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Beastie Boys Awarded $1.7 Million

Ad-Rock and Mike DBeastie Boys have been awarded $1.7 million in a copyright lawsuit.

The surviving members of the hip-hop group - Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz - have been handed the payout after winning their legal case against Monster Beverage Corporation, which they sued for the unauthorized use of their music in a video advert.

The commercial featured five of the "Fight For Your Right" hitmakers' songs in a "Beastie Boys Megamix" and a message which read, "RIP MCA" to promote a show in 2012.

The groups' final member Adam "MCA" Yauch, who passed away in the same year after a three-year battle with salivary gland cancer, stated in his will that his likeness or art - which includes the music he made with Beastie Boys - was not to be used in any promotional material. "In no event may my image or name or any music or artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes," the document read.

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Advertisements Inspire Paul McCartney

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Pop, Rock,

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney used to be inspired by cinema adverts. The Beatles star says his early influences included anything that would make him laugh, and remembers he and bandmate George Harrison were particularly amused by a particular furniture commercial.

"There were millions of things. Information we'd had from very early childhood and from teenagehood, when you're going down the cinema, seeing something funny and making a song out of it. George and I really loved cinema adverts, for instance, which we used to take the p**s out of. There was one for furniture called Link, showing this couple eyeing stuff up, where the catchphrase was, 'Thinking of Linking?' And me and George were like, 'You know what? That's a good title.' So one of my earliest songs went, 'Thinking of linking my love with you, thinking and linking can only be done by two.' Terrible! We never did anything with it, of course."

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Imagine That It’s 1968 with John Lennon Ad

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Videos, Rock,

Beatles fans might get a thrill when they see endorsing a philanthropic campaign from the grave…or, they might be a little weirded out.

In a new ad spot, Lennon’s voice and image are used to promote “One Laptop per Child,” a project that offers solar-powered computers to poverty-stricken kids. As we all know, John Lennon died from gunshot wounds in 1980 (almost exactly twenty-eight years ago). His widow Yoko Ono approved the endorsement for the “Laptop” foundation.

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