“Never Gonna Give You Up”
80s icon Rick Astley celebrates the billion-dollar mark
A particular success for Rick Astley: The video for the 80s hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” garnered a billion clicks on YouTube.
80s icon Rick Astley (55) has achieved a particular success: the music video of his hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” has hit one billion views on Youtube exceeded. In a personal video message on Twitter the British singer said, “I’ve just been told that ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ has been streamed a billion times on YouTube. It’s amazing. The world is a wonderful and beautiful place, I’m very lucky.”
To celebrate the success, Astley has a special gift for his fans: In another tweet He announced that he would release 2,500 limited-edition vinyl records with the song, all of which he would sign. As can be seen on his website, the records are already sold out.
How do you know “Never Gonna Give You Up”?
The hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” hit the market in 1987 and became a chart success in 25 countries. Later the song also became an internet phenomenon: in 2007 the so-called “rickrolling” was started. Links were sent on a seemingly exciting topic on the Internet, but they led to the video of the 80s song. Every now and then the text “You have been Rickrolled” was displayed.