Aerosmith and Universal Music Group Announce Historic Global Strategic Alliance


As the 50th anniversary of the best-selling American hard-rock group of all time approaches, UMG is set to welcome Aerosmith’s entire catalog of recorded music, future musical releases, merchandise and the audiovisual content

SANTA MONICA, California, 23 Aug 2021 / PRNewswire / – Aerosmith, the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, and Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music entertainment company, today announced a new expanded global alliance covering the entire of the iconic group’s discography, derivative products and audio-video projects, which marks the beginning of a new era in the group’s famous and illustrious career.

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For the first time, in 2022, all of Aerosmith’s iconic recordings will be unified in one place ahead of the next 50 groups.e Anniversary, through a new multifaceted partnership with UMG. In addition to supporting the group’s consolidated catalog, this partnership will also use unprecedented access to “Vindaloo Vaults” and the personal archives of group members. Steven tyler, Joe perry, Tom hamilton, Joey kramer and Brad whitford, which will actively help organize their collections of music, photos, video footage, artwork, newspapers, checklists and memorabilia. Upcoming releases will provide fans with access to never-before-seen and heard gems that will further solidify the group’s position as one of the most revolutionary and respectful rock bands in history.

UMG will also host future music projects and work with the group to develop, produce and distribute new film, television and other audiovisual content projects celebrating the history of Aerosmith and its significant cultural impact. The partnership plans to announce the details of these new musical and audiovisual projects soon. UMG will work hand in hand with the group to continue to present Aerosmith and its rich musical heritage to new generations of fans around the world.

Since the founding of Aerosmith 50 years ago, the group has sold over 150 million albums worldwide; produces genre-defining music videos such as “Amazing”, “Crazy”, “Janie’s Got A Gun”, “Livin ‘on the Edge” and “Love in an Elevator”; launched extravagant world tours that broke all records, most recently with their resounding success underway Las Vegas residence. The group broke many boundaries, including becoming the first rock band with a commercially successful hip-hop collaboration with Run DMC on “Walk This Way” and the first hard rock band to appear on a mid-performance show. – Super Bowl time with their 2001 performance, and in 1999, Aerosmith became the first group to have their own themed attraction at Disney World in Florida, after that Paris with the launch of the Rock ‘N’ Roller Roller Coaster with Aerosmith.

With wide cultural influence, Aerosmith has appeared prominently in films, television shows and video games, and has influenced several generations of rock groups, both as style icons and acclaimed multi-instrumentalists. . MusiCares honored the group in 2020 as Person of the Year for their many artistic achievements and dedication to philanthropy, including that of Steven Tyler Janie’s Fund initiative, which supports young women who have experienced the trauma of abuse and neglect.

Joe perry, co-founder and lead guitarist of Aerosmith, commented, “It’s been a long road, but I’m extremely happy and proud to say on behalf of Aerosmith that we’ve been able to bring our 50 years of music together under one roof by partnering with UMG. This will allow us to bring our music to the table. to our fans. in a way we have never been able to do before. This is something we have dreamed of for a long time. This is a victory for Aerosmith, UMG and ultimately our fans. Needless to say, we are very excited. This is an amazing way to celebrate 50 years and the many years to come. “

Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG, said: “Aerosmith’s worldwide success places them in thin air among the greatest rock icons of all time. On the band’s 50th anniversary, Aerosmith continues to influence the course of music not only through its emblematic catalog but also through cinema, television and video games and their inimitable style. On a personal note, I couldn’t be more proud that they chose UMG as their global partner. We look forward to building on their incredible legacy and ensuring that their music continues to inspire fans around the world. “

Aerosmith Manager Larry rudolph noted, “I couldn’t be happier for the band members and their families. Not only do we bring the entire band catalog together in one place, but we put these recordings in the very capable hands of Sir Lucian, Bruce resnikoff and the amazing UMG system around the world. I want to thank Sir Lucian for working tirelessly to create perhaps the most unique and mutually beneficial catalog arrangement in history and for providing a huge commitment to Aerosmith. The members of Aerosmith and I thank him and we all look forward to many years continuing to successfully share the catalog of the greatest American rock group in history with the world. ”

This partnership significantly expands Aerosmith’s historic relationship with UMG. The band recorded some of their best-selling albums for Geffen Records, including Made with mirrors (1985), Permanent vacations (1987), Pump (1989) and Have a hold (1993). Aerosmith also works with Bravado’s Epic Rights for merchandise and has previously released concert films through Eagle Rock Entertainment. Additionally, Aerosmith is part of UMG’s partnership with YouTube to bring music videos to current video and audio standards, with recent releases such as “Dude Looks Like a Lady” and “Dream On”.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, Aerosmith is tied for the most RIAA album certifications by an American group with 25 Gold, 18 Platinum, 12 multi-Platinum and one diamond. As the group was founded in Boston in 1970, April 13 was declared “Aerosmith Day” in Massachusetts by the former governor Guillaume Welding.

About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group (UMG) is the global leader in music entertainment, with a wide range of companies engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. With the most comprehensive catalog of recordings and songs in all musical genres, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the world’s most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music. Committed to art, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models in order to expand artistic and commercial opportunities for our artists and to create new experiences for fans. Universal Music Group is a Vivendi company. Learn more about:



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