According to Kotaku, MTV and Apple Corps will be holding a very special press conference from 2pm BST tomorrow where it is expected that in some way, Rock Band will welcome a very big band probably the biggest band that ever existed to it’s catologue, The Beatles.
The Fab Four, consisting of Sir Paul Mc’Cartney, John Lennon, Sir George Harrison and Ringo Starr, have held out on any of the big digital brands of today such as computer games or even Apple’s iTunes although that may have come down to a lawsuit of the use of name between the record company and the same company that make computers which has long since been settled.
Press release is after the jump.
Apple Corps Ltd. and MTV to Announce Exclusive Agreement to Develop Unprecedented Global Music Project
WHAT: Apple Corps Ltd. and MTV to announce an exclusive agreement to develop a global music project.
WHO: Jeff Jones, CEO of Apple Corps, Ltd.
Judy McGrath, Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks
Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music/Logo Group
WHEN: Thursday, October 30, 2008
2:00 pm UK Time, 10:00 am ET, 7:00 AM PT
About Apple Corps. Ltd.
Apple Corps Ltd. was founded by The Beatles in 1968 to look after the group’s own affairs. The London-based company has administered the catalogue of The Beatles releases of the 1960s that have sold to date more than 600 million records, tapes and CDs. Since the 1990s Apple has piloted new Beatles projects that have become benchmarks for pioneering accomplishment and which have included The Beatles Anthology projects, the 28 million-selling album The Beatles 1 and the The Beatles LOVE show and CD. Further information on The Beatles’ projects can be found at www.thebeatles.com.
About MTV Networks
MTV Networks, a unit 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.
IF… and only if this is true which is starting to look like it is, The Beatles are the first big band to join Rock Band as a seperate Rock Band entry (We assume it’ll be seperate then adding the whole album catalogue on the Rock Band shop to buy for Rock Band 2 when it’s released on the Xbox 360 on November 21st) but are 3rd in seperate entitys for either Rock Band or Guitar Hero combined after Guitar Hero: Aerosmith earlier in the year and Guitar Hero: Metalica which was recently announced.
The only remaining big bands to licence music in a game is Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin (To my memory) with certain bands who may yet recieve seperate entrys to the music games like Rock Band or Guitar Hero like The Bealtes above, Pink Floyd, Led Zep or, and in my honest opinion this needs to be done asap, Radiohead.
We’ll find out tomorrow, eh?