Rick Astley

Rick AstleyRick Astley is a popular English pop singer. He was born in the North of England and spent most of his childhood in the small town of Newton-Le- Willows. His inclination towards music was quiet apparent from an early age. He became the member of soul band FBI as a drummer.  The lead singer of this group left and then Rick got the opportunity to showcase his singing talent.  His first single ‘Never Gonna Give Up’ became the chart buster and retained the position of Britain’s biggest selling single of that that year for almost five weeks.  He is also known for his dynamic performances.
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Birth name:  Richard Paul Astley
Born: 6 February 1966, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England
Genres: Pop dance-pop blue-eyed soul
Occupation(s):  Singer songwriter musician radio personality
Instruments: Vocals guitar drums keyboards
Labels: PWL RCA Polydor Cruz
Associated acts: FBI Stock Aitken Waterman

Because the pop industry is cruel, if you don't do everything the label wants you to do, it has an army of other people waiting to do it.

When our daughter was born, a light went on for me - there was more to life than what I was doing. It felt like being famous for being a paint salesman. It wasn't the dream I was sold on. I'd had enough of it.

When I was a tiny tot, we only had one record player in the house, so there was either Genesis on it or the Jungle Book or The Beatles as well, and various other things.

'Never Gonna Give You Up' in 1987 was a huge international hit followed by several more, and while I appreciated how lucky I was, it catapulted me into a completely new world and simply took over my life.

It's very hard to behave naturally when you know people recognise you. On the other hand, I still sometimes get upgraded in hotels because someone used to like me back in the day, which is still pretty amazing.

I've been to Sardinia about 10 times because my wife, my daughter and I used to go every year with another family. We rented the same house each time in Villasimius in the southern part of the island, and always went to the same two beaches and same three restaurants.

I must admit, the constant invasion of privacy was becoming a real concern. I've been asked for autographs while I've been doing laps in the pool and even in the toilet!

I like everything in this iPhone, iPod world where you can do everything all the time. Back in my time, you bought a vinyl record when you were a kid and took it home, and it took a bit of effort to actually get it out of the thing and not scratch it.

I don't trust politicians. I think that by the time they've made it, with the concessions they've had to make in that position, I don't believe they still have the beliefs they had at the root.

Don't expect fame to come overnight. That filtered through to me in my own career. Look at Madonna: she's not the best singer in the world, but she's got where she has through hard work.

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