50 (album)

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50
50 Rick Astley.jpg
Studio album by
Released10 June 2016 (UK)
7 October 2016 (US)
GenrePop, Soul
Length40:31
LabelBMG
ProducerRick Astley
Rick Astley chronology
Greatest Hits
(2014)
50
(2016)
Beautiful Life
(2018)
Singles from 50
  1. "Keep Singing"
    Released: 6 April 2016[1]
  2. "Angels on My Side"
    Released: 13 May 2016[2]
  3. "Dance"
    Released: 7 September 2016
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]

50 is the seventh studio album by English singer and songwriter Rick Astley. It was released on 10 June 2016 by BMG.[4] It is Astley's first studio album in more than 10 years, following Portrait (2005). In the United Kingdom, 50 became Astley's first number-one album since his 1987 debut album Whenever You Need Somebody. All songs in this album were sung, written and recorded by Astley himself. The album was later released on 7 October 2016 in the United States, marking his first American release since 1993's Body & Soul.

Singles[edit]

"Keep Singing" was released as the lead single from the album on 6 April 2016. "Angels on My Side" was released as the second single from the album on 13 May 2016. Rick Astley announced a new limited single called "Dance" (which includes the song "God Says") on 19 July 2016.

Commercial performance[edit]

50 debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, selling 23,691 units in its opening week. It is Rick Astley's first number-one album in the United Kingdom since Whenever You Need Somebody (1987).[5] In Germany, the album debuted at number 42 on the German Albums Chart, becoming his highest-charting album since Free (1991) which charted at number eight. On 8 July 2016, the album was certified Silver for sales of 60,000 copies from BPI. On 30 June 2017, Astley announced on his Twitter account that 50 has certified Platinum in the United Kingdom (300,000 and more albums sold).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Rick Astley.

No.TitleLength
1."Keep Singing"3:58
2."Angels on My Side"3:35
3."Wish Away"3:27
4."This Old House"4:30
5."Pieces"3:58
6."God Says / Dance"3:15
7."I Like the Sun"3:40
8."Somebody Loves Me"3:22
9."Let It Rain"3:52
10."Pray with Me"3:39
11."Coming Home Tonight"3:28
12."Let It Be Tonight"3:48
US bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
13."A Letter"3:52
14."Sailing"2:50

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Westbrook, Caroline (7 April 2016). "Rick Astley has just released a comeback single 23 years after his 'retirement'". Metro. DMG Media.
  2. ^ "Angels On My Side - Rick Astley".
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Rick Astley - 50". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Katie (31 May 2016). "Rick Astley will perform and sign copies of his new album at HMV Manchester". men. Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  5. ^ Jones, Alan. "Official Charts Analysis: Rick Astley's 50 debuts at No.1 28 years after his first album". Music Week. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Rick Astley – 50" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Rick Astley – 50" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Rick Astley – 50" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Rick Astley – 50" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Rick Astley – 50" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Rick Astley – 50". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Rick Astley – 50". Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  15. ^ White, Jack (30 December 2016). "The Official Top 40 Biggest Albums of 2016". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Rick Astley – 50". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type 50 in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ http://www.musicweek.com/talent/read/rick-astley-announces-new-album-and-tour/072682

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