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Rolling Stones fans see clues for new album in newspaper ad

A lawsuit claims an AI firm violated rights by using lyrics from artists such as the Rolling Stones.

A lawsuit claims an AI firm violated rights by using lyrics from artists such as the Rolling Stones. Photo: AP

Have the Rolling Stones just announced the release of a new album?

The band’s representatives say “no comment” but fans who have been waiting for a new album for almost two decades think they might be about to get some satisfaction.

Their hopes have been raised by an innocuous-looking advert in a small London newspaper heralding a new glass repair store called Hackney Diamonds.

The brightly coloured promotion in the Hackney Gazette said the business was established in 1962 – the same year the Rolling Stones formed – and the new store would open in September.

“Our friendly team promises you satisfaction,” the advert said in the newspaper’s August 17 edition, referencing one of the group’s best-known hits.

“When you say gimme shelter we’ll fix your shattered windows.”

It directs readers to a website where users are asked to register their interest, with privacy terms signed off by the group’s label Universal Music Group (UMG).

“The Rolling Stones are poking fun at themselves,” read one message on the Facebook fan page The Rolling Stones Sessions.

“Creative publicity has started on the long-awaited new album.”

The Rolling Stones marked their 60th anniversary last year with a European tour that covered 10 countries and the UK.

An album by the Rolling Stones featuring new original music would be their first since 2005’s A Bigger Bang.

-Reuters

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