CAMBRIDGE, MA and NEW YORK, NY – Dec. 7, 2010 - Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with T-Mobile USA, Inc., the official mobile partner of the Rock Band Network, today announced that pop-rock trio The Downtown Fiction are the Rock Band Network’s December“T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month”. The band is also MTV’s PUSH artist for the week of Dec. 13.
“Since forming in 2008, The Downtown Fiction have been part of the Bamboozle Road Show and the 2010 Vans Warped Tour and have engaged and rapidly expanded their fan base,” said Cheryl Gehbauer, Senior Director of Music for MTV Games. "We look forward to supporting their further development by making them Artist of the Month."
As the December “T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month,” The Downtown Fiction will be featured for one month in promotions throughout the Rock Band Network Music Store and on the official game website, http://www.RockBand.com, including the RBN content hub at http://t-mobile.rockband.com. The RBN content hub is a rich source of information about Rock Band Network, including Inside RBN, a source for consumers to discover new music, and Creators Club, a source for artist/authors/labels to find out more about the RBN authoring process.
As the MTV PUSH artist for the week of Dec. 13, The Downtown Fiction will also be featured in a One to Watch Interview on MTV’s 10 on Top, airing Dec. 11, and will be featured in an exclusive photo shoot and interview on MTV.com during the week of Dec. 13.
The Downtown Fiction of Fairfax, Virginia, formed in the summer of 2008 by Cameron Leahy (vocals/guitar) and Eric Jones (drums). The two posted three demos on their MySpace and were blown away by the response. Soon after, they recruited friend David Pavluk on bass and backing vocals to round out the trio. With Cameron’s majestic stage presence, and the band’s witty lyrics and catchy chords, it’s no question why label president Matt Galle quickly signed them to Photo Finish Records in 2009.
The Downtown Fiction released their first EP, The Downtown Fiction, on May 3, 2009, and released a second, Best I Never Had, just a short year later on March 23, 2010. The band’s songs, “Best I Never Had,” “I Just Wanna Run” and “Oceans Between Us,” are available for the Rock Band Network. Not only did their debut video for "I Just Wanna Run" premiere on MTV Hits, MTV2, and MTV U, but their music could be heard throughout the second season of MTV's Jersey Shore and has been featured on other shows like The Hard Times of RJ Berger, The Challenge: Fresh Meat II, The Hills and Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
For more information about The Downtown Fiction and the T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month Program, head to http://t-mobile.rockband.com.
About the Rock Band Network
The Rock Band Network, launched March 4, 2010, gives Rock Band fans and music lovers a new avenue to discover music and provides musicians and labels the opportunity to produce and promote tracks for the Rock Band platform. This ground-breaking initiative 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 RBN Store.
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 690 songs available for purchase in the RBNStore from artists including Third Eye Blind, Seether, Drowning Pool, Five Finger Death Punch, Flight of the Conchords, Attack Attack!, Flogging Molly, Clutch, The Shins, The Hold Steady, The Main Drag, Bang Camaro, of Montreal, Jonathan Coulton, Band of Skulls, Apples in Stereo, Band of Horses and many more. There are more than 400 artists in the RBN pipeline, with additional tracks on the way.
With more than 2,000* songs available on the Rock Band platform, the Rock Band Network Music Store has helped 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.
For more information and official “T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month” contest rules, please visit www.rockband.com/t-mobile
Artists interested in submitting their songs to Rock Band Network, please go to www.creators.rockband.com for more instructions on how to get involved.
*Available on-disc, via download and disc export. Internet connection and key purchase required. Wii has more than 1,500 song tracks available for purchase on the Rock Band platform on-disc, via song import, and download. Not applicable to Nintendo DS.
About MTV Networks
MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 350 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Noggin, The N, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, Atom, Gametrailers and Xfire.
About MTV Games
MTV Games is dedicated to creating, marketing and publishing high-quality, innovative interactive products that are relevant to the MTV audience and complement the core values of the MTV Networks brands.
About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented videogames. Harmonix was founded by Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who formed the company to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and have pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit www.harmonixmusic.com.
T-Mobile USA strives to help customers enrich their personal relationships and stay connected through wireless communications with their friends and family. The value of its plans, the breadth of its coverage, the reliability of its network, and the quality of its customer service are meant to help people stay connected with those most important in their lives. For more information about T-Mobile, visit http://www.t-mobile.com.
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