In the latest mission of his quest to milk the nostalgia of any group that has disposable income, Barry Manilow is releasing an all-covers album of songs from the 1980s next month. Manilow will take on “Careless Whisper,” “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now),” “Islands In The Stream” (with Reba McEntire), and… “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Yes, that’s right: We’ve evolved as a society in such a way that even Barry Freakin’ Manilow has to pander to those people on the Internet who still think the phenomenon of “Rickrolling”–in which you make yourself laugh by surprising whoever you’re engaged in instant-messenger chatter with a link to a clip of Rick Astley singing his 1987 hit–is funny. You’d think that the man who sang on many a McDonald’s ad would deserve a break today, but I guess this is the time we live in. Anyway, it’s time to figure out how Manilow will fare against other people who have tried to hop on the Rickrolling bandwagon! I’ve placed five other covers of Astley’s signature track after the jump.
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Welcome to On The Shelf, Idolator’s weekly look at the new releases hitting stores on Tuesday. This week’s slate is curiously light on both holiday music–although we do kind of want to hear the Bootsy Collins Christmas album–but it has what may be a surefire No. 1 contender in the new collection of ’60s songs from Barry Manilow. (Hey, it worked for Rod Stewart.) We’ve already given you a chance to suffer through Playing With Fire; after the jump, we look at Manilow’s new full-length, as well as offerings from Deftones, Willie Nelson, Birdman & Lil Wayne, and Lady Sovereign.