The Rolling Stones are hurtling towards the top spot on the U.K. albums chart with the rock veterans’ comeback album Blue & Lonesome (Polydor).
The all-blues covers set is almost 66,000 combined sales ahead of Michael Ball & Alfie Boe’s second-placed Together (Decca) at the halfway stage of the chart week, according to the Official Charts company.
Blue & Lonesome was recorded in just three days and is the Stones’ first studio album since A Bigger Bang, which came agonizingly close to No. 1 on its release in 2005, missing out on the summit by precisely 11 units to James Blunt's Back To Bedlam (Atlantic). The Stones’ last album to reach No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart was Voodoo Lounge in 1994, though a re-release of the classic 1972 LP Exile On Main St reached the top spot in 2010.