Start them up: The Rolling Stones launched their “Hackney Diamonds” campaign yesterday and the charts are already buzzing with excitement.
“Hackney” in pre-orders has shot to number 1 on Amazon Top 100 CDs and Vinyl in CD form. Number 1 is a green vinyl LP and number 4 is the black vinyl.
Over on the iTunes singles chart — which is currently bursting with Jimmy Buffett records — the single “Angry” is number 6.
All signs point to a number 1 release on October 20th for “Hackney,” at least for one week if not two. I don’t think any records will be broken (unless one is physically smashed) but “Hackney” is set up to be enough of a comeback hit that it will play well on a live tour next spring.
Meantime, “Angry” should easily be nominated at this year’s Grammys for Best Rock Song or Record.
All that’s left for Mick, Keith, and Ronnie is becoming MusiCares Persons of the Year and appearing on the Grammys. The Stones have always turned down accepting this honor — as well as the Kennedy Center — but maybe 2024 is the year for tributes.