The album is the band's first project of original material to hit the top spot in over 20 years, following Voodoo Lounge in 1994, although their 2010 reissue of Exile On Main St also shot to pole position.

Blue & Lonesome shifted 106,000 units in its first week of release, scoring the veteran rockers the second-highest debut sales week of the year (16), just behind Blackstar by the late David Bowie.

"We are absolutely delighted with the success of Blue & Lonesome in the U.K. and around the world," the Rolling Stones said in a statement.

The chart news gives frontman Mick Jagger another reason to celebrate after welcoming his eighth child on Thursday morning (08Dec16). The baby boy is the 73-year-old's first with his girlfriend, 29-year-old American ballerina Melanie Hamrick.

Meanwhile, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe's Together holds steady at two, and Little Mix's Glory Days slips two places to three.

In the U.K. singles countdown, Clean Bandit notch up a fifth week in first place with Rockabye, ahead of rap duo Rae Sremmurd at two with Black Beatles and The Weeknd's Starboy at three.