Cambridge, Mass. – Sept. 17, 2010 – Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that the epic Bob Marley and The Wailers album, Legend, will be added next week to the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™.
“My father was interested in bringing reggae music to the entire world,” said Ziggy Marley, “and now that his music is coming to Rock Band, as the first reggae artist in the game, we are excited to open the doors to reggae music to a whole new group of young people.”
“We are thrilled to have ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ in Rock Band 3 and to offer the other incredible tracks from Bob Marley’s Legend album for download on the Rock Band platform,” said Paul DeGooyer, senior vice president of electronic games, music and programming for MTV Networks. “We can’t think of a better way for Rock Band to help a new generation of fans discover reggae than through his important, pioneering and infectious music.”
With more than 400 artists, more than 1,800 songs available through the Rock Band platform and more than 70 million songs sold through its download store alone, Rock Band is the undisputed sales and content leader in the interactive music space, providing the deepest and best selection of artists, songs and albums. Rock Band 3 will be available Oct. 26 in North America and Oct. 29 in the rest of the world, giving players immediate access to a music library approaching 2,000 songs playable in Rock Band 3 at launch with new content added weekly to the Rock Band Music Store. Rock Band’s gigantic music library dwarfs that of any other music game on the market. Find more information on how to pre-order Rock Band 3 today here.
Rock Band DLC additions for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii
It’s already been announced that Bob Marley and The Wailers’ classic “Get Up, Stand Up” will be featured on the Rock Band 3 soundtrack, but next week, fans can get an early taste of Marley with an album of his masterpieces, when we bring Legend to the Rock Band Music Store.
Legend, originally released in 1984, is the best selling reggae album of all time, selling 25 million albums in the United States alone and an additional 2.8 million in the United Kingdom. It features 14 of Bob Marley and The Wailers’ classic songs and was rereleased as a CD in 1990 – the version available for Rock Band download next week, featuring original album versions.
The album has been the recipient of many awards. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it as No. 46 on the magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and at 1,000 weeks, it holds the honor of being the second longest-charting album in Billboard history.
“Legend (Album)” will be available for download Sept. 21 in the Rock Band Music Store, and Sept. 23, to commemorate 30 years since Bob Marley’s last public performance, the Marley family will come together for a tribute concert and event benefitting their One Love Foundation. With 100 percent of the proceeds from the evening going to support the One Love “Not-For-Profit” Foundation, 2,800 fans will fill the Benedum Theatre (formerly The Stanley Theatre, the site of Marley’s last performance), in Pittsburgh, for a journey back in time. In addition to Stephen, Damian and Julian Marley, special guests will perform at various points during the evening. Rita Marley, “The Queen Mother” herself, will be traveling all the way from her home in Ghana, as well as Marcia Griffith (I Threes), who will also be performing. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.
Available on Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 system (Sept. 21):
“Is This Love” +
“No Woman No Cry” +
“Could You Be Loved”
“Three Little Birds” +
“Stir It Up”
“One Love/People Get Ready”
“I Shot the Sheriff”
“Waiting in Vain” +
“Satisfy My Soul” +
(All tracks are original master recordings)
(These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation 3 system Sept. 22)
These tracks will be available for purchase as individual tracks, as well as “Legend (Album)” on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system and as individual tracks on Wii. Tracks marked with “+” will also be available for download in the family-friendly LEGO® Rock Band Music Store.
$1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points) per song
$2.00 USD (200 Wii Points™) per song
$19.99, £9.99 UK, €14.99 EU (1,080 Microsoft Points) for Legend (Album)
** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change. **
Bob Marley Website
Rock Band 2 is available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Wii. Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii versions support downloadable content.
Downloadable content for Wii is purchased via the in-game Rock Band Music Store using Wii Points™ purchased through the Wii™ Shop Channel and can be downloaded to the system memory or to an SD card for additional storage. The tracks stream directly from the SD card for seamless play.
With these additions, there are now more than 1,800 tracks available to date via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at www.rockband.com/music). Rock Band continues to satisfy music fans’ and gamers’ voracious appetite for rock with more than 70 million paid downloads since its launch Nov. 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 and Rock Band 2 are rated “T” for Teen (lyrics, suggestive themes) by the ESRB. Music downloads are not rated by the ESRB.
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