Never Gonna Give You Up

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This article is about the Rick Astley song. For other uses, see Never Gonna Give You Up (disambiguation).
"Never Gonna Give You Up"
Single by Rick Astley
from the album Whenever You Need Somebody
Released 3 August 1987
Format
Recorded 31 March 1987
Genre
Length 3:32
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) Mike Stock • Matt Aitken • Pete Waterman
Producer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Rick Astley singles chronology
"When You Gonna"
(with Lisa Carter)
(1987)
"Never Gonna Give You Up"
(1987)
"Learning to Live (Without Your Love)"
(with O'Chi Brown)
(1987)
Whenever You Need Somebody track listing
"Never Gonna Give You Up"
(1)
"Whenever You Need Somebody"
(2)
Music sample
Music video
"Never Gonna Give You Up" on YouTube

"Never Gonna Give You Up" is a 1987 song performed by British singer Rick Astley. It was written and produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman. The song was released as the first single from Astley's multi-million selling debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody. The song was a worldwide number-one hit, initially in the singer's native United Kingdom in 1987, where it stayed at no. 1 for five weeks and was the best-selling single of that year. It eventually topped the charts in 25 countries, including the US and West Germany.[3]

The song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards. In 2004, it was voted no. 28 in 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs... Ever by VH1.

The music video for the song has become the basis for the "Rickrolling" Internet meme. In 2008, Rick Astley won the MTV EMA awards for "Best Act Ever" with the song "Never Gonna Give You Up," as a result of collective voting from thousands of people on the internet, due to the popular phenomenon of Rickrolling. It was also featured as a downloadable track for the Rock Band series.

Music video[edit]

In the "Never Gonna Give You Up" music video, directed by Simon West,[4] produced by Andy Picheta and edited by Robert Bannochie, a smiling Astley sings and dances to the song in various outfits and venues in west London, sometimes accompanied by backup dancers. A bartender, played by Clive Clarke (who appeared prolifically in 1980s music videos, and was a member of Top of the Pops dance troupe Zoo) gradually shifts from casually noticing Astley's singing to being fully engrossed in the song with energetic acrobatic moves. The athletic exertion of many of the other dancers also becomes more intense over the course of Astley's performance.

Cover versions[edit]

The Rickrollerz[edit]

"Never Gonna Give You Up"
Single by The Rickrollerz
Released 11 April 2008
Writer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Producer(s) The Rickrollerz

A group of London dance producers, called The Rickrollerz made a house music cover version of "Never Gonna Give You Up"[12] The song was remixed on the same day and in the same studio where the original recording took place 20 years earlier. In May 2008, the track entered the UK Club Charts at no. 22.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Never Gonna Give You Up" – 3:33
  2. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (Instrumental) – 3:30
12" maxi
  1. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (Cake mix) – 5:46
  2. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (Instrumental) – 6:19
  3. "Never Gonna Give You Up" – 3:33
  4. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (Escape to New York mix) – 7:01
  5. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (Escape from Newton mix) – 6:23
12" maxi
  1. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (Cake mix) – 5:48
  2. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (Instrumental) – 3:30
  3. "Never Gonna Give You Up" – 3:33
12" single
  1. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (Escape from Newton mix) – 6:30
  2. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (Escape to New York mix) – 7:00

Personnel[edit]

  • Written and produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman
  • Engineer : Mark McGuire, Mike Duffy
  • Mixed by :
    • Escape from Newton mix : Mixmaster Pete Hammond
    • Escape to New York mix : The Extra Beat Boys

Rickrolling[edit]

Main article: Rickrolling

"Never Gonna Give You Up" is the subject of a popular Internet prank known as "rickrolling" involving misleading links (commonly shortened URLs) redirecting to the song's music video.[13] By May 2007, the practice had achieved notoriety on the Internet, and it increased in popularity after its use as a 2008 April Fools' Day joke by various media companies and websites, including YouTube rickrolling all of its featured videos on that day and a website allowing people to rickroll their friends' phones.[14]

In "a couple of weeks," about 13 million people had been rickrolled into watching Astley's video, the BBC reported on 1 April 2008. "I think it's just one of those odd things where something gets picked up and people run with it," Astley told the Los Angeles Times in late March 2008, adding: "That's what's brilliant about the Internet."[15][16]

Astley also appeared in the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade interrupting a song performed by those on a float promoting the Cartoon Network program Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends with a lipsynched performance of "Never Gonna Give You Up."

Despite the video garnering millions of hits on YouTube, Astley has earned almost no money from the meme, receiving only US$12 in royalties from YouTube for his performance share, as of August 2010.[17]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Too Much Ain't Enough Love" by Jimmy Barnes
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
30 November 1987 – 11 January 1988 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Faith" by George Michael
Preceded by
"Bad" by Michael Jackson
Single Top 100 number-one single
10 October 1987 – 7 November 1987 (5 weeks)
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
24 October 1987 – 14 November 1988 (4 weeks)
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single
31 October 1987 – 14 November 1988 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Pump Up the Volume" by M|A|R|R|S
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
10 October 1987 – 31 October 1987 (4 weeks)
Preceded by
"I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany
New Zealand number-one single
7 February 1988 (1 week)
Preceded by
"I Just Can't Stop Loving You" by Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
UK Singles Chart number-one single
29 August 1987 – 26 September 1987 (5 weeks)
Preceded by
"Seasons Change" by Exposé
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary number-one single
2 April 1988 – 9 April 1988 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Father Figure" by George Michael
Preceded by
"Pump Up the Volume" by M|A|R|R|S
Canadian RPM number-one single
19 March 1988 – 2 April 1988 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car" by Billy Ocean
Preceded by
"Voyage, voyage" by Desireless
German number-one single
5 October 1987 – 19 October 1987 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"You Win Again" by the Bee Gees
Preceded by
"Brilliant Disguise" by Bruce Springsteen
Norwegian number-one single
43/1987 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Voyage, voyage" by Desireless
Preceded by
"La Bamba" by Los Lobos
South African number-one single
26 December 1987 – 23 January 1988 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Preceded by
"It's a Sin" by Pet Shop Boys
Swedish number-one single
30 September 1987 – 11 November 1987 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Oh Mama" by Lili & Sussie
Preceded by
"Bad" by Michael Jackson
"Soul Survivor" by C. C. Catch
"Never Can Say Goodbye" by The Communards
Spanish number-one single
3 December 1987 – 10 December 1987 (2 weeks)
24 December 1987 – 7 January 1988 (3 weeks)
4 February 1988 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Soul Survivor" by C. C. Catch
"Never Can Say Goodbye" by The Communards
"Always on My Mind by Pet Shop Boys
Preceded by
"She's Like the Wind" by Patrick Swayze
US Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
12 March 1988 – 26 March 1988 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" by Whitney Houston
Preceded by
"Father Figure" by George Michael
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
12 March 1988 – 19 March 1988 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson
US Cash Box number-one single
19 March 1988 (1 week)
Preceded by
"I'm Beggin' You" by Supertramp
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
16 January 1988 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"What Have I Done to Deserve This?" by Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield
Preceded by
"Don't Leave Me This Way" by The Communards with Sarah Jane Morris
1986
UK Singles Chart best-selling single of the year
1987
Succeeded by
"Mistletoe & Wine" by Cliff Richard
1988

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