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Birth name: Richard Paul Astley.
Born: February 06, 1966 Newton-le-Willows, St Helens, Lancashire, England, UK.

Rick Astley biography (bio):
Richard Paul Astley is an English dance-pop singer, songwriter and musician. He was born in Newton-le-Willows, St Helens, Lancashire, England. Astley currently resides in Richmond in Surrey with his Danish girlfriend, Lene Bausager, and their daughter, Emilie.
In 1985, Astley was playing the club circuit as a singer with a soul band named FBI, when he was seen by the record producer Pete Waterman and persuaded to come to London to work at the PWL recording studio. Under the tutelage of production trio Stock Aitken Waterman, Astley was taught about the recording process and groomed for his future career, supposedly starting off as the recording studio 'tea boy'. During much of his career prior to the proliferation of music videos, many listeners assumed he was black. In one instance, the comedic entertainer, Sinbad, discussed him with a talk-show host, expressing his surprise that Astley was not "one of the brothers." Even after his visual appearance, it was still popular belief that he was miming for a black American singer. His brother Mark Astley helped to refute this assertion.
His first single was the little-known "When You Gonna" credited to Rick & Lisa, but his first solo outing was "Never Gonna Give You Up," released in 1987. It became an immediate success, spending five weeks at the top of the British charts and becoming the year's highest-selling single. It was the first of no fewer than 13 (world-wide) Top 30 hit singles for him.
The album Whenever You Need Somebody also reached Number One in the UK, and the hit singles continued, including the title track and a cover of Nat King Cole's "When I Fall In Love."
On 12 March 1988, "Never Gonna Give You Up" had also topped the U.S. singles chart and was followed by a second U.S. #1 on 18 June with his second U.S. single release "Together Forever."
By the end of the decade, Astley had parted company with Stock Aitken Waterman. He achieved one more major success with the 1991 ballad "Cry For Help," which reached the Top 10 in both the UK and the U.S. It featured a gospel choir arranged by Andra Crouch, who'd also been involved with Madonna's 1989 hit "Like A Prayer."
His next album Body & Soul was released in 1993. The album did not chart in the U.K. and managed to make The Billboard 200 peaking at a lowly #182. The two singles, The Ones You Love and Hopelessly performed very well on the adult contemporary chart, peaking at #19 and #4 respectively. Hopelessly also crossed over and peaked at #31 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart. For much of the 1990s and early 2000s, Astley remained largely out of the spotlight.
In 1991 the RIAA certified that two million copies of Whenever You Need Somebody had been sold. Total world sales of Astley's records (inclusive of singles, albums and compilation inclusions) have reached 40 million.
Almost 10 years after "Body & Soul", Rick finally returned to the music world and released "Keep It Turned On" in 2002. The album featured the single "Sleeping", which became a minor club hit, thanks to a set of remixes from U.S. house producer Todd Terry.
In 2005 Astley released the album Portrait in which he covered many classic soul standards such as "Vincent", "Nature Boy" and "Close To You".
In early 2006, Astley withdrew unexpectedly at the eleventh hour from appearing on the BBC TV celebrity/pro duets show Just the Two of Us after committing to the series. This led to criticism from those in the entertainment industry and media. His place was filled by opera singer Russell Watson, who eventually won the competition. The BBC failed to explain that Astley's withdrawal was due to his partner Lene Bausager being nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for her produced/directed film "Cashback". Astley would have missed a crucial part of the show by attending the awards ceremony and so withdrew before the show started its run.
Based on various music charts in the UK, U.S. and Canada, Astley has charted a grand total of 14 (different) hit singles and 6 (different) hit albums as of March 2006.

Astley as an Internet phenomenon:
In 2007, an Internet phenomenon known as "Rickrolling" began to spread rapidly. Its origins can be traced to 4chan, where there existed previously a fad called "duckrolling": claiming a link has something interesting or amusing in its target thread (on 4chan) but which turns out to be a thread with an initial "duckroll" image; thus, the user has been duped, or "duckrolled", much like a snipe hunt on the Internet. "Rickrolling" consists of the same thing, but routed to Astley's video of "Never Gonna Give You Up". Notable examples of this meme entering the mainstream are Carson Daly's attempts to Rickroll his audience, as well as the rickrolling of 150 people at the Ball State University NRHH conference on September 15, 2007. One hyperlink frequently used is a classic MTV version of "Never Gonna Give You Up" posted on YouTube on November 27, 2006. As of August 8, 2007, the YouTube video had been viewed 2 million times.
A smaller Internet phenomenon came about when a YouTube viewer realized that, when played at half-speed, the vocals of Kylie Minogue's hit "I Should Be So Lucky" bore a startling resemblance to the voice of Rick Astley. Several videos on YouTube emerged highlighting the resemblance between the two. In the time since this strange coincidence was brought to light, Rick himself has acknowledged this phenomenon, adding a few lines of "I Should Be So Lucky" into a recent television performance of "Never Gonna Give You Up."
It should be noted, however, that while the "I Should Be So Lucky" phenomenon has grown thanks to the Internet, TV programs which were contemporary to Astley and Minogue's works in the late 1980s, such as Australia's "Saturday Morning Live" with Jonathan Coleman and Ian Rogerson had also shown the effect of playing Minogue's music at half-speed - in that particular case by using the recordings on vinyl. In effect, the Internet has resurrected an old joke relating to the two performers.
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