Guitar Hero

  1. 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 ...

  2. Viacom Ordered To Pay $300 Million Over 'Rock Band' Acquisition

    August 13, 2012 5:26 PM EDT Viacom has suffered a $300 million loss in a Delaware court tied to its 2006 acquisition of Harmonix, the studio that created the Rock Band video games. Although Viacom sold Harmonix in 2010 , it is still paying for the decision to buy the game st ...

  3. No Doubt to Argue Lawsuit Against Activision In Front of Jury

    May 29, 2012 4:25 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No Doubt's attorneys can argue to a jury that the band was misled by gaming giant Activision Publishing Inc. about how its likeness would be used in the video game "Band Hero," a judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling b ...

  4. Viacom Owes $383 Million To Harmonix in 'Rock Band' Dispute Arbitrators Say

    December 28, 2011 7:00 AM EST After already paying $150 million to former shareholders of Harmonix, arbitrators have determined that Viacom owes an additional $383 million to the video game company that created Rock Band, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday. The revela ...

  5. 'The Voice's' Adam Levine Sues Activision

    August 05, 2011 10:38 PM EDT "The Voice" coach and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine is suing Activision. Levine has filed a suit against the company's "Guitar Hero" spinoff video game "Band Hero" alleging that the new game exploits his name ...

  6. Ubisoft Announces Rocksmith Game

    March 15, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Just weeks after Activision closed the book on Guitar Hero, rival videogame publisher Ubisoft announced plans to introduce a new band-based music game called Rocksmith. The new game hopes to set itself apart by using a real guitar as its controlle ...

  7. Activision Reportedly Developing 'Dance Hero' Game

    March 09, 2011 11:09 AM EST Activision may have killed the Guitar Hero franchise , but it remains interested in some elements of the music game genre. Gaming blog Kotaku reports that the company is working on a dance-based game called "Dance Hero." Activision appli ...

  8. Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos' First Interview Since MTV Sold Rock Band

    February 28, 2011 12:05 AM EST About two months ago, MTV and parent company Viacom sold off its Harmonix subsidiary-the videogame development unit responsible for the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises that it acquired in 2006 for $175 million. It's been a difficult ti ...

  9. No Doubt to Pursue Lawsuit Against Activision

    February 17, 2011 7:57 AM EST This week is shaping up to be a big one in the ongoing struggle to figure out the difference between commercial and expressive speech, the times when entertainment companies can show public figures in the name of the First Amendment and the times ...

  10. Dance Games Exploding As Guitar-Based Games Dwindle

    February 15, 2011 11:26 AM EST The market for guitar-based music games may be in the gutter, but dance games are faring far better, based on the quarterly results of one of the major publishes of such games. Ubisoft, which publishes such dance games as the "Just Dance" ...

  11. Guitar Zero: Activision Kills Guitar Hero Franchise

    February 09, 2011 6:49 PM EST The game that created the modern music game as we know it is no more: During its quarterly earnings conference call today. Activision revealed that it has cancelled the planned 2011 installment of the "Guitar Hero" franchise and the enti ...

  12. Music-Game Sales Drag Down Videogame Sector, But Dance Games Provide Hope

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST How's this for embarrassing: music-based videogames sold so poorly this year that they singlehandedly dragged down the entire videogame sector. According to data compiled by the NPD Group , music-game sales fell to $70 million this past Decem ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Updated: Viacom To Sell Gaming Unit Harmonix

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Updated: Harmonix released a statement today asserting that Viacom’s sale plans won’t have any affect on its operations. "This morning's announcement does not affect the ongoing work at the studio as we continue to support our existing f ...

  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. Videogame Sales Slump

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The holiday sales cycle just became more important than ever for the videogame industry. Already coping with a rather lackluster year so far, September sales figures--compiled by the NPD Group—didn’t bring any good news. Overall industry revenues ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. '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 ...

  20. Queen Version of 'Guitar Hero' Coming

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Queen guitarist Brian May confirmed to a Swedish news site that there will be a Queen-branded version of "Guitar Hero" coming out next year. Queen has been quite prolific on the videogame front. It’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is featured on bo ...

  21. @E3: The Games, Music Edition

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The big news out of this year’s E3 was of course the new hardware platforms that will drive the next few years of game innovation. But for the more immediate future, it’s all about the games. Here’s a roundup of the music-related games making wave ...

  22. Usher, Jane's Addiction, Eminem Join Activision At E3

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While other game publishers held press conferences featuring big-screen game trailers of their fall titles, Activision put the action all on the stage. In a multi-artist extravaganza usually reserved for awards shows like the Grammys, Activision w ...

  23. @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 ...

  24. VIDEO: First Trailer For 'DJ Hero 2'

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Activision has released the first trailer video for the upcoming "DJ Hero 2" game, featuring a mashup of Lady Gaga’s "Just Dance." WATCH: Antony Bruno News Lady Gaga ...

  25. 'Rock Band 3': Keyboard Confirmed

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The rumored keyboard controller for "Rock Band 3" is real. USA Today got the scoop , confirming the 25-key instrument will focus on the same five colored keys that correspond with on-screen prompts just like other instruments. Those othe ...

  26. A Look At The Next Wave Of Music-Based Videogames

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music game genre is not dead. While Activision may have scaled back it’s "Guitar Hero" strategy (mercifully so, say some), a number of smaller developers are coming out with a new twist on the category that leans heavily on teaching ...

