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Rick Astley

Astley performing in Singapore, August 2008
Background information
Birth name Richard Paul Astley
Born 6 February 1966 (1966-02-06) (age 43)
Origin Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England
Genres Pop, blue-eyed soul, Eurobeat
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 "Rick" Astley (born 6 February 1966, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire) is an English singer-songwriter and musician.^ Rick Astley was born Richard Paul Astley on February 6, 1966.
  • 10 Neat Facts About … Rick Astley! – Neatorama 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.neatorama.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In 1987 Rick Astley, a 21-year-old from Newton-le-Willows in Lancashire, hit the big time with his song Never Gonna Give You Up, only to fade into obscurity four years later.

^ Billy April 9th, 2008 at 2:25 pm Rick was born in the Cheshire town of Warrington and raised in Newton-le-Willows……..
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He is best known for his 1987 hit single in 16 countries, "Never Gonna Give You Up".
.After fading into obscurity in the 1990s, Astley made a comeback in 2007 when he became an Internet phenomenon, as his video for "Never Gonna Give You Up" became part of a popular Internet meme known as "Rickrolling".[1] Astley was voted by Internet users "Best Act Ever" at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008.^ But the smooth-jam-slinging chanteur is still just as alive as his RickRolling 'Never Gonna Give You Up' Web phenomenon.
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^ She's NEVER gonna give you up.
  • FARK.com: (4046751) Rick Astley appears in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, ensuring the broadcast will not let you down 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.fark.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Does anyone know where i can download Rick Astleys "Never gonna give you up" Video.
  • NG BBS — Rick Astley Download 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.newgrounds.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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Contents

Career

1980s

.In 1985, Astley was playing the club circuit as a drummer with a soul band named FBI when he was noticed by the record producer Pete Waterman, who persuaded him to come to London to work at the PWL recording studio.^ Pete Hammond at the SSL in the PWL studio.
  • Classic Tracks: Rick Astley ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.soundonsound.com [Source type: General]

^ PWL Studios , Pete Waterman’s production company.
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^ He was extremely down-to-earth, but also incredibly shy, and although Pete had spotted him [playing the UK club circuit with a soul band named FBI] and wanted him to record, he feared that Rick would be too shy in the studio to get anything done.
  • Classic Tracks: Rick Astley ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.soundonsound.com [Source type: General]

Under the tutelage of the production team of Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman, known as Stock Aitken Waterman, Astley was taught about the recording process and groomed for his future career, supposedly starting off as the recording studio 'tea boy'.
.His first single was the little-known "When You Gonna", released as a collaboration with Lisa Carter, but his first solo offering was "Never Gonna Give You Up", released in 1987. It became an immediate success, spending five weeks at the top of the British charts and becoming the year's highest-selling single.^ Never gonna give you up..
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^ Rick’s first song was a duet titled " When You Gonna ", with singer Lisa Carter.
  • 10 Neat Facts About … Rick Astley! – Neatorama 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.neatorama.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Give you up, give you up.
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.It was the first of 13 (worldwide) top 30 hit singles for him.^ Notching up 13 hit singles, he sold more than 30m records worldwide before dropping from view in the early 1990s.

^ His first eight singles were Top 10 hits, and there was one six-month period when Astley was never out of the Top 40.
  • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Rick Astley is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the first male solo artist to have his first 8 singles reach the Top 10 in the UK .
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The 1987 album Whenever You Need Somebody also reached number one in the UK, and the hit singles continued, including the title track and a cover of Nat King Cole's "When I Fall in Love".
.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, but lost to Tracy Chapman.^ Never gonna give you up..
  • Rick Roll Lyrics | RickRoll’d Lyrics & Music Video 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.videosundry.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Give you up, give you up.
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^ Show Hide 0 + - okokok we know you are never gonna give up!
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The group FBI, from left to right, Kevin Needham, Rick Astley, Will Hopper, Peter Dale, & Greg Smee, in 1984.
.In late 1988, Astley released his second album, Hold Me In Your Arms.^ CD 2006/12/06 1800 yen Hold Me In Your Arms/ Rick Astley .
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^ Hold Me in Your Arms [Single Version] .
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^ Write Your Review Tell a Friend About This Item Rick Astley New Release Mail .
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While the album sold well in Europe, with all its three singles becoming top 10 hits in the UK, his success in the US waned, with only the first single, "She Wants To Dance With Me", making an impact, peaking at #6.

