Whenever You Need Somebody

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Whenever You Need Somebody
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Studio album by Rick Astley
Released 16 November 1987
Recorded 1986–87
Studio PWL Studios
(London)
Genre Pop, dance-pop[1] adult contemporary[1]
Length 39:52
Label RCA
Producer Stock Aitken Waterman, Phil Harding, Ian Curnow, Daize Washbourn
Rick Astley chronology
Whenever You Need Somebody
(1987)
Hold Me in Your Arms
(1988)Hold Me in Your Arms1988
Singles from Whenever You Need Somebody
  1. "Never Gonna Give You Up"
    Released: 27 July 1987
  2. "Whenever You Need Somebody"
    Released: 31 October 1987
  3. "When I Fall in Love"/"My Arms Keep Missing You"
    Released: 30 November 1987
  4. "Together Forever"
    Released: 12 January 1988
  5. "It Would Take a Strong Strong Man"
    Released: 5 April 1988
  6. "Don't Say Goodbye"
    Released: 20 September 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Village Voice D+[2]

Whenever You Need Somebody is the debut studio album by British recording artist Rick Astley released on 16 November 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] In 1989, he received a nomination for Best New Artist at the 31st Grammy Awards.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Never Gonna Give You Up" Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, Pete Waterman Stock Aitken Waterman 3:32
2. "Whenever You Need Somebody" Stock, Aitken, Waterman Stock Aitken Waterman 3:52
3. "Together Forever" Stock, Aitken, Waterman Stock Aitken Waterman 3:24
4. "It Would Take a Strong Strong Man" Stock, Aitken, Waterman Stock Aitken Waterman 3:39
5. "The Love Has Gone" Rick Astley, Dick Spatsley Phil Harding, Ian Curnow 4:20
6. "Don't Say Goodbye" Stock, Aitken, Waterman Stock Aitken Waterman 4:02
7. "Slipping Away" Astley Harding, Curnow 3:52
8. "No More Looking for Love" Astley Daize Washbourn 3:15
9. "You Move Me" Astley Washbourn 3:40
10. "When I Fall in Love" Edward Heyman, Victor Young Stock Aitken Waterman 2:59

2010 expanded remaster[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Rick Astley: lead vocals, guitar (8 & 9)
  • Matt Aitken: guitars & keyboards (1-4, 6, 10)
  • Mike Stock: keyboards (1-4, 6, 10)
  • "A. Linn": LinnDrum programming (1-4, 6, 10)
  • Ian Curnow: keyboards (5 & 7), Fairlight programming
  • Gary Barnacle: saxophone (7)
  • Daize Washbourn: keyboards & drums (8 & 9)
  • Dee Lewis, Shirley Lewis, Mae McKenna & Suzanne Rhatigan: backing vocals

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Stock Aitken Waterman (tracks 1-4, 6 & 10); Phil Harding & Ian Curnow (tracks 5 & 7); Daize Washbourn (tracks 8 & 9).
  • Mixed by Pete Hammond (tracks 1, 2, 3, 6 & 8); Mark McGuire (tracks 4 & 10); Phil Harding (tracks 5 & 7).
  • Senior Engineer: Mark McGuire
  • Assistant Engineers: Boky, Gordon Dennis, Jonathan King, Peter Day & Yoyo.
  • Additional Engineering: Jamie Bromfield, Mike Duffy, Karen Hewitt & Phil Harding.
  • Mastered by Noel Summerville
  • Arrangements on "When I Fall In Love": Gordon Jenkins
  • Photography: Paul Cox
  • Sleeve Design: Mainartery (London, UK)

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1987–1988) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[7] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[8] 3
French Albums (SNEP)[9] 5
Italian Albums (FIMI)[10] 2
Norwegian Albums Chart[11] 4
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[12] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 1
US Billboard 200[16] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

End of year chart (1987) Position
UK Albums Chart 7
End-of-year chart (1988) Position
Australian Album Chart[17] 4
Austrian Albums Chart[18] 10
German Albums Chart 7
Italian Albums Chart 10
Swiss Albums Chart[19] 30
US Billboard 200[20] 15

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[21] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[22] Gold 25,000[22]
France (SNEP)[23] 2× Gold 200 000*
Germany (BVMI)[24] Platinum 500,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[25] Platinum 20,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[26] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Sweden (GLF)[27] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[28] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[30] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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]

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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 29, 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
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  16. ^ "Rick Astley – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Rick Astley. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
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  18. ^ "1988 Austrian Albums Chart" (in German). Austriancharts. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "1988 Swiss Albums Chart" (in German). Hitparade. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  20. ^ "TOP POP ALBUMS OF 1988". Billboard. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Rick Astley – Whenever You Need Somebody". Music Canada. 
  22. ^ a b "Rick Astley" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. 
  23. ^ "Les Certifications" (in French). Info Disc. Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Rick Astley; 'Whenever You Need Somebody')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  25. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1990". IFPI Hong Kong. 
  26. ^ "Sólo Éxitos 1959-2002 Año A Año: Certificados 1979-1990". Solo Exitos 1959–2002 Ano A Ano. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  27. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  28. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Rick Astley; 'Whenever You Need Somebody')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
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  30. ^ "American album certifications – Rick Astley – Whenever You Need Somebody". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH