Whenever You Need Somebody

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This article is about the Rick Astley album. For the title song, see Whenever You Need Somebody (song).
Whenever You Need Somebody
Studio album by Rick Astley
Released 16 November 1987
Recorded 1987
Genre Pop, dance-pop,[1] adult contemporary[1]
Length 39:52
Label RCA
Producer Stock Aitken Waterman
Rick Astley chronology
Whenever You Need Somebody
(1987)
Hold Me in Your Arms
(1988)
Singles from Whenever You Need Somebody
  1. "Never Gonna Give You Up"
    Released: 3 August 1987
  2. "Whenever You Need Somebody"
    Released: 26 October 1987
  3. "When I Fall in Love"/"My Arms Keep Missing You"
    Released: 7 December 1987
  4. "Together Forever"
    Released: 22 February 1988
  5. "It Would Take a Strong Strong Man"
    Released: 7 November 1988
  6. "Don't Say Goodbye"
    Released: 31 December 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau D+[2]

Whenever You Need Somebody is Rick Astley's first album released in 1987 on RCA Records. It is his best selling album and, according to his own official website, sold 15.2 million copies worldwide.[3] The album is listed as the #136 best-selling album in Spain,[4] and was the #7 best-selling album in the UK in 1987.[5]

A remastered version, containing all remixes, was released in 2010.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stock/Aitken/Waterman, unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Never Gonna Give You Up" – 3:32
  2. "Whenever You Need Somebody" – 3:52
  3. "Together Forever" – 3:24
  4. "It Would Take a Strong Strong Man" – 3:39
  5. "The Love Has Gone" (Astley, Spatsley) – 4:20
  6. "Don't Say Goodbye" – 4:02
  7. "Slipping Away" (Astley) – 3:52
  8. "No More Looking for Love" (Astley) – 3:15
  9. "You Move Me" (Astley) – 3:40
  10. "When I Fall in Love" (Heyman, Young) – 2:59

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1987–1988) Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1
Austrian Albums Chart[7] 3
French Albums Chart[8] 5
Italian Albums Chart[9] 2
Norwegian Albums Chart[7] 4
Spanish Albums Chart[10] 1
Swedish Albums Chart[7] 2
Swiss Albums Chart[7] 2
UK Albums Chart[11] 1
US Billboard 200[12] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

End of year chart (1987) Position
UK Albums Chart 7
End-of-year chart (1988) Position
Australian Album Chart[13] 4
Austrian Albums Chart[14] 10
German Albums Chart 7
Italian Albums Chart 10
Swiss Albums Chart[15] 30
US Billboard 200[16] 15

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales certified
Belgium[17] Platinum 50,000+
Canada[18] 4x Platinum 400,000+
France[19] 2x Gold 200,000+
Germany Platinum 500,000+
Italy 2x Platinum 450,000+
Netherlands[20] Platinum 100,000+
Sweden[21] Platinum 100,000+
UK[22] 4x Platinum 1,200,000+
U.S.[23] 2x Platinum 2,000,000+

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
Bridge of Spies by T'Pau
UK number-one album
28 November 1987 (1 week)
Succeeded by
Now That's What I Call Music 10
by Various Artists
Preceded by
Dirty Dancing (soundtrack)
by Various Artists
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
11 April 1988 (1 week)
Succeeded by
Hit Pix '88 by Various Artists

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Album: Whenever You Need Somebody... by Alex Henderson". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Review: Whenever You Need Somebody (RCA Victor, 1987)". Retrieved 1 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Rick Astley official web site. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Best selling Albums of the 80s". Pure80spop.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  6. ^ "Whenever You Need Somebody: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  7. ^ a b c d Whenever You Need Somebody, in various albums charts Austriancharts.at (Retrieved 30 November 2008)
  8. ^ "Chart run of albums in France, database" (in French). Infodisc. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Chart run of albums in Italy, database". Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Chart run of albums in Spain" (in Spanish). Afyve. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Whenever You Need Somebody, UK Albums Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 30 November 2008)
  12. ^ Whenever You Need Somebody, Billboard 200 Billboard.com (Retrieved 23 July 2010)
  13. ^ "Top 50 Albums 1988". Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  14. ^ "1988 Austrian Albums Chart" (in German). Austriancharts. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "1988 Swiss Albums Chart" (in German). Hitparade. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  16. ^ "TOP POP ALBUMS OF 1988". Billboard. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  17. ^ Belgium certifications Fanofmusic.fr (Retrieved 19 November 2007)
  18. ^ Canada certifications cria.ca (Retrieved 2 September 2008)
  19. ^ Chartsinfrance
  20. ^ Dutch certifications nvpi.nl (Retrieved 9 December 2008)
  21. ^ Swedish certifications Ifpi.se (Retrieved 11 September 2008)
  22. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved 23 July 2010)
  23. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved 23 July 2010)