Linkin Park, Warner Bros. Records & Artificial Life ink license deal


MUMBAI: Artificial Life, Inc. has signed a three-year agreement with rock band Linkin Park and Warner Bros. Records to produce a series of official applications for the iPhone and iPod touch platform.

The company plans to release two interactive applications per year, featuring the band’s likeness and music in unconventional styles; the first launch is tentatively scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2009 pending approval.

Linkin Park has amassed more than 45 million worldwide sales, a string of chart-topping hit singles and a pair of Grammy wins. The band (vocalists Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda, drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, DJ Joe Hahn and bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell) is currently working on the follow-up to blockbuster hit Minutes To Midnight, which sold more than six million copies internationally.

Linkin Park is also gearing up for an international tour that will see them headlining stadiums and festivals in Austria, Germany, Istanbul, Finland, Russia, Japan, China, Taipei and the UK.

"We want to offer our fans every opportunity to enjoy our music. We’re excited to be working with Artificial Life to develop a new and unique way for them to experience Linkin Park," says Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn, who helped design the initial game.

"At Warner Bros Records, we have the privilege of working with incredibly creative and innovative artists such as Linkin Park. When Linkin Park introduced us to Artificial Life, we agreed that combining all of our strengths could result in something really exciting for Linkin Park fans around the world," said Warner Bros. Records vice president interactive/brand partnership Andie Simon.

"It is both an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to partner with Linkin Park and Warner Bros. Records. The applications we expect to produce will have exceptional potential in the mobile market. The unique and alternative music style of Linkin Park make them the best fit to be ported into the iPhone platform. We would like to thank Warner Bros. Records for their co-operation to provide us with the necessary IP rights for this project," said Artificial Life, Inc CEO Eberhard Schoneburg.