MTV To Launch New Track Upload Program For ‘Rock Band’

Read about it here from Billboard.

That’s about to change. Later this year, MTV plans to launch a groundbreaking initiative called the Rock Band Network that will enable any artist-unsigned emerging act, indie cult fave or major-label superstar-to submit songs for possible inclusion in the game.

The Rock Band Network recently started a closed beta trial, which MTV expects to expand to a public beta test in August. The company hopes to open the Rock Band Network store before year’s end. Songs available through the new store, which will remain separate from the existing “Rock Band” store, will be initially available for download to users of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console. MTV expects to eventually make the popular tracks available for use on the Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii game systems.

“We’ve figured out how to make it so anybody who owns and controls masters and publishing can put music into [“Rock Band”] at their own pace,” says MTV Games senior VP of electronic games and music Paul DeGooyer. “We’re talking about a set of serious professional tools to allow people on the front line of writing and recording songs to completely control their destiny with respect to interactive products and then giving them direct access to the download store.”

Wow, maybe we will get some awesome tracks from the plethora of amazing bands that we have on the gulf coast. I hope to rock out to Aura aka Joshua Sun with a little 13th Hour in the near future.

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Vodafone And MTV To Discover The Next Big Music Act

Vodafone and MTV announce the launch of Vodafone Fast-track, a competition designed to discover the next big music act and set them on a fast track to fame.

Over the next four weeks, any unsigned band or artist from 26 countries around the world has an opportunity to upload their best original track to the Vodafone Soundbites website ( and in the Netherlands) along with photographs and band/artist biographies to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record a single and a professionally produced music video which will be aired on MTV and distributed through Vodafone live!

From January 7 onwards, the MTV community will have the opportunity to vote for their favourites and select the ‘top 20’ hopefuls. The winner will then be selected by a panel of industry experts including well known music executives.

The winner’s single and music video will be produced by the MTV team who will also arrange studio time to record the winning track and secure TV broadcast during commercial airtime on MTV in 29 countries

Vodafone will then help set the winning band on a fast-track to fame. Utilising the global high speed mobile network the winner’s single will be distributed via Vodafone live! across 18 European markets, as well as Australia and New Zealand

The competition spot will also be integrated within the Vodafone Music Reporter profile on MySpace (, where a forum will engage ‘friends of the community’ to discuss the favourite entrants. The winner’s video and single will then be available to stream from the MySpace Vodafone Music reporter profile.

The Vodafone Soundbites Fast-track competition will be supported by a marketing campaign with MTV running online and on TV across 26 countries.

“Following the success of Vodafone Music Reporter with MySpace, we continue to deliver unique music experiences to our customers across multiple platforms,” says David Wheldon Global Brand Director at Vodafone Group. “Vodafone Fast-track reinforces Vodafone’s credibility in the music industry, creates exciting opportunities for our customers and at the same time strengthens our position as a global communications brand.”

Jules Robinson, SVP, Viacom Brand Solutions International comments, “Together with Vodafone, MTV specifically created this competition to deepen and strengthen their consumers ability to engage with music and further to that contribute by defining talent within it. Empowering the consumer to select the future of new music talent across the world is an exciting and unique branding opportunity”