Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Dies at 47

Adam Yauch, the gravelly voiced rapper who helped make the Beastie Boys one of the seminal groups in hip-hop, died Friday in New York. He was 47.

Yauch, also known as MCA, lost a nearly three-year battle with cancer, the band's publicist said. He had been diagnosed with a cancerous salivary gland in 2009. At the time, Yauch expressed hope that it was "very treatable," but his illness forced the group to cancel shows and eventually delayed the release of their 2011 album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2.

He last performed in public in 2009 and was absent when the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month.

In a 25-year span that covered four No. 1 albums and more than 40 million records sold, the Beastie Boys are a groundbreaking act that helped bring hip-hop to the mainstream.

Another hip-hop pioneer, Eminem, responded to the tragic news on Friday acknowledging Yauch's influence on his own career. "Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it's obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and pioneers and Adam will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, Mike D., and Ad-Rock."

Read what others in the music industry had to say about the loss of their peer

Co-Showrunners Leaving 'Community' and NBC

The current season of Community will be the last for co-showrunners Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, who have been with the show since it began. Including their current series, the duo have been with NBC Universal for six years, having served as executive producers for Scrubs following their first work together as a team on Fox's Family Guy.

Goldman and Donovan have landed a two-year deal with 20th Century Fox to develop and supervise new projects, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "We've had our eye on them for a long time," says Dana Walden, chairman of 20th Century Fox TV, describing the two as "incredibly funny" and "incredibly beloved."

Although Community is a fan favorite, it has yet to be renewed for a fourth season. The networks are beginning to announce final renewals this month ahead of upfront presentations for the fall, so viewers will likely soon know the fate of so-called "bubble shows."

Music Fan Performs Top 40 Songs on Piano

Alfie Magliano, the New York-based piano player and music fan, frequently covers mainstream hits, but this week he has covered Billboard's entire Top 40 for the chart ending May 5. He performs each song from memory, starting with Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" featuring Kimbra and ending with No. 40, "Drank in My Cup" by Kirko Bangz. (Note: On this week's chart, Gotye remains at No. 1 but Bangz moves up to No. 35 and Ellie Goulding jumps from 49-40 with "Lights.")

Watch the video here.

M83 Adds New Fall Tour Dates

M83 announced today eight new fall tour dates in the U.S. & Canada. The new dates, on fan pre-sale May 4th through, include six cities the band has not yet played while touring in support of the critically-adored album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, featuring the hit single “Midnight City.”

M83's Reunion EP is also set for release on May 29. ("Reunion" is the second single off of Hurry Up We’re Dreaming.) The single will be released with a stunning and diverse remix package of six exclusive re-works of the track, including remixes by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Mylo, Sei A, The Naked And Famous, Polly Scattergood and White Sea.

M83 is Los Angeles-based French artist Anthony Gonzalez.

Reunion EP tracklisting:
1. Reunion (Album Version)
2. Reunion (The Naked And Famous Remix)
3. Reunion (Sei A Remix)
4. Reunion (Polly Scattergood Mix)
5. Reunion (Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr Remix)
6. Reunion (Mylo Remix)
7. Reunion (White Sea Remix)

REMAINING 2012 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES (including new dates August 31-October 11):
May 2 – Saint Louis, MO – The Pageant (Sold Out)
May 4 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera (Sold Out)
May 5 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre (Sold Out)
May 6 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy (Sold Out)
May 7 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom (Sold Out)
May 9 – Boston, MA – House of Blues (Sold Out)
May 10 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 (Sold Out)
May 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer (Sold Out)
May 12 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (Sold Out)
May 12 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (LATE SHOW) (Sold Out)
May 14 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park
May 15 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works (Sold Out)
May 17 – Houston, TX – House of Blues (Sold Out)
May 18 – Austin, TX – Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater (Sold Out)
May 19 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater (Sold Out)
May 20 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater (Sold Out)
Aug 1 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Aug 2 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
Aug 3-5 – Chicago, IL– Lollapalooza-Grant Park
Aug 7 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
Aug. 8 – NYC – SummerStage (Sold Out)
Aug. 31 – San Diego, CA – Soma
Sep. 5 – Edmonton, AB, Canada – Edmonton Event Centre
Sep. 6 – Calgary, AB, Canada – Mac Ewan Ballroom
Sep. 27 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues Orlando
Sep. 30 – Norfolk, VA – NorVa
Oct. 2 –NYC– Hammerstein Ballroom
Oct. 9 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues New Orleans
Oct. 10 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
Oct. 11 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom

Gotye Remains at No. 1 for Third Week

Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, mains at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a third consecutive week. songs chart. Maintaining the top spot, the song becomes the first to tally three weeks of digital sales of at least 400,000.

"Somebody" sold 414,000 downloads in the April 23-29 tracking week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and turns to No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart after a week in second place due to the release of Maroon 5's "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa.

Radio continues to aid the stratospheric sales of "Somebody," as it also rises 6-3 on the Radio Songs.

The Hot 100's top three remains static from last week, with fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, holding at No. 2 for a third week and the previously mentioned "Payphone" remaining at No. 3.

