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

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’ (!"

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
, 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

T-Mobile, MTV and Harmonix are also
looking for new artists who could be the June Artist-of-the-Month! Bands should
go to
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

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