‘I Don’t Love It Enough’: Rick Astley, Singer of Ultra Viral ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ – Reveals Why He Gave Up on Pop Career

English Singer-Songwriter Rick Astley recently shared why he gave up on his pop music after gaining worldwide recognition with his ultra viral song “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Other than this song, The 56-year-old singer was globally known for  “Together Forever” and “Whenever You Need Somebody.” His latest work released is his most recent studio album Beautiful Life in 2018 and The Best of Me in 2019.

Rick Astley
Rick Astley turned 56 this year

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Astley retired from music after releasing his 1991’s “Cry for Help” and made a comeback by releasing the single “Sleeping” and the album “Keep It Turned On” in 2001. However many wondered why this singer, who was a successful star, suddenly retired from his career?

Rick Astley Revealed His Reason For Giving Up on His Career

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Rick Astley in his song ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’

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Astley was a star, however, he felt that his decision was right otherwise he would have ‘self-imploded’. In an interview with PageSix, he explained, “I kind of feel that if I hadn’t of done it then I would have self-imploded.”

The Together Forever singer shared what pop music demanded at that time. “The problem with pop music is, when you’re in the real pop end of it like I was, it’s every single minute and hour of every day or nothing. And there is no in-between because everyone else does everything so you have to do everything.”

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He shared how many people were available in the industry to present something which he couldn’t do, “I was when I started, but I wasn’t in the end so I just thought, I don’t love it enough.”

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Rick Astley
Singer Rick Astley

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His song ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ reached 1 billion views in July 2021 which became the fourth 1980s song to reach this milestone. This song also helped in making Astley an Internet phenomenon with a viral internet meme known as rickrolling. For the unversed, Rickrolling was a gentle joke where users click on an online link which leads to Astley’s 1987 dance-pop smash.

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During an interview, Astley shared, “Listen, let’s face it, ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ has sort of become something else, The video and the song have drifted off into the ether and become something else, and I’m ever so grateful for it.”

That song turns 35 this year and is still enticing many fans around the world.

Source: PageSix

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