The Rolling Stones Will Roll On!

In a much-anticipated musical event, rock and roll legends The Rolling Stones have finally confirmed the release date of their upcoming album, Hackney Diamonds, set to drop on October 20th, 2023, under the Polydor Records label. This marks a monumental moment for the iconic band, as it’s their first studio album of original material since 2005’s A Bigger Bang, following their 2016 Grammy Award-winning blues cover album, Blue & Lonesome.

Hackney Diamonds has been meticulously produced by the talented Andrew Watt and boasts a star-studded lineup of guest artists, including the return of former Stones bass player Bill Wyman, the introduction of new drummer Steve Jordan, and collaborations with music legends Paul McCartney (!!!) and Stevie Wonder.

Of the title, Keith Richards said, “It got called Hackney Diamonds because we were flinging ideas around for titles, and we went from ‘Hit And Run’ [to] ‘Smash And Grab’. And somehow, between that, we came up with ‘Hackney Diamonds’ which is like a variation of both.” Mick Jagger responded, “Yeah, it’s like when you get your windscreen broken on Saturday night in Hackney, and all the bits go on the street…that’s ‘Hackney Diamonds’.”

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The 12-track album will be available in two CD versions – a standard jewel case and a digi-pak. Additionally, fans can indulge in various colored vinyl versions, each offering a unique listening experience. For those craving the utmost audio quality, there’s an enticing CD+Blu-ray edition featuring a Dolby Atmos Mix and a 24/96 hi-res stereo version.

While this variety is a treat for fans, it’s essential to note that these coveted discs come bundled in an elaborate box set, complete with a 64-page book and an eye-catching lenticular sleeve. This luxurious package promises an immersive journey into the world of ‘Hackney Diamonds,’ but it does come with a price tag to match.

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As for the album’s track-list, it remains shrouded in mystery for now. However, fans can catch a sneak peek of what’s to come by listening to the first single, ‘Angry,’ available for preview. With Hackney Diamonds on the horizon, anticipation is building among Rolling Stones aficionados worldwide as they gear up to experience the latest musical masterpiece from these rock and roll legends.

“I don’t want to be big-headed,” Mick Jagger said of the new album, “but we wouldn’t have put [it] out if we hadn’t really liked it.”

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