'Rock Band' Album Downloads Starting Next Week, First Three Revealed

Judas Priest' Screaming For VengeanceOver at MTVNews.com I just filed a story about the new plan for downloadable "Rock Band" albums. The first three albums have been announced:

  • Judas Priest's Screaming for Vengeance (April 22 for Xbox 360, April 24 for PS3)
  • The Cars' The Cars (May)
  • The Pixies' Doolittle (June)

Each will sell as separate singles or as an album for $14.99.

The albums will not be downloadable for the PS2 and Wii versions of "Rock Band," but Harmonix co-founder Alex Rigopulos had this to say when I asked him if they'd be left out from enjoying albums via his game:

"Suffice it to say that all of this content we're amassing for next-gen consoles, we want to make it available to as broad an audience as possible as we can."

For more on the download plan, an update on the status of potential "Rock Band" album releases involving Fall Out Boy, Nirvana and The Who, check out the full story at MTVNews.com.