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MTV: Beatles: Rock Band royalty rates “not even comparable” to previous ventures

Rhythm game sales may be down 46% in the US, but that hasn’t stopped MTV from shelling out mad money to bring in some overseas assistance. According to sources close to MTV’s deal with Beatles rights holders, MTV’s paying a minimum of $10 million and an expected $40 million in royalty fees to give the […]

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  • Remastered Beatles music to release alongside Rock Band game

    Apple Corp said today it’s to release remastered versions of The Beatles music on September 9, the same day The Beatles: Rock Band ships. Each of the CDs is to be packaged with replicated original UK album art. Something else to spend hundreds of pounds on. You may as well. Press release here.

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  • Sony: Activision lost Beatles deal because "it was presented as if they were doing the music business a favor"

    The Beatles game eventually went to MTV because, from the sound of it, Sony Music wasn’t going to get what it wanted. And what it wanted, probably, was money. “It was presented as if they were doing the music business a favor,” Sony/ATV CEO Martin Bandier told Reuters. “It’s true you can choose other types […]

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  • 45 Beatles tracks will be included in Harmonix game

    According to this Variety piece, only 45 Beatles tracks are to be included in the newly announced Harmonix game. From the piece: Game developers will be able to select 45 songs from the Beatles catalog recorded during their 1962-69 tenure within EMI for inclusion in the game. “The game is in development,” said Apple Corps […]

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  • Beatles game has already been 17 months in the making

    Speaking to Gamespot, Rock Band lead designer Dan Teasdale given some hints at just how much work’s been involved in getting Apple Corp to an announcement stage of the newly confirmed Beatles game. Sounds as though it hasn’t been easy. “We started the process about 17 months ago, so it’s great to finally talk about […]

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  • Beatles' power led to "very rich" MTV deal

    How much does it cost to make a Beatles game? A lot. We don’t know how much MTV had to pay to be able to work on an exclusive game based on the band’s music, but it wasn’t cheap, Sony Music boss Martin Bandier, told Variety. “There have been mutterings from artists and songwriters that […]

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  • Beatles-MTV press phone-in starting now

    The Beatles-MTV conference is starting now. We haven’t been invited to listen to it, because we’re scum, clearly, but keep your eyes open for news over the next half an hour. MTV is expected to announce the inclusion of Beatles in Rock Band in the conference, as part of an “unprecedented global music project” between […]

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