The Rolling Stones have enjoyed their seventh No. 1 album in Australia with Blue & Lonesome debuting at the top of this week’s ARIA Albums chart, eclipsing Michael Buble’s Christmas album.
Blue & Lonesome is the band’s first chart topping album since Voodoo Lounge in 1994 and the Hall of Famers’ first studio LP since 2005’s A Bigger Bang which peaked at No.4 in 2005.
According to Billboard, The Rolling Stones have now had 25 cumulative weeks at No.1 over a 52-year recording career with The Rolling Stones (3 weeks, 1965), Their Satanic Majesties Request (3 weeks, 1968), Sticky Fingers (2 weeks, 1971), Goats Head Soup (4 weeks, 1973) and Tattoo You (11 weeks, 1981).
Blue & Lonesome is also No. 1 in the U.K. – the band’s 12th No.1 album there since their self-titled album in 1964. (The 2010 reissue of 1972’s Exile On Main St. also wen to No. 1, in the UK but it is s 22 years since their last chart topper with with a new studio album). Blue & Lonesome had combined sales of 106,000, second only to David Bowie’s 146,000 for Blackstar in January this year.
Blue & Lonesome will also debut at No. 4 in the U.S.A on Tuesday (U.S time), where it will become the band’s 37th Top 10 album – a record (Barbra Streisand is second on 34 Top 10 albums).
Billboard also reports that even though album sales in the U.S. fell 61 percent between 2005 Blue & Lonesome’s first week sales are just 9,000 copies fewer than the launch of A Bigger Bang in 2005.
It caps off a big year for the The Rolling Stones who also recently released the Havana Moon DVD of their concert in Cuba earlier this year. The documentary of their South American tour also showed in cinemas and on television, and Exhibitionism moved from London to New York a few months ago.,