Aerosmith and Universal Music Group have announced an expansive worldwide alliance spanning the group’s entire discography, merchandise and audio-video projects.
It marks the beginning of a new era in the career of Aerosmith, described by UMG as the “best-selling American hard rock band of all time”.
For the first time, in 2022 all of Aerosmith’s recordings will be unified in one place ahead of the band’s upcoming 50th anniversary, through a new multi-faceted partnership with UMG. The band were previously with Sony Music's Columbia for a significant number of albums and collections.
In addition to supporting the band’s consolidated catalogue, this partnership will also make use of access to the “Vindaloo Vaults” and personal archives of band members Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford, who will actively help curate their collections of music, photos, video footage, artwork, journals, set lists and memorabilia. Future releases will offer fans access to never-before seen and heard music.
UMG will also be the home of future music projects, as well as work with the band to develop, produce and distribute new film, television and other audio-visual content projects celebrating Aerosmith’s history. The partnership expects to announce details of those new music and audio-visual projects shortly.
UMG will work hand in hand with the band to continue to introduce Aerosmith and their musical legacy to new generations of fans around the world, according to the announcement.
Joe Perry, Aerosmith co-founder and lead guitarist, said:, “It’s been a long road but I’m extremely happy and proud to say on behalf of Aerosmith we have been able to bring our 50 years of music under one roof by partnering with UMG. This will allow us to bring our music to our fans in ways we never were able to before. It’s something we’ve dreamed about happening for a long time. It's a win for Aerosmith, UMG and ultimately our fans. Needless to say, we are very excited. It’s an incredible way to celebrate 50 years and the many more years to come.”
Aerosmith’s global success places them in rarefied air among the all-time greatest rock icons
Sir Lucian Grainge
Sir Lucian Grainge, chairman & CEO of UMG, said: “Aerosmith’s global success places them in rarefied air among the all-time greatest rock icons. On the band’s 50th anniversary, Aerosmith continues to influence the course of music not only through their iconic catalogue but also through film, television and video games and their inimitable style. On a personal note, I couldn’t be prouder that they have chosen UMG as their global partner. We look forward to building upon their incredible legacy and ensuring their music continues to inspire fans around the world.”
Aerosmith manager Larry Rudolph said: “I couldn’t be happier for the band members and their families. Not only are we bringing together the band’s entire catalogue in one place, but we’re entrusting these recordings to the very capable hands of Sir Lucian, Bruce Resnikoff and the incredible UMG system worldwide.
“I would like to thank Sir Lucian for tirelessly working together to craft perhaps the most unique and mutually beneficial catalog arrangement in history and providing a huge commitment to Aerosmith. The members of Aerosmith and I thank him and we all look forward to many years of successfully continuing to share the catalog of the greatest American rock band in history with the world.”
The partnership significantly expands Aerosmith’s historic relationship with UMG. The band recorded some of its biggest-selling albums for Geffen Records, including Done with Mirrors (1985), Permanent Vacation (1987), Pump (1989) and Get A Grip (1993). Aerosmith also work with Bravado’s Epic Rights for merchandise and has previously released concert films through Eagle Rock Entertainment.
Additionally, Aerosmith are part of UMG’s partnership with YouTube bringing music videos into current video and audio standards, with recent releases including Dude Looks Like A Lady and Dream On.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, Aerosmith are tied for the most RIAA album certifications by an American group with 25 Gold, 18 Platinum, 12 multi-Platinum and one diamond.
Since Aerosmith’s founding 50 years ago, the group have sold more than 150 million albums around the world. The band became the first rock act with a massive commercially successful hip-hop collaboration, with Run DMC on Walk This Way, and the first hard rock band to appear during a Super Bowl Halftime Show with their 2001 performance.
In 1999, Aerosmith became the first band to have their own themed attraction at Disney World in Florida, and later Paris with the launch of the Rock ‘N’ Roller coaster starring Aerosmith.
MusiCares honoured the band in 2020 as Person of the Year for their many artistic achievements and dedication to philanthropy, including Steven Tyler’s initiative Janie’s Fund initiative, which supports young women who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect.