Resurgent Rick Astley tops UK album chart – BBC News

Image copyright Official Charts Company Image caption Rick Astley: “I’m euphoric, I couldn’t be happier! ”

Pop star Rick Astley has returned to the top of the UK album chart after a crack of 29 times.

The singer’s comeback album, 50, thump new releases by Tom Odell and Paul McCartney to reach number one.

“It’s amazing, it’s phenomenal, ” said Astley. “It’s been a very, extremely, very long time.”

The star first met notoriety in the 1980 s as part of the Stock, Aitken, Waterman made factory – but his new substance represents a more mature, soulful sound.

He was engaged in a battle for the number 1 slot over the last week, changing situates with Tom Odell on several occasions. In the end, he outsold the Chichester-born singer by exactly 3,700 copies.

According to the Official Chart Company, Astley exchanged more physical CDs, while Odell fastened more digital marketings and streams.

“I like Tom Odell, ” Astley said. “I bought his last-place album, and I’m going to buy this one as well, but I’ve braced off from buying it the coming week! ”

Media captionRick Astley: ‘Singing was my escape’

Astley last-place surfaced the chart in 1987, three years before Odell was born, with his entry album Never Gonna Give You Up.

The star said he’d enjoyed the support of pa royalty in his quest for the top slit this week.

“Elton John’s mailed a few texts over the last got a couple of daylights and just announced me now to celebrate and said ‘just make sure you enjoy it.’

“He’s one of those people I’ve ever respected … so it was a nice minute to get that congratulations.”

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