This week in music: 6/3 -6/9

Beastie Boys win copyright lawsuit

A case two years in the making, Monster Energy was found guilty of copyright infringement for using five Beastie Boys songs in a promotional video. A federal court in New York ruled in favor of the hall of fall music group to the tune of $1.7 million. (From


Collegiate jazz band to play several shows in China

The nationally renowned University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble started a two-week tour of China on June 4. In an effort to connect with jazz enthusiasts and musicians abroad, the group will perform with music students from Shanghai University during the last concert. (From the Music Industry News Network)


Ecstasy still a dangerous presence at  music festivals

A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience showed that even small doses of Ecstasy can be harmful in a hot environment, similar to what many festival-goers experience. Commonly found at festivals and concerts for decades, the drug is responsible for thousands of hospitalizations in the past few years. (From The Daily Beast and National Institutes of Health)


National anthem is now open to interpretation

In the last 50 years, musicians have increasingly been encouraged to do innovative renditions of the U.S. national anthem, especially at sports events. The change has spiced-up the pregame custom, making each performance a unique experience. (From USA Today)


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