The in-game soundtrack for the new "Madden NFL 08" video game will feature 27 songs from acts like Queens Of The Stone Age, Daddy Yankee, Swizz Beatz, Sum 41, Mims and Ozzy Osbourne. The game ships fo
The in-game soundtrack for the new "Madden NFL 08" video game will feature 27 songs from acts like Queens Of The Stone Age, Daddy Yankee, Swizz Beatz, Sum 41, Mims and Ozzy Osbourne. The game ships for all platforms on Aug. 14.
Having helped further the musical careers of bands like Good Charlotte, OK Go, Fall Out Boy, Franz Ferdinand and 30 Seconds to Mars over the past five years, EA Trax also will use the new "Madden" game to introduce new bands like Atreva, Datarock, Enter Shikari, and Airbourne to the masses.
"Every year is a new push to introduce not just original bands, but original music," says Steve Schnur, worldwide executive of music and marketing at EA. "We have no fear of putting Daddy Yankee together with Queens Of The Stone Age and the Bravery. We think Ozzy sounds awesome alongside Mims. Now that most hip-hop feels as if it's become mainstream disco, we think it's essential to bring in the next phase of indie lyrical expression like Brother Ali, O-Solo and Red1. Airbourne and Datarock are great new artists signed to our Artwerk label."
Yellowcard, a band that was introduced on the "Madden 04" soundtrack, will debut "Fighting" exclusively for the latest "Madden." This is the largest soundtrack in the game's 18-year history.
Schnur said EA Trax's goal is to give unprecedented exposure to new artists, bring platinum acts to a whole new level and help define the sound of the coming year via the biggest video game sports franchise.
"In a record industry crippled by shortsighted compartmentalization, we are proud to be what radio and MTV used to be: A music fan's favorite place to discover their next favorite artist," Schnur said. "It's an annual responsibility we take very seriously and an ongoing challenge that we love."
All of the songs from this year's "Madden NFL 08" soundtrack will be available for purchase via EA.com as part of its efforts to deliver video game music directly to fans. The "Madden" franchise has sold more than 60 million copies and generated more than $2 billion in revenue since its introduction.