'I was an underdog - I still am': Inside the renaissance of Rick Astley

James Hanley

From internet meme to platinum-selling arena-filler, Rick Astley’s comeback has been one for the ages. Here, with Team BMG, he weighs up whether he can do it all again…

Rick Astley was as startled as anyone. Admiring Foo Fighters’ headline performance from the side of the stage at Japan’s Summer Sonic festival last August, the resurgent pop icon was taken aback when Dave Grohl made a beeline for him.

“[Foos guitarist] Chris Shiflett came over to a friend of his ...


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