Games

  1. Chart Moves: 'Halo 4' Sets Record as Highest-Charting Video Game Soundtrack Ever

    November 01, 2012 12:11 PM EDT The Billboard 200: On the Billboard 200 chart this week, all the news seemed to revolve around Taylor Swift and her striking debut at No. 1 with "Red." The set sold 1.208 million copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, m ...

  2. No Doubt, Activision Settle 'Band Hero' Video Game Lawsuit

    October 03, 2012 5:25 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No Doubt has settled its lawsuit against gaming giant Activision over the use of band members' likenesses in the video game "Band Hero," court records state. The settlement was reached Monday, a few weeks before ...

  3. Ocarina 2, Electric Boogaloo: Now It Teaches You To Play

    June 19, 2012 5:01 PM EDT First, apologies to the 90 percent of our readers who don't get the headline. You were either too old, young, remote, or oblivious to have been infatuated with the Breakin ' movies in the 80s. But it's true, Smule's Ocarina, on ...

  4. Backbeat: The Syndicate Execs Talk Taco Bell Feed The Beat, Conflict of Interest Parties, Andrew W.K.

    December 07, 2011 12:10 PM EST Pictured at the Syndicate's office (which now has a much better heating and cooling system) are (from left) director of publicity Jerry Graham, senior director of marketing and sponsorships Graham Rothenberg, Teitelman (both seated) and GM Re ...

  5. Video: Journey's Neal Schon Talks About His Band's Longevity, Touring Successes, Future

    November 17, 2011 7:00 AM EST Journey's worldwide touring success over the past 38 years earned them the Billboard Touring Conference's Legend of the Live Award, and co-founding guitarist Neal Schon was on hand to accept the award alongside longtime bassist Ross Valo ...

  6. Julia Betley: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Julia Betley Creative Services Manager, Bug Music In three years at Bug Music, Julia Betley, 27, has already blazed new trails. Praised by her peers as "relentless," "determined" and "the mayor of emerging execs," the ...

  7. Ice-T Reunites Body Count for 'Gears of War 3' Videogame

    June 07, 2011 2:39 PM EDT The E3 videogame conference is not necessarily the first place you'd typically look to for breaking about hip-hop or heavy metal. Yet actor/rapper Ice-T, an avid gamer, used the event to announce the reformation of his heavy-metal project Bod ...

  8. Florence + the Machine Lend Reimagined Track to Dragon Age II Video Game

    February 28, 2011 11:43 AM EST Florence & the Machine is contributing an exclusive song to the upcoming videogame Dragon Age II. The track is a re-imagined version of "I'm Not Calling You a Liar" produced by composer Inon Zur and retitled "I'm Not C ...

  9. Uncharted Territory: Traphik, Tyler Ward, Teen Hearts and More

    February 18, 2011 4:00 PM EST Five weeks in, Southern California rapper Traphik is still not budging from the top spot of Uncharted , Billboard's weekly ranking of emerging artists who have yet to appear on a major Billboard chart but are mapping new territory in online f ...

  10. Musicians & Video Games: A Perfect Marriage

    February 01, 2011 7:52 AM EST The biggest music party of 2010 wasn't at Coachella and didn't have anything to do with the Grammy Awards. It was barely advertised and not open to the public. Still, it packed L.A.'s Staples Center last June with a headlining set b ...

  11. Billboard Launches Uncharted, The First-Ever Ranking Of Undiscovered Artists

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST In an unprecedented move to recognize new and developing artists who do not have the volume of sales or airplay that have traditionally defined success, the all-new Billboard Uncharted ranking brings undiscovered talent to the revered Billboard ch ...

  12. Billboard Launches Uncharted, The First-Ever Ranking Of Undiscovered Artists

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST In an unprecedented move to recognize new and developing artists who do not have the volume of sales or airplay that have traditionally defined success, the all-new Billboard Uncharted ranking brings undiscovered talent to the revered Billboard ch ...

  13. Billboard Launches Uncharted, The First-Ever Ranking Of Undiscovered Artists

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST In an unprecedented move to recognize new and developing artists who do not have the volume of sales or airplay that have traditionally defined success, the all-new Billboard Uncharted ranking brings undiscovered talent to the revered Billboard ch ...

  14. Axl Rose Sues Activision Over 'Guitar Hero'

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose is suing Activision Blizzard for $20 million over the use of the band’s classic “Welcome to the Jungle,” in the 2007 videogame Guitar Hero III. According to the lawsuit ( see the full filing here ), Rose wanted assura ...

  15. Activision Blizzard Revenue Up 10% In 2010

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Activision Blizzard posted a strong third quarter and its CEO said it is on track to have its most profitable year. The video game company took in $745 million in the quarter, up 6% from the same period last year. Through the first nine months of ...

