Rick Astley discography

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Rick Astley discography
Rick Astley - Pepsifest 2009.jpg
Astley performing in Santiago de Chile in 2009.
Studio albums 8
Compilation albums 12
Singles 22

The discography of English recording artist Rick Astley consists of eight studio albums, five compilation albums, two remix albums, and seventeen singles.

His debut studio album, Whenever You Need Somebody, was released in November 1987. It peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and number 10 on the US Billboard 200. Astley became a global pop sensation in 1987 with his debut single "Never Gonna Give You Up" written by the trio Stock Aitken Waterman. The song was at number one on the UK Singles Chart for five weeks, becoming the year's highest-selling single. The song was also a worldwide number one hit, topping the charts in 24 other countries, including the U.S., Australia, and Germany. "Whenever You Need Somebody" was released as the second single from the album in October 1987. The single was a recycled Stock, Aitken, Waterman song, originally recorded by O'Chi Brown in 1985. It became a successful European hit, reaching number 1 in seven countries, including Germany and Sweden, following up the success of his debut single. It also reached Number 3 in the UK. In December 1987, Astley released a cover version of the Nat King Cole classic "When I Fall in Love". This single is mainly remembered for a closely fought contest for UK Christmas Number 1. Astley's fourth single release would be "Together Forever" in 1988, reaching Number 2 in the UK. It was denied the top spot by Kylie Minogue's debut "I Should Be So Lucky". The song was more successful in the U.S. reaching number 1, making it his second U.S. chart topper. His fifth and final release from his debut album was "It Would Take a Strong Strong Man". It was a more soulful song when compared to his other releases and was mainly intended for the North American market. It was another hit for Astley reaching Number 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Number 1 in Canada.

His second studio album, Hold Me in Your Arms, was released in November 1988. It peaked at number 8 on the UK Albums Chart and number 19 on the US Billboard 200. The lead single, "She Wants to Dance With Me" was Astley's first single which he wrote himself and became a worldwide top 10 hit. In Europe, "Take Me to Your Heart" and "Hold Me in Your Arms" were released as the next singles. "Giving Up on Love" was released as the second single off the album in the USA and Canada and was later released in some countries of continental Europe as the fourth and last single off the album and a cover of The Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" was released as the third and last single in the USA and Japan.

His third studio album, Free, was released in March 1991. It peaked at number 9 on the UK Albums Chart and number 31 on the US Billboard 200. It was his first album not to be produced by the noted production team of Stock Aitken Waterman. It gave Astley another hit single in the ballad "Cry for Help" which became a Top 10 in both the UK and US. Further singles "Move Right Out" and "Never Knew Love" were less successful.

His fourth studio album, Body & Soul, was released in September 1993. It peaked at number 185 on the US Billboard 200. Two singles were released from the album "The Ones You Love" and "Hopelessly". After this album, Astley left the music business behind for several years and released no new material until 2001. It is estimated that by retirement at the end of 1993 Rick Astley had sold approximately 40 million records.

His fifth studio album, Keep It Turned On, was released in December 2001. The album peaked to number 56 on the German Albums Chart. Two singles were released from the album "Sleeping" and "Keep It Turned On". "Sleeping" peaked to number 60 in Germany and number 69 in Switzerland.

His sixth studio album, Portrait, was released in October 2005. The album peaked to number 26 on the UK Albums Chart. His first album to chart in the UK since Free in 1991.

His seventh studio album, My Red Book, was planned to be released in January 2013. This unreleased album contains tracks such as "Lights Out", "Superman" and "Goodbye But Not The End." "Let It Rain" and "I Like the Sun" appear on his album 50. "Lights Out" was released in 2010, his first single released in the UK for almost 17 years.

His eighth studio album, 50, was released in June 2016. The album peaked to number 1 on the UK Albums Chart, becoming Astley's first number-one album since his 1987 debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody. "Keep Singing" was released as the lead single from the album on 6 April 2016, peaking to number 127 on the UK Singles Chart. "Angels on My Side" was released as the second single from the album on 13 May 2016.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[4]
GER
[5]
NL
[6]
NZ
[7]
SWE
[8]
SWI
[9]
US
[10]
Whenever You Need Somebody 1 1 3 2 1 2 3 2 2 10
Hold Me in Your Arms
  • Release date: 26 November 1988
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, LP
8 19 30 3 3 42 28 7 11 19
Free
  • Release date: 12 March 1991
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, LP
9 20 24 17 8 23 16 26 31
Body & Soul
  • Release date: 28 September 1993
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: cassette, CD
185
Keep It Turned On[C]
  • Release date: 3 December 2001
  • Label: Cruz Music/Polydor Records
  • Formats: CD, LP
56
Portrait
  • Release date: 17 October 2005
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
26
My Red Book[14]
  • Release date: 2013 (Promo only)
  • Label: Cruz Music
  • Formats: CD
Unreleased
50[15] 1 41 21 65 44
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details Peak position Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK
[1]
Together Forever – Greatest Hits and More...
  • Release date: 2000 (Taiwan)
  • Label: RCA Records
Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 19 March 2002 (US)
    28 August 2002 (EU)
  • Label: BMG
16
  • UK: Gold
The Best of Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
  • Release date: 11 March 2003
  • Label: BMG
Love Songs
  • Fourth compilation album
  • Release date: February 2004
  • Label: BMG
The Platinum and Gold Collection – Rick Astley
  • Release date: 9 March 2004
  • Label: Arista Records
Artist Collection: Rick Astley
  • Release date: 12 October 2004
  • Label: BMG
Collections
Together Forever – The Best of Rick Astley
  • Release date: 16 July 2007 (UK)
  • Label: Music Club
Ultimate Collection
  • Release date: 28 April 2008 (EU)
  • Label: Sony BMG
17
Playlist: The Very Best of Rick Astley
  • Release date: 17 June 2008 (US)
  • Label: Sony BMG
The Best Of
  • Release date: 6 October 2014
  • Label: Camden, Sony Music
Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 5 November 2014 (Japan)
  • Label: RCA Records
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Remix albums[edit]

