Rock Band Country lineup gets stronger

Rock Band Country
Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that a seven pack of songs from some of country’s biggest stars will be added to the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™.

These artists are some of the more than 390 bands currently available through the Rock Band platform. With more than 1,000 songs available, Rock Band is, without question, the industry leader in providing the best selection of interactive musical content, songs and artists.

Rock Band DLC Additions for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 System and Wii

“Going Country Pack 02” will feature songs from country greats like Grammy® Award-winners Alan Jackson, Keith Urban and Kenny Rogers, as well as Country Music Association-recognized artists including Shania Twain and Martina McBride. These songs originally appeared in the Country Track Pack and will now be available as downloadable content in the Rock Band Music Store.

Available on Xbox 360 and Wii (Dec. 29) and PlayStation 3 system (Jan. 7):

* Alan Jackson – “Good Time”
* Cross Canadian Ragweed – “Cry Lonely”
* Jason Aldean – “She’s Country”
* Keith Urban – “I Told You So”
* Kenny Rogers – “The Gambler”
* Martina McBride – “This One’s For the Girls”
* Shania Twain – “Any Man of Mine”

(All tracks are original master recordings)

These tracks will be available for purchase as “Going Country Pack 02” as well as individual tracks on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system, and as individual tracks on Wii.

Martina McBride’s “Shine” debuts as #1 Country Album

Martina McBride
Martina McBride
Martina McBride delivers the fourth album of her career to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with her acclaimed new release, Shine. With more than 41,000 units in first-week sales, Shine not only tops the country chart, but also earns a Top 10 debut on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

The disc has already launched the first smash single, “Ride,” currently #11 and climbing the country airplay charts, as McBride continues the high-profile media appearances that last week included Live with Regis and Kelly, as well as back-to-back appearances on NBC’s Today show. Tomorrow, April 2nd, fans can watch for Martina on the syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show, and tune-in Sunday morning, April 5th, for the premiere airing of Martina’s edition of the highly regarded A&E interview & performance series, Private Sessions.

The TV appearances continue later this month with another exciting addition as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson welcomes McBride on April 17th.

At the heart of all the excitement, Martina’s new album, which she co-produced with Dann Huff, has drawn enthusiasm from critics as well as fans. The Chicago Tribune cheers her amazing voice as “pure and without the slightest flaw,” while the Associated Press lauds, “It’s not just her famed vocal power that lifts these new songs, although the power ballads (‘What Do I Have to Do,’ ‘Lies’) show she can soar with as much force as any singer of her era. It’s also her ability to imbue sensitivity (‘I Just Call You Mine’) or sass (‘You’re Not Leaving Me’) into a story line that makes her such a one-of-a-kind presence on the radio.”

The Boston Globe praised, “For a taste of the power of positivity, look no further than Martina McBride’s splendid new album,” as The Republican declared, “Shine is fully stocked with songs that capture her passion and suit her perfectly, on standouts ranging from the thumping hit single ‘Ride’ to the twin-slide guitar fueled ‘Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong,’ which boasts an intro straight out of the Keith Richards book of ragged and rugged riffs.”

McBride’s powerhouse vocals have earned her more than 18 million in album sales, garnered 22 Top 10 singles, six of which ranked number one, and awarded her a mantle of honors, including a record tying four CMA Female Vocalist of the Year trophies. The Kansas native’s fiery, passionate vocals have created such signature hits as “Independence Day,” “Wild Angels,” “A Broken Wing,” “Blessed” and “This One’s for the Girls.” These songs along with hits such as “Concrete Angel,” “Love’s the Only House,” “God’s Will” and “Anyway” have become not only memorable musical statements but resounding social commentaries as well.