1990s

.By the end of the 1980s, Astley had parted company with Stock, Aitken, and Waterman.^ Stock Aitken Waterman Gold (3xCD) .
  • Rick Astley Discography at Discogs 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

^ Stock, Aitken and Waterman had nothing to do with the mix.
  • Classic Tracks: Rick Astley ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.soundonsound.com [Source type: General]

^ He had been spotted while playing in a soul band in 1985 and taken under the wing of the songwriters Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

.He achieved one more major success with the 1991 ballad "Cry for Help", which reached the top 10 in both the UK and the US. The song was taken from his third album, Free, which featured a move towards soul music, leaving his synth-pop days behind.^ They had a daughter together in 1992, in between two albums, the moderately successful Free (1991), and the undeniable turkey that was Body and Soul (1993).
  • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ I have found the PERFECT SONG but I know it’s too rare to be taken seriously but it is now and forever a crying shame that the Shea Faithful have not heard it yet.
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^ His first eight singles were Top 10 hits, and there was one six-month period when Astley was never out of the Top 40.
  • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

.The album was not as successful as his previous two.^ They had a daughter together in 1992, in between two albums, the moderately successful Free (1991), and the undeniable turkey that was Body and Soul (1993).
  • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

.In 1991 the RIAA certified that two million copies of Whenever You Need Somebody had been sold.^ Whenever You Need Somebody (12", Promo) .
  • Rick Astley Discography at Discogs 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

^ Worldwide, it sold 15.2 million copies.
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^ Whenever You Need Somebody (12") .
  • Rick Astley Discography at Discogs 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

.His next album, Body and Soul, was released in 1993. The album did not chart in the UK but managed to make the Billboard 200, peaking at #182. The two singles, "The Ones You Love" and "Hopelessly", performed very well on the adult contemporary chart, peaking at #19 and #4 respectively.^ He’s referring, respectively, to the former singer, songwriter and drummer for the funk band Slave and the house/urban-contemporary musician who enjoyed a number of late-’80s hits that helped make him one of the music industry’s most sampled vocalists, as well as establishing his reputation as the Godfather of House.
  • Classic Tracks: Rick Astley ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.soundonsound.com [Source type: General]

^ This one’s not the rickroll video that most of you have seen before: it’s a live performance in 1988.
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^ They had a daughter together in 1992, in between two albums, the moderately successful Free (1991), and the undeniable turkey that was Body and Soul (1993).
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"Hopelessly" also crossed over and peaked at #31 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart.
.For much of the 1990s and early 2000s, Astley remained largely out of the spotlight.^ For much of the 1990s and early 2000s, Rick remained largely out of the spotlight , preferring to focus on his family life (Rick’s parents divorced when he was four, and he feared that his career would wreck his family life).
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^ But none can have hurt as much as the splash informing the public that Astley had "sold out" his former FBI bandmates.
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2000s

.Almost 10 years after Body and Soul, Astley finally returned to the music world and released Keep It Turned On in 2002. The album featured the single "Sleeping", which became a minor club hit, thanks to a set of remixes from U.S. house producer Todd Terry.^ CLASSIC TRACKS: Depeche Mode's 'People Are People' Producers: Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller, Gareth Jones • Engineer: Gareth Jones Released in 1984, 'People Are People' perfectly combined Depeche Mode's love of pop music and experimentalism, and gave them their first US hit single.
  • Classic Tracks: Rick Astley ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.soundonsound.com [Source type: General]

^ "My heart wasn't in Body and Soul," says Astley.
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^ They had a daughter together in 1992, in between two albums, the moderately successful Free (1991), and the undeniable turkey that was Body and Soul (1993).
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In March, 2005, Astley released the album Portrait in which he covered many classic standards such as "Vincent",[3] "Nature Boy" and "Close to You".
.In early 2006, Astley withdrew unexpectedly at the eleventh hour from appearing on the BBC TV celebrity/pro duets show Just the Two of Us after committing to do so.^ Sign-up SPIKE Home UFC Movies Celebrities Music Viral Girls Games & Gadgets Sports SPIKE TV Shows .
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This led to criticism from those in the entertainment industry and media. His place was filled by singer Russell Watson, who eventually won the competition. .The BBC failed to explain that Astley's withdrawal was due to his wife Lene Bausager being nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for the Sean Ellis film Cashback, where she was the main producer.^ Interviewed in London, where he lives what can only be described as a life of semi-retirement with his film producer girlfriend and their daughter, he clearly did not find rickrolling that amusing.

