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Rock Band Continues to Debut New Singles in Download Catalog

July 25, 2008

Rock Band Continues to Debut New Singles in Download Catalog

Testament Dig Into Their Catalog For Rock Band

Harmonix and MTV Games announced today new singles from Staind, Scars on Broadway and The New No2 will make their debut in the Rock Band Music Store catalog of downloadable content. Available July 29, Scars on Broadway—consisting of System of a Down members Daron Malakian (vocals/guitar) and John Dolmayan (drums), in addition to Franky Perez (guitar/backing vocals), Danny Shamoun (keyboards/percussion), and Dominic Cifarelli (bass)— exclusively release their first single to Rock Band’s download catalog, “They Say,” from their self-titled debut. “They Say” will be available for $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for the Xbox 360).

Another debut will be Staind’s “This Is It” – the first single from their forthcoming sixth studio album, The Illusion of Progress. Staind’s last three studio albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Album Chart, earning their place as one of the most successful rock bands of the new millennium. In the past decade, Staind has sold more than 12 million records worldwide and have had four #1 singles. “This is It” will be available for $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360).

Rounding out the troika of single debuts on July 29 will be The New No2 with “Yomp,” the first single from their forthcoming debut You Are Here. The New No2 are Dhani Harrison (the only son of legendary Beatle George Harrison) and Oli Hecks. Formed in 2006, The New No2 feature Harrison on lead, synths and vocals, Hecks on drums and synths. “Yomp” will be available for $.99 (80 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360).

Testament dig into their catalog with their first Rock Band download, “Electric Crown,” available July 29. “Electric Clown’ is from their 1992 studio album, The Ritual, when they moved from speed metal to heavier more melodic metal. Testament continues to be one of the most influential American metal bands in music history. Formed in 1983 in Northern California, Testament continues to tour and release new albums. “Electric Clown” will be available for $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360).

Release date:

  • Tuesday, July 29, 2008 (Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox

  • Thursday, July 31, 2008 (PLAYSTATION Store)

Tracks:

  • Scars on Broadway “They Say”

  • Staind “This Is It”

  • Testament “Electric Clown”

Price: $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track

Track: The New No2 “Yomp”

Price: $.99 (80 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360)

(All four tracks utilize the original master recordings)

Locations: Xbox LIVE Marketplace and PLAYSTATION  Network

** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change **

With the addition of these tracks there are now more than 200 tracks available to date via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at http://www.rockband.com/dlc). Rock Band continues to fly off shelves and satisfy music fans and gamers’ voracious appetite for rock as more than 15 million downloads have been purchased since its launch on November 20, 2007. The Rock Band Music Store allows players to preview and purchase downloadable individual music tracks and packs from the vast selection of offerings available to date without ever leaving the game as they build their own custom Rock Band library.

Rock Band allows online play and features that expand the boundaries of music gaming. Rock Band downloadable content is playable and integrated into setlists in all game modes including: Solo Tour, Band World Tour, head-to-head competition either locally or online, and from any Quickplay mode. In order to play downloadable content for head-to-head matches or multiplayer online, all players must own the same downloadable track. Downloadable content for the Xbox 360 is available for purchase via Xbox LIVE Marketplace using Microsoft Points and is downloaded directly to the Xbox 360 hard drive. Downloadable content for the PLAYSTATION 3's version of Rock Band is available for purchase on the PLAYSTATION Store through the free PLAYSTATION Network and is downloaded directly to PLAYSTATION 3 system's built in hard drive.

On June 30, Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game company in the world, and MTV Games, announced the release of Rock Band 2 this coming September. The groundbreaking music platform that forever changed the face of music video games is committed to taking gaming to the next level with the evolution of the franchise. Rock Band 2 will make its debut on Xbox 360 and have an exclusive launch window in North America. Rock Band 2 will be available for additional platforms later this year.

Rock Band is rated "T" for Teen (lyrics, mild suggestive themes) by the ESRB.

For more information on Rock Band and Harmonix Music Systems please visit www.rockband.com and www.harmonixmusic.com.

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