The Rock Band Network Music Store Goes Live!!!

edited March 2010 in Announcements
The Rock Band Network Music Store Goes Live

More than 100 songs available from artists ranging from The Hold Steady to The Shins

More than 4,000 New Authors and Peer Reviewers Registered Since Open Beta Launch in January

CAMBRIDGE, MA and NEW YORK, NY – March 4, 2010 - Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced that the Rock Band Network Music Store opens to the public today, giving Rock Band fans and music lovers a new avenue to discover music and providing musicians and labels the opportunity to produce and promote tracks for the Rock Band platform. The Rock Band Network, announced in July, is a ground-breaking initiative that 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 Rock Band Network Music Store (RBN Store).

In addition, it was announced today that T-Mobile has signed on as launch partner of the Rock Band Network to develop an “Artist-of-the-Month” feature beginning in April 2010 to help fans identify and connect with new talent in the Rock Band Network.

“The Rock Band Network Music Store gives artists at any level the opportunity to reach new fans through our deeply engaging interactive platform,” said Paul DeGooyer, senior vice president of Electronic Games and Music for MTV Networks Music Group. “This new pathway for discovery is a huge win for passionate music fans, as well as an opportunity for artists to promote themselves while positively impacting their bottom line.”

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 Rock Band Network Music 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. For the full day one track listing check the below post. 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.

“The response to and interest in the Rock Band Network has been even greater than we originally expected,” said Alex Rigopulos, CEO and co-founder of Harmonix Music Systems. “We’re very excited about the number of bands and labels who have geared up to participate in the Rock Band Network, as well as the number of enthusiasts who have signed up to participate in the Peer Review and Playtest processes.”

Since launching the Rock Band Network open beta in January, more than 4,300 new users have registered as authors and peer reviewers on http://Creators.RockBand.com, the site where songs are submitted before they are approved to be sold. Authors create Rock Band song packages and submit them to the site to go through two processes: Playtest, where the community delivers feedback on a work in progress track, and Peer Review, where revised and final drafts are vetted and approved for sale. During Peer Review, songs are tested for playability, adherence to the authoring standards of Rock Band and checked to check for violations of XNA Creators Club Online community standards (vulgarity, adult content, original content, etc.).

Peer reviewers have the unique opportunity to play Rock Band Network content for free, well in advance of a track’s commercial release. These fans can help shape the track’s final versions, providing crucial feedback and flagging issues throughout Playtest and Peer Review that ensures songs are up to the high standards set by Harmonix. Any music fan with Rock Band 2 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and an internet connected PC can join the Playtest and Peer Review processes by purchasing an XNA Creators Club Online Premium membership through http://creators.xna.com/membership.

Once tracks are approved, they are transferred to the Rock Band Network Music Store, an in-game music marketplace where the millions of Rock Band fans will be able to explore this constantly growing set of new content. In an exciting turn of events, for the first time in the Rock Band franchise, users will be able to download sample gameplay of each track to try before they buy! Songs will debut exclusively on Xbox 360 for 30 days. A selection of standout tracks will then be made available on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system from Sony Computer Entertainment America and the Wii™ home videogame console from Nintendo.

How to get started:

Wondering How to Submit a Song? http://creators.rockband.com/docs/Website Scroll down to “Adding a song to the pipeline."

Want to Become a Peer Reviewer? http://creators.rockband.com/docs/Playtest_Process

