The Rolling Stones and Universal Music Group (UMG) have announced an extended partnership to continue global distribution of the band’s recording and audio-visual catalogs, archival support, merchandising and brand management, with future projects and reissues to be released through UMG’s labels and networks. The Rolling Stones have been signed to UMG since 2008.
As part of the renewed contract, UMG-owned Eagle Rock/Eagle Vision will reissue classic Rolling Stones concert films on home video, including "Atlanta" (1989); "Steel Wheels" (1989-90); "Voodoo Lounge" (1994); "Bridges to Babylon" (1997-1998); "Four Flicks" (2002) and "Bigger Bang" (2005-2006). The reissue release dates are to be announced.
According to the announcement about UMG's renewed partnership with the Rolling Stones, UMG-owned Bravado will continue to handle global merchandising rights, retail licensing, brand management and e-commerce for the Rolling Stones, and will continue to "identify new and innovative opportunities for creative collaboration within the worlds of art, fashion, retail, sport, lifestyle and touring merchandise." In recent years, the Rolling Stones have collaborated with Paris Saint-Germain FC, Colette, Selfridges and Zara.
The Rolling Stones' most recent studio album is 2016's Blue and Lonesome, which consists of cover versions of blues classics. It's unknown when the Rolling Stones will release an album of new and original songs, which they have not done since 2005's A Bigger Bang. However, the Rolling Stones did release two new and original songs ("Doom and Gloom" and "One More Shot") as part of the 2012 greatest-hits compilation GRRR!, which was released to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary.
Even if there isn't a new album to promote, the Rolling Stones have been giving fans a lot to enjoy since celebrating the band's 50th anniversary, such as international concert tours, new merchandise, previously unreleased concert films, the traveling Rolling Stones pop-up museum Exhibitionism, reissues with previously unreleased content and the documentaries "Crossfire Hurricane," "Havana Moon" and "Olé, Olé, Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America."
In 2018, the Rolling Stones went on the second leg of their "No Filter" European tour in a two-month trek that ended on July 8. In June, UMG released the boxed set reissue The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971 – 2016. And on July 13, Eagle Rock releases the concert "No Security—San Jose 1999," which is one of several releases from the Rolling Stones' ongoing "From the Vault" series.
While the Rolling Stones are off tour for the time being, guitarist Ronnie Wood (who is also a painter) has been busy prepping for his new TV series "Ronnie Wood: Artist In Residence," which will air in the United Kingdom on the Sky Arts network. According to Sky, the show (which will premiere in 2018 on a date to be announced) will feature Wood talking about his art, interviewing people in the art world, and visiting art institutions such as the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Royal Albert Hall. In 2012, Wood hosted the Sky Arts series "The Ronnie Wood Show," which featured Wood interviewing famous people from the music industry, such as Paul McCartney, Slash, Alice Cooper, Pattie Boyd and Mark Ronson. Repeat episodes of "The Ronnie Wood Show" begin airing on AXS TV on July 11 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.