Monday, May 24, 2010

Rick's never gonna give up - with audio

AT 44, former chart-topper Rick Astley is launching his first attack on the UK singles chart in 17 years.

The 1980s star from the Stock Aitken and Waterman Hit Factory was one of the biggest pop acts of the era, scoring massive hits with songs such as Never Gonna Give You Up and Together Forever.

But, in 1993, he quit the music industry for more than a decade.

Now he's back and busier than ever, headlining a 1980s Here And Now tour that comes to Alton Towers on Sunday, supporting comedian Peter Kay for 20 nights at the MEN Manchester Arena and releasing self-penned single Lights Out.

He says: "We are trying to tick all the boxes to have a hit record but I'm not fooling myself because I know that may never happen.

"I'm proud of the song and I wrote it with one of my best friends, who just happens to be a very successful writer and producer at the moment (Andrew Frampton, who has worked with The Script, Natasha Bedingfield and Leona Lewis). [read the full article]

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