^ Astley has also lived in Richmond, in Surrey with his Danish girlfriend, Lene Bausager, and their daughter, Emilie.
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^ Music - Nov 7, 2008 MTV Europe named Rick Astley the Best Act Ever at the European Music Awards in Liverpool, England last night (November 6).
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Astley would have missed a crucial part of the show by attending the awards ceremony and so withdrew before the show began.[4]
Astley at a festival in Singapore.
.Based on various music charts in the UK, US and Canada, Astley has charted a grand total of 14 different hit singles and 6 different hit albums, as of March 2006. In April 2008, the album "The Ultimate Collection: Rick Astley" was released by Sony BMG and by early May it had reached #17 on the UK Top 40 Albums Chart.^ April 4, 2008 at 2:17 pm Nothing wrong with Rick Astley.
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^ HobbesKC April 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm Rick Astley is still alive.
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^ April 4, 2008 at 8:35 pm Rick Astley?
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.In September 2008, Rick was nominated for the 'Best Act Ever' award at the MTV Europe Music Awards[2] The push to make Astley the winner of the award continued after the announcement, as well as efforts to encourage MTV to personally invite Astley to the awards ceremony.^ I'm surprised that no mention is made of Nick Lowe's song "All Men Are Liars", which makes fun of Rick Astley's song.
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^ April 4, 2008 at 2:17 pm Nothing wrong with Rick Astley.
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^ April 2nd, 2008 at 5:43 am That video for “When you gonna” seems to be a mash up of different Rick Astley vids and Hahn beer adverts from Australia.
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[6] On 10 October, Astley's website confirmed that an invitation to the awards had been received.[7] On 7 November, following a massive internet campaign by fans, Rick won the award in Liverpool, but was not there in person to receive it. Perez Hilton collected the prize on his behalf.[8]
In 2008, Astley was a headlining act at the Northampton Balloon Festival. In April 2009, he wrote an article for Time Magazine about moot.[9]

Discography

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.^ Rick Astley is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the first male solo artist to have his first 8 singles reach the Top 10 in the UK .
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Rickroll Internet phenomenon

.In 2007[10] 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.^ Post subject: Re: Rick Astley's revenge!
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^ Show Hide 0 + - okokok we know you are never gonna give up!
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^ In 2007 Rick Astley became the subject of a viral internet meme in which millions of 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.
  • Rick Astley Discography at Discogs 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

[11] The practice is now known as Rickrolling. .The phenomenon became so popular that on 1 April 2008, YouTube pranked its users by making every single featured video on the front page a Rickroll.^ April 4, 2008 at 3:41 pm The rickroll is front page on Digg right now.
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^ In 2007 Rick Astley became the subject of a viral internet meme in which millions of 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.
  • Rick Astley Discography at Discogs 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

^ GravediggerHebner April 4, 2008 at 5:35 pm I’m not trying to make any point, I’m trying to understand what is or is not important to a person who spends money to attend a sporting event.
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See also

References

External links


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

.Richard Paul Astley (born 6 February 1966) is an English singer, songwriter and musician.^ Richard "Rick" Astley was born on February 5, 1966 in the United Kingdom States .
  • Rick Astley - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC uncyclopedia.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Richard Paul Astley (born February 6, 1966) is an English singer, songwriter, musician.
  • Releaselog | RLSLOG.net » Rick Astley – Playlist: The Best of Rick Astley (2008) 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.rlslog.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Add to my Library Share Richard Paul Astley (born February 6, 1966) is an English dance-pop singer, songwriter and musician.
  • Rick Astley – Discover music, videos, concerts, & pictures at Last.fm 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC lastfm.spiegel.de [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Contents

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  • I took the first few years off and spent them recovering.^ He spent three years at Art College and then served in the British Army in Korea, after which he brought his first wife Pamela to live with him in a tree house!
    • Shayne Ward, Rick Astley, Guy Garvey, Elbow, Annie Haslam and Renaissance, Tractor from Rochdale, John Mayall, Wayne Devlin, Bluesbreakers, the Matchstalk Men, Kevin Parrot and Mick Coleman, B&M, Bryan & Michael - Pop Musicians from Manchester UK 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.manchester2002-uk.com [Source type: General]

