Music video games

  1. 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 ...

  2. '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 ...

  3. Video Game Spending Rises in Q1 With New Revenue Streams

    July 12, 2011 6:45 AM EDT NEW YORK - First-quarter U.S. spending on new physical video and PC game software amounted to $2.03 billion, but digital downloads, used and rented games, mobile games, social network games and game subscriptions added $1.85 billion to that figure ...

  4. Video: Black Eyed Peas Team up With Ubisoft for New Dance Video Game

    June 27, 2011 5:24 PM EDT Although MTV Games and Activision have pulled the plug on music rhythm video game franchises "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero," Ubisoft continues to embrace the music genre from multiple angles. The French game publisher held a pre ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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" ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. New Michael Jackson Video Game Revives Moonwalking

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Video game maker Ubisoft is betting that dancing games will be all the rage this holiday season -- thanks in big part to the King of Pop. The company will bring "Michael Jackson The Experience" to stores Nov. 23 on Nintendo's Wii fo ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Robbie Williams To Star In Video Game

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop superstar Robbie Williams is to feature in his own karaoke video game, "We Sing Robbie Williams." It will feature 25 tracks accompanied by all the original videos. The game is to be released by publisher Nordic Games, which stru ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. @E3: Russell Simmons on Def Jam Rapstar

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop entrepreneur and mogul Russell Simmons stopped by the E3 videogame conference in Los Angeles this week to hype the forthcoming rap karaoke game from Konami “Def Jam Rapstar.” He was a featured speaker at Konami’s press conference, where se ...

  19. @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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Jackson Fans Will Moonwalk In Motion-Sensing Game

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gamers will have the opportunity to moonwalk alongside the King of Pop. Video game developer Ubisoft announced it would release a new dancing-and-singing game featuring Michael Jackson this holiday season. The as-yet-unnamed game will be among the ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. '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 ...

  24. Dizzee Rascal Leads Euro Exclusives For Def Jam Rapstar

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British rap stars Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah are both set to feature in the U.K. edition of interactive hip-hop game Def Jam Rapstar - one of several European exclusive versions of the forthcoming game, which will each contain territory specif ...

  25. Konami Picks Up Def Jam Rapstar

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Def Jam Rapstar, an interactive hiphop music game currently in development, just scored a big win by adding music-game powerhouse Konami as its exclusive distribution partner. Konami is known for its music-game titles, such as the Dance Dance Revo ...

  26. '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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. @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. ...

  29. Using Free, Piracy for Music Profits

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tapulous head of business development Tim O’Brien made headlines after disclosing during a panel discussion at MIDEM that 1 million of the 2.5 million downloads the iPhone game Tap Tap Revenge 3 saw in its first two months of availability were the ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. MTV To Launch New Track Upload Program For 'Rock Band'

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Most recording artists would love to have their music available on MTV Networks' "Rock Band" videogame. But MTV's Harmonix unit, the developer of "Rock Band," simply hasn't had the time or staff to program the va ...

  33. Billboard Q&A: Tapulous Co-Founder Bart Decrem

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple's iPhone and App Store have spawned a veritable industry of mobile application developers. And while many startup companies are panning for gold, Tapulous, the developer behind Tap Tap Revenge, has a record of consistent success. Tap Ta ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. MTV Games, Warner: No 'Rock Band' Boycott Of WMG Artists

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST MTV Games is not boycotting Warner Music Group artists from the “Rock Band” franchise, despite what an article in the current Wired magazine claims, according to sources from both camps. Rather, the impasse is best described as a stalemate. WMG CE ...

  37. Digital Briefs: Sony, YouTube, 'Rock Band' Suit, Shazam

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Sony Music Entertainment has finalized a new licensing deal with YouTube, although no formal announcement has been made. The All Things D blog initially reported the deal, which Billboard has since confirmed. Details include an upfront payment t ...

  38. Digital Briefs: 'Guitar Hero', T-Pain, P2P

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST - "Guitar Hero" fans who want to upgrade their equipment to the new controllers released with "Guitar Hero World Tour" can now do so on an instrument-by-instrument basis. Rather than having to buy the entire package, fans can b ...

  39. Activision CEO: 'DJ Hero Game Coming By Year-End'

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Activision CEO Bobby Kotick on Friday confirmed the much-rumored "DJ Hero" game during a CNBC interview during the Davos conference in Switzerland. It is slated for release before the end of the year, and will include turntable-based con ...

  40. Videogame Placements Set The Stage For Bang Camaro

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Boston, 2006: Bang Camaro, a band made up of people in other bands, plays its first hometown gig. Would the group's arena rock-filed in iTunes under "hair metal"-go over well in a basement party full of hipsters? "We were terri ...

  41. Boom In Music Video Games Helps Original Artists

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST "This song is dedicated to Debbie Harry," flinty-eyed Lisa Hsuan purrs into a microphone on the red-lit stage of Hyperion Tavern. It's a cozy dive where patrons drink Coke and beer from bottles and a fading chandelier dangles overhe ...

  42. Gibson Launches Dark Fire Guitar

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Gibson Guitar's new Dark Fire guitar is being produced in limited quantities of 2,000. It goes to retail today (Dec. 15). The guitar features second generation Robot technology, expanding on the Robot guitar Gibson introduced in 2007, which, ...

  43. The Beatles Take Video Game Plunge

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music from the Beatles is coming to videogames, but not to "Rock Band." MTV Networks and Harmonix, the game developer behind the popular "Rock Band" franchise, together with the Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd., are developing an ...

  44. Microsoft: Gamers Buying 3.8M Songs Per Month

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a statement designed to highlight its self-appointed status as the "preferred stage" for music-based games "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band," Microsoft released data showing gamers, on average, buy 3.8 million songs a ...

  45. Guitar Hero Adds In-Game Ads

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Guitar Hero franchise will start featuring in-game advertising thanks to a deal between advertising network IGA Worldwide and Activision Blizzard. The in-game ads will appear in the PlayStation3 version of the next installment in the series-&q ...

  46. Activision CEO Suggests Labels Should Pay For Placement

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Activision/Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick continues to dig in his heels against music industry demands that the company pay more in licensing fees for the hit videogame franchise Guitar Hero. In fact, he recently told the Wall Street Journal that the ...

  47. Guitar Hero Going Mobile

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hands-On Mobile is following up its bestselling "Guitar Hero: Mobile" and "Guitar Hero: Backstage Pass" mobile games with a mobile version of the upcoming "Guitar Hero World Tour." While the console version of the new ...

  48. Plugged & Unplugged: The Future Of 'Guitar Hero,' 'Rock Band'

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: With yet another E3 conference now behind us, it's only fitting to dedicate a few lines to the state of music and videogames. It hardly seems possible that only two years ago, the E3 news that MTV bought "Guitar Hero" devel ...

  49. Beatles Videogame Coming?

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As the music world continues to wait for the Beatles to bring their iconic catalog to iTunes for digital sale, talks reportedly are underway that may see the Fab Four's music included in videogames first. According to an account in the Financ ...

  50. Metallica-Themed 'Guitar Hero' On The Way

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith" just weeks away from release, the much-rumored Metallica version of the game appears imminent. An analyst at Wedbush Morgan Securities found reference to the upcoming, but as of yet unannounced game in a rec ...

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