The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, and Stevie Wonder team up for new single
The Rolling Stones have returned with another testament to their longevity in the music industry.
The English rock band released “Sweet Sounds of Heaven,” on Sept. 28, marking the second single off their upcoming studio album “Hackney Diamonds.” The seven-minute power ballad, longer than a song’s standard three-minute runtime, features Lady Gaga on vocals and Stevie Wonder on the keyboard. It’s a love letter to classic rock that shaped generations then and until now.
According to The Rolling Stones vocalist and frontman Mick Jagger, having Lady Gaga on the bluesy track was an opportunity for the actress and pop star to take on uncharted territories in her singing career. “I’d never heard her sing quite that style before,” he tells Zane Lowe of Apple Music 1.
In “Sweet Sounds of Heaven,” Jagger and Gaga put on an emotionally charged performance from start to finish that paints a picture of heaven descending on Earth. The song’s explosive finish gives it a new gospel spin that takes people to church with every listen. With this soul-stirring collaboration on the roster, “Hackney Diamonds” is an album to anticipate.
According to The Rolling Stones vocalist and frontman Mick Jagger, having Lady Gaga on the bluesy track was an opportunity for the actress and pop star to take on uncharted territories in her singing career
This isn’t the first time the Stones worked with big names in the industry. Before Gaga and Wonder, “Euphoria” actress Sydney Sweeney starred in the band’s music video for “Angry,” their first single on the forthcoming album.
“Sweet Sounds of Heaven” isn’t Gaga’s first collaboration with the Stones, either. Back in 2012, she sang the band’s 1969 hit “Gimme Shelter” with them at their “50 & Counting” anniversary tour.
“Hackney Diamonds,” out on Oct. 20, will be The Rolling Stones’ first fully original album in 18 years. With its release underway, fans continue to look forward to the other artist link-ups they have in store for this new body of work.
Listen to the single here: