Video-game manufacturer Electronic Arts has extended its music-licensing partnership with Def Jam, reteaming for "Def Jam Vendetta II," which will be released in autumn for the PlayStation 2, Game Cub

Video-game manufacturer Electronic Arts has extended its music-licensing partnership with Def Jam, reteaming for "Def Jam Vendetta II," which will be released in autumn for the PlayStation 2, Game Cube and Xbox platforms.

The first "Def Jam Vendetta" videogame, released only for PS2 and GC, sold more than 1 million units worldwide, according to the manufacturer. The game featured a wealth of music tracks from hip-hop artists.

"Def Jam Vendetta II" will have tracks from more than 35 artists. They include Busta Rhymes, Carmen Electra, Lil' Kim, Snoop Dogg, Method Man, Redman and Ludacris.

"This partnership with EA gave us the opportunity to create multi-tiered campaigns for our artists, introducing them to a new audience," says Def Jam president Kevin Liles.

In March, EA released two titles with noteworthy music content. "MVP Baseball 2004," for all console platforms and PC, features 13 tracks from such up-and-coming rock acts as Stellastarr* and the Von Bondies. "Battlefield: Vietnam," a PC game, features 16 songs from the Vietnam era by acts including Jefferson Airplane, the Kinks and Deep Purple.

In other video-game music news, the PS2 version of the Sony game "MLB 2005" includes 28 songs licensed from such acts as Jane's Addiction, Nickelback, Black Eyed Peas and Bootsy Collins.

Konami in June will release "Karaoke Revolution Vol. 2," designed to turn a PS 2 console into a Karaoke machine, via 35 licensed songs, Konami's "DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) Extreme" will ship in fall for PS2, showcasing more than 100 minutes of licensed and original dance music.

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