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Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up

December 2nd, 2007 Posted in Hot Search Trends

“Never Gonna Give You Up” is a pop-dance song originally performed by Rick Astley. It is from Astley’s multi-million selling debut album Whenever You Need Somebody, which was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. It was a worldwide number one hit, initially in the singer’s native United Kingdom in 1987, where it stayed at number one for five weeks and was the best selling single that year.

It became number one throughout Europe and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States on March 12, 1988. It reached number one in Australia on December 1987.

Music video
In the music video, Astley sings and dances to the song in various venues, sometimes interlaced with backup dancers. A bartender has a notable presence in the video, as his behavior gradually shifts from casually noticing Astley’s singing to being fully engrossed in the song with energetic acrobatic moves. Venues range from a restaurant to several outdoor areas.

Internet phenomenon
The song became the basis for an Internet phenomenon known as “Rickrolling,” where a YouTube link to the video is disguised as a link to something else, usually breaking news, in order to deceive the user.? As a result, two instances of the video have received over 3 million hits each as of the end of November 2007.

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