NEWS: Rick Astley Returns With His New Album ‘Beautiful Life’

He’s the comeback king of 80’s pop, and now he releases his EIGHTH studio album!

by Christopher Smith

In 2016, after an absence of more than ten years, Rick Astley made a triumphant return to music. His comeback album “50” went straight to the top of the British charts and has been certified platinum for sales of more than 300,000 copies. It marked a miraculous comeback and gave him his first chart topper, thirty years after his debut album “Whenever You Need Somebody”.

Rick had sold 40 million records since his phenomenal debut “Never Gonna Give You Up” topped the UK and US singles chart in the summer of 1987. Since then, it seems, we’ve never fallen out of love with the cheeky chappy from Newton Le Willows.

 And on 20th July, he releases his eighth studio album “Beautiful Life”, the title track of which has already been released – and it’s pretty darn good!

Rick will also be touring across much of Europe from September, finishing in the UK in November with a number of dates scheduled.
see http://www.rickastley.co.uk/ to book.

And he was helping an old friend celebrate her 50th birthday recently!

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With ancestry.co.uk using his 1988 hit “Together Forever” for their latest TV advert, a new album and an eagerly anticipated tour, it looks like 2018 is going to be another cracking year for one of Britain’s best loved singers.

Welcome back Rick!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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