Rick Astley’s new album, ’50’ reached No. 1 on the UK Album Chart. For the 1980s icon forever known for ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ it was the first time since 1987, nearly 30 years. It’s a musical comeback that’s sparking quite a buzz.
The last time Rick Astley reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart was in 1987 with his debut album ‘Whenever You Need Somebody.’ It was that same album that produced the international smash hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
Years later, of course, that song would go on to live a second life as the “Rick Rolling” meme of the Aughts took hold. Yes, back in the 1980s, before the Internet was widely available to the general public for such merriment, Astley was living out a traditional pop music superstar life, with global fame, and impressive record sales that amounted to around 40 million in total.
His last album was 2005’s ‘Portrait.’ But it was the “rickrolling” phenomena that brought him back into the spotlight in the late Aughts.
Now a new album, ’50’ — which is also his chronological age — has hit No. 1 on the UK Album chart, after a close battle with contender Tom Odell and his album, ‘Wrong Crowd.’ As Official Charts reports, at one point, Odell was ahead of him by just 14 sales.
No one seems more surprise than the former teen idol himself. You can see his reaction in the video below, as he tells the publication, “It’s amazing, it’s incredible, it’s been a very very VERY long time since this happened before! I’m ecstatic, I couldn’t be happier.”
In an interview with The Daily Mail, he also reflected upon the new milestone saying, “‘It’s all a bit bonkers.”
He went on to say, “I am not allowing myself to believe that it is all happening. This time last year, I would have laughed at the thought of being number one again. And I almost didn’t care whether it hit the top or not. Because it is just fantastic to be here.”
Yes, it’s an inspiring comeback story. The new album ’50’ is his eighth album, and it’s comprised entirely of original songs which he himself wrote. The two singles — the gospel and R&B-infused Keep Singing and Angels On My Side — preceded the album’s release. Both were met with praise and critical acclaim. Astley’s wife, Lene Bausager, serves as his manager these days. The couple has a 24-year-old daughter Emilie.
You can see the ’50’ album cover art and music videos below from Rick Astley’s first No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart in 29 years.
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