CAMBRIDGE, MA– Sept. 29, 2010– Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced the launch of a competition, in conjunction with Indaba Music, that invites fans to remix the newest single from OK Go, the most downloaded band ever, for the Rock Band Network.
Contestants are invited to remix OK Go’s newest single“White Knuckles,” and the winning entry will be authored into a Rock Band Network track by Harmonix employees. The track will be available for purchase through the Rock Band Network Music Store in late November. The winner will also receive a copy of Rock Band 3, an Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as Rock Band instruments, including drums, guitar, keyboard and microphone, plus a copy of OK Go's new album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky (Deluxe Edition). To enter the competition and find more information, click here.
OK Go’s hit single“Here It Goes Again” was featured on Rock Band and will also be playable in Rock Band 3, thanks to the export technology that Harmonix pioneered.“Here It Goes Again,” along with the nearly 2,000 tracks in the Rock Band catalog, will be available for play in Rock Band 3 when it is released Oct. 26 in North America and Oct. 29 in the rest of the world for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Nintendo Wii™ and Nintendo DS™. Find more information on how to pre-order Rock Band 3 today here.
Each week beginning Sept. 21 and running through Oct. 14, OK Go's producer, Dave Fridmann, will choose his favorite remixes to be featured on OK Go's website. These remixes will also be made available for fans to download accompanying pre-order for the Nov. 2 U.S. release of Of The Blue Colour of the Sky (Deluxe Edition). The contest winner will be announced Oct. 29.
Grammy-award winning band OK Go– comprised of Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka and Andy Ross– was formed in Chicago in 1998 and currently reside in Los Angeles, California. Their fall North American tour kicks off on Oct. 3 at the Los Angeles County Fair and continues past the release of their newest album.
For the music video for“White Knuckles,” OK Go, whose previous music videos became Internet phenomena, worked with some amazing collaborators– in the form of four-legged rock stars. The video, filmed in one take, received more than 1 million views in the first 24 hours it was posted, assisted by the canine costars. As most of the dogs in the video are rescues, the band is donating a portion of proceeds from the sale of the video on their site to animal rescue in the United States. For more information and to check out the video, please click here.
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 600 songs available for purchase in the RBN Store from artists including Third Eye Blind, Seether, Drowning Pool, Five Finger Death Punch, Flight of the Conchords, Attack Attack!, Flogging Molly, Clutch, The Shins, The Hold Steady, The Main Drag, Bang Camaro, of Montreal, Jonathan Coulton, Band of Skulls, Apples in Stereo, Band of Horses and many more. There are more than 400 artists in the RBN pipeline, with additional tracks already on the way.
With more than 2,000 tracks scheduled to be available in the Rock Band platform at the launch of Rock Band 3, the Rock Band Network Music Store has helped secure MTV Games and Harmonix’s position as the leading provider of downloadable content for music-based video games.
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.
About MTV Networks
MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 350 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Noggin, The N, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, Atom, Gametrailers and Xfire.
About MTV Games
MTV Games is dedicated to creating, marketing and publishing high-quality, innovative interactive products that are relevant to the MTV audience and complement the core values of the MTV Networks brands.
About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented videogames. Harmonix was founded by Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who formed the company to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and have pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit www.harmonixmusic.com.
About Indaba Music:
Launched in New York City in 2007 Indaba Music has been a pioneer in the online music collaboration space, enabling anyone with internet access to connect with musicians from around the world to create, edit and mix studio-quality music together online. In addition to social networking, production and collaboration applications, Indaba Music now provides musicians with a growing collection of third-party applications, information resources and lifestyle benefits. IndabaMusic.com, a“musical ecosystem,” seamlessly guides musicians through all stages of development, fusing music education, creation, promotion, sales and talent discovery into a unified online experience.
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