Music stars align with Activision

E3 2010: Soundgarden to release its first track in 13 years exclusively in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock; Eminem to do his part for Call of Duty: Black Ops.

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Usher, Eminem, Soundgarden, Pharrell Williams, Jane's Addiction, Deadmau5, and Z-Trip are just some of the artists to feature in Activision's upcoming games, the publisher announced today. Call of Duty: Black Ops, DJ Hero 2, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, and True Crime: Hong Kong are all set to get the superstar treatment, with some featuring new or unreleased tracks.

Pharrell is lending his talents to True Crime.

The biggest release comes from recently reformed rock stars Soundgarden, who will debut their unreleased song "Black Rain" exclusively in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. This will be the first track the band has released together since its breakup in 1997. Soundgarden will feature alongside previously announced artists, such as Jane's Addiction, A Perfect Circle, Black Sabbath, and Megadeth.

R&B star Usher's hit "OMG" will be one of the new tracks featured in DJ Hero 2, alongside producer David Guetta and progressive house producer Deadmau5. Mash-up legend Z-Trip will also be lending two exclusive new mixes to the game, having consulted on its development. They follow in the footsteps of Metallica, Kanye West, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and The Chemical Brothers, who Activision confirmed would be in the game last week.

Finally, two of hip-hop's biggest stars have lent their talents to Activision's action titles. True Crime: Hong Kong will feature the legendary beats of producer and musician Pharrell Williams, of Neptunes fame. He will be collaborating with singer Rhea, who has previously collaborated with Williams, singing in his band N.E.R.D. Gamers will also be able to enjoy the soothing sounds of Eminem, as a track from his upcoming album "Recovery" will be part of Call of Duty: Black Ops. The rapper's tracks featured heavily in the previous incarnation of DJ Hero, alongside Jay-Z.

Look out for more on DJ Hero 2, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and True Crime: Hong Kong, by keeping it locked to e3.gamespot.com.

Discussion

52 comments
taino1128
taino1128

Rap music does not go good with a war game. I need hard rock or heavy metal, similar to the latest Spec Ops trailer.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

I'd rather listen to the Stones or the Doors when I'm shooting Viet Cong, but to each his own I guess.

isshiah
isshiah

i'd prefer 60s music for black ops. like all along the watchtower etc.

gslimjim08
gslimjim08

unless ya'll haven't noticed, i think activision is a fan of shady/aftermath cause modern warfare 2 had 50 cent it. i personally prefer eminem over 50. eminem is crazy so i can only imagine what song they pick to represent the cold war

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

suprised activision didnt say nothing bout goldeneye!

GodofEmpires
GodofEmpires

Even though I like Eminem, I don't think he should be in CoD.

wis3boi
wis3boi

You dawg i herd you liek rap, so Bobby Kotick put some mean beats in your CoD so you can be gangster while you kill commies >_> I would like to think the rest of the music in Black Ops would be 60s rock...

TheDrunkenLord
TheDrunkenLord

Eminem in the new COD could work. I'll be the first to admit some of his recent stuff has sucked balls, but what I've heard of Recovery is really good. Doesn't matter if he was around during the era or not, it's the song that counts.

dylan417
dylan417

I love how everybody frowns upon Activision now, but then, they give in and play their games.

dylan417
dylan417

Nice way to spend all of that money I suppose....

Ozzie234
Ozzie234

I'll probably buy it.... Guitar Hero is my first music game love... and will be the last :) Best engine, best difficulty, best charts = most fun

VexnadDanger
VexnadDanger

Its obvious why Eminem is in this game! He was the most popular music artist during the vietnam war! >_>

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

Uhg, why? Rap = The Vietnam War/The Cold War? It's a pity, really... I was thinking I'd get that one, but now... uhg... way to go Activision XD

XeonForce
XeonForce

Um... didn't Rap get created a few decades 'after' the Vietnam war?

MrBubbles59
MrBubbles59

Metallica seems outta place in DJ Hero lol.

Trogeton
Trogeton

oh if you don't have anything nice to say or plan or just bashing.. WHY would you come to this post... I guess there are alot more idiots in the world than I though.. but this is awesome news.. and you don't have to buy ANY of the games.. so stop acting like you are forced to go against your will or something trollz

Vari3ty
Vari3ty

Dear God Eminem in Black Ops........................ noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!

MuscleNightmare
MuscleNightmare

this is great news.. and all the haters are hating JUST because it's activision.. LOL bunch of babies I guess.. you don't even everything you want then huh

Little_Socrates
Little_Socrates

Well, Jane's Addiction has already been confirmed to be appearing in RB3 as well, so at least this announcement doesn't mean any of these bands are necessarily exclusive. That mostly matters 'cause we still need some Sabbath and some Soundgarden in RB3.

higgydiggy
higgydiggy

@Dan2178 At least you still have a mountain of Iron Maiden DLC.

X-7
X-7

Metallica is in DJHero 2? HECK NO!!! Eminem in Black Ops. Yet again... HECK NO!!!

Rocker6
Rocker6

Eminem in Call of Duty?He sux now,he used to be great.And he in cold war era is just stupid.

Dan21278
Dan21278

@ snes_vs_ps1 i still listen 2 it..

Dan21278
Dan21278

@ higgydiggy+ and a proud 1 too lol

tarikm92f
tarikm92f

i wonder which song will it be? i mean from EminEm

Just-Adam
Just-Adam

LOL ! Eminem in a cold war era FPS !! :lol: *facepalm*

Dan21278
Dan21278

NO SOUND GARDEN YOU MEANT TO GO HARMONIX NOT ACTIVISTON lol

Narutofan30
Narutofan30

I listen to Music while i play Cod why not incorperated? 50 Cent was a voice in MW2. Im suprised Jay-Z or Eminem Didnt want to voice but maybe they dont play Video game that much.

Narutofan30
Narutofan30

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BelaidKL
BelaidKL

@Pete5506 maybe when they say using his song it just means like what they did for MW2....use it for the trailer and some sequences within the game (e.g. cinematics)

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

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g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Cool a full star cast for these games.

wii_gamerz
wii_gamerz

Well, Activision put the Eminem song "Till I Collapse" in a MW2 trailer, and I thought the music fitted quite nicely. As long as Activision does it right, I'm fine with them putting one of his songs in the game. And you guys don't have to rage about it either.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Whats the point of having eminem in Call of Duty

big_erk
big_erk

Soundgarden, who will debut their unreleased song "Black Rain" Is this as cool as Tay Zonday's "Chocolate Rain", probably not.

xxn30warriorxx
xxn30warriorxx

only thing worthwhile here is soundgarden...the rest of it is garbage

Nakor
Nakor

Lol don't freak out. They are just songs. It's not like they are putting these guys in as lame characters.

47gunner
47gunner

Pharrell is lending his talents! to True Crime!!! pffffft(which talents)

47gunner
47gunner

@ Eminem COD has nothin to do with u!

kaze347
kaze347

Making it even more awesome. Providing they have an Eminem song AND zombies this will be a day one purchase for me.