Rick Astley back on top of the album charts after 29-year gap


Rick Astley has claimed his first number one album since his debut nearly 30 years ago.

He said friend Elton John was straight on the phone to congratulate him as album 50 beat Tom Odell's Wrong Crowd after a close tussle for the top spot that at one point saw Odell just 14 sales ahead.

Rick Astley has had his first number one in 29 years (Ian West/PA)
Rick Astley has had his first number one in 29 years (Ian West/PA)

50 managed to claw back the lead and joined 1987 album Whenever You Need Somebody - which spawned his most enduring hit Never Gonna Give You Up - in taking the top spot.

Rick told OfficialCharts.com: "It's amazing, it's incredible, it's been a very, very, very long time since this happened before, I'm ecstatic, I couldn't be happier!

"Elton John's sent a few texts over the last couple of days and just called me now to celebrate and said, 'Just make sure you enjoy it'.

Elton John
Elton John congratulated Rick (Abraham Caro Marin/AP/PA)

"He's one of those people I've always respected, he has always, and still does, love music... it was a nice moment to get that congratulations."

He promised to purchase Tom's album but said he would wait until next week.

In the single's chart, Drake has managed to notch up an incredible tenth week, equalling Rihanna's record in 2007 for Umbrella.

Drake on stage
Drake has claimed his tenth week at the top of the singles chart (Jack Plunkett/AP/PA)

The duo's collaboration Too Good makes it into the top five, with Kungs Vs Cookin' On 3 Burners' This Girl at two, Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop The Feeling at three, and Calvin Harris and Rihanna's This Is What You Came For at four.

Drake also rounded off the top five in the album charts with Views.

Debuting at three was Paul McCartney's Pure McCartney and ELO's All Over The World - The Very Best Of soared from 135 to fourth.