Rock Band series

  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. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Keyboards Coming To Rock Band 3?

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Are keyboard controllers coming to Rock Band 3? MTV and Harmonix released a two-song demo for the forthcoming “Green Day: Rock Band” on the Xbox Live Marketplace which among other things contained a teaser image for Rock Band 3 . That image showed ...

  5. Harmonix Reports Early Success For Rock Band Network

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Rock Band Network initiative is proving to be a hit with early adopters, according to developer Harmonix , a subsidiary of MTV Games . Speaking at Liverpool Sound City - a 4-day music and international business conference held annually in the ...

  6. Led Zep, Floyd, Eagles Make 'Rock Band' Poll

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The "Green Day: Rock Band" videogame is not even out yet, and already the folks behind the franchise are looking for their next artist-focused title. MTV's videogame developer subsidiary Harmonix posted a poll on its developers foru ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. '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 ...

  9. Rock Band 3 Is Coming

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rock Band 3 is coming. MTV Games and its development unit Harmonix hope to buck the trend of falling music game sales with the first non-artist-specific addition to the franchise in two years, expected to be released this holiday season. The compa ...

  10. Rock Band Network Music Store Opens

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Rock Band Network Music Store is open for business. The initiative from MTV games and its "Rock Band" developer subsidiary Harmonix -- unveiled last July -- allows artists to submit their music as downloadable add-on content to the m ...

  11. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: MTV Gaming Exec Paul DeGooyer

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Name: Paul DeGooyer Title: MTV Network’s senior VP of electronic games and music Panel: Digital Now (Thurs. March 4, 11:40 am - 12:25 pm). More info at Billboardevents.com . At this moment, what most worries you about the music business? What most ...

  12. 'Rock Band' Network Now Open

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Any artist can now create downloadable content for the "Rock Band" music game franchise now that Harmonix has opened up the private beta for its Rock Band Network program to everyone. The Rock Band Network, announced last year , lets art ...

  13. 'Rock Band' Network Adds PS3 Support

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST "Rock Band" developers Harmonix took a step closer to making the "Rock Band" Network Store a reality by issuing a patch for the PlayStation3 version of the game designed to support the additional music download store. The " ...

  14. Rock Band Songs Top 1,000 Mark

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Over 1,000 songs are now available for fans of the Rock Band franchise to buy and download to the game, according to MTV Games and Harmonix. More than 390 bands are contributing tracks to the service, which allows Rock Band gamers to browse and bu ...

  15. '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 ...

  16. Will The Beatles Make It To The Rock Gaming Hall Of Fame?

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Few can question the legacy The Beatles left on the music world in the 20th century, but will millennial video gamers (most born long after the band’s split 40 years ago) be abuzz with Beatlemania? Looking at Nielsen’s Video Game Tracking data 3 m ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Report: 'Rock Band' Passes $1 Billion

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Rock Band franchise has passed $1 billion in retail sales, according to the NPD Group. That includes the combination of the game software and the instrument controllers needed to play it. In addition, MTV says Rock Band owners have purchased m ...

  19. Billboard Q&A: 'Rock Band' Frontman/MTV Exec Paul DeGooyer

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Walk into the MTV store adjacent to the network's Times Square headquarters, and you'll get an immediate sense of what's most important to the venerable music brand these days: "Rock Band 2." There's the game system i ...

  20. New Tunes For 'Rock Band' Series

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Harmonix, the MTV Networks subsidiary behind the "Rock Band" videogame franchise, is releasing an expansion pack of new songs for the original game and the recently launched "Rock Band 2" in time for the holiday sales cycle. Th ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. The Beatles Onboard With Rock Band

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It looks like the Beatles are coming to "Rock Band." The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd. and MTV have scheduled a press teleconference tomorrow at 10:00 am ET to announce "an exclusive agreement to develop a global music project.&quo ...

  23. 'Rock Band 2' Slated For The Fall

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The creators of "Rock Band" will release the game's sequel - "Rock Band 2" - this September, adding to a host of music-related videogames coming out in time for the holidays. Publisher MTV and developer Harmonix did not re ...

  24. 'Rock Band' For The Wii Set For Summer Launch

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV and game unit Harmonix are bringing their popular "Rock Band" game to the Wii, starting June 22. Like its launch on other consoles, the game will be bundled with all instrument controllers-guitar, drums and microphones. However its l ...

  25. Harmonix, MTV Team For 'Rock' Songs

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Harmonix and MTV unveiled the first set of downloadable songs available for the upcoming "Rock Band" videogame. The game goes on sale Nov. 20 with a full playlist included. But from day one, users will immediately be able to download ext ...

  26. Little Steven To Lead 'Rock Band' Board

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Developers of the upcoming Rock Band videogame have established a music advisory board to help the select the artists, albums and tracks to include in the game's soundtrack. "Little Steven" Van Zandt has been named the head of the a ...