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Beastie Boys Co-Founder Adam Yauch Dead at 47

Influential rapper was diagonosed with cancer in 2009



Adam Yauch aka 'MCA' performs with The Beastie Boys in Irvine, California in 2004.


Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47, Rolling Stone has learned. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.


Yauch sat out the Beastie Boys' induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, and his treatments delayed the release of the group's most recent album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. The Beastie Boys had not performed live since the summer of 2009, and Yauch's illness prevented the group from appearing in music videos for Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2.


Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz in 1979. The band started off as a hardcore punk group, but soon began experimenting with hip-hop. The band broke big with their first proper album, Licensed to Ill, in 1986, and further albums Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication cemented the band as a true superstar act.


In addition to his career with the Beastie Boys, Yauch was heavily involved in the movement to free Tibet and co-organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts of the late Nineties. In 2002, he launched the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories.



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Coldplay’s Chris Martin On Adam Yauch Tribute, “The Only Thing To Do Is To Sing”


Friday morning news broke of The Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch’s passing after a difficult battle with cancer. Within minutes of the announcement, the Twittersphere was a blaze with thoughts and sentiments from fans and celebrities about one of entertainment’s most incredible trailblazers.


Later that evening, at the historic Hollywood Bowl, Coldplay performed a touching version of the Beastie Boys’ “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party).” By all accounts, the tear-filled eyes outnumbered the dry.


So, when KROQ’s Nicole Alvarez sat down with Chris Martin and Will Champion before their headlining appearance at the KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta 2012, she asked how the tribute came about. “Friday you did something very special and touching, unfortunately we lost somebody in music that means a lot to all of us, Adam Yauch… So, where were you when you heard the news and do you remember how you felt right at the time?”


“Well, I don’t know how to talk about it,” responded Martin. “It seems the only thing to do is to sing… sing it.”


“When did you put the tribute together?”


“In the afternoon, said Martin after he thought about it for a second.”


“And, did that song seem like the right one to do?”


“Absolutely, yes,” Martin confirmed. “It’s a weird one cause you think, it’s t too obvious to just play someone’s song if they’d gone. But it’s the only thing we know how to do.”



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Beastie Boys return to US top 20



Adam Yauch (right) died of cancer aged 47 on 4 May


The Beastie Boys have returned to the US album charts following the death of band member Adam Yauch last week.


Seven of the group's albums entered this week's Billboard 200 chart, with their debut 1986 record Licence to Ill the highest entry at number 18.


The trio's albums collectively sold 55,000 copies in the two days after Yauch's death, compared to 4,000 the previous week.


The rapper, better known as his alias MCA, died on 4 May of cancer aged 47.


The other albums to return to the chart included compilation Solid Gold Hits at 51, Paul's Boutique at 56 and Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 at 107.


The band's fourth album, 1994's Ill Communication also came in at 109, with Check Your Head at 124 and The Sounds of Science at 141.


In terms of digital downloads, the group also sold 151,000 tracks - up from 14,000 the week before.


The most popular track was Brass Monkey from Licensed to Ill with 15,000 downloads.


Online music streaming site Spotify also said it saw a 17-fold increase in people listening to Beastie Boys songs after Yauch's death.


Figures only account for the first two days after the rapper's death as Nielsen SoundScan - the company which tracks US music sales - collects weekly data until Sunday.


Sales for the group's music is expected to be higher next week.



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