When Donna Summer passed away at 63 on Thursday (May 17), the world was reminded -- in the most tragic way -- of the Disco Queen's legacy. As a result, her album and song sales shot up the charts. In Summer's case, her posthumous sales are even more impressive than some other artists', because her songs are only available in certain formats.
The New York State Senate passed a resolution this week to honor the work of the Beastie Boys' Adam 'MCA' Yauch, who died earlier this month from cancer of the parotid gland. Spin reports that State Senator Daniel Squadron wrote resolution J4637-2011 to remember the late rapper. The resolution was accepted by the legislative body on Tuesday, May 15, just days before "MCA Day" takes over Union Square Park.
Disco diva Donna Summer has died at 63. The singer passed away this morning (May 17), after a battle with cancer.
Chuck Brown, the Washington, D.C.-area funk icon known as the 'Godfather of Go-Go,' has died. He passed away today (May 16) at the age of 75. He died at Johns Hopkins University hospital in Baltimore.
The Beastie Boys were inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, the same day that Adam 'MCA' Yauch was hospitalized for what would be the last time. Though Yauch couldn't attend and his bandmates didn't perform without him, Kid Rock, Travie McCoy and the Roots paid tribute to their musical legacy with a fun medley of the group's hits.
There are a lot of Beastie Boys tributes on the Internet following the death of Adam 'MCA' Yauch, but a Jay-Z performance of a Beasties classic has resonated with some devotees. Gawker highlighted the clip on their website so we figured you guys would like to "Ch-Check It Out" (see what we did there?).