The world’s indisputable rock and roll monarchs, The Rolling Stones, have once again ignited the music realm with the reveal of their dynamic single “Angry.” Not just that, they’ve officially dropped the curtains on their first full-fledged studio album since 2005, aptly titled ‘Hackney Diamonds.’ Rock enthusiasts, mark your calendars – October 20th will witness its grand launch, under the banner of Geffen Records in the U.S.

Celebrations kickstarted at the emblematic Hackney Empire, a place that has celebrated pioneering arts for over a century. The event, emceed by the effervescent Jimmy Fallon, wasn’t limited to the attendees. Thanks to a live stream on YouTube, the announcement, led by the dynamic trio – Mick, Keith, and Ronnie, reached ardent Stones fans across the globe.

The album, comprising twelve tracks (details of which are tightly under wraps for now), has imprints of global influences. It’s been crafted in renowned studios, stretching from Henson Recording Studios in LA, the heart of British music at Metropolis Studios, London, the serene vibes of Sanctuary Studios in Nassau, to the iconic Electric Lady Studios and The Hit Factory/Germano Studios in New York.

It’s hard to fathom that it’s been almost two decades since their last new material was heard – ‘A Bigger Bang,’ which intriguingly was released on this very day, September 6th, eighteen years ago. The Stones, true to their ever-energetic spirit, have been anything but dormant. Record-breaking global tours, the GRAMMY® Award-winning ‘Blue & Lonesome’ in 2016 – a beautiful homage to the blues tunes that sculpted their unique sound, and an iconic 60th-anniversary tour that spellbound Europe last year.

With ‘Hackney Diamonds,’ The Stones venture into uncharted waters as they team up with the GRAMMY® 2021’s Producer of the Year, Andrew Watt. Having collaborated with musical heavyweights like Post Malone, Iggy Pop, and Sir Elton John, Watt brings a contemporary essence to The Stones’ timeless artistry.

And if “Angry” is a glimpse of what’s to come, it’s bound to be exhilarating. The song’s music video, crafted by Francois Rousselet – a name synonymous with global brands like Nike and Diesel, and artists like Pharrell Williams – is a visual delight. Adding to its charm is Emmy-nominated actress Sydney Sweeney, known for her roles in ‘The White Lotus’ and ‘Euphoria.’

To say that The Rolling Stones’ return is monumental would be an understatement. As they once again pick up their instruments and step into the studio, they remind us that rock and roll, much like their spirit, is eternal.


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