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Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Sorry for the lack of reviews this week, but I have been tied up on other projects. A couple are in the pipeline so check back, but in the meantime here's some news from Top Dollar PR:-

Sumthing Else Music Works Announces Release of
Viva Piñata® Original Soundtrack
Original Music Composed by Grant Kirkhope and
Performed by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

New York - July 22nd, 2009 -Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc., through its licensing
relationship with Microsoft Game Studios, proudly presents Viva Piñata® Original
Soundtrack featuring the original music score from the critically acclaimed Viva
Piñata video game series developed by Rare Ltd. The soundtrack album will be released
on July 28th to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works,
and will be available for digital download on Sumthing Digital
and iTunes®.

Created by leading UK-based game developer Rare Ltd., Viva Piñata invites gamers
to create an immersive world where living piñatas inhabit an ever-changing environment.
Beginning with a few basic tools, players build and take control of this colorful
environment, using their creativity and imagination to attract, protect and manage
over 60 different piñata species that can visit their world and make it their home.
Utilizing hundreds of customizable elements, players can create a unique piñata

The Viva Piñata Original Soundtrack features 25 original musical compositions by
Grant Kirkhope who also composed music for games such as Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie,
Donkey Kong 64, GoldenEye 007, Perfect Dark and Grabbed by the Ghoulies. The score
was orchestrated by Nic Raine and recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Viva Piñata gameplay experience presents a social and spontaneous world in which
gamers play an absolutely crucial role. The Viva Piñata world is an evolving paradise
teeming with fantastic living piñata creatures and vibrant plant life, all determined
by the player's choices and actions. Appealing to kids, adults, casual gamers and
enthusiasts alike, this uniquely customizable and social game rewards and challenges
all players regardless of their skill level. For more information on the game please

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video
game soundtracks, please visit and

About Rare

Founded in 1985 and based in the United Kingdom, Rare Ltd. is one of the world's
leading video game developers and has masterminded some of the most popular video
games in history, including multimillion-dollar sellers "GoldenEye," "Perfect Dark,"
"Banjo-Kazooie" and the "Donkey Kong Country" series. From 2005 to 2006, Rare released
"Perfect Dark Zero," "Kameo: Elements of Power" and "Viva Piñata" for Xbox 360.
Rare continues to entertain the world with the releases of "Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts
& Bolts" and "Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise". For further information visit

About Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc.

Since its creation in the late 1990's by the world-renowned song writer, musician
and record producer, Nile Rodgers, Sumthing Else Music Works has become the acknowledged
industry leader in licensing and distributing video game soundtracks. Possessing
full in-house services worldwide, from retail marketing and sales through physical
and digital distribution, Sumthing is partnered with the world's leading video game
developers and publishers including BioWare, Bungie Studios, Capcom, Crytek, Eidos
Interactive, Epic Games, Gearbox Software, Microsoft, Mistwalker, Rare, SEGA, Silicon
Knights, Sony Computer Entertainment and Ubisoft. Their catalogue of titles includes
the best selling video game soundtrack of all time, Halo 2: Volume One, as well
as award-winning titles including: Resident Evil 5, Street Fighter IV, Halo Wars,
Halo Trilogy, Gears of War 2, Fable II, Too Human, Brothers In Arms, Crysis, Advent
Rising, Fable, Gears of War, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 Volume Two, Halo 3, Hitman:
Blood Money, Hitman: Contracts, Jade Empire, Kameo: Elements of Power, Mass Effect,
Red Steel, Unreal Tournament III and many others.

Sumthing Else Music Works and Sumthing Distribution logos are copyright of their
respective companies. All other names of products mentioned herein may be the trademarks
of their respective owners.


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