EAGLES TAKE THE ROAD WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP
Iconic band’s first studio album in 28 years due in October
Los Angeles/London, August 22, 2007 – Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, has reached an agreement to internationally distribute and market the forthcoming album by one of the most popular, successful rock bands of all time, the Eagles. Entitled Long Road Out Of Eden, it will be their first full studio album release in 28 years.
The Eagles are Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit. Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is the best-selling album in recorded music history in the United States, with sales in excess of 29 million copies.
Long Road Out Of Eden will be released worldwide outside North America on Oct. 29, both physically and digitally, by Universal Music Group companies. In the United States, Canada and Mexico, Long Road Out Of Eden album will be released exclusively through Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, walmart.com, samsclub.com, and via the Eagles’ Web site, www.eaglesband.com.
The first single from the album, “How Long,” made its global video premiere on Monday (20) via Yahoo! Music. Universal Music Group Nashville is promoting and marketing the track in the U.S. to radio.
“We’re delighted to welcome the Eagles to the Universal family,” stated Doug Morris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the worldwide company. “And certainly, to being playing a part in what will surely be the next great chapter in the storied career of this seminal rock band.”
“The Eagles are icons. It’s rare to have the opportunity to be involved with a band of their stature, as they define popular music in so many ways,” added Lucian Grainge, Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group International. “Everyone at this company is excited at the prospect of the new album, and bringing it to music fans worldwide.”
The Eagles’ recent “Farewell I” worldwide concert trek was one of the top-grossing tours in history. The band has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, earning four No. 1 U.S. singles and four Grammy Awards. Their recent DVD release, Farewell I Tour: Live from Melbourne, has been certified 14x platinum. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations.
Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Label Group, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, Universal Records South and Verve Music Group, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division, and Universal Music Mobile.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.