The Rolling Stones announce new album ‘Hackney Diamonds’ via single ‘Angry’

It’s official: The Rolling Stones have announced their first studio album in 18 years, Hackney Diamonds.

The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards shared details of the new record at a star-studded press conference hosted by Jimmy Fallon at Hackney Empire.

The new album is set to arrive 20 October and has been teased by the release of lead single ‘Angry’ – a biting new track full of the fieriness its title suggests.

‘Angry’ has been given the full treatment, with a video that features The White Lotus and Euphoria actress Sydney Sweeney driving by billboards that depict all the different eras the rock n’ roll legends have been through – have a watch and a listen below.

Speaking about the new record at the Hackney Empire event, Sir Mick said: “We wouldn’t have put this album out if we [didn’t] really like it… I don’t want to be big-headed but we wouldn’t have put this album out if we hadn’t really liked it.

“We said we had to make a record we really love ourselves. We are quite pleased with it, we are not big-headed about it, but we hope you all like it.”

Hackney Diamonds will not only mark the band’s first original material since 2005’s A Bigger Bang, but will also be the first Stones album since the passing of the band’s late, great drummer Charlie Watts, who died in 2021.

As had been speculated, the record will still feature some of Watts’ work – featured on two of the album’s 12 tracks – and Lady Gaga will also appear on a song called ‘Sweet Sound Of Heaven’.

The Rolling Stones

Photo: Stuart C. Wilson

The album is said to have been put together relatively quickly, after the trio of Jagger, Richards and Wood got together in December of last year; the band then cut 23 tracks, which were mixed in February, before whittling them down to the 12 selected for the final album. 

The full confirmation of Hackney Diamonds arrives after weeks of speculation, following a number of hints about a potential new Stones album.

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Two weeks ago, an ad for a fictional glass repair company appeared in local paper Hackney Gazette, which featured references to some all-time Rolling Stones classics.

Earlier this week, too, the band teased some CGI work on their socials of their iconic tongue and lips logo, fuelling further album rumours. And now, the full details have arrived.

The event also saw Fallon read out the tracklist, which you can see below, along with the album artwork.

Hackney Diamonds


Get Close

Depending On You

Bite My Head Off

Whole Wide World

Dreamy Skies

Mess It Up

Live By The Sword (feat. Charlie Watts)

Driving Me Too Hard

Tell Me Straight

Sweet Sound Of Heaven

Rolling Stones Blues

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