- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 27, 2017

It may seem like he and his fans have been on this journey “Together Forever,” but it’s just been 30 years since English pop star Rick Astley made it big on the strength of his hit single “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

“30 years ago today I said I was Never Gonna Give You Up,” Mr. Astley tweeted Thursday, including a video clip of his the music video by the same name. “I am a man of my word - Rick x[.]” As of this publication it’s garnered more than 21,000 retweets and 31,000 favorites.

Mr. Astley’s hit single rose quickly in the U.K. pop charts, peaking in August 1987. It did rather well on this side of the Pond as well, peaking at the top of the Billboard charts in March 1988.

“Never Gonna Give You Up” took on a second life as an internet meme 10 years ago with the “Rick-rolling” phenomenon, where folks were fooled into clicking on a video link expecting one thing only to find video of Mr. Astley’s hit song.

And it’s still going strong on YouTube, with more than 336 million views on Mr. Astley’s official VEVO music-video channel since it was uploaded in October 2009.

Mr. Astley has six concerts scheduled in the next coming months, the first of which is Saturday in Chesire in the U.K., according to his eponymous website.



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