The Rolling Stones release Hackney Diamonds, first new album in 18 years

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BMG publishing clients The Rolling Stones have released their hugely anticipated new album, Hackney Diamonds.

With positive reviews rolling in, the air of excitement around the return of “the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band” has been undeniable. Critics have been hailing the album as their best studio work in decades, with NME stating: “Rejoice! The rock legends’ first album of original material in almost two decades is an absolute barnstormer”

The 12-track album was recorded in various locations around the world, including Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles; Metropolis Studios, London; Sanctuary Studios, Nassau, Bahamas; Electric Lady Studios, New York; and The Hit Factory/Germano Studios, also in New York.

On the promotional run-up to the album’s launch, The Rolling Stones released singles ‘Angry‘, together with a music video featuring The White Lotus star Sydney Sweeney, and ‘Sweet Sounds of Heaven’, featuring guest performances from Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga.

Late drummer Charlie Watts is featured on two tracks, ‘Mess It Up’ and ‘Live By The Sword.’ ‘Live By The Sword’ additionally features bass from former Stones bassist Bill Wyman. ‘Get Close’ and ‘Live By The Sword’ with piano from Elton John, and ‘Bite My Head Off’ with bass from Paul McCartney.

Hackney Diamonds is their first studio set of new material since 2005’s A Bigger Bang, and marks The Stones (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood) first album produced by producer and musician Andrew Watt.

Since then, the Stones have continued to smash box office records on a series of global sell-out tours and released 2016’s Grammy Award-winning Blue & Lonesome, which featured their brilliant versions of many of the blues tracks that helped shape their sound and topped album charts around the world.

Last year, they thrilled European audiences totaling nearly a quarter of a million on the anniversary Sixty tour. The Rolling Stones have sold over 250 million albums worldwide.

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