Whenever You Need Somebody

This article is about the Rick Astley album. For the title song, see Whenever You Need Somebody (song).
Whenever You Need Somebody
Studio album by Rick Astley
Released 16 November 1987
Recorded 1987 at PWL Studios (London, UK)
Genre Pop, dance-pop[1] adult contemporary[1]
Length 39:52
Label RCA
Producer Stock Aitken Waterman, Phil Harding, Ian Curnow, Daize Washbourn
Rick Astley chronology
Whenever You Need Somebody
Hold Me in Your Arms
Singles from Whenever You Need Somebody
  1. "Never Gonna Give You Up"
    Released: 28 July 1987
  2. "When I Fall in Love"/"My Arms Keep Missing You"
    Released: 20 October 1987
  3. "Together Forever"
    Released: 12 January 1988
  4. "It Would Take a Strong Strong Man"
    Released: 5 April 1988
  5. "Whenever You Need Somebody"
    Released: 28 June 1988
  6. "Don't Say Goodbye"
    Released: 20 September 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauD+[2]

Whenever You Need Somebody is Rick Astley's debut album released in autumn 1987 on RCA Records. It is his best-selling album and, according to his own official website, sold 15.2 million copies worldwide.[3] The album is listed as the #136 best-selling album in Spain,[4] and was the #7 best-selling album in the UK in 1987.[5]

A remastered version, containing all remixes, was released in 2010.[6]

Track listing

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




Peak positions

Chart (1987–1988) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1
Austrian Albums Chart[7] 3
French Albums Chart[8] 5
Italian Albums Chart[9] 2
Norwegian Albums Chart[7] 4
Spanish Albums Chart[10] 1
Swedish Albums Chart[7] 2
Swiss Albums Chart[7] 2
UK Albums Chart[11] 1
US Billboard 200[12] 10

Year-end charts

End of year chart (1987) Position
UK Albums Chart 7
End-of-year chart (1988) Position
Australian Album Chart[13] 4
Austrian Albums Chart[14] 10
German Albums Chart 7
Italian Albums Chart 10
Swiss Albums Chart[15] 30
US Billboard 200[16] 15


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[17] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[18] Gold 25,000[18]
France (SNEP)[19] 2× Gold 200 000*
Germany (BVMI)[20] Platinum 500,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[21] Platinum 20,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[22] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Sweden (GLF)[23] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[24] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

Chart successions

Preceded by
Bridge of Spies by T'Pau
UK number-one album
28 November 1987 (1 week)
Succeeded by
Now That's What I Call Music 10
by Various Artists
Preceded by
Dirty Dancing (soundtrack)
by Various Artists
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
11 April 1988 (1 week)
Succeeded by
Hit Pix '88 by Various Artists


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  26. "American album certifications – Rick Astley – Whenever You Need Somebody". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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