ROLLING STONES TO UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP IN RECORDING DEAL
LONDON/NEW YORK – July 25, 2008 – The Rolling Stones and Universal Music Group have signed an exclusive, long-term, worldwide recording agreement.
The pact covers future albums by the Rolling Stones and the single most iconic catalogue in rock & roll, including such landmark albums as “Sticky Fingers,” “Exile On Main St.” and “Black And Blue,” and such global anthems as “Brown Sugar,” “Angie,” “It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll” and “Start Me Up.”
New recordings by the Rolling Stones will be released by Universal Music Group’s Polydor label through UMG companies around the world.
The Stones commented, “Universal are forward thinking, creative and hands-on music people. We really look forward to working with them.”
Full digital and physical rights are part of the agreement, and Universal Music Group will begin planning an unprecedented, long-term campaign to reposition the Rolling Stones’ entire catalogue for the digital age.
“There is no question that the Rolling Stones are one of the most important bands in music history,” stated Doug Morris, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group. “Their musical style and off-stage swagger have been emulated by countless others. Having worked closely with them during my days at Atlantic Records, I am thrilled to be reunited with these seminal musicians who have set the bar for all rock bands in their paths. I couldn’t be happier that they’ve chosen UMG as their partner for what will certainly be the next chapter in their already storied career.”
Lucian Grainge, Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group International, commented: “The Rolling Stones go their own way – always have, always will. Everyone at Universal Music feels privileged to be part of the journey.”
David Joseph, Chairman/CEO of Universal Music UK, said: “The Rolling Stones are, and will continue to be, the definition of everything that is rock and roll. It is an honour to work with them.”
In March, Universal Music Group released the soundtrack album from “Shine A Light,” director Martin Scorsese’s film of the Rolling Stones’ acclaimed 2006 performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The album has been a major worldwide hit.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry’s leading global music publishing operation.
Universal Music Group’s record labels include Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino, 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 includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalog 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, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division; and Helter Skelter, its live music agency.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.