Gamedaily.biz writes: "EA Sports gives us the first word on their huge new soundtrack for Madden '09. We chat with Steve Schnur about the impact of Madden on the music industry.
For the 20th Anniversary of the football franchise that has sold over 70 million units worldwide, EA Sports is offering gamers more songs and more original artists than ever before. Madden NFL 09, which ships August 12, will feature 26 songs from some of the biggest bands in music, as well as some of the hottest bands of tomorrow.
"I love that the annual announcement of the artists featured on the game's new soundtrack has become as much of an event as the unveiling of the game software itself," said Steve Schnur, worldwide executive of music and marketing, Electronic Arts. 'We probably considered 4000+ songs before deciding on the final 26 tracks. It was certainly the largest batch of candidates we've ever taken on. But for the 20th Anniversary, we wanted to create a definitive soundtrack that would be a combination of returning classic Madden acts, ass-kicking new bands and some very cool surprises from hip-hop to hardcore and beyond.'"