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Def Jam Rapstar studio 4mm Games "on hold"

The $8m lawsuit against Def Jam Rapstar producer 4mm Games has left the firm starved for money” and its fate uncertain. Record label EMI took 4mm Games and developer Terminal Reality to court earlier this year for allegedly not obtaining song rights for the rap karaoke game. 4mm Games co-founder …

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Def Jam Rapstar dev sued for $8m

Record label EMI is suing the developers of music game Def Jam Rapstar in an $8m lawsuit for allegedly not obtaining song rights. EMI is seeking damages from the ‘theft of songs’ from artists like Kanye West, DMX and Lil Wayne, which were used in the game without permission, claims …

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Music publishers eye up GTA V opportunities

It’s not just games retail that is waiting for the Grand Theft Auto V style cash cow – music publishers see the release as a big opportunity too. GTA’s once unique ability for gamers to switch between radio stations when on the move means that huge libraries of con tent …

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What’s Out Today? w/e December 2nd, 2011

Nintendo kicks off this month’s new releases with the 3DS debut of its ever-popular Mario Kart series. Mario Kart 7 introduces customisable vehicles, hang gliding and underwater races to the franchise, as well as making use of the handheld’s unique functionality such as 3D effects and Spot Pass. Meanwhile, new …

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INTERVIEW: EMI and Tubby Games

Music games are among the biggest sellers on the market, and yet few are the result of a direct collaboration between games publishers and record labels. But renowned music firm EMI is taking to the stage with Now! That’s What I Call Music: Dance and Sing, its first – and …

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HMV hires online and marketing chief

HMV has recruited former Asda chief Mark Hodgkinson as marketing and e-commerce director. He replaces former e-commerce director Steve Napleton, who leaves the retail chain with immediate effect. Hodgkinson takes a dual role because of his ‘extensive marketing, e-commerce and digital skills.’ He joins from Asda where he has been …

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Now music game out November 11th

Now That’s What I Call Music: Dance and Sing will hit shelves for Wii on November 11th with a revised name. The Wii exclusive from publisher Tubby Games was previously known as Now That’s What I Call Music: The Game, but has since had its name revised to help better …

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Koch to ship Now! video game

Tubby Games has signed a distribution deal with Koch Media for its first release, Now! That’s What I Call Music: The Game. The Wii exclusive is a hybrid dancing and singing game, produced with EMI. Now! has been ubiquitous for over 30 years,” said Koch MD Craig McNicol. We are …

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Full tracklist revealed for Now game

Tubby Games has delved into the catalogue of hits from EMI, one of the world’s leading record labels, for its first release, Now! That’s What I Call Music: The Game. The new games publisher has used its partnership with EMI to create a tracklist that features chart-toppers such as Lady …

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OPINION: Please don’t stop the music

A saving grace of the declining market and associated Wii slow-down has been the resurgence around music games. Activision may have sworn off its take on the category (over-priced DLC and cumbersome plastic peripherals will do that), but the likes of Ubisoft and Nordic Games have, as they say on …

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