African-American 8th grade metal band secure record deal worth $1.7m

Unlocking The Truth Band Shot

A Brooklyn based African-American heavy metal trio who’s members are just 12 and 13 years old have secured a record deal that has the potential to net them $1.7million.

Unlocking The Truth were discovered by Eric Calpton’s drummer, Steve Jordan, who spotted them jamming in Washington Square Park in 2012. Guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse and bassist Alec Atkins, both 13, and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12, now have a set at Californian festival Coachella under their belts, along with supporting slots for hard rock heavyweights Guns N’ Roses.

Reports state that the band are guaranteed to release two records via Sony, with an advance of $60,000 for the first, and as much as $350,000 for the second. If the albums prove to be successful, Sony music can then pick up the group’s options for a further four albums, leading to the payout of up to $1.7million.

Alan Sacks manages the group, and New York Daily News has reported that they have a documentary in production, and a book due out at Christmas.

“It’s so exciting. We’re jumping over the moon,” said Jarad’s mother, Tabatha Dawkins.

The trio all share singing duties and are currently touring North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour.

You can watch fan-shot footage of the band performing at this year’s Coachella festival below:

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Beastie Boys win $1.7million in damages from Monster Beverage Corp.

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The surviving members of the Beastie Boys have won damages of $1.7million (£1.01million) in their copyright lawsuit against Monster Beverage Corp.

The band’s lawsuit centred around a video made by the corporation that featured five Beastie Boys songs in a “megamix” and used the text “RIP MCA” on screen. The video was used to promote a show in 2012 and was made without the band’s knowledge or permission.

The late Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch stated in his will that his likeness or art, including his work with the Beastie Boys, was not to be used for advertising purposes.

Reuters reports that after an eight day trial the jury found in favour of the band, but Monster Beverage Corp. have stated through their lawyer, Reid Kahn, that they will appeal against the verdict. Beastie Boys member Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Roc) stated: “We’re happy. We just want to thank the jury.”

During the trial Beastie Boys member Michael Diamond (aka Mike D) effectively announced the end of the band, saying that they promised the late MCA they would not make any new music after he passed away. “We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died,” Diamond said. “We can’t make new music.” When asked if the band would have given permission for their work to be used in the Monster promo, Mike D said: “Absolutely no”.

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