Monster Beverage issued a statement on the Beastie Boys lawsuit, which sees the veteran hip hop group seeking over $2 million for using its songs in a video that was online for five weeks. Monster stated:
Monster has no intention of litigating this matter in the media, but since the case has now received publicity we felt we should let the public know the facts as we see them. Monster in good faith believed it had obtained the rights to use a compilation of certain Beastie Boys music for an Internet video. The video recounted a snowboarding event in Canada that Monster sponsored where the after party featured many Beastie Boys songs played by the DJs in honor of the recent death of one of the Beastie Boys’ members. The music that Monster used was provided by one of the DJs, who told Monster he had permission. When Monster was notified by the Beastie Boys that the company was mistaken in its belief that it had the proper authorization, Monster immediately removed the video from the Internet. The video received less than 14,000 views during the brief period it was online. This lawsuit is solely about what, if anything, Monster must pay to the Beastie Boys because of Monster’s good faith mistake. In Monster’s view the Beastie Boys are demanding sums that are far beyond any reasonable fair market value.
The Beastie Boys talked about their new album ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part Two’. “The difference I think with ‘Hot Sauce Committee’ is that it’s layered, but there’s samples, there’s lot of stuff that we played, there’s times where we’ve played stuff and we sample that,” Mike D explained. “We just tried to keep it dense.” Watch a report from ITN via DailyMotion below.
The Beastie Boys checked in with fans on Monday (April 25) with the following message in response to their latest album leaking online:
Good people, unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, the “clean” version of our new album, ‘The Hot Sauce Committee Partt Two’ has leaked. So as a hostile and retaliatory measure with great hubris we are making the full explicit aka filthy dirty nasty version available for streaming on our site. We hope this brings much happiness, hugs, and harmony. Enjoy Kikoos for life!
Check out the stream at hotsaucecommittee.com and pre-order ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part Two’ before it’s May 3rd release at beastieboys.com.
Beastie Boys are out with the music video to their new single ‘Make Some Noise’, aka ‘Fight for Your Right Revisited’, the first release from the veteran hip hop trio’s new album ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part Two’, which is set for release May 3rd on Capitol Records.
In the short film, Ad-Rock, MCA and Mike D are played by Elijah Wood, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen, respectively – joined by Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Jack Black, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman and Will Arnett in the treatment.
Watch it via YouTube below.
The Beastie Boys post a video on their website announcing Adam Yauch has a “very treatable” cancerous tumor in his salivary gland, forcing the band to cancel their summer tour dates. Yauch said he’s having surgery next week. “They did scans of my whole body and it’s only localized in this one area,” he explained. “It’s not in a place that affects my voice, so that’s nice. It’s convenient. So anyway, it’s a bit of a setback. It’s a pain in the ass, but it’s something that is very treatable in most cases.” A report from ITN has since been removed at Muzu.tv.
Rap acts on television this week include:
Soulja Boy, who performs on ‘The View’ (ABC) on Monday.
Beastie Boys, who visit ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ (NBC) on Monday.
Method Man & Redman featuring Erick Sermon, who perform on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ (NBC) on Thursday.
Wale, who performs on ‘Last Call’ (NBC) on Friday.
Fuse TV is kicking off its Fuse Fest summer music festival programming with a front row look at the summer’s biggest music festival, Bonnaroo. On June 20th, the network will be airing a one hour concert special highlighting musical performances from Bonnaroo ’09, entitled “Fuse Fest: Bonnaroo 2009.” Among this year’s Bonnaroo acts are Snoop Dogg and the Beastie Boys. Tune-in to Fuse on June 20th at 9pm/8c to catch the best performances from ‘Roo ’09.
AT&T blue room features an interview with the Beastie Boys, where the guys talked about the group’s origins, what the new record was inspired by, deserving respect from their late ’80s success, favorite cities, and more, completely BS’ing every answer though. Video at attblueroom.com has since been removed.
Beastie Boys performed at the Brixton Academy on Tuesday (September 4) and Wednesday (September 5) in London, England. Check out pictures from FilmMagic. Watch fan filmed highlight clips from YouTube.
Beastie Boys performed at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Friday night (August 10). Watch fan filmed highlight clips from YouTube.