Sunday, April 14, 2024

Charts: Rolling Stones Finish in 4th Place with Hackney Diamonds, First Album of New Material in 17 Years


The Rolling Stones should be very pleased.

“Hackney Diamonds,” their first album of new material, finished in 4th place for its debut. Total came to 91,000, over-performing early estimates by 15,000.

Number 1 was Blink-182, followed by Drake, and Bad Bunny. The latter was on “SNL,” which goosed sales a little.

The Stones did great considering they have almost no radio play at all. Classic rock stations will only play the group’s greatest hits. Top 40 has been sacrificed to mediocrity. It’s actually amazing that next week all non top 40 stations owned by I Heart Radio will play the Beatles’ new record. A lot of money went into that promotion. How weird would it be if radio refused to play the Beatles?

The Stones at number 3 beat Morgan Wallen, Taylor Swift, and other contemporary acts.

Almost all of the Stones sales came from CD, LP, and downloads. Very little streaming. Stones fans want that record in their hands!

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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