Rick Astley Back on Billboard Album Charts After 23 Years

Rick Astley

After 23 years, Rick Astley is back on Billboard’s album charts.

The singer -- who topped the Billboard Hot 100 twice, with 1988’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” and “Together Forever” -- debuts at No. 23 on the Independent Albums chart (dated Oct. 29) with his new effort 50. It’s Astley’s first album to chart since 1993’s Body & Soul, which debuted and peaked at No. 185 on Oct. 16, 1993.

The new set, whose title doubles as Astley’s age, sold 4,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 13, according to Nielsen Music.

50 also arrives at No. 65 on the Current Albums chart at No. 71 on Top Album Sales.

Back in June, 50 gave Astley his first No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart since 1987, since his debut effort Whenever You Need Somebody topped the list in 1987.


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