Rick Astley has hit the top spot with his new album ‘50’ – 29 years after he last topped the charts.
Most famous for his 80’s classic, 'Never Gonna Give You Up’, Rick said of his latest achievement: “It’s amazing, it’s incredible, it’s been a very very VERY long time since this happened before! I’m ecstatic, I couldn’t be happier”.
He beat off stiff competition from the likes of Tom Odell, whose second album 'Wrong Crowd’ was Astley’s only real competitor this week.
Speaking to OfficialCharts.com, the Lancashire crooner confessed that although he’s a huge fan of BRIT Award-winning Tom, he wasn’t going to buy his album this week: "I like Tom Odell, I bought his last album, and I’m gonna buy this one as well, but I’ve held off from buying it this week! It’s amazing to be mentioned in the same breath as him.”
But whilst he’s enjoying being back in the spotlight for the time being, Rick’s already thinking about his next steps – and they’re a little bit more understated than your average pop star.
Speaking to the Daily Express, he said: “I’d like to be the owner of a nice little beach restaurant that has a jazz trio every night. As the owner, I could get up and sing whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I’d wear a velvet jacket, with a different colour for every night of the week and always have a nice cocktail in my hand. That’s where I’d want to be in 25 years’ time.”
Well, with the royalties from the new album, that beach hut doesn’t look too far away, does it?