Rick Astley announces new album 'Beautiful Life' and a massive UK tour
Yes, this is serious. And, no, we're not going to Rick Roll you!
Two years ago, Rick Astley returned with an album that surprised everyone, even himself. His number one album 50 sold over 300,000 copies and was one of the biggest selling albums of 2016. What was even more incredible was that Astley wrote, produced and played every instrument on that comeback disc.
And now, the man's done it again. Astley's new album, Beautiful Life, is set for a July 20 release via BMG with an iconic cover shot by iconic British portrait and fashion photographer Rankin. Each of the twelve tracks are written, produced and played by Astley. As per a press release, among the highlights are the chic flavored title track Beautiful Life, the evocative Rise Up, the insanely catchy Try and the warm childhood memories of The Good Old Days. You can pre-order the album here.
In a career spanning over 30 years, Rick Astley has sold over 40 million records and has over 10 million UK streams and 20 million worldwide, while his classic Never Gonna Give You Up has had over 140 million streams on Spotify alone, and of course is a raging internet meme. Singles from 50 had over 12 million YouTube views while Astley has over 600,000 followers on socials. Love it or hate it - Rick Astley is back and looks like he is Never Gonna Give You Up.
Check out the tracklisting for the new album as well as the cover art below:
Beautiful Life full tracklisting:
01. Beautiful Life
02. Chance To Dance
03. She Makes Me
05. Last Night On Earth
06. Every Corner
07. I Need The Light
08. Better Together
09. Empty Heart
10. Rise Up
12. The Good Old Days
In support of the upcoming album, Astley has also announced a massive UK Tour. After selling over 100,000 tickets on his 2017 tour, Astley and his band play the following UK dates, joined by very special guest Gabrielle – tickets go on sale Friday, June 8 and you can grab them here. Check out the full schedule for the tour below.
Rick Astley 2018 Tour Dates
Thu 25 - Glasgow, SEC Armadillo
Fri 26 - Hull, Hull Venue
Sat 27 - Manchester, Manchester Arena
Mon 29 - Gateshead, Gateshead Sage
Tue 30 - Gateshead, Gateshead Sage
Thu 1 - Plymouth, Plymouth Pavilions
Fri 2 - Cardiff, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Sat 3 - Brighton, Brighton Centre
Mon 5 - Southend, Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Tue 6 - Cambridge, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thu 8 - London, London Eventim Apollo
Fri 9 - London, London Eventim Apollo
Sat 10 - Bournemouth, International Centre
Mon 12 - Nottingham, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Tue 13 - Nottingham, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Thu 15 - Birmingham, Birmingham Genting Arena
Fri 16 - Leeds, Leeds First Direct Arena
Sat 17 - Liverpool, Liverpool Echo Arena