Sony has issued a statement to Eurogamer regarding the current lack of songs on the SingStar PS3 SingStore, promising new content on 18th January and more to follow in early February.
"SingStar fans have been asking when the SingStore will be populated with more songs," the statement reads. "Our original vision, as outlined in early preview coverage of SingStar, was to have more than 350 songs available on the SingStore. We are working hard to increase the volume of content as quickly as possible.
"Eighteen new tracks will be live in the SingStore from 18th January (15 English and 3 Spanish tracks) including songs from KT Tunstall, David Bowie and Blur. This will be followed by an update the week of 4th February, including tracks from The Editors and MC Hammer, and we will be updating the SingStore with new content twice monthly thereafter. Thanks for your ongoing support."
The statement comes partly in response to a petition to Sony complaining about network outages, a lack of updates, "false advertising" (namely the "hundreds of songs available to download" image on the in-game interface), and a "lack of community news".
We've asked for comment specifically on the network issues, but we're still waiting on that.
Readers have also reported to us that their plaintive attempts to catch Sony's attention using uploaded video pleas have been ignored, with the videos deleted.
For more on SingStar PS3, which - but for the above issues - is a splendid package in many ways, check out our SingStar PS3 gamepage.