The Rolling Stones’ ‘Hackney Diamonds’ Leads Race for Official Christmas Number 1 Album

by Patria

The Rolling Stones’ Hackney Diamonds is set to become the official Christmas number one album of 2023.

As guitarist Keith Richards celebrates his 80th birthday on December 18, the group’s first album of original material in 18 years is eyeing a return to number one this week. Hackney Diamonds previously debuted at the top of the Official Albums Chart in October and has spent a week at the top so far.

Michael Bublé currently poses the biggest threat to the Stones, with the Canadian singer-songwriter’s seasonal staple Christmas at number 2 midweek. The 2011 parent album of the official greatest Christmas song of the 21st century, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, has spent five non-consecutive weeks at number 1 in the UK since its release.

Elsewhere, Cher’s festive collection Christmas could reach a brand-new peak, rising ten places to number 5 mid-week. Her 27th studio album, which features collaborations with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Darlene Love and Cyndi Lauper, previously peaked at number 8.

André Rieu & Johann Strauss Orchestra’s Jewels of Romance is also expected to rise this week, currently tracking to climb thirteen to number 6.

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