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Rick Astley

1966 - Today

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Richard Paul Astley (born 6 February 1966) is an English singer, songwriter and radio personality, who has been active in music for several decades. He gained worldwide fame in the 1980s, having multiple hits including his signature song "Never Gonna Give You Up", "Together Forever" and "Whenever You Need Somebody", and returned to music full-time in the 2000s after a 6-year hiatus. Outside his music career, Astley has occasionally worked as a radio DJ and a podcaster.Born and raised in Lancashire, Astley became a musician after leaving school, as the drummer for the soul band FBI. Three years later, he rose to fame through his association with the production trio Stock Aitken Waterman; releasing the 1987 album Whenever You Need Somebody, which sold 15.2 million copies worldwide. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rick Astley has received more than 8,581,217 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Rick Astley is the 306th most popular musician (up from 482nd in 2019), the 1,113th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,579th in 2019) and the 63rd most popular Musician.

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  • 8.6M

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  • 58.24

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  • 51

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.04

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.16

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among MUSICIANS

Among musicians, Rick Astley ranks 306 out of 2,662Before him are Moby, Avril Lavigne, Khaled, Johnny Ramone, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Léo Ferré. After him are Lalo Schifrin, Mischa Maisky, Matteo Carcassi, Fred Durst, Ian Anderson, and Isaac Hayes.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1966, Rick Astley ranks 26Before him are Robin Wright, Patrick Dempsey, Samantha Fox, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kiefer Sutherland, and Zack Snyder. After him are Jon Favreau, David Schwimmer, John Cusack, Téa Leoni, Cindy Crawford, and Julen Lopetegui.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Rick Astley ranks 1,113 out of 7,765Before him are Colin Dexter (1930), Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk (1517), Thomas Lawrence (1769), Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell (1883), Matthew Lewis (1775), and Kiefer Sutherland (1966). After him are Robert Faurisson (1929), Joan Robinson (1903), Emily Blunt (1983), Tim Staffell (1948), Arthur Drewry (1891), and Robert Stirling (1790).

Among MUSICIANS In United Kingdom

Among musicians born in United Kingdom, Rick Astley ranks 63Before him are Slash (1965), Ian Curtis (1956), Cozy Powell (1947), Roger Daltrey (1944), Alan Parsons (1948), and PJ Harvey (1969). After him are Ian Anderson (1947), Nicko McBrain (1952), Dave Murray (1956), Don Airey (1948), Jack Bruce (1943), and Cliff Williams (1949).

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