Rolling Stones Announce Greatest Hits Album with Two New Songs
"GRRR!" will include new tracks "Gloom And Doom" and "One Last Shot" upon its November release.
The first new Rolling Stones recordings since 2005's "A Bigger Bang" will be included on "GRRR!," a new greatest hits collection set for a Nov. 13 release that will continue the band's 50th anniversary celebration.
"GRRR!" will be available in four formats: a 3-CD, 50-track collection with a 24-page booklet; a 3-CD, 50-track deluxe edition with a 36-page hardback book and five postcards; a 4-CD, 80-track "super deluxe edition" with a bonus CD, poster and other goodies; and a 50-track 12-inch vinyl box set. All formats will include classic Stones cuts like "Start Me Up," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Honky Tonk Women," "Jumping Jack Flash" and many more fan favorites.
"Gloom And Doom" and "One Last Shot," two new songs recorded by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood in Paris, will also be part of "GRRR!," as will new artwork from longtime band collaborator Walton Ford.
The November release of "GRRR!" coincides with four special shows that the Rolling Stones will play that month, two at London's O2 Arena and another pair at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. A source told Billboard last week that the shows, which will toast the band's 50th anniversary, will net the Stones $25 million.
Adding to the band's busy autumn is the release of "Crossfire Hurricane," a documentary from director Brett Morgen that traces the Stones' five-decade history. The film includes commentary from all four members of the group and will premiere on HBO on Nov. 15.
In September 2002, the Rolling Stones released "Forty Licks," a double-album compilation commemorating the group's 40th anniversary. The 40-song set has sold 2.5 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The veteran band has notched a record 36 top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, including nine No. 1s. Its most recent chart-topper was 1981's "Tattoo You." Since then, they've racked up eight top five albums, with five of those reaching the top three. (That doesn't count the 2010 reissue of "Exile On Main St," which re-entered the chart at No. 2. "Exile" of course spent four weeks at No. 1 upon its initial release in 1972.)
In terms of singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the group has claimed 57 entries -- the second most among rock bands. (Only the Beatles have more, with 71.) The Stones own 23 top 10 singles, with eight of them going all the way to No. 1. Those include "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Paint It, Black," "Honky Tonk Women," "Brown Sugar" and "Miss You" -- all which will presumably be on the "Grrr!" compilation.
(Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield, L.A.)