Thursday, April 18, 2024

Gold And Not so Lonesome: The Rolling Stones Score Huge Numbers for First Album in 11 Years


This may not seem like a big number, but these days it’s enough to crow about: for their first studio album in 11 years, the Rolling Stones have scored a pretty whopping hit.

“Blue and Lonesome” debuts this week with 120,000 copies sold– and I do mean copies as in physical CDs and digital downloads. The album had insignificant streaming.

For a 50 plus year old band, and an album of blues covers, this is kind of extraordinary. “Blue and Lonesome” enters the charts at number 4.

Many “legacy” acts have released new albums this year only to find indifference, or an unmotivated fan base. That includes Van Morrison, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, Steven Tyler, and Chrissie Hynde with the Pretenders. There are many, many more examples.

But the Stones came up with a good concept and it translated easily in promotion. Their CBS Sunday Morning interview was a total winner, too.

So Viva the Rolling Stones. They returned to their roots and people got it. There’s life in them ole bones yet!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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