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Music News: The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys, and Kiss

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A personal tragedy has struck the Rolling Stones, when fashion designer L’Wren Scott (who was also the girlfriend of Mick Jagger) was found dead in Manhattan on Monday, following what is being investigated as an apparent suicide. Police found her hanging, without a note or sings of foul play.

Jagger first began dating the fashion designer in 2001, whose Martin Scorsese-directed Stones’ documentary Shine a Light she had designed for. A representative for the singer stated he is “completely shocked and devastated by the news”. Meanwhile, he has posted a tribute to Scott on Facebook, and the Rolling Stones have cancelled the first date of their Australian tour.

In other music news, after months of legal wrangling, Beastie Boys Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond reached a settlement with the toy company GoldieBlox. It was over a dispute made last year, over the company using the track “Girls”, which later spawned accusations of copyright infringement, though it was claimed to be a parody. The settlement has now brought the legal battle to an end, and its terms are undisclosed.

Meanwhile, in an interview with Radio.com, Kiss musician Gene Simmons took aim at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for their inclusion of rappers in their Cleveland-based museum. The bassist, along with Paul Stanley blasted the organization for inducting rap icons Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy, stating they don’t play instruments (though the Beastie Boys do), just “sample and talk”. They also state their inductions were due to “backroom politics”, and KISS should have been inducted years ago.

Earlier, Stanley and Simmons have already announced they are not performing at the induction ceremony in April.

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