Rick Astley is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and radio personality.
Widely known for his 1987 song “Never gonna give you up”, a No. 1 hit single in 25 countries.
The following 2 years saw Rick continue to dominate the charts around the globe. In the UK, Rick was in the Top 40 every week for the first 6 months of his career, and today still holds the record of being the only male solo artist to have his first 8 singles reach the Top Ten in the UK.
Rick’s second album “Hold me in your arms” was released in 1989, including 5 commercially successful singles: “She wants to dance with me” and “Take me to your heart” were self-penned.
In 1991 his third album “Free” was released, which featured collaborations with Elton John and Art of Noise’s Ann Dudley, and the Top Ten hit “Cry for help” showcasing a choir arranged by gospel star, Andrae Crouch.
It was not long after the release of his album “Body and soul” in 1993, co-written with artists such as Rob Fisher and Lisa Stansfield, that Rick decided to take a break from his music career and focus on family life with the recent birth of his daughter.
Almost 10 years after “Body and soul”, Astley finally returned to the music world releasing “Keep it turned on” in 2002.
2008 gave birth to the internet sensation of ‘Rick-rolling’ when renewed interest in Rick’s massive hit single, “Never gonna give you up” resurfaced all over the web and hit mainstream news worldwide, causing the single to chart once again in the UK.
Today Rick continues to perform worldwide. His latest studio album is “Beautiful life”, released in 2018.