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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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No Doubt Sue Video Game Company

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

No DoubtNo Doubt have gained the right for their lawsuit filed against a video game maker to go to trial.

The group fronted by Gwen Stefani, 42, was happy to hear that their complaint against Activision for allegedly exceeding group members' contractual likenesses in Band Hero is going to court.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ramona See denied the Santa Monica, California-based company's petition to throw out the case which means the sides should appear in front of jury later this year.

No Doubt sued the game maker in 2009, accusing them of allowing players to manipulate the quartet's individual avatars in ways they would never have acted in real life. They claimed it violated their publicity rights and turned them into a "virtual karaoke circus act."

The original complaint stated that such manipulations include "unlocking" mechanisms that gave gamers the ability to have Gwen's computer generated image sing in a male voice and also allowed her male bandmates to sing in female voices.

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Lil Wayne Faces One Year in Jail

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Artist News, Hip-Hop & Rap,

Lil Wayne

Who knew ‘s Behind the Music special would become so dated…so quickly?

A fourth child isn’t the only thing the rapper is facing in the months to come. Come February, the 27-year-old may be sentenced to up to one year in jail.

Earlier today, the Grammy award winner pleaded guilty to an attempted weapons possession charge. The plea bargain - which reversed an earlier “not guilty” declaration - spared Lil Wayne (a.k.a. Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) from what could have been 3.5 years following a jury trial.

Thursday’s legal matter stemmed from a July 2007 police search of his tour bus. DNA tests conducted later linked Carter to a .40-caliber gun found on board. Unfortunately, today’s agreement with prosecutors won’t put an end to Dwayne’s troubles. He still faces drug and weapons possession charges from a January 2008 incident in Arizona.

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Rihanna and Chris Brown Recording Together?

Rihanna and Chris Brown

UPDATE: Contrary to previous reports, the label says “Chris Brown and Rihanna did not record a duet after the incident.”

An unnamed source says that singers Chris Brown and , who have recently gained a ton of public attention for their personal problems, are currently recording a duet together.

is facing felony charges for allegedly assaulting Rihanna, 21, in a domestic dispute. The singer has since released a statement to his fans. “Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired,” Brown stated. “I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones, and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person.”

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