Rock Band

  1. Pearl Jam Links With 'Rock Band' For Free Tracks

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Included in Pearl Jam's "Ten" album re-release on March 24 will be a redemption code in the CD booklet that will allow fans to download three tracks for the "Rock Band" videogame. The offer is limited to copies of CDs purc ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. CES: 'Digital Music Live' Highlights

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST While Billboard's editorial staff was busy producing the Digital Music Live conference at the CES show in Las Vegas, other press outlets covered the event in depth. Highlights include: - A conversation with Akon and UMG eLabs executive VP Rio ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Virtual World Gets Real Merch

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Playing out your rock star fantasies just got a little easier. That's because the fake bands that people create in MTV's RockBand can now have real merchandise. Characters created in the game can now be posed against a variety of backgro ...

  11. Music-Based Games: iPhone Gets NIN, Rock Band AC/DC

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Artists are growing increasingly interested in creating customized versions of various music-based videogames to feature not only their music, but also their likeness and other imagery. The latest is Nine Inch Nails, which is planning to release a ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 'Guitar Hero' Lines Up Hendrix Edition, Subscription Service?

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With the much-anticipated "Rock Band 2" now on store shelves, rival franchise Guitar Hero is sneaking into the news on several fronts. Most recently, Slash let it slip to Rolling Stone that Guitar Hero is working on a Jimi Hendrix specia ...

  14. Warner Music: Music Video Games Must Pay More

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group, the world's third-largest music company, said on Thursday that video game makers will need to pay more to license songs for music-based video games like "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band." Warner Music Chief ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. New Guns N' Roses Song Heads To 'Rock Band'

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After a letting in a few peeks under the covers here and there in recent weeks, MTV and Harmonix have completely unveiled their plans for "Rock Band 2." "Rock Band 2" will be an Xbox 360 exclusive at launch this September, with ...

  17. '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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Plugged & Unplugged: 'Guitar Hero,' 'Rock Revolution,' Lala

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: I like videogames, and I also like music, which makes it a good week for me with all of the music-game developments that have occurred. My favorite included the introduction of "Guitar Hero World Tour" and Konami's "Ro ...

  21. 'Rock Revolution' Videogame Set For October

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rhythm game pioneer Konami -- the company behind the "Dance, Dance Revolution" franchise -- is going the "Rock Band" route with a new title called "Rock Revolution." Like the existing "Rock Band" game from M ...

  22. Disturbed Giveaway Set For 'Rock Band'

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hard rock act Disturbed is giving away two free tracks for the "Rock Band" videogame as part of a promotional deal with Best Buy. Any fan preordering the new album "Indestructible," which streets June 3, from BestBuy.com will b ...

  23. Rock Band 'Track Pack' Coming This Summer

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Even though they can't support new music downloads like other new-generation game consoles, Wii and PlayStation2 owners can still get updated songs for their versions of the game via a new "track pack" being issued July 15. The &quo ...

  24. MTV Adds Album Downloads For 'Rock Band' Gamers

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV Games will begin offering fans of the "Rock Band" music videogame full album downloads, which they can add to the game and play along. The first album will be Judas Priest's "Screaming for Vengeance" beginning April 22 ...

  25. Motley Crue To Release Single On 'Rock Band'

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In announcing its Crue Fest summer tour, 80s rockers Motley Crue unveiled a partnership with the videogame "Rock Band" that includes releasing new music for the game as well as giving fans a shot at real on-stage glory. Motley Crue is re ...

  26. Digital Briefs: Hdtracks, Billy Bragg, Bebo

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Another outlet for high-bitrate digital music is launching -- Hdtracks, created by the founders of Chesky Records. The soft-launch version is offering 320 kbps files, contains no DRM, and offers PDF files of the complete liner notes and original ...

  27. '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 ...

  28. Gibson Sues Over 'Guitar Hero' And 'Rock Band'

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gibson Guitar said on Friday that it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Viacom Inc's MTV networks, Harmonix and Electronic Arts relating to the wildly popular "Rock Band" video game and Harmonix's previously developed ...

  29. MTV: 'Rock Band' Song Purchases Double

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV has revealed that more than 6 million songs have been purchased as new playable "levels" for the popular "Rock Band" video game—doubling the number of purchases as of just two months ago. In late January, MTV announced it h ...

  30. 'Guitar Hero' At Center Of Legal Clashes

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Take a wildly popular videogame like Guitar Hero and it's only a matter of time before the lawsuits start to fly. In Guitar Hero's case, there are—or were—two. Gibson Guitar claims that Activision's Guitar Hero franchise violates a ...

  31. New Guitar Hero Gives Sweet Emotion To Aerosmith Fans

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Activision Inc on Friday unveiled a new "Guitar Hero" video game focusing on the rock band Aerosmith, taking the billion-dollar franchise in a new direction. Called "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith," the new game will arrive in stores t ...

  32. 'Hero,' 'Rock Star' Shift 7 Million Songs Online

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fans of the music-based games "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" and "Rock Band" have purchased and downloaded more than 7 million additional songs - beyond the ones included on the games -- since they were released late last y ...

  33. 'Rock Band' Beats 'Guitar Hero'

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST While the sales numbers are not yet in, "Rock Band" championed over "Guitar Hero III" during Spike TV's 5th annual "Video Game Awards" show, broadcast over the weekend. Harmonix, the MTV-owned music game pioneer ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. The Who Join 'Rock Band'

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT More news on the upcoming Rock Band music simulation videogame. The game will feature the entire "Who's Next" album from The Who available only as a digital download direct to the game console. While the game will ship with a number ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Fender Backs 'Rock Band' Videogame

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fender Musical Instruments has been named the exclusive provider of musical equipment for use in the upcoming music videogame Rock Band. The game's developers -- Harmonix and MTV -- have asked Fender to create a special game controller modele ...

  38. Guitar Hero Team Adds Partners For Rock Band

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The developers behind hit interactive game "Guitar Hero" are launching a new franchise called "Rock Band" that targets virtual singers, bass players and drummers, as well as axemen. The game was created by Harmonix, a unit of V ...

  39. System Of A Down Has An Upbeat Chart Debut

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'Mesmerize' gives rock band its best sales week. 'Mesmerize' gives rock band its best sales week. News ...

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