Richard Paul "Rick" Astley (/ˈrɪk ˈęstli/; born 6 February 1966) is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and radio personality. Widely known for his 1987 song, "Never Gonna Give You Up", a No. 1 hit single in 25 countries, Astley is the only male solo artist to have his first 8 singles reach the Top 10 in the UK. By the time of his retirement in 1993, Astley had sold approximately 40 million records worldwide.
Astley made a comeback in 2007, becoming an Internet phenomenon when his video "Never Gonna Give You Up" became integral to the Internet meme known as "rickrolling". Astley was voted "Best Act Ever" by Internet users at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008.close