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Rickrolling and the league of web fame April 20, 2008

Posted by grhomeboy in Music, Pop Culture.
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 Never Gonna Give You Up reached number one in 1987 > A new internet craze known as ‘rickrolling’ has thrust Newton-le-Willows’ 1980s pop star Rick Astley back into the spotlight, BBC reports.

Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up (Live) 1988 > Rick Astley performing live at the Brits in London, February 1988.

An estimated 13 million internet users have been tricked into watching the video for Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up in the last couple of weeks.

In one of those moments of mass online hysteria that record companies wish they could replicate at will, thousands of internet users have been sending out links to scurrilous videos and websites, which actually take you directly to a video of Astley’s pop masterpiece.

“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 last week. “That’s what’s brilliant about the internet.”

But the former teaboy is not the first person to become an unwitting victim of the internet’s infinite interest in the inane.

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