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The Beatles To Finally Go Digital With ‘Rock Band’



March 05, 2009

By Gary Graff, Detroit

The Beatles will finally go digital on Sept. 9 with the release of the Fab Four edition of the popular "Rock Band" video game.

In a joint statement Thursday (March 5), the Beatles’
Apple Corps Ltd., Harmonic and MTV Games said that "The Beatles: Rock
Band" — which was first announced last October — would be released
worldwide for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii. The game marks the first
time the group and it’s publishing affiliates — EMI Music, Harrisons
Ltd. and

Sony/ATV (Michael Jackson) Music Publishing — will make the Beatles’ music
available in the digital realm.

The manufacturers are also promising "exclusive
content" for fans who pre-order "The Beatles: Rock Band." The pre-order
date will be announced "in the coming months." In addition, they’ve
created instruments for the game modeled after those played by Paul
McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, although the
game will be compatible with existing Rock Band instruments and
peripherals.

The game along will carry a $59.99 list price. A
version with standalone guitars will run $99.99, while the Limited
Edition Premium Bundle will cost $249.99.

No song lists have yet been announced for the
project. Thursday’s announcement noted that "The Beatles: Rock Band"
will let users "experience The Beatles extraordinary catalog of music
through gameplay that takes players on a journey through the legacy and
evolution of the band’s legendary career."

A web site devoted to the game has been set up at thebeatlesrockband.com.

BillboardBiz.com

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