Rolling Stones & Universal Music Group sign recording deal

MUMBAI: 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 and 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. 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," said Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Doug Morris.

Universal Music Group International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge added, "The Rolling Stones go their own way – always have, always will. Everyone at Universal Music feels privileged to be part of the journey."

Universal Music UK chairman and CEO David Joseph 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.