    .I didn't even know what day it was or who I was anymore, so I made a conscious effort to end it all.^ All effort was made to crack the user/pass combo.
    • The Rick Astley Code - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC reason.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ THe pwnage here is amazing and all those plebes out there don't even know it.
    • FARK.com: (3853603) Rick Astley grades various infamous Rick-rolls 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.fark.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I thought my days were numbered as a pop star anyway.^ My days were numbered and my chances of pulling my career around were slim.
    • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

    .My girlfriend and I had a daughter, I had some money, so I just took the time off to chill out.^ It took the journalist from the LA Times some effort to figure out how to contact him and it struck me that Astley seems much more press shy than his wild past might suggest.
    • Rick Astley calls “Rick Rolling” Internet phenomenon “hilarious” 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC celeb-gossip.popsugar.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ You my friend just took rick rolling to another level.
    • Rick Astley (of RickRolld Fame) Requests Youtube Remove Videos : reddit.com 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.reddit.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ So then comes the question and answer slash talent portion – Kel did some magic in front of the audience (it wow’ed as usual) and when the host asked me what my talent was, I just had to blurt out … .
    • Jayvee Fernandez on Technology and New Media in the Philippines » Blog Archive » Meeting Rick Astley: Words can barely describe 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC abuggedlife.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • I didn't like the music business and I didn't like me.^ Retro Hit Radio, New Zealand Tynefm.com, Great Britain Remember the '80s Pop Candy Styx music on Jango So Eighties .
    • Rick Astley would never ... 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC blogs.tampabay.com [Source type: General]

    .There's an element of falseness about the whole thing.^ That really changed the whole implication, and on top of that there was also a swing element, and so when you program some of the instruments you put a little shuffle into it.
    • Classic Tracks: Rick Astley ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.soundonsound.com [Source type: General]

    Even things like doing an interview. It's not as though we just met in the pub and are having a chat — it's part of a process. .If you do it all day, every day for years, you end up thinking: 'Who the hell am I?' I was lucky enough to make some money, enough to let me kick back.^ Make Money with Us Sell on Amazon Join Associates Self-publish with Us › See all .
    • Amazon.com: Rick Astley: MP3 Downloads 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The video to Rick Astley's 1987 No1 single "Never Gonna Give You Up" with some interesting facts about the man himself and about the video....
    • Astley House York - at guuki the hotel wiki- find hundreds of hotel reviews and hotel descriptions 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.guuki.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Aaron Pratt November 3, 2008 at 9:54 am Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down Never gonna run around and desert you Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you!
    • My Halloween 2008 Costume: Rick Astley 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.mattcutts.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It was a great experience and it was nice to have a couple of No.1s but the best thing about it was that the money I made allowed me to have freedom and choice in my life.^ You have made my life!
    • What will Rick Astley never do? - sporcle 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.sporcle.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I'm so glad you came into my life, A.W.E.S.O.M.-O. You're the best friend a guy could have.
    • The Rick Astley Code - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC reason.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
    • As quoted in Metro (3 September 2004)
  • I did enjoy it," he says.^ Reply Ninja says: September 3, 2008 at 12:51 pm Did the idiot call him Rick ashley?
    • Chances of Rick Astley… « GraphJam: Music and Pop Culture in Charts and Graphs. Let us explain them. 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC graphjam.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ "I did enjoy it," he says.
    • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

    "But it was very, very weird. .You can blab on about seeing the other side of fame, but it doesn't mean shit until it happens to you.^ You can blab on about seeing the other side of fame, but it doesn't mean shit until it happens to you.
    • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

    ^ In fact, let's see how many people are talking about you.
    • HowTo:Rick Roll Somebody - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC uncyclopedia.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ At 11/27/07 05:42 PM, LiquidSapphire wrote: At 11/27/07 05:34 PM, firemario1 wrote: See, I don't know what you mean by a "proper copy".
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    .It wasn't so much the going on TV, or going to award ceremonies, or having a camera focused on your face.^ It wasn't so much the going on TV, or going to award ceremonies, or having a camera focused on your face.
    • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

    .It was being famous in the supermarket, being famous in a restaurant.^ It was being famous in the supermarket, being famous in a restaurant.
    • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

    .Fame is not just about being able to get out of a limo in Leicester Square, it's about trying to get into your house when there are eight photographers outside.^ Fame is not just about being able to get out of a limo in Leicester Square, it's about trying to get into your house when there are eight photographers outside.
    • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

