Rick Astley

Rick Astley
Release date
01 January 1970
Rick Astley
01 January 1970 |

Rick Astley is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and radio personality. He is known for his 1987 song, “Never Gonna Give You Up”, which was a #1 hit single in 25 countries. Astley holds the record for being the only male solo artist to have his first 8 singles reach the Top 10 in the UK and by retirement in 1993 had sold approximately 40 million records worldwide.

Almost 10 years after Body and Soul, Astley finally returned to the music world, signing a co-publishing deal with Polydor and releasing Keep It Turned On in 2002. The album featured the single “Sleeping”, which became a minor club hit, thanks to a set of remixes from U.S. house producer Todd Terry. Keep It Turned On was only released in Continental Europe.

Astley’s first compilation album, Greatest Hits, was released in 2002, and reached #16 on the UK Albums Chart. With no promotion from Astley, it sold over 100,000 copies and was certified Gold by the BPI. After retirement in 1993, Astley continued to write songs for various acts and in 2003 he managed to chart at #10 in the UK as a songwriter with “Shakespeare’s (Way With) Words” performed by short-lived boy band One True Voice.

In 2004, Astley toured for the first time in 14 years, which led him to a record contract with Sony BMG.

In March 2005, Astley released the album Portrait in which he covered many classic standards such as “Vincent”, “Nature Boy” and “Close to You”.
In April 2008, the album “The Ultimate Collection: Rick Astley” was released by Sony BMG and by early May it had reached #17 on the UK Top 40 Albums Chart.

In September 2008, Rick was nominated for the ‘Best Act Ever’ award at the MTV Europe Music Awards The push to make Astley the winner of the award continued after the announcement, as well as efforts to encourage MTV to personally invite Astley to the awards ceremony. On 7 November, following a massive internet campaign by fans, Rick won the award in Liverpool. On the back of this, “Never Gonna Give You Up” returned to the UK charts, over 21 years after it was released, peaking at #73 during the Christmas period.
During the late 2000s, Astley continued touring across the globe, touring with various other ’80s acts, such as Boy George and Belinda Carlisle, in the Here and Now Tour.

Astley was a special guest throughout Peter Kay’s new tour, The Tour That Doesn’t Tour Tour…Now On Tour, from 27 April to 22 May 2010. To mark the occasion, Rick Astley released a new single “Lights Out” on his own label. It was released on 7 June 2010. This was Astley’s first release in the UK Singles Chart in 17 years. It was well received by radio, peaking #15 on the UK Airplay Charts.

During the summer of 2010, Astley became a radio DJ for London’s Magic FM, presenting a Sunday show. Initially the contract was 8 weeks but he proved popular with listeners and his contract was extended till the end of the year.