Rick Astley "Never Gonna Give You Up": the debut single that became a ticket to life

The history of Rick Astley's single "Never going to Give You Up": why was it so popular and what is "rickrolling"?

Rick Astley "Never Gonna Give You Up" (1987) - how a video clip from the 80s turned into an internet meme

Rick Astley is one of the most iconic English singers and songwriters. Real cultural phenomenon, Astley is one of the few musicianswho sold more 40 million records around the world 30 year old career. During this time he had several hitswho led chartsincluding "Never Gonna Give You Up". The song also became part of internet stories, being integrated into a viral meme "rickrolling".

Rick can play several tools, including drums, piano, guitar and saxophone. The artist is also an active public figure and often participates in charitable promotions. In spite of huge success, Astley prefers to live out of the glare media. And despite frequent performances, the singer prefers more calm life with wife and daughter.


History of the song

The artist admitted that while working on this composition, he was influenced by such groups as Genesis and The Beatles"Whenever You Need Someone" and "Together Forever" are also alone of his greatest hits.

Single was written by Rick in collaboration with a trio of British producers Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman. The latter belongs to idea track creation. Rick Astley stayed with Waterman for a while and heardthe way he talks to a woman throughout several hours. Rick jokingly said: "You will never leave her". Phrase the musicians liked it, and, reworking the story, they released a single.

Rick Astley (Rick Astley) in his youth
Rick Astley (Rick Astley) in his youth

The original composition included backing vocal sound to beat soul vocals Astley. But later the musicians remade the track because it sounded too soft. They decided to do more club and modern, as well as cut down on the duration and removed the backing vocals.


Single was significant breakthrough for Astley. Released in July 1987 the song took first a place in American Billboard Hot 100. Then she soared to first place in the relevant charts. United Kingdom and South AfricaMoreover, she was included in the Top 25 Songs in many other countries. Although Astley's subsequent works did not have the same success, it was impressive debut singer release.

After posting on Youtube in October 2009 Rick Astley's music video for the song "Never Gonna Give You Up" scored one billion views on the YouTube. Astley confirmed the news in a tweet on July 28:

«One billion clip scored views "Never Gonna Give You Up"! Amazing, crazy, amazing!”

Rick Astley in our time
Rick Astley in our time

Rickrolling, the second wave of success

For anyone who has been on the internet, this video must be incredible familiar. The clip became well known meme – users shared with friends link, disguised as something else, made them click along it, and in this way people stumbled upon hit Astley. Such internet prank called "rickrolling". Most of success the singer is connected with him.

Trend started in 2007, even before the official video Astley appeared on the YouTube. Later single will join some of the most popular videos on hosting, including music videos for gangman style, Baby and others. Some videos have achieved this result fasterthan work Astley, and have since gained two, three billion or more, but it doesn't single less special. The song is filled with atmosphere 80s years and in addition to this is also cheerful, energetic composition.


User from a computer game Stardew Valley wrote the first few melodies, based on Rick Astley's Internet hit. He did it with the help of flutes and drum blocks. Typically, players Stardew Valley - creative individuals who equip their farmer's space with whimsical ways. One of them used blocks of drums and flutes to conquer your audience astonishingly skillful execution Rick Astley's compositions.

For those who are not familiar with the game, but are going to it dive: blocks drum and flutes are just two of many itemswhich can be made in Stardew Valley. Each of them, placed on an accessible tiles, will play the note drum or fluteswhen the player's avatar passes by. Blocks can be set to different notes by clicking on them right click mouse, and by bringing a few together, players can easily compose melodies.


Player, so creatively crafted "Never Gonna Give You Up", brought Stardew Valley on the new level. He published your creation on Reddit, and thus Rick Astley's song once again became popular as internet meme.

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