Rick Astley is a singer that needs no introduction. The star of the world-famous ‘rickroll’ meme, the deep-voiced pop and soul singer from Lancashire is continuing his comeback from his 1980s heyday. Following his revival with 2016’s UK No. 1 album 50, Astley is promoting his eighth album Beautiful Life with a UK arena tour in autumn 2018.
Astley rose to fame in 1987 with the single ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, a smash hit which reached No. 1 in 25 countries and won the 1988 Brit Award for Best British Single. His debut album Whenever You Need Somebody went multi-platinum in several countries and remains Astley’s biggest-selling album to date. Astley’s next two albums, Hold Me In Your Arms (1988) and Free (1991) both reached the UK Top Ten but his fourth failed to chart, leading Astley to decide to retire and focus on family.
After a few tentative comeback albums, Astley unexpectedly returned to the public consciousness in 2007 when the Internet latched onto Never Gonna Give You Up once more, reviving public interest in the singer. Revitalized, Astley eventually released his seventh album 50 in 2016, which became his first UK No. 1 album in almost 30 years, selling over 300,000 copies.