You’ll notice it’s been a while since our last post on this site. It’s also been a while since we’ve had a release; our latest release is “Trixie” by Jeff Burgess, which came out in June. Not many RBN songs have been coming out in general since then either. So you may be asking yourself, what has Chart Toppers been up to in all this time? When will we see another song from the Rock Band Network, from CTA or anyone else? I write this post to bring people up to speed on all that’s been going on.
On the subject of new songs on RBN: Since April, when a hacker took down RockBand.com temporarily, the RBN site we submit our songs to for approval has gone through some technical issues. One of them is a new security wall, a VPN, that basically has us sign in twice to enter the site, which is an understandable move to make considering the sensitive information on that site. However, it’s had on-and-off uploading problems. Most of that appears to be resolved right now, as we have been uploading new songs to the site for playtest and review. It did slow us down a bit while it was going on though.
That was only part of the problem though. Recently, Microsoft has switched from using Microsoft Points to real currency for items on the Xbox Live Marketplace. This has caused some sort of issue with new RBN releases not appearing properly in the store, which has also caused the illusion that nothing new has been releasing from the RBN. One of our songs, “Humanoid” by SIMPL3JACK, was also hit by this problem and should have hit the store before “Trixie” did. We don’t know why one song made it and one song didn’t, but it happened. We’re currently working to get Humanoid re-uploaded and re-approved for sale. However, with the Xbox Live Marketplace causing issues, it may be a while before you see Humanoid or any other new releases from us.
So what have we been doing in the meantime?
For one, we’ve been working on authoring songs and getting them ready for release. If you follow us on social media, you may have seen some new videos we’ve put up. We’re continuing to announce new songs as we get them done, and once all the bugs have been worked out with the RBN pipeline, we’re gonna do all we can to release them en masse so that Rock Band Network players on Xbox 360 can have new songs to buy and enjoy.
We also have a bunch of songs we’ve previously announced that have yet to come out as well. Scrolling down the first page of this site shows a few of them. We also plan to release these songs. We have not cancelled any projects, and we do not plan to cancel any. So if you’ve been waiting for a particular song for a while, please be patient. We want our songs released just as badly as you do.
We’re also not gonna make any announcement posts on this site for the time being, so we can spend our time focusing on the release of songs. New announcements will be made via Facebook, Twitter, and our thread on RockBand.com, and new preview videos will be released on our YouTube channel showing the full songs as seen in-game! That’s our new policy; no more short teaser videos. From now on, we’re showing you the full song, both during the prototype stage and upon final release.
Due to the large amount of songs we’re currently working on, we’re currently not taking any submissions for new projects. It’s not that we don’t want to take on new songs, but we’ve got our hands full with the songs we have right now. It wouldn’t be fair to any of the artists, both the ones waiting for their songs to come out and the ones who want to be in the game, if they had to wait even longer as we juggle more songs than we can handle.
I will note, however, in case you’re an artist that has been talking to us and you’re reading this; we’re not cancelling any deals we’ve made that have yet to be signed. I’ve accounted for your songs in our workload. We’re still taking you onboard. We’re just not accepting any further submissions past that for the time being.
Of course, this isn’t permanent! We’re not closing our doors! We plan to stay in the RBN game until the very last day, and we’re definitely not gonna stop until at least all of the songs we’ve signed are in the store. Once we’ve gotten our workload down to a more manageable level, we’ll begin accepting new submissions again. I have some ideas for some cool songs to pursue at that time. If you’re a CTA artist reading this, and you wanna add new songs, then once we’ve got a lighter load we will definitely take on work from you. We wouldn’t be where we are without you guys, and I want to thank you for entrusting your songs to us to bring to the Rock Band platform.
So that’s the whole situation. I just wanted to throw this post out to inform anyone who may be out of the loop with current events, and also to affirm that we’re still here and we’re not going anywhere. As further proof of that, let me go ahead and announce a new song! It’s our first holiday song! We’re not sure we can get it out in time for the holidays (that’s partially on Microsoft and Harmonix to get the pipeline fixed) but we’re gonna try! Enjoy “I’ll Drink to That,” by Set Your Sails featuring ShadyVox!
