The Rolling Stones storm ahead for landmark 14th Number 1 album with Hackney Diamonds

The Rolling Stones are set to achieve a major milestone in their career as their newest album, Hackney Diamonds, takes the lead and heads towards the top spot on the Official Albums Chart. The album, which features original material from the band after a 20-year hiatus, has already garnered over 55,000 chart units over the weekend, outselling the rest of the Top 10 combined.

If Hackney Diamonds reaches Number 1, it would mark the 14th UK chart-topping album for Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood, and their first since the passing of longtime drummer Charlie Watts in 2021. Only The Beatles have achieved more Number 1 albums with a total of 15. Meanwhile, American pop-punk idols blink-182 are poised to debut at Number 2 with their ninth album, ONE MORE TIME..., featuring vocalist Tom DeLonge, who reunited with the band after his departure in 2015. For Bombay Bicycle Club, their album My Big Day is expected to secure a place in the Top 10, potentially becoming their highest-charting album since 2014.

Richard Hawley's Now Then: The Very Best Of and Barry Can't Swim's debut album When Will We Land? are also set to enter the Top 5. Sampha, an acclaimed soul and R&B artist, is predicted to debut at Number 7 with his second album, Lahai, matching the success of his Mercury Prize-winning debut album, Process. Pet Shop Boys aim to achieve their 19th Top 10 album with Relentless, originally released as an EP alongside their chart-topping record Very in 1993. Additionally, Cher's Christmas album has the potential to secure her 11th Top 10 album. As for other newcomers, Rival Sons' Lightbringer is expected to debut at Number 11, becoming their highest-peaking album to date. Within Temptation's eighth studio album, Bleed Out, is predicted to enter at Number 26, while British afro-swing collective NSG's Area Boyz could achieve a career peak at Number 27. Leeds alternative band Apollo Junction's Here We Are is also expected to reach a new career high at Number 33. Finally, George Michael's Twenty-Five has the chance to re-enter the Official Albums Chart and fly back into the Top 40 at Number 40.