Rick Astley blew up radio stations and music video channels back in 1987. His hypnotic baritone voice and youthful, pretty boy looks had pop audiences in a trance from the start. He was discovered in his English hometown playing the drums, singing and songwriting for the band FBI, a soul band he started with some mates in 1985. The production team immediately wanted him as a solo act, which resulted in global success. After he left their direction, he released two additional albums that did not result with anything but one hit that made the top 10. Throughout his career, he had one No. 1 hit, eight top 10 hits and nine top 40 singles. Some of his most well-known hits include "Never Gonna Give You Up," "Together Forever," "Cry for Help," "Whenever You Need Somebody" and "When I Fall in Love." Rick ended up retiring in 1993.
Rick Astley in the 2000s
Rick Astley is a talented and influential singer, songwriter and musician who can play several instruments, including the guitar, drums, saxophone and piano. At the turn of the century, he began to record again. In 2001, he released an album, Keep It Turned On. The remixed version by Todd Terry went on to become a largely popular club hit. He began to tour again and landed a new contract in 2004. His 2005 album, Portrait, made the top 20 in the UK charts. Rick Astley became a DJ for a bit in 2010 on a popular radio station in London. In 2016, he released the album, 50, which reached No. 1 in album sales in the UK. And the most recent album, Beautiful Life, was released in 2018. While he is happily working and touring again, he is even more committed to giving back to the community and charities and prefers to live a simple life with his family.
Where can I buy Rick Astley tickets?
Rick Astley is on a worldwide Rick Astley tour, including stops in the UK, Australia, Spain and New Zealand. StubHub has all of your Rick Astley ticket needs, so be sure to check back frequently for new dates and locations near you.
How did Boy George launch Rick Astley back into singing his '80s classics in 2009?
Rick Astley has been notorious for refusing to sing his classic '80s hits over the years. However, in 2009, Boy George found himself in prison which opened up a spot for Rick Astley to become a headliner on the tour George was doing at the time. During this tour, he embraced his former glory and rekindled his passion for music.
Which mega-hit movie title track singing opportunity did Rick Astley turn down?
Rick Astley turned down an offer that could have changed the direction of his career in the '90s. The offer was to perform as the lead singer for the title track of Pretty Woman in 1990 that featured Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
Which two box office animated hits featured Rick Astley work on their soundtracks and in the movies?
Rick Astley songs were featured in both The Angry Birds Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie.
What is Rickrolling?
Rickrolling became a virtual phenomenon during 2007, 2008 and here and there from 2009 until today. The video of "Never Gonna Give You Up" was made into a meme that would pop up onto screens of laptops and PCs while people were playing other videos. It became so popular that YouTube made it an April Fool's Day prank in 2008, and it made an appearance during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade the same year.
Which phobia ended Rick Astley's music career?
In 1993, Rick Astley became crippled by the thought of flying right before a flight to New York for a performance. It was so paralyzing that it ended his solo pop career until the 2000s. He is said to be able to fly today; however, he does not enjoy the experience.Back to Top
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