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John Cena will curate WWE 2K15 soundtrack and team up with Wiz Khalifa for two tracks

wwe2k15-box2K Games struck gold when they decided to hand the last three NBA 2K soundtracks over to curators such as Jay-Z (NBA 2K13), Lebron James (NBA 2K14), and Pharrell Williams (NBA 2K15). Yesterday, the publisher announced they’re going to try again by giving the musical reins of WWE 2K15 to John Cena, one of the most popular “WWE Superstars” working today.

Cena took his duties very seriously and didn’t just pick a handful of songs to appear on the soundtrack. He teamed up with Wiz Khalifa to perform on two of the songs (“All Day” and “Breaks”), which will also be featured on a companion soundtrack album. Set for release as a digital download on October 21, the soundtrack album will include the following tracks:

  • Wiz Khalifa & John Cena – “All Day”
  • B.o.B (Featuring Future) – “Ready”
  • Rudimental (Featuring Emeli Sandé & Nas) – “Free”
  • Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”
  • Flo Rida (Featuring Sia) – “Wild Ones” [WrestleMania 28 Version]
  • Knife Party – “Bonfire”
  • Big Smo (Featuring Alexander King) – “Workin’”
  • Mystery Skulls – “Ghost”
  • Royal Blood – “Come On Over”
  • Wiz Khalifa & John Cena – “Breaks”

Four additional songs can be heard in the game including Avenged Sevenfold’s “This Means War,” Dizzee Rascal’s “Heart Of A Warrior” (featuring Teddy Sky), Florida Georgia Line’s “This Is How We Roll” (featuring Luke Bryan), and Rise Against’s “Zero Visibility.”

WWE 2K15 will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 28 and on the PS4 and Xbox One on November 18.

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Hatsune Miku appears on Letterman to awkward applause

Sega’s “virtual idol,” Hatsune Miku, appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman last night to promote an art show featuring the character and the upcoming release of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd. After her performance concluded, Letterman engaged in a short conversation with the computer-generated character and he… wasn’t happy. Letterman looks ready to start screaming about how stupid the whole thing is and clearly just wants it to be over. See it for yourself in the video above.

“Hatsune Miku Expo 2014″ will be held at the Wallplay art gallery in New York City beginning today and running through October 19. The exhibit will culminate in a two-night live concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom on October 17 and October 18. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd will be released for the PS3 and Vita on November 18.

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Listen to Transistor’s full soundtrack right now

Supergiant’s Bastion built its post-apocalyptic story on the back of an amazing soundtrack composed by Darren Korb and featuring vocals by Ashley Barrett. The duo got the band back together for the developer’s sophomore outing, Transistor, which was released for the PC and PS4 on Tuesday.

Transistor’s soundtrack is now available to purchase through the Supergiant Store, but if you’d prefer to give it a listen first, the developer has posted the entire album on YouTube. Once again, Korb’s music and Barrett’s vocals come together to create some of the best video game music that money can buy (or stream for free, in this case).

While Supergiant wants everyone to experience the game’s soundtrack, they did say that prospective listeners might be better off playing the game first: “We highly recommend playing through the game before listening to the soundtrack, since the soundtrack is deeply connected to the game’s story.” But if you’re ready to dive in, I recommend jumping straight to “We All Become,” the song used in Transistor’s debut trailer.

You can read more of Darren Korb’s thoughts on the process behind Transistor’s soundtrack at the PlayStation Blog.

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Stan Bush’s “The Touch” gets remixed for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Last year, Stan Bush released a redone version of his iconic Transformer theme, “The Touch,” alongside High Moon’s Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. Over the weekend, Bush released a brand new music video for the song featuring some of the biggest moments from the game. The “Power Mix” actually isn’t too bad and Stan wants you to know it’s also available on iTunes.

Of course, if you’d prefer to revel in the 80s awesomeness of the original version from Transformers: The Movie, you can find that music video after the break. (more…)

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Three volume Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack now available on iTunes

grandtheftautov-musicRockstar doesn’t do anything small. Everything has be big. The biggest thing ever if possible. And so it goes with the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack, The Music of Grand Theft Auto V. The soundtrack is now available on iTunes, as a three volume attack of music (priced at $24.99) or as three distinct albums.

Volume 1: Original Music is a collection of songs created exclusively for Grand Theft Auto V. The album also includes The Chain Gang of 1974’s “Sleepwalking,” which was featured in GTA5’s “Official Trailer.”

Volume 2: The Score takes GTA5’s original score (a first for the series) and arranges it into a complete album mixed by DJ Shadow. Rockstar’s Woody Jackson worked with Tangerine Dream, and acclaimed producers The Alchemist and Oh No to produce the score.

Finally, Volume 3: The Soundtrack is a collection of previously released music that was played on GTA5’s in-game radio stations.

Complete tracklists for all three albums are available after the break. (more…)

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Guster’s Ryan Miller finds inspiration in classic NES games for Kings of Summer soundtrack

kingsofsummer-soundtrackRyan Miller’s day job is being the lead singer of Guster, one of the greatest bands you will ever hear. When he’s not performing with Guster, Miller likes to spend his time composing film scores. His latest soundtrack is for the coming-of-age story The Kings of Summer.

The Kings of Summer is about a group of teenagers who run away from their parents and camp out in the woods. But rather than get all heartfelt and emotional, Miller saw the courage in it and looked to legendary Nintendo composer Koji Kondo for inspiration, specifically his work on Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. The film’s director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, even acknowledges this debt in the soundtrack album’s liner notes:

“The idea was that if kids from this generation were running away into the woods, the closest experience they could draw upon would be playing an adventurous video game. So the sounds that are guiding an audience should reflect that.”

The Kings of Summer soundtrack is now streaming (for free) at Paste Magazine and I highly recommend giving it a listen. It will be available to purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital stores this Tuesday, May 28. The film will open in theaters next Friday, May 31.

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Bethesda soundtracks now available on iTunes

morrowwind-soundtrackStill got leftover credit from all those iTunes gift cards you got for the holidays and don’t know what to spend them on? Well, Bethesda just made your music-purchasing decisions a whole lot easier. Starting today, you can buy the soundtracks to the following Bethesda games:

Dishonored ($9.99)

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind ($9.99)

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion ($9.99)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ($15.99)

Fallout 3 ($11.99)

Fallout: New Vegas ($11.99)

Rage ($9.99)

Just click on the above names and you’ll be taken right to their corresponding iTunes page. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to listen to some Fallout 3.

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Nintendo announces Fall 2012 dates for Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Tour

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was the first game in the series to receive a full orchestral score, but Nintendo’s Symphony of the Goddesses concert series recounts the storylines of four previous games: Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess and A Link to the Past. Nintendo has announced a new slate of stops for the tour, which will be conducted by Eímear Noone with arrangements by music director Chad Seiter.

The newly announced dates are as follows:

  • September 15: Toronto; Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
  • September 22: Minneapolis; Orpheum Theatre
  • October 12: Dallas; AT&T Performing Arts Center
  • October 18: Boston; Wang Theatre
  • October 25: Chicago; The Chicago Theatre
  • November 3: San Antonio; The Majestic Theatre
  • November 6: Calgary, Alberta; Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
  • November 28: New York; The Theater at Madison Square Garden
  • December 8: West Palm Beach, Fla.; Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
  • December 9: Miami; Adrienne Arsht Center
  • December 14: San Jose, Calif.; San Jose Civic

In addition to the concerts, the Nintendo World store in New York City’s Rockerfeller Plaza is hosting a series of events on Friday September 14th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Eastern Time). Fans will be able to take part in an ocarina workshop and have their photo taken with Link cosplay model Li Kovacs. The first people through the door will also receive a free goodie bag full of Symphony of the Goddesses merchandise, so get their early!

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