Video games

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Video From E3: 'DJ Hero,' 'The Beatles: Rock Band'

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Billboard takes an in-depth look at the growing partnership between the video game and music industries at this year's E3 gaming expo. "Brutal Legend,” “DJ Hero” and “The Beatles: Rock Band” are among the games featured as well as interv ...

  6. 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," " ...

  7. Activision Readies Music Releases

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Activision Blizzard is releasing three new music-based games this year: DJ Hero, Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero, and also confirmed the existence of Guitar Hero: Van Halen. Few details were provided for any of the games. DJ Hero, which was previously ...

  8. 'The Beatles: Rock Band' European Pricing Set

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The developers behind the pending "The Beatles: Rock Band" game leaked a few more drops of information about the title Thursday (April 16), specifically pertaining to the limited edition premium bundle. In addition to the core game, the ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Digital Briefs: Activision, John Mellencamp, 'DJ Hero'

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Former Yahoo COO Dan Rosensweig has been named the new president and CEO of Activision Blizzard's Red Octane division, which is responsible for the "Guitar Hero" franchise. - John Mellencamp, in a Huffington Post article argues th ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Digital Briefs: RealNetworks, Gibson, Tap Tap Revenge 2

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST - According to a 10K financial filing, RealNetworks spent $11.2 million to promote the Rhapsody service last year. - Gibson Guitars lost its lawsuit against Activision that claimed the "Guitar Hero" game infringed on its patents after a ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Rock Royalty Comes To 'SingStar'

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Computer Entertainment, EMI Music, EMI Music Publishing and Queen's management have joined forces to create "SingStar Queen," the latest artist-specific game in Sony's karaoke series "SingStar." The game will be ...

  16. Game Music Titles Spark Record Sales Year

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Four major video game franchise titles with music tie-ins sparked a record year for US video and computer game software, representing more than 5% of the total 297.6 million units sold in 2008, according to the NPD Group that tracks sales at retai ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. The Cool Kids Set To Headline Video Game Tour

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Indie hip-hop duo the Cool Kids will headline the fourth annual Bounce Tour, a promotional tour for video game maker 2K Sports' basketball franchise "NBA 2K9." Dates and other participants have yet to be announced but previous tours ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. '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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Bedingfield Named Spokeswoman for New EA Game

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Natasha Bedingfield, the English singer and songwriter, will be the new face of game publisher Electronic Arts' upcoming video game, Boogie SuperStar. Boogie SuperStar, made for Nintendo's Wii, is a karaoke game that also captures player ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Panic At The Disco, Dashboard To 'Rock' On Tour

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Panic At The Disco and Dashboard Confessional will anchor the first "Rock Band"-branded tour this fall, which will offer local fans the chance to play the video game on stage in each market. Plain White T's and the Cab are also on t ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. '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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. '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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. '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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. '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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. '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 ...

  45. Verizon Lines Up Guitar Hero Exclusive

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Verizon Wireless hopes to capitalize on the popularity of the Guitar Hero III videogame by buying the exclusive rights to the mobile version of the game through a deal with developer Hands On Mobile and publisher Activision. The mobile version of ...

  46. '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 ...

  47. The Romantics Sue Activision Over 'Guitar Hero'

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Members of rock band the Romantics have sued Activision Publishing over its "Guitar Hero Encore, Rocks the 80's" videogame, which uses the band's "What I Like About You" recorded by musicians that the band claims soun ...

  48. '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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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