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Performed two Smiths-themed concerts in Manchester and London (October 2021) with Blossoms.
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Rick Astley (b. February 6, 1966 in Warrington, United Kingdom) was one of figures to rise up in the dance/pop-driven late '80s. He started as a studio-tea-boy in 1985 at the PWL Studios and released his first own single in 1987, Never Gonna Give You Up.

In 2007, Rick Astley became the subject of a viral internet meme in which millions of internet users were tricked into watching Rick Astley's video Never Gonna Give You Up by posting it under the name of other popular video titles. The practice is now known as rickrolling.


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Richard Paul Astley (born 6 February 1966) is an English singer. He rose to fame through his association with the production trio Stock Aitken Waterman; releasing the 1987 album Whenever You Need Somebody, which sold 15 million copies worldwide. His debut single "Never Gonna Give You Up" was a No. 1 hit in 25 countries, winning the 1988 Brit Award for Best British Single. His 1988 single "Together Forever" became his second song to top the US Billboard Hot 100 and was one of his eight songs to reach the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart. The title track, "Whenever You Need Somebody", was also a No. 1 hit. In 1988 Astley followed up his debut album with Hold Me in Your Arms which achieved Platinum and Gold certifications internationally. The lead single "She Wants to Dance with Me" became a worldwide Top 10 hit. In 1991 Astley left Stock Aitken Waterman and moved his musical direction towards soul, which he explored on his subsequent albums. His 1991 single "Cry for Help" was Astley's last single to reach the Top 10 in either the US or UK. In 1993 he retired from music to focus on spending time with his partner and raising their daughter. He returned to the music industry in 2000 and released 50 to celebrate his 50th birthday in 2016, with the album debuting in the UK at No. 1. His most recent studio album Are We There Yet? was released in 2023.By the time of his brief retirement, Astley had sold approximately 40 million records worldwide. Astley became an Internet phenomenon in 2007 when the music video for "Never Gonna Give You Up" became integral to the Rickrolling meme, and his performance career was revitalised by the meme's popularity. A year after the Rickrolling meme began, Astley was voted "Best Act Ever" by Internet users at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008. His song "Never Gonna Give You Up" reached 1 billion views on YouTube in July 2021, becoming the fourth 1980s song to reach this milestone. Astley has occasionally worked as a radio DJ and a podcaster.

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