Who is Rick Astley and what is his net worth 2018? Rick Astley is a singer from England who has released various albums in his career. He is also a radio personality and songwriter. In his career, he has released eight studio albums and twelve compilation albums. He has also released twenty-two singles in his career. Some of his popular singles include “Never Gonna Give You Up”, “Whenever You Need Somebody”, “When I Fall in Love”, “Together Forever”, “Cry for Help”, and “Take Me to Your Heart”. He has also appeared as a featured guest for various other artists. By 1993, he sold more than 40 million albums globally.
Richard Paul “Rick” Astley was born in Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England on February 6, 1966. At the age of five, his parents divorced and he was raised by his father. He began singing in the church choir from the age of 10. He used to play drums in local bands from a very young age. Astley left school at the age of 16.
Following that, he used to work as a driver in the market-gardening business of his father. At night, he used to play drums in Northern club circuit with various bands. He used to specialize in covering songs of Shadows and the Beatles. At the age of 19, he used to perform with a band called ‘FBI’. They were a popular local band who used to perform in clubs and pubs with their own writing and music. He later became the lead vocalist of the band. At that time, he got noticed by Pete Waterman, the record producer.
Rick Astley married Lene Bausager and has a daughter named Emilie born in 1992. They met in 1988. The family currently resides in Richmond, London.
Rick Astley got signed to Pete Waterman Limited recording studio and released his first single “When You Gonna” with Lisa Carter. In 1987, he released his debut solo single “Never Gonna Give You Up”. The song became a number 1 hit across the world. This was followed by another single “Whenever You Need Somebody”.
It peaked at #1 in seven countries. In November 1987, he released his debut album ‘Whenever You Need Somebody’. The album went on to sell more than 15 million copies globally. His second album, ‘Hold Me in Your Arms’ was released a year later. In 1991, the ballad entitled “Cry for Help” got released and it became another success for Astley. This was followed by ‘Body and Soul’ in 1993.
At the age of 27, he retired from music in 1993. In 1999, he co-wrote the song “Mission Statement” for Fish. He returned back to the music industry in 2001 and released the album ‘Keep It Turned On’. This was followed by the compilation album called ‘Greatest Hits’ in 2002. The album ‘Portrait’ was released in October 2005. In 2016, Astley released the album ‘50’. It went on to become a number one album in the United Kingdom.
In 2008, Rick Astley won the MTV Europe Music Award for ‘Best Act Ever’. At the 1988 Brit Award, he won the Best British Single award. He was nominated for the 1989 Grammy Award. In 2005, he was nominated in the Robert Festival for ‘Best Original Score’.
Rick Astley Net Worth
Rick Astley has released many number one albums and singles in his career. He has also released two remix albums. In 1987, the single “Let It Be” with Ferry Aid became a number one UK track for a charity group. The compilation album ‘Greatest Hits’ also became a certified gold album. In doing so, he has gone on to accumulate good money for himself.
Rick Astley’s net worth is an estimated $18 million. This fortune comes from the sale of his albums. His singles have reached No. 1 in many countries including Germany, Australia, United States, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Rick Astley’s wife Lene Bausager has been nominated for the Academy Awards in 2006. In 2007, he was the subject of the meme called “rickrolling”. He participated in the live rickroll in November 2008. His video has got many hits on YouTube and he received only $12 as royalties from YouTube in 2010.