  27. 'Guitar Hero' Comes To iPhone

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Activision has finally brought the "Guitar Hero" franchise to the iPhone. The point of the game is the same as the popular console version, but the mobile title features a new form of gameplay that takes advantage of the device’s touchsc ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. MTV, Rock Band, T-Mobile Call On New Artists

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV and Rock Band developers Harmonix are teaming up with T-Mobile to promote new artists across their respective media platforms through a new contest called "T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month." Under the deal, artists will be able to submit ...

  31. 'Green Day: Rock Band' Release Date Set

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST “Green Day: Rock Band,” MTV’s follow up to “The Beatles: Rock Band,” will be released June 8. It will be available on all game consoles, including the Xbox 360, PlayStation3 and Wii. Like the Beatles game, it will support three-part vocal harmonie ...

  32. Update: Hendrix 'Rock Band' Coming In 2010?

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Update: MTV got back to Billboard.biz with an official statement: “While we have not made any official announcements regarding Jimi Hendrix and Rock Band, we are excited to say that we are in discussions to bring his music to our platform. Stay tu ...

  33. Business Matters: Viacom, Mel Karmazin, Susan Boyle and More

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Viacom is seeking a refund on its 2008 earn-out paymen ...

  34. Viacom CEO: We Need To Pay Less For Music In Videogames

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST During Viacom’s Q4 earnings call , on Thursday, Philippe Dauman, Viacmon’s president and CEO, pointed to lower rates paid to record labels as a part of a broader attempt to boost its struggling video games division. As we go forward, we are contin ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Guitar Hero CEO Steps Down

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Activision Blizzard's Guitar Hero division has left the company to take the chief executive role at a textbook rental startup firm. Rosensweig assumed the role in March of last year. Since then, music game sales have fa ...

  37. @MIDEM: Attendance Down 10%

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST As the MIDEM convention winds down, the organization confirmed that attendance was about 7,200 - slightly ahead of its initial forecast of 7,000 - representing a 10% attendance decline from the previous year. But participants relayed to Billboard. ...

  38. Behind The Scenes At DJ Hero

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST DJ Hero may not have been a big hit seller, but the game did open the doors for hip hop/electronica fans to enjoy music games the same way Guitar Hero allowed rock fans to embrace their rock-god fantasies. Getting those doors open however was not ...

  39. Tap Tap Revenge 3 To Be Free, Feature New Indie Content

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Tapulous, developer of the popular Tap Tap Revenge series of iPhone-based music games, is adding a broad range of independent music as downloadable content and other new features to the most recent installment of the franchise—Tap Tap Revenge 3. F ...

  40. No Doubt Sues Activision Over 'Band Hero'

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST No Doubt has sued video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc over the use of their likeness on its new "Band Hero" product, accusing the company of turning the rockers into a virtual karaoke act. No Doubt and Activision had a contract ...

  41. DJ Hero Puts Jay-Z, Eminem in Spotlight

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Activision expands its blockbuster Guitar Hero franchise this week with the release of DJ Hero, a game that lets users play DJ with a turntable and more than 100 songs. Advertising and design agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky targets music fans and ...

  42. Hot Music Game Titles Power September Sales, Revenue

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music game genre experienced a much-needed lift in September on the backs of new releases “The Beatles: Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero 5.” MTV’s Beatles game, released Sept. 9, won the battle with total unit sales of 595,000, according to the NPD ...

  43. Digital Briefs: Microsoft, Xbox Live, iPhone

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Microsoft will add a special section to its Xbox Live Marketplace dedicated exclusively to the purchase of downloadable music for such music-based games as "Rock Band," "Guitar Hero," and other rhythm-based titles. Gamers wi ...

  44. From CTIA: EMI, Myxer, Shazam, Tapulous

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- EMI Music licensed its catalog to ringtone provider Myxer , becoming the first major label to strike a deal with the company. The deal covers ringtones, full-track songs, ringtones, videos and images available via Myxer's service. -- Shaza ...

  45. Digital Briefs: MySpace, DJ Hero, INgrooves

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- MySpace named Alex Maghen as its new chief technology officer, replacing founding CTO Aber Whitcomb, who has left to pursue other opportunities. Maghen was previously CTO for the MySpace Music joint venture. He will report to MySpace COO Mike J ...

  46. Weezer, Wolfmother, Killers Club Shows On Yahoo

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Webcasts of recent club shows by rock bands Weezer, Wolfmother and the Killers are rolling out on Yahoo through a partnership with the latest edition of the "Guitar Hero" videogame. The three-part "Guitar Hero 5 Fridays on Yahoo! Mu ...

  47. 'The Beatles: Rock Band' Going Fast

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sales of "The Beatles: Rock Band" have blown past expectations, so much so that Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said one of the most expensive iterations of the video game might not be available to Christmas shoppers. The "Limited Editio ...

  48. Digital Briefs: Guitar Hero, Steven Van Zandt

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Activision is considering developing a version of Guitar Hero that doesn't require a gaming console to play, according to comments from CEO Bobby Kotick at an investor conference. Exactly how that would happen is not clear, and Kotick did ...

  49. Nirvana Members Dismayed By 'Guitar Hero 5'

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kurt Cobain's appearance in the latest "Guitar Hero" video game is not hitting the right notes with the surviving members of Nirvana. Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl said in a joint statement that they were "dismayed and very di ...

  50. Business Matters: UMG, Richard Branson, YouTube, Van Halen

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A funny thing happened on the way to the future of the record industry: disagreement. Universal Music Group ’s planned ISP-based music service ...

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