Mum was beside herself when this guest was suggested and demanded we make this chat over cake happen, so, we put in the call and welcomed Lancashire born hitmaker Rick Astley to Clapham! Rick tells us about teaching Mary Berry to play the drums, rickrolling, that performance with Dave Grohl, his own beer and his wife’s speciality of making curried herring (!). He charmed mum over an afternoon tea of pumpkin cake and finger sandwiches - we're never gonna give you up Rick, you're too much of a gent.
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Rick Astley calls the show to chat about his career, his first US tour since 1989 and even a little Rick Rolling. But first, the guys chat about how Rick Astley influenced Bryan's wedding, Dave talks "Moana" and Jeff gets strangers to sing Never Gonna Give You Up while we wait for the call.
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Rick Astley (musician) chats with Chris about returning to music after retiring for a few years, starting out in music at such a young age and he talks about driving across the US. Rick then talks about his quick rise to success, how Rickrolling became a thing and his new album 50!
Todays episode of Join Up Dots brings to you a story of entrepreneurial success and persistence. Pop star Rick Astley has returned to the top of the UK album chart after a gap of 29 years. The singer's comeback album, 50, beat new releases by Tom Odell and Paul McCartney to reach number one. "It's amazing, it's incredible," said Astley. "It's been a very, very, very long time." The star first found fame in the 1980s as part of the Stock, Aitken, Waterman hit factory - but his new material presents a more mature, soulful sound. He was engaged in a battle for the number one slot over the last week, changing places with Tom Odell on several occasions. In the end, he outsold the Chichester-born singer by just 3,700 copies. According to the Official Chart Company, Astley sold more physical CDs, while Odell secured more digital sales and streams. "I like Tom Odell," Astley said. "I bought his last album, and I'm going to buy this one as well, but I've held off from buying it this week!" Astley last topped the chart in 1987, three years before Odell was born, with his debut album Never Gonna Give You Up. The star said he'd enjoyed the support of pop royalty in his quest for the top slot this week. "Elton John's sent a few texts over the last couple of days and just called me now to celebrate and said 'just make sure you enjoy it.' "He's one of those people I've always respected... so it was a nice moment to get that congratulations."
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