Rick Astley

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Rick Astley
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Astley live in Singapore, August 2008
Background information
Birth nameRichard Paul Astley
Born (1966-02-06) 6 February 1966 (age 53)
OriginGreat Sankey, Warrington, Lancashire, England
GenresPop
Blue-eyed soul
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Instrumentsvocals, Guitar, drums, keyboards
Years active1985-present
LabelsSony BMG
Associated actsFBI
Stock Aitken Waterman
Websitehttp://www.rickastley.co.uk/

Richard Paul Astley (born 6 February 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 wife, Lene Bausager, and their daughter, Emilie.

Career[change | change source]

In 1985, Astley was a drummer with a soul band named FBI when Pete Waterman noticed him and persuaded him to come to London to work at the PWL recording studio.

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.

Much later, thanks to the rick rolling phenomenon and the persistent voting of the website 4chan, he was also 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.

References[change | change source]

  1. Astley shortlisted for MTV award
  2. "Rick Roll related Google Trends". Google Trends. Google. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
  3. Savage, Mark (2008-04-01). "Rickrolling and the league of web fame". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  4. "YouTube RickRolls Users". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2008-06-01.

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