  16. Lil' Wayne To Bundle New Album With 'DefJam Rapstar'

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Everyone knows CD sales are down. The solution? Bundle it with a videogame. That seems to be the trend these days, the latest one coming from Lil' Wayne, who has partnered with the makers of "DefJam Rapstar" and Best Buy to give awa ...

  17. WATCH: Smule Co-founder Talks Apps, Acquisitions, The Majors and more

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Smule co-founder, CTO, and COO, Ge Wang, sat with Billboard at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live The Music App Summit to discuss a wide range of topics, including his experience creating "I Am T-Pain," his thoughts on the possibili ...

  18. BamaJam Founder Ronnie Gilley, Others Indicted in Alabama Bingo Probe

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The owner of Alabama's largest casino, four state senators and several lobbyists face federal charges of conspiring to buy and sell votes for millions of dollars to get electronic bingo legalized, according to an indictment released Monday. O ...

  19. Soundgarden-'Guitar Hero' Bundle Earns Platinum Status

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Soundgarden’s decision to bundle its “Telephantasm” greatest hits album with 1 million copies of the new “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” videogame has garnered it platinum record status by the RIAA, thanks to new rules created as a result of the p ...

  20. Veteran Agent Dave Kirby Dies

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dave Kirby, veteran agent and chairman/founder of the Kirby Organization (TKO), passed away at his home in Manhattan Beach, Calif., Sept. 18 after a two year battle with prostate cancer. He was 56. To insure the company would move forward in Kirby ...

  21. 'Guitar Hero' Gets Rush Treatment

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The upcoming “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” will incorporate Rush’s classic “2112” in full as part of the story mode for the game when released this fall. While past music-based games were pretty straightforward, the new installment of the Guitar ...

  22. @E3: Activision Not Backing Down from Music

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music game genre may have struggled last year, but Activision is not showing any signs of walking back from a music-based strategy. In the hours before its big E3 party in L.A. tonight, the company announced a full lineup of games that will fe ...

  23. Activision Unveils 'Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock'

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Activision unveiled its next entry for the Guitar Hero franchise, called “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock,” due out this fall. The company has seriously scaled back its music game strategy, now offering only this one installment after two years of f ...

  24. Report: New 'Guitar Hero' Details Leak

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Details on the next "Guitar Hero" game are leaking. Joystiq reports that Gene Simmons will act as a sort of emcee for the game, with other appearances by Queen, Black Sabbath and Metallica's Lars Ulrich included as recruitable chara ...

  25. Activision Results Top Street, Music Games Hit

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Activision Blizzard Inc has posted better-than-expected results fueled by its hit holiday release "Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," and shares rallied 5.4% as the company said it would start paying an annual dividend. The world's la ...

  26. Social Issues Lead Super Bowl Buzz

    February 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST The pre-game buzz surrounding ads touching on contemporary social issues is outpacing the hype for traditional brands. That's according to data collected by Nielsen -- and the research company reports that spots both airing in and rejected fr ...

  27. CIMA Names City Sonic As Film Production Member

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The newly named Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) -- formerly known as the Canadian Independent Record Production Association -- has announced City Sonic as its first film production company to become a member. “We are extremely happy ...

  28. Hardcore Band Wins Polaris Music Prize

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Of the all the acts on the shortlist for Canada's Polaris Music Prize, Toronto hardcore band Fucked Up seemed the least likely to take the $20,000 award. But that's exactly what happened as a jury of 10 Canadian music journalists, blogge ...

  29. Composer Hans Zimmer Game For 'Call of Duty'

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer is writing music for his first videogame project, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," one of the year's most anticipated releases. The sequel to the first-person action best-seller "Call of Duty ...

  30. Next Move For Marshall Chess

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Marshall Chess has joined with industry figures Eddie Piller and Fredrik Ekander to form Tri-Sound, a new label specializing in contemporary soul. The label's first release will be the Third Degree's northern soul reworking of Duffy' ...

  31. Concert Promoter Seth Hurwitz Sues Live Nation

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Independent concert promoter Seth Hurwitz and the Maryland-based companies he co-owns, It's My Party (I.M.P.) and It's My Amphitheatre (IMA), have taken legal action against Live Nation. In an 11-count lawsuit filed shortly after Live Na ...

  32. NARM: Retail, Interactive Execs Weigh Challenges To Biz

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While the National Assn. Of Recording Merchandisers convened in San Diego June 7-10 to try to solve the dilemma of a marketplace where music has never been more popular (yet its revenues keep falling), Guitar Hero president and CEO Dan Rosensweig ...

