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The Rolling Stones lead Official Christmas Number 1 album race with ‘Hackney Diamonds’

Written by on December 19, 2023

The Rolling Stones look set to secure 2023’s Official Christmas Number 1 album with Hackney Diamonds.

As guitarist Keith Richards celebrates his 80th birthday today (December 18), the group’s first record of original material in 18 years eyes a return to Number 1 this week. Hackney Diamonds previously debuted atop the Official Albums Chart in October, spending one week at the summit so far.

Michael Bublé currently poses the biggest threat to The Stones; the Canadian singer-songwriter’s seasonal staple Christmas at Number 2 midweek. The 2011 parent album of the Official biggest Christmas song of the 21st century, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, has spent five non-consecutive weeks at Number 1 in the UK since its release.

Elsewhere, Cher’s festive collection Christmas could reach a brand-new peak, set to lift ten to Number 5 midweek. Her 27th studio album, which includes collaborations with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Darlene Love and Cyndi Lauper, Christmas previously peaked at Number 8.

André Rieu & Johann Strauss Orchestra’s Jewels of Romance is also expected to experience uplift this week, currently tracking to rise thirteen to Number 6.

Gregory Porter’s Christmas Wish collection looks set to rebound back into the Top 40 this week (26), as do Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon (28) and Cliff Richard’s latest release Cliff with Strings – My Kinda Life (32).

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