Electronic Arts (EA) today announced it will join forces with Nettwerk Music Group to launch EA Recordings, an online music distribution label devoted to distributing its catalogue of wholly-owned musical compositions and remixes to Digital Service Providers (DSPs) worldwide. EA has more than 3,000 minutes of wholly-owned music at its disposal; the company will progressively release soundtracks from its archives as well as music from its latest release games.
Composer Christopher Lennertz
Amongst EA’s initial haul of soundtracks to be released are the scores to not one, but three of its James Bond videogames. Sean Callery’s Everything Or Nothing, Paul Oakenfold’s GoldenEye: Rogue Agent and Christopher Lennertz’s From Russia With Love (EA’s latest game, out this week) will all be released by the year’s end.
The soundtracks will be distributed to a number of DSPs including Apple iTunes, MSN, Yahoo Music, AOL Music, Rhapsody and more, as ringtones, mastertones or in .mp3 format. The move marks a first for the videogame industry, with EA the first interactive company to distribute its music catalogue in digital download format.
“Audiences today are media masters – they listen, play, download, watch and basically devour their entertainment in revolutionary new ways. They demand that the technology keep pace. This deal is a triumphant new commitment to making classic EA music and themes available to millions worldwide,” said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Music Marketing at EA. “We are proud to be on the cutting-edge of this trend with Nettwerk – an innovative and proven partner that is a world leader in digital music distribution.”
“We’ve entered a new age where video games are arguably more powerful than the radio when it comes to exposing audiences to music. Nettwerk could not be more thrilled to partner with today’s most respected and exciting gaming brand, on the cusp and ahead of the curve,” said Terry McBride, CEO, Nettwerk Music Group. “We look forward to delivering EA’s bold themes and soundtracks to both gaming fans and music lovers alike.”
The only 007 videogame soundtrack to be released to date is Tommy Tallarico’s score to EA’s first Bond effort, Tomorrow Never Dies.
Keep watching CBn for more news on EA’s 007 videogame soundtracks as it comes to hand.