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319w ago - SCEE today announced exciting and new content for the ever expanding SingStar world at Games Convention 2008. Michael Jackson joins the SingStar roster for the very first time in SingStar Vol.3 Party Edition, and takes his place alongside the greatest pop artists old and new. Barry Manilow, Lionel Richie and Kate Bush sit alongside recent chart hits from The Ting Tings, Timbaland, Sara Bareilles and Coldplay.

Press Release: Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and Barry Manilow make their SingStar debut on SingStar Vol.3 Party Edition

More than 2 million tracks downloaded from SingStoreâ„¢
SingStore to launch song packs with Queen themed downloads

Leipzig Games Convention, 20th August 2008: Since its launch in 2004, SingStarâ„¢ has become one of the world's most popular game titles and a phenomenal success for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), proving that everyone wants a chance to sing along to their favourite tune.

In four years and across both PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3â„¢) and PlayStation®2 platforms,SingStar has sold more than 13 million discs in SCEE territories and has seen more than two million tracks downloaded from online service, SingStoreâ„¢. And things are about to get even bigger with SCEE announcing exciting and new content for the ever expanding SingStar world at Games Convention 2008.

SingStarâ„¢ Vol.3 Party Edition

Michael Jackson joins the SingStar roster for the very first time in SingStar Vol.3 Party Edition, and takes his place alongside the greatest pop artists old and new. Barry Manilow, Lionel Ritchie and Kate Bush sit alongside recent chart hits from The Ting Tings, Timbaland, Sara Bareilles and Coldplay.

SingStar Vol.3 Party Edition will include:

Barry Manilow, Copacabana

David Bowie, Sapce Oddity

Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney, Ebony & Ivory

Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson, The Way I Are

Coldplay, Viva La Vida

SingStoreâ„¢ Goes From Strength To Strength

Every ten seconds a song is sold in SingStore and since its launch in December 2007 more than two million tracks have been downloaded in SCEE territories. There are now more than 200,000 My SingStar Online users and they're uploading more than 50,000 video performances. Personalise your SingStar experience to reflect your own musical tastes with the launch of SingStar Song Packs this September.

The download packs comprise five tracks, kicking off with one of the biggest rock bands of all time; Queen. Two Queen SingStar Song Packs will initially be available including some of their greatest hits, such as 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'We Will Rock You', 'We Are The Champions' and many more. Further packs will be released every fortnight alongside new tracks added to SingStore.

SingStar is an experience, an online community, and a way of life! It's for families, exhibitionists and wannabe popstars everywhere. So grab a mic, choose your track and get involved with the worldwide singing phenomenon - available only on PS3 and PlayStation 2.

About SingStar

o The original SingStar® was launched in May/June 2004 exclusively on PlayStationâ2 to public and critical acclaim, entering the charts at number one in most of Europe's biggest countries.

o SingStar® Party, the follow-up, was launched pre-Christmas 2004, and included not only another great line-up of international artists, but also further 'party' and multi-player features, such as duets.

o SingStar® Pop followed in the Spring of 2005 introducing yet more original features and options including rap scoring and medleys, plus 30 of the biggest and best hits of the last three years.

o SingStar® '80s launched at Christmas 2005 and featured a tracklist 100% dedicated to the best music of the '80s, with licensed tracks and videos from artists such as Duran Duran, Culture Club, Wham, Blondie, The Cure, offering a real treat for all SingStar fans, and serving as an essential Christmas party accessory!

o SingStar® Rocks! launched in April/May 2006 and is packed with attitude, capturing the ultimate balance of exciting new rock acts e.g; The Killers; Razorlight, and Kasabian plus a few alternative rock gems and a good sprinkling of 'dad rock'.

o SingStar® Legends released in November 2006 and features an impressive line-up of past and present music icons, including John Lennon, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, U2, Madonna and the Jackson 5.

o SingStar® Pop Hits launched in April 2007 with a tracklist dedicated to the biggest names in pop. With thirty huge pop tracks from award winning artists including Jennifer Lopez, Scissor Sisters, Nelly Furtado and Fall Out Boy, Pop Hits is an essential buy for any pop music lover.

o SingStar® R&B launched in October 2007 with a sassy line-up of the best of R&B music introducing a mixture of modern day superstars and much revered Soul and Motown icons from the past. Featuring Rhianna, Pussycat Dolls, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and Salt-N-Pepa.

o SingStar® Volume One (PS3) saw SingStar make its long awaited debut in the Next-Gen world in December 2007 and was an instant Christmas hit. Featuring 30 brand new tracks by artists such as The Killers, Pussycat Dolls, Gwen Stefani and Gorillaz, SingStar Volume One also heralded the arrival of SingStore and MySingStar. SingStore allowed players to download additional tracks from an ever increasing library of both classic and modern songs. Online music community My SingStar Online allowed players to upload their videos and audio performances for comments from other players and allowed listening and commenting on other's performances.

o SingStar® Summer Party launched in May 2007 with a tracklist celebrating the best of summer smash hits. SingStar Summer Party feel good tracklist had classic hits from pop icons such as Elton John, Blur, and Blondie. Mixed in with current pop acts such as Rihanna, Amy Winehouse and Mika. Finished off with a good helping of cheesy pop from Lou Beuga, Chesney Hawks and Yazz.

o SingStar® Volume Two arrived on PS3 in the Summer of 2008. As well as another 30 exclusive tracks, the second Blu-ray SingStar disc offers an all new Harmony mode, allowing players to sing different parts of the same song at the same time. It also offers all-new customization options for MySingStar and improves the look of the famous SingStar carousel.

o The SingStar franchise has been a huge hit internationally selling over 13 million units across the PAL region - SingStar is now a house-hold name in over 67 different countries. With the top rock, pop and party tracks from the world's biggest artists, SingStar offers fans a diverse and eclectic mix of dance floor classics for any occasion with over 30 great titles to chose from.

o Critical to this commercial success has been the strong commitment to localisation ensuring that our consumers can enjoy SingStar in their own language and sing the songs that are heard on radio stations across the world. To date, SingStar has been localised in the following languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Croatian and Russian.



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