Whenever You Need Somebody

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Whenever You Need Somebody
Rick Astley - Whenever You Need Somebody.png
Studio album by Rick Astley
Released 16 November 1987 (1987-11-16)
Recorded 1986–1987
Studio PWL (London)
Genre
Length 39:52
Label RCA
Producer
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: 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
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Village VoiceD+[2]

Whenever You Need Somebody is the debut studio album by English singer Rick Astley. It was released on 16 November 1987 on RCA Records. It is his best-selling album and, according to his own official website, has sold 15.2 million copies worldwide.[3] The album is listed as the 136th best-selling album in Spain,[4] and was the seventh best-selling album of 1987 in the United Kingdom.[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.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Never Gonna Give You Up"Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, Pete WatermanStock Aitken Waterman3:32
2."Whenever You Need Somebody"Stock, Aitken, WatermanStock Aitken Waterman3:52
3."Together Forever"Stock, Aitken, WatermanStock Aitken Waterman3:24
4."It Would Take a Strong Strong Man"Stock, Aitken, WatermanStock Aitken Waterman3:39
5."The Love Has Gone"Rick Astley, Dick SpatsleyPhil Harding, Ian Curnow4:20
6."Don't Say Goodbye"Stock, Aitken, WatermanStock Aitken Waterman4:02
7."Slipping Away"AstleyHarding, Curnow3:52
8."No More Looking for Love"AstleyDaize Washbourn3:15
9."You Move Me"AstleyWashbourn3:40
10."When I Fall in Love"Edward Heyman, Victor YoungStock Aitken Waterman2:59

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]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[31] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[32] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[33] Gold 25,253[33]
France (SNEP)[34] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[35] Platinum 500,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[36] Platinum 20,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[37] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[38] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[39] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Sweden (GLF)[40] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[41] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[42] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[43] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

References[edit]

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