It’s been more than 40 years since the Rolling Stones have signed a publishing deal, but now the band has signed with BMG. No figures have been announced yet, but thanks to the Stones’ 50th anniversary tour and recent album release, it’s going to be a good deal for both sides.
As of yesterday, BMG is in charge of licensing the Stones’ post-1971 songs for anything it wants: movies, TV, advertising, etc. It can also collect royalties from popular digital services like Spotify and iTunes.
The last time the Stones made this kind of deal was back in 1971, when they gave EMI the rights to their catalog from 1971-1983. Since 1983, the band has just held on to its own catalog.
Stones songs released prior to 1971 are owned by their former label, ABKCO. That includes older Stones material, like “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Sugar.” The other songs on Sticky Fingers and everything since are not under BMG’s control.
“This deal is incredibly important for BMG,” said CEO Hartwig Mausch in a statement. “Keith and Mick have clearly created one of the most outstanding song collections in rock and roll history.”