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Rolling Stones’ ‘Hackney Diamonds’ Sparkles on Midweek U.K. Chart

Written by on October 24, 2023

The Rolling Stones are careering to another U.K. No. 1 with Hackney Diamonds (via Polydor), the legendary British rock band’s 26th studio album.

According to data published by the Official Charts Company, the Stones’ new album is outselling the rest of the top 10 combined, posting north of 55,000 chart sales over the weekend. Nothing will stop these Rolling Stones from gathering a 14th U.K. No. 1.

Another leader would lift Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood up the all-time ladder, placing the Stones behind only the Beatles, with 15 U.K. No. 1 albums.

Featuring a starry lineup of collaborators that includes Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, former bass player Bill Wyman, and Beatle Paul McCartney, Hackney Diamonds is the Stones’ first new studio album or original material in 18 years.

Another reunited rock favorite, Blink-182, is forecast to open behind the Stones. The U.S. pop punk band’s ninth studio album One More Time… (Columbia) bows at No. 2 on the Official Chart Update, and should mark the trio’s sixth U.K. top 10. One More Time… reunites the classic lineup of guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge with bass player Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker for the first time in almost a decade.

Completing an all-new top three on the Official Chart Update is Bombay Bicycle Club with My Big Day (MMMRecords). It’s set to arrive at No. 3 for what would be the English indie band’s fifth U.K. top 10 album and highest charting LP since 2014’s So Long, See You Tomorrow led the weekly chart.

Also eyeing top ten berths are releases from Mercury Prize-nominated British singer-songwriter Richard Hawley (Now Then: The Very Best Of at No. 4 via BMG); Scottish electronic soloist Barry Can’t Swim (When Will We Land? at No. 5 via Ninja Tune); Mercury Prize-winning R&B act Sampha (Lahai at No. 7 via Young); electronic veterans Pet Shop Boys (Relentless at No. 9 via Rhino); and legendary U.S. entertainer Cher (Christmas at No. 10 via Warner Records).

All will be revealed when the Official U.K. Albums Chart is published late Friday, Oct. 27.


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