SingStar hits sales high note

Sony's karaoke series reaches 12 million sales in PAL territories, with over 1 million tracks downloaded from the online SingStore.

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The rhythm action genre is a competitive market these days, with Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and SingStar all vying for musically enamoured gamers' time. Sony's SingStar may be the gaming equivalent of The Rolling Stones, having been around for nearly four years, but it shows no sign of being forced out by the new kids on the block. Sony announced today that the series has sold more than 12 million copies in PAL territories to date, with 5 million units sold in fiscal 2007.

The karaoke series, which first hit the PlayStation 2 in 2004, has seen more than 15 spin-offs on the PlayStation 2 and a next-gen version on the PlayStation 3. While certain editions, such as SingStar Rocks and SingStar '80s, have made it to the US market, these sales figures only include the PAL territories.

In addition to bumper sales of the games themselves, Sony also announced that the SingStore had sold over a million songs since it launched in December of last year. The online store currently sells songs and their high-definition videos for £0.99 ($1.97) each. In other online news, My SingStar Online has registered 140,000 users, as well as 20,000 videos of SingStar performances from players, all of which have been watched a total of 2.5 million times online.

The announcement follows the news that the PS3 version of the game will finally be released in North America next month on May 20. Sony has yet to announce pricing or song lists for the US version, but it was featured along with LittleBigPlanet at the recent Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

Discussion

12 comments
RedFlame55
RedFlame55

They really need to bring Singstar Bollywood to America, it's the only one I've been interested in, and it's only in PAL version!

Bablos
Bablos

Just a quick note - all music videos currently available on the SingStore are all standard definition. No high definition content yet...

Lostboy1224
Lostboy1224

Trust me, women love this game and I don't see the sales dipping anytime soon.

raverrozza
raverrozza

fair play but this is not the game for me in the slightest. karoke pushes me close to sucide on a night out never mind having to be subjected to it in my own home!

feryl06
feryl06

there's always been a niche for karaoke everywhere you go.

Prinze
Prinze

I agree, I did not realize the series was so popular either. But good for Sony.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

I never realized how popular this series was. I'll be getting SingStar on PS3 when it's here next month. My fiancee loves singing in Rock Band on 360 so this seems like a logical buy for her.

thekodaman
thekodaman

This has a lot of potential, I'd like to see Sony Integrate the Singstore into the PSN and devote a section to it. Just to simplify things.

AriotUK
AriotUK

This is great news but it does go to prove that Sony should *not* release the new PS3 game on Blu-ray and charge people for it: just put all the songs onto the Network and let people choose " you will still make a hell of a killing.

02sfraser
02sfraser

i always though the songstar store was a fantastic idea. looks like Sony got the formula right with so many copies being sold

Irve
Irve

beyond belief .. if this continues sony could sell the PS3 for 1p and still make money from all those downloads and sales !!

Maersyndel
Maersyndel

Sounds like it's been a bit of a success eh? Ps3 version could do really well when they really start filling the online side of things with content.