If you were at Paul and Storm’s concert at PAX East 2013, you might have noticed that after they played Opening Band (and were pelted by a department store’s worth of stuff in the process), they mentioned Opening Band getting keys and harmonies. We’re confirming that this is indeed happening, and the RB3 version will be released through the Rock Band Network by us!
“Opening Band” is an amazing song, and very fun to play on Rock Band. Everyone who’s bought the original knows this. However, we felt it would be a lot more fun with keys and harmonies added. The song’s got a very active keys section, and it’s almost a crime to have a Paul and Storm song in the game without the ability to sing as both of them. Now you can, and we feel that this move will enrich your enjoyment of the song.
The song will enter playtest this week (after I get home from PAX) and will hopefully be out very soon for you all to enjoy!
Check out our promo video below!
We’ve been listening, guys. You loved Discord. You want more. You’re getting more.
We’re proud to announce the Chart Toppers Authoring Brony Collection! Four songs inspired by the hit cartoon “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” are hitting the Network! The songs are:
Eurobeat Brony ft. Odyssey – “Discord (EuroChaos Mix)”
Eurobeat Brony ft. Odyssey – “Luna (NIGHTMARE MODE)”
Dasha and The Living Tombstone – “Good Girl”
Jeff Burgess – Trixie
Eurobeat Brony makes his return to the Rock Band platform with two of his most well-known tracks:
-“Discord (EuroChaos Mix)” will join its remixed version in the Rock Band Network, bringing with it fast disco beats, heavy guitar chords, epic vocals, insane keys, and a dubstep bass/drums dual solo. That’s right. You heard me. A DUBSTEP BASS/DRUMS DUAL SOLO.
-“Luna (NIGHTMARE MODE)” promises amazing keys, an awesome guitar solo, some fast galloping bass, and a very fun time at the end. It also boasts the epic Odyssey choruses you know and love.
The Living Tombstone is no stranger to Rock Band, being responsible for the Discord remix, but his return brings with him Israeli vocalist Dasha, whose beautiful vocals will entrance you in the expertly-produced “Good Girl.” Those vocals join some varied guitar lines (including a short solo) and very active drums to make a fun Rock Band track you’ll want to play over and over again.
Also making his Rock Band debut is alternative singer-songwriter Jeff Burgess with one of his most popular tracks, “Trixie,” which boasts some really fun charts. It’s an upbeat track with fast drums and plenty of alt-strumming to be done on the guitar. Keys players won’t find anything here, but the keyboardist can get up, walk over to a second mic, and sing along with the lead vocals in perfect harmony.
Find our official announcement video, which doubles as our YouTube channel’s 100th video special, below!
Punk music has always had a place in Rock Band. It’s fast, it’s aggressive, and it’s fun. Those descriptions fit our latest announcement well; we’re proud to announce that we’re bringing “In My Arms” by Ridgefield, Connecticut band The Distractions!
“In My Arms” is a fast-paced, powerful track with heavy drum work and two-part harmonies that should satisfy any punk fan. Guitarists will also find a challenge in this song with the ending solo, which helps close the song with a quick and powerful finish.
Check out a preview of “In My Arms” below and go like The Distractions on Facebook for more updates on the band!
Cinematic. Psychedelic. Awesome. These are all among the words that have been used to describe the music of German instrumental post-rock duo Collapse Under the Empire, and they’re all accurate. The band, who released their first tracks in 2008, garnered attention rather quickly, and are currently set to release their latest album, “Fragments of a Prayer,” in September 2012. We’re proud to announce that we’re bringing two songs from their previous album, 2011’s “Shoulders & Giants,” to the Rock Band Network. The tracks are “The Last Reminder” and “Incident.”
Both tracks are excellent examples of the band’s talent for blending echoing guitar, technical drum patterns and atmospheric synth/piano sounds into a true listening experience. Catch a preview of both songs below, and visit Collapse Under the Empire’s official site for more info on the band, as well as a free song download for the song “Dragonfly” for joining their mailing list!
