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Mike D, Ad-Rock mourn MCA, thank fans — and more from the world of pop music

Each Tuesday on the Style blog, we round up the latest pop music headlines along with all of Style’s pop music coverage from the previous week.

View Photo Gallery: Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons says Adam Yauch, the gravelly voiced Beastie Boys rapper who co-founded the seminal hip-hop group, has died at age 47.

- Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz are thanking Beastie Boys fans mourning the death of their bandmate Adam "MCA" Yauch. Diamond wrote on Facebook that "the last few days have just been a blur of deep emotions for our closest friend, band mate and really brother." Diamond and Horovitz also posted a message on the band's official tumblr. Yauch died on Friday after a years-long battle with cancer.

- In today’s Post: Burt Bacharach in in Washington this week to accept the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. On songwriting, Bacharach says, "I didn't like rock-n-roll. I knew more than three chords."

View Photo Gallery: Songwriting partners Burt Bacharach and Hal David will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from President Obama.

- Also in today's Post, our weekly album reviews: David Malitz
ventures down Silversun Pickups' middle-of-the-road-rock; Sarah Godfrey reviews dancehall reggae phenom Romain Virgo; and Allison Stewart offers her take on the latest mix-tape from DMV rapper Black Cobain.

- And in case you missed it, catch up on last week's profile of chart-topping rock band fun., as well as concert reviews of Kid Ink and the Kennedy Center's Marvin Gaye tribute.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about the bliss of summer songs, the woe of festival fatigue and a guide on how to KonMari your record collection.


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