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DragonForce Launches Exclusive Features on Zune Marketplace

Dragonforce British metal band DragonForce have become the latest artist to be featured in the Zune Ignition program. Fans can visit a special feature page on Zune Marketplace where they can access the free track "Heroes of Our Time" from the band's recently released Ultra Beatdown, an exclusive "Guestlist" featuring a guitar-heavy dose of the band's all-time favorite songs and guitarist Herman Li's track-by-track "Breakdown" of Ultra Beatdown. In addition, MSN Music and Xbox Live are featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the "Heroes of Our Time" video. Later this month, an alternate edit of the track "Last Journey Home" will be available exclusively on Zune Marketplace.

DragonForce have taken the world by storm since 2006. Their last album, Inhuman Rampage, has gone on to sell close to 350,000 copies since its release, thanks to a near-constant touring schedule and the inclusion of "Through the Fire and Flames" on Guitar Hero 3. The song has propelled the band into the national spotlight, since Guitar Hero fanatics consider the song the most difficult to play, thanks to its precision shredding. Ultra Beatdown was released last week, debuting at #18 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The band spent its summer vacation as a main stage attraction at the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest and will return to U.S. shores in November for a headline run in support of Ultra Beatdown.

The Zune Ignition program gives recording artists with new releases a unique channel to potentially reach tens of millions of consumers. For the first time, Microsoft has packaged promotional opportunities across Zune, Xbox and MSN to help artists more efficiently reach consumers in all three audiences. Ignition provides a steady stream of new music through online access to exclusive content, free songs and video downloads, streaming videos, editorial features and artist playlists. Participants in the Ignition program have included Hot Chip, Ryan Adams, Talib Kweli, Band of Horses, Kenna, Freeway, Rogue Wave and The Black Dahlia Murder.

Zune is the only digital entertainment brand that delivers an all-in-one experience featuring a portable media player, online store + music community and DRM-free Mp3s. With Zune Pass, consumers can explore millions of tracks for the price of one CD ($14.99) per month. Visit Zune at

Download the free DragonForce track "Heroes of Our Time" from Zune Marketplace at the following location, which requires installation of the Zune software: click here

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Tags:  Ultra BeatdownDragonforceHerman LiGuitar HeroZune

    September 11, 2008

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