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  • edited March 2010
    3 Inches of Blood - Battles and Brotherhood
    Alias Unknown - Top Back
    Amberian Dawn - He Sleeps in a Grove
    Amberian Dawn - River of Tuoni
    Andrew Buch - Trippolette
    Audio Fiction - Race The Hourglass
    Bif Naked - Sick
    Blackmarket - Tongue Twister Typo
    Bojibian - Still There
    C&O - We Are the Best
    Chaunce DeLeon and The Fountain of Choof - Tadpole Search and Rescue
    Children of Nova - The Complexity of Light
    Color Theory - If Not Now When
    Dear and the Headlights - Talk About
    Despised Icon - Day of Mourning
    DnA's Evolution - The Heist
    Error 404 feat. CJ Watson - If Trucks Drank Beer
    Fake Shark-Real Zombie! - Angel Lust
    Fake Shark-Real Zombie! - Horses in Heaven
    Fake Shark-Real Zombie! - Running for the Razors
    Fake Shark-Real Zombie! - Sestri Levante
    Five Finger Death Punch - Burn it Down
    Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies (Live)
    Flogging Molly - Requiem for a Dying Song
    Foreword - Watch It All Go Down
    Free Spirit - Far Away from Heaven
    Full-Source - End Quote
    Full-Source - It's Not You, It's Everyone
    Full-Source - Red Sky At Morn
    Furly - Icarus' Song
    Gandhi - Arigato
    Giant Target - In Memories
    Giant Target - Signs
    Glass Hammer - Hyperbole
    Glass Hammer - Sleep On
    Heaven Ablaze - Parhelia
    In This Moment - Mechanical Love
    James William Roy - Paper Valentines
    Jonathan Coulton - Creepy Doll
    Jonathan Coulton - Ikea
    Jonathan Coulton - The Future Soon
    KMFDM - A Drug Against War
    KMFDM - Juke Joint Jezebel
    Kristin Hersh - Fortune
    Kristin Hersh - Mississippi Kite
    Lacuna Coil - Survive
    Lead the Dead - Rip'er
    Longwave - No Direction
    Marillion - Whatever Is Wrong With You
    Matter in the Medium - Persistence of Vision
    MC Frontalot - Goth Girls
    Nick Gallant - Inside Out
    Nick Gallant - Turn Yourself Around
    Of Last Resort - Fade Away
    of Montreal - Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
    Pink Flag - Nancy Drew
    Ron Wasserman - Fight Back
    Rose of Jericho - Buried Cold
    Scratching The Itch - Lemon Juice
    Scratching The Itch - The Buddy Disease
    Scratching The Itch - You're My Everything
    Senses Fail - Lady in a Blue Dress
    Skeletonwitch - Crushed Beyond Dust
    Skindred - Stand for Something
    Speck - Grumpytown
    Speck - VP of Booty Reports
    Stars of Boulevard - Limousine
    Stephanie Hatfield and Hot Mess - Can I Stay
    Steve and Lindley Band - Backyard Buildyard
    Steve Vai - For the Love of God (Live)
    Steve Vai - Get the Hell Out of Here
    Steve Vai - The Attitude Song
    Stroke 9 - Kick Some Ass '09
    Stroke 9 - Little Black Backpack '09
    Suicide Silence - Disengage
    Surprise Me Mr. Davis - Sissyfuss
    The Cold Goodnight - Give
    The Dirty Love Band - Moonboy
    The Everybody - You Got That
    The Fisticuffs - Liverpool Judies
    The Hold Steady - Sequestered in Memphis
    The Humans - It's Good
    The Kimberly Trip - California
    The Main Drag - Cease and Desist
    The Main Drag - Don't Let Me Down (Slowly)
    The Main Drag - Dove Nets
    The Main Drag - Homosuperior
    The Main Drag - How We'd Look On Paper
    The Main Drag - Love During Wartime
    The Main Drag - Megatron
    The Main Drag - Talk Them Down
    The Main Drag - Teeth, Face, Outerspace
    The Main Drag - Tricky Girl
    The Main Drag - What's Your Favorite Dinosaur?
    The Shins - Australia
    The Slip - Children of December
    The Slip - Even Rats
    Ultra Saturday - Not My Fault
    Ultra Saturday - Superhero!
    WaveGroup Feat. Becca Neun - Liquid Smog (StompBox Remix)
    Wounded Soul - Rx
    You Shriek - Lilith in Libra
    You Shriek - No Heroes
    Zack Wilson - Another California Song
    Zack Wilson - Ox
  • edited March 2010
    Regarding the RBN store outside the US, we're still plugging away at this and you should see some changes in the very near future. The RBN store should be supported in all regions where 1) RB DLC is supported and 2) XNA is supported. This includes US, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Singapore. Keep posted to the in game store, the forums and our Twitter accounts for regular updates. Thanks for your patience!
  • edited March 2010
    FYI, the RBN store should now be open in the regions listed in the post above this one! Huzzah!

    Also, here are the 11 new RBN songs that hit the store today:

    Alchemilla - Bleeder
    Ballyhoo! - Cali Girl
    Bang Camaro - Push Push (Lady Lightning)
    Cetan Clawson and the Soul Side - White Heat
    Eric Harm - Stegosaurus Song
    Jonathan Coulton - Code Monkey
    Pollyn - Gave It Up
    Super Gravity - Makeup/Breakup (Original Version)
    Terrorhorse - Packet Flier
    The B.O.L.T. - Genius
    Voodoo Pharmacology - Minnesota
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