Read more from Billboard

Jack White Nabs First No. 1 Album with 'Blunderbuss'

Of all his projects, it is Jack White's first solo album, Blunderbuss, which gives him his first No. 1. The highly-anticipated collection debuts at the top of the charts in both the U.S. and the U.K. This marks only the fourth time that the first solo album by a prominent member of a group or duo has reached No. 1 in both countries.

Blunderbuss follows George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, George Michael's Faith and Beyonce's Dangerously In Love. All three of those artists had had "transatlantic" No. 1 albums with their famous groups (the Beatles, Wham! and Destiny's Child, respectively) prior to their solo debuts. White nearly did too, but the White Stripes' 2007 album Icky Thump, which scored the top spot in the U.K., peaked at No. 2 in the U.S.

Blunderbuss becomes White's eighth top 10 album on the Billboard 200, following three albums with the White Stripes, two with the Raconteurs and two with the Dead Weather. White's album sold 78,000 digital copies (out of 138,000 total), which puts it at No. 1 on Top Digital Albums.

Adele's 21 remains at No. 2 on Billboard, having never left the top 10 since it debuted in February 2011. Lionel Richie's Tuskegee slips 1-3 after two weeks at the head of the pack.

Read more about this week's album charts

Mumford & Sons: New Album is Complete

The folk-rock act Mumford & Sons has revealed that the follow-up to their debut, Sigh No More, is finally finished. The question now is whether anyone will ever hear it.

"We're done recording it," keyboardist Ben Lovett told NME. "But if we listen back while we're mixing and discover it's sh-t, we'll just start again. We're not going to put it out until it's good enough."

Since the 2009 release of Sigh No More, the album has sold 2.2 million copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, and Mumford & Sons racked up multiple Grammy nominations. In the past, Marcus Mumford has said the sophomore album would hit stores "hopefully this year."

Kanye West, G.O.O.D. Music Remix Chief Keef's Single

Following last month's release of "Mercy," Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music aren't quite done yet. West, along with Pusha T and Big Sean have teamed up with Jadakiss to remix “I Don’t Like,” the buzzworthy single from 16-year-old rapper Chief Keef of Chicago.

Take a listen to the group's re-creation here.

Explosions in the Sky Confirms Last 2012 Tour Dates

Explosions In The Sky has confirmed a handful of final stops to conclude the extremely successful tour the April 26, 2011 release of Take Care, Take Care, Take Care.

The new shows include include a long-awaited return to Nashville for the band's first ever Ryman Auditorium show. From performances at New York's Radio City Music Hall to London's Brixton Academy--as well as a debut performance on The Late Show with David Letterman, it's been a great year for Explosions.

Pre-sales for the new dates begin Wednesday, May 2, at 10 a.m. CST with general on-sales commencing this weekend. More specific details will be posted at as they are confirmed.

Tour dates as confirmed by the band:
5/25/2012 - George WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
6/17/2012 - Houston TX - Warehouse Live
6/18/2012 - Mobile AL - Soul Kitchen Music Hall
6/19/2012 - Tampa FL - The Ritz Ybor
6/20/2012 - Miami FL - Grand Central
6/21/2012 - Athens GA - The Georgia Theatre
6/22/2012 - Charlottesville VA - Jefferson Theater
6/24/2012 - Randall's Island New York NY - Governors Ball Music Festival
6/25/2012 - Morgantown WV - 123 Pleasant St.
6/26/2012 - Chicago IL - Chicago Theatre
6/27/2012 - Nashville TN - Ryman Auditorium

Hulu: No More Free-for-All; Get Cable!

31 million people logged on to Hulu in March to take advantage of its free-for-all selection of programming, but viewers are about to see some big changes. According to the New York Post, Hulu is taking its first steps to change to a model where viewers will have to prove they are a pay-TV customer (a.k.a. cable or satellite subscriber) to watch their favorite shows.

Hulu calls the new format "authentication" because viewers would have to log in with their cable or satellite TV account number. But the company isn't the only one trying to get consumers to take a few steps back. Fox network, which is owned by News Corp., will soon begin talks with Comcast to require authentication for viewing programming--such as its hit shows New Girl and Glee--online

The move toward authentication, which could take years to finalize, is fueled by cable companies and networks looking to protect and profit from their content, while hoping to make cable subscriptions more attractive to the millions of people who have previously dropped cable or never considered it necessary.

Read more from the New York Post

John Legend Heads to TV, Joining ABC's 'Duets'

ABC announced earlier Monday that John Legend will replace Lionel Richie on the network's upcoming singing competition Duets.

The network did not provide reason for Richie's decision to drop out. His newest LP, Tuskegee, has been No. 1 on Billboard for the past two weeks. Legend joins previously announced singers Kelly Clarkson, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke.

Duets premieres on May 24. Each of the chart-toppers will travel the country in search of two singers to duet with every week on the show in front of a live audience. In the end, one duet and one partner will win a recording contract.

Legend, whose last solo album released in 2008--the same year he was featured on's viral song, "Yes We Can," which infused a great amount of youth energy into then-candidate Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Four years later (and in another election year), perhaps the TV stint is a sign of a new album?

UPDATE: Entertainment Weekly cites "personal scheduling conflicts" as Richie's reason for bail, according to his rep.

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