The Rolling Stones unveil a sneak peek of new song ‘Sweet Sounds Of Heaven,’ featuring Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder, ahead of the album launch of Hackney Diamonds.
The Rolling Stones have released a short preview of a new song featuring Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder, as part of their upcoming 24th studio album, Hackney Diamonds. The album is slated for release on 20 October and is the band’s first collection of original music in nearly two decades.
Earlier this month, it was disclosed that Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder collaborated on a new song called ‘Sweet Sounds Of Heaven’. They join other notable artists like Paul McCartney and Elton John, as well as former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, in contributing to the album. The band confirmed via social media that the full song will be available at 5pm BST on Thursday, 28 September. You can pre-save/pre-add it here.
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Frontman Mick Jagger elaborated on how Paul McCartney ended up participating in Hackney Diamonds. “We suggested he played on this punk tune,” said Jagger. “I didn’t know how it was gonna work out, but he really rocked it and he loved doing it. He said, ‘It’s great playing with a band! Really enjoyable playing with a band.'”
The album was recorded across various studios, including Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles and London’s Metropolis Studios. “I don’t want to be big-headed but we wouldn’t have put this album out if we hadn’t really liked it,” Jagger said in a recent live-streamed conference. “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.”
In a recent interview with CBC Radio, Jagger claimed that embracing new changes in music technology such as streaming has been key to the band’s lasting success.
Lead guitarist Keith Richards was slightly less generous when talking about pop music and rap, asserting it’s always been bad.
When asked about the meaning behind the title Hackney Diamonds, the band explained that it was not intended as a form of slang.
The Rolling Stones previously released a blues cover album, Blue & Lonesome, in 2016. Jagger has also indicated that the group is already working on their next full-length project.