‘Blue & Lonesome’ is the band’s first studio album since 2005.
The Rolling Stones have topped the UK album chart this week, with their 23rd studio album Blue & Lonesome.
The album is the band’s first of new material since 2005’s A Bigger Bang and features covers of classic tracks by American blues artists.
The Rolling Stones have topped the UK album chart
The album racked up more than 106,000 combined sales to take the top spot, giving it the second-highest opening sales week for an album this year, behind David Bowie’s Blackstar, which sold 146,000 copies in its first week back in January.
According to the Official Charts Company, 99% of the album’s sales were either physical purchases or downloads, with 1% attributed to streams. The record has also now been certified gold.
In a statement the band said: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of Blue & Lonesome in the UK and around the world.”
Blue & Lonesome is The Stones 12th UK number one album and their first studio record to top the chart since Voodoo Lounge in 1994.
The band’s frontman Mick Jagger will have extra reason to celebrate this weekend, after just becoming a father for the eighth time.
The 73-year-old’s girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to a boy in New York on Thursday, with Jagger attending the birth.
“Mick was at the hospital for the arrival,” a statement from Jagger’s publicist read. “Mother and baby are doing well and we request that the media respect their privacy at this time.”
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