[update] [update] Die Stones haben die Berichte mittlerweile relativiert:
The Rolling Stones have played down a weekend report that the band planned to ditch long-term record company EMI to join concert promoter Live Nation.
But industry experts still believe the British group could soon part ways with the label, which was taken private in 2007 and has struggled to keep some of its biggest artists.
"We are not in talks with Live Nation in connection with any record deal," London-based Rolling Stones spokesman Bernard Doherty said on Monday, reading from a brief statement.
Es sieht alles danach aus, als ob die Stones sich bei der EMI nicht mehr so ganz wohlfühlen und lieber bei Live Nation anheuern wollen. Die eigentlich auf Live Events spezialisierte Firma hat schon 10-Jahres-Verträge mit Madonna und Jay Z, die den klassischen Majors bereits den Rücken gekehrt haben. Besonders „tragisch“ für EMI: der Deal wird wohl sowohl zukünftige Alben, als auch den kompletten Backkatalog beinhalten. Wild Horses couldn't drag me away? Not so much anymore, I guess. Ein weiterer und diesmal ziemlich faltiger Nagel im Sarg... aber ich hör' ja schon auf.
The Rolling Stones' 31-year run on the EMI label is about to come to an end, with the band planning to sign with concert-promoter-cum-record-label Live Nation, which has already lured Madonna and Jay-Z onto its roster.
Not only would the deal involve future albums and tours, but would also encompass the group's back catalog, according to sources cited by The Observer, which currently earns EMI about $3 million per year.
Aside from having recorded some of the best rock songs of all time (see below), the Rolling Stones are the kings of the touring industry, with some tours grossing nearly three quarters of a billion dollars. If the deal goes through, Live Nation would run those tours, providing T-shirts and other band merchandise, as well as handling the band's recorded music business.
Live Nation gave Madonna $120 million for a ten year deal, while Jay-Z's Live Nation deal amounts to $150 million, also for a ten year period. U2 signed a 12 year deal with the company for merchandise, digital distribution and branding rights, though it is still signed to Universal Music Group for physical distribution. That deal is thought to have been in the $100 million range.
The Rolling Stones deal could be higher than any of these, given the band's ability to pack stadiums full of baby boomers willing to pay an average of well over $100 per seat.