Better late than never as Rick Astley's new album '50' hits No 1 on the U.K. charts after 29 years

Updated On 22 Jun, 2016 Published On

There are probably very few incidences that can better describe the phrase 'Better late than never' more accurately than this one. Rick Astley's new album, "50," has hit No. 1 on the U.K. collection charts after a gap of around 30 years. That's some wait for the 'once prominent singer'.

The album, which is set to debut in the US on October 7, has been named '50' to pay tribute to the singer's 50th birthday last February. The Englishman's record last hit the top of UK charts in 1987, when his song "Never Gonna Give You Up" proved not only a success in his homeland but also had its glory set overseas as it became a No. 1 hit single in 25 countries altogether.

The 50-year-old first started composing his latest 12-track album in mid-2015, sharing the gospel-splashed lead single "keep Singing" in April and later followed it with "Angels On My Side"


  Rick was a drummer for a local band called FBI. When the lead singer left, Rick volunteered to take on the role - it was a lucky move because pop mogul Pete Waterman of Stock, Aitken & Waterman saw him perform. Waterman made him (but not the band) an offer, but Rick turned him down out of loyalty to his friends.

The band FBI in 1984, from left to right: Kevin Needham, Rick Astley, Will Hopper, Peter Dale and Greg Smee. 

“50 marks both a new chapter in my journey as an artist and a return to the music I first fell in love with. I could not be more excited to share it with my fans, and take these songs, that have been years in the making, out of the studio and onto the stage.” Astley recently said.

Astley, who retired in 1993 having sold approximately 40 million records worldwide only to make a comeback in 2007, is now planning to tour the country in support of his new album. However, any intricate details about the tour have not been released so far.