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.

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