Rolling Stones change labels, move to Universal

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Mumbai, Jul 28 (UNI) Legendary rock n'roll band, the Rolling Stones, has severed its two-decade-old ties with recording company EMI Records for Universal Music, owned by Vivendi SA's.

Confirming the shift, Universal said the deal would also include the band's back catalogue of classic albums such as ''Sticky Fingers'' and ''Black and Blue'' and singles - ''Brown Sugar'' and ''Start Me Up''.

''Universal are forward-thinking, creative and hands-on music people. We really look forward to working with them,'' the band said, in a statement issued here.

Rolling Stones, who had already worked with the label for the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese's ''Shine A Light'' on their 2006 performance, at the Beacon Theater in New York will release their new material under Polydor, a subsidiary of Universal and will be repositioned in the market to suit the digital age.

''EMI Music Group wishes the Rolling Stones well in their new venture,'' an EMI spokesman said on the deal.

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