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Whenever You Need Somebody

Whenever You Need Somebody
Rick Astley - Whenever You Need Somebody.png
Studio album by
Released16 November 1987 (1987-11-16)
Recorded1986-1987
StudioPWL (London)
Genre
Length39:52
LabelRCA
Producer
Rick Astley chronology
Whenever You Need Somebody
(1987)
Hold Me in Your Arms
(1988)
Singles from Whenever You Need Somebody
  1. "Never Gonna Give You Up"
    Released: 27 July 1987
  2. "Whenever You Need Somebody"
    Released: 31 October 1987
  3. "When I Fall in Love"/"My Arms Keep Missing You"
    Released: 30 November 1987
  4. "Together Forever"
    Released: 12 January 1988
  5. "It Would Take a Strong Strong Man"
    Released: 5 April 1988
  6. "Don't Say Goodbye"
    Released: 20 September 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Village VoiceD+[2]

Whenever You Need Somebody is the debut studio album by English singer Rick Astley. It was released on 16 November 1987 on RCA Records. It is his best-selling album and, according to his own official website, has sold 15.2 million copies worldwide.[3] The album is listed as the 136th best-selling album in Spain,[4] and was the seventh best-selling album of 1987 in the United Kingdom.[5]

A remastered version, containing all remixes, was released in 2010.[6] In 1989, he received a nomination for Best New Artist at the 31st Grammy Awards.

The writing credit of Dick Spatsley on "The Love Has Gone" was a reference to a running gag by the magazine Smash Hits which deliberately misspelled his name.[7]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Never Gonna Give You Up"Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, Pete WatermanStock Aitken Waterman3:32
2."Whenever You Need Somebody"Stock, Aitken, WatermanStock Aitken Waterman3:52
3."Together Forever"Stock, Aitken, WatermanStock Aitken Waterman3:24
4."It Would Take a Strong Strong Man"Stock, Aitken, WatermanStock Aitken Waterman3:39
5."The Love Has Gone"Rick Astley, Dick SpatsleyPhil Harding, Ian Curnow4:20
6."Don't Say Goodbye"Stock, Aitken, WatermanStock Aitken Waterman4:02
7."Slipping Away"AstleyHarding, Curnow3:52
8."No More Looking for Love"AstleyDaize Washbourn3:15
9."You Move Me"AstleyWashbourn3:40
10."When I Fall in Love"Edward Heyman, Victor YoungStock Aitken Waterman2:59

2010 expanded remaster

Personnel

  • Rick Astley - lead and backing vocals, electric guitar
  • Matt Aitken - synthesizers, electric guitar
  • Mike Stock - synthesizers
  • "A. Linn" - drum machine
  • Ian Curnow - synthesizer
  • Gary Barnacle - saxophone
  • Dee Lewis, Shirley Lewis, Mae McKenna, Suzanne Rhatigan - backing vocals

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[32] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[33] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[34] Gold 25,253[34]
France (SNEP)[35] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[36] Platinum 500,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[37] Platinum 20,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[38] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[39] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[40] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Sweden (GLF)[41] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[42] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[44] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (29 November 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2017.
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  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  33. ^ "Canadian album certifications - Rick Astley - Whenever You Need Somebody". Music Canada. 30 November 1988.
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  37. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award - 1990". IFPI Hong Kong.
  38. ^ "Dutch album certifications - Rick Astley - Whenever You Need Somebody" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 2018.Enter Whenever You Need Somebody in the "Artiest of titel" box.
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  41. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat - År 1987-1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 20 January 1988.
  42. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Rick Astley; 'Whenever You Need Somebody')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  43. ^ "British album certifications - Rick Astley - Whenever You Need Somebody". British Phonographic Industry. 3 June 1988.Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Whenever You Need Somebody in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  44. ^ "American album certifications - Rick Astley - Whenever You Need Somebody". Recording Industry Association of America. 13 March 1991.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.

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