighties, while others — especially a younger generation — grew fond of him during his more mature years,” sculptor Clete Shields said in a statement. “The sculpture needed to appeal to a broad audience and conjure up the fond memories of so many different people.”

Nelson himself will be on hand at the event. It’s not clear which version of Nelson will be immortalized in bronze, though here’s hoping it’ll be from the stoned Pocahontas era. Like his friend and former collaborator Snoop Dogg, Nelson’s interests have expanded over the past few years: Not only does he still record new music (he’ll have a track on the upcoming album supporting Occupy Wall Street), but he also has his own brand of whiskey. Of course, his main focus nowadays is the legalization of marijuana, expanded research into biofuels, and covering Coldplay songs to sell you burritos.

You know what else rules? Nelson’s cover of “Time After Time.” So well played, Austin. The Nelson statue will make a nice companion to the city’s stately tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Read more on EW.com:
Occupy Wall Street is getting an album featuring Yoko Ono, Willie Nelson, Devo, and more
Bill O’Reilly: Whitney Houston ‘killed herself,’ Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg are ‘creeps’
Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson team up for smokey ‘Superman’ video

'Soul Train' fans honor Don Cornelius with a dancing flash mob: Watch it here

What’s the best way to remember Soul Train godfather Don Cornelius? Some 100 fans in Times Square this weekend knew the answer: a dance line.

Organized online and executed on Broadway in the heart of Manhattan, the Soul Train flash mob emulated the show’s trademark setup for a good 45 minutes among a gaggle of surprised tourists.

The event was a (literally) moving tribute to honor the show’s late founder and host Cornelius, who was found dead in his Sherman Oaks home last Wednesday.

“Don Cornelius was a big influence in my life, and I just wanted to pay tribute,” said disc jockey Jon Quick, who was holding up speakers at the event. “He was playing the music that nobody else wanted to play. He was an amazing man.”

Watch a convention of flash mobbers bring love, peace, and soul to Times Square in the video below:

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Miley Cyrus' Bob Dylan cover 'You're Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go' -- Watch the new video here

Anxious to hear Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, the massive, 76-track Tribute Album for a Good Cause from Amnesty International?

No worries — Miley Cyrus has got your back.

In conjunction with Amnesty International, the nose-ringed 19-year-old has released the official video for her country-fried cover of Dylan’s “You’re Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go.”

The song, off 1975′s Blood on the Tracks, loses some of its original spunk and humor (not to mention harmonica), but Cyrus does a decent job with her safe reading of the folk favorite.

Check out the video below to see for yourself:

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Celebrities mourn Etta James via Twitter, internet

The legendary Etta James succumbed to leukemia this morning, and people all over are remembering the singer’s 73 years of life in different ways.

Beyonce, who famously played the star in 2008′s Cadillac Records — and ran into some static with the older star later — took to her website with the following statement:

“This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime. Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed.”

For many, Twitter provides a natural outlet to mourn and pay tribute. Celebrities as varied as Questlove, Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill, and Nancy Grace have already tweeted about James; we’ve included many of them below: READ FULL STORY

Amy Winehouse biopic still a possibility: Family would consider supporting project which 'told the truth' -- EXCLUSIVE

A spokesperson for Mitch Winehouse has told EW that the father of the late Amy Winehouse would consider allowing his daughter’s music to be used in a biopic.

Various recent media reports had quoted Mitch Winehouse as saying he would never allow Amy’s life story to be told in a film. But Winehouse’s spokesperson claims this is inaccurate and that “Mitch and the family would entertain ideas perhaps for a film but only one they were sure would tell the truth.”

However, Mitch Winehouse has poured cold water on the reports that Lady Gaga is set to play his daughter in a biopic. “I never said Lady Gaga will play Amy,” he wrote on his Twitter page yesterday.

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New Amy Winehouse track, ‘Between the Cheats’: Hear it here
Listen to Amy Winehouse’s unreleased Nas duet ‘Like Smoke’

Willie Nelson's longtime bassist Dan 'Bee' Spears dies after slipping outside home

Willie Nelson’s longtime bassist Dan “Bee” Spears has died from exposure after slipping and falling outside his motor home in Nashville on Thursday night, according to Rolling Stone.

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Adele says fans may have to wait a while for her next record

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When Entertainment Weekly visited with Adele last spring, the singer said that she couldn’t wait to get back into the studio and record the follow-up to her hugely successful 21.

“I need to write my record,” explained the British chanteuse. “[My heart] is already broke. That’s why I need to write the record.” But Adele seems to have changed her tune about recording new tunes.

In a new email interview with Billboard, the 23 year old, who is currently recovering from throat surgery, makes clear that she is now in no hurry to return to the studio: “I imagine I’ll be 25 or 26 by the time my next record comes out, as I haven’t even thought about my third record yet. I’m just gonna lay some concrete, set up home and just ‘be’ for a bit. I’ll disappear and come back with a record when it’s good enough. There will be no new music until it’s good enough and until I’m ready.” 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

French actress Julie Delpy to direct a biopic on the life of the Clash's Joe Strummer

Actress Julie Delpy is set to direct a Joe Strummer biopic, according to Variety. The film is called The Right Profile and will focus on the Clash singer’s disappearance from the public spotlight in 1982.

While the French star of films like Before Sunrise and Broken Flowers might seem like an odd choice to helm a movie about Strummer, the actress has directed several films over the past few years, including 2009′s The Countess. Moreover, Strummer actually relocated to France while laying low in ’82, where he participated in the Paris marathon, among other things. Rather more tenuously, both Delpy and Strummer worked with director Jim Jarmusch, albeit on different projects.

Strummer, who died in 2002, was previously the subject of director Julien Temple’s 2007 documentary The Future Is Unwritten. The Right Profile is named after a track on the Clash’s classic London Calling album which itself concerned the actor Montgomery Clift. You can check out the song below: READ FULL STORY

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