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Kenny Loggins, Bootsy Collins to host GTA V radio stations

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We’re just a few weeks away from the September 17 arrival of Grand Theft Auto V, but we’re still learning all sorts of crazy tidbits about the massive open-world game -- including what it will sound like.

Rolling Stone spoke with the game’s soundtrack supervisor, who revealed that the game will contain a whopping 240 licensed songs. Add enough backing music to score roughly 20 feature films, and you’ve got plenty to listen to while you lie, cheat and steal your way to the top.

But coolest of all is the presence of legit celebs acting as hosts for the game’s 15 different in-game radio stations. Soundtrack superstar Kenny Loggins will host the game’s classic rock station, funk pioneer Bootsy Collins will handle the “80’s boogie-funk” station, and blaxsploitation goddess Pam Grier will fittingly rule the soul station.

The goal, Rockstar says, is to really capture the flavor of Los Angeles, the city on which GTA’s fictitious Los Santos is based.

“For this game, which is set in our version of modern day Los Angeles, what was important for us was to capture that feeling of L.A. and California,” GTA soundtrack guru Ivan Pavlovich told Rolling Stone. “We approached the radio stations as the musical soundscape [you experience] as you fly into L.A. One of the things we've never done in a GTA game before is a pop station; exploring that made so much sense in the context of L.A.”

Other stations include a West Coast Classic hip-hop deal hosted by DJ Pooh (co-writer of the movie “Friday”), the Mexican station East LOS mixed by Camilo Lara from the Mexican Institute of Sound, and Rebel Radio, an outlaw country station hosted by the outrageous Jesco White, whose antics were chronicled in the 2009 documentary “The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia.”

All that music will certainly come in handy, as Grand Theft Auto V is technically the largest game in the franchise. Combine Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, and you’re still not covering as much virtual ground as GTA V.

Check out the game’s final trailer (it’s set to The Chain Gang of 1974’s ‘Sleepwalking’), and circle September 17 as a good day to get a bad cold:

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