Rick Astley turns 35 with “Never Gonna Give You Up”

Rick Astley’s song “Never Gonna Give You Up” was released on this day in 1987 and led to the now famous “Rickrolling” phenomenon, an Internet bait and switch using disguised hyperlinks to Astley’s video for the song.

“Never Gonna Give You Up” was the lead single from Astley’s debut album, “Whenever You Need Somebody”.

The song quickly became a global hit, charting at #1 in 25 different countries, including the United States.

In the UK, the song topped the charts for five weeks and was the best-selling single of 1987 there.

“Never Gonna Give You Up” has just been certified quintuple platinum in the United States by the RIAA.

To celebrate that and the anniversary, fans can enter a Spotify Canvas contest this week in which they’re asked to film a video of themselves dancing like Astley to potentially be used as a visualization canvas for the song while featuring it. streaming on Spotify.

A different painting will be presented every day this week.

And of course, you can always “Rickroll” someone.

Astley told CNN in a 2017 interview that years before, when a friend emailed him a link and the video for “Never Gonna Give You Up” appeared, he didn’t realize that it was a joke.

“I thought, what is he doing? That’s not really very funny,” Astley said of the moment. “Then he started again. Eventually I called him and he was like ‘You don’t know what this is?’ I said ‘No, you’re just an idiot’ and he explained to me that it was this thing.”

These days, his career is still going strong.

In May, Astley released a reissued and remastered 35th anniversary edition of “Whenever You Need Somebody” and he recently concluded the “Mixtape Tour” with New Kids on the Block, Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue who visited 56 arenas across North America. .

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