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Rick Astley – The Best Of Me – Upcoming Compilation

Featuring The Brand New Single ‘Every One Of Us’ Listen Here: https://rick-astley.lnk.to/EveryOnePR

Every One Of Us – YouTube Link
The Best Of Me – Album Cover

At the age of 21, Rick Astley emerged from the shadows of the Stock, Aitken and Waterman production house to become one of the biggest stars on the planet. His era-defining classic ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ topped charts the world over and catapulted him on a journey that would encompass 8 consecutive UK Top 10 hits and 40 million sales. And after stepping aside to focus on his family, he shot back to #1 almost 30 years later with his hit Platinum-selling album ‘50’.

Now Rick celebrates his extraordinary story with the release of the new career-spanning compilation ‘The Best of Me’. It charts that initial run of hits (‘Whenever You Need Somebody’‘Together Forever’and many more) alongside recent fan favourites such as ‘Keep Singing’‘Angels On My Side’ and ‘Beautiful Life’. It also digs into some deep cuts too, such as ‘Lights Out’ from 2010.

The set is bookended with a step into the past and an eye to the future. Having written and produced the song as well as playing all of the instruments himself, opening track and lead single ‘Every One of Us’ is a brand new song that shows that the power of Rick Astley 2.0 is undiminished. And it closes with a new ‘Pianoforte’ take on ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’. Dropping the peppy ‘80s beats for an intimate piano arrangement captures it in a new light, its inner heartbreak becoming all the more apparent.

“It’s been an amazing experience to rework ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’,” says Rick“That song is part of my DNA and it means a lot to me. I hope people like what I’ve done with it as much as I do. And ‘Every One of Us’ is about the fire in all of us. We all have something to give, even if it doesn’t always feel like we do. I’m so lucky to feel that fire every time I’m on stage, and that helps me feel it in my everyday life too.”

Continuing that spirit of reinvention, Rick independently recorded a set of ‘Reimagined’ interpretations of his songs, old and new, for the second disc of ‘The Best of Me’. While Rick’s musical style has evolved over the years, the ‘Reimagined’ recordings show that quality songwriting has always been an essential hallmark of his work.

‘The Best of Me’ is now available to pre-order here. The album will be released as a 2CD digipakdeluxe casebound 2CD2LP coloured vinyl, and via streaming services. Amazon UK will stock a limited signed quantity of the 2CD digipak while limited signed editions of the special formats plus a cassette and a highly limited quantity of signed test pressings will be available exclusively from Rick Astley’s official store.

The album is to be released October 25th, 2019.

Earlier this year, Rick completed a gargantuan 38-date stadium tour as special guest to Take That, during which he played to over 500,000 people. He also recently played the Isle of Wight FestivalPub in the Park and Chris Evans’ Carfest. Having sold over 100,000 tickets to his UK headline shows since releasing ‘50’Rick Astley’s forthcoming tour dates includes gigs in Australia and Japan as well as his first ever show in New Zealand. Please see http://www.rickastley.co.uk/ for a list of dates and ticket information.

‘The Best of Me’ tracklist:

CD1:

  1. ‘Every One Of Us’
  2. ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’
  3. ‘When I Fall In Love’
  4. ‘Whenever You Need Somebody’
  5. ‘When I Fall In Love’
  6. ‘Together Forever’
  7. ‘(It Would Take A) Strong Man’
  8. ‘She Wants To Dance With Me’
  9. ‘Take Me To Your Heart’
  10. ‘Hold Me In Your Arms’
  11. ‘Cry For Help’
  12. ‘Sleeping’
  13. ‘Lights Out’
  14. ‘Keep Singing’
  15. ‘Angels On My Side’
  16. Dance’
  17. ‘This Old House’
  18. ‘Beautiful Life’
  19. ‘Try’
  20. ‘She Make Me’
  21. ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ (Pianoforte) 

CD2:

  1. ‘Together Forever (Reimagined)’
  2. ‘Whenever You Need Somebody (Reimagined)’
  3. ‘When I Fall In Love (Reimagined)’ 
  4. ‘Beautiful Life (Reimagined)’
  5. ‘She Wants To Dance With Me (Reimagined)’
  6. ‘Hold Me In Your Arms (Reimagined)’
  7. ‘Cry For Help (Reimagined)’
  8. ‘Keep Singing (Reimagined)’
  9. ‘Angels On My Side (Reimagined)’
  10. ‘Try (Reimagined)’

The Tributes Continue – Eddie Money

Additional Eddie Money tributes from around the world continue. Fellow artists paid tribute to The MoneyMan in their own special ways.

Here are just a few:

Bryan Adams – Baby Hold On To Me – YouTube Link
Loverboy – Two Tickets To Paradise – YouTube Link
REO Speedwagon – Two Tickets To Paradise – YouTube Link
Jason Bonham – Stairway To Heaven Tribute – YouTube Link
Monty Byrom – Interview – YouTube Link

Tributes From Around The Internet – Eddie Money

Links From Around The Internet:

Eddie Talks Two Tickets To Paradise
Eddie sings his rendition of the National Anthem

The passing of Eddie Money hits the world hard. So many amazing songs, so many memories!

One memory in particular….Jere and myself had the pleasure of doing some promotion for Eddie and his band in 2007 for the Wanna Go Back album release. Needless to say we were so pumped to hear new material, though covers, from Eddie. A little conversation with his band & management and we were given the material before public release. At the time Jere and I were doing reviews, going to concerts, writing articles and sharing stories of artists we enjoyed. So to be in close contact with Eddie’s team was just such a boost for us personally. Again.. this is an artist that we had really enjoyed for a long time. Years before, an odd connection would occur that would set up my course with meeting Eddie Money. Without to many details… I’d like to keep some of this private.. but in the summer of ’99 after the death of a family member who wanted to see Eddie’s show… I was able to attend it.. without even knowing I was going there specifically. And yet a few years after that, meeting Eddie one on one after a show and being able to discuss music and snag an autograph. Honestly that’s the extreme short version of the entire story.

Fast Forward to 2019…Eddie announced a new studio album which just set me off into orbit.. I was so excited. Similar feelings occurred just months before when former lead singer of Journey, Steve Perry announced and then released his new album Traces. Now lets be real here… new music.. 2019??? From a classic rock Icon?? I don’t care who you are, if you are into any form of 70’s/80’s rock, you would have to be pumped about this news!

The lead single Brand New Day which was also the album title came out with a bang! What an amazing song and video. It was so great to hear Eddie’s voice and see him doing well. Of course little did anyone know he was going through a massive battle against time in Stage 4 Cancer. The album would not be released, in fact all sound clips other than the single were removed from his website and iTunes. Preorders were cancelled by suppliers/retail outlets. No additional information about the album has been given at this point.

Eddie had a “minor” heart procedure, followed by an illness. On Sept 13, 2019 Eddie passed away leaving a legacy of wonderful music, amazing memories, family and friends.

Thanks for all the memories.. most of which I can’t even put down on this website.. this one truly hurts. Rest In Peace Eddie!

Return Of The Music – YouTube Links

JOE ELLIOT:

STEVE PERRY:

AVRIL LAVIGNE:

MICHAEL BUBLE:

BONUS VIDEO – BBC Radio 2 Performance 2018: