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Atari Gets Two MTV Video Music Award Nominations

by Rainier on Aug. 4, 2006 @ 11:45 a.m. PDT

Atari celebrated the announcement that the Marc Ecko and Driver Parallel Lines soundtracks have been nominated for Best Video Game Soundtrack at MTV's prestigious Video Music Awards scheduled to be broadcast globally on Thursday August 31, 2006.

Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure was released globally in February 2006 with a soundtrack featuring an eclectic array of original and licensed music. Four original tracks were executively co-produced by Sean 'Diddy' Combs, including an exclusive version of Notorious B.I.G.'s "Who Shot Ya," remixed by Serj from the band System of a Down. Other Diddy-produced tracks include "Clik, Clak, and Spray" from Pack FM, "Book of Judges" from Pharoahe Monch and "Getting Up Anthem: Part 1," performed by Talib Kweli, the voice of the game's lead character, Trane, and legendary Hip-Hop artist Rakim. Celebrated artist and producer RJD2 composed the in-game music, and the RZA, critically acclaimed leader of Wu-Tang Clan, composed an exclusive remix for one of the game's cinematic videos.

Released in March 2006, Driver: Parallel Lines featured over 70 licensed tracks which bridged the two gameplay eras of 1978 and 2006 with effortless cool. Working with Nimrod Productions Ltd, one of the most established audio production companies in the video game industry, Atari secured the services of world-renowned artists including Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash, Suicide, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arthur Baker, Mylo, Paul Oakenfold and the Audio Bullys to produce brand new music exclusively for Driver: Parallel Lines. The game also boasted a remarkable line up of licensed music with David Bowie, Blondie, Iggy Pop, WAR, The Temptations, Funkadelic, Marvin Gaye, Parliament, and Average White Band amongst those scoring the 1978 gameplay era, and bands including The Roots, LCD Soundsystem, TV on the Radio, Kaiser Chiefs, Secret Machines, and The Dead 60's lending their sounds to the New York cityscape of 2006.

MTV's Video Music Awards are scheduled to be broadcast globally on Thursday 31 August 2006.

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