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Tunes In Tomorrow

Meet the fresh-makers: the rap and rock stars debuting their songs on videogames

It's usually eye-popping graphics that get gaming fans pumped up. But this season it might be the ear candy that will have them drooling: A number of releases will feature original songs. The most compelling example is a new track from Mya (below) that will be heard on the upcoming James Bond game ''Everything or Nothing.'' Zulu groove master Afrika Bambaataa also has cut two new songs for ''NBA ShootOut 2004'' (October). The combat racer ''SpyHunter 2''(November) nabbed Vanessa Carlton for its new theme, and Snoop Dogg is recording a track, as yet unnamed, for ''True Crime: Streets of L.A.'' (November). Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams (a.k.a. N.E.R.D.) also contributed to SSX 3 (Oct. 14), the snowboard series that helped usher in the funky-game-soundtrack trend in the first place. N.E.R.D. will be joined by U.N.K.L.E., with a remix of Queens of the Stone Age's ''No One Knows,'' the X-Ecutioners, with a cut titled ''Like This,'' and the Chemical Brothers, who will carve the mountain with a new tune. If you aren't singing along to the music yet, get ready to belt it out with Konami's Karaoke Revolution(November). Contestants are scored by how well they stay on pitch while singing hits like Avril Lavigne's ''Complicated,'' Norah Jones' ''Don't Know Why,'' Alien Ant Farm's version of ''Smooth Criminal,'' and that classic torch song by Huey Lewis & the News, ''The Power of Love.'' We suggest you do the neighbors a favor and practice in the shower first.

Originally posted Sep 05, 2003 Published in issue #726 Sep 05, 2003 Order article reprints