To celebrate SingStar's fifth birthday today, we bring you a full time line of the series' history.
To read Develop's full feature on SingStar, including interviews with the London Studios team, click here.
May 21st, 2004
First version released in a bundle with mics, and some classics tracks like Careless Whisper and Take On Me.
The second disc, SingStar Party, arrives.
The first major sales milestone: in just a year, the franchise has shifted two million copies across Europe. At the same time, SingStar: Popworld arrives, featuring a cheeky intro from Never Mind The Buzzcocks host Simon Amstell (okay, yeah, and the irritating Miquita Oliver).
The franchise starts to diversify – SingStar ‘80s is released.
SingStar Rocks! released in Europe. 2006 also sees the release of SingStar Anthems (y’know for the gays), and SingStar Legends (classic tracks – y’know, for the mums and dads).
After much foot-dragging by the fools at SCEA, the franchise finally arrives in the US. Singstar Rocks! is the debut release. The Americans get localised versions of the other discs from this point on.
A bumper year for SingStar PS2 releases in the UK – SingStar Pop Hits (April), SingStar ‘90s (August), SingStar Rock Ballads (Meatloaf’s I’d Do Anything For Love – yes!, September) SingStar Bollywood and SingStar R&B (October).
After a bit of a wait SingStar arrives for PS3, complete with online store and community features. The SingStore launches with only 41 tracks – but today over 500 are now available to download. The Americans have to wait six months for it. More fool them.
More new SKUs this year: SingStar Summer Party (April), SingStar Country (October), and SingStar Boy Bands vs Girl Bands (October).
Massive milestone alert: 12 million copies sold globally by this point, with a million tracks already downloaded from the SingStore.
Perfectly timed to coincide with Mamma Mia!’s DVD success, SingStar ABBA arrives, in all territories – first in the UK then the US and elsewhere a few weeks later. It’s the first time the franchise gets close to a global day and date arrival. Oh, and SingStar Disney Singalong is released for the little ‘uns too.
Wireless mics arrive for the PS2 and PS3.
SingStar Queen released. We see what they’re doing there. Michael Jackson version next please, Sony. That or a Bond Themes one.
SingStar’s all growed up fifth birthday. To celebrate, Sony’s holding a competition. See page 27.