Rick Astley

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Rick Astley

Astley live in Singapore, August 2008
Credit: choo chin nian
Background information
Birth name Richard Paul Astley
Born February 6, 1966 (1966-02-06) (age 48)
Origin Great Sankey, Warrington, Lancashire, England
Genres Pop
Blue-eyed soul
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments vocals, Guitar, drums, keyboards
Years active 1985-present
Labels Sony BMG
Associated acts FBI
Stock Aitken Waterman
Website http://www.rickastley.co.uk/

Richard Paul Astley (born February 6, 1966) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He was born in Great Sankey, Warrington, Lancashire, England and grew up in Newton Le Willows, Merseyside. Astley has also lived in Richmond, London with his Danish girlfriend, Lene Bausager, and their daughter, Emilie.

Career[change | change source]

In 1985, Astley played the drums with a soul band named FBI. Pete Waterman saw him and said he should come to London to work at the PWL recording studio.

His first single was "When You Gonna," with Lisa Carter. Not very many people heard it. His first solo was "Never Gonna Give You Up," in 1987. It was the best song on the British charts for five weeks, and it sold the most out of all of the singles that year. On 12 March 1988, "Never Gonna Give You Up" was the best song on the U.S. singles chart. The second song he released in the U.S. was "Together Forever." It was the best song on the U.S. chart on 18 June. In 1989 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year. He lost to Tracy Chapman.

Much later, thanks to the "rick rolling" phenomenon and because the website 4chan voted for him a lot, he was nominated for the Best Act Ever Award 2008 at the Liverpool Music Awards.[1]

Rickroll internet phenomenon[change | change source]

In 2007[2] Rick Astley became the subject of a viral Internet meme in which an estimated 25 million Internet users were tricked into watching Rick Astley's video "Never Gonna Give You Up" by posting it under the name of other popular video titles.[3] The practice is now known as Rickrolling. The phenomenon became so popular that on April 1, 2008, YouTube pranked its users by making every single featured video on the front page a Rickroll.[4]

Discography[change | change source]

Canada Top data: for singles and albums from The Record magazine. US Top data: for singles from The Billboard Hot 100, for albums from The Billboard 200; UK Top data for singles and albums is from UK Singles Chart.

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