The Rolling Stones have participated in a livestream via their official YouTube channel. During the nearly 30-minute segment hosted by late-night television personality Jimmy Fallon at London’s Hackney Empire Theater, the veteran rock band announced the release of their first studio album comprised of new material in 18 years. Hackney Diamonds drops on Oct. 20 via Geffen Records. As a preview of the set, the band shared the first single, “Angry.”
According to the official press release, Hackney Inamonds will feature 12 new tracks, recorded in various locations around the world, including Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles; Metropolis Studios, London; Sanctuary Studios, Nassau, Bahamas; Electric Lady Studios, New York; and The Hit Factory/Germano Studios, also in New York. The list of locations speaks to the band’s universal draw and ability to transcend audiences internationally, a skill that dates back to their initial commercial success.
The impending drop represents The Rolling Stones’ first studio set of new material since 2005’s A Bigger Bangwhich was coincidently released on September 6, 18 years ago. Since then, the band, which features Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood, has continued to garner notoriety by selling out global tours, delivering chart-topping albums, including their last, 2016’s Grammy Award-winning Blue & Lonesome LP, which featured their takes on a collection of favored blues tracks that helped forge their own sound and style.
Hackney Diamonds marks The Rolling Stones’ first collaboration with New York-born producer and musician Andrew Watt, who was named Producer of the Year at the 2021 Grammy Awards, and past work with stars such as Elton John, Iggy Pop and contemporary artists such as Post Malone.
The initial single, “Angry,” is accompanied by a music video directed by Francois Rousselet, which can be viewed below.
Pre-order The Rolling Stones’ forthcoming LP, Hackney Diamonds now.