  33. Video From E3: Most Anticipated Games Unveiled

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More than 200 exhibitors crammed into the E3 expo in Los Angeles on day two to show off their videogame wares. Billboard correspondent Alan Frutkin features some of the most anticipated titles including "Assassin's Creed II," " ...

  34. Dozens Of U.K. Acts Set For SXSW

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More than 200 members of U.K. songwriters' collecting society PRS for Music will be performing at SXSW this year, with some British acts benefiting directly from the support of the society. Overall, the U.K. is the second biggest represented ...

  35. Report: 'Guitar Hero: Van Halen' In The Works

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST While it remains focused on building the highly anticipated "Guitar Hero: Metallica" game, franchise publisher Activision reportedly already has its sights set on its next artist-specific title with classic rockers Van Halen. According t ...

  36. Summer Sonic Fest Expands

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based Creative Man Productions is expanding its music festival Summer Sonic from two days to three this year. Summer Sonic has been held simultaneously in Tokyo and Osaka on the first weekend in August for the past nine years. It will retain ...

  37. Metallica, Pearl Jam Get Their Games On

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Metallica has finally confirmed "the worst-kept secret in rock'n'roll" and unveiled details of the upcoming "Guitar Hero" game devoted to the band. According to Metallica's Web site, the game "allows you to ...

  38. Operator Please Wins Export Award

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Teenage alternative pop outfit Operator Please won the "special Premier's award" at the Premier of Queensland's Export Awards in Brisbane tonight (Oct. 16), held annually to recognize achievements in trade export for businesses ...

  39. Prince Lines Up First Book, New CD

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Prince will release his first book, "21 Nights," in October. The lush coffee table book of photographs depicts Prince during his 21 night-stand at London's O2 Arena in 2007. Included with the book is a new CD of his music. The photo ...

  40. Capcom Uses Music To Market 'Street Fighter IV'

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Capcom, the Japanese maker of the upcoming video game "Street Fighter IV," is one of the sponsors of a party being held tonight (Aug. 1) in Los Agneles. Public Enemy, Ghostface Killah and Kidz In The Hall have been tapped to perform at t ...

  41. Best Buy To Open In-store Music Centers

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hoping to cater to everyone from the garage guitarist to a recording musician, Best Buy Co. Inc. is announcing a massive new initiative that sets aside store space for an array of musical instruments and gear in dozens of sites nationwide. The nat ...

  42. Digital Briefs: Metallica On ‘Guitar Hero,’ UMG Taps Bell

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Every song from Metallica’s upcoming album, “Death Magnetic,” will be available for gamers to download and play on “Guitar Hero III” and its sequel “Guitar Hero World Tour” on the same day that it is released to retail, the band said on its Web ...

  43. R&B Singer Mario Tours Boys & Girls Clubs

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Having grown up with a mother who was addicted to heroin, 21-year-old R&B singer Mario knows what it’s like to have a troubled childhood. As such, in conjunction with his current tour, which launched June 12 at Six Flags in St. Louis, Mario wi ...

  44. Early 'Grand Theft' Predictions: $400 Million

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The April 29 release of the much-anticipated "Grand Theft Auto IV" could beat out "Halo 3" as the best-selling videogame of all time. Early predictions peg first week sales at around $400 million , to Halo 3's $300 million ...

  45. 'Guitar Hero III' Tallies Huge November Results

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" roared out of the gate this month, claiming the title of best-selling game with 1.4 million copies sold across all platforms. According to data from the NPD Group, which tracks sales by console, "H ...

  46. Velvet Revolver, Foo Fighters Lend Songs To 'Guitar Hero III'

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Songs from Velvet Revolver and The Foo Fighters will be the first new tracks available to download as playable songs for the "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" videogame. The songs will be available in a bundle of three, called "tra ...

  47. Film & TV Conference: Composers, Artists Hit Jackpot With Videogames

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With videogame scores getting big budgets, live orchestras and real choirs, composers have found fertile ground to create. And so have recording artists. Incubus, Steve Vai, Ozomatli and John Mayer were some of the artist mentioned at the Hollywoo ...

  48. Vid Game Composers Going For High Scores

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The video game is the new radio. Or is it the new CD? Or the new score soundtrack? Maybe it's all of the above. Like radio, video games now serve as a way for artists to be discovered, and many acts are breaking thanks to song placements. Sal ...

  49. Miami's Bang! Music Festival Postponed

    October 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The 2007 Bang! Music Festival, originally scheduled for Nov. 10-11 at Miami's Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, has been "postponed," according to the festival's Web site. Representatives for the festival were not available for comme ...

  50. Videogame Halo 3 Nets $170 Million First Day Sales

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT According to Microsoft representatives, the Halo 3 videogame netted $170 million in U.S. sales in its very first day. That's more that either "Spider Man 3" or "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" raked in on their respe ...

Pages