The Rolling Stones made fans stew in anticipation for over a decade waiting for their brand new studio album Blue & Lonesome, released Dec. 2 via Polydor/Interscope, but the wait appears to have been worth it. Reviews have been glowing and sales over the holiday season have been brisk, prompting pundits to predict that the legendary British rockers will enjoy their best worldwide chart debuts in decades.
ABC News Radio reports on Dec. 6 that The Stones' decision to go back to their blues roots will likely score the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers their first No. 1 album in the U.K. since the release of 1994's Voodoo Lounge. Statistics posted at Official Charts reveal the multi-platinum sellers have already racked up over 66,000 unit sales at the mid-week point and are predicted to earn top spot album charts in their native country.
Blue & Lonesome has also enjoyed excellent digital sales all over the world. The multi-platinum sellers posted an update posted Monday at their official Twitter account and other social media pages, thanking fans for making the album “No. 1 in 40 countries on iTunes.
Hits Daily Double predicts that the album will likely debut at No. 2 in the U.S. behind the Broadway musical “Hamilton” mixtape on the Billboard 200 with Stones' performance predictions ranging from 85,000 to 95,000 in physical sales and a another 5,000 from streaming. If the prediction holds, it would be the “Satisfaction” hitmakers best studio album performance on the Billboard 200 chart since 1994's Voodoo Lounge, which peaked at No. 2 and best overall album performance since 2002's greatest hit collection 40 Licks, which also hit No. 2.
The Stones recently released a brand new video for thee album's latest single “Ride 'em on Down.” The video stars “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart and can be viewed here.
Co-produced by Stones co-founders Mick Jagger and Keith Richards along with longtime associate Don Was, Blue & Lonesome was recorded in three days at British Grove Studios. The album features 12-tracks with guest appearances by Eric Clapton and is available here in both standard and deluxe editions in CD, vinyl and digital formats.
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The Rolling Stones Blue and Lonesome track listing:
Just Your Fool
Commit A Crime
Blue and Lonesome
All Of Your Love
I Gotta Go
Everybody Knows About My Good Thing
Ride ‘Em On Down
Hate To See You Go
Hoo Doo Blues
Just Like I Treat You
I Can’t Quit You