Mick Jagger has hinted that he would like to see the Rolling Stones’ back catalog donated to charity rather than sold for a profit and passed on to his children.
When asked in a new interview about his plans for the band’s post-1971 catalog, the 80-year-old British rocker replied that he had no plans to sell it, but that he would rather use it for charity.
“The children don’t need $500 million [£412m] live a good life. Come on,” Jagger said The Wall Street Journaland was referring to his eight children.
“Maybe you’re doing something good in the world,” the “Old Habits Die Hard” singer added, hinting that the catalog might go to charity.
A number of artists have sold master recordings into their back catalogs for nine-figure sums in recent years. Last week Katy Perry sold the rights to her music for a reported $225 million (£181 million).
In January, Justin Bieber sold his share of his own music rights to Hipgnosis Songs Capital for a reported fee of $200 million (£162 million).
And back in January 2022, it was announced that Bob Dylan had sold the rights to his entire back catalog to Sony for an undisclosed amount.
Jagger’s eight children range in age from 52 to six. In 1970, he welcomed his eldest child, Karis, with actress Marsha Hunt. The next year, his ex-wife Bianca Jagger gave birth to daughter Jade, 51.
He shares daughters Elizabeth (39) and Georgia May (31) and sons James (38) and Gabriel (25) with actor Jerry Hall. In 1999, he and model Luciana Gimenez Morad had a 24-year-old son, Lucas. And he and his current partner, former ballerina Melanie Hamrick, recently welcomed his youngest son, Deveraux.
Earlier this month, the group (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction announced their first studio album in 18 years at an exclusive event in London.
Hackney Diamonds“, scheduled to be released on October 20th, is the band’s first album in nearly two decades since 2005 A bigger bang. It is also their first release since the death of drummer Charlie Watts. The founding member, who recorded almost every song with the band since its formation in 1962, died in 2021.
When asked by a fan at the press conference in east London what the band’s secret to a happy and long collaboration was, Jagger hilariously replied: “I don’t talk too often.”
The band continues to tour regularly, with Jagger – who turned 80 in July – maintaining his legendary star power on stage.
The Rolling Stones resumed their work No filter North American tour in fall 2021, shortly after Watts’ death.
Last year they celebrated their 60th anniversary with a multi-day anniversary Sixty Tour through Europe.