    ^ Everything Must Go A farmer's house was cleaned out out after Craigslist ads said that all his possessions were being offered up for free.
    • Rick Astley Still Alive: Celebrity Death Hoaxes Sweeping Twitter 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.switched.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Kent I. Namoe April 4, 2008 at 6:09 pm i see your point about the stadium being lame but i can honestly say that with out the ability to booze heavily nats games at the hold rfk would have been unbearable.
    • MetsBlog.com – Note: Mets about to be Rickrolled 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.metsblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .When you think about being famous, you don't think about all that stuff.^ Do you think about what you post?
    • No regrets from Aussie Rick Astley iPhone virus creator - iPod/iPhone - Macworld UK 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.macworld.co.uk [Source type: General]

    ^ When you think about being famous, you don't think about all that stuff.
    • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

    ^ You think about the glamour.
    • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

    .You think about the glamour.^ Do you think about what you post?
    • No regrets from Aussie Rick Astley iPhone virus creator - iPod/iPhone - Macworld UK 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.macworld.co.uk [Source type: General]

    ^ You think about the glamour.
    • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

    ^ It is not a good song, unless you want to hear clapping and think about the TV show.
    • MetsBlog.com – Note: Mets about to be Rickrolled 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.metsblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I wanted to turn the tap off when I'd done my job.^ I wanted to turn the tap off when I'd done my job.
    • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

    But you can't. .
  • I had my 15 minutes of being the new boy of pop, like lots of people before and after me.^ Rick Astley: The pop idol returns .
    • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

    ^ Rick Astley is the new Chuck Norris.
    • YOU JUST GOT "FLICK ROLLED" on Flickr - Photo Sharing! 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.flickr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I had my 15 minutes of being the new boy of pop, like lots of people before and after me.
    • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

    .Overnight, everyone starts treating you differently, and perceives you differently.^ Overnight, everyone starts treating you differently, and perceives you differently."
    • Rick Astley: The pop idol returns - Profiles, People - The Independent 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

    • As quoted in "Rick Astley: The pop idol returns" in The Independent (13 October 2005)

Quotes about Astley

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  • You got Rick Roll'd!^ Also, if you knowingly open a Rick Roll video like the one above, then you are not actually being rick rolled.
    • HowTo:Rick Roll Somebody - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC uncyclopedia.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Macy’s Parade Rick Rolled Backseat Cuddler — I can’t even tell you how many times I have been Rick rolled.
    • Video - Macy's Parade Rickrolled - Music 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC showhype.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Rick Astley has finally commented on the phenomenon of Rick Rolling , the internet prank of misdirecting people to a YouTube video of Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up .
    • Rick Astley Gets Rick Rolled: Pics, Videos, Links, News 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.buzzfeed.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
    • A common expression associated with the internet Rickrolling phenomenon.^ He also became the subject of "Rickrolling," an Internet phenomenon involving the video for "Never Gonna Give You Up" and a series of bait and switch tactics.
      • Rick Astley - Download Rick Astley Music on iTunes 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC itunes.apple.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
      • Amazon.com: Rick Astley: MP3 Downloads 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

      ^ Astley may be more recognisable than he thinks, though, due to an internet phenomenon called `rickrolling'.
      • ohnotheydidnt: Rick Astley Never Gives Up 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.livejournal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      [citation needed]
    • .
  • Rick walked away right at the height.^ Pete Waterman said this about Rick’s retirement: " Rick walked away right at the height.
    • 10 Neat Facts About … Rick Astley! – Neatorama 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.neatorama.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .People look at other artists like Simply Red and say they were big, but he out-sold them two to one.^ People look at other artists like Simply Red and say they were big, but he out-sold them two to one.
    • 10 Neat Facts About … Rick Astley! – Neatorama 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.neatorama.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Find out what other customers have to say about this item.
    • Rick Astley 12inche Collection Rick Astley [CD] 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.cdjapan.co.jp [Source type: General]

    ^ I dont know what people are saying Or what games their player-playing Or if their planning same old game on me People never knowing where they are going or what they are showing So come on boys,show a little love for me .
    • MetsBlog.com – Note: Mets about to be Rickrolled 11 January 2010 21:48 UTC www.metsblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

References

  1. "Top Ten: 1987" - Channel 4, UK.
  2. Biography

See also

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Rick Astley
File:Rick
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 45)
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.

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Career

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, but 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 persistant 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

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

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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