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Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys poses for a portrait Thursday, June 19, 2008, in New York. (Mary Altaffer/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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Interactive tribute to Adam Yauch launches

The film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories has just launched "The House that Yauch Built," an interactive tribute to its co-founder, Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who died in 2012 at age 47. The site takes fans on a tour of the company's longtime New York space, where they can see everything from "the vintage Neve soundboard to O-Scope's visual identities, MTV Moonmen, and other desiderata."

As NME notes, "'The House That Yauch Built' will include previously unseen footage, including Seth Rogen discussing the Beastie Boys' influence and Yauch's bandmate Mike D talking about going back to work in the aftermath of 9/11."

DA reviewing Nick Carter assault allegations

The Los Angeles District Attorney is reviewing allegations of sexual assault against Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys. Authorities say the charges concern an incident in 2003; while they have not disclosed further specifics, actor Melissa Schuman has publicly accused Carter of raping her when the two were filming a TV movie together that year. (NME)

Mariners to host Alice in Chains night

The Tigers have Jack White, the Cubs have Eddie Vedder, the Giants have Metallica, the Twins (albeit posthumously) have Prince, and now the Seattle Mariners have Alice in Chains. The Mariners will host an Alice in Chains night at Safeco Field on Aug. 20. Fans who buy tickets in a special package will get a T-shirt, a copy of the band's new album Rainer Fog, and an invitation to a listening party for the album, which officially comes out four days later on Aug. 24.

National Anthem? First pitch? TBD. (Billboard)

Smashing Pumpkins celebrate 30th

As promised, Smashing Pumpkins celebrated their 30th anniversary on Thursday night at a New Jersey show that featured guest appearances by Courtney Love, Peter Hook, Chino Moreno, and Mark McGrath — who joined the band for a highly unlikely cover of Sugar Ray’s 1997 hit "Fly." Love joined the band for two Hole songs co-written by Corgan, and Smashing Pumpkins' "Bullet with Butterfly Wings." (Consequence of Sound)

Hot 100 turns 60

Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of a chart that's come to define pop single success: Billboard's Hot 100. Even as Billboard struggles to keep its pole position as a marker of tastes in the streaming era, it's looking back by listing the most successful singles ever to make the chart.

The ten most chart-dominating singles of all time include a few you might not expect (Olivia Newton John's "Physical"), a few inescapable earworms (Los Del Rio's "Macarena"), and a couple of old-school classics (Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife"). Number two on the superchart is Santana's 1999 colossus "Smooth" featuring Rob Thomas, and the hottest single in chart history — thanks to cycles of popularity that have sent it up the chart multiple times — is Chubby Checker's "The Twist."

Drake himself accepts In My Feelings Challenge

August has only begun, but it's pretty clear that the song of the summer is Drake's "In My Feelings." It's been a massive, chart-topping hit fueled in part by the success of the "In My Feelings Challenge." That's a viral video dance challenge inspired by the comedian Shiggy, who posted a video of himself doing an original dance to the song.

Now, Drake himself has accepted the In My Feelings Challenge in a new video for the song, which also features Shiggy — along with other clips of other celebrities including Will Smith and DJ Khaled. Shot in New Orleans, the video is full of cameos including Phylicia Rashad as the mother of Drake's love interest. (Mashable)


Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comédie" (CC BY SA 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Mt Fox Shop" (CC BY 3.0)
Francis Scott Key: "The Star-Spangled Banner" (from Hollywood Edge sound effects collection)
Hole: "Celebrity Skin" (performed by Courtney Love and Smashing Pumpkins)
Chubby Checker: "The Twist"
Jesse Spillane: "Dance Rocket" (CC BY 4.0)
Drake: "In My Feelings"


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