We’re already into July, so EA Sports’ August 12th launch of Madden NFL 09 on every current platform known to man (and some unknown to this man) is right around the corner. Accordingly, EA announced the game’s 26-song soundtrack this morning; it is said to feature “a multi-genre roster of superstar acts and soon-to-breakthrough artists.”
You’re going to have to let me know about the validity of that statement from EA’s PR people, since I’m not familiar with a single track in the game. Of course, I suppose that’s the point; EA has always strived to introduce up-and-coming artists and songs with their games’ soundtracks, called “EA Trax.”
Still, I definitely remember Madden NFL 2004 shipping with Blink-182’s single “Feeling This,” as well as Madden NFL 2005 featuring Green Day’s new single at the time, “American Idiot” — so perhaps I should note for the second time on Destructoid that I must be hopelessly out of touch with modern music. Some of the artists on tap this year are Franz Ferdinand, The Offspring, Rev Theory, and Busta Rhymes (featuring Linkin Park, no less).
Hit the jump for the press release, which contains the full tracklist. I wonder how long it’ll take me to get sick of these songs. That’s not a commentary on the quality of the music, but I find that I inevitably become tired of any game’s soundtrack if it features licensed music in this manner. Give me the original title menu music from NHL 95 any day.
EA Celebrates 20 Years of Madden Music with Announcement of the MADDEN NFL 09 Soundtrack
One of the Most Influential Soundtracks in Videogame History Returns with Major Events, Tracks from Busta Rhymes featuring Linkin Park, Disturbed and The Offspring
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – July 8, 2008 – Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ: ERTS) today unveiled the music track listing for Madden NFL 09, set to release August 12, 2008. The new soundtrack features 26 songs from a multi-genre roster of superstar acts and soon-to-breakthrough artists, including Franz Ferdinand, Good Charlotte, Airbourne, From First To Last, The All-American Rejects, Rev Theory, K’Naan, and Kidz In The Hall. Madden NFL, the biggest-selling sports franchise in videogame history, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a full slate of live music events, tributes and television appearances leading up the game’s street date.
“Madden NFL is the foundation of what we do and sets the standard for every soundtrack we create,” said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Marketing for EA. “Madden NFL revolutionized the industry by making music of multiple genres — from both established acts and brand-new artists — an essential emotional component of the videogame experience and the NFL season itself. This 20th Anniversary Edition soundtrack celebrates that legacy like never before, complete with marketing events that take the excitement to a whole new level. Not only have we changed the gaming culture forever, we continue to move the needle musically for millions of people around the world. Madden NFL will always be recognized as the game that made the music matter in videogames.”
The highlights of the Madden NFL 09 soundtrack include genre-bending collaborations by Busta Rhymes featuring Linkin Park and Young Dre, The Truth featuring Good Charlotte, as well as returning Madden NFL hit makers Franz Ferdinand, Gym Class Heroes (both with pre-album prerelease tracks), All American Rejects, Shinedown, Senses Fail, Disturbed, The Offspring and Airbourne. The soundtrack’s trend of introducing emerging artists continues with 12 new acts that include The Fashion, Kardinal Offishall featuring Lindo P, In Flames, Innerpartysystem, Hollywood Undead, Mindless Self Indulgence, Izza Kizza, Trivium, Kovas and Tyga.
Cross-promotional events leading up to the game’s release include a series of :60 viral videos for tracks featured in the game, a special Madden Music Anniversary tribute issue of Billboard on newsstands July 13th, as well as other marketing partnerships to be announced in the near future. Beginning the week of August 4th, a different Madden NFL 09 soundtrack artist will perform live each night on a popular late night show.
Over the past decade, the Madden NFL soundtrack has launched premier artists that include Good Charlotte, OK GO, Fallout Boy, Franz Ferdinand, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Yellowcard, Dashboard Confessional, Jet, Ozomatli and 30 Seconds To Mars, and featured such superstars as Green Day, Outkast, Foo Fighters, blink-182, Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne, The Hives, Timbaland featuring Justin Timberlake and Sum 41.
The complete in-game soundtrack for Madden NFL 09 features the following 26 songs:
Artist Song Airbourne Stand Up For Rock ‘N Roll Busta Rhymes feat. Linkin Park We Made It Disturbed Inside The Fire Franz Ferdinand Lucid Dreams From First To Last Worlds Away Gym Class Heroes I’m Home Hollywood Undead Undead In Flames The Mirror’s Truth Innerpartysystem Don’t Stop Izza Kizza Millionaire K’NAAN ABC’s Kardinal Offishall feat. Lindo P Burnt Kidz In The Hall Blackout KOVAS Wax On, Wax Off Mindless Self Indulgence Never Wanted To Dance Rev Theory Hey Yeah Senses Fail Wolves At The Door Shinedown Devour The All-American Rejects The Real World (Demo) The Fashion Like Knives The Offspring Hammerhead Trivium Into The Mouth Of…We March Tyga Diamond Life Underoath Desperate Times, Desperate Measures Wale feat. Southeast Slim Breakdown Young Dre The Truth feat. Good Charlotte Workin’
Music from the Madden NFL 09 soundtrack is available on EA’s music website at www.ea.com/eatrax.