We’re proud to announce today that Swedish rock band Stone Ticket is bringing 8 songs through us from their album “PuNk’s DeAd” to the Rock Band Network!
Stone Ticket’s style can simply be described as “pure rock.” Infectious guitar riffs, kick-heavy driving drums, a steady bassline and occasional gang vocals combine to create unique yet familiar sounds to rock out to. While the band is modern, you can hear influences from older rock songs seeping in and helping define the unique sound that is Stone Ticket. Listed among their influences are bands like Howling Wolf and Motörhead, and one can hear a bit of an AC/DC vibe in a few of their tracks, like “Put Out the Fire With Gasoline,” which we have a preview of below.
We’ve heard a lot of people who say they’re looking for a bit more “rock” in their Rock Band. We think Stone Ticket will fit that bill perfectly. Find out more about them at the following links, and enjoy the preview video below!
The popular cartoon “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” has spawned an entire subculture of young adults, known as “Bronies,” who love the show for various reasons. A large amount of these bronies are artists, writers, musicians, and other creative types who draw inspiration from the show to create high-quality fan content that not only enrich their own love of the show, but also that of the entire community who enjoys these works. We’re proud to announce the first song to come to the Rock Band Network of this nature, which is the Living Tombstone remix of “Discord” by Eurobeat Brony!
Eurobeat Brony and The Living Tombstone are two of the most well-known brony musicians in the fandom. Eurobeat Brony is known for, well, eurobeat tracks! He creates his own versions of songs from the show as well as original tracks inspired by the show and its characters. “Discord” is inspired by the eponymous villain from Season 2, a reality warper who spreads chaos and disharmony wherever he goes. The version coming to Rock Band is a remix by electronic producer/composer The Living Tombstone, who in addition to remixes of other brony songs has created many original works, including “Dubstep Dishwasher” (the theme from the fan animation “Epic Wub Time”) and “Tom’s Dog” (the credits theme from TomSka’s animation “asdfmovie5”).
For those who may not be fans of MLP, “Discord (The Living Tombstone Remix)” should still be appealing for fans of upbeat electronic music. The song has gotten almost 2,000,000 views on YouTube, and has been featured on Rolling Stone and Equestria Daily. Keys players will definitely enjoy the solo near the end, and vocalists will have a blast singing the powerful harmonies.
Check out a preview below, and find out more information on both artists at the links below.
The Living Tombstone:
Chiptune fans rejoice! We’re proud to announce that FantomenK is returning to Rock Band with one of his amazing compositions, “Playing With Power,” an epic-sounding song that will prove to be fun on all instruments!
FantomenK is a Swedish composer whose various chiptune works have garnered many views on YouTube. He is best known for his song “The Massacre,” which serves as the ending theme to the internet comedy series “Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin’?” and is already available on Rock Band.
“Playing With Power” is almost 5 minutes of 8-bit fun that’ll get you hooked as soon as the intro comes in. Being a chiptune track, keys players will fall in love with it instantly, and will enjoy the keys solo at the beginning. In addition, since the “Now you’re playing with power” sample from the Nintendo commercial couldn’t be used, it has been graciously re-recorded by our very own ShadyVox!
Check out the video below, and learn more about FantomenK at:
We’re proud to announce that independent singer/songwriter Ed Tanguy is coming to the Rock Band Network with a mellow-yet-fun track called “Sun in Your Eyes,” a treat for all kinds of Rock Band players…except drummers. This one’s got no drums.
What it lacks in drums, however, it more than makes up for in the other parts. Vocalists will enjoy the range of notes to be sung here and the active verses. Keys players will enjoy a couple of solos, and bassists have a solo waiting for them as well. Guitarists will enjoy this track most of all, however; it’s constantly active, has a few tricky parts, and boasts some really fun solos that will make this song well worth replaying.
Ed Tanguy has many more compositions available on his website. Check out the link below to learn more about him, and check out the preview video for “Sun in Your Eyes” below as well!