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Arizona Trio Blackmarket Named Rock Band Networks Debut T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month

April 21, 2010

Arizona Trio Blackmarket Named Rock Band Network’s Debut “T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month”

Revolutionary Rock Band Network Initiative Provides New Avenue For Promotion and Revenue Opportunities for Artists

Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games along with T-Mobile USA, Inc., the official mobile partner of the Rock Band Network, today announced that Arizona trio Blackmarket have been selected as the Rock Band Network’s April “T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month”.

"Blackmarket's unique mix of indie rock swagger and driving riffs made them the standout choice to be our first T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month," said Paul DeGooyer, Senior Vice President of Electronic Games and Music, MTV Games. "Our partnership with T-Mobile enables us to highlight some of the truly great music in Rock Band Network every month for our millions of fans. Stay tuned . . . and in the meantime, check out Blackmarket's 'Tongue Twister Typo' (http://t-mobile.rockband.com/artist-of-the-month)!"

As the April “T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month,” Blackmarket will be featured for one month in promotions throughout the Rock Band Network music store and on the official game website including the new RBN content hub at http://t-mobile.rockband.com, which is fast becoming a rich source of information about Rock Band Network including Inside RBN, a source for consumers to discover new music, and Creators Club, a source for artist/authors/labels to find out more about the RBN authoring process.

Blackmarket have come a long way since their fiery debut in the hedonistic party town of Lake Havasu, Arizona. The band released their critically acclaimed debut album “The Elephant In The Room” in 2008. Performing live, the band has supported UK buzz band The Subways, stormed stages everywhere from Germany to Georgia, and stolen the show at the legendary Fuji Rock Festival in Japan.

For more information about Blackmarket and the T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month Program, head to http://t-mobile.rockband.com.

T-Mobile, MTV and Harmonix are also looking for new artists who could be the June Artist-of-the-Month! Bands should go to http://t-mobile.rockband.com before April 11, 2010 to upload their song (MP3 format), band photo and bio for consideration. The MTV Games music team will listen to tracks and one band will have their song professionally authored into Rock Band gameplay, sold in the Rock Band Network Store, and be featured as one of Rock Band Network’s “T-Mobile Artists-of-the-Month.”

About the Rock Band Network

The Rock Band Network, launched March 4, 2010, gives Rock Band fans and music lovers a new avenue to discover music and provides musicians and labels the opportunity to produce and promote tracks for the Rock Band platform. This ground-breaking initiative gives musicians, publishers and record labels the ability to author their original recordings into gameplay files to promote and sell their music as playable Rock Band tracks through the RBN Store.

Artists who submit songs for the Rock Band Network Music Store are able to choose from multiple pricing tiers for individual tracks and receive a royalty of 30 percent of the retail selling price (excluding tax) for every track purchased through the RBN Store. There are currently more than 100 songs available for purchase in the RBN Store from artists including The Shins, The Hold Steady, The Main Drag, Bang Camaro, of Montreal, Jonathan Coulton, Skeleton Witch, 3 Inches of Blood, Lacuna Coil, Stroke 9, and Steve Vai. There are more than 300 artists in the RBN pipeline, with additional tracks already on the way from Flight of the Conchords, The Smashing Pumpkins, Twin Atlantic, All That Remains, Clutch, Prong, The Gaslight Anthem and many more coming soon.

With more than 1,100 tracks available to date in the original Rock Band platform, the Rock Band Network Music Store will immediately boost the number of available songs, further securing MTV Games and Harmonix’s position as the leading provider of downloadable content for music-based video games.

For more information and official “T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month” contest rules, please visit www.rockband.com/t-mobile

Artists interested in submitting their songs to Rock Band Network, please go to www.creators.rockband.com for more instructions on how to get involved.

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