Taylor Swift strums onto Band Hero

Activision's pop-music take on its Guitar Hero franchise featuring 19-year-old country artist performing "Love Story," "You Belong With Me," and "Picture to Burn" as playable character.

Branching out from the rhythm-based Guitar Hero franchise, Band Hero promises "the hottest chart-topping hits from everyone's favorite acts" upon its November launch. With that in mind, it comes as little surprise that the game will now feature the top-selling pop country singer Taylor Swift as a playable character.

She's reaching out to pull in her imminent royalties.

Today, Activision announced that three of Swift's songs--"Love Story" and "You Belong With Me" from her quadruple-platinum-plus album Fearless and "Picture to Burn" from her eponymous debut record--will be performed by a virtual version of Swift. Last month, an official game trailer unveiled a handful of hit tracks from Lily Allen, No Doubt, The All-American Rejects, Queen, and the Jackson 5. (See the full list below.)

According to Activision, Swift sold more albums than any other recording artist in 2008. Her album Fearless hit double-platinum status four weeks after its debut that same year. Over the course of her music career, the 19-year-old singer-songwriter has sold over 7.75 million albums.

The game's official Web site now features a video of developers collaborating with Swift on creating her in-game virtual avatar. Band Hero will come out this November and will be available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii, and DS.

ARTIST - SONG
The All-American Rejects - "Dirty Little Secret"
Jackson 5 - "ABC"
Lily Allen - "Take What You Take"
No Doubt - "Just a Girl"
Queen - "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
Taylor Swift - "Love Story"
Taylor Swift - "Picture to Burn"
Taylor Swift - "You Belong With Me"

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108 comments
Harerazer
Harerazer

Forget Aerosmith, Metallica, and Van Halen...I want Guitar Hero ME where I can just scan in my own face and play as badly as I want to...because I can't play guitar anyway!

penpusher
penpusher

wow,,,just who ive always wanted to play a game as ,,, how about YMCA? i'd buy that lmao

Tomboy_666
Tomboy_666

is the name 'band hero' a GH style copy of the name 'Rock Band' or sumtin ? cuz if it is then it's minus 100 time better.

Deathmobarez
Deathmobarez

@kazstar23 Yeah, sex hero 1, 2, 3, world tour (LAWL) and then pornstar hero. After that comes photoshop hero, or maybe even heroin hero. :P

XeonForce
XeonForce

Why don't they just go ahead and add Sesame Street characters so I can officially kill myself. =P

AlphaCommando
AlphaCommando

YES!!! THIS IS WHAT I WANT!!! PLEASE HAVE LOTS OF MILEY CYRUS ON IT TOO!!!

kazstar23
kazstar23

what's next? sex hero with project natal? dont make me laugh.... HAHAHA..owait.. seriously, the are just milking the 'hero' series, i am started to lose interest in them

bengino
bengino

For all of those saying "this is like Rock Band", please make an informed comment before you talk out of your bum. Rock Band may look to have an initial setlist for more "mainstream" artists, but the difference lies in the DLC they have been pumping out the last nearly 3 years. Activision does not care to have a "platform" type experience, they constantly pump out game after game and does not make any of it expendable onto any previous title. What type of message do you give when you do this kind of action? The truth is, when you have something that works, stop messing with it, don't dwindle interest in your former cash cow by making the product obsolete. I'm sure the actual profits would be greater if for example, you'd release Aerosmith DLC with a pack to include the Aerosmith characters, same for Metallica and Van Halen... this game, should just be a track pack, that would actually make much more sense then competing with yourself with THREE titles coming out almost at the same time.... sorry make that 4... Guitar Hero 5 Band Hero Guitar Hero: Van Halen DJ Hero does this make any sense to anyone??

Mr_Manikin52
Mr_Manikin52

Taylor Swift looks so freaky! The face is SOOOOOO not right. They did a better job with Hayley Williams of PARAMORE.

p00phead
p00phead

Last good guitar hero was 3 it went down hill after that

Ikeypoooooooooo
Ikeypoooooooooo

Will somebody please strike me about the head so i can forget this article?

AlphaWarrior10
AlphaWarrior10

you guys can say all you want about this game but it is 100 times better than Lego Rockband and taylor Swift is hot!!!

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

I know you have no shame Activision, but seriously stop. This is getting Embarrassing

davidwood6
davidwood6

will the cow atually die at some point?

skullboy950
skullboy950

Guitar Hero/Rock Band = the most oversaturated video game fad since Pokemon.

StephenBassford
StephenBassford

Taylor Swift is very attractive in real life, but that picture of her in game is scary as hell.

givetoandy
givetoandy

They need to rename the game to "Teen Hero" or "Pop Hero"... Give it a name to let people know exactly what it's all about.

carneyfolk
carneyfolk

I wanna play Message Bord Post hero...or Work Hero..wait a second, did i just hear Activision Money Making Hero? Seriously, way to milk a genre for all its worth and leave it over saturated and dead.

shocka-delica
shocka-delica

"band hero" may be the worst videogame title I've ever heard

snake289
snake289

Don't you mean Milk Hero Gamespot?

benmc19
benmc19

Ooh ooh, look at it go. There went my interest in this game.

Imperator2007
Imperator2007

I'm getting sick of music based rhythm games that fail to make significant changes to their formula. It should be time for these games to be given an indefinite hiatus, but they are somehow still making money despite the fad having come and gone. I won't be buying any more of these games. Unless they finally come out with Glockenspiel Hero. That is a game I would play.

sam_nintendo
sam_nintendo

If I want to play Queen, I'll have to buy this? SAVE ME HARMONIX!

kodmani
kodmani

looks like i got cat scratch fever

HaXeR
HaXeR

omg dats so awsummmmmm dats hawt imma so bai dis gaem behcuz of mah bff mah grrl taylur swift. (By the way, if you take this comment seriously then you are a F-ing retard XD)

Excedra
Excedra

ITS A LOVE STORY, BABY JUST SAY YES!!!!!!!!!!!

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

So essentially this is just Lego Rock Band without the Legos.

ENCAGED
ENCAGED

Once again.. Message to this entire franchise: Stop. Just stop.

lmcalack
lmcalack

the whole point is a game for younger kids... megadeth is not for young kids...

Strategygamer22
Strategygamer22

What's the difference between this and Guitar Hero 5? They sound exactly the same. I think it's time for me to give up on these games. Guitar Hero Metallica is the only music game I play now!

NuKkU
NuKkU

wow seriously............

NooDLES-666
NooDLES-666

I don't play these music games anymore but seriously what happened.... it went from Megadeth to Taylor Swift? Last time I remember, no one in her band was a hero, nobody has uber amounts of talent. This is fail all around.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

@ R3NeGaDeAnGeL - Accordion Hero? At least there will be a lot of Weird Al on it!

Harerazer
Harerazer

I'm confused...how do you market this when you already have GH World Tour selling? Is that NOT really a "Band" Hero game? This just seems to be pushing different songs. Why not just put the songs on GHWT's downloads and make Taylor Swift et al a DLC update?

zaveline
zaveline

so what is this a new guitar hero game in disguise? WTF! ACTVISION!

eclipse9989
eclipse9989

its supposed to be amaimed at kids thta is why there is bad music

DDR_Midian
DDR_Midian

Damn, this game has dropped about a million percent on the respect meter. This is like Rock Band for the people who actually enjoy Wii Sports.

drumbreak1
drumbreak1

this doesn't appeal to me lol grandstream.

Grandstream
Grandstream

Isn't Band Hero just the same as Guitar Hero 5? I think the only difference is they're trying to turn it more into Rock Band, with more roundabout songs to appeal to everyone, not just rock and metal that GH5 has been known for...

Xx_Hopless_xX
Xx_Hopless_xX

I see no Disturbed..and I'm not aware of it even conatining any songs from them although they said "chart topping", as well as no Seether or any bands i like, therefore, i shall not be purchasing this game. I'm not saying it's going to be terrible(which there is a high chance it will be) but this just doesn't seem to grab my attention and scream out "Awesome rhythm game"..besides the fact that i hate country music..no wait...LOATH country music..

fillup0
fillup0

You can tell this is going to be the most epic failure this year. Thank god they are rolling out guitar hero too...

Lopur94
Lopur94

I stopped reading after I read the two words Taylor and Swift next to each other.

ottumatic
ottumatic

@mrklorox Lol. I misread "Jonas Brother" as "Jones Brother" and have been thinking that they must be high on drugs.

black_ice23
black_ice23

this is basically a top 40 edition of guitar hero, its not just rock , i like that concept, it allows everyone in, when i played this with my family they could only sing along to the big hits others hits that only rockers would know when unsung, so this could do well, jackson 5 is an awesome entry, i better not see hannah montana or jonas bros, on here, probably wont since they disney owned but u know what i mean. but i worry there wont be much to do for the instruments, they arent geared towards that mostly vocals