Title Details
Dance Mixes
  • Release date: 1990
  • Re-release: July 2007
  • Label: RCA Records
12" Collection
  • Release date: 1999
  • Re-release: 2006
  • Label: BMG

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
BEL
[16]
CAN
[17]
GER
[5]
IRE
[18]
NL
[6]
NZ
[7]
SWE
[8]
SWI
[9]
US
[19]
1987 "Never Gonna Give You Up" 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 Whenever You Need Somebody
"Whenever You Need Somebody" [A] 3 3 2 1 3 2 9 1 1
"When I Fall in Love"
"My Arms Keep Missing You" [A]
2 5 1 6 2 3 25 12 14
1988 "Together Forever" 2 19 2 1 5 1 12 10 14 1
"It Would Take a Strong Strong Man" [B] 1 10
"She Wants to Dance with Me" 6 15 3 1 10 4 8 10 12 12 6 Hold Me in Your Arms
"Take Me to Your Heart" [A] 8 41 11 10 5 11 43 10 16
1989 "Hold Me in Your Arms" [A] 10 77 25 32 7 35
"Giving Up on Love" [B] 45 38
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg" [B] 89
1991 "Cry for Help" 7 13 5 4 14 9 11 17 7 Free
"Move Right Out" 58 110 36 52 66 81
"Never Knew Love" 70 42
1993 "The Ones You Love" 48 132 54 54 Body & Soul
"Hopelessly" 33 8 28
2001 "Sleeping" [C] 60 69 Keep It Turned On
2002 "Keep It Turned On" [C]
2010 "Lights Out" [D] 97 Non-album singles
2012 "Goodbye But Not the End" [D]
2016 "Keep Singing" [D] 127 75 50
"Angels on My Side" [D]
"Dance" [D]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
BEL
[16]
CAN
[17]
GER
[5]
IRE
[18]
NL
[6]
NZ
[7]
SWE
[8]
SWI
[9]
US
[19]
1987 "When You Gonna"
(with Lisa Carter)
20 17 Non-album singles
"Let It Be"
(as part of charity group Ferry Aid)
1 28 3 3 2 4 4 9 1
"Learning to Live (Without Your Love)"
(with O'chi Brown)
O'chi
1994 "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
(Elton John with Rick Astley on backing vocals)[25]
14 9 26 1 14 9 14 7 2 10 4 The Lion King soundtrack
2013 "Winter Wonderland"
(with Kim Wilde)
Wilde Winter Songbook
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • A ^ Not released in North America.
  • B ^ Not released in United Kingdom and most of Europe.
  • C ^ Released in Germany and Switzerland only.
  • D ^ Promoted in United Kingdom only.

Sources[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Peak positions in Australia:
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  4. ^ "Rick Astley – Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  5. ^ a b c Peak positions in Germany:
  6. ^ a b c Peak positions in the Netherlands:
  7. ^ a b c Peak positions in New Zealand:
  8. ^ a b c Peak positions in Sweden:
  9. ^ a b c Peak positions in Switzerland:
  10. ^ "Rick Astley – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  11. ^ a b "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c d "BPI Searchable Database". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America – Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  14. ^ http://www.facebook.com/RickAstley/posts/329631913802741
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ a b Peak positions in Belgium:
  17. ^ a b Peak positions for songs in Canada:
  18. ^ a b Peak positions in Ireland:
  19. ^ a b CANSongs">Peak positions for songs in the United States:
  20. ^ a b ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. ". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved on 9 November 2014. Note: User needs to enter "Rick Astley" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
  21. ^ a b "Canada Certifications". Music Canada. 
  22. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Rick Astley)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  23. ^ "Swedish Certifications" (PDF). Swedish Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 May 2012. 
  24. ^ "riaa.com Certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. 
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  27. ^ "riaa.com Certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on 5 September 2013.