Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Mariah Carey and More Join the Line-up for “Lips: Number One Hits”

Latest game in the “Lips” franchise features 40 chart-topping hits, plus a five-song pack of your choice for free download from Xbox LIVE

One of the most incredible collections of the world’s hottest number one songs is about to launch this fall. Get the crowd singing and the party started with “Lips: Number One Hits,” the newest game in the “Lips” singing franchise exclusively for Xbox 360. Show off your singing chops with friends, harmonize in a duet or belt out those high notes to a diverse collection of 40 global smash hits, spanning genres, generations and countries so that even the pickiest of singers can find their unique pitch.

Available worldwide this fall, “Lips: Number One Hits” features popular songs that have graced the # 1 position on major global charts. Joining previously announced hits from Coldplay, Rihanna, Tokio Hotel, Timbaland feat. OneRepublic, Extreme, Culture Club, MC Hammer, Roy Orbison and Marvin Gaye the full catalog also includes:

· California Love by 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman (U.S.): this song earned the late rapper a posthumous Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance, Duo or Group in 1997

· Barbie Girl by Aqua (Denmark): a breakthrough international hit, this song featured the band’s lead singers as the toy couple Barbie and Ken in the music video

· Just Dance by Lady Gaga feat. Colby O’Donis (U.S.): the debut song of this theatrical pop singer became an international smash hit

· Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears (U.K.): this successful single was written and recorded in two weeks, becoming the band’s first Billboard Hot 100 #1 and peaking at #2 on the U.K. Top 40 chart

· The Fear by Lily Allen (U.K.): from her second album, this song is the artist’s social commentary about the dark side of celebrity and consumer culture

· Don’t Phunk With My Heart by Black Eyed Peas (U.S.): influenced by Indian music, this song sampled the Bollywood cult hit film “Don,” a movie about a man posing as the leader of a gang of international smugglers

· I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ by Scissor Sisters (U.S.): this song was written with the legendary artist Elton John and features his piano playing in the melody

· Heartless by Kanye West (U.S.): this is the first single in “pop art” music, a new genre which West describes as making pop music in an “artistic” way

· Touch My Body by Mariah Carey (U.S.): this song was Carey’s 18th #1 on the U.S. singles charts, which pushed her into second place behind the Beatles as the artist with the most chart-topping singles

· Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s (U.S.): this song was written as an ode to a girl named Delilah that the band’s singer met only once by chance in NYC

· Always On My Mind by Pet Shop Boys (U.K.): the Daily Telegraph’s music critics ranked the band’s cover of this Brenda Lee song as #2 of the all-time best cover songs

· I’m Yours by Jason Mraz (U.S.): while this artist’s music has appeared on the charts since 2003, this single is his first chart-topping hit

· Push the Button by Sugababes (U.K.): this song was the girl group’s fourth #1 single in the U.K. and topped the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles

The complete song listing of artists and songs available on “Lips: Number One Hits” can be found at xbox.com/lips.

In addition to the huge variety of songs available on disc, “Lips” fans will be able customize their “Number One Hits” set list with a theme pack of their choice containing five additional songs, available to download for free on Xbox LIVE. This summer, singers can help decide what themes will be available for “Lips: Number One Hits” by voting for their favorite themes at xbox.com/lips.

“Lips: Number One Hits” and the original “Lips” game combine to create the ultimate singing party, with more songs to keep the fun rocking all night long. But for singers with an insatiable appetite for variety, Xbox LIVE Marketplace has a vast library of tunes that can be downloaded for both titles. New tracks of all genres and artist-specific songs packs are added regularly each week, so personal catalogs can keep growing and growing. “Lips,” combined with the power of Xbox LIVE, makes Xbox 360 the best destination for music game fans.

“Lips,” Xbox 360’s first exclusive singing party game from iNiS, launched November 2008. The second title, “Lips: Number One Hits,” launches this October 2009. More information on “Lips” is available at xbox.com/lips.

15 New Lips tracks for May

Source: Xbox Community Games Network
Available May 2:

Dance Floor Anthem (I Don’t Want To Be In Love) – Good Charlotte
Why Does It Always Rain On Me? – Travis
Hard To Handle – The Black Crowes

Available May 9:

You Get What You Give – The New Radicals
Turning Japanese – The Vapors
Clocks – Coldplay

Available May 16:

Mr. Telephone Man – New Edition
Cool It Now – New Edition
If It Isn’t Love – New Edition
New Edition Song Pack – Mr. Telephone Man, Cool It Now, If It Isn’t Love

Available May 23:

Lollipop – Mika
Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
100 Years – Five For Fighting
Available May 30:

I Miss You – Blink-182
Life Is A Rollercoaster – Ronan Keating
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Lips update and Leadboards now live

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Lips has at last received it’s update. The download process is a little bit cumbersome, but the instructions are clear enough, so you shouldn’t have any problems with it.

The update adds a few new things, mic calibration is now automatic. This is noticeable when you are singing. The vibrato multiplier also takes longer to increase.

The main addition is the world-wide leaderboards. This is the function we were most interested in as the friend challenge mode didn’t really work very well and everyone wants to know how friends scores compare to theirs .

The good news is that Inis Studios has done a great job with the implementation of the leaderboards. You can find them on each track in the Sing section. Just click on the song of your choice and you will see Ranking as your third on the list of available actions. There are separate leaderboards for single/vs and co-op. When you do go into the leaderboards you get to see the top 100 and your score on the same page, which is a nice touch. If you want to see how your friends have done just press the Y button.

This update may have been a long time coming and should have probably been on the full retail version before release, but better late than never. I can certainly see a lot of people playing Lips more than they were before.

Worldwide leaderboard coming to Lips

This is exiting news for all you Lips fans, hidden amongst a press release from MS for upcoming Lips songs is the news of  a title upgrade that will incude a world wide leaderboard. Here is the release

“Lips” Sings Into Spring with First Song Pack from Multiple GRAMMY Winner Coldplay

Keep your party going with more fresh tracks from popular bands including The Fray, The Veronicas and 311 along with a title update there’s no better way to shed the winter cold than with “Lips”

Just in time for spring, “Lips” is set to debut its first downloadable song pack featuring Coldplay, who recently took home three GRAMMY awards including Best Rock Album. Available worldwide on March 13th, the song pack will encompass three of Coldplay’s most famous pieces, including “The Scientist,” “Speed of Sound,” and “In My Place.”

Also budding on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the “Lips” Get Music Store from February 20 until March 6 are nine fresh tracks from groups like The Fray, Angels and Airwaves, and 311. With tracks hailing from a variety of artists, “Lips” is an affordable way to consistently expand the party game experience only on Xbox 360.

Finally, for singers with a competitive streak, an upcoming title update scheduled for early March will provide improved scoring, better vibrato detection and initiate global Leaderboards that will allow players to see how their performances rank compared to other “Lips” fans around the world. For more details on the title update as well as learn details of an upcoming Q&A with iNiS’ Keiichi Yano, go to the “Lips” Web site at www.xbox.com/lips. “

Treat your special one with some Lips this Valentine

Straight from Xbox press site;

Valentine’s Day “Lips” Add-ons for every kind of love bird

With sweet, sour and sexy tunes available, “Lips” has ear-candy for everyone from the lucky-in-love to the lovelorn

Love is in the air! Whether you’re spending some extra time with that special someone, wooing a new love interest, or enjoying your independence, “Lips” is a great way to add some romance to your Valentine’s Day.

To mark the occasion, three love songs will become available on Friday, Feb. 13th for 160 Microsoft points each via the “Lips” in-game Get Music Store and Xbox LIVE Game Add-Ons. From the sweet notes of Olivia Newton-John’s “Magic” to the laments of Avril Lavigne’s “My Happy Ending” to the sultry sounds of The Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg on “Buttons,” these songs make the perfect soundtrack to whatever you have planned for the most romantic day of the year.

Feb. 13

1. Olivia Newton John – “Magic”

2. Avril Lavigne – “My Happy Ending”

3. The Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg – “Buttons”

In addition to the new love-inspired tracks joining the “Lips” song list, you can also sing your heart out to these sweet, sour and sexy tracks that are already available via the “Lips” in-game Get Music Store and Xbox LIVE Game Add-Ons.

Sweet Sounds:

  1. Vanessa Carlton – “A Thousand Miles”
  2. Bobby Brown – “Every Little Step”
  3. Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman – “Somethin’ Stupid”*

Sour Notes:

  1. Jet – “Look at What You’ve Done”
  2. Estelle – “No Substitute Love”
  3. Righteous Brothers – “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'”

Sexy Jams:

  1. Rihanna featuring Ne-Yo – “Hate That I Love You”
  2. Maroon 5 – “Sunday Morning”
  3. The Cardigans – “Erase/Rewind”

Has Xbox cracked the casual market

 

 

Has Xbox cracked the casual market?
 
 
 

 

Well the obvious answer is no, but let’s look a little closer at the question.
Not so long ago, just last year in fact, the Xbox 360 was being written off as a hardcore gamers machine. Perceived wisdom had it that the console was going to finish in third place this generation, but be loved by FPS players around the world.
What a difference a year makes; Microsoft (MS) didn’t just sit back and accept that third place was good enough (although to be fair, third place in the current round of games machines is not that bad a thing). There are many more gamers in the world now and the market can cope with three viable platforms.
That was not good enough for MS though. No, they looked at what the big N was doing with casual games and decided they wanted a piece of the action.

First thing was to compete on price, so in September ‘08 we saw major price cuts for the 360; next came the launch of NXE, with the friendlier dashboard and the introduction of Avatars. What a fuss that caused across the forums – Avatars were either the next big thing or an evil attempt to copy Nintendo. Well the launch came and went and three months later, after proving their support for Avatars with regular outfit updates, the fuss seems to have disappeared and pretty much everyone has bought into their miniature look-alikes.

Now for the third and key element – using their price advantage. This was always going to be the hardest part, there is no point being the cheapest if Joe Public doesn’t want to play your games. The key was to aim games at the whole family. The 360 already had some of these games on the Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA), notably Bomberman Live, Boom Boom Rocket, Feeding Frenzy, Luxor 2, UNO and Pac Man CE. The problem being, you don’t get to know about these games until you are on Xbox Live or someone recommends them to you. Not the best marketing in the world!

Luckily for MS, Harmonix gave them a helping hand by making a little game called Rock Band and making it timed exclusive for the 360. Quick to make sure they added some of their own titles to the casual gaming list they released Scene It Box Office Smash, Lips and You’re in the Movies in time for the Christmas rush. EA also released Monopoly. Unfortunately the sales of all these games were sluggish at launch to say the least; it looked like the MS assault on the casual market had failed and there were many pundits out there willing to proclaim it so.

MS had one more card up their sleeve or, should I say, one fat wallet. Pre-Christmas, MS launched the largest advertising campaign in gaming history and the public took the bait. Consoles were flying off the shelves in record numbers and their casual games started to sell well too. These sales have continued well into the New Year and all the games are still selling well today. This is undoubtedly helped by the fact that the games have been bolstered by downloadable content, unlike earlier efforts at breaking into the casual market (the original Scene It comes to mind).

The buyers of Xbox 360s over the last three months have helped change the demographic of the Xbox owner, and casual games are selling accordingly. The current crop of casual XBLA games, notably A Kingdom for Keflings, Funtown Mahjong and The Maw, are all selling well.

MS have made a conscious point of using XBLA to push casual games. Already we have had the release announcement of the ultra addictive Peggle. Plus probably the most exciting move, the announcement of The Hasbro Family Game Channel on XBLA. This will be a one stop shop where you have a virtual games cupboard and your host Mr Potato Head guides you to your favourite Hasbro games, including Scrabble, Boggle, Battleship, Yahtzee, Connect Four and Sorry, with more classic games to follow later in the year.

The one area that is relatively untapped and unknown right now is the Xbox Live Community Games Channel (XBLCG). I highly recommend that you download the demos of Blow, CaveIn-Miner Rescue Team, Classicard, Hexothermic, Lady Bird Galaxy, Poker Squares and Word Soup. Right now XBLCG doesn’t get much publicity, but I think you will find that over the next couple of years there will be a large number of very good Community Games and it will become a very important part of the MS push for the casual gamer.

So, has Xbox cracked the casual market? Well in my opinion not yet, but with MS’ clear appetite to continue the assault, it can only be a matter of time before the answer is yes.

Now if Rare would get off their hands and announce the heavily rumoured motion controller, MS could be set to challenge Nintendo in the casual market even sooner. A 360 Fit would be nice too! (Note: look out for more on this topic…)

As for those of you reading this that already play casual games on your Xbox, congratulations on being ahead of the game. You have plenty more to look forward to.