The Rolling Stones and Universal Music Group Expand Partnership


Already in partnership for a decade, The Rolling Stones and Universal Music Group announced an expanded worldwide deal Sunday (July 8).

The agreement covers iconic band's recorded music and audio-visual catalogues, archives, global merchandising and brand management.

In making the announcement, UMG chairman and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge said, “We look forward to bringing our expertise and passion to bear as we put our global organization work on behalf this iconic band who continue to create music and influence culture around the world.”

UMG will continue to distribute the band’s celebrated recorded music catalogue globally with future projects and reissues to be released through UMG's labels and networks around the world.

“For many years now, we've had a wonderful partnership with Universal Music and look forward to an even more successful future together,” Stones manager Joyce Smyth said.

UMG's Bravado company will handle global merchandising rights, retail licensing, brand management and e-commerce, including the band's iconic tongue logo, one the most recognized symbols in entertainment.

“The Rolling Stones continue to define rock and roll, they are loved the world over and they are the band who never let up. It's a privilege to work with them and Joyce Smyth, their exceptional manager,” said David Joseph, Universal Music UK chairman and CEO.

UMG's Eagle Rock will take care the band’s extensive long-form audio visual catalogue. As part the agreement, Eagle Rock will re-issue several classic concert films from their archives including: Atlanta (1989), Steel Wheels (1989-90), Voodoo Lounge (1994), Bridges to Babylon (1997-1998), Four Flicks (2002) and Bigger Bang (2005-2006).

UMG will also provide The Rolling Stones with archival support and space for the band’s physical media assets, musical instruments and equipment in their vaults around the world.

The Stones' No Filter Tour wrapped up its European leg in Warsaw on Sunday (July 8).

Openers included James Bay, who joined them onstage at London's Twickenham Stadium for “Beast Burden,” and Liam Gallagher, who opened their London Stadium gig.