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The Rolling Stones top UK charts with ‘Hackney Diamonds’

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The iconic Rolling Stones clinched their 14th UK No. 1 spot this Friday with their latest album, “Hackney Diamonds”. Released just a week ago by legends Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood, this album’s sales surpassed the combined sales of the next four albums on the Official Albums Chart, as stated by the Official Charts Company.

Having started in 1962, the Stones now stand shoulder to shoulder with greats like The Beatles, Robbie Williams, and Bruce Springsteen, boasting 11 studio albums that hit the UK No. 1 mark.

Their latest gem, “Hackney Diamonds,” isn’t just their first fresh material since 2005 but also holds special significance as it’s their maiden release after the sad passing of drummer Charlie Watts in 2021. This album isn’t just making waves in the UK; it’s also number one on the vinyl charts and has dominated in Australia and Germany.

What makes “Hackney Diamonds” even more special is its nod to the shimmer of broken glass post-theft. With guest features from the likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Lady Gaga, the album also brings former Stones bassist Bill Wyman back into the fold, accompanied by drummer Steve Jordan.

Recorded across global cities – London, New York, Los Angeles, and Nassau – the trio, Jagger (80), Richards (79), and Wood (76), have given fans 12 unforgettable tracks, with Charlie Watts gracing two of them.

In other chart news, the American pop-punk sensation Blink-182 secured the second spot on the UK Official Albums chart with “One More Time…”, marking the comeback of guitarist and singer Tom DeLonge. Meanwhile, on the Official Singles Chart, Kenya Grace’s hit “Strangers” retains its No. 1 position for the third consecutive week.

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