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'Madden NFL 06' (ALL) Official Soundtrack Announced

by Judy on Aug. 1, 2005 @ 4:26 p.m. PDT

EA today revealed the highly-anticipated list of bands that will be featured in Madden NFL 06. Characterized by the same intensity and high energy of the sport, the music in Madden NFL 06 brings together the hottest artists from hard rock and hip-hop.

"Every year, the release of Madden NFL Football is a major event for gamers and music fans alike," said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Music Marketing at EA. "Some of today's most important acts were first introduced through the game. This year's in-game soundtrack features some amazing new tracks from artists that we believe will be next year's hottest stars."

The Madden NFL Football franchise is widely recognized as a driving force behind launching new music and this year is no different. In 2006, Madden NFL Football returns with an all-star line-up of multi-platinum bands and emerging acts. Up-and-coming bands such as Nine Black Alps, Avenged Sevenfold, Finch, Hot Hot Heat and Fall Out Boy join established acts such as The All-American Rejects, Disturbed, Godsmack and Foo Fighters. Also this year, some of the most promising new hip-hop artists will make appearances in the game, including Kanye West's protegee Bump J, Spider Loc, who recently signed with 50 Cent, Sam Scarfo, who is the first act that Jay Z signed to DEF JAM, and Stat Quo, who was recently signed by Eminem. Even with all of these phenomenal songs, the crown jewel of the hip hop line-up is 'Mind On The Road' from Rev Run, who is most famous for bringing rap music to the world's stage with Run D.M.C. in the mid-1980s. These songs will raise the temperature in football stadiums nationwide this season.

As an added feature, Da Riffs remixed a number of original NFL FILMS music pieces that will be showcased throughout the menus and in gameplay. Da Riffs are a cutting-edge hip-hop production team who recently signed with Next Level Music -- the groundbreaking music publishing joint venture between EA and Cherry Lane Music.

The complete in-game soundtrack for Madden NFL 06 features:

ARTIST TRACK NAME Avenged Sevenfold Bat Country Bullet For My Valentine 4 Words (To Choke Upon) Bump J Move Around Chamillionaire Hate In Ya Eyes Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists Fall Out Boy Dance, Dance Finch Ink Foo Fighters No Way Back Funeral For A Friend Streetcar Godsmack Bring it On Hot Hot Heat Pickin' It Up Memphis Bleek Like That Nine Black Alps Cosmopolitan Papoose Born To Win (1) REV RUN Mind On The Road Sam Scarfo Tear 'Em Up (1) Slim Thug Get It Started (1) Spider Loc When I Get Angry (1) Stat Quo Rock Da Party Tech N9ne The Beast The All-American Rejects Night Drive

(1) Exclusive Release for Madden NFL 06

The in-game music soundtrack is a part of the EA SPORTS TRAX music initiative that EA debuted in 2001. The program is dedicated to bringing gamers the hottest music through EA's videogames.

With the official videogame license of the NFL and its players, and in its 16th year of the franchise, Madden NFL Football offers game changing innovation and complete NFL authenticity. With more than 43 million copies sold, Madden NFL Football continues to be the #1 football franchise and the all-time best selling sports franchise in North America. Since its inception in 1989 the game has become a cultural phenomenon and is the game the players all play. Madden NFL 06 is rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB and will be available on August 9, 2005 for six platforms and the PSP version will launch in September. For the first time in 10 years, the Madden NFL Football franchise has revolutionized its passing game with the new quarterback vision and precision placement.

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