The Rolling Stones have left the British label EMI, which has been their home for over two decades, for Vivendi's Universal Music.

Universal announced that the new deal covers both future Rolling Stones albums and their back catalogue, from 1971's 'Sticky Fingers' onwards.

The group are the latest in a string of high-profile acts that have left EMI since it was bought by private equity firm Terra Firma last year.

In a statement issued by Universal the band said: "Universal are forward thinking, creative and hands-on music people. We really look forward to working with them."

The Rolling Stones tested the waters with Universal when they released the soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese documentary 'Shine a Light' through the label in April.