|Birth name||Richard Paul Astley|
|Born||6 February 1966|
|Origin||Great Sankey, Warrington, Lancashire, England|
|Instruments||vocals, Guitar, drums, keyboards|
Richard Paul Astley (born 6 February 1966) is a British 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 wife, Lene Bausager, and their daughter, Emilie.
Career[change | change source]
His first single was the little-known "When You Gonna," released as a collaboration with Lisa Carter. His first solo offering was "Never Gonna Give You Up," released in 1987 which spent five weeks at the top of the British charts and becoming the year's highest-selling single. On 12 March 1988, "Never Gonna Give You Up" also topped the U.S. singles chart and was followed by a second U.S. #1 on 18 June with his second U.S. single release, "Together Forever." In 1989 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year. He lost to Tracy Chapman.
Rickroll internet phenomenon[change | change source]
In 2007 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. 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.
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.
References[change | change source]
- Astley shortlisted for MTV award
- "Rick Roll related Google Trends". Google Trends. Archived from the original on April 22, 2011. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
- Savage, Mark (2008-04-01). "Rickrolling and the league of web fame". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
- "YouTube RickRolls Users". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2008-06-01.