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Def Jam Rapstar, in association with Atlantic Records UK, will offer a record deal to the winner of Def Jam Rapstarr’s nationwide search for Britain’s best new Rapper. Did you know that some English people rap?

The top UK rappers, as voted for by the community, will be invited to a rap-battle via Def Jam Rapstar’s freestyle mode at regional qualifiers to be held at select HMV stores across the country in February 2011. Those battles will be judged by the attending audience. Then, the final 10 MCs will travel to Central London to be " judged by a panel of Hip Hop / Music aficionados." The winner will be signed by Atlantic Records who will then go on to release the Rapstar’s first single commercially. It's like that movie 8 Mile with British accents! More details at the official site.

Have you guys tried out Rap Star? It's realllllly fun, yo.

 

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Mad Catz Ships MIDI-Pro Adapter For Rock Band 3

Peripheral maker Mad Catz has shipped its new MIDI-Pro adapter for Harmonix’s rocking Rock Band 3 to retailers. The adapter lets players use their own MIDI keyboards and MIDI drum sets to play the game, and will also be compatible with Harmonix’s fully functioning Squier Fender Stratocaster guitar/controller due out soon.

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Richard Jacques

You would not believe the dangers The Feed faced to bring you this interview.  Jumping over pools of alligators, battling henchmen ill-trained in hand-to-hand combat, and eyes-only clearance by MI6.  Well, not really, but, The Feed did get to talk with James Bond 007: Blood Stone composer Richard Jacques about the sounds he created to fuel Bond’s latest game adventure.  We've also got some music that's shaken, not stirred, just inside our secret lair.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Track Pack Coming To Rock Band 3 Next Week

Rock Band 3 will receive some more southern rock love next week with the release of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Track Pack, which includes four of the band’s greatest hits. The tracks will join the epic “Free Bird,” which is already included in the RB3.

In addition to the four Skynyrd tracks, 38 Special’s “Hold On Loosely” and Bad Company’s “Can’t Get Enough” will also be released.

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Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, DJ Hero 2 Demos Released Today

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, DJ Hero 2, and/or Rock Band 3 fans looking to get their hands on some free downloadable content this week have a couple ways to do it, thanks to Coco-Cola and independent record stores around the country.

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Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

Has it already been a year since we stepped into the Animus-powered genetic memories of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, and by extension, had our ears filled with the amazing sounds created by Jesper Kyd for Assassin’s Creed II? Indeed it has, but, both Ezio and his resident melodist Jesper Kyd are back in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.  Following in the footsteps of the previous AC games, Ubisoft has released a soundtrack album for Brotherhood and The Feed has some sounds for your ears to feast upon, just inside.

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Red Dead Redemption Soundtrack

This was a huge week for news from the game music sector.  Six new game soundtrack releases were revealed, a high-profile composer announcement was made and a grass roots effort to bring a game music DVD series to the public has begun.  Get the details in this week’s video game music news roundup!

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Peter Molyneux Worried About Fable III Opening Section

The Fable series has a tradition of releasing companion soundtrack albums, and Fable III is no exception.  Composer Russell Shaw returns for his third installment of music from the world of Albion.  The Feed has some sounds for your royal ears to feast upon.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer Reveal Hands-On

If you are a game music aficionado, then this Tuesday is a huge day for you with four big new releases inbound. We've got the intel on these new tunes, including music from Call of Duty: Black Ops, along with some free game tunage for you to download as we run down the news of the week from the video game music world.

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Beatles: Rock Band

In its third quarter financial statement released this morning, Viacom revealed it is selling Harmonix game studio, the makers of the Rock Band series of music games and Kinect title Dance Central.

Viacom classified Harmonix as a “discontinued business,” seemingly,  losses from poor sales of games like Rock Band was having a negative impact on the company's otherwise solid financial numbers. Wanna know what's causing the Viacom's solid sales? The Jersey Shore. Cable ad revenues were up 8 percent on the strength of that awesome show.

"The decision to sell Rock Band is welcome news," Christopher Marangi, an analyst at Gabelli & Co., told Portfolio.com "The franchise has been a disappointment and a drag on earnings."

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Bee Gees

The Bee Gees are coming to Rock Band 3. The iconic 1970s tight-pants disco trio is bringing six of their most famous tunes to Rock Band 3 as downloadable content, including, of course, pro versions of keyboard, bass, guitar and drums. Here are the tracks:

  • “Jive Talkin’”
  • “Night Fever”
  • “Stayin’ Alive”
  • “Nights on Broadway”
  • “Tragedy”
  • “You Should Be Dancing”

They will be available on November 16.

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Rock Band 3

Today is day 17 of our 5-Star Game a day sweepstakes, where G4tv.com gives away only the greatest, most awesome, totally five-star video games to our readers. Today's game is: Rock Band 3!

Our Rock Band 3 review is a complete love letter to the music game. Handsome, stylish reviewer Steve Johnson says:

“It is at once the best party game on earth, a great solo pastime, and a potential entry-point into a lifelong artistic pursuit – how many games can you say that about?”

It's amazingly easy to enter. Just visit our five-star game contest page, check out the rules, fill out the form, and hit "send." We'll take care of the rest.

Richard Jacques

This week, James Bond fans found out they have to wait until 2012 for the next big screen Bond adventure.  But the good news for gamers is they can step into the shoes of England's legendary gentleman spy right now, in the just released 007 Blood Stone.  Since this is the first Bond game in a number of years to feature an original story, Activision and Bizarre Creations went all out by assigning Richard Jacques the mission to create a soundtrack worthy of a Bond adventure.  The Feed's spies managed to secure some top secret music samples from Blood Stone, for your ears only.

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Gamescom 2010: Call of Duty: Black Ops Hands-On Preview

From Call of Duty: Black Ops to Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood to Comic Jumper, this was a big week for news from the video game music world.  We’ve got all that plus an interview with DJ Drunken Master about music he did for a Kinect launch title and a hook up for you on a killer deal for a killer game soundtrack.  Just press play, or rather, Read More.  It’s right there.  Press it!

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Bon Jovi Greatest Hits Coming To Rock Band 3 With Pro Mode UpgradesCraving a little more Bon Jovi in your Rock Band 3? Then, first, join the club, and second, be sure to check out the Rock Band music store next week for the release of 12 Jovi tracks, four of which will have the option of being upgraded to Pro Mode for an extra $1.

Bon Jovi’s Greatest Hits: Rock Band edition ($19.99/1600 Microsoft Points/2,000 Wii Points) includes three previously released songs updated for RB3: “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and “You Give Love a Bad Name.” “Runaway” is also included in the pack, and will be available in standard and Pro Mode, for those with the game’s Pro Guitar controller. These are the first back-catalogue tracks to be reworked to include support for Rock Band 3’s Pro Keys, Pro